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1st Week of School

August 20th-27th, 2017: I, so, love these 4! They are growing up so fast. My oldest is in 6th grade, 2nd oldest is in 4th grade, 3rd is in 3rd and last child is in 2nd grade. My 2 older girls came out with make-up on and I was not having it. 😉 I made them take it off but the lipstick seemed to stay.Of course I had to go to all of the girl’s classrooms to take their picture. My oldest was so embarrassed! You think she would be used to us embarrassing her by now.

While the kids are in school, I have time to go out and exercise!  As most of you know… I have taken a few months off of running (I have ran a small handful of times but I shouldn’t have). I have been so discouraged and I just want to be able to start training again. The 1st day of school, my friend, Rachelle, asked if I wanted to go on a bike ride. We rode around the lake and came home 2 1/2 hours later (about 40 miles). It kicked my butt! I am so out of shape but it felt good. I was able to get a swim in and use the stationary spin bike. I did run about 3-4 miles total this week. Thanks to Rungum for helping along!

We had our 1st cross country meet on the 2nd day of school (Wednesday). It was pre-region. It is fun to see where everyone is at and then at the end of the season coming back to see how much everyone has improved. On both sides (males and females) did not disappoint! They ran so well. The boys are so fun to watch as they run in a pack. They look strong! The girls came out and surprised all of us with their determination and drive to do well.

We had our 2nd meet at the Payson invitational… I love this meet. It is a night race under the lights. We had a couple of division 6A schools there… our thinking (as coaches) was to let the 6A schools run their race and we would compete with the other schools. Our athletes surprised us on all races (JV and Varsity boys and girls) and raced so well. They took 2nd in all categories as a team except our JV girls took 4th (still very pleased about that). It was fun watching the runners race with determination and competitiveness. I know this is just the beginning of the season so we are hoping for no injuries, to staying healthy and to keeping their drive for competing going.

Jamie, Greg (the 2 English guys) and I hiked up to the Hot Springs. It was about 5 miles total (up and back down). Corom wasn’t able to come because he had to go back to work now that school started. It has been a fun summer with him home.

 


On Saturday, I had the opportunity to help (in a small way) Zu-wire fitness (our local gym) with a 5k race. It was for a little 3 year old, Levi, who was accidentally run over and killed. Levi’s family (whom I barely even know) has shown more love for those around them in this tragic time of theirs than what I could even imagine. They are truly amazing and great examples to everyone around them and they immediately dove into service and bringing the community together. I know they are struggling immensely but are trying to do what Levi would want them to do. Great examples to all!

My girls, Corom and Jamie ran the race and had a good time doing it. I helped at the finish line and worked the timing system. I was able to watch with somber feelings, Levi’s mom, dad and his siblings hug everyone that came across the finish line and place medals around the runners necks.

We had the HS cross country team come and “race” this event to show their love and respect for family and community. We didn’t get home from our meet last night until 10 and these HS kids got up at 6ish to be at the gym to support by 6:45 a.m. They did treat it as a recovery day but I love these kids and what they stand for.

Saturday night, Corom and I, went to the Southern Boil at the Clarion Gardens (the catering place I work at) for dinner. The Fullmer’s and Levitt’s came with and we had a fun night.of course we dressed for the occasion… some dressed up more than others… 😉 Esther won the most dressed up award. Her hair was awesome! Always good food there! Thanks Carters! The night before (Friday), Corom, Jamie and Mike went and caught all the crawdads for the southern boil. Jamie was unable to go with us because he was leaving for a couple of days so Corom decided to make him dinner (before we both left). The girls had fun with their friends and decided to do a sauna in their bathroom.. and then I had to throw in a pic of a beautiful rainbow from earlier. 😊 Sunday was great… we had 4 families over for dinner, went to church (I am now working with the 3 and 4 year olds and not in the RS presidency), and just hung out at the house. I worked at the Clarion this past week, subbed a math class for the high school… which by the way… math was my worst subject in school, and did my normal everyday stuff (family time, coaching, work, church, etc).

The Week Before School Starts & Jamie’s Back

We have had one busy summer:

  1. Jamie from England (soccer coach) lived with us for 3 months (leading into summer).
  2. We took off for 2 1/2 weeks to travel the U.S. in our Sprinter van.
  3. We came home to 2 Brazilians living in our home. Soccer coaches.
  4. Corom and I went on trek, my oldest had her 5th grade Shadow Mountain campout, Corom went on scout camp, he also went to Catalina, California for a spear fishing trip. I had cross country camp with the high school kids.
  5. I found out I pulled a muscle behind my knee with arthritis forming in my legs. 😦
  6. We had 4 boys from China here for almost 2 weeks.
  7. 4 boys from the Country of Georgia stayed with us for 8 days.
  8. We went to Leo carillo, Malibu California for 5 days for our annual beach camping trip.
  9. Jamie from England came back to our house for the next 3 months!
  10. Oh and our basement flooded 3 times total in a 5 month period.

​Our week back from beach camping and our England son has returned (Jamie has missed us so much):

Salem Days 5k: I have not ran since June and I actually stopped biking, etc. just to let my knee heal. I can’t say I have not ran because I have probably gone out about 3 times in the past 2 1/2 months for various reasons. Anyway… I decided to run the Salem Days 5k with my kids. Once we started, I only lasted about .6 miles before I told the girls I was going to run ahead and come back and get them when I finished. I absolutely miss racing and quickly realized how out of shape I am and how much my knee is driving me crazy!! I just want to heal up and race again. I can run through the arthritis pain but can’t start the training with how tight my knee is. Anyway… I pulled off a time of 20 minutes something (a 6:50 pace) but as I said before… so out of shape! My girls ran excellent. My oldest took 1st in her age group, 2nd took 2nd in hers, 3rd took 1st and 4th took 2nd. It was fun to see them come in. The rest of Salem days was a blast. Breakfast, kid’s parade (the night before), the community parade, BBQ, fairgrounds and activities… bike riding, the pageant (a little play), then the firework show. I so love this community. This picture I took from someone else in our community… it shows the beauty of our pond and the firework show.

Over the weekend I helped Sundance resort (Woody) put on a 7 mile trail race. It was absolutely beautiful and the course was awesome! I ran the course the night before with Corom and Jamie to make sure all the signs were in place. I took a pretty good fall on the way down but didn’t get too scratched up. My knee was so tight for majority of the run, 😞 But it felt so good to get out and run. 

The next morning, we all got up early and headed up for the trail race. Corom and Mike were the sweepers (they were the last ones… making sure everyone was cleared off the mountain). I took the girls up to about mile 4 and waited for Corom and Mike to show up. We all ran the last 3 miles together.

Right after the trail race, we went to Park City to the Olympic Park for some fun. The guys (Corom, Jamie and Mike) are the ones that went down the slides while Amy, the girls and I watched. We were very entertained! We could not stop laughing with Corom’s and Jamie’s 1st jump!

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Sometime during the week we went to the Hot Springs with Jamie and Greg (both from England here as soccer coaches). I was able to soak in the hot springs for a good hour with my knee taking in all the minerals. I heard that would help so I wanted to give it a try. The boys had a brilliant idea to pull the van up as close as they could to the spring hole and jump in. I have to admit… it was entertaining. Corom jumped in right away…

…and it took Jamie a little while to do it. 😉 Sorry Jamie.

​We had a few extra neighbor kids come with us… my girls loved it. We had a good time.

We took Jamie and the girls to the High School’s 1st football game of the season… Jamie’s 1st time sitting down and watching American football.

I took the girls to the fairgrounds and my oldest got roped into helping with the face painting booth.

The day before school started, we were able to see the Eclipse. We went to my sister’s house and met up with my younger brother and his family and my oldest brother and some of his family. We spent the time on the lake and in the hot springs pool. My oldest brother (and family) are visiting from California. They are sending their daughter off to college (she got into a University up here). 🙂

 
Cross Country this summer has been great. We have had many activities other than running! Many mornings, we had breakfast ready for the kids as they came in. We played games, BBQ’d, etc. Good group of kids and so ready to race.


It’s been a busy week/summer and I am ready for school to start.
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Beach Camping California 

August 7th- August 11, 2017: We left at 2 a.m. to head on down to California (Leo Carillo- Malibu, California). We caravaned with the Fullmer’s and the Thompson’s. We had a little mishap on the way down but nothing that we aren’t used too… We finally arrived at our campsite around 3. We always try to get the same campsite every year! It is the best one at Leo carillo.  Angela Chambers and her kids met us shortly later at the campsite. We set up camp quickly… and headed to the beach, well after Corom “rested” for a little bit. The beach was perfect this time of year!! (Mike, I love that you are in the background picking your nose!)The 1st night we were there we walked down to the beach looking for the Grunan Run. It was a full moon and during the summer months, the grunan fish come out at certain times to lay eggs on the sand. We had no luck seeing them but it sure was a nice night for a moonlight walk on the beach.  Tuesday morning, the kids played around the camp for a while and it took Corom a little while to wake up… Our campsite is so awesome!Then it was beach time for the 4 families. I actually got in the water and boogie boarded this year. It was so much warmer in August then June when we usually go on this annual trip! I had a blast… this is something I need to document. 😉 Corom had to help me get the wet suit off.. that thing was a bugger to get off. All the kids had a blast, too, with boogie boarding, flying kites and just playing! We were tired by the time we got back to camp! Had a fire and then went to bed. Wednesday was pretty much the same… a whole lot of fun and relaxing!  Corom, Mike and Bart said they were going to catch us dinner for the night. They took their spears and headed out to the ocean. They were gone for a good couple of hours… They came back with a whole lot of dinner!! It was so much work bringing that monster fish back that Corom slept for the next hour in his wetsuit. 😉 Us ladies had a good laugh but the guys didn’t care about not catching much. They love spear fishing! We played games on the beach… and built a huge sand sculpture. Every year the men and children pick something different to sculpt. This year it was a… lobster. 😊 I did get up Wednesday morning to try to go for my 1st run in a long time. It was absolutely beautiful but my run only lasted 15 minutes. 😞 I hate injuries!!! My knee is still bothering me and I have no clue what to do about it (we are going on the 3rd month)! More fun pictures in the sun!

Our 2nd daughter and Corom went out on the paddle board together. They had a little trouble as they were making their way back in. Next thing we know… the life guard is in there pulling our daughter out because she was taken under the wave. I am so glad she was watching! And who knows… maybe Corom did it on purpose. 😉

My brother was able to pop in and visit on our last night camping (he only lives 20 min away, so I would have been mad if he didn’t). 😉 It’s always good seeing him!

We made a “special” chocolate, oatmeal, graham cracker, fruit pancake for this little guy. We were celebrating his birthday.

Last day at the beach! More swimming, boogie boarding, looking for sand creatures, sand sculptures and relaxing.

The boys went out to try to surf for a little while and then shortly after they returned we went back to camp to clean up.

The week went by way too fast. It is always hard coming home. We left Thursday evening (around 9) and drove through the night. By 8 a.m. Friday morning, we were home.

Week With The Republic of Georgians

July 30 – August 6th (my birthday): Everyone that knows us, knows that we are always housing different people from different countries. We love it! This past week we took in 4 boys (Tengo, Tato, Va Ko, Onosay) from the country/Republic of Georgia 🇬🇪 for the Springville Folkfest. The Springville Folkfest had 8 other countries come out this year and when we heard Georgia was coming again, we jumped right on it and requested them.  There were 5 other host families housing the Georgians and we all became instant friends/family. Much time was spent together. But oh, the fun we all had. I loved the other host families and I want to thank them for everything. I will only be able to show a fraction of our week. They kept us laughing all week long and they were so full of energy! ​The car rides were the best! ​​​Some of the videos is upside down or sideways but once you click on it, it is normal. But the upside down explains our week… 🙂

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On top of their cute personalities, they were extremely talented! (I have so many videos of their performances but am unable to load most of them.)

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They danced with real swords… it was so impressive. The 4 girls that came are beautiful dancers and really lit up the stage.

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All week long there was a whole lot of singing and dancing every place we went (stores, parking lots, restaurants, etc.). ​For my birthday, they sang and then started to dance right out the front doors as we were leaving. The employees came out and said they were calling the cops on us. ​This video was at Beto’s Mexican place at a little after midnight… the video is not the best because I recorded it off my live facebook page ​(and it was shortened by a few minutes). 🙂

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Another time when we came out to our van and they were right in the middle of singing… this really was how our week was. It was so funny!

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We absolutely loved these boys and getting to know the entire group was so fun. There were 21 of them all together. If we could have… we would have taken them all into our home! This will be a picture overload but who cares! 😉 This is the group, obviously in action (and thanks host families for taking such great pictures…) 


 We stayed busy the entire week, always finding different things to do during their downtime or running them around when they had certain places they needed to be at. We took the group up Payson canyon to make s’mores… their 1st time tasting smores.
We hiked the grotto…

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…and then taught them American football. Salem Hills HS’s football team came out after one of their practices and spent the next hour or so with the Georgians and 2 other countries. Great group of kids (all around)… Some of them really got into it.

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Lots of park time where they practiced all week and of course, swimming in the pond.

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I took the 4 boys that stayed with us up to Sundance for a lift ride…
And then signed the group up to play mud volleyball in a city tournament. They absolutely loved it! This was their 1st time playing (with a net) and they were pretty good at it.

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Some random, fun pictures…

…and lots of selfies (so not me but it was funny)…
There were injuries and one that needed to see a doctor. George hurt his knee in one of his performances (we absolutely loved George… just an amazing person all around). I was so grateful that we were able to call Dr. Mike Fullmer (a very good friend of ours and also our pediatrician)… he got him in right away!

We went to the Bean museum at BYU (top pic), played lots of games and had a fun time hanging out!
We spent one of our days at the local pool… One picture is a little funny but of course it was Corom’s idea…
They Taught the girls some of their dance moves, ate a lot, and always had their shirts off whenever possible. 🙄😉 They for sure Kept us entertained.

They were so good with the girls! Always playing around with them.

Corom and I had to laugh because this went on every night with the push-ups! Corom would put a song on and without fail… Onosay would get down and do his push-up routine. So, of course, this made the blog. Mike and Amy were there for one of the nights and we could not stop laughing.

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On our way to beach camping, Mike was motivated to do push-ups at the gas station. ​Onosay motivated him to do more push-ups throughout his daily routine.

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One night, they made us some Georgian food… it was really good! My boys met the drill team and absolutely loved that! And the girls loved them…
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The group performed for the Veteran’s Home in Payson. It was an amazing experience and the veteran’s loved having them there! (Pic above)

Pic below… more performance pictures and as I mentioned before… they were incredible. The crowd loved them. The Austria group was pretty dang funny, too! Very entertaining.
Just hanging out during all the performances…We went to Wal-Mart on many occasions… they loved that store. 🙄 They got in trouble there at least 4 times! The cops were almost called on 1 occasion, some guy wanted to fight them on another (he didn’t know that they didn’t speak English and kept asking them to back up but they didn’t), and 2 other times the employees tracked them down to tell them to be quiet and to stop singing with their microphones. It was pretty hilarious.

Dancing after their performances of course and then it was my birthday on the 6th…. we all stayed up until 3 (Corom and I barely) while they kept going.

It was hard to say our goodbyes but that’s just how it goes. Maybe someday we will be able to go visit all these people that stay with us!
Oh… I did get a birthday song from the group before they loaded up on their bus. (As mentioned earlier… the 4 boys sang to me at Wal-mart at midnight last night but we were kicked out).

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Here are more random videos of our week… enjoy! ​​ 

Emily and Dirk… this ones for you!

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American Fork 1/2 and Hosting 2 Brazilians and 4 Chinese Kids

We came home from our family trip to lots of chores (and the girls did really well with not complaining too much)… mowing, cleaning, taking care of the dogs and their wastes 😳, etc.

… and to 2 coaches from Brazil. We had so much fun this week with them. Very nice and respectful people. We went to an indoor soccer arena to play a couple of soccer games with some local teams (my sister works there and my brother met us there to play). It was fun to watch the guys play (and it was so fun to see my niece and nephew). What was neat was the team that needed extra players had a couple of guys from Brazil (they moved here a while ago) and another player that went on his mission there. Corom took the guys to the lake one night and we all went bowling. 1st time bowling for them. We had quit a few laughs. We did say goodbye to the 2 as they headed to a new host family in Colorado.

Saturday June 24th: I woke up to the alarm at 3:15 a.m. I was asked on Thursday evening if I could pace the American Fork half… the 1:30 pace (6:52 per mile pace). I couldn’t say no. 😉 I do love pacing and this race was especially special. All proceeds go to cancer awareness… it’s the race against cancer. I met so many wonderful people, heard so many of their stories and saw many of my running friends. There were many that pr’d today…. so fun. The rest of the week… running for the girls (I told the girls if they were to run everyday… well 6 days a week and then do their 20 min of school work in the morning, I would pay them $100 at the end of summer). So they get up every morning and do what they need to do. We helped our good friends move (Fullmer’s and still close by). We’ve had friends over (some I have not seen in years… so good seeing you, Hanchette’s). And then high school cross country practices in the morning and bike riding even in the heat. We’ve also been hanging out at the library and participating in their programs… it was reading and learning about ponds and then pick up trash day around the pond. It’s been nice having Corom around for the summer (with his school job). It’s been really good for our family. Lots more to come this summer!

Shortly after the Brazilian’s left, Corom and I went on trek. We were ma’s and pa’s to 6 kids. We had so much fun!

The 3 girls stayed with g-goat (Corom’s mom)… and my oldest went on her 1st overnight camp out with all the other 5th graders. They went up to Shadow mountain. 

4th of July Fun: We went to Yuba Lake with the Boothe’s, Fullmer’s and Thompson’s before we met up for a BBQ and fireworks. 

All of Corom’s family came into town to see the oldest cousin (our nephew) Eldon. He is leaving on a LDS mission this next week. He is going to Chicago. We went hiking up at the hidden waterfalls, went to Salem pond…… then we went swimming, played games and watched lightening storms…

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… We had a family/friend lunch-on… and then Eldon was off to the MTC to serve his mission! He is going to be a great missionary! 

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