Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Pumpkin Patch

I love Autumn! For the past four years we have missed this season so much while living in Arizona. The leaves on the trees are so beautiful, the air feels crisp, and Agri-Tourism is in full force!

Today we took Hank to the Pumpkin Patch at Country Mercentile. And like the true city-slicker I am, I gladly plunked down my $6 to pet some farm animals, walk through a corn maze, and take a hay-ride out to the pumpkin patch.

Hank visiting the Petting Zoo:

Hank & Haylee:

Hank's first time on a tractor... Too bad you can't see the tear in Shane's eye.

As you can tell from his face, he had the time of his life!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"That girl is a running fool!"

Okay, this is kind of old news, but since it ranks amongst my greatest life's accomplishments, (along with my college degree and getting some poor sucker to marry me) I thought I should share. This summer, my friend, neighbor and fellow ward member Alison Chan asked if I would be interested in doing a running program with her.

Let me back up. I have never been a runner. I couldn't run a mile in Jr. High if my frizzy fro was on fire. I couldn't run a half mile, quarter mile...a lap. I couldn't run to the mail box.

But I was lonely, still fighting pregnancy weight, and defiantly needing a project, so I said yes. Alison found this program online called "Couch Potato to 5K" and we set the goal to run our first 5K by Thanksgiving.

I am not going to lie. It was tough. And there was no way I could have done it without Alison's help. Some particularly difficult milestones were running 3 straight minutes, our 4th of July run in 95 degree weather, running 8 miles straight, running 20 minutes straight, and coming back after a two week break to complete my first 30 minute run (I'll never forget this run. It was 6:30 am, the wind was howling, and when we were about half way done I looked at Alison and said, "I hate running". She laughed and said "Me too.")

But all the hard work paid off, and on September 29th, Alison and I ran the Kennewick Washington Annual Grape Crush Rush invitational. We finished 21 out of 28 women, but the point is we finished. As we ran into the finishing area, I started to tear up and I thanked Alison for this experience. Shane, Hank, a big group of Shane's family, and some ward members were there to cheer us at the finish line. It was a great moment.

Monday, October 22, 2007

My New Toy!

Shane and I invested in some video making software this weekend. We think it will really help us get our Captain and Tenille tribute band music videos even more awesome than they already are. They also come in handy with family pictures.

"Even for the internet, it's pretty shocking..."

Well, everyone else was doing it. I decided (once again) to succomb to peer pressure, and try to be one of the cool kids (several times attempted...never once successful) and start my own blog. "Life on the Sunny Side of the Street" has two-fold purpose. One is that our cute little house is east/west facing, so our life is, in fact, on the sunny side of our street. The other reason is that all in all we are a very happy trio.

Thanks to all who visit this blog (meaning very bored strangers and my mom).