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!





This is one of the best perks of living in Utah . . .

Your BFF’s come in to town to visit!

Pam (who came from AZ) and Katie (who came from CO) always make for a fun girls night out!

Here we have Lindsay (who drove 33 hours with FIVE kids all the way from VA) and Lesley (who lives in UT).  I used to work with these fun girls when I was in high school!  I love these ladies!  It was so fun to see them!  It’s only been 15 years!  🙂

Sawyer Brown Concert!


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!)

Hannah’s Turned FIVE!


I’m feeling 110% behind on life.  Not usually a great feeling to have, but that means I must be having too much fun to slow down, right?

I’m not sure how it happened, but that little peanut I delivered on Sint Maarten is no longer a little peanut!

Hannah turned five!  This milestone was met with a party that was entirely too much work to put together.  🙂  (I’m writing this now, so next year I won’t get any big ideas!)

We Put up two big party tents, invited 10 of her friends plus their little siblings, and their parents, and my oh my . . . hosting 30+ people can be a bit overwhelming when they range from 1-40 years old.

We had an “Aerial” themed party, complete with plenty of “princess” themed extras.  Lots of cake (complimentary of the bakery, I had to out source something this year!) food, and warm water for swimming!

The weather forecast was scattered thundershowers (lovey for a swimming party) so we put up another tent and her outdoor party quickly became an indoor tent party!  Good thing too, it rained!

Happy fifth birthday to our little Hannah Bear!  (Your passport just expired and I have no excuse to get you a new one.  BUMMER.)


It has been a bit busy around here . . .

We just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.

We had an early birthday party for Hannah.  (Which was entirely too much work to throw.)

David’s birthday was yesterday.  (The big 36!)

Next year, I say we go to Disneyland for a week to celebrate everything: our anniversary, David’s birthday, Hannah’s birthday, and Dallin’s birthday.

David just left for the High Adventure trip with the Scouts this morning.  I’m sure he’ll have a great time canyoneering in Zions.  (The other leaders refer to him as “Spiderman.”)  This means the kids and I will have to find our own “high adventure” without him over the next few days.

I’ve had some really beautiful shoots lately.  I have several sessions to post on my photo blog, so be sure to check out my photo blog if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to.  Be sure to look at the engagement shoot I did with the former Miss Utah 2010 and the current Student Body President at UVU!  A match made in heaven I tell you!

4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

We celebrated all weekend!  We kicked off the 4th by getting up at dark-thirty to watch David and our friends, Emily and Bill, run in Freedom Festival Run 10k!

This is David right before the race.  Thanks to our friend Emily and her MacGyver skills, David was able to wear his time chip attached to his ankle.  (You see, 99% of runners don’t have this problem because they attach the chip to their shoes.)

I’m sure David is in this picture somewhere . . . there are only 5000 runners to sift through . . .

The kidlets waiting for their parents to cross the finish line!

Check out The Barefoot MD!  He placed 111th overall, and 10th in his age division.  Not too bad among 5000 racers!

BUT . . . he placed FIRST in the barefoot division!  He wasn’t the only barefoot runner and he came in first!  (This is him picking up his award!)

We watched the parade after the race . . . it was super crowded.

We ended our day with a BBQ with several of our friends and we all had a great time until it was cut short when it started raining!  Back at home we (meaning David) lit some sparklers and the kids wanted nothing to do with them.

We have several packs of sparklers left.  🙂

Hope you all had a lovely 4th of July!  We love America!

Stadium of Fire 2011

No matter where we are in the world, every 4th of July, we WISH we were at the Stadium of Fire.

The Stadium of fire is the place to be.  PERIOD.  The last time we went was 10 years ago, so this event was long overdue for us!

The Stadium of Fire is held at the BYU football stadium and they fill the stadium with 50,000 people.  Tickets sell out within hours when they go on sale in March.  David was able to buy tickets the day before they went on sale to the public and we got GREAT seats!  The kids got a babysitter (who they LOVE) and we had a fabulous date night!

Entertainment included: David Archuleta and Brad Paisley!  The fireworks at the end were incredible!  The Stadium of Fire touts the largest fireworks display in the nation!  Take that DC!

(Sitting four rows in front of us was Steve Young, and several members of the Freedom Festival Board.  I think we got great seats.)

This was our view of the stadium.  I have some great footage (great if you consider the iPhone a great video camera that is) that I want to post.  One of these days I’m going to figure out how to edit and post videos . . .

On Sunday I ran into two of my childhood best friends!  Katie and Katie!  I love holidays!  Everyone comes in from out of state and we get to play!

It was so fun seeing our kids play together.  We had big dreams when we were younger that our kids would all play together one day and every once in a while that actually happens!

Katie’s little boy, Levi, just wanted to drive my car with his big cowboy boots on.  🙂  (Bossy little two year old!)



Hot Air Balloon Race 2011

I love the 4th of July!  It has always been my MOST favorite holiday and Utah is the PLACE TO BE for the best 4th of July festivities in the nation!  We discovered this shortly after we started our gypsy lifestyles about 10 years ago.  No one celebrates like Utah does!  NO ONE!

The 4th of July celebration lasts all weekend in Utah, and we love it!

One of our favorite traditions is going to the balloon launch.  It is a hot air balloon race and it’s quite exciting to see so many hot air balloons on the ground all being blown up at once!

This year Darth Vadar made an appearance.  The kids had no idea who he was so they were not as impressed as we were.  🙂

The Coca-Cola balloon is the tallest hot air balloon in the world.  I got some pictures of it last year with my Nikon D90.  (I went with my iPhone this year.)

On Sunday morning, we woke up to this balloon in our backyard!  Hannah was in hot air balloon heaven.

It’s not very often that you have a hot air balloon make an emergency landing on your street! 🙂  (Look how cute Paris and Hannah are checking it out.)


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!)

Ice Castles in Midway

Have you been up to Midway to see the ENORMOUS ice castle?

You haven’t?   YOU MUST GO!

It sits right where Swiss Days is held and hopefully it melts before then!  🙂

The castle is about 40 feet tall (probably a little shorter since these pics were taken thanks to the warmer weather we’ve been having this week!) and is really quite a site!  David and I took the kids to go see it last week (after I wrapped up another food shoot for Inn On The Creek) and it was cool!

These castles are lit up at night with various colors so David and I are going back to see it!

Go!  Before they melt!