My trip to Moab was an experience I will never forget. I was able to go with my two sisters Kelsi and Jade, and then some friends Jen and Christy. The weather was beautiful! A nice change going from 20 degree weather to 80 degree weather. We arrived in Moab friday afternoon and were able to walk Maine street and shop around in the local businesses. Everything was really nice. We made sure to go to bed early Friday so we were ready for our run in the morning. Kelsi, Jen, and I kept asking ourselves what we had gotten into, in a nice way. Race day we woke up early and got up to the shuttles so that we could ride the bus up through the canyon where the start line was. The anxiety and energy at the top of the canyon was amazing! It was so much fun meeting new people and experiencing what it is like to be a crazy runner that thinks it is fun to run for over 2 hours (never thought that would be me:) The run was beautiful! We followed the Colorado river for the first 11 miles, and then ran into Moab for the last 2.1 miles. I completed the race in 2 hours and 39 minutes, and I feel pretty good about my time with it being my first race and not being a natural runner. The weather change was quite an adjustment as well, instead of finishing 13 miles with ice on my lips and eyelashes, I finished sweating like crazy! Saturday after the race we pretty much did nothing, and Sunday we were able to drive through the Arch's National Park. I will post pictures of us with our running gear on the night before the race, race day in the park, and pictures of our outing on Sunday. The big question now is whether or not I am going to keep running? I have not decided yet! I love to run because it is a stress relief, and I love the results I have seen on my body (I was not trying to lose weight or even worried about it, but when you run 20+miles a week I guess it is bound to happen). I do challenge anyone that would like to run with me in the next 1/2 marathon to let me know and we can do it together!
Berkley and I were able to take a girl day and drive to Salt Lake and see Disney on Ice together. We had so much fun! When Mickey and Minnie mouse skated out at the first of the show, I will never forget Berkley's face. It made me cry to see how excited she was. She was glued the entire show and had to stand up so she could see better. This is for sure going to be an annual tradition for us.
Kaden had his first birthday on February 21st. I have been slow about posting anything, and I apologize. We had a great time on his birthday celebrating with family members. We actually had two parties, the first with my family, and the second with Richard's side of the family. At the first party Kaden was too quick and he put out the candle on his cake with his fingers. He was okay! At the second party when we started taking the cake over to his highchair and singing "Happy Birthday" he began to cry and would not look at it because of the candle. We thought it was pretty funny, not that he got burnt of course, but that he remembered. He is such a joy to have in our family. We love his so much! He is busy, busy, busy and always looking to solve the next problem. It is going to be a blast watching him grow up! Berkley was good not getting jealous that Kaden was receiving all the attention. She sure is growing up and loves to learn about everything. I promise the highchair is not the only place I ever take pictures of him:)