Monday, August 29, 2016

Open House to Celebrate the Pennys!

Three hours after we got back from the triathlon, we had an open house here for the Pennys. They are adopting TWINS next month!

Melissa's parents were in town and it was so much fun to have them here!    Michelle was super sweet and ran the kitchen beautifully (and even cleaned up after!) and Charlie brought his Margarita machine and it was the highlight of the party! =)

The science of margaritas

Here are a bunch of people most of you don't know (and I don't know a couple of them), but this is who was here:

Janita, Lindsay, Elsie, Eden

Tam, Ruby, Moriah, Eden

This is NOT what I ordered from Costco, but it was delicious nonetheless!  Haha! =)

Kelly and Dawnita

Michelle (Melissa's mom) and Tiara (Devin's sister)

Some of the dudes present:
Charlie (Melissa's dad), Ben (Kelly's husband), Devin and James (Devin's BIL)

Melissa, Jessica and Kelly

Some of the gifts!

Mel and I

Holly and two friends I don't know

Lindsay, Eden and Christa

Tiara, James and Lacey (the one with Devin's kidney!)

Nick and Michaela

Michelle and Charlie again

Bonnie, Heather, Charis and Katie

Drew and Josh being hams

Devin and Melissa hamming it up over gifts =)

This was Such a fun time!   I'm so glad that so many people came out to celebrate Devin and Melissa, and am so grateful for all the sweet friends who pitched in to help with food, etc... it was the most stress free party I've ever hosted!

Cannot WAIT for that little boy and girl to make their appearance SOON!

Tiara Triathlon 2016

Tiara Tri time again!

I have been looking forward to this race since we did it last year!!    Melissa and I were joined by two friends this year (and we're hoping to again double our attendance next year!)  =)

Melissa and Devin picked up my bike and I shortly after 5 am, and then we picked up Devin's sister, Tiara from her hotel in El Dorado before arriving at the race site shortly after 6.   We got our spots in transition (exactly where we were last year!) picked up our race packets, got our body marking done and waited for the sun to come up.

Michaela (the experienced triathlete in our group) arrived a while later and racked her bike with ours.

Melissa, Tiara, Me and Michaela
(Notice my suit says, "Swim, Bike, Mom!")  I love it! =)

Haha!  I love that one of the volunteers photo bombed this one

Into the swim!

The course was definitely longer this year than last year!!

Okay, one event down!

Off on the bike!

I cut over a minute off my bike time this year (thanks, Jeff Doolittle for tuning it for me!) and my max speed was 30 miles an hour!

Back into transition...

My transitions were faster this year, too

Let's go!

A smile for my fam!
(This race bib belt was a wonderful gift from Rebekah - and saves me time and keeps me from having to make holes in my suit with safety pins!  Yay!)

Crossing the last bridge before turning in to the finish

Oh, sweet finish line!


All four of us at the finish!

These woman are so awesome!
(Michaela, in the blue, finished 5th Overall, even after a bike wreck and having to put her chain back on!   She's an animal!)

My sweet support team!
(Thanks for getting up so early and cheering me on!)

The numbers from this year's race:

400 meter swim, 9.5 mile bike and 3 mile run.

I placed 19th out of 76 individuals (there were teams as well)
My time was 1:12:48
I placed 33rd in the swim (compared to 52nd last year)
My swim time was 10:24
I placed 14th in the bike (compared to 32 last year)
My bike time was 32:04.
I placed 33 in the run (compared to 26 last year)
My run time was 28:18.

We left early because we had checked the results and figured I hadn't placed, but I found out on the way home that I had actually placed 3rd in my age category!  Fun!

 This year's shirt and medal

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

End of Summer/Beginning of School

On Monday the 15th, the kids and I ran at the track on base and then went to the baseball diamond to bat some balls around.

Despite me telling her to stay back, Moriah forgot after a couple swings and Keenan whacked her right in the head with the batt!    Within Seconds, this huge knot had formed!

Poor kid!

She was so tough though, and (after we got some ice at Quick Trip) still opted to go to the park on the way home! 

Our sweet friend, Lindsay, stopped by to bring her a special gift =)   Thankfully, it healed up very well and is almost gone now!

We love Lindsay!

On Wednesday, we had a "soft start" back to school:

 We surprised the kids with breakfast at Jimmy's Egg
(Philip left before us and surprised the kids in our booth!)

 Let's do this!

My class of 16-17

On Thursday, we spent most of the day with our friends, the Robertsons.   They have a house in the country and the Best property!   They have a pond, a swing, a cool new bridge, 3 dogs, chickens, ducks, a play set and tons of room to run and play!

 Having lunch on their awesome bridge!

 Smiley on the swing

The kids had a Great time together and Suzanne and I got in some much needed catching up!

We got Icees for the kids before parting ways

On Friday afternoon, we brought three of our Ugandan friends, Gabriel (18), Patricia(16)  and Michael (14) here to swim and have dinner:

 Patricia and Moriah are great buds!!

 So funny!

 The whole group

 Caleb flying high with Patricia

Haha!   They took turns trying to "run on the water"
Michael was pretty good at it!

 Gabriel and Michael played Ticket to Ride with Keenan and I

 Perler bead creations

Saturday morning I drove all six kids to a Back to School drive where they got free backpacks and school supplies and lunch.

That afternoon I took a few photos for a friend who was revealing to her Mom and MIL (right before her daughter's first birthday party) that baby #2 was on the way!

 After realizing what Graciana's shirt says...

"ONE Awesome Big Sis"

Saturday evening, Philip and I went out and the kids did Parents Night Out at the Y (swimming, pizza, crafts, gymnastics from 5:30-9:30).    We had a great evening, checking out 15 miles of bike trails around the city!   We had dinner at Wendy's part way through.

 Action shot =)

 We saw a deer just as we were reaching the end!

Thanks for the fun ride, Babe!

On Monday, (after taking the three oldest to the dentist),since we couldn't fit all the kids in the van at once the first time, we brought the three younger ones, Justus (9), John (7) and Roger (almost 4) here to play at the park and have lunch:

 A few days ago at their house:
Michael, Bahati, Moriah and John

 All the kids at the top of the rope net at the park

Moriah and John spinning

Lunch time!
All American food (mac'n'cheese, chicken nuggets, veggies, fruit and ice cream) =)