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!

Scavenger Dash at Night

Hannah and I did a scavenger hunt with friends this past Saturday night. I've known a couple of the other teams since I moved to Arizona 17 years ago. They were helpful to work as a team to figure out the clues then we all set off to do our own races. 

 Scenes from the rest of the hunt!

Kiss a pig!

Coffin at Giligan's bar

Mandatory challenge: build the stick and each team member must move a washer from the outside to the inside peg.

2nd Mandatory Challenge: each team member must travel the course balancing  a glow stick on chopsticks without dropping it or having it touch your hand. Hannah figured out the right strategy to make this work.

Next stop, Giants stadium!
Italian Grotto

The Scottsdale Museum of Art. Part of the photo was professing our love to a stranger in front of the LOVE sculpture.

Final spot..Xanadu Gallery!

We cut 45 minutes off last year and covered 6.25 miles in just over 2 hours with challenges and fun!

A great evening with my daughter!

2nd Annual Halloween Party

We had our 2nd Annual Halloween Party! 
Princess Leah and the referree
Super girl & Zombie
Si from Duck Dynasty
Later in the evening
Sweet tiger
Zombie couple

Spice Rack & Gum ball machine

Black Widow (black vodka & cranberry)
The pre party spread 
End of the night. 

A fun night had by all!