Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ironman - Boise 70.3

Aaron's big race day has come and gone with much success! Yesterday was the Half Ironman (swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles) in Boise, and Aaron did an awesome job! He can't wait to do another half triathlon.

We were so happy for him and so proud to watch him and cheer him on!

His final time was 5 hours 51 minutes. He said his swim was horrible. He felt like he swallowed half of the lake. His first transition was slow, but he didn't want to rush it. He made up a lot of ground on the bike and felt really good about it. He took his time on the second transition as well and even took time to come over to talk to us. He was also happy with his run. He didn't feel like he pushed it too hard the whole race and is ready to another one next weekend. He's kind of bummed that he has only Olympic distance races left this summer.

And, now, the pictures...yes, there quite a few!

Here's Elsie waiting for Daddy to come in off his bike. She brought her rose with her as a toy, and I'm sure glad she had it for something to play with. There was a lot of watching and waiting, but she was such a good girl. I love that I can take her with me and not stress about anything.

Aaron coming in off his bike. This was the first time we saw him since we don't go up to the lake. Right after this picture he gave us a big smile.

Classic Aaron "huh?" face.

There's the smile!

I didn't see many other racers that looked as happy as Aaron. That's what we love about him.

But then he mentioned how his butt hurt. I guess 56 miles on a bike will do that to you!

Aaron's famous pose! After he got his running shoes on, he came over and talked to us for a second. That was a real treat. We gave him a good luck hug and a kiss and send him on his way.

Yes, that the pose again! Here he is after his first loop (he had just run 6.5 miles) and was getting started on the final loop.

Elsie and I waited with some frieds from our ward that were there watching a friend race that was staying with them. We were so glad to have some company. And they were so sweet to cheer on Aaron as he came through.

Just right before the finish line! HE DID IT! (After taking this picture I raced through the crowd to try to get him as he pass through the official finish line. I ended up getting the back of his head. Fail!)

He's done! (Notice all his s.w.a.g. - I hope Aaron appreciates my Michael Scott reference.)

I was able to get a picture with Aaron in front of the official sign, but I'm sad Elsie wasn't with us. (I had left with our friends as I went running to the finish line.) Funny side note: As I was waiting for Aaron's turn to take the picture, I felt hands grab my shoulders and someone say my name. It freaked me out, but I turned around and saw Kyle Woodruff! He was up from Utah with a bunch of friends to compete in the race. We had a chance to sit down and visit with him while we ate some after-race snacks. It was fun to see him and catch up!

We finally were able to get a picture of all three of us as we were packing up the car to go home.

Good Job, Aaron! We are so proud of you. It is such an accomplishment, and we loved being there to support you. You're fun to watch and nice to look at! Now all you need to do is figure out a way to do it for a living.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Let the countdown begin

Three more months! Aaron and I were looking through our pictures from our last California trip the other day. I think it's almost as fun for us to talk about it as it is to go. We are so excited!! We just need to win the lottery, so we can move there. We'd get our annual passes to Disneyland, Aaron could train for triathlons year-round, we would have the best tans ever!

Disneyland + Beach + Family = Perfect Vacay (as Aaron would say).

Who's the hot guy in the ocean? I don't think there's any other place Aaron would rather be!

It's in his blood. Aaron's family vacatioed in CA several times as he was growing up, but they went for the beach (and to visit family). I went to Disneyland several times while growing up and did the beach maybe once or twice. We were all about Disneyland. We definetely had different priorities, but we've found the perfect way to merge them.

Not only do I go get to go with Aaron and Elsie, but my whole family is coming as well!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I love to see pictures of my mom. We made a nice collection of our favorites for her funeral, and I look through them from time to time. Some make me chuckle and some make me miss her even more, and they all make me smile.

Mom "playing" volleyball at the 2007 family reunion. I laugh every time I see it!

Mom with us at Aaron's law school graduation.

Mom and her brothers. I love that they are all smiling and laughing.

Our trip to New England. I'm so grateful we took this trip when we did. What a great memory!

Baby Elsie with her grandma.

I think she looks so "foxy" in this picture. I just love everything about it.

Really not the best picture of any of us, but it kind of shows the "pirate eye" that mom always made when she laughed.

There are so many more I could share! Aaron and I (and my siblings through emails) got a GOOD laugh from some old family pictures last night.

I love my mom.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May Days

(Blogger won't let me start typing above this picture. That's annoying!)
I took Elsie and a couple friends to Jabbers the other day. They played and played for three hours. What did I do, you ask? Read magazines, read my book, played around on the internet...yes, it was a rough afternoon for us all. ;)

I love miniature things, so this "backyard bbq" setup just makes me smile.
The fun didn't stop there! The next day we met up with another friend at Jumpin' Jungle. It was the perfect activity for a rainy afternoon.

We went to Walmart last Friday night to get a treat for our movie and saw this most beautiful rainbow. My picture doesn't do it justice. It was so bright and so clear. Elsie is so obsessed with rainbows right now, so we were a little more pumped than the average people! Everything she colors has to be done in rainbow order, she has a rainbow shirt that she wants to wear every day, she loves to organize her toys and any objects in rainbow order. As I'm typing this, it sounds a bit OCD (and maybe it is), but it never ceases to make me chuckle.
I've been doing these cheesy yoga DVD's some nights while Aaron is gone. Elsie always gets out her mat and joins me. I love listening to her grunt, watching her really try to get the poses, hearing her correct me when I'm doing something wrong, feeling her crawl under my legs like I'm a bridge whenever I'm in a wide stance, and having her by my side.

I often times think I write too much about Elsie. But is that possible?! This is my life. She is my life! I love her.