Saturday, October 18, 2014

Park Run

I love fall but that also means it's hunting season so I am alone with the boys on the weekends while Seth is away hunting. My treadmill is great for being able to still get a run in before the boys wake up, but if the boys are up, I can usually talk them into running to the closest park with me before breakfast. 

The park near our house has a little playground that is perfect for the boys to play on while I run around the path that circles it. I've discovered that one time around is one tenth of a mile so you can imagine how awesome that is. Nearly as interesting as running on the treadmill but with the added fun of hanging onto a leash and trying to convince Ruger that he's having fun.

The boys usually make me stop every time I run past so that they can show me new tricks that they've thought up.

Something called "roadkill" is their newest obsession and involves someone on a swing kicking the other person on the chest while they both scream, "roadkill!" at the top of their lungs.

I'm sure everyone living next to the park really appreciated that at 8:00 on a Saturday morning!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Random Fun That We Have

The boys and I tagged along to the Pawnee with Seth and Dale one afternoon for some shooting. I didn't get a picture, but a herd of cattle (did you know that you're not supposed to call them cows unless they are indeed all cows?) wandered over the hill to check out the noise, so the boys and I took some selfies while we waited for them to wander away.

Fortunately, a rancher came by on a four-wheeler after a while and chased them away for us.

Jackson got to go elk hunting with Seth one afternoon and he was ecstatic. He felt very grown up dressing in blaze orange.

Ruger didn't know what to think about Jackson going hunting and was really upset that I decided to take a picture of him pouting on the rug. He was in need of a trip to the groomer and he gets extremely self conscious when his hair is out of control.

In other news, I was in California a few weeks ago for work and my morning run was around a golf course.

I could definitely get used to that!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


I can't help it - these two are just the cutest little guys ever.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Camping

Every year, we tell make grand plans to go camping every weekend, but never seem to follow through and end up camping only a few times.

This was another one of those years. So, last weekend we packed the kids and the dog up and drove into the mountains for what was probably our last chance at camping in decent weather.

Ruger was really excited, but he tried to play it cool.

We went to a spot that Seth has been hunting at (shocking, I know) and the kids and dog had a blast running wild without my constant hovering. Well, there was still hovering but, like Ruger, I tried to play it cool and let them be kids.

I even let them have mini donuts and pop. They really thought they were living it up.

We found a little island in the stream near our camping spot which really helped to burn off some of the kids' energy. They crossed logs, jumped off "cliffs" and dug holes with sticks.

Ruger ran and ran and ran. He went back and forth between us and Seth who was busy fishing for supper. He didn't want to run with me for two days after our trip which should tell you how sore he must have been. Ruger turning down a run is about as likely to happen as me winning a million dollars.

I packed hot dogs just in case the fish didn't make an appearance, but Seth caught plenty. Jackson ended up not only eating the fish, but also 5 hot dogs! At only 8 years old, I'm getting a little nervous for his teen years - how much do teenagers eat? 

On the way home the next day, we stopped to let Seth and Ruger hunt grouse…….it ended up just being a nice hike and there were no grouse to be found. I can't believe that the boys are already big enough to go on a hike without getting too tired or needing to be held. This growing up thing is happening way too fast!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Minnesota Cousins

My sister Rachel and her family came to visit over the 4th of July and, while I sadly didn't end up with any pictures of the two of us, I did remember to take a few of the cousins enjoying time together.

After their long car ride from Minnesota, we took it easy the first day with a trip to a splash pad.

The next day we went to the Denver Zoo and the Children's Museum. 

Angelina Jolie's leg even made an appearance in the bubble room.

The van rides with these crazy little boys were something else. Note that only my boys are being obnoxious and I'll just leave it at that.

This little guy has my heart. I tried so hard to talk him into staying with me instead of going home.

Tucker and Remy bonded over a little pre-bike ride massage. Tucker decided that he was afraid to ride his bike so Seth and I sent everyone else on ahead. By the time Seth convinced Tucker that he was actually an excellent bike rider, it was time to turn around and go back.

We all had so much fun together and the few days they were here flew way too fast. The next time we'll see them is in October for my youngest brother's wedding in Boise and I can hardly wait!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fun Times and a Trip!

We have been so busy around here! I hate saying that because there are so many more people who are busier than we are, but for some reason, the last few months have flown by and I'm not really sure where they went!

The boys are still the best of friends. Their favorite thing to do is get in my bed to watch a movie and then fall asleep together. It's really the cutest thing in the world.

Jackson turned 8 (!) in March. He's growing faster every day and it's super exciting to watch, but kind of sad too. He is so smart and sweet and still a little stinker at times. He came along on my 14 mile run this afternoon and rode his bike the entire way. I was impressed!

Seth and I also got to see the Pixies a few months ago - definitely an amazing performance and every song was better than the rest. They sang non-stop for over 2 hours and included a couple songs from their new album which is just as fantastic as everything preceding it. 

This has been a bucket list item of ours for years so to finally fulfill it and have the whole experience be even better than we had built it up to be was perfection.

If you have no idea who the Pixies are, I feel very sad for you and your life is incomplete. Get thee to Pandora or YouTube and make it right. 

Tucker and the lollipop that he found have to be included somewhere in here…..No, he was not allowed to take it home.

For Spring break, we took a trip to Carlsbad Caverns. Ruger insisted on facing the back window on the way to the boarding kennel. For a dog that gets massively carsick and refuses to look out the front window on car rides, it would have been a loooooong trip if we had brought him too.

Fun fact: Ruger runs with me in the mornings and then spends the rest of his life rotating between his favorite spot on the couch and the boys' beds; sleeping as if his life depends on it. When we picked him up from the kennel, they told us that he was the life of the party, made a best friend and played nonstop the entire time. Ummmm, what? I think they had him confused with another dog.

The boys loved the pool at our hotel and we had a hard time getting them out and off to supper.

We stayed in Roswell the first night and stopped at the UFO Museum on our way to the Caverns the next morning.

Tucker could not get over the fact that he could see the alien's butt cheeks.

We were almost done walking through the museum when smoke blew out of the UFO. The boys rushed to check it out, but stated safely behind the wall……just in case.

After the museum, we made our way to Carlsbad Caverns. It's one of my favorite places to visit so it was fun to introduce Seth and the boys to it as well.

The boys have been playing Minecraft and talk non stop about rocks and minerals, making this the perfect time to visit. The Caverns rocked their world…..See what I did there?

After picking out some souvenirs, the boys slept soundly for hours. All that fresh cave air must have done the trick.

One last thing: My next marathon is June 1st in Steamboat Springs and I've been breaking in these babies for it. I've had a couple pairs of Mizuno Wave Creations most recently, but the Brooks Pureflows are cheaper so I decided to give them a try. They're okay, but I think I'm going back to the Mizuno's once these wear out. I have been able to run a lot faster during speed work with these, but I'm not sure if it's me actually improving, my GPS being jacked up, or if it's the shoes.

I'm starting to get nervous/excited for the race!