Monday, July 24, 2017

*Monday Memos*


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Weekly recap of my rather crazy, insane, but fun and rewarding life!

dear monday, I got out on a run.  It was HOTTER than Hades. It rained on my way back. Felt so good. 
I then had to rush to my hair appt.  My stylist's cats were so cute, but she big time favors the new one. I told her that was mean to Sweetie- the old one.  I have such a tender heart for animals and sometimes it makes me wish I didn't because I feel so bad for them. I came home and got packed and headed to Bear Lake.  I took munchies, cookie ingredients for the Levain copycat cookies, and stuff to paint rocks with the kids as well as some Ivory soap for some science fun!  Felt a bit out of place being only one from my fam.   I tried, but couldn't convince McKay to go with me because he was coming up with his buds tonight.  The condo was right by my friend Kathy's on Ideal Beach.  It was also the same place as my senior trip.  Those who were there when I arrived were:  Mike and Dixie.  Britt and Mike and kids.  Mom and Dad.  Jerry, Allie and Davis.   Cyndi and kids.  Tiff and kids.  We had dinner outside. Cyndi made taco salads.  Then I played Slam Jam with the kids.  It was a really nice place and area.  Kailani is so stinkin' cute.  And Winston worships Jerry.  It was hilarious. Chatted with everyone.  The kids went and played Bingo and I played a round with them.  Then I rode a Tandem bike with Stone and then Zoe and then Harrison.  After we came in, several of us played Telestrations.  It was fun. The kids loved it.  I slept in the same room as Ma and Pa.  If you can call it sleep.  I didn't sleep too well.  I think I am glad I came. I think.  Hah  Lots of changes in my family.

dear tuesday, I went for a run and got in 7.5 miles.  I surprised myself!
Britt swam in the lake. I missed a pancake breakfast because I was running.  Darn! And I hadn't brought anything other than treats to share because I didn't get the email informing me breakfast and lunch was on your own, or any other info until they forwarded it to me for directions. Hmm.  My Mom has me a bit worried because she forgets so much.  I was starving and so I talked some of them into going to the Chevron for lunch and raspberry shakes. Mike is so funny.  He likes to talk about the Bear Lake Monster and the fact that I told him his name is Leon. That's because me and my high school friends named him Leon when we were on our senior trip. "Right On Leon!"  I found the picture of us posing in our matching Leon Monster shirts.  He loved that. He also wants to figure out where the best raspberry shakes are.  We agreed it's Chevron hands down!  He is a blast to be around. I wish he lived here.  
At the Chevron.  They seriously have the best raspberry shakes in town and no line! We get ours with a bit of hot fudge on the side to mix in as we eat it.  

1979 Senior Trip.  Doing our "Right On Leon!" pose in our Bear Lake Monster shirts!  Same place only then it was called Sweet Water Resort.  Now, it's Ideal Beach.  But, everything else is pretty much the same (other than the sailboats).  And our age!  Hah  
When we got back, I got on my suit and went on the wave runners.  Man, I love those things!  I am pretty sure I have a need for speed because I can't get going fast enough on them!  I love to do donuts and figure 8's. SO FUN!  I took several of the kids.  Stone and Zoe were very paranoid, but Winston and Mya are speed demons like me and so I got to go fast with them.  When I was alone, I got up to 61 mph!  Everyone said I was a maniac.  Sorry, I was born that way!  I love speed!  I also took the Kayaks out. Those are also so fun.  I took Winston and Zoe.  
We got a family pix before Tiff left.  Only of those who were there at the time.
After that, I got Mom to go on a wave runner.  It took some convincing, but she plopped her donut cushion on the seat and off we went.  She was freaking out with any speed increase and grabbed a hold of me hard.  It was hilarious. I got up to 11 mph and she acted like she was going to die. When I gunned it to 25 mph, I am not sure I have ever laughed so hard in my life!  I had tears coming down, I was laughing so hard!  Had to stop to wipe tears. Oh man, so funny.  Good memories!  I'll never forget it.  
My brave Mommy. I had to really hold back to not just gun it and give her the ride of her life.  Hah
Then my Pa rode on one with Britt.  Neither of my parents have ever been on one. So. Fun. 
I talked to Britt and Jerry while we were sitting on the beach about mom. She's struggling with Britt moving big time.   It will be hard to see them move because she does so much for her.  She told me she is trying to pay her back for all the time she spent taking care of them and Shelley.  She seriously was up there every day of her life while Shelley was alive.  I can honestly say my Mom is THEE most unselfish person I have ever met in my entire life.  She gave all her free time to helping Shelley and those kids.  She would get up at 4 am and go to work full time, come home, eat dinner, and then head over to help.  Every. Single. Day. Then when she retired she spent all her time up there.  She has a special place in heaven that the rest of us will wish we could even peek into.  We had a really good Greek chicken dinner.  Me and my Dad was teasing Jerry about getting salmonella from using the same utensil for the raw and cooked.  But no one died.  It was so good.  I had fun chatting with Cyndi. She is genuinely nice as is Mike Z.  We stayed up and talked for a while before bed. 

dear wednesday, I got up and ran 5 miles.  I did not sleep at all last night and so my run was rough...but great views!  I do better on sleep!  So tired.  
I got back in time for some pancakes today.   Mmm.....  After breakfast I did the Ivory soap with the littles.  It was fun. It did make a huge mess, but it was still fun. 
Then I grabbed the littles and made cookies. Winston and Harrison loved it.  I tried out the copycat LeVain cookie recipe. They were HUGE. The recipe worked perfectly! I had fun with the kiddies.  Recipe below.
I chatted with Dixie for a bit. Cyndi left but her kids stayed. We all tended cute Kailaini.  It was fun getting to know everyone better.  You kind of have to spend a lot of time with people to get to know them. Dave says if you want to get to know someone, take them camping.  So true. Hunter is such a nice kid. 
McKay and his buds stopped by for a quick visit.  I kind of made him.  haha  Well, I suggested it would be nice and that kid is so obedient, he showed up.  He is a great kid!  Wish they could have stayed longer.  All his friends are so nice. He has always had a great group of friends.  Everyone loves McKay.  It's hard not to.  
We then went and got rocks in my car with Mom and Hunter.  When we got back, I had the littles paint them.  They made some great creations!  Harrison put my name on his painting bib backwards so it would be the right way in the camera.  It actually said, Jodi Rocks! But you could only see the Jodi.  hah I was flattered.  My Dad helped hide them with the kids later that night.  We had the Brigham Rocks logo on them.
 Family Shenanigans 
No shortage of those in this fam!
 Love this!
I then had to go because I had a lot to do to get ready for Alaska and I also had an ortho appt at 4:00.  I really should have stayed and bagged the ortho even though I would have to wait until after Alaska to get in. But it would have been worth spending time with the fam.  I was so sleep deprived that I actually fell asleep twice driving home.  It was only for about 2 seconds each time, but that's enough time to crash. Not good. I was just so tired. 
I went to my Ortho and he was super busy.  I just kept thinking that I should have stayed at Bear Lake.  :(  I was only there for about 5 minutes.  I really should have stayed.  I didn't have anything pressing I had to be home for (other than sleep!) and my Woman's Forum mtg, and of course, Alaska prep.  But, I was actually grateful that I would be home and be able to sleep! Dave had meetings all night.  I was so tired. I think Mr. Cat missed me because he came in my room and laid by me.

Copycat Levain Cookies
·         1 cup butter cut into tablespoons
·         ¾ cup light brown sugar
·         ½ cup sugar
·         2 eggs
·         1 cup cake flour
·         1½-1¾ cup all purpose flour* see notes
·         1 teaspoon baking powder
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
·         2 cups walnut halves
·         2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips* see notes
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees and set rack in middle of oven. Place butter into bowl and turn mixer on low. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.

Add sugars and beat butter until smooth on medium speed. This should take about 1 minute. Mix until the butter pieces are completely blended with the sugar and is no longer visible in pieces.

Add the eggs and beat on medium just until incorporated with butter and sugars, about 30 seconds.

Turn the mixer off. Add the cake flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pulse the dry ingredients on low until the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together. Pour the walnuts into the batter all at once. Pulse the batter 5-6 times.

Pour the chocolate chips into the batter and pulse again 5-6 times.

Pour the batter out onto a clean surface. Fold the dough together a few times until all of the chocolate chips and walnuts are mixed into the batter.

Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces about 6 oz each. Use your hands to shape cookies. Do not use a cookie or ice cream scoop. The cookies are meant to be roughly shaped. Do not flatten the dough.

Bake 4 cookies per pan, for 11 minutes on regular bake or 400 convection bake for 8-9 minutes. The cookies are done when the top is a bit golden and the bottom is also golden.

Do not over bake. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

-It is important to let the oven fully heat up. Turn it on for at least 15-20 minutes before baking.

-I use 1 cup Cake Flour and 1¾ cup AP flour. You may try using 1½ cups AP flour. I found the dough to be too sticky. If you have issues with the cookies flattening out, use 1¾ cups flour.

-If you do not have cake flour, try using All Purpose flour. 2½ cups should work. When purchasing Cake Flour, look for it on the upper shelves of the grocery aisles. Cake Flour is usually found near the regular (All Purpose) flour, cake mixes or with other baking items.

-I buy chocolate chips in bulk and scoop my semi sweet chips out of a jar. This recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate chips. Most bags of chocolate chips are 11-12 oz or closer to 1½ cups of chips, which will work for one recipe, no need to open another bag of chocolate chips.

-I use food handlers gloves to shape the dough, and also weigh the dough balls on a scale. Each dough ball is approx 6 oz.

-These cookies freeze extremely well. After cooling completely, place cookies in a large ziplock bag or small sandwich size bags. Place in freezer. When ready to eat, either let thaw, or wrap in paper towel and microwave for about 15-18 seconds. The cookie will not have a crisp exterior after being frozen, but will still be moist and taste fresh.

-In the recipe it says to turn the batter out onto a clean surface and mix the chocolate chips and the walnuts together by hand. I do not do this step. I add this to the recipe because it is shown in the video. I simply fold the dough a couple of times with a spatula in the bowl to make sure all of the walnuts and chocolate chips are distributed.

-Dislike walnuts? You may add additional chocolate chips or try increasing the All Purpose flour by ¼ cup.

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dear thursday, I did hill repeats today.  It was hot!  I then went to my Woman's Forum meeting.  Most of it was already planned at the last meeting and so I'm not sure how much help I was.  Kind of feel like that in a lot of things lately. I ran some errands including a car-wash and got stuck in it.  They guy had to repair while I waited. Fun. :( 
Car Washes are so fun and pretty!
I came home and rested a bit.  I was still exhausted from Bear Lake. I chatted with Sky for a bit. Poor Bryce got bit by dog today. That poor kid. He is seriously always doing good and then gets bit. He was mowing the lawn for the Presbyterian Church I think. Just. Doing. Good.  Went to seamstress then to Maurices for their killer clearance 75% off sale.  I got me a pair of levi Capris and a hoodie for $9! SCORE!  Dave made best Sweet and Sour Chicken for dinner and am amazing salad. So good.
The boys went to town on the garage organizational wall.  Sky is a doer and always has such great ideas.  He will get us whipped into shape yet! 

dear friday, I got up at 5:20 a.m. and ran with Robin.  We got in our 16 miler. We got rained on a bit. Felt so good.  Sherrie ran with us for a bit as well.  It was tough, but Robin is getting stronger.   I got sick around mile 12.  The last four were tough.  But we finished strong going up 9th north without stopping or slowing down too much. I need to figure out my fueling so I don't keep getting sick.  I think it's the heat, but it happens every long run lately.  

Came home showered and then headed to Logan to get presents for Taylor. My Mom called while shopping. I told her how I felt about what she said to Britt when she said, "Who will take care of me now?"  Probably shouldn't have.  Live and learn. :/  I was in Sam's and when I came out, I couldn't find my car...anywhere!  I was on the phone when I parked and so I didn't make a mental note.  UGH!  It was SO hot and I swear I looked for a good 10 min. pushing my cart around in the heat while STILL on the phone with my Mom!   I kept beeping my keys and nothing!  I was convinced my car had been stolen! Then a lady in a white van pulled over and her son jumped out and asked if I needed help.  Um....yep I did!  I needed help and was grateful for it. I was ready to go back inside and report a stolen car!   He was so kind and pushed my cart for me.  I finally found it way up by Deseret Book.  At least I hadn't passed it 100 times without knowing it!  OMGOSH!  So embarrassing.  More worrisome than anything.  I can NOT believe I did that!  I have never done that!  Not to that extent. That's what happens when you are on the phone when you park and the entire time while in the store and when you come out.   Even then, I can ALWAYS find my car.  This was a unique parking situation though because I could not find a place to park in Sam's and so I went in the upper level parking lot by the strip mall.  I just didn't make a mental note of that because I was in an intense conversation with my mom.  Oh well, it makes a good story right!  Hmm.... Rough day!  :(  Big time. 
It got better when I got home and Skyped with Carson. He is just so cute! I went on a short date with Dave.  We splurged and went to Old Grist. Hah But it was good.  

dear saturday, I got up and did a Happy Birthday Facebook post for Taylor.  I feel bad he isn't home for his 24th birthday!  But I don't think he is.  Why would he wish he were here when he is in paradise?  :)  Lucky kid!

•★ * ░H░A░P░P░Y░ ░B░I░R░T░H░D░A░Y░*★ or "Hauʻoli lā Hānau" to my work hard, play hard son Taylor Wilding today who is celebrating it in Hawaii this year where he is working this summer! This kid finds adventure wherever he goes and if he doesn't, he makes it. He can sleep anywhere as long as he has a hammock! Our family wouldn't be the same without his teasing, funny, laid back personality! We love and miss you Taylor! Thanks for being such an outstanding son! We couldn't be more proud of you! •★ * Feliz Aniversário!!! •★ *

I ran five miles.  Another scorcher!  I did my VT and ran to the seamstress for my temple dress and McKay's pants.  Then facetimed Taylor.  He was at work but still was able to chat for a bit because he was driving the four wheeler today instead of doing the Zipline tours.  He looked good and happy.  I sure do miss that boy!  I came home and sewed (altered some things). I'm not even close to being ready for AK at all. I'm so behind on the blog too.  If I didn't take so many dang pictures, it would be a piece of cake, but the photos take a lot of time!   But a blog without pix would be very boring!  Had to run with Dave and McKay to Smith and Edwards to get the right wader boots. Dave had already been there three times!  I really don't even want any. Sky made beef and green beans for dinner.  It was yummy! I stayed up and working on the blog until midnight. Still not even packed. Not good. I practiced piano for tomorrow.  Luckily the songs are too bad!

dear sunday, I got up and packed, practiced the piano, went to church, packed some more, played piano in RS, packed some more, ate, cleaned and then we were off!!! Alaska here we come!   
This is not Alaska but I fell in love with this photo I saw on Instagram.  Not sure who to credit.  LOVE!

Monday, July 17, 2017

*Monday Memos*


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Weekly recap of my rather crazy, insane, but fun and rewarding life!

dear monday,  I was supposed to go trail running with Jen this morning but she wanted to leave at 4 a.m.  which meant getting up at 3:30 a.m.  Um, NO thank you!  I am already seriously sleep deprived and I couldn't justify that today. So I just ran around town.  It was hot!  The heat exhausts me fast.  My niece Aubrey was on Ch 13 today.  She sang a few songs and she did really well. I am so proud of her.  She is not only gorgeous and talented, but is the coolest girl and so kind and sweet.  
I got stuff ready for Carson's party and the made him a Panda cake.  They went to the pool while I baked.  Had to run to store a few times.  The cake turned into kind of a disaster.  His head stuck to the pan and so it wasn't real secure because it had a couple pieces I had to dowel it and I didn't have any dowels and so I used new pencils.  Hah  But it still kept falling off.  UGH!  I managed to get it to hold it together. Come on Panda!  Hold it together!  You never know what will happen when you make a 3D cake.  On the way to the park for his party, the front of his head fell off.  But he still turned out cute as could be.  
 I embellished him a bit with some bamboo and grass.
 Carson liked him. Look at that face!
We had his party at the park.  It was HOT.  
 It was a lot of fun.  Everyone was so nice and brought him presents. 
Our family is so great to come and support. 
He was so cute opening them.  He got some fun stuff! 
 The Singleton's were walking by and stopped to chat.  The sunset was A M A Z I N G!
We headed to Arbies after to grab some chow.  Carson decided to take my phone and take lots of pictures.  He mostly cut Dave off.  Haha
Love that little face!

dear tuesday,  oh man my run was so so so hot!  I have to enjoy it though because in about six weeks it will be COLD! It was pretty humid as well and that makes it worse. I saw some cute baby goats.  
I played with Carson when I got home.  We went outside.  He decided to get the scissors and trim my geraniums.  He also trimmed my spikes.  Maybe a bit too much! LOL  We also did snakes and smoke bombs on my porch.  Then we decided we better do them in the sandbox. 
I facetimed Taylor, McKay and Nat.  They are going sky diving tomorrow.  They are having fun.  They zip-lined.  I am really sad that Carson and Sarah are leaving today.  We played all morning.  We made an Ivory soap explosion in the microwave.  
We also made sun catchers (forgot to take a picture!)  We made fun shapes, dinosaurs, moon, and even a temple.  They turned out pretty cute!  Sky made dinner tonight and it was good as always.  He made homemade mac and cheese and shish-ka-bobs. Wow - they were so good. And NO pix!  I have been slacking!  hah  Carson's panda plate and cup came in the mail today. He loved it and immediately wanted to eat off of it.  He is so cute.  He kept taking my phone and taking pix of me.  I guess he is paying me back for all of the ones I take of him. Hah

Then they left.  I gave him a hug and he held me tight.  It was really so sad.  He didn't cry or whine. He acted so grown up.  He is so dang cute gonna miss him terribly. 
 They had a hard time getting on plane because her license got stolen.  I guess it was so sad and they treated her like a terrorist. Carson was crying.  I was angry when I heard how they mistreated them.  They didn't even have them seated together on the plane.  Sheesh!
Sarah posted this adorable picture.  They were twins and didn't even plan it.  

I really cleaned out the pantry because we had a pop can explode and there was a lot of stickiness in there after.  I cleaned up the playroom and put all the stuff Carson loved away.  Kinda sad.   I vacuumed...something I have been letting Rinda (my robot vacuum) do it while they were here because I'd rather play with Carson than vacuum. Who wouldn't?   I tried to catch up on things I let go while they were here.  There is still so much to do, but there always is.  I missed RS tonight so I could catch up.  I haven't practiced my harp all week either!  Time to get back on track! 

dear wednesday,  I ran hill repeats today.  Not fun!  But I made it to 15! Yay!  I saw the cutest rockchucks!  They were adorable and I sat and watched them for a long time. 
Looks like he is doing hills as well!
I cancelled my ortho cause I still have one aligner set left.   I practiced harp for about 90 minutes then headed to Ogden to shop.   I had my harp lesson in the afternoon and so I went to that.  It was an hour lesson this week.  Right on the dot or maybe not quite.  I felt like it was a good lesson.  I won't have another one until school starts.     After my lesson, I went to Farmington Station and did a bit of shopping.  I love that place.  I love the Madbrooks Donuts and stopped and grabbed a few.  I have really been trying to be good as far as eating junk.  I have gained three pounds since Boston and need to get it back off.  I feel better without that extra.  Sounds minimal I know, but not when running.   Dave has been on call this week and he had meetings tonight.  I had a Becky Edwards Webinar on Heaven Journaling that I watched tonight.  It was interesting.  It's a lot like what I do though not as intense I think.  I sure do miss Carson!

dear thursday, I ran 5 miles this morning and it was a good run. It felt good.  I headed to El Matador for the Boston Sista lunch. Only four came. Bonzo was so funny. She made the lunch fun.  She cracks me up.  It would not have been as fun without her.  We got some pix. 
I then did some shopping at Costco, TJ Maxx etc. McKay was home from Hawaii when I got home.  He had a blast!  They went sky diving yesterday.  Dave and I went to Clive's viewing.  So sad. I am going to miss that man. I can't believe he's gone. The veiwing was more like a party than a viewing and that is what he would have wanted. 

dear friday, I didn't really run much because I want to save my legs for the dam race tomorrow.  I hurried and got ready and rushed to Clive's funeral.  I was on time (even almost 5 minutes early) but they had started early.   It was a great funeral. He was a great guy.  So many funny stories.  After, I talked to peeps from our old ward.  I came home and worked on balloon cards for Tyson's party.  Ran to the Dollar Store and Walmart.  I bought stuff for the party.  We didn't have a date tonight. But we did have pizza with the boys. 
Saw this pet bunny by the school this morning.  Hope he made it home safe.

dear dam race, this morning was my 10th Anniversary of when I ran my first race.  It is also Tyson's 29th birthday!  10 years ago (not to the exact day- or maybe it is) I ran the Mantua Dam Race.  I mainly did it for the t-shirt that said, I SURVIVED THE DAM RACE!  More about that at the bottom on my FB post.  Dave sacrificed his Pickleball match to come and support me. I tried to get him to go to it, but he said this was my anniversary and he is always there.  He is but I felt bad.  
Robin and Grant were there.  There were about 240-ish runners this year.  We lined up and we were off!
There was a guy who is my age that about mile 1.5 caught up to me.  I think his plan was to pass me but I put on the gas and was able to keep the lead the rest of the way.  He did catch up to me the last half mile and I was glad because sometimes you need that kind of motivation to run faster.  And I ran super fast so I would beat him.  I love having someone to catch or to not let catch you in shorter races.  It's the push you need to dig deep sometimes.  
I ended up with the time 41.46.  PR is 41.17 last year. So I was very happy!   I got 1st place in my age division!  Yay!  23rd overall woman and 64th overall runner.  The USU track team was there so that changed things a bit. But my pace was 8:21 pace.  Not my best, but not bad for a five mile course.  Robin did really well and got 3rd place.  Talked to Bob and Linda S. and didn't really know too many others.  Robin and I fought over an ugly hat they were throwing out.  We stayed and got our medals.  Dave stayed and then had to go so I got a ride home with them. Saw him pulled over on way home with Singletons.  
I was laughing so hard at Robin when she went and got her medal. She was posing for Grant to take her picture but he was having a hard time getting the ribbon going. 

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This morning I ran (and survived) another Dam Race in Mantua to celebrate the birth and life of my son Tyson who would be 29 today, as well as to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of my very first race! I took up running in 2007, a couple of years after Tyson passed away, and it has been a big part of my life since. The Mantua Dam Race was my very first race (mainly so I could get the t-shirt that said, "I Survived the Dam Race!" ) and now 10 years later I have run 8 full marathons, 27 half marathons, countless 5 and 10K's, and many other distances. Running has blessed my life in ways I could have never imagined when I first began, but the greatest blessing has been the connection I feel with my son Tyson as I pound out those miles. It has been great therapy mentally, emotionally, and physically and I hope I can continue to run until I cross that final finish line. I often get asked why I run and my simple answer is that I run for those who can't. I feel greatly blessed that I have the health and strength to be able to run and I dedicate my miles to those who are not able to. I feel Tyson cheering me on with each step I take and I know he runs with me at times. Happy Birthday in heaven Tyson! I hope you are having a party with fireworks and blowing things up! ˆ◡ˆ. I love and miss you every single day! #isurvivedthedamrace #heavenbirthdays#runlongandneverquit #runningisagreatteacher

dear overdue garage cleanout, Sky decided it was time to clean the garage (should have been done a couple years ago) and took everything out. Bryce and McKay were helping thank goodness!  I would have but I was booked full all day.  They are such great kids. I am so blessed and grateful!

dear happy birthday tyson, I almost didn't do a party this year due to crazy scheduling conflicts but my Mama heart just could not not do it.  It's my way of keeping Tyson's memory alive and he would want that.  We had to do it during the hottest part of the day (5:00 pm) so my parents could come.  They had to pick up my Aunt Dixie and cousin Mike from the airport who are here visiting from California and then going straight to Bear Lake.  I feared no one would want to come at that time. But......I was wrong!  We had a great turnout!  Brooke and fam didn't come because she is expecting and the heat makes her sick.

It was a fun party!  It was a lot fun to have Mike and Dixie here!  We ended up with  lots of peeps. 
Balloon launch
Me, Mike, Dekyln, and Miles were the only ones dressed in Hawaiian. Oh well.  (top right)
 This is actually a very pretty sight!
 Fireworks!  Tyson was a pyro and LOVED fireworks!  They were LOUD!
And of course, we MUST have Chocolate Ecstasy for dessert.  Tyson' favorite! 
Maxx was the cutest!  He kept asking me to come and run through the sprinklers with him. I said, "You bet!"  I was hot and it felt good! 
Those who came.  Great turnout!  I told everyone we would be out of there in 30 minutes, and we were close, but everyone still stayed longer.  I was glad.  I love it when people like to gather especially in memory of Tyson.

We went to Golden Spike for burgers (I had salad - I felt deprived!) and saw Lynn and Linda and fam as well as the ortho in our stake.
Tried to work on the blog.  It's sure nice to have some big events over. Now to Bear Lake this week and Alaska next.

dear sundayI woke up feeling blah.  I got ready anyway and went to church.  It was a great meeting.  But I had a hard time sitting there. I really felt like I needed to lay down. Might not look good for the SP wife to do that in sac mtg.  Troy asked if I could meet with Brother P after. I figured it would be a release of my RS calling. One of them anyway. It was. No longer humanitarian chairman.  No complaints. I was more than ready to be released. I have run out of ideas in that calling. I have done about everything in the city that can be done ...twice.  They need some new blood and new ideas.  Now I am down to only three callings. I will miss helping on the RS board though.  After that I decided to go home and get some Tylenol but once home I had to lay down.  I didn't go back. Didn't feel well.  Dave made a great dinner and I ate and then laid back down.  Our HT came and we had a great visit as always. 

dear boston marathon certificate, Yay!  It came!  I guess it's official now. I ran the Boston Marathon!  :)  hah

 I also got a great magazine all about the 2017 race!
It has the results posted inside!  Pretty cool! 
The lady in the picture is my friend from Utah!  She is the one I met at the Lucky 13 Half.  She is 62 and looks 40! 
This all still feels like a dream!!!  What an honor and a blessing for me to have run the Boston Marathon.  It truly is!

dear random, Sunday was Carson's birthday.  Sarah sent me this picture!  He has the shark towel on his head and playing with his new Noah's Ark he got for his birthday.  What a cutie!
 This animal!  He is NOT allowed on the counters and there he was just casually laying there as if to say, "I am the king! I will do what I wish!"  That didn't last long!

McKay's HAWAII trip to see Taylor with Nat 
 Sky diving!  This is the same place I went when I sky dived on my 50th birthday!

My Dad sent me this!  Just love that little Kahlani!


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