Monday, August 31, 2015

Tiara Triathlon!

On Saturday, Melissa and I drove to El Dorado Lake for our first Tiara Triathlon!   It was a women's only event and was super fun!

One of the best parts about it was that it was small in numbers.   The tri I did in 2012 had 1,250 people, and this one only had 130!    It made everything a lot less stressful and also a lot better for spectators (my whole family came this time which was really fun!)

 Melissa and I just before it started (trying not to look too cold)

 One of our favorite poses

 This picture shows the whole swim course 
(We entered the water on the right, swam around the three orange markers and exited on the left)

 Being cold already, I was DREADING getting into the water, but when we got in, it was pleasantly warm!    Yay!

 Off we go...

 Rounding the first corner...

Other than taking in a couple gulps of water after crossing the swim barrier on the way out, the swim went great and I finished much faster than when I had practiced at the Y!

 One event, done!

 In transition
(I took a bit more time and put on some clothes over my tri suit (I'm a little self conscious in it and felt better wearing my usual running clothes)

 Helmet, check!

 Unracking my bike...


 ..and off!  (With my kids cheering me on!)

 The bike was a pretty nice course (but had some hills, too!) but felt  much longer than it was

 Rounding the last corner

 Smiling for the fans

 ..and off!

 Event two, Done!

Helmet off, hat on and Go!

 Let's see what we have left in the tank..

Oh boy, there's that "jelly leg" feeling I remember...
(The woman in front of me is who I ended up pacing with.  She was wearing an Ironman shirt and I figured whatever pace she was doing was good enough).    She was awesome and we ran at an 8:29 minute pace!   (I would have been happy with 10 minute miles at that point!)

 The finish...finally!

 Cute pink finisher's medal...

...and tiara! =)


 Go, Melissa!

Happy girl, proud hubby


 Another guns picture =)

Typically race shirts aren't that cool and come in weird colors and are covered all over with sponsors.   THIS race shirt is pretty cool!  It's a moisture wicking Tank!  I love it!

Here are my stats:

Swim 7:35, 52nd place
Bike 33:12, 32nd place
Run 25:26, 26th place

Total race time was 1:09, 31st place overall and 6th out of 22 in my age category.

Once again, I'm so grateful to God for strength and a healthy body.   I didn't train this time nearly as much as I did for my last one, but I did better in each event than I had anticipated!   Only with His help...

Thank you to Philip for your support and for getting the kids up early to come watch me...and for all the great photos! =)

We loved this event so much that we are planning to do it annually!   Come join us!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fun Family Day

Today was a laid back, fun day where we just enjoyed being together, without anyone else.

Philip did have to go in to the hospital for a few hours, but I went out early and picked up donuts for them all for breakfast.   (We may have found a favorite donut place here to replace the one we loved so much in Florida!)   The coolest one (I thought) was one shaped like a pine cone!

Happy kids with the donuts

After Philip left for work, we picked up Dolphin Tale 2 from redbox and made popcorn and spent the morning snuggled on the couch.   

After lunch and naps, we headed on base for their "Family Bowling" deal.   2 hours of bowling, 1 large pizza and a pitcher of soda.    Fun times!    I made my own pizza to take along...and it was amazing!

Cauliflower crust, goat cheese, roasted pears, caramelized onions and bacon

Happy bowlers!

The kids all did really well and we all had a great time!   I actually broke 100 for the first time in a long time!  Ha!

Waiting for her turn =)

I love this shirt!

...and I love this guy!

We ended the evening with a trip to Walmart to buy new lamps for the living room - Yay! =)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Food, Friends and Funky Stuff

I've been a bad blogger again...

Maybe it's just that we haven't done a ton of "picture worthy" stuff lately, I don't know...  We've been pretty busy with school, but also taking time to visit friends, go swimming and have picnics.

I made a peach souffle last week, in my new "personal size" skillet that Steph gave me!    I'd been wanting one for a long time and then lo and behold, one arrived in the mail!   I love it!

It just recently occurred to me that souffle and fruit could go together, and boy, do they ever!

Last Sunday Philip spent the whole day and I spent the morning, helping the Pennys work on their house.   It is coming along great and is so exciting to see the progress each time we go by!

Philip, looking an awful lot like the guy I fell in love with at Teen Missions =)

Me looking super creepy with a hammer

Moriah and Eden with their best pirate faces on (in some fun costumes given to us by friends)

I decided that thin sliced sweet potato would make great "tiny tacos"...and they do! =)
I will be posting the recipe for this pork and chimichurri soon (sooo good!)

Our friend, Andrew, let Caleb pick this Cushaw out of his garden on Tuesday... and I was bound to see what I could make out of it!    I'd never eaten one before (or knew that they were edible), but I found recipes and roasted some, diced some up raw to add to a salad, made some soup, and also made a custard!   Every single one was fantastic!   Who knew??

Today while helping Keenan clean his bedroom, I got a "piercing" in my leg.    Yup, felt a little "pop" and when I looked, I had a jack lodged quite nicely in my leg!   Oddly, it didn't really hurt until I pulled it out.

Silly times on Photo booth, taking pictures to send to Daddy at work =)

Okay, that pretty much catches us up, I think =)