Sunday, July 25, 2010

Three New Things

Elders Dale and Westerland helped us rip out the old main floor bathroom. They really worked up a sweat on this one. This bathroom was pretty sad. Cabinet from the 80's and really poor quality tile with water damaged drywall. Ugh.
Our friend and builder extraordinaire Larry Baldwin did the plumbing and tile work.
And this is the finished product. I'm so thankful for the new and improved, really clean and attractive results.

Now my broken arm is healed, I started two new things. I'm lifting with a trainer 2 mornings a week and I ride Jotta, a thoroughbred out at Cottonwood Farms. Between the two I am always sore somewhere.
Jotta is a very lovable animal. She's likely to rub her big head on your chest when you first meet her. She's awesome about responding to my commands, even though I just learning.

"The average Thoroughbred stands 16 hands (64") high at the withers, and weighs 1,000 pounds. Able to sustain speed for extended distances. Thoroughbred can run up to 40 miles per hour. Thoroughbreds are used as racehorses and polo mounts, for show jumping and dressage, and by mounted police units and recreational riders. :

I'm definitely the recreational rider in the above description. My teacher does jumping and dressage. She's only about 5 feet tall, but you should see her control the towering animals. In English riding I'm trying to learn to keep my things loose and my calves tight. I'm so sore, I can barely walk.

OKay, so I must admit. I was prepared to be underwhelmed by the missionaries that just moved into our basement. But, wow. They are cute, clean and work really hard. We'll keep them.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

July 2010

Wow it's fun to have 3 grandkids close by. Here is the result of putting the little tykes slide into the little pool filled with warm water from the hot tub. Lily and JJ went a little crazy with their little friend.

Lily is so precicous! I was watching her at a park while Danica was at girls camp and she bit a big boy on the arm. Then she saved the day by remembering where I had put my cell phone when it was lost. I can't get enough of these kids.

3 times a year I get to go out to eat with my Birthday Girlfriends. We've done this for like 14 years. We were all in the same ward together and have kept up this tradition. Here we are at the Brio which serves pretty good Italian food in Park Meadows Mall. From right to left it's Jill Maxwell, Karen Foreman (both of whom are finished with their masters degrees and are almost licensed therapists) and Maryanne Knudsen. Our kids hung out together and are now pretty much grown. We always have a lot to talk about.
We really like to go to the mountains in July because the wildflowers are abundant. Here are some of the kids we saw.We climbed Mt. Baldy. There are great views of Breckenridge across the valley. Then we found the perfect hike to the Mohawk lakes. Pungent pine smell, sounds of birds, bright sunshine and craggy peaks. I am so lucky to live near the rocky mountains.