Mother’s Day

I have to say that this was a FABULOUS Mother’s Day!  It started off with my 5k (see previous post) and just got better from there.  🙂  When I got home from the 5k, I was surprised by Jason and the kids with a bucket load of flowers to fill all my pots and planter beds with; including a beautiful hanging basket full of petunia’s and a lawn chair so that I can sit out in the back yard and enjoy the weather comfortably while I watch the kids play. 🙂  So I spent the day in the yard planting all my flowers and I have to say, I have quite a bit of yard pride now!  It makes me excited to finish all the projects we have planned so that I can fully enjoy the yard for the rest of the year.  It is great how much more I love the yard when I put hard work into it.

After I planted most of the flowers, Jason and I took the kids to my nephew Taylors 13th birthday BBQ at Jeremy and Heathers house.  It was really fun.  Heather provided sloppy Joes and some excellent cake.  All the neighbors, friends and family who came each brought a side dish to share.  This has become a tradition for them when Taylors birthday comes around.  I love it!  The weather, which had been wonderful and hot all day, cooled off just for the BBQ.  Cooled off a little too much.  Most of us were cold n our t-shirts and shorts, but even with the cold wind. it was a great time!  Happy Birthday Taylor!!

On Sunday, Jason REALLY pampered me by taking the kids and letting me sleep in until 9am!!  I woke up a new woman with more energy than I really new what to do with.  Even despite the fact that my legs were so sore I kept waking up all night long. 🙂  Then, while the kids watched a Veggie Tales movie, Jason and I had a lovely breakfast on our deck with all our newly planted flower pots and talked about our future yard plans.  At church, it got even better.  The last hour of church, the bishopric gathered all the women in the ward and had the men take over their responsibilities.  This means, that for me, I didn’t have to teach my primary class.  🙂  They took all of us into the gym area where there were tables (complete with nice table cloths) set up and they served us cake and cheese cake!  It was fabulous!  After church, we again went to Jeremy and Heathers and had dinner.  Jason made steak fajitas for us and Heather provided a strawberry salad, strawberry and goat cheese baguettes for appetizer, stuffed potatoes, and then Dulce de Leche cake with strawberries on top for dessert.  Of course, it was fabulous!!  The day ended perfectly.

I love mother’s day!  I feel very appreciated and loved and I am so grateful for my family!  I love every minute I get to spend with them.  I am so grateful for my husband who is so thoughtful and understanding of my needs.  He is my best friend and I couldn’t live without him!  Thank you Sweetie!!!

5K Fun Run

On Saturday, I ran a 5k with my best friend Michelle.  It was a total blast!  The race was put on by a private school in American Fork called the American Legacy Academy.  It was the perfect little community run.  There were about 50 runners, give or take a few and the course was perfect.  Mostly flat with a little bit of incline and small hill at the end.  The registration was quick and thorough.  I was impressed with the efficiency of the volunteers at the end of the race.  As I crossed the finished line, they called out my time, took my bib number and moved on to the next person in a matter of seconds.  The time they called out was exactly the time on my personal stop watch as well.  The refreshments were good and Michelle even won a shirt at the raffle!

The best part of the race was that both Michelle and I made our personal best times!  Michelle took 7 and a half minutes off our fastest practice run time and finished at 32.37!!  I took about a minute off my personal best and came in at 22.09!  I am proud to say that I also came in 2nd overall for the women and 1st in my age group.  I even got a trophy!  I have been running in races since 9th grade and this is my first ever running trophy.  I have lots of medals, but the trophy is a new thing and much appreciated!  I would like to thank the American Legacy Academy for their hard work and the fun morning!

I have walked away from this run with a renewed determination to break some more personal records this summer.  I was, until now, just training for a half with Michelle for the fun of it.  But we are planning on running several other 5k’s and a 10k this summer.  I have found a nice intermediate training schedule on Cool Running that I am going to attempt to do while also training with Michelle.  Obviously, I will have to modify it so that I don’t run myself into the ground, but it should be a fun summer!  If all goes well,  I will be in really good shape at the end of the summer and I can attempt a more advanced training schedule for the LA marathon in 2010.