Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day!

Mother's Day was great! We went to church in the morning, and then anxiously awaited the Skype call from Elder Varvel. To pass the time until he called, we watched old home videos of the kids. We were laughing so hard! They were awkward, cute and hilarious all rolled into one! Then it was Skype time! BEST PART OF THE WHOLE DAY! Sawyer is so stinkin' funny! I love that guy so much and I can't wait for him to be home. Only 23 more days, and we can hug him, and he can make us laugh in person! It was so fun to talk to him. He looks great, and seems so happy! We met his companion, he told us about some of the mission experiences he's had, and we talked a lot about stuff for college. An hour goes by WAY to fast! This goodbye wasn't hard like the rest of them were though! No tears this time! When we 
were finished talking to Sawyer, we went outside and roasted hot dogs and had dinner around the fire. Then we came in and watched the RM in honor of Sawyer coming home. :) It was a great day!

Me and Bailey have been passing this cow back and forth for over a year now. We have put it in some hilarious places! I wish I would have taken pictures of all the places we've hid it from each other. It sat on my shower head for 2 days watching me and Mark shower before either of us realized it was there. I love when she gets to school and pulls the cow out of her lunch bag in front of all her friends. Or when she is trying to put on her running shoes for practice, but the cow is shoved in her shoe! It was very appropriate that the cow should be the one to present me with my Mother's Day present from Bailey. She got me a pedicure, and a date to Barnes and Noble to pick out a book and get a treat. She knows what I love! :) Mark got me a running shirt that I've wanted. It says, "I run because punching people is frowned upon." Funny and true!
Love this guy!
Mother's Day picture with my kiddos!
I love them! They get so happy when we hang out by the fire with them!

Me and Bailey always snapchat Mark, but he thinks we're weirdos, so he never snapchats us back. We and Bailey were sending snaps back and forth trying to see who could get the best 'selfies' with the dogs. Oreo loves the camera but she can't keep her tongue in her mouth, and Reeses hates when we use our phones to take pictures of her, so it's almost impossible. We were cracking up at some of the pictures we were getting. I wish I would have taken screen shots of all of them.
Mark left the room and got quiet for a few minutes. Little did we know he was FORCING Reeses to take selfies with him. We were laughing so hard when we got this picture!
She wins! This is a pretty cute one!
Being a mom is my favorite thing in the whole world! Happy Mother's Day!

Happy 22nd Anniversary!

Mark and I had our 22nd anniversary on May 8th! When I came downstairs in the morning, I found a fun surprise on the counter.  He arranged with his boss to take us on a tour of the valley, and the Tetons in his private plane! That will be a fun adventure!

Happy Anniversary Mark! Thanks for putting up with my shenanigans for 22 years! There's no one I'd rather spend this crazy life with! Love you!

Monday, May 4, 2015

N.O Limits Half Marathon

I ran the N.O Limits Half Marathon in Ogden over the weekend. I trained with a hip injury, so I eliminated all hill training, and all speed work half way through my training. I paid for that! This was one of the hardest courses I've run. It had lots of big hills that I wasn't expecting. It was also a fun, and beautiful course. Lots of it was run on trails, which I loved! Bailey ran 10 miles of it with me, and Mark even jumped in and ran about 3 miles. I ended up 3rd in my age group which was a happy surprise! 

My cute fan club!
3rd place!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thompson Square!

Mark surprised me with Thompson Square concert tickets! I LOVE them! Their show was great! They were so fun and personable. I hope they come again, because Bailey would love them too!

Excited for the show!
Thompson Square
Cutest couple in country music!


We had a nice relaxing Easter Sunday. We spent the day watching General Conference.

Bailey made a Texas flag egg, and a Batman egg for Elder Varvel. 
The kids got tickets to the Imagine Dragons concert for this summer in Boise! They are so excited, and I am so jealous! I can't wait for them to be able to hang out together over the summer. Bailey has been missing him a ton lately, and she has lots of fun stuff planned for them.

I'm so grateful for the life, atonement, and resurrection of the Savior! We feel so blessed to have a great missionary who is out there working hard to bring this knowledge to other people. Happy Easter!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Break!

We had an AMAZING spring break this year! Bailey and I took our annual trip to my mom's ranch in CA. It seems like each year gets better and better!

Road trippin'!
 We do the drive in two days. We left on Friday evening after Bailey's track meet, and only made it to Nephi. That meant Saturday was a long drive! We stopped at the Temple in Las Vegas so Bailey could do baptisms. She said the inside of that Temple is gorgeous! It was a good way to break up the drive, and she added another Temple to her list.

She found a giant 'Psych' pineapple at the Temple. 
Las Vegas Temple
 We got to my mom's place pretty late, so we just visited for a minute and then went to bed. We spent Sunday at the ranch. Bailey was so excited to be reunited with all her sweet horse friends! She loves them, and they love her! We helped my mom with all the ranch chores (feeding the horses, and cleaning all the corrals). It's a lot of work to take care of 6 horses, and so much property. Bailey loves every part of it. She will gladly clean up horse poop if that means she gets to be around them. After all the chores were done we were ready to ride! We spent a couple hours riding around the ranch trails. Bailey started out on Max, because that's who she rode last year. He's easy going and pretty slow. It didn't take us long to realize she was ready to try Mr. Pal. He's a good boy, but has tons of energy, a little bit of an attitude, and loves to go. She did awesome on him, and that's who she rode the rest of the time. They were a perfect match! After we rode, we hiked up the hill to the property line so my mom could show us some of the new trails she had made.

Gunner is their new dog. He looks mean and scary, but he's really sweet. We called him George, and we loved him!
So happy to be with all of these sweet friends again!
Bailey only got to drive us around in the golf cart a little bit this year, because it had something wrong with it. She was sad, because one of her favorite things to do is drive around the ranch like a crazy lady in that thing!
Riding Max! 
Trying out Mr. Pal for the first time. These two did great together and Bailey wants to keep him! Don't mind her crazy outfit. She thinks it's great to wear all my mom's old riding pants. This is one of the mild pair! The crazier they are, the more she loves them. You should have seen her in the bright purple ones, or bright green spandex ones! She's a nut!
I love the view of the ranch from way up the hill. That's where you get the best view of how much work my mom has put into it.
 When we were done at the ranch for the day, we met my Uncle and Grandpa for our traditional dinner at Bongiavani's. My 95 year old grandpa is still as cute and funny as ever. He's had a rough few years. He's losing his memory, so my Uncle had to prep him for a few days and remind him who we all were and how we are related. You could see him thinking really hard about it, and then he would go over it all out loud to make sure he knew who we all were. Even with his memory going, he could still crack Bailey up! This could very likely be the last time we see him, but we thought that last year too, and then he keeps on surprising everybody.

There are 4 generations at this table!
Bailey and Elder Varvel with Great Grandpa!
Bailey, Rick, Mom, Grandpa, me, and Buster
Monday was a lot the same. We spent the morning doing chores at the ranch. But this time we trailered the horses for a longer trail ride. We parked at the Cuyamaca bridge and did a 6 mile ride. This was my favorite place to ride when I was a kid. We had a fun ride, and then me and Bailey drove back there and did a trail run later in the day. It was Bailey's first trail running experience, and she loved it. We've decided we're going to do more trail running this summer.

Hahaha- earning her keep!
Bailey and Grandma.
When we got back from riding, me and Bailey gave the horses a bath. Apparently they didn't appreciate our hard work, because they rolled when we put them away.
Trail running!
We saw a ton of wild turkeys!
Tuesday was awesome! We always spend a day at the beach, and this time we did some fun stuff! We went to LaJolla Cove in the morning to see the seals and sea lions. There were tons of cute babies that were nursing on the beach. They have no fear of people, so you can just walk right up to them. Then we ran along the coastline of the cove. It's one of the most beautiful places in California. We love it there. Me and Mark used to go on dates there when we were in high school. After our run, we met my brother at mission bay. He took Bailey ocean fishing from his kayak. She loved it, and caught 5 fish! Next year he's going to teach her how to surf fish. She's super excited! After fishing, we went back to LaJolla and did a kayak ocean tour. They were supposed to take us through the 7 sea caves at the cove, but the water was too rough that day, and the swells too big. We just paddled around the ocean for a while, and learned some cool stuff about the area. Me and Bailey started to get sea sick! We were bummed about the caves, but it was still really fun! We only had about a half hour to hang out on the beach after that, and then we met Craig and Hunter for dinner.

Sea lions!
There were lots of cute babies!

Running along the coastline at the cove!
So pretty!
Bailey had to learn to use a bait caster from the shore. She picked up on it pretty fast. 
Uncle Craig, Elder Varvel, and Bailey 
Kayaking in Mission Bay!
Catching a fish!
You can't really tell from this picture, but we had to kayak straight through the surf to get out in the ocean. A big wave went right over the top of us, and Bailey got drenched! I was cracking up!
This was a fun adventure!
Beachin' it!
We ended our day with dinner at Phil's BBQ with Craig and Hunter.
Wednesday was AMAZING!!! We spent the day at Sea World. We've been to Sea World in Florida and several times in San Diego, but it never gets old. We love the animals, the rides, and especially the shows! This year it was extra special, because Bailey got to do a dolphin interaction program. It was the BEST! She was smiling the biggest smile the WHOLE time! She loved every second of it!

Petting the sharks while we waited for the gates to open. 
The first thing we did was head straight to Atlantis! We love this ride! We always go in the front seat and end up soaked! We got off, and got right back in line to do it again. 
This big guy was so cute! He looked like a big stuffed animal!
We looked like drowned rats the whole day! We sat in the soak zone at every show! 
She's getting ready to go in the water with the dolphins. She was so excited! That smile never left her face! 
Taking a dolphin ride!

This was a surprise moment. The dolphin was supposed to come part way out of the water, and Bailey was supposed to grab her fins and dance with her. But the dolphin kept nudging her chest with it's nose. It was doing the sign for a hug. The trainer finally just told Bailey that she better give the dolphin a hug because that's what it wanted. So sweet! Bailey was DYING!
Cutest thing EVER!
Here's the video of her dolphin hug!

She had a fun group!
Dolphin kisses!
Dolphin splashes!

We saw some pretty big sharks!
These guys were cracking us up!

This guy was quite a poser!
The underwater viewing area.
We love the dolphins!
Holding a starfish! I have this same picture of her from when she was about 5 years old.
Sea World is the best!
 When Sea World closed, be drove a couple blocks to mission beach, and ran along the beach while the sun was setting. So gorgeous!

Mission Beach
Perfect end to a perfect day!
Thursday we were back at the ranch. We trailered the horses to Pine Valley and did a 9 mile ride. That night me and Bailey kept the dogs with us, and spent the night in the cabin on the ranch. So fun! Bailey shot her bow for awhile while I cleaned out the car. Then we just hung out in the cabin and relaxed for the evening. She actually had homework she had to get done. 

I love Joey's cute ears in this picture! 
She's pretty good!
 We had to leave on Friday, but we wanted to get one more ride in before we headed home. Bailey and I got up early and drove to the Cuyamaca bridge to do a long trail run. This was her first week of marathon training, so she had to do a 6 mile run, and I had to do a 9 miler. It was so much better on the trails! After our run we trailered the horses one last time, and took our last ride. Bailey and Mr. Pal had tons of fun on this one! She went off ahead and let him go a lot faster.

Aren't they cute!?! Check out the crazy green pants!
Saying goodbye to her buddy! If you look closely at this picture, you can see that Mr. Pal is sticking his tongue out at me!
Saying goodbye to my sweet Joey! 
We were so sad to leave! I can't believe we have to wait a whole year to go do it all again. We've already got some fun things planned for next year though! It's also exciting to think that now that spring break is over, we only have 2 months until Sawyer is home! I can't wait!!! Thanks for a fun week mom! Take good care of our furry friends until we come back!