Monday, October 31, 2011

The Ghost and the Elvis

For the first time, Finn decided what he wanted to be for Halloween, insisting on a ghost costume weeks ahead of time.  Despite initially trying to change his mind to something that I thought would be more fun, I got on board with the idea.  For the first time EVER, I attempted to make the costume...let's just say I won't likely be doing that anytime soon, but it was good enough :)

Our tradition has become the grandparents all coming over, having a delicious dinner of chili dogs, and heading out for trick-or-treating the second the sun goes down.  This year was awesome, with Will running behind Finn and trying to keep up as they filled up their treat buckets.  It was so fun trailing behind them and watching these boys grow up at the speed of light.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10 Years!

On September 29, Mike and I celebrated 10 amazing years of marriage. It's been a pretty amazing time together - and we have a lot to show for it.

We took a week off in October and just spent a lot of time together. After several romantic days of organizing and cleaning the garage and basement, we did a quick getaway (just the two of us!) to Glenwood Springs. One of the highlights was Hanging Lake, an amazing hike near Glenwood. We also enjoyed the Adventure Park and the hot springs. Somehow, even after 12 years together, we just don't get sick of being together and can always find endless things to talk about. It's pretty awesome to still be madly in love :)

You know, just chillin' on a log in the middle of a lake.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

6 Races

This year, between Mike and I, we've done a total of 6 races.

The first one was the Bolder Boulder on May 30, one of the largest 10K races in the country.
Next up was the Longmont Stampede on June 11 with Gammy and Papa, one of the few local races you can have a stroller. After a lot of consideration, I decided to push the boys in the 10K instead of the 5K. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the wrong choice. After only 2 miles, Will became VERY irritated with the stroller, and demanded to be let free. We had to turn around, and just waited for Mike at the finish line.
The next was a biggie - Mike's first half marathon, the Slacker Half on June 25! He rocked out 13.1 miles, running from Loveland to Georgetown. The elevation begins at 10,630 and ends at 8,400...lots of downhill made for very unhappy knees :) However, he did an amazing job!

The next race was on August 21, the Warrior Dash! This 5K race included 13 obstacles which included sloshing through mud, jumping over fire, scrambling over obstacles, etc. Here is our before picture:

And after:

Serious Warriors!

On September 25, Mike did the 10K race Fans on the Field, which runs through Coors Field, Invesco Stadium, and the Pepsi Center. You'll notice he's decked out in Wheaties gear - this is because he is an official Wheaties FUEL ambassador! Out of thousands of applications, he was chosen to represent the brand with 9 other Colorado athletes. What a badass :)

Speaking of badass, the next race he did was his SECOND half marathon, the Rock 'n Roll half in Denver on October 9. He beat his previous time by 6 minutes, but felt that it was a much better race overall. We were so happy to be there to cheer him on!

Here he comes!
A quick kiss on the sidelines!

No more races scheduled right now, but Mike is considering a full marathon next spring, and we'd like to do a triathlon together next summer. We would also love to do another adventure race like the Warrior Dash. Anyone want to join us!?

Sunday, October 2, 2011