Sunday, October 19, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Healthy Food... PPFFFTTT!
She created a meal from her knowledge of food groups as follows:
For protein, she cooked quinoa.
For a vegetable, she cooked artichokes.
For fruit, she served apple and pear slices (and tossed in baby carrots for color...)
For grains, she made whole wheat rolls (she even ground the wheat in the Blend Tec).
Here's the amazing part... all the kids ate EVERYTHING! It was a very successful meal for the whole family! Dawna realized how much work it was to create such a meal, however, and is not terribly excited about doing it again... (drat). Besides, you can only pass off ONE Faith in God requirement this way... I wish all of the requirements were projects geared to help mom around the house, but I suppose studying scriptures and memorizing Articles of Faith are important, too ;)
Well done, Dawna! Thank you for a great meal!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
The smell of neoprene in the morning...
Sinking to 42 feet under water... and taking deep cleansing breaths.
A trickle of cold ocean water down your back after carrying 40 pounds of gear across the sand.
Fulfilling the "I'm a mermaid" fantasy (you know you wanted to be Ariel, too!)
Found underwater. Everywhere.
The weightlessness achieved with neutral buoyancy.
Starring in your own nature documentary!
The chance to explore the other two-thirds of the planet!
Why, yes, I am [now officially] a scuba diver... how did you know???
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Part three of the Birthday weekend of fun!
Sunday, October 5, my 30th Birthday, I awoke to my sister and brother in law and nephews decorating my living room while my sister in law and brother in law made waffles... what pleasant things to wake up to!!
|THIS is a Deeb birthday treat :)|
|You know, all Koberstein relations love pickles... in a week together, we went through more than a gallon of pickles!|
Thanks all for a wonderful and memorable birthday weekend! I am ready to dive into my thirties... (yikes...)
13.1 Going on 30!!!
Saturday, October 4... A day to remember forever...
For my 30th birthday, I wanted to train for and run a half marathon
Hal Higdon's Intermediate Half Marathon training program, beginning the first week in July. The program lasted 12 weeks with moderate runs and training during the week and long runs on the weekends, increasing by one mile each week..
|Rebecca Severson! Mother of three, beautiful, brilliant... and very fast...|
|Jenny: sister of my sister in law...|
(sorry I don't actually know your last name...)
Mother of two beautiful blondies, hailing from Merced, CA!
She jumped in the game only six weeks before race day, and ran an impressive race!!
|Here we are at the start... looking anxious and chipper in the morning sun...|
And then, the race began...
A Half Marathon is a long, Long,LONG way to run! (At least for me it is) My training took me up to 12 miles on the longest run and I felt perfectly confident that I could at least finish with no walking. For time, my goal was to finish in 2:20 or less and hopefully get a 10 min mile pace.
I was really lucky to have great help all along the way...
1 Supportive Husband
2 Affable Brothers-in-law
1 Adorable Nephew
1 Big Sister
Mix well in a mini van and sprinkle generously across the race course. Then the pain of the half marathon dissipates into camera clicks, whoops and hollers from the road, water bottle deliveries, and an entire entourage of runners helping you keep moving when you hit that mile 12 wall...
A great crew like I had would help anyone be able to do a cartwheel at mile 11.5 :)
Most of me is a grown up mom who pays bills, changes diapers, packs lunches, does laundry, and makes dinner... but deep inside there is a little part of me that is still an egocentric kid... who loves the attention you get when you cross a finish line and have a medal handed to you while you name is announced over a loud speaker! Makes you feel like you accomplished something great! (If there were medals and announcers for laundry... more might get done...)
This is the "That was fun; glad it's done" face...
I ended up finishing in 2:13 (making my time goal) but didn't quite make my pace goal... Will there be a next time to try again? We're not sure yet...
I finished 80th out of 193 female runners; 23rd out of 51 in my age category. I know those aren't super impressive numbers to brag about, but I feel good knowing I'm just about average :)
Many thanks to Joe and Cheryl for watching our kids that morning; many thanks to my crew boys: Lynn, Weston, and Kobin for keeping it fun; special thanks to Heather for coming 800 miles to see me complete my 13.1; and warmest loving thanks to Jon for encouraging me through training, knowing what to do when the long runs got me down, and for loving me into doing more than I ever thought I was capable of...
I RAN A HALF MARATHON!!!
Now... what will I do with my next 30 years?
Party Hardy Hardy!!!
It's my birthday weekend. So life is awesome!
On Friday afternoon, my sister flew in from Utah to celebrate with me. She came straight from volunteering at Reality Town and flew off to fantasy vacation land in California :) Then we went straight to the happiest place on earth: the Oakland temple! Heather had some family names for us to do and it was such a peaceful afternoon there... perfect way to begin!
|(Doesn't this look like a heavenly dessert???)|
Tune in to the next post to find out what happens next in my birthday weekend of fun!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Run Long and Prosper: The Van
Ragnar was awesome this year! Our team actually had a coherent theme complete with costumes and van decorations!
Eva, the Ragnar veteran (this is her third year in a row as a Ragnar crew van), was decked out beautifully! I had a great time letting the inner artist in me loose with window markers:
I started by outlining everything in Crayola Window Mega Markers (which are pretty good, but some of the colors don't show up very bold on the tinted windows)...
Darice Window Artist Markers (which have a great tip and paint-like coverage... but are very messy when you make a mistake, so I recommend the Crayolas or even a dry-erase outline first)
Lynn designed the little stick figure Worf.
Run Long and Prosper!
Friday, September 26, 2014
Last week, we bid a fond farewell to our dear old Wall-e, our sweet little white Honda Civic. He (it) was a beloved part of our family since 2004 and saw us through many great adventures including visits to both mission sites (Nauvoo, IL and Tampico, Mexico), Chicago, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon...commuting to our first jobs at Spanish Fork Middle School and Electronic Arts...and bringing home Dawna, Larry, and Naomi from the hospital. We'll never forget our dear old Wall-e... best of luck in your new home!!!
But all endings bring new beginnings, and yesterday, we welcomed the newest member of our automotive family... Eva is a big sister!!! We proudly welcome:
Our Subaru Crosstrek XV
Arrived: September 25, 2014, 6:15pm
Perry is Dark Grey Metallic with black leather interior. He is little and sporty and sleek, ready for heading off to work or heading off road at a moment's notice!
For both Jon and I, this is the first time we've purchased a brand new car... and we've enjoyed watching our trip counter match the odometer exactly! Woah! (that will only work for about 200 more miles... so we had to take a picture while it lasted...)
Love: it's what makes Perry our Subaru :)
Labels: Subaru Crosstrek