Saturday, July 18, 2009

Banks Lake M.J. tribute

While we vacationed at Banks Lake we decided to give a little shout out to Micheal Jackson. We had so much fun dancing around in our afros and blasting M.J. music....the kids also had fun while dancing on top of the "party barge". This is after the adults had taken the fros off and stopped dancing....but not the kids! I think us adults were beach dancing for....what?...20 minutes or more? It was so much fun!

What did you do to honor the king of pop? :)

Sophia is happily chasing me at the end of this...sorry for the shakiness

video

Halloween comes early at our house

Bella painted her face on the last day of her art class



Emma found Halloween face paint and decided to be creative






Thursday, July 16, 2009

Small town run

I went to Idaho for a visit and knew while I was there I needed to run about 9 miles to stay on track for training. I emailed a childhood friend of mine to see if her and her family would be in Lewisville over the 4th. She said yes and that she was also training for a 1/2! Perfect! I was so excited to catch up with her and have the chance to run with her. She is way faster than me...but she pretended that we were the same pace! Love her! The only time we could run was after the fireworks....which ended up being about midnight! We ran around the main part of town a little more than 2 times....mind you, this is only a town of about 4oo people, so it was totally dead at midnight, but we had a great conversation and it was really great to be with Megan. I was staying with my 89 year old grandma, so when I opened the creaky front door at 1:30 I woke her up. OOPS! I ran to her room as I heard her moving her walker....it's me grandma just coming back from getting some air. So the first thing she said in the morning was....sorry you were uncomfortable last night. (shoot!) Oh, grandma I was actually out running with Megan, i didn't want to worry you. I explained the reasons for the run....She looked at me with a frown and said...."Keirra is that using wisdom!?" I laughed and assured her I was fine. I am not sure if she didn't want me running that far, or running the 1/2 or if she didn't want me to be out so late. Either way...I am totally using that on my kids....."Is that using wisdom?" Grandma is a faithful, strong person who I can learn from. In December she will be 90! She told me that her patriarical blessing said something like..... if you remain faithful you will be blessed in your short life, she laughs at that and can only assume that "short" meant short in an eternal perspective.

Run baby RUN

Before the race with my handsome Duff Dyer
AFTER



We did it! Duff and I ran (okay he walked the hills) the 12K Sound-to-Narrows race on June 13th. My sister in law is a great runner and has run several half marathons and other races told me that the sound to narrows run was an 8 on 1-10 scale of difficulty. So.....my only goal was to finish without stopping to walk. And I DID! The last part of the run was the hardest because the last mile is mostly all up hill. I gave Duff a big hug after the race and asked him how many sprinklers he ran through, he said....none! Poor guy was dripping and he said I will NEVER do that again. Then we got home and looked at the race results and he said SHE/HE beat me? I am totally running it next year!


I have been running with Duff's darling Aunt Margaret and it feels so good to be consistent with my running again. We are the same pace, we have good conversations and she modivates me to keep running. On one run her and her daughter said that I should run the tacoma's half marathon with them. I said "NO! I don't wanna!" And I meant it, I swore up and down that I would not run any more than the 7 1/2, that any more than that would be too much running....mostly with all the training. But that invitation ate at me all week. I asked Duff what he thought about me running....he said, "Yes, you are a good runner, you can totally do it!" Oh, I love my husband! Okay so here I am training to run the 1/2 on August 1st!!! Last saturday we ran 10 miles....the most I have ever run...this saturday will be 11! You know I feel great and am glad with my choice....I will give an update after the race....no real "race" for me...again just wanting to finish without stopping to walk!