Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Casey and I ran the OC's Twin Peaks 50K on December 13, 2008.
Casey picked this as his first ultrathon. I'd never heard of it.
We started at 6:30 a.m. The 50K runners started at different times, 6:00 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. My start time was 7:30 but I elected to start with Casey at 6:30. As a consequence I was running with first-time ultrathonners.
It wasn't quite sunrise when we started. The weather was moderate, in the mid-50s, so I elected to run in summer running attire.
The leg to the first aid station was an immediate ascent. Following my normal pattern I never study the course in advance, so the immediate climb of the first peak was a big surprise. The first aid station was near the first peak; a long ascent. To my surprise, I was the first in our running group pulling into the aid station, although Casey was ahead of me all the way to the peak itself. I made up time on the small downhill right before the aid station. But, leaving the aid station, another runner beat me out of it and I could never catch up to him. I dropped Casey running out of the first aid station.
Eventually, one more runner from my group passed me near Santiago Peak.
There's an aid station three miles below Santiago Peak. I begged for a trash bag and I felt lots better in the cold rain. I should have dressed for cold weather
At Santiago Peak the fog, rain and clouds obscured vision so much it was often difficult to see the path right in front of me. The wind and rain were roaring and the communication towers at Santiago Peak were belting out a roar of their own. On the descent out of Santiago Peak I saw Casey on the out and back. He was only about 40 minutes behind.
In the poor weather I missed a turn and added almost two miles and 20 minutes to my run. I finally rejoined the right trail and booked it for the really long downhill back to the start. Here are the results; second in my age class.
At the bottom, I waited for hours and Casey finally arrived by truck. In the poor weather when he saw me wearing my trash bag on the out and back, he asked for one as well, but instead of my see-through bag he got a black one. It hid his bib and so the race directors guided him into the 50-mile route. He was ten miles into it when an aid station alerted him to the fact, and since the last 20 miles of the 50 is a re-ascent of one of the peaks he wasn't prepared for, he caught a ride back.
Once again, as I have done my last three races, I had twisted my ankle and taken a bloody header, with folks up and down the line commenting on it and trying to help.
I spent an hour talking with Andy Salinger, an avid reader of brother Dave's blog. Andy had come in second place, was a 7:30 starter, and actually passed me near the finish. Three 7:30 starters passed me. Andy knew Dave's 2008 runs far better than I did, and I had run a couple of them. Andy said that Twin Peaks was quite a run to use for a beginner.
Dave's friend Jim Skaggs DNF'd on the 50M. I heard that he had stopped to help somebody in a car accident up near Santiago on the fire road.
Monday, December 1, 2008
It's Christmastime! Let's have a month full of love, laughter and good cheer.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Anyhow, Happy Birthday Dad. You look great and could outrun all of us so that should tell you something. I hope you have a great day!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
So thank you again. Thank you for your testimonies and for sharing your feelings on these political and spiritual matters. Thank you for following the prophet. Thank you for supporting us in whatever feelings we might have on various issues.
It's one thing to say that you believe in something but it's another thing to go out and DO it.
So one last time before everybody votes. YES ON 8!!!!
Friday, October 31, 2008
301 new attorneys in the background. Just what the world needs, right? These are the other two new associates at my firm. Geoff, next to me, was a classmate of mine at BYU. The other one is Clint.
I was a rebel and didn't wear a suit. I almost wore just a polo shirt, but Whitney saved me from embarrassment. Whitney says hey, at least you can see me in the picture pretty well.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Way to go honey! You are awesome!
We celebrated with my parents at Market Street. When Rob gets the chance, I'll have him post some pictures from the day. It was a good day, one to remember for sure.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Today is Casey's 21st birthday. He's finally a legal adult.
Actually this year will be the last of the twenties for my dear hubby. It's okay though because he still does actually look 21.
I hope your day is wonderful hunny! You are handsome, smart, funny, athletic, charming and kind. We love you!!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I'll need your email address to invite you.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Anyway, there are too many kids in this family. Dad and Mom should have stopped at me.
Okay, so leave a memory of Rob. I'm sure the younger kids won't be participating much anymore seeing as this is the first family.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Nate, you were the cutest little baby and toddler, our "little red". You bring so much life and spirit into our home. You are a smart, witty, capable and strong young man. I love you very much. Happy Birthday buddy!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Finally, at 8:00am, he snuck out of bed. I stayed in bed as he went downstairs. I figured I would let him have some alone time. 40 minutes later, I still hadn't heard anything and then his phone rang. I heard his muffled voice and decided that if someone else was talking to him then I should be talking to him. So I crept downstairs. He got off the phone. . . RESULTS WERE IN! But would he look?? NO!! He couldn't do it. He was crippled with fear and self-doubt. I assured him that I would love him still, pass or fail. But finally after 15 minutes I couldn't take it anymore. "Just look!! For crying out loud!" He scrolled down the list of BAR numbers with Pass or Fail listed beside them SO SLOWLY, pausing periodically to look over at me for support. . . .
When we got to his number 18761. . . PASS!!!!! Rob screamed. I screamed. I clapped!!!
Way to go babe!! You are amazing!! I knew you would pass. Thank you for being so wonderful. I am so proud of you.
Whew, glad that is over!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
So who should be first? How 'bout Will.
For those of you who aren't familiar with this game, you are obviously not reading mine or Lindsay's blog. Shame on you.
Anyway, it's simple; leave a memory you have of Will in the comment section.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The powerful families in Florence were the same way. I was blown away by the Medici Chapel in Florence. The mausoleum inside is a massive structure partially designed by Michealangelo that took over 200 years to build. It is pure marble, all the way to the ceiling (it's several stories high). Whitney is concerned when I say I want to be buried that way.
It is amazing to see how high Rome is compared to the era of the Republic and the emperors. It now stands about 25 feet higher, because the city has been built on top of itself so many times.
Whitney's favorite part was eating at a tiny restaurant on a narrow side street in Venice (the food was amazing), and then escaping a downpour under a canopy in a little piazza.
Anyway, we had an amazing time. Here is a link to our entire picture album:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Cheering death in the Colosseum. The floor has been removed to reveal the passage ways where they kept the animals.
Constantine's feet (and head behind) on Capitoline hill. This is all that is left of the massive statute.
Michaelangelo designed the sqaure on the hill that used to hold the ancient Roman senate. In the middle is a massive bronze statue of Marcus Aerelius made during his reign. It is actually a copy. We saw the real one inside a museum. It is said that its original gold plating will return when the world ends.
The Catholic mothership in the Vatican - St. Peter's Basilica. He's buried (they believe) inside this massive church.
A view of St. Peter's square from the top of the dome of the Basilica.
We also entered the Vatican museum. That place was huge but we loved the Raphael rooms (particularly Constantine's room where Raphael painted his battles and conversion in massive frescos) and, of course, the Cistine chapel where Michaelangelo painted the 10,000 square foot ceiling. The museum can take up multiple days of your time.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We spent 2 days in Florence. The dome in the background of the Duomo was built in the 15th century.
These famous bronze doors made by Ghiberti are on the baptistry and face the Duomo. They are actually copies. We saw the real ones in a nearby museum. I loved them.
This I the tomb of Michaelangelo.
We saw his David in a museum. It was awesome. You can't take pictures.
We love the gelato. My favorite is lemon. Whitney's is hazelnut.
Today we arrived in Rome. Whitney is on the famous Spanish steps.
We smooched in front of the fountain of Trevi. It I HUGE and extremely packed with tourists.
A large part of our trip has been spent exploring churches. Random ones with no one inside are filled with Renaissance art. Just when we thought that we couldn't take any more, Whitney found her favorite paintings and artist - Caravaggio. Here she is in front of Caravaggio's paintings of Matthew in a random church in Rome. They are amazing.
I like Lippi.
Today we saw the Pantheon of ancient Rome. It is massive and incredible. Built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD.
We spend 3 days in Rome before we head home. It has been a great trip.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
And I know I am a day early, but Rob is at the pool so I have time to do this now, as a surprise.
50 things I love about Rob: I LOVE. . .
1) that he still is worried about what impression I have of him, so he tries to please me even though I love him no matter what and he knows that.
2) that he makes a fierce distinction between camping and car camping. They are in no way to be thought of as in the same league.
3) that he texted and called me multiple times as he drove to Colorado to hike Mt. Massive even though we had only been on one date.
4) that he followed what he felt, even though he did not really understand it (BYU and a Salt Lake City firm, etc.) and ended up where I was the summer of 2007.
5) that he created all these special moments in his head that happened at the office between us and that I do not remember any of them.
6) that he cares about my opinion of what he wears.
7) that he cleaned the house when he moved in
8) that he speaks Spanish, and like a real Mexican ! :) so expressive.
9) that the Church and the Gospel mean so much to him. He is so loyal to the truths he has a testimony of.
10) that he helps with the dishes after EVERY meal.
11) that he knew how to work our washer and dryer before I did and then had to teach me.
12) that he makes sure we say prayer together every night, never fails.
13) that he never minds, wherever we are, that I hold his hand and kiss him.
14) that he square danced with me at the family reunion.
15) that he opens doors for me.
16) that he cannot live without his sunglasses.
17) that he so sincerely wants to be a husband and father.
18) that his heart started pounding so hard before he asked me to marry him.
19) that he went to Berkeley. (I was very impressed, really)
20) that he was a history major.
21) that he sees right through me and knows and adores my little quirks.
22) that he constantly reassures me that I am EVERYTHING he has ever wanted in a wife.
23) his nose.
24) his hands.
25) that he gets intensely interested in random topics that have nothing to do with him personally or with his situation.
26) that he likes my cooking.
27) that he keeps me connected and informed about computers and such since I am not technologically inclined at all.
28) that he is tall.
29) that he is ticklish.
30) that he wants to run his Honda into the ground before he buys another car.
31) that he kills all the spiders in the house.
32) that he is fascinated with the wasp trap in the backyard.
33) that he knows how to fix in when we blow a fuse in the house.
34) that he is a fantastic conversationalist and I can talk to him about anything.
35) that he loves and admires his mom and dad and cares deeply for all of his family and now mine too.
36) that he makes the bed.
37) that he still gives me butterflies when he kisses me.
38) that he compliments are sincere.
39) that he loves learning and was impressed that my dad is a Ph.D.
40) that he is so concerned for my happiness.
41) that he can talk sports with my brother.
42) that when a bird pooped on me at the train station in Italy he did not laugh. He ran to look for a rag.
43) that he still thanks me for folding his garments.
44) that he keeps the Brita full of water in the fridge.
45) that he wants to be on my schedule and goes to be with me early and gets up early (because I have to go to work) even though he does not have to.
46) that he scoots over close to me in the bed, even though we originally bought a king so we could be far apart.
47) his laugh.
48) that he lets me complain when I need to.
49) that he is a worthy priesthood holder.
50) that I know I do not ever have to worry, he will lead and preside over our family according to the gospel and that I will always be safe with him, the man I love, FOREVER.
I could go on forever. But I will stop at 50. I love you Rob. Happy Birthday.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is a view of the hills of Tuscany. We have been staying with Piero, a friend of Whitney's grandparents who owns a large home in the area.
Here we are on top of the Campinile in Sienna. Sienna is a gorgeous midevil town.
We spent a day swimming on this beach on the Mediterranean on the Island of Giglio. The water was very warm.
This is the Doge's palace in the Piazza di San Marco in Venice. Behind in the background is the Basicila of Saint Mark. It is an amazing church built in the 10th Century. Supposedly we saw the apostle Mark's tomb inside. Whitney loves the relics (remains) they show off in glass cases of saints inside these ancient churches.
Here we are on top of the best of the three bridges spanning the grand canal in Venice. It's a pretty wild place.
We are staying in a hotel right on the water in Venice tonight. Then we return to Tuscany for one more night with Piero and then we are off to Florence for 2 nights. After that, we finish our trip with 4 nights in Rome.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Anyway, 5 years right? That's quite the accomplishment. Five years, and 2 cute boys later. We're so glad Ryan is in the family, it wouldn't be the same without him! I hope you guys have a wonderful day today. Go out and party. Ryan, make sure you dust off that Chewbacca suit.
P.S. GOOD LUCK LINDSAY!!!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I'll post pictures on this blog as we travel around.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I'd also like to "publicly" acknowledge how truly blessed I am to have you as my Mother.
I know no matter what kind of struggles I am going through, you are always there to let me know I can overcome them; that I'm never alone.
The greatest accomplishment I've had thus far in my life, serving a mission, would not have happened if it wasn't for your unrelenting faith in the Lord and in your son.
Whenever someone asks me how I gained my testimony of the gospel, one of the first things I mention, is the incredible faith of my Mother:
During the years after high school, I struggled to find any amount of my own personal faith in the gospel. But I've always believed that your faith, prayers, and love for me and the gospel, was so strong that they seemed to bridge the gap between my lack of faith and Heavenly Father.
I always picture a large room with thousands of windows, with all of them, except for one, dark and bolted shut. The lone open window, with brilliant light shining through it, being held wide open by your strong testimony that you never hesitated to share with me during that time.
You opened up the opportunity for me to discover what is now my own personal and firm testimony in the Savior and the restored Gospel.
I love you Mom.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Claire (our little niece) prayed for "Robbie" last night (she started calling him that all on her own). She prayed that "Robbie can do good on his stuff." I am sure the prayers, especially of the little ones, helped.
We all love you Rob. Now you can relax a bit. You are amazing!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Although you were all having a grand time being highly entertained by my dating escapades, those days have come to an end. Yes, it is official, Kirk and I are engaged!
It all happened Friday night. I was down in San Clemente visiting Kirk last weekend. Friday was a long day, and our evening consisted of having dinner at the Charthouse restaurant in Dana Point (so good), visiting with a bunch of his extended family at his grandparents’ house (who all knew Kirk’s plan), and going to Kirk's friend's wedding reception (to be around more people that already knew).
We get there and start walking down the path for a little while. Then Kirk decides we should sit down on a nearby bench. As I walk up to the bench, I notice that it's covered in rose petals, and there's flowers. I realize what's happening and Kirk says, "Look over there!" Down on the beach in huge letters was written "MARRY ME" in glowsticks. As soon as I turn back around, Kirk's down on one knee and the rest is self explanatory.
Yes, Kirk did an amazing job and it was very romantic. Kirk is wonderful, and I never realized any one person could make me so happy. As we dated and I got to know him better, I was only more impressed with how talented, driven, smart, caring, and sweet he is. And although his appearance in my life was unexpected (to everyone, I think), he is everything I've ever wanted and more, and I love him very much.
I know this post is probably getting super long but I promised Mom I'd post the pictures. A lot of thanks is due to his little sister and her friend, who set it all up, and then hid in some bushes like paparazzi.
Cancel any Christmas vacation plans, because December 27th is the date, in the L.A. temple.
And believe it or not, he is excited to be a part of this crazy family, and claims he finds Dad's jokes funny. That won't last long.