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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The running begins...

So yesterday afternoon I decided to start my resolution to learn how to run. Oh boy was it hilarious! I took Wyatt, who Mark runs with, and it was just embarrassing for me. I kept having to start and stop, run and power walk. I don't know if I was expecting much more seeing as how it was my first day doing it. Poor Wyatt, full of energy, kept glancing up at me as if to say, "Are you kidding me mom?!? How humiliating!" Haha, oh well hopefully I'll have better luck today when I get home. That is if I don't convince myself out of running when I get home. I don't have any excuse though, I did get dinner all ready before leaving the house this morning, so I have nothing to worry about I suppose. I'm so domestic!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Peralta Hike

So last weekend, we did yet another hike for Valentine's Day and it was awesome! The scenery was absolutely beautiful!




For one of the first times, we made it to our actual destination, yes!! A beautiful view of Weaver's Needle.

We're gearing up for Grand Canyon this year. We're having so much fun with our new hobby, and so is Wyatt!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Secondwater Hike

We had such a great weekend! Me, Mark, Wyatt, mom and Uncle Nic all went hiking, but Uncle Nic failed to mention it was an all day hike before setting out! It sure was worth it though. Mom was a rockstar, for not having hiked in a very long time, she stuck it through the whole way, and didn't complain too much! The day started with Uncle Nic making some delicious omelettes to fuel us for the day. We took the Jeep and luckily remembered to put an old blanket in the back for Wyatt. Mark took the windy corners a little too sharply and Wyatt told us what he thought. That vomit was the most vile smell I've smelled in a while! We parked at the marina at Canyon Lake and set out for our hike. The first hill was pretty challenging, but was just a taste of what was to come.




We started plugging along and made it to another look out point. We could see down into the valley to where Secondwater would be. We made a unanimous decision to continue down, knowing that the steep climb down meant that much more difficulty coming back up.














This is where the fun began, hahaha! We made it down to the base of that mountain and somehow seemed to lose the trail. Mark and I apparently decided to follow some yuppy couple, girl fully donned in a spandex yoga outfit. Not quite sure what we were thinking. They led us through a replica of Boulder Canyon, about an hour in. Uncle Nic didn't recognize much, but we were all fooled by the flowing water and assumed it had to be right. We soon decided this was definitely not the right way and ecided to make our way back out. We found the right part of the trail that we should have taken, but decided that at this point, we were all too beat to keep going further in, only to add to that much more ditance to come out. We stopped at a nice little stream to let mom put her feet in the water and drink a bottle of wine and eat some bread. yum! nothing like gourmet hiking!
Now it was time to head back up that dreaded steep incline that was a pretty steep decline on our way down. It was pretty difficult, but we made it! And with smiles on our faces!



Just a little bit further and we made it out. A grand total of 6 hours of hiking! Phew! But I'm ready to do it again this weekend! I love it! So refreshing! Best line of the day by mom, "I'm never going to make it out of here. I am going to be a mountain dweller and have to live off the land!". But she made it! I'm so proud!

Monday, February 2, 2009

updated baby pictures (err, puppy) :o)




New pics of our little boys!!

A new woman!

I feel like a new woman! I just canceled my stupid training sessions that I spent way too much money on. I guess we have to make mistakes to learn from them, wow was that a stupid one! Anyone thinking of using a trainer, don't do it. It's not worth it, especially if it's through a gym, they're underpaid, hence making them worthless. I know how to use a machine, I'm not an idiot! Plus, this now makes me have to take responsibility and start my running! Eeep! I also got a new car! In a silly way, it kind of makes me feel more like an adult. Aside from Mark and I buying a home, this is another big purchase that is scary, but necessary. Carol the cavalier lived out her days joyously. From scraping curbs by a newly licensed 16year old with her crazy friends, to trips back and forth to Flagstaff during my college years. She's known many times in my life, good and bad. She's a book of me growing up! Haha, wow! Carol will be missed, though she will now hold her new home in the 3rd car garage and be used as Mark's commuter. She will never get thrown out! Lame post, haha sorry but I had to write something!

Hiking!





we've started our new hobby of hiking, and we love it! Wyatt was able to come, but Virgil had to stay home, still a little too small. This is Firstwater going into Secondwater