"We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh!"

Agnes Repplier

"Laugh as much as you breath, and love as long as you live..."

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wayne and Sam...Best Buddies!

I've discovered that our dog love to have his picture taken! It must be that he likes to show off his handsome Santa Christmas Scarf! He did very well in the family pictures we took, and had a great time exploring Garden of the Gods Park. He is a great climber and loves to meet the millions of other pups here in this "Dog Lover" state of Colorado!

All Smiles in Garden of the Gods!!

Yesterday Wayne and I went to Garden of the Gods State Park to have our "family" Christmas card photos taken. We lucked out in coming across a professional photographer who was there waiting for a "family session" to arrive. She ended up taking the photo that we used for our card, but we always like to take some fun pics as well! Wayne caught this photo right as sam was done yawning and I was laughing!

Oh Christmas Tree....Oh Christmas Tree!!!

Wayne picked up a Christmas tree from Lowe's a couple days ago. We have such different schedules that is was hard for us to find a time to go together. He did a great job finding a beautiful tree, and an even better job putting the lights on it! I came back from teaching Yoga at the gym on Friday morning and he was already putting the ornaments on! I did get to help him with the rest of them to creat our beautiful Christmas tree!...complete with a choo choo train!

Playing in the Snow!

Last weekend we had a blizzard! Nothing like in Salt Lake of course, but it still snowed all day! Sam hasn't really ever played in the snow before so Wayne decided to take him to the park across the street. I have been getting over bronchitis so I stayed inside where it was warm! Both of them came back exhausted and cold, but from what I heard they had a great time making snow angels and playing on the slide...yes, our dog is VERY spoiled!!

Deck the Halls.....or Puppy??

Wayne and I were putting up our Christmas decorations and as usual Sam was right there in the middle of everything. He has to know what is going on all the time! I decided to drape a garland around his neck to make him more festive! He really didn't seem to mind it!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Decorating for Christmas!!!!

I finished decorating our front door for Christmas! Sam was outside "helping" me....trying to eat the fake berries! He did get ahold of one and ended up swallowing it! The door looks so pretty when it is dark and the lights are on!

A Carmax Thanksgiving Feast!

Our Thanksgiving consisted of all the senior managers at Carmax and their wives. We all got together at our friend Steve's house and enjoyed a "pot luck" style Thanksgiving feast! Steve and his wife Liz were gracious enough to host the dinner and cook the turkey! Everyone brought something to share so we ended up with an abundance of yummy food! Michael Beane is the guy on the far left in this picture. This is Wayne's boss and no he did not shave his mustache either! His wife Bri is sitting to the right of him, followed by our friend Jess, her husband Pete, and their new friend from the military...I already forgot his name! Kim is sitting to the upper right from Michael and is a buyer for Carmax. Her boyfriend plays professional indoor arena football and is in California at the moment. The two bald guys on the bottom right of the picture are also managers...Robert and....I can't ever remember anyone's names! They are all awsome people though and so much fun to hang out with!

Jamie and me!!....My 5K friend!

Ok, so this is my friend Jamie. She is married to Jeremy who is pictured below. Jamie and I bumped into each other earlier in the morning at the 5k! We both did great and burned enough calories to eat a bunch of delicous food! Jamie is and environmental engineer! She is SOOO freakin' smart!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Turkey Day! We shared our Thanksgiving day with some of Wayne's co-workers. Zira (far left), Wayne, and Jeremy (JT), enjoyed watching football while the rest of us ate all of Wayne's delicious artichoke dip! Apparently wayne was the only one who shaved after the beard/mustache growing contest!

My Furriest Fan!

Sam came with Wayne and I to the 5k. Wayne said he did great the entire race! He definately got a LOT of love and attention from everyone....and he was even on TV! A local news camera man put the camera right up to Sam's nose! He was so excited to see me at the finish line!

My Fastest 5K Ever!!!!

Heck Ya! That's me, the third one from the front. I am wearing all black, just like everyone else in the race!!! This 5K turned out to be my fastest one yet....29 minutes! Wayne said he was waiting for me to come across and all of the sudden there I was! I was so excited and shocked as I came across and saw the time on my watch and on the time clock! It gave me a little more motivation to start training for the Salt Lake Marathon in April 2009!

All Smiles at the YMCA Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Morning-2008

Running to make room for the turkey! I decided to run a 5K on Thanksgiving morning. I know, most people would use this day to sleep in and relax...not me! Eating all that turkey and pie won't make me feel guilty after this! This photo was taken by Wayne at the starting line...apparently the guy to the left of me (directly in front of the camera) was having a good time too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wayne scored this free turkey scarf for Sam from a groomer's across from his work. We didn't think Sam would particularly like it, but he seemed very proud and looked very handsome!

The Bearded Man!!!

Wayne and his fellow co-workers had a bear-growing contest at work. For the past four weeks they were only allowed to "trim" and not shave. I have seen Wayne with a beard before, but not one this "full!" I got so used to it that it was WAY different when he shaved! Smooth as a baby's bottom!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I am Woman, Hear me ROAR!

I really think that my sister and I would have shaved about 4 minutes off of our finish time had we not had so much fun taking pictures along the way! The scenery was just too beautiful and we wanted to remember every moment we ran together. This particular picture is kind of fuzzy since it was taken "on the move."

Mile 9!

I took this picure because it was here that my sister informed me she had never fun more than 9 miles...until now! We had four more to go until the finish line and we were NOT going to give up!

2008 Moab Half Marathon!

This past Octobe my big sister, Jessica, and I ran "The Other Half" half marathon in Moab, UT. This was her first big race so we tried to have some fun here at the starting line! We huddled around the bonfires just laughing and standing in the HUGE lines for the port-a-potties!

Morning Frosted Berries

In Colorado we get a LOT of ice! It has just rained/snowed the night before I took this picture. As I went out to take the dog to his usual potty spot I noticed a tree in particular that was SO cool looking! The frost was so pretty laying on top of the red berries!

Puppy Footprints...

As Sam and I were out playing in the snow, I couldn't help but notice his little pawprints left behind on the sidewalk. Most of them didn't last very long as he began frantically running around chasing snowflakes, but these two just happened to survive the chaos!

Sam in the Snow...

Sam has never seen this much snow before....a whole one inch on the ground! :) he absolutely LOVED it! We made snowballs and threw them in the air as he tried to catch them. He also tried to eat the snowflakes as they floated down from the sky. He is going to LOVE Salt Lake snow when we go home for Christmas!!!


Last week it snowed!!! Ok, so it wasn't as much as my mom has in Salt Lake, but I was still SOOOO excited! The snow here is VERY cold and blows all over the place like it does in Wyoming. It doesn't stay too long either. In fact, by the time I was done teaching my Yoga class later in the morning it had all melted and the sun was shining! The weather here has been in the high 50's to low 60's and sunny but the weatherman says a change is on the way for Thanksgiving day! SNOW SNOW SNOW!!!

Sunset Behind Pike's Peak

The other night I was taking Sam out for a little walk before dinner. The sunset behind Pike's Peak was just amazing! I snapped as many photos as I could, but they just don't do it any justice! The sky was so beautiful!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I HAD to Try It!

Ok, so yesterday I was doing a little bit of dusting and came to my shadowbox with all of my running medals. I thought of those pictures you see where the runner has all of their medals haning around their neck...I HAD to try it! I soon found out that it is very heavy as well as very noisy! I hope to some day have a professional photographer take some photos of me with my medals and running gear. I don't know just when though because I would like to capture them all....but as long as I have legs I will keep running races!!!

They Play, They Hike....They Even Share Ice Cream!

Gross! They really didn't share it! Wayne took the Young Men from our ward to get ice cream on the way home from their activity. He didn't want the rest of the ice cream so he decided to share with the dog. I wasn't too sure about it because of Sam's reaction to food in the past, but he licked the thing almost bare...and then tried to eat the cone!

Best Buddies!

So Wayne and Sam are pretty much the best of friends. Sam follows him everywhere and has to be right by his side no matter what Wayne is doing. Last night Wayne was playing his guitar and Sam was right by his side once again just listening and watching. He really is man's best friend...

Halloween 2008

Happy Halloween! I know I am a little behind in posting this, but my computer caught a virus....or EIGHT...and so I had to wait a while to log on until it was fixed. Wayne and I didn't really do much for Halloween, we both have been training to do a triathalon so sometimes we just get exhausted! We did, however put Sam in his Rooster costume and walk him around the neighborhood with all the kids. They just loved to see a puppy dressed up!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thumbs Up! I made it to the Top of the Incline!

Wew! I was so excited when this photo was taken! One hour and ten minutes later I made it to the top of the incline! The view was beautiful as you can see in this photo. You could see the entire city of Colorado Springs, and almost all the way to Kansas! How did I celebrate?...We went to Starbucks on the way back where I snarfed down an orange juice and delicious pumpkin cream chees muffin! (Which I felt completely "guilt free eating)....Then I went home and rode my road bike 6 1/2 miles! :)

We Made It To The Top!

Here's the gang I went with...(starting with the upper left lady in the black sweater) Kim, Judy's daughter "Kinzie" (in green), Judy, and me on the far right. Judy and I stayed together the entire time and took a lot of breathing breaks! This group (along with Kim's husband who isn't in this picture) does the incline about every other Saturday and offered to let me tag along whenever I want to. I think this will be good training for when Wayne and I hike up the summit of Pike's Peak next Summer!

Look How Far we Went....And We are STILL Not at the Top!

I took this photo to kind of motiviate me during a "I want to Vomit" break! you can see the grey area at the top right of the picture...that is the parking lot. The railway ties just kept getting steeper and steeper all the way to the top! It was about here that I hit my "second wind" and pushed my wobbly legs all the way to the top!

Going Up! This is the "Stairway to Heaven!"

More of "The Incline!" This picture just doesn't do the thing justice! The lady in white in this picture is my friend Judy. I used to work just down the hall from her until my dentist boss man moved to another office building. She works for another dentist as well and has become one of my dear friends and "mom" in the Springs. (Don't worry mom, no one can EVER replace you!) You can see the very top of the incline in this picture. One mile straight up!

"The Incline"....A.K.A "Vomit Mountain"

Friday night I was invited to do "the incline" with a friend. Ok, so the incline is a mile straight up a mountain trail that used to be the old Cog Railway System to the top of Pike's Peak. You gain 2,000 feet in elevation in just a mile! The old railway ties are still there...you know, to make it even more of a butt kicker! Some parts of the trail your knee is just about to your nose because the railway ties are so steep! I seriously almost threw up about three times on the way up! I almost threw up again when I saw an "older" gentelman RUNNING up the trail! I have decided that this trail is probably one of the best ways to train for a marathon because my quads were pretty much screaming at me the entire way!


So Wayne accidentally bumped a box the other day and all of the sudden there were a million packing peanuts all over the carpet! Sam went CRAZY! He was rolling in them so much that it just created a big ball of static all over his fur! This picture kind of reminds me of the dog off of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Poor Little Peanut shaped antlers and yes, that is one of them in his mouth!

"Citius, Altius, Fortius!" Go Wayne, Go!

Here's Wayne "pushing" a bobsled in the Olympic Training Center....he didn't go very far. In fact, he didn't get anywhere at all....maybe just the bronze medal Wayne....or not.

On to Vancouver....and London!

I thought this "count-down" clock at the O.T.C was pretty dang cool! In case you "forget" how many days are left until the next Olympics, just come visit me in the Springs and I can take you to see the "count-down" clock for yourself!

US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

USA! USA! Last weekend (after our trip home from the half marathon), Wayne and I went to take a tour of the US Olympic Training Center here in our home town of Colorado Springs! The center was HUGE, and our tour guide was a female weightlifter who could probably snap me in half if she really wanted to...but she was WAY too nice!The tour was about an hour long and we had the chance to see some really cool places, and even some athletes! Our tour guide told us that Michael Phelps was there training a month or so before the Olympics in China...DANG! Why couldn't we have visited it when he was there?!!

Monday, October 20, 2008


ALL RIGHT! Here I am at the end of the Moab Half Marathon! It was about 15 degrees warmer this year than last which made for a great race! This makes the total 4 and 4. 4 Full marathons and 4 halfs! Can you see the excitement in my face?!

We Did it!!

My sister and I finished the race! This was her first half marathon and she did great! It was nice to have someone to talk to the whole time and to keep my mind of off the aches and pains that come with running! We enjoyed this one so much that we are already planning the April 2009 Salt Lake Marathon!

Under Corona Arch

Here we are once again taking a nice break under Corona Arch. The hike was pretty warm with a high in the low 80's for the day! After the hike, the boys hit up the hotel swimming pool. Jessica and I avoided it so we could "conserve energy" for the race!

Wayne Under the Arch

Once at the arch we took a break from the sun and heat by sitting in the shadow of the arch. Wayne loves to do anything and everything outside and this particular hike is one of his favorites in Southern Utah. Can you tell?

Beautiful Corona Arch!

As we came around a corner on the hike...there it was! Corona Arch! It stands over 200 feet tall and is probably the biggest arch I have ever seen in my life! The hike continues all the way around to the left of the arch and on to Bow-Tie Arch. Considering we had a half marathon to run the next day, we only went to Corona!

Secret Hideout!

While hiking to Corona Arch, the boys found a little "hideout." Trevor was a little hesitant to go in it at first because of all the mini holes in the rock. Here they are posing for the camera!

Hiking to Corona Arch

On Saturday we hiked to Corona Arch. The two nephews did a great job considering it was a little warm and some parts of the hike were strenuous! my youngest nephew, Trevor, wanted to carry the camelback...it was about as big as he is!

Eating out at Zax Pizza!

On Friday night we went out to this all you can eat pizza buffet in Moab. Zax is a really good place for pizza if you are ever in that area! I can't even believe how many styles and flavors of pizza they have! How about "Honey Chicken?"...that by the way was the most AMAZING pizza I've ever had in my life! My nephew Trevor loved it as well....he also loved seeing his crazy uncle "Ween" as he says. Here they are just being goofy as can be!

Moab Half Marathon-Oct. 2008

This past weekend Wayne, myself, my sister, two nephews, and brother-in-law went to Moab, UT for a half marathon. We had a great time hiking, eating out, and of course, running the race. My sister and I were the only two that actually ran the race and it was so nice to have a running buddy!! Wayne snapped this photo when he was waiting at the finish line area. The moon up and to the left of the picture makes it even more amazing!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sam is Packing for the Moab Half Marathon!

So yesterday I was packing for the half marathon I am running this coming weekend. I went in the other room for about 5 minutes and all of the sudden noticed I couldn't hear Sam....a quiet puppy is a bad puppy! I went in our bedroom looking for him, and this is where I found him. He was quite content sleeping the suitcase until I made him get out so I could finish packing!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Halloween Sam!

Ha ha! I know, you are laughing already! I found this awsome halloween costume at Target...$8 special! It's a rooster, complete with the little red gobbler thingy on it's beak! I put it on him and boy did he hate it! I guess he didn't mind the "body" piece as much as the "head" piece. We wanted to order him a Batman dog costume online, but found out it wouldn't arrive in time. Next year Sam....BATMAN, or is it BATDOG??!!!

Sam Lost His "Manhood:..

So I know this photo is a little out of order, but last week my little pup got "fixed." The "lampshade" look was hilarious until we ended up with all kinds of bumps and bruises on our legs from it! The vet said he only had to wear it for ten days and it has already been about 7. Only three more lampshade days to go Sam!

"Sicker Than a Dog!"

This past week Wayne has been hit with pink eye (in BOTH eyes!), pneumonia, and bronchitis! I really don't even know how he survived! On General Conference Sunday we made a little bed by our computer so we could watch both sessions. In between sessions I caught Wayne and Sam taking a snooze together! I though it was just too stinkin cute to pass up!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Just Me and My Dog...

Sam loved the lake! We sat at the end just taking it all in and enjoyed being out in the clean, mountain air!

Strike a Pose!!...at 13,000 Feet!

This was my favorite "patch" of mountains all along the park so we had to get a photo! It was really windy being up that high!