RV Road Trip From the iPhone

I mentioned we rented an RV to drive up to David’s marathon in Logan.  We thought it would be fun, and the kids LOVED it!  (It was a lot of togetherness when Dallin started puking, but other than that it was great!)

Poor little Paris had to stay home.  No pets allowed in this RV.  (Don’t worry Paris, when we get our own RV, you CAN COME!)

A whole lotta room and the two little people chose to share a seat.

Now, this is why we rented this . . . proper naps!  What says comfort more than driving at freeway speeds, sleeping in bed?

The kids thought they were in kid heaven and were a little sad when we had to drop it off.

Look at the happy runner!  26.2 baby!

Glow sticks.  Possibly the BEST entertainment for kids.

Dallin quite liked playing with these in the RV.

One day were are going to buy an RV and we all can’t wait!

 

Top of Utah Marathon

Is it really the 22nd of September already?  WOW.  Where have I been?

In an attempt to bring my blog up to speed, I am randomly posting now.

Random would be the operative word here.

Unfortunately, there are not more than 24 hours in a day, and for some reason, my body likes to sleep at night, and that TOTALLY cramps my style.

Sleeping and eating.  Such pesky habits I can’t seem to kick.

Anywho, let’s talk about David’s stellar performance at the Top of Utah Marathon!

In a nutshell: we rented an RV. The kids thought we were the BEST.  PARENTS.  EVER.  Dallin puked.  I slept in every bed in that RV during that ONE night, so as you can imagine, I was just a peach after three hours of sleep that weren’t even consecutive.  You’re jealous, right?

It poured.  ALL NIGHT LONG before the big race, and ALL MORNING DURING THE RACE.

I know what you’re thinking, LUCKY DAVID!!!

It rained, it poured, it HAILED on him!  No stopping this running machine!  He crossed the finish line with a time of 3 hours and 39 minutes!  He didn’t qualify for the Boston Marathon this year, but it was a great time for his first marathon!

 

 

 

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew?

What have I gotten myself into?

Last week I mentioned to David that I wanted to have a booth in the January bridal shows in 2012.   After calling the bridal shows, we were surprised to hear there was room for us to participate in the show in September.  AS IN THREE WEEKS AWAY from the the time we paid for our booth.

Oh boy.

Luckily for us, we’ve done several bridal shows (remember how we used to own a wedding gown store in Dallas?) and we know how lucrative they can be (being placed in front of your target market with thousands of potential clients is awesome) so we decided to jump on it.

My time is completely tied up in preparing for this show with super short notice.  I’ve been designing albums, getting large prints made, putting together promo marketing pieces, updating my website,  and oh yeah . . . putting together a new LOGO.  (I have new business cards coming now!)

You see, my logo has never sat right with me.  Not sure what bugged me about it, but I never took the time to make it “mine” until now.  Doing this bridal show, I knew I had to brand myself and NEVER change the brand look, so David and I came up with something I was happy with.  (That meant breaking down and buying a font!)  Want to see it?  Check out my website www.emilylesher.com and/or my photo blog.

Also worth mentioning:

Hannah started Ballet again this week.

She starts violin today.

Did I mention art classes?  Yeah, she starts those today too.

David started his classes this week (he is getting his MBA right now as well).

I start classes at AAU tomorrow.

And now we’re doing a bridal show.

It may be a few days before I’m back on this blog.  🙂

 

Sawyer Brown Concert!

WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SAWYER BROWN!

When we heard they were coming to Utah on their tour (Orem, Utah nonetheless!) we were STOKED!  David bought the best seats available . . . THIRD ROW!

Oh my.  Have you ever seen Sawyer Brown in concert?  You MUST.  Not only are they incredibly talented, but they are very entertaining!   Mark Miller (the lead singer) is like the energizer bunny on stage!  He keeps bouncing, and dancing NON-STOP!  The last time we saw them perform was in 2001 at the Stadium of Fire in Provo.  They have been touring for almost 30 years now!  You must go!

We had been looking forward to our date night to Sawyer Brown for months.  I love attending a great concert!  I especially love attending a great concert when you are up close and on the floor!  You can see the performers sweat, see detail in their facial expressions, and so much more!  It really makes the experience 10x times more fun!

Here are some pictures I took using a prime lens.  (That means I had no zoom on this lens.  What you see is exactly how far away we were from the band.)

Do you see the rain puddles Mark Miller is stomping through in the left picture?

Oh didn’t I mention the rain?  It was an outdoor concert and it rained.  A lot.

Torrential rain to be exact.

Here we are super optimistic that the clouds above us would just BLOW AWAY.

This is us just minutes before the concert was postponed . . .

It started pouring, so I sent David to get us some ponchos.

He came back with one.  THE VERY LAST ONE AVAILABLE.

He gave it to me  (Love that man!) and I stayed relatively dry while he got soaked.

Holy rain Batman!

The rain lifted a little bit (and by a little bit, I mean it was raining hard and not pouring) so the band came out to play in the rain!

It was an incredible show and the rain made it even more memorable!

Can’t wait to see them again!  (They’ll be in Wendover, Nevada in November . . . that’s not too far away for us!)

Window Seat on the PCH

On our drive from San Francisco to Southern California, we decided to take the scenic route.

Highway 1 . . . THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY!

Saba friends, the view from my seat was like driving on Saba, minus the all the quick and crazy turns and and we were able to drive at freeway speeds.  🙂

Beautiful views outside . . .

We had adorable views inside as well.

Look at this!  This was on the side of the FREEWAY!

It was SO BEAUTIFUL!

Is it any wonder so many millions of people live in California?  The whole state is BEAUTIFUL and it has DISNEYLAND!  Not to mention the great weather . . .  oh boy, we need to move there.

This is Morro Bay.  We stopped there to see a friend of David’s from when he lived in San Jose.  They hadn’t seen each other in . . .

Drum roll please . . .

20 years!  HOLY CRAP!  I remember when my dad used to say, “Oh, 20 years ago!” and I was like, “Man, you are as old as a fossil!”

20 years people.  20!

They had a little catching up to do.  🙂  And want to know where I dropped the ball on my picture taking habit?

When these two were chatting. I didn’t take one picture of them together.

Lame wife-photographer skills there.

I did however, get a great picture of Morror Bay through their living room window.

See, I’m not 100% lame, just a little bit lame.

 

Ragnar 2011

Last weekend David ran in the Ragnar.

What is “Ragnar” you ask?  It’s a 192 mile relay race with 12 of your friends!  You run day and night, taking your turn every 12th leg!  Fun right?!

Fun if you are an avid runner and like to run at 1:30 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon!  🙂

I was supposed to run in this race, (remember how I was stressing about it?) but I found a replacement for me with just 24 hours to spare before our race started!

To make the trip comfortable, our team rented an RV which worked as a “roving relaxation station” during the relay.  You could sleep, eat, shower, and hang out with room to stretch your legs!

The kids LOVED the RV.  They thought we bought it and Hannah was already planning our next trip to Disneyland!

They were both sorely disappointed when we returned the rental.

I drove the kids up to the finish line in Park City.  Talk about a party!  Seriously!  Ragnar knows how to make an event fun!  Don’t you just love the look on Dallin’s face here?  It looks like he’s saying, “What?  Like a 30 hour race is hard or something?”  If you look closely, the hair behind Dallin makes it look like he has pig tails!

Here comes our team!

And here comes The Barefoot M.D.!

Here are some of our peeps . . .

And here are the rest of our peeps.

I heard everyone had a fabulous time and that I need to be on the team next year!  Better start training!

(Anyone want to see David in his super white leg glory?  My friend Amber posted a few pics from Ragnar on her blog and David is sporting some seriously white legs!)

No Longer a Mountain Man

So . . .

David ran another 1/2 marathon a couple of weeks ago.

He also looked a lot like a mountain man.

He has since shaved his face and our kids TOTALLY DID NOT APPROVE of his shaved face.

Dallin told him several times, “Daddy, I don’t like it.  Did you wash it off?  Put it back on!”

Um . . . children . . . the “mountain man” look is not daddy’s best look.

David was growing it out because he was going to be an extra in the upcoming New Testament film the church is filming this summer.  He spent the last six months growing out his beard for this film, only to drop out six weeks before it starts filming.

His reasoning?  It bugged him.  Too hot.  Too unkempt.

Those reasons are good enough for me too.

Our Easter Race

You know when you have a full day ahead of you and you pack everything you need and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself and then you realize you forgot the most important thing?

LIKE YOUR CHILD.  OR YOUR CAR.  OR WHATEVER.

Well. That happened to me.

We had a busy day on Saturday with our schedule filled every hour.  Of course I brought my camera (HELLO!  It is my third child!) but I forgot to put an SD card in it.

People, that is like taking your newborn somewhere and forgetting to pack diapers.  YOU MAY AS WELL CALL THE OUTING A FAILURE.

Fortunately, the phone can take pics, right?

David signed our family up to run in a race.  David ran a 5K and I ran a 1 mile race with the kids. (I use the term “ran” very loosely here, it was more like Hannah ran and walked, while I pushed Dallin in the stroller.  I stopped to take a few pics of them running, and Hannah pooped out just before the finish line.)

Here’s the kicker . . . I WON A FIRST PLACE RIBBON.

WHAT?!  I know, I was just as confused as the rest of you are!  I ran a 12 minute mile pushing and chasing my kids and somehow that got me first place in my age division.  Oh, yeah . . . the other thing  . . . somehow I was in the 25-29 age group, so apparently my skin care regime is working!  I thought about setting the record straight, but what the heck . . . (And for the record, I do not have a third child.  The baby belongs to my friend, it is one of her twins, I’m not sure which one I’m holding, but he likes me.)

Check out Hannah rippin’ up the pavement in her Crocs and a dress of course!  Go Hannah!

Dallin thought all of his little boy dreams had come true: I ALLOWED him to run IN the street.  Ah, life was good for him at that moment.

After our race, we headed out to Thanksgiving Point to attend their Easter egg hunt and other Easter festivities.

NEVER doing that again.  Kids were trampled and they cried as the PARENTS grabbed as many eggs as they could.  IT was over in less than 5 seconds.

To top it off, it was freezing and the lines for the bouncy slides rivaled the rides at Disneyland.

Not worth it I tell you.

Plus, the Easter bunny was kind of scary to Dallin.  Come to think of it, the Easter bunny is sort of creepy.  He just doesn’t have the same appeal as Santa.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Your Life Will Never Be The Same

OH . . .

HAVE I GOT GOOD NEWS FOR YOU.

Are you secretly (or openly) a chocolate lover and can’t kick the habit?

Well my friends . . . this is your NO GUILT treat!

No sugar.

No fructose.

No high fructose.

This chocolate is PURE heaven and believe it or not, GOOD FOR YOU!  (Remember how dark chocolate is good for your heart?!)

 

Honestly, people . . . YOU NEED THIS.

I need this.

David EATS THIS.  (Which is saying a lot since the guy doesn’t eat any sugar or treats!)

I’m just trying to do my part, sharing all the secrets I know.

Kid tested.  Doctor approved.