Wednesday, October 29, 2008

By popular demand...

Okay so I have had quite a few people that wanted me to order more letters like this

If anybody would like me to order them let me know. The company I ordered these exact ones from has no more "A"'s so I had to order from somewhere else, so the font is slightly different and they come in the cardboard color. So let me know if you want to order. They are $2 a letter and you can get whatever letters you want. (last name, holiday ones and whatnot)
Plus at super saturday a couple people told me they wanted them, and my brain was fried that day so I don't remember who everyone was that wanted them. So if you told me saturday, then tell me again! I will most likely order them in about 2 weeks and I will need the money first please!! Okay that is all!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So sweet

This picture doesn't really have anything to do w/ my story other than the fact the story is about Riley. I just had to put a cute picture up so you could picture her face!
So we have a Primary Activity Day coming up where the kids are going to be putting together Hygiene kits for the Humanitarian stuff. So the kids are supposed to bring something to put in the kits (there is a list of things needed) and they are encouraged to work to earn the money for the item they bring. So today I tell Seth and Riley about it and tell them they need to help clean the house so they can earn money for soap. So of course they have tons of questions so I am describing cases where the hygiene kits would be used. So I tell them that if there was a hurricane or a tornado and people lost their houses they... then I hear Riley sitting on the floor and w/ this cute go-getter type attitude she finishes my sentence w/ "then here come the Reynolds kids"
She thought they were going to go in there and give the people the kits. It was too funny!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mission accomplished...

So a few years ago I decided it would be fun to run a marathon. I talked about it off and on for those years and finally this year I decided to do it!! I found a half marathon (13 miles) in Payson. It is called the Rim Country Challenge. So I found a training guide and set out. I ran 5 days a week for 12 weeks (minus the last couple weeks, I wasn't very consistent!!) and I worked hard. So the day was finally here. We dropped the kids off at 2 different friends houses (thank you thank you!!) and set out for Payson. We left the seats to the van in Casa Grande and blew up our air mattress. It was such a gorgeous night! We opened the back windows and crashed in the van! It was so fun!! In the morning we headed over to the registration area. I thought there would have been more people but there were only 87 registered to do the half marathon! Which made me nervous since one of my main goals was to NOT BE LAST. Now you might laugh at that, but I ran cross country in high school, and it was not uncommon for me to be the last runner during the meets. I can go and go and go but I go slow!!! So seeing that there weren't many people I was a little worried about that, so I decided to focus on my next goal: TO FINISH. Now I didn't really doubt that I wouldn't finish, I had done my running, but still that was a main goal! My only other goal was to do it in under 3 hours. I really wanted to do it in 2:30ISH but I didn't know how well I would do on the hills and in the altitude since I trained in Casa Grande area and it is completely flat. So anyway we got to the start and off we went.

My dad came up there to watch me run so he and Eliott went down the course a ways to wait for me and yell and take a picture and what not. So after my awesome picture they headed off to Denny's for breakfast!!
Then after breakfast they came and tracked me down again, at this point I was pretty much by myself w/ just a few runners that I could see and some more behind that I couldn't see. They drove by me for a minute or so until I told them to leave, it was too hard to run like that. But on the upside, I need something in my stomach, so I got to have a few bites left over from my bar from breakfast and a much needed drink of water!!

The weather was gorgeous!! It could not have been better! It was overcast the entire time and had a slight breeze. It felt great. And the scenery was so pretty. We ran through neighborhoods and it was fun to see some of the different houses.

They met up w/ me once more but didn't snap any pictures, instead they got out of the car and cheered for me like goobers!! My best friend from growing up, April, came to cheer for me too!

I felt pretty good considering the difference in where I trained to where we ran. I do have hip problems and the hills were killing my hips. But I moved along and I finished!! I actually met all 3 of my goals. There was one girl that I knew was behind me but I didn't think anybody else was and I couldn't see her anymore so I didn't know if she dropped out. So when I finished I thought that there was a good chance I was last, but Dad and Eliott told me there were quite a few people behind me. And when all was said and done I think some of them dropped out!! So, not last, finished, and I did it in 2:30ish. 2:39 something, to be more exact!!

It was such a good feeling to accomplish something that I have worked so hard to do!! Eliott has been a great support too, during all my running. I tried doing it before he left for work but sometimes that didn't happen. And on Saturday mornings when I would do my long run, he never complained about the time I was gone! He is fabulous!! Thanks Babe!!! I love you!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Girls night out!

Lately Eliott has been taking Seth out on Saturdays, just the boys, to run errands or do something fun. So I decided it was Riley's turn. So we got all dressed up "like big girls" and went out.
She was so excited!

So first we went to Olive Garden. We love having a new Olive Garden and Riley loves the breadsticks. But I can't lie, I love Olive Garden and it was a good excuse to go.

And then we went to Claire's so she could get some new earrings. She hadn't ever been before so I was hoping she would LOVE it. Well, LOVE it she did! she walked in and was oohing and ahhing over everything. She couldn't decided what to look at or touch first. It was hilarious, I really wish I would have thought to video it. She was in little Riley heaven!!

She picked out earrings that were little flipflops in different colors and patterns. She even passed up flowers and hearts for these flipflops!!

After Claires we went to Walmart to find a pair of black shoes for Carly's wedding. We found a super cute pair, but I didn't take pictures.
We had a blast and I can't wait to take her out again. Although the next one on one is Lexi and she picked to have Daddy take her on a date!
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

I love to camp!

We went camping a couple weekends ago up northeast of Payson with Eliott's family!
We had such a fun time! Everybody got appropriately dirty and ate an obscene amount of sugar. So it was just like a camping trip should be. It was the first time we had gone camping as a family ever. I have taken Seth and Riley a couple times with my family when Eliott couldn't go and Eliott has taken the kids on father/son or Daddy/daughter outings. So it was fun to go as a whole family. We got there Thursday night and Riley and Seth decided they wanted to sleep in the Pop up camper trailer of Eliott's mom's. They had a blast in there. But I don't think anybody had as much fun as Lexi. She was SO EXCITED to sleep in the tent. She couldn't contain her excitement it was hilarious!! Lyddie had a good time to. she mostly walked around (still so excited she walks!) and sat in peoples laps. Although she loves camping chairs, she sat in those a fair amount of time. And the bottle in her hand is a fancy shmancy root beer bottle but it was too funny not to take a picture of! Seth enjoyed talking "nature walks" and he even got to shoot Papa Todd's BB gun! Riley played in the soft sand by the camp for a good portion of the weekend. The kids had a blast w/ Eliott's mom. She probably had almost as much fun! She would take them on little walks and feed them sugar. The kids obviously loved it!! Eliott bought me a hammock and it was OH SO NICE!!! So we both got to lay around in that for a little bit. It only took 10 minutes (no joke!) to sunburn me and give me an awesome farmers tan. So I had to plan when I could hang out it in. We had a great time and can't wait to go again!! Enjoy the pictures!