A Day of Rejoicing Indeed!

So, it’s Wednesday. I’ve waited anxiously to see what, according to my fortune cookie, I was going to rejoice about. The day started out with me tired, followed by my phone malfunctioning . . . not rejoicing about either of those. But I’m happy to report that the day just got better. Rejoice away!

Yesterday I helped my friend Tracey write a press release to announce that her non-profit organization Now I Can won a $20,000 grant in a Chase Bank Facebook competition. Just now, the story popped up on a news website and was used almost word for word. Victory!

Now I Can is the charity that we ran the 5K for a few months ago. They give intensive physical therapy to kids with disabilities. It’s a great cause and I am so excited for my friend. Nice work.

You can read the article by going here:
Daily Herald: Local Non-Profit Wins $20 Grant

Now the day isn’t over yet. Will there be more rejoicing to come? Stay tuned!

Not Jaded

I don’t think there’s any way I can post this without coming off sounding like a jaded, single girl. I’m really not . . . at least I don’t think I am. Wait, am I? Ok, this may be a discussion for another day and another blog–preferably not mine.
What I am going to say is that I LOVE this song! I love the sound and it seems that sometimes this is the story of my life. (Minus the coffee part, of course.) Plus, after watching the super cool music video, I the song even more.

Maybe I’m a tad bit too independent for my own good. You think? 🙂 Enjoy!

Summer Adventures – 4th of July Weekend Edition

The Summer Fun Bucket Book adventures continued on the 4th of July weekend. First my brother came into town from Idaho and then my friend flew in from California. Let the fun begin!
Saturday morning we set out to run a 10K in Kaysville. I’d never run a 10K before so I was pretty excited. My goal was to run the whole six miles (despite the fact that the furthest I’d ever run in my whole life prior to the race was 5.1 miles–and that was a few days before). Sadly, I didn’t make my goal. The good news is that despite walking some of it, I shaved 10 seconds off of my average mile time from the 5K I ran in May. I’ll take whatever victory I can.

Lining up before the race.
My Bishop and his wife were at the finish line to cheer on their daughter-in-law. They were nice enough to invite us over for a pancake breakfast after the race. Delicious! It made for a fun morning. After breakfast we wandered over to watch some of the parade before heading home for a much needed shower and nap.
Post race at Bishop Crosland’s house.
Saturday night it was up to Eaglewood Golf Course to eat snow cones and watch the fireworks. North Salt Lake puts on a pretty great show. The highlight (besides my rootbeer snow cone, of course)? Watching teenagers set off fireworks in the middle of a huge group of other teens who were just standing around. Seriously? What part of “sparking flames in the midst of a crowd of people” sounds like a good idea? Kids these days! 🙂
Mmmmmm, snow cones.
Sunday it was off to my sister Laurie’s house for a family bbq. We ate, talked, had a badminton tournament, ate some more, and then set off fireworks.
Sisters!
Apparently some of the fireworks I bought in Wyoming on the way back from the ward super activity attracted the attention of this gentleman. Ooops! We had only set off one when he showed up. My brother-in-law Shaun said he’d never seen me move so fast as I scooped up the fireworks and ran inside the house. We set off a few more after that, but mostly stuck to the legal variety.
Well hello, Mr. Officer.
This is the one that got us in trouble. (It was actually the first one we lit.) Seriously worth it though. It shoots 19 parachutes into the air and then they put out colored smoke on the way down. We didn’t really know what to expect when we lit it, but it was awesome! The kids were chasing them all over the neighborhood. I’m sure Laurie’s neighbors will have some chutes on their roof for a long time to come.
Monday we got a group together and played sand volleyball, ate lunch, and then headed to the tennis courts for a little lesson. Wimbledon, here we come!
The tennis crew. Such form. Such poise. Such skill. Such awesomeness!

We were supposed to go paragliding that night but the wind was first blowing in the wrong direction and then not blowing at all. We settled for skydiving on the Wii instead. I’m sure it’s the same type of experience. We’ll have to test out the real deal another day.

Check marks for the Summer Fun Bucket Book: 10K, BBQ, and learn to play tennis

The 2010 Summer Fun Bucket Book!

Last year I made a summer “to-do” list. I’m not sure I accomplished a single thing on that list. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good summer, just not very adventurous. I decided this year was going to be a Summer of adventure and fun. So far, it’s working.

I’ve posted what my brother lovingly refers to as the “Summer Fun Bucket Book” on the right side of this blog. I’ve checked off the things I’ve already done. I’m really intent on making it through the whole thing. It’s been a great summer so far. Here’s to the next two months!

May 8: 5K run

May 12: Bees Baseball Game
All Summer: Pitching for the softball team “Predators” It’s my first time being the pitcher. Apparently I pitch with my mouth open. The name on the back of the shirt says “Bruiser.” People think it’s because I’m tough. Really, it’s because I’m accident prone.
May 24: Hike Ensign Peak in Salt Lake
June 4-5: Trip to Idaho to . . .
shoot lots of guns,
play frisbee golf,
ride 4-wheelers,
play softball with “the secret weapon,”
hone our Wii Bowling skills,
practice stupid human tricks like putting a gummy bear on your nose and then catching it in your mouth, and
stop for photo ops on the way home.

      

June 12: Canada Toronto East Mission Reunion
June 17: Bought cowboy boots and Wranglers to go . . . 
June 18: Strawberry Days Rodeo
and June 19: Diamond Rio Concert

June 24-26: Tri-Ward Super Activity to Martin’s Cove in Wyoming. Rebekah and I may or may not have taken a wading pool that may or may not have had a warning label telling you not to dive into it.
That’s the summer so far. I’ve got lots more adventures planned. I’m really going to try to get through the whole list. Stay tuned for more updates and more fun!
Check marks for the Summer Fun Bucket Book: 5K, Bees Game, Softball, Hike Ensign Peak, Shoot Guns, Frisbee Golf, Ride 4-Wheelers, Rodeo, Outdoor Concert, Martin’s Cove