Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hobble Creek half marathon

The half marathon on August 20th came quickly, and this guy ran like a champ! With all the traveling we had been doing plus the chaos at work plus the absense of his regular running partner (meeee), the guy hadn't really trained for this. We woke up at five and promptly drove to Mapleton to catch the bus!
Looks good in the morning!

All ready to go!

Saying goodbye....because of course I went back home to catch more zzzz's.

I caught him crossing the finish line! He did SUCH A GOOD JOB! He actually finished in an hour and 55 minutes...averaging a 9:10 minute mile. 

Not bad for someone who truly didn't train! That's my athlete husband!

...and with a smile on his face as if he went for a stroll around the park or something. We found out this morning that he got 14th in his "Clydesdale" division (200+ lbs.). We both think there should be a 240+ division--he would have gotten 1st, duh.

I can't wait to join you next year honey! 

The newest member of our family

Our new Subaru Forester, better known as "Subi". We love her! Mark has me drive her while he takes "Mazdy," our little Mazda 3. I'm spoiled! 
The selling point? 
"This baby can go down flights of stairs with NO problem!"
Oh, good...because when we're getting chased that will be extremely convenient.
But really, she handles soo smoothly and I feel very safe when I drive her, and that's the most important. We're really excited to test her out in the snow. Apparently Subarus are Pros in the snow. 
And she's really fast...but Mark doesn't need to know that I'm excited about that!

We'll get the windows tinted before baby comes...

A random picture of me a couple weeks ago. I'm a lot bigger now, don't worry. I sent this to Mio, one of my bffs on a mission in Japan and got a bunch of pics developed to send to her. 

Davis/San Francisco CA visit

Mark's grandma Libby Freeman lives by herself in Davis, California (just 10 minutes outside Sacramento). We love her so much; she sends us post cards of U.C.-Davis all the time and asks us to visit. Well, after our long vacation to Brazil the only time we could go was the following weekend. It was a long drive, but we're so glad that we went! She treated us to gourmet food the whole time we stayed there (now I know where Mark gets his "foodie" side from) and I was able to go to San Francisco for the first time.

My only requirement in San Francisco was that we got a sourdough breadbowl! Boudine's is the place to go! Yummy.

Clam Chowda'! Those are the only two pics that I got in San Fran...I was really not in the mood to be in any pictures!

I had to take a picture of the place settings that we had for breakfast one day...Grandma Libby is so cute!

See those two twin beds in the back?...that's where we slept!!! Isn't that funny?? Grandma Libby didn't want any hanky-panky in her house I guess! We were dying laughing.

Mark's uncle Jeff and aunt Sharon were there visitng that weekend too. We had a blast talking to them each night. Don't underestimate this crowd...they had us staying up until 2 a.m. every night! Grandma and Jeff are night owls. By the last night I was able to stay up without falling asleep a couple of times on the couch. We all laughed and laughed about who knows what.

Scrambled eggs, French toast, homemade syrup and jam, and Grandma's favorite--margarine!! It's her "secret ingredient"... I was thrilled, let me tell ya!

In the front yard before leaving back to Utah

We love you Grandma! Thank you for letting us come and see you! Mark is so in love with this area that we just might end up here someday. I was so impressed with how "with it" she is at her age (85 in December). She takes such good care of herself and always makes sure that she's put together and keeping her mind active. She's a great example to us. 

Cousin visit!

Last month my three cousins from San Antonio came to visit for 10 days. They're such good kids and we love them coming to visit every other summer. I couldn't believe how much they've grown! They are my mom's sister Susan's kids. Aunt Susan passed away when she was 31 from breast cancer and the kids were just six (Jack) and two (Rachel and Noah). We went to visit their mom's grave and made it look really nice.

After we visited her grave, we took my nephew Nico to the Provo Beach Resort. He had a ball of course.

But I think my mom had the most fun! She loves her (only) grandson.

I had to get a picture with the twins. Jack had taken off already, but this was their last day visiting. They're so big! They're 9th graders this year, and that's the age that I'll be teaching starting next week. 

I love you guys! 
Hugs and kisses!

Our new place

After months of searching the Provo/Orem/PG/American Fork area, we found ourselves a great place in a great location with a great price! It worked out so perfectly. 
Our master bath

Seperate toilet!

Walk-in closet = MUST

blurry :( M.J.'s room

Our Master

Other side of baby's room. Walk-in closet #2

Our invisible washer/dryer

guest bathroom

That's our landlord with her 3 kids in the living room/dining room.

My favorite feature of the kitchen? The ice and water feature on the fridge door, haha 
ohh the little things that make your life more pleasant!

We love it- I'll have to post pics of it with our stuff actually in it. We still need to put up pictures, get a washer and dryer, get a sectional couch, new kitchen table/chairs, and set up the baby's room.....
It'll be awhile before everything is done :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rio de Janeiro

Okay folks, this is a post stuffed full of pictures. I have put this off for over a month now because the thought of covering Rio has been overwhelming! Rio was our last stop in our Brazil adventure.

"Corcovado"---The world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue! (Have you seen the movie "Rio"?) It was smoggy this day--as you can see.

We went on a "Jungle Tour". Our tour guide's name is Fabio. I wish I could say he was as cool as his name! It was fun to see the city and then go into the jungle area that surrounds it.

That mountain is called "Pao de açucár", or "Sugar Loaf". It too is on "Rio."

I loved the architecture of this building

Another view of the Christus (Corcovado Hill). It's a lot further/higher than it seems!

Dave and Brunette Shelly (She's always been blonde--until this trip. She didn't want to stand out too much!)

These are Rio's most famous "favelas"--or ghettos. In Brazil, the poor live on the hills and the rich live near the ocean. A middle class doesn't really exist.

On the Corcovado (means "hunchback" in Portuguese, describing the hill that the Christus was built on). It's made out of Sandstone and was built in the 1920s. The real date is in my journal...I promise I was listening to the tour!


On the jungle tour--a random waterfall. It was a fun little stop.

Ew ew sick sick picture of me. I obviously needed to wear a maternity shirt... at least he looks good.

Our sweet jeep.

Do you see the huge foot print?

My dream Brazil house--in the mountains but close enough to the ocean...

Front view... 

Such a cool city!! 

On our way to "Sugar Loaf" mountain.

We ride these gondolas up to the top

All of us wearing our Havaianas--a brand of sandals that everyone wears in Brazil. They're so stinkin' comfy too! I love mine. 

That's the Christ statue above all the smog...

inevitable shadow pic...

view from the gondola on top of Sugar Loaf

Over Mark's right shoulder (our left) is Copacabana beach where our hotel is.

There's that bun again...

Fertility statues?? haha these pregnant lady statues were in every city that we went to. I wanted to get one, but I'd have to paint their bare bellies and shoulders. Just kidding, they were mucho $$. (In the gift shop on top of Sugar Loaf)

Views from top of Sugar Loaf

Back down to sea-level. Oh, hey there, you're cute!...

...So we kissed a lot on the beach. Rawr. 

Our hotel is the one with the pentagon on it (shape with five sides, right??) It's a J.W. Marriott hotel so it was umm...super nice. It helps that my in-laws are like Gold or Platinum members; when we arrived they upgraded us to suites with ocean views. Cha-ching!

Can you say gorgeous?!

Oh man he's cute.

My Havaianas again

chubby, swollen ankles, feet, and toesies

Not my leg. This one's too sexy.

Saying goodbye to Brazil was so hard! When we went to the beach it was our last day there...

Before we left I had to get a picture of the coconuts they sold on every street corner. The water inside was so refreshing. I <3 you, Brazil!!!!