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Monday, November 28, 2011

My first 5k

We had a great time at the race Thanksgiving morning. There were over 4500 people participating for the Utah Food Bank. We got there early and stayed in the Mall to keep warm. Our wave started a little after 8:00. We stayed together for the most part for the first few minutes then everyone got separated as we started to pace ourselves. 

Our whole group!

Brianna and Devin

Devin and Ryan

Ryan crossing the finish line!

After the race!

My sister was near the finish line to cheer us on.

Ryan's chip didn't register with his time but according to this picture and the time we started we figure it was about 39 minutes.
My final time: 34:58. I beat my time by about 1 minute. 100 out of 273 in my age group
Brianna did not train at all but ending up 31:38 44th out of 159 in her age group, so amazing!

Everyone had a great time. I can't wait to do another one and start training for a 10k

P.S. We had a great Thanksgiving at my parents house. Devin and Brianna joined us and 3 of my cousins and their significant others were there too. We had a fun time playing games and eating yummy food!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

2011 WAC Volleyball Tournament

We got back from Vegas Wednesday night. We went down with Ryan's family to see Alyssa play in the WAC tournament. Although they lost, we still had a great time eating tons of food, walking the strip and being together.

The tournament was played in THE ORLEANS arena, where we stayed.

Loved the M&M store but didn't want to spend $13.99 a pound

At the coca-cola store the bear was there for pictures. He was so tall and cute, it was fun to watch him. I got a picture with Ryan's sisters that his mom bought. 

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory tempted me every time I'd walk by it at the hotel. After we checked out I caved and bought an English Toffee apple. Well worth the $6

It seems like we go to Vegas a lot. Here's some of our other visits:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wish 100 - Oct 22

This post is a long time coming. Not sure why it's taken me over a month to blog it.
The same weekend of Ryan's Ragnar was the Make-A-Wish Wish 100 fundraiser. I got to Ivins bright and early before the race to help set up. I had to leave early to drive to Vegas, but I'm glad I got to see the 1st waive of bikers go out. This was the 1st annual Wish 100, a woman's only cycling event.  They had 100, 60, 30, and 10 mile options. The event was very well planned and they had a great turnout!

For more info visit here
To view more pictures visit here

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What's Happening Wednesday

01. Tried our hand at painting glass for our YW activity last week. It was a fun new skill to learn and some got really creative!
02. Got to spend the weekend with my cousins.
03. Starting to make gift lists for Christmas, a daunting task.
04. Things keep falling into place for us as we prepare for Ryan to leave in February and we're continually seeing the blessings in our lives.
05. Got our team of 10 for the 5k next week
06. Taking next week off work, going to Vegas with Ryan's family.
07. Thought we'd have a small gathering for Thanksgiving, but the guest list keeps growing, and that is great.
08. Found out my cousin is expecting!
09. Have a new lady to visit teach. Can't wait to get to know her.
10. Finished Mockingjay and did not really like it. It's very sad and depressing, but I'm excited to see the movie. The trailer looks great.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Two of my cousins from different sides of the family got married yesterday. It was a busy day for weddings there were brides everywhere. The Salt Lake Temple had something like 122 weddings and had to cancel some. Bountiful had about 70, I think. I know a lot of people had trouble finding an open reception center too. Makes me glad I chose Jordan River and was 1 of 2 brides that day. The temple workers knew me by name and I got their complete attention for myself.

We went to my cousin Tiffani's wedding in the Bountiful Temple at noon. She married Marc Bucher who is my friends husband's brother.  I was sad Andrea couldn't be there, but I got to meet Todd for the first time. My mom's cousin is Pat Holland, so we were lucky to have Elder Holland marry them. (more about her story here) It was the best wedding I've ever been to. He spoke for about 40 minutes and talked about symbolism in the Temple. He went through each phase of the endowment and related it to marriage. I wish i had a tape recorder because I learned so much! He made everything sound so simple. He counseled to be obedient and if we are then are marriage will always be ok no matter what happens in the world. So many beautiful things were said and the spirit was so strong. He said he maybe does 3 weddings a year because he's so busy and the church is not the same as it used to be. He joked that there are hundred of quorums of 70 and thousands of missionaries but somehow there are only 12 apostles.

I was so glad to be there and be reminded of my wedding not so many years ago. It was a great day.

Tiff's family

Some of my cousins, the Bills

Tiff's brothers, Steve and Mike

Family anxiously awaiting the new couple.

We went to their luncheon at Corbin's Grill in Layton. It was nice to be able to sit and talk with some of my cousins that I haven't seen in so long. Why is it that we don't see each other often when we all live so close? Lives get busy as we get older and it seems that Weddings or Funerals are the only time everyone gets together. Sad. I need to make a better effort to see them.

They had a ring ceremony right before the reception, but we had to leave soon after to get to my other cousin's reception in Lindon. It was a long day and I would be so tired if I was Tiff. Ryan and I had our reception the night before so our wedding day was very short, which we loved.

I didn't get any pictures of Jay and Katy's reception, but it was at a reception center called Bella Vista, and it was gorgeous! I don't see my Dad's side of the family very often and the last time was at my Grandma's funeral. They live in California, Texas, Idaho, Nevada, and some are spread out even further. I hadn't seen Jay since our family reunion in 2005. Although not very many family members could make it, it was nice to be able to see my Aunt, Uncle and Leithead cousins.

So grateful for events like these that remind me how blessed we are to have the Gospel and the knowledge of the plan of salvation and that we can have forever families!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What's Happening Wednesday

The Pump Triple BreakImage by DeusXFlorida via Flickr

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01. Officially got my winter clothes out last week and put away all my summer clothes.
02. Ryan is back to playing softball and is playing for a sponsored team. So he gets lots of swag and has a few tournaments coming up.
03. My sister-in-law had a baby shower over the weekend. She's due in 2 months, the same day as my sister. Can't wait for two new baby boys!
04. Spent way too much money on running shoes.
05. Need to get my Thanksgiving decor up
06. Visited lots of gyms and ended up going with Planet Fitness. It's cheap and month to month works best since Ryan will be out of the state for 4 months.
07. Get to attend my cousin's sealing done by Elder Holland, can't wait!
08. I need to get my music on iTunes from our laptop to our computer, suggestions?
09. Didn't vote yesterday... whoops.
10. Can't believe Thanksgiving is in two weeks!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What's Happening Wednesday

01. Canned 27 jars of chicken for the first time with my sister, 3 jars didn't seal. We think it's because the rings were old.
02. Trying to find a group of people to run a 5k on Thanksgiving, no takers yet.
03. Thinking of signing up for a 1/2 marathon in February.
04. Carved 3 pumpkins this year.
05. Looking into gym's since it's too cold for me to run outside.
06. Have a busy, busy week with a bridal shower, baby shower then 2 weddings.
07. My mom and I both got MOTAB tickets for different days so we need to decide when we're going.
08. Did not dress up for Halloween this year.
09. Ryan cleaned our carpets.
10. Go here to see my brother-in-laws families pumpkins. They're pretty great.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


We carved a lot of pumpkins this year.


The Everetts


Hope you had a great Halloween!
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