Saturday, September 06, 2014

Sunrise Trail Hike

4.85 miles, 1300 ft elevation

Beautiful sunrise!

My hiking buddies today!

The rattlesnake wasn't my buddy! Only the 3rd I've seen in all my hikes.

A hitching post for my imaginary horse.

The desert is very green with all the rain!
The hiking challenge has introduced me to some amazing women! Added bonus!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Dreamy Draw Hike

Not much knitting going on these days! I am alive though!

I took a hike with a girlfriend this morning in the Dreamy Draw area of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. 
Along the way we found this deserted building that we've never seen before. 
It is close to a neighborhood so it obviously was easily accessible if you know where it is....but the graffiti was cool!
I liked this view of Phoenix through one of the windows. 
We also saw parts of a rusted out car. We wondered where the rest of the car went and how it got out there!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Our family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve after church. 

Shoot me now because my almost 15 year old daughter is a beautiful girl with great legs. 

We hid her and her legs in the back (just kidding) in this photo. It's good to have my Dad & his wife with us for the holiday!

We read the book Donkey Daniel before we open gifts. I got the book in Sunday School in 1978. Every year it makes me smile to see my own children take turns reading this gem!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Jingle Bell Run!

It's that time of year in Arizona where the weather is nice and there are many fun runs!

I did the Jingle Bell Run with some girlfriends. Fun and also a good reason to wear a tutu, because we all know I LOVE tutus!

My girlfriends chest all decorated! 

Even saw another girlfriend I used to work with there with her family!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

12k's of Christmas

My work out girlfriend and I did a 12k yesterday. 

We saw a lot of great costumes!

We finally for a photo with Santa...because it goes with our shirts that say, "Santa's Favorite Ho". Many a laugh throughout the day!
And great swag!
Christmas socks, Christmas arm warmers, Santa hat and clif bars!

Now back to biking! I learned I really don't ever get those running endorphins.

Scenes from Thanksgiving

We had a crazy busy day helping Dad & Linda with the potluck at their neighborhood. Sadly not many others helped so Dad & Linda did a ton of work!

The kids helping....

Fennel, Apple and Beet salad.

Cranberry upside down cake

Spicy cranberry relish.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Go Dirty Girl Mud Run

I was lucky enough to do a mud run with the some girlfriends last weekend. 

Here we are clean at the beginning of our morning. 

One of most fun obstacles!

Right down the slide into a big pile of muddy water!

After! More muddy water dirty because we ran early in the day.

Great morning of girl bonding! 

Tom's Thumb Hike

It's been raining in the desert the few days and it's absolutely beautiful!

A small patch of sun in the distance.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Phoenix 10K

And then there was the next day AFTER the Scavenger Dash where I also signed up the Phoenix 10K.

Yeah, I signed up for the races independently and didn't realize until I put them on the calendar that I'd over scheduled.

I am a woman of my word so I strapped on my running shoes Sunday morning and headed to downtown Phoenix. 

Here we are warming up for the race.

My girlfriend Jessica was a great cheerleader. She's been my partner in losing weight and getting in shape over the past 2 years. She motivated me through tiredness and slowness. We finished under our goal by 10 minutes!

Our reward was a great breakfast!

Looking forward to making a better time in the 12k's of Christmas next month!