Sunday, June 14, 2009

Little Red Riding Hood Bike Race 2009

Many of you know that Aubrey and I have been training for our first bike race which we completed on June 6th. This was an all girls race in order to raise money for breast cancer research. Aubrey and I did the 15 mile distance, Samantha (Taylor's sister) did the 39 mile distance and Stacey (my sister) did the 47 mile distance.

Here we are before the race, excited and raring to go!
(Aubrey, Stacey, me, Sam)

Here's one of Aubrey and me. We had fun trying to find matching clothes!

Samantha ... just about ready to head out

and she's off!

Aubrey and I were the last group to leave. We couldn't have asked for better weather!

Taylor and Braden met us on the tailend of our race, this is with about 4-5 miles left to go. Still smiling!

Here we are coming into the finish ... feeling great! We finished in 1:29:03 which was right on for our training pace. I'm proud of Aubrey, she was a little worn out for the last little part (the wind was blowing REALLY hard on the way back which meant you had to peddle twice as hard to go half as far) but she did a great job and stuck it out!

This is Stacey coming in to the finish line. I can't remember her time (just over 3 hours, I think) but she did great! The longest she had ridden previously was under 30 miles, so she really pushed herself ... way to go sista!

These lais were our medals!

Samantha coming in at a strong 3:30 hours!

Way to go, Samantha!

Here's another group shot after it was all over. Maybe a little tired, but happy for sure!
I've decided I like bike riding MUCH more than compared to running. (Last year this time, I ran the Ogden half marathon) So much so, I splurged and bought a bike trailer so that I can bring Braden with me and Aubrey and I can ride bikes whenever we want all summer. The biggest reason we didn't do a longer distance is that we didn't have time to train any longer than we did because we had to juggle the time from when Taylor got home from work and the other committments we had going on during the week.
I've got a list started of girls that want to ride this race next year. Let me know if you want to join us! It's a fun, non-competetive race for a good cause. With distances from 15 miles up to 100 miles, it works for every rider.

Rain, rain, go away ...

Actually, we've been LOVING all this rain we've been having. Sure it doesn't feel like summer yet, but I will be the last person to complain about that! I love thunder and I love being able to turn off the sprinkler. When I lived in Florida, we had thunderstorms every afternoon in the summer (they last for like 20-30 minutes with clear weather before and after) and so all these storms bring back fun memories.

On one of the nights, Taylor was off at a meeting and we decided to be a little crazy and go out and run around in the ran (sans lightning at this point!). At first, Braden was not sure about it, but he quickly realized just how fun it was!

I love this picture of Aubrey ... you can see pure joy in her face. How did I get so lucky to have such awesome kids?!? If you can't see the picture very well, click on it to see a bigger copy.
Braden was nervous at first, but would go out holding my hand.
Then he got brave enough to go out on his own!

Have you been enjoying the weather?!? We sure have!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Memorial Day Part 3

I sure took a lot of pictures Memorial Day weekend! These are the last of them (I think!)

This is a shot of Grandma Lois' house. It's a fun place for the kids to explore.

All kinds of places to explore.

This is the big tree. Hatch family tradition, that's for sure. It's about a 5 minute stroll from the house. You can't visit the cabin without making a visit to the tree!

See ... look how big that tree is!!!

Sandy and Randy's (why can't I remember her name?) little one totally fell asleep on Randy's lap while eating her icecream cone!

Uncle Mike built this hot rod about 4 years ago. We all took turns going for a ride. It was lots of fun (and kind of scarry too!) It was great fun until I burned my leg on the muffler as I was getting out of the car. Yes, Mike warned me before the ride, but I totally forgot about it. Two weeks later and it is still healing!

Aubrey thought it was pretty fun!

Even Braden got to try it out

He ABSOLUTELY loved it!!! Can you tell?

Grandma Susan and Sophie were a little anxious about it!

As you can tell, it was a great weekend. I love it when we can spend time with family and the kids can create their own childhood memories.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Memorial Day Part 2

We had a small lunch at Grandma Lois' house on Sunday and then a BIG family lunch on Monday for Memorial Day. Here are some pictures (surprise, surprise!):

This is Randy and Sandy's little one ... isn't she cute?!? (Cuteness seems to be a theme in our family!)

Lois and Fred have this really fun house up in the mountains outside of Boise. There are all kinds of cool things to do there including all kinds of swings and hammocks.

Grandpa Kent

Lois always inspires me when I visit. She grows her own food, bakes her own bread ... she doesn't even know how to make something out of a box. Maybe this is why at 87 she is able to walk up and down the mountain with ease.

Taylor pitched in on the cooking ... impressed?

Taylor and Braden with some cheesy smiles!

Some candids of Sunday lunch

Wow, a candid (kind of) picture with me in it!

Grandpa Kent telling a story to Sophie!

Uncle Steve and Grandma Lois

Marrianne, Aubrey and Braden. Aubrey and Marrianne became best of friends this weekend.

A rare picture of Fred. Fred is great to allow us to come in a take over the house!

Aunt Ellen

Aubrey had so much fun!

We played lots of Skip-Bo, Grandma's favorite game!

It was a long day apparently!
I have even more pictures, but I'll probably put those in another post, since I want to go to bed now! ;)

Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

Wow, I've got lots of pictures lately, huh? Well, pictures are my favorite, so hopefully you enjoy them as much as I do! For Memorial Day weekend, we decided last minute to go up to Boise and visit with Taylor's Grandma (Lois Hatch-Wells, Taylor's Mom's Mom) and Fred (Taylor's grandpa died years ago and Lois married Fred.) It was great to be able to see lots of family on that side that we haven't seen for ages. I absolutely love Grandma Lois and really enjoyed the weekend.

On Saturday we went to the temple since Lois was working there along with several family members. It was my first time in the Boise temple and it was fun to be there with family.

On Sunday, we went to church with Lois and Fred and afterwards we visited the cemetary along with many of the Hatch family members. This is the gravestone for Leland Hatch, who is Lois' husband who passed away. (He's the father of her children.)

Right next to Leland is Terry's grave. She is Susan's (Taylor's mom) sister who died of MS at a young age (32). She was a gorgeous girl who had a lot going for her. Leland and Terry were sick at the same time ... it must have been so hard for Grandma Lois.

Had the throw in a shot of my cute boy!

Some candid shots of the family

and some more.

4 of the 6 Hatch kids with Grandma. Darlene, Lois, Susan, Ellen, Steve.

another cute Braden shot!

Across the road from Leland and Terry's grave is the grave of Aaron and Helen Jeppson, which are Lois' parents.

We gathered together and listed to Grandma tell us stories about her Mom and Dad. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren never met either and so it was fun to hear the stories she had to share. She talked about how her father did a lot of traveling for work as he built freeway overpasses. She talked about some of the different towns they lived in.

I wish I could have recorded what she said because I can't remember the details of what she said, but I remember that she talked about her mother with such love. She said that she wished we could have known them. Her father served in the army and she remembered that there had been a military gravemarker in addition to the gravestone he shared with his wife. But no one could find it.

Upon further investigation, we found the gravestone under the grass ... the grass had grown over it completely. Luckily Dan had some tools in his truck, so we could clear the grass ...

and brush the dirt away ...

To show the stone. I was surprised to see that he served in World War I ... wow!

Before we left, we had to get a picture with Grandma Lois!
Wouldn't be complete without a cute Aubrey picture!