Sunday, November 23, 2008


So what i need help with is a certain christmas gift for a certain price...
What i'm looking for is a website, a business, a friend of a friend or anything/anyone that makes personalized "coir"welcome mats (the coir welcome mats are the nicer, heavier duty ones, kind of bristly...know what i mean?) I have my sister in law for christmas and she would love a welcome mat for outside of their frontdoor with their last name on it. Our limit is 50 bucks...this is where you all come in...i can't find any under about 75, does anyone know of anything or anyone that does these for about that price? (i can even work with a little higher than $50, i can try to find coupons/discounts) please let me know. thanks so much for any tips or ideas you guys may have!

Friday, November 7, 2008


Halloween was good. Nothing too special. We were invited to go to a dinner/potluck at a friends house which was fun and then from there all the kids went trick-or-treating...Riley was a giraffe! She wasn't too happy about it at first though.

She just loves to be outside. See that big smile?!

Aw, just sad...she got over it
Give me some MORE candy! I made her go to a few doors so i could have some candy, haha, and plus i wanted the experience for her and our little family...i had to dump all her candy in the back of the wagon after each house though because it was too hard to see if she was putting any in her mouth. so finally i just gave her a sucker, wish i took a picture, because she LOVED it! she had a death grip on it and even started biteing off pieces :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Riley's First birthday party

Store bought cakes for riley to smash into

a gazillion cupcakes so graciously made by katie for riley. They came out SO pretty and really completed her purple-y themed party. They tasted amazing as well...the pictures dont show it but the chocolate batter was even dyed purple!

Carrie and Brad, basically family, they are always supporting us :)

Sophie stopped to pose for the camera, how cute!

Lia is such a doll!

A few family members. My step brother Chase and his wife tami on the right and my brother Matt and his girlfriend tammy on the left.

Caitlin and Barry. My little sister, practicaly.

Hailee, Gregg and Laurie, great picture!

These are the miller's. I run with kristi and babysit Emerson

While we were singing to her to she did not know what we were up to...she just looked around at everyone very interested. Who are all these people looking at me and singing to me?

She did not like her cake one bit at first! i was giving her frosting and she would spit it out. Then her uncle ben gave her some cake from the middle with no frosting and she ended up likeing the whole thing!

What was left of the pretty cake

My brother and his girlfriend with riley after she finished enjoying her cake. priceless picture!

Riley really fell in love with a few of the gifts she opened like these pajamas...
and this teddy bear that was almost as big as her!

This purse. She knew exactly what to do with it...well i dont put purses around my neck, but she knew you were supposed to wear/hold it somehow!

And this chair from josh's parents. The look on her face says it all. She would get distracted by something and get off the chair, but not long after she would remember, and scramble back over all the wrapping paper and happily sit in it some more :)

My brother said he wanted to get her the coolest thing in the toy store-he is such a pround uncle-and he sure did! He got her this toy horse, that you have to jump up and down on and spin the thing on top to make stuff happen on the t.v. like the alphabet or numbers, etc. very fun! We had such a wonderful day thanks to all our family and close friends who were so willing to put a few hours aside for Riley and make her first birthday really special. THANKS!


On october 18th Josh,his dad Max, his brother Ben and I ran the Camp Pendleton Mud Run. It is a 10k (6.2 miles) on the marine base in san diego filled with muddy obstacles. The race was AMAZING! It started out by having you run past a few water trucks-you know, the kind you see squirting water out from allsides and the top of them onto dirt at construction jobs usually to keep the dirt/dust down-a couple fire needless to say we were completly soaked from the start...even if you were able to dodge one of the trucks, the next ones were sure to drench you! I was so cold my thighs and fingers were numb for awhile! Then you run for about a mile until you get to a river crossing, maybe a 1.5 feet deep, 10 feet was fun, gets you a little wet and muddy. Then the HILL began...this was the hill from h-e double hockey sticks. It was almost 500ft. high and almost 2.5 miles long. Everytime you get to a corner where i couldn't see around i though, yay this is the top, unitl i ran a few more feet to see that it stretched out farther, this happened a few times! The next obsitcal was at the "almost" top of the crappy hill. They had tires set up that you had to run through without tripping over. Then finally, at the "real" top of the hill was the first mud pit and wall to climb over. There was a slippery mud birm you had to climb over to get into the mud put, which was totally slippery and fun and filled with water. Then there was a five foot wall you had to climb over, with military waiting to help anyone that couldn't make it. After you climb over you had to jump into the next mud pit filled with water wondering how deep it was and climb over one more wall. Almost right after this, a little jog away was the lake crossing. It was as deep as my shoulders, so like 4.5 feet deep or so and maybe 75-100 yards across or something(not too good with distances) it was really cold, but by that time i needed it, and it felt great. Aprox. one more mile down the road was this insanely steep muddy hill. At the top was a guy with a fire hose squirting it RIGHT AT YOU. no mercy what so ever. it was so hard to get a foot dug in to take a next step that i was using my hands to claw my way up....this race is so fun, i'm telling you! A little after that was one mroe mud pit with the two walls, this time i had to step on a marine's leg to get over and then when i jumped in on the other side i fell on my butt...haha...after this was just more running, and more running until
the final obstacle of "army crawling" in a mud pit under barb-wire (flags)...right when i got there this marine guy started shouting "GO! GO! GO!" so i got all nervous and dived in head first under all the muddy water, not knowing how deep, it was only like a foot or so, after that you race to the finish for a sweet victory!!!! We had so much fun we are making it a family tradition. Any friends who want to join in, feel free! It was such a great experience and made running 6 miles so worth it :)

Josh's mom, Ben's wife and Josh's youngest brother went with us. We all ate at P.F. Chang's the night before and drove to sleep at his grandma's in dana point.
While at the restaurant we got fortunes that fit most of us so well!
Me:Your hidden talents will soon be revealed-i was really nervous about running that far, i had never run that far before.
Josh: Don't worry about the stock market. Invest in family-josh is the investor and money man of the family
Ben: Be prepared to modify your plan-ben likes to be very precise
Max: You will be pleasantly surprised tomorrow-no one knew for sure if he could finish the race
Lynne: Something on four wheels will soon be a fun investment for you!-lynne just got in a car accident and needs a new one.
Daniel: Someone is looking up to you. Don't let that person down-Riley always looks up to and plays with daniel
Lisa: Listen these next few days to your friends to get answers you seek- ?

Josh and I on the shuttle to the race

The rset of the gang

Before the race. We were so antsy, we had no idea what to expect!

Ready to go

They had us caged up like this for 30 minutes!!!

Here i am racing to the finish line! I finished 7th in my age category out of 252 other women ages 19-25 with a 1:10:31 time

After it was all said and done. We all loved it.

Sorry i waited so long to post this but i waited until the photographers from the invent posted the pictures. When i found the ones of us, i was not able to copy them in anyway to put them up here like i planned and there was no way for spectators to see us on the obstacles...hence boring pictures, i hoped you enjoyed anyway and are now convinced to run with us next year.