Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Olympics

While everyone has been getting into the Olympics this summer, I regret to admit that I have not.  Not because I haven't wanted to, but because there is a lack of a television in my house here in Chicago.  However, today at the gym, someone finally turned the station to the olympics (instead of the usual CNN, boxing, the cooking channel, and Dr. Phil... why people turn the cooking channel on at the gym is besides me-- it's a killer!). 

Anyway, this afternoon consisted of track and field competitions.  Let me tell ya, there are not many more demotivating factors than watching people run a marathon in about the time it takes me to run 5 miles on the elliptical.  Or to watch people sprint a lap around the track in as much time as it takes me to run about 1/4 of that distance.  Awesome. I wonder what I missed on the Cooking Channel today...???

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I looked out the window, and what did I see?

A PEACOCK and summer quickly leaving. I woke up the other morning and found a peacock in my family's backyard. Random! School meetings start up this week, which means summer is ending. I have been home in good ol' Gilbert, Arizona for the last few weeks, and it's been great. There's something about going home. Your mind becomes clear and you are able to find yourself again. I know that may sound cliche, but it's true. But anyway, I want to share a few of my favorite things from this summer before reality hits.

When this show begins, I know it's summer!

Throwing hatchets and doing other cabin activities at my aunt and uncle's cabin in Utah and at my family's cabin in Arizona.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Enough said.

Awesome friends!


Family visiting me in Utah.

Going to the lake.

Playing softball.

Catching up/adding to my "Books to Read" list.

Relishing every moment on the West coast and East coast beaches.

San Diego, California.

Attending the notorious Lexington Ward Summer Summit.

Watching the thrilling and exciting Beijing Summer Olympics.

Playing with the grandkids and spending time with my family.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

San Diego

-having the windows open and enjoying the heavenly weather
-per Graham's request, singing "I Love to See the Temple" every time we passed the San Diego Temple on the freeway
-exploring Balboa Park
-spending the day on the Coronado Island beach
-going on long walks
-waking up to Quinn saying, "Good Morning!"

Quinn and Graham sporting their sunglasses

Bath time

Fountain at Balboa Park (Quinn LOVES touching water)

Botanical Gardens

Quinn's smile is contagious

If you have a brother that is a junior or a senior in high school, send him her way

Quinn's way of looking at the fish

Balboa Park

Neat architecture

Best open mouth kisses

Riding the train (Marci, the wonder woman--pregnant and has a 3 yr old and a 1 1/2 yr old)

Darling, even with carrot chunks in his teeth