Daddy's View on Apollo

The hubs wrote up this sweet piece about our son who just turned 5. These are the times when I'm especially grateful to have a writer for a husband :) He knows just how to say it.

One Fall Day

One thing I love about Fall is my tree.
Japanese Maple to be exact.
It doesn't hurt that there's a cute boy standing in front of it.


And and now a handsome man who is on his way to work.


It even looks good in front of my green door.


And it looks good as you come out of the green door and see it paired with it's complimentary color.

Any way you look at it, it IS a pretty amazing tree:)


One of Apollo's favorite things to do when he goes outside to play is jumping on the trampoline. On occasion I'll hop on there with him and am amazed at what childbirth has done to me. No, I'm not leaking, but feel as if something could fall out (if you've had a child or two or three or more, you know what I'm talking about). Yikes!  But I always have fun with him and it makes me feel like a kid again. Apollo's very good at giving me boosts up into the air. Hard to believe since I weigh much more than he does. He's also good at being a shock absorber for when I accidentally boost him. I'm glad there's somewhat of a net around the trampoline.




Another thing he loves is sidewalk chalk. 


And lastly...
I thought it was over but it's not.
The case of the random underwear.
Surely with the weather being chilly out there shouldn't be any reason to be leaving undies outside (even in warm weather there shouldn't be). That would mean: chilled hiney = no fun.
BUT weather change apparently doesn't matter.
Evidence shows...


 Take a closer look....


So don't be alarmed if you stop by and see random undies laying around in our front yard.
Hopefully you don't see a bare hiney too.
Chances are, it'll be this little guy...


Giving Thanks


I have so much to be grateful for and being Thanksgiving tomorrow, I thought I'd name a few of my blessings (in no particular order):

*healthy, able body
*3 beautiful, talented & healthy children
*handsome Honeybob who is my best friend and supports me in all I do
*loving parents who taught me how to work hard and give service
*10 amazing siblings along with their spouses and children
*extended family
*good friends (Some of which who are like family. You know who you are.)
*ward family who provide so much love and service
*my Savior
*God
*talents
*warm house in beautiful neighborhood
*awesome neighbors
*good schools
*working vehicles
*treadmill, exercise bike
*computer
*good books
*food
*free Country
*running

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
May your future be filled with abundance, good health, love and joy!


Iron Girl Seattle 2011

About 15 months ago my friend LaRee challenged me to run the Iron Girl Seattle 5k with her.
Neither of us were runners but I felt up to the challenge and we had a blast running it last September 2010.
So this year I payed the challenge to my friend Monica who agreed and asked if we could have our daughters join us.
We did some training runs together and come race day we were all ready to go!


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 At packet pickup we bumped into the Holcombs who decided to run it at the last minute.
That was Sydney's request for her birthday.
 Silly girls...
after the race they ended up LOVING it and talked about doing another one.




 We grabbed a group shot of us all with our Iron Girl shirts on. Cute design but more of a manly color.

3 tin grins...

The race took place at Greenlake Park in Seattle which is a block away from my favorite running store:
Road Runner Sports!
We had our girls do the free running analysis to see what type of shoe they should be in.
Courtney didn't think the dog was too friendly :)
Monica ended up getting the same running shoes that I have.
The ones she had ordered previously were a little on the snug side.




After we were done we grabbed some grub at Southcenter Mall before heading to our hotel.



We couldn't quite figure out what these were... they were in our packets.
Okay, we do know what they are but sh'ant reveal ;)

We decided to use up the tattoos they handed out at packet pickup.
Courtney helped everyone adhere theirs.


The next morning we were ready to go!








And the race begins....


Finish line just in the distance...

Hooray! Finished! You girls rocked it! During our training runs our daughters had never been able to keep up with the running after 1.5 miles. During this race they ran all the way to the end. Proud Momma's!

Post race pose feeling strong!
 Oh yeah!

 We were able to snag a group pic with LaRee and Sydney after the race.
LOVED the medals!