Wednesday, August 20, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RILEY!!!

Three years old.



Me: "What do you want for your birthday dinner?"
Riley: "French fries."
Me: "Okay."

So we went to Lost Coast Brewery.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Crater Lake

Absolutely beautiful! Stunning. As blue as blue gets. Freezing Cold.








Tired Dog.

Week of Camping


Spent a week camping at Diamond Lake in Oregon, about 20 minutes north of Crater Lake. Diamond Lake has 11 miles of trails around the lake for biking (or running!). The butterflies must have been migrating south because they were EVERYWHERE!!! Thousands of them. I'll add some pictures of the beautiful views.

Shared excellent company with these families; Gents, Grosses, Trepiaks, Campbells, Jenkins, and our friend Chris Panza.

Tom and others climbed Mt. Thielson, which was the largest mountain in sight. Here are some pictures from his climb.

Friday, August 8, 2008

8 Years of Marriage!!!!

We celebrated our 8 year anniversary on August 5th in San Francisco. Thought I'd post some pictures of our delicious breakfast from Boulange Cafe. Don't have pictures to prove it-- but we ate dinner at what is now our all time favorite restaurant-- Burma Superstar. Please...do not go to San Fran without eating here. It is outstanding. The menu can be found here. Have kleenex close by though to catch your drool.

Croissant Bread Pudding

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Veggie Tart
Boulange Cafe on Hayes Street-- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
And for a present...Tom gave me the sweetest wicker basket for my dream machine. He filled it with hydrangeas from our yard and said, "Go look outside...you won't believe what you see." There it was...the same 'ol bike but with a stylin' basket.

I love these flowers.

As a gift to Tom...he finally conceded and let me buy him a bike! Now we have a set of His and Hers....awwwwggghhhh. So cool....

Mi Yidi Assahi

Hama Amadou, our good friend from Niger, West Africa is visiting us! Assahi (tea) is a very important part of life in Niger. Hama has been in the US for three weeks now...which is an awfully long time for someone to go without it. Tom got out his stash, leftover from our time there, and made Hama's day.

Riley quickly learned how to pour and mix tea.

Friends

Riley and Annabelle. Born four weeks apart. Looking out the window together.

Half Marathon in San Francisco

We did it!!!! 13.1 miles of hilly San Fran.....no walking...no stopping...no slowing down. The gun went off at 5:30 am and the first wave of runners started. Tom and Tami were in the 3rd wave at 5:40am and Marybeth and I joined the 5th wave at 5:55am. The waves were intended to split the massive pack (around 16,000 runners total) into pacing groups. This makes running so much easier when you aren't trying to pass thousands of people who are slower than you...as well as being passed by thousands who are much faster! The night before we all went to bed around 11:30pm, but nobody got to sleep until closer to 1am...those darn giddy nerves! And woke up at 4:15am. It didn't matter though...being at that starting line with so many other people was exhilarating. Just to think that we were surrounded be so many others who trained hard to get there. Looking around, I felt some sort of camaraderie...everyone here went through the same painful long runs, sacrificing other activities in order to give extra time to running. What an inspiration!

Our hero of the day, Garrett, Marybeth's husband startled himself out of bed, throwing his two kids and Riley into his van, only to realize half way there that it was 5:30am and he was 2 hours early! He was so set on not missing our finish that he didn't want to oversleep. Whattaguy! Upon waking Riley at 5:30am out of the deepest slumber, he started to cry out of disorientation and ask for "Mama...Papa?" Annabelle rushed to his side to pat him and said, "It's okay, Riley. Don't cry. We're going to see them at the finish line." Garrett couldn't carry all three kiddos so he looked at Annabelle and said, "You're gonna have to be a big girl this morning okay? You're gonna have to walk." Annabelle said, "Cuz, I'm 3 now?" Garrett: "Yes, cuz you're 3." =) So because of this...Garrett got an awesome parking spot close to the finish line and a great camera shot of all of us crossing the finish line. Thanks G!

The first guy finished in 1:17 minutes.

Tom wasn't too far behind with an awesome time of 1:46 minutes.

I finished in 2:03...and was so proud!

Marybeth and I split early in the race, each settling into our own individual grooves. We had intended to run it step for step together...but a mile into the race, we gave each other the thumbs up to do our own thing. This was Marybeth's first half marathon...and serious race. I am so proud of her!!!!

Jason and Bethany Cseh ran the race too-- look how beautiful she looked after 13 miles!

We all did it! (Don't have a finish line picture of Tami---sorry!)