Friday, April 29, 2011

easter/horses.

-easter weekend was peaceful and mellow and the nicest weekend we have had all year.
- the citrus bunny rolls my mom made were heavenly.(not sure if this is the right recipe or not)
-not only did the kids hunt easter eggs, but we also celebrated brinleys 8th birthday.
-lola took an extra long nap so i was able to ride the horses with cody and merv got on a horse ride for the first time in many, many, many years.
-lola runs on turbo speed only. she is all life-all the time.























Tuesday, April 26, 2011

whidbey island half marathon.

at the end of our redwood trip, merv met me in seattle and we headed to whidby island for the half marathon that weekend. i had been looking forward to running one of these for a long time and i was so happy merv agreed to do it with me. i ended up just doing the half instead of the full for 2 reason: 1. because i never could get enough training time in for a full. a good friend warned that it was better to be safe then sorry. (though the thought of running it anyway and possibly loosing a toenail, massive blisters and blowing my knee out all sounded appealing...) and 2. it was my first time running in a marathon. the longest race i've done before this was 7 1/2 miles.  i still have plans to run a full someday though. anyone interested?

running just half turned out to be a good decision: the marathon itself was one of the roughest weather wise in its 10 year stint. cold, cold temperatures along with brutal coastal headwinds pretty much the entire time added nearly 20 minutes to the past average overall finish times.  merv had hardly trained and still came in a good mile ahead of me. i finished around 2:05 and his was about 1:54 or something.  i now have an even huger (is that a word??) respect for the ironman nut jobs.

one thing i would change:  i was completely exhausted by the time i made it to seattle even before we ran. if i had realized that the marathon landed during spring break when i signed up, i think i'm pretty sure i would have looked for a different one to run. training on hotel treadmills at 11pm that whole previous week was pretty rough. that along with not getting tons of sleep. i was completely drained for days after. then running it and literally jumping in the car and driving 6 hour home to get cody to school the next day....uggggg.

oh! ...and the disgusting motel we almost had to sleep in. oh my word. i can not adequately describe it. i wish i would have looked on their website prior to booking. and the website actually shows their finest rooms. ours wasn't quite so nice.  it literally had dark,dirty plywood walls, a concave mattress, one single lamp and it REEKED of smoke. the "kitchenette" looked like it came straight out of a beat up 1975 winnebago. really. i wish i had taken a photo or 2. along with the scary looking permanent tenants living in the room next door. we for real thought we would be better off sleeping in the back of the car. i have no idea why the marathon site listed this place under lodging... thank goodness for last minute cancellations at one of the others.

we stole these from the website which was charging $15 for digital copies. if they were cool pictures, i might consider paying that ridiculous price. instead these will work.
i'm waiting for the phone call any day now from a runners magazine asking if they can publish these. such nice form. i look like i'm about to puke. i was not too fond of the slick wet grass finish line area. it was a little tricky trying to sprint across it without slipping.


doesn't merv look frozen here? he was. all that sweat instantly freezing to your body feels great. he really didn't want me to share these, but they are the only few we took and it might help him understand the importance of plentiful photo taking. :) cody said something really funny when he saw these metals. "what!! you guys won actual medals??! wow! ...wait, did everyone win medals? oh, um...that's still pretty good mom. just not as good."

still, we were both pretty stoked that at least a half marathon is off of the bucket list.

Monday, April 18, 2011

redwoods and coast!

this year arah & i took the kidlets to visit the redwoods in northern california. becca and the girls met us down there and we made our way back up 101 along the coastline to seattle.

i've been up and down the oregon  and northern californa coastline a ton but still managed to discover some new things. it helps that arah and the crew were more than willing to stop all along the way and check out everything. including a grocery store i worked at over 10 years ago in eugene. it has changed a lot. we got all kinds of lucky the couple of days we decided to check out the forests, the weather was warm and sunny! kind of rare for this time of year.  i love those trees now even more now than i did before. i think age and perspective have something to do with it. those redwood trees- they really are super huge and mind blowing.  note: if you've never seen the jedadiah smith forest, go for the drive down howland hill road, crescent city's best kept secret. a 6 mile stretch of dirt road where you literally reach out and touch the massive trees, along with tons of trails and pulls of too get closer looks. a quote that describes it well: ".. it's just about the least intrusive road you can imagine, so much so that at times you'd almost forget you were on a road if it weren't for the fact that you're driving."

cody said his favorite part was getting to buy his own little redwood tree that he planted in uncle brians yard. we were pretty sure the climate in spokane wouldnt be right for it. and uncle brian won't mind when it takes over his yard when it reaches maturity in 700 years or so.

we checked out a few lighthouses. one in particular, cape blanco we got to climb to the top of. i swear the place was straight out of the movie shutter island. not sure if it was due to the fact that there was a raging storm taking place or what. but it was eerie and unforgettable.

just a handful of pictures: ;)













































































i live a good life. i'm so thankful cody enjoys seeing this stuff with me and that my family and i are close enough to tolerate each other for that length of time. ;)