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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bachelorette Weekend

Mikael is getting married. Instead of a shower we decided to have a bachelorette weekend instead. Emily's parents live in Oakley and were generous enough to come let us stay in their barn/house. We met in Park City for lunch on Friday, did a lot of shopping, went to dinner, and headed to Oakley. We sat in the hot tub for hours before staying up half the night talking and laughing. Emily planned a tea party for lunch on Saturday complete with a hat for Mikael. Emily really knows how to entertain, and it was so much fun.

Thanks Mikael for getting married so we could all have a fun getaway weekend and thanks Emily and your parents. Such a fun weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Karson

Karson's birthday is today, but we celebrated a little early while we were all in Vegas. Chelsea decided to have a family party the last night we were all in town. There are no pictures to prove it, but besides my mom Ashley, Jake, and I were all there.

my mom made the sports cake for the sports themed party

Karson needed a little help to dig in but then seemed to like it and really loved the ice cream grandma kept feeding him

Karlee was so excited for his presents. I love this picture. It looks like they actually know how to share

I'm glad they had the party early so we could all celebrate with him. I can't believe it's already been a year. Happy Birthday Karson!

Monday, May 23, 2011

26.2...Ogden version round 2

Somehow someone or something convinced me to sign up for the Grand Slam. I've pretty much been dreading it ever since...not the best thoughts to be having staring at a 4 marathon year. I've been anxious to get going and at least get one down. Saturday I got one down...barely.

Teresa, me, Caroyn, and Alyson after the finish

My usual training tactics haven't been working that well lately, and my long runs were pretty rough. I tried to be positive and hope for the best. I did the Ogden marathon last year. I was a little excited to do it again. I remembered how beautiful the course is but somehow forgot about the many rolling hills that nearly killed me. I was freaking out all week and especially Friday evening and early Saturday morning, but somehow once I stood on the road for the start line I suddenly felt calm. I started out pretty well (not too fast and not too slow). Somewhere along the way (not exactly sure where or when or even what) I went from doing pretty well to ending pretty bad. Not my best marathon but not my worst. Lucky for me I have 3 more chances this year to do better. Time to step it up a notch. Anyone want to go running?

stay tuned for a post about my thoughts on running and how I actually survive these dang things...over and over again

Friday, May 20, 2011


My mom has been talking about taking to Karlee to Disneyland. Karlee has loved Mickey and Minnie for a long time, and she has really gotten into the princesses this year. We had such a great time as you can tell from the tons of pictures.

Karlee in front of the castle

Ashley had these cute shirts made for the kids

Karlee's dream of meeting Minnie coming true

We got really lucky and ended up in the front of the line to see Minnie and Mickey

Karlee got to meet her favorite princess Ariel and several others including Pocahontas

Karson was so good the whole time and actually got some good naps. Karlee LOVED the teacups

Dumbo was another favorite

As was the carousel

Karlee was excited for another carousel in California Adventure

She loved rides so much, but this was a little much. Jake and Ashley bought this cookie, and I'm pretty sure Karlee ate most of it. She was pretty excited to eat a Mickey cookie.

Grandma and Karlee. Me with the kids

All the girls in front of the castle. The whole fam (mom, Jake, Karlee, Ashley, Chelsea, Jeff, Karson, me)

Disneyland/California Adventure was so much fun with kids. Thanks mom for taking us!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Matchy Matchy

I did a lot of sewing over spring break this year. I started out with plans to make a couple skirts and ended up making a little more. I had tons of extra material so I made a skirt for Karlee. Here we are posing in our matchy matchy skirts.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spanish Night

Once a month some people from work get together to practice Spanish. The first time I went I was completely terrified. My Spanish has gone way downhill over the past several years, and I was so scared. Spanish night turns out to be the best thing for me. There are varying degrees of fluency, and it's a great time for us all to practice. We usually have dinner, play some games, and speak as much Spanish as possible.

Christina, Ana Maria, and Charmaine in the kitchen

delicious meal

Friday, May 6, 2011

Salt Lake Running Co. 5k

When I found out this FREE 5k was the same weekend Jeff and Chelsea would be in town, I signed us up (even though I should have run a heckuvalot more miles that day). We woke up to a ton of snow but got lucky with beautiful running weather. It was Jeff's first race, and he did great. Way to go Jeff!
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Chelsea

Chelsea, Jeff, and the kids came to town for the weekend. Jeff's brother blessed his new baby today so the real reason for the trip was to see the Vocana family. They stayed at my house so I got to spend lots of time with them.

The trip happened to be the same weekend as Chelsea's birthday so I hosted a birthday brunch for her and her friends. It's so hard to see everyone when she is in town so this worked perfectly. A lot of her friends came, and it was a lot of fun.

i finally used my cupcake pops book i got for Christmas. i love how they turned out and will definitely make them again.
karlee was dying to eat one all morning

karlee loves taking pictures so we let her take some pictures of us after the party

nick, lindsi, and baby, vocanas, melissa, sheryl, carrie

It was so fun having them here this weekend. Jeff and I ran a 5k (more to come later). Chelsea and I went shopping. We went to dinner with the Vocanas for birthday dinners, and they spent time with family. Such a fun weekend!