Monday, June 16, 2008

Redfish Lake & the Sawtooth Relay

We had an awesome Father's Day weekend. We headed up to the Stanley area for the Sawtooth Relay - a team race from Stanley to Ketchum. We stayed in the Redfish Lake area and really enjoyed the three days we were there. Natalie's parents, Brent and Goldia came up from Preston to spend the weekend with us.

Friday was a lazy day around the lake. We fed some hungry chipmunks and squirrels some nuts, went fishing, and strolled around the metropolis of Stanley.

Saturday was our race. We started at 4:45 am in Stanley and finished at 1:55 p.m. in Ketchum. Each member of our team ran between 8 and 12 miles. Although not as difficult as Robie Creek, the relay was challenging and fun.

Brent and Goldia were real troopers to hang out with us. Goldia has a walking cast on her foot and despite the on-slaught of nicknames, she kept right up with grandkids.

If you haven't been to Redfish's worth the trip.

Redfish Lake

Monday, June 9, 2008

Trying to Redeem Myself

Now I've got to redeem myself. While I'll admit I kind of slacked a little bit the night I fell asleep with the kids, I usually keep the house about at 80% clean when Natalie leaves me in charge. Not too shabby if you ask me. Here is the proof..... Natalie had to run down to Utah on Sunday for a funeral on Monday. I got to stay home with the kids (way to long and quick of a trip for Brittanie and Nathan). So while Natalie was out, I spent Monday trying to work from home while entertaining Brittanie and Nathan. Not only was I hiding in closets for conference calls to keep the noise down, I managed to keep the house fairly in order. I washed 5 loads of laundry, mowed the lawn, fixed dinner for the kids (lunch was at Carls Jr.), and kept the kids from taking naps (okay, maybe not the best thing... kind of paid for it that night). Anyway, here is video proof of my effort:

Now Natalie may think I'm the world's best dad, but I still don't compare to how great a mom Natalie is. The only reason I try so hard is to attempt to keep up with her. I was told once to marry someone who always makes you want to be the best you can be. She definately brings out the best in me.

If this was any way your attempt to try and get me to buy you a new bedroom almost worked. Keep trying sweetie.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Truly the World's Greatest Dad

I know it's a little early but hopefully that will only add to the element of surprise as we wish a very Happy Father's Day to Scott. We are amazed everyday at what a great husband and father he is. He goes above and beyond for each of us everyday. When I 1st married Scott I thought he was cute and funny but I had no idea what a great Dad he would become to my children. Scott loves spending time with the kids. I never worry when he is left in charge. The 2nd Photo is my absolute favorite and I have to share the story that goes along with it. I went scrapbooking at a friends house and I didn't get home until about 1 a.m. When I first walked in I was shocked that Scott was still awake because almost every light in the house was on. When I came in the kitchen I felt sand on my feet and notice toys and the kids clothes were everywhere! When I peeked in Nates room to see him sleeping I was a little surprised to find his bed empty. Then I checked on Britt and she was M.I.A. too. I could hear ESPN blasting from our bedroom and was not prepared for what a found. My sweet husband snoring with his mouth wide open in the middle of two sleeping kids. It was too perfect. Once I stopped laughing , I had to take a picture and I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. I slept on the couch that night because I didn't want to break up the party. When Scott woke up the next morning and found the house clean, he knew he was busted. He told me how he innocently laid down with the kids to get them to sleep and quickly fell alseep too. He had intended to get things cleaned up before I came home but that plan didn't work out. This picture is so much better than a clean house. So today, while eating lunch I thought it was time the world knew what at great dad Scott is. He'll probably be mad about the picture at first but I hope he sees the humor and love in our heartfelt tribute to the World's Greatest Dad. We all love you very much and hope this will be the best Father's Day ever. Happy Father's Day!!!! (Oh, and GO RED SOX!)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Nat and her big Spud

Natalie doesn't know I'm posting this, but I think you all must see her hanging out with the famous Idaho mascot. She ran the famous Idaho Potato half marathon a couple of weeks ago. I was cooking breakfast at our Ward's Father & Son outing, so I couldn't be there to support her. I guess she had to find her new big "spud" to support her...

By the way, Natalie ran her best half marathon time ever. She broke the 2-hour mark for the first time in her 13.1-mile running career. Nice job sweetie.
I guess this is the year of races for us. It seems like that is all of our postings lately. We have a couple more coming up that should be a lot of fun. The famous Star Mule Days fun run is next week (no, you don't race against mules). The following week we'll be running the Sawtooth Relay -- a 60 mile team relay jaunt from Stanley to Ketchum. We expect all of you to come see the start of the race as our team is scheduled to leave Stanley at 3:45 a.m. Nothing like sleep running in central Idaho.

Grandma & Grandpa's Little Princess

Brittanie had her spring recital a couple of weeks ago and Grandma Gog and Grandpa with the cows came over to watch. She had a lot of fun on the stage and it was exciting to see the improvement she has made since her winter recital back in January. We'll have to see what she decides to do next year -- tap, ballet, jazz, or break loose Scotty free-style....