Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer Time Fun

I haven't written on here in a while and it's about time I do.  Rach and I have been loving the weather lately.  It's been in the 70's and even 80's a couple days.  So we have started to do some fun summer activities.  We started grillin' outside almost every night.  Food on the grill just tastes so much better to me.  My new favorite is grilled asparagus.  It's really easy, just take about 15 spears and place them in a ziploc bag.  Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, and some sea salt.  Shake it around for a few minutes and grill 'em for about 2 minutes per side.  I like 'em a little crispy.  

We also decided to see how green our thumbs are, so we've planted some veggies on the back patio.  Living in an apartment doesn't make it so easy, so we just bought some potting plants and some miracle grow soil. We've got some onions, peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  I love veggies and we'll see if we can get Rach loving them too.   Also Rach forgot to mention part of our workout; On Memorial Day we went with Rach's parents to Lower Palisade's lake, around Swan Valley, Idaho.  We thought we were in for a 3.5 mile hike, nothing right??  But we got there and it was 4.4 miles each way.  So we walked nearly 9 miles that day, up and down hills, through muddy trails, and some parts completely flooded over.  Wouldn't ya know we forgot the camera in the car.  We'll there's always next time.  Hope you all are taking advantage of this beautiful green earth and the summer weather that we are being blessed with.  

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A New Commitment to Ourselves!

This is for all of you that are feeling really FAT this time of year.  

I have been able to get away with wearing hoodies, long sleeve shirts, sweater and jeans all winter but now it is summer, I ready to bust out the capri's, shorts and shorter sleeve shirts.  A couple of weeks ago, I went to put on my jean capri's and they didn't fit...not even close.  My clothes are feeling a little tighter & nothing seems to fit anymore.  


Brad & I are running a 5K (3 mile) race in July so we have started to train a little bit.  I have been getting in a little more exercise but I need more.  We have only been jogging a day or two a week, but this morning while we were out, we decided enough is enough.  It was such a beautiful morning.  We are running around the "green belt" in Idaho Falls that goes passed the temple and the falls, that is a 3 mile loop.  It was so nice to be out @ 8 am in the beautiful sunshine. It was so nice to run pass the temple, the falls and the beautiful park we have.  Chena loves it too!  She was chasing all the little gosslings, geese and ducks around and into the water.  I think she would have dove in after them if Brad would have let her.  I came home this morning feeling so good & thought why don't we do this every morning.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Las Vegas

Over the weekend, Brad & I went to Las Vegas to my sister, Lisa, gradutation from UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas). She graduated with a Masters in Social Work. We are so proud of her, getting a Masters is such an accomplishment. We had a such a fun time. We were all able to be there as a family. We picked up Tauna & Dustin in Pocatello on our way down and we rode together. Mom, Dad & Telford came down together on Friday. We did some fun things while we were there.

We went to the Aquarium at the Silverton and saw some cool fish, sting rays and jelly fish.

While we were at the Silverton, we went into Bass Pro Shop. Tauna, Lisa & I found these way cool hats and wanted to take them home but we decided not to.

Saturday morning, we went to graduation. It was at the Thomas & Mack Center on campus. It was about 3 hours long but it went pretty quick. I bet there was about 1,000 kids graduating. Here is a picture of the family after graduation (minus Telford, he was there but left early to enjoy the sunshine and go dirt biking).

After graduation, we walked around the strip and then went back to the pool to enjoy the sunshine. That night, we went to Cheeseburger in Paradise (my favorite Hawaiian restaurant) and ate some good burgers. I ♥ that place. After the amazing dinner, we went the Fast Lap and raced go - karts. It was so much fun. I had never race go karts and we had a good time. Telford, his friend AJ, my dad, and Lisa were fasting laps around us. They are really good.

We drove back to Soda Springs on Sunday night for a little more family time. On Monday, we drove to Pocatello to have lunch with Tauna & Dustin. It was Dustin's birthday. We grilled up some really AMAZING steaks and played some Guitar Hero.

A big, big thank you goes to Vaughn, Elaine, Lisa, Michelle & Kobe for taking care of Chena while we were gone and letting her stay at your house. Thank you so much!

It was a great vacation but we are so glad to be back home!