Monday, August 31, 2009


Camping this weekend was awesome to say the least! I never once took out my camera, but am reliving many great moments in my head. Case was the life of the party and was oh so tough out on that beach! He actually growled at some crabs. See? Tough. And Whiskey became ultimate protector of the campers, and he loved every second of it! He and Case became the best of buds-especially because Case is right at Whiskey's stealing level. He got more food by stealing it right out of Case's hands this weekend! I have a feeling we'll be doing this again!

Sorry no pictures today :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I came home from work yesterday and saw that Matt and his Dad had finished the firepit patio!! We used random Pennsylvania Bluestone (the main patio area is Dimensional or rectangle bluestone). It's still a bit dirty, but I think it looks soooo good! We are looking for a large concrete bowl for the actual firepit....

Sunday, August 16, 2009


WOOHOO!!! I did the Sprint Triathlon!! The whole race was set up at Genessee Park in Seattle right at the Stan Sayers pits. I had to swim 0.5 mile, which is 18 laps at a pool, or 36 lengths. It took me about 21 minutes. I then had to run out of the water to my transition area where my bike was. I took about 6 minutes to run there, take off my wetsuit, dry off and put my running shoes on. I also got some water and some energy stuff while I was there. I then ran out with my bike to Lake Washington Blvd where I biked 12 miles across the I-90 express lanes. This took me about 43 minutes. Once I got back, I got a quick drink and off I ran. I was EXHAUSTED! My legs felt like rubber and were soo heavy! I think the first mile took me forever! I had to stop like 3 times for some water and to rest my legs a little on the first one alone. Once the second mile hit, I felt like I got in a groove. The problem was, I had to pee the entire time I was running and that really slowed me down! I crossed the finish line and kept on running to the portapotties. The run took me 30 minutes, so about 10min/mile.

Matt was great and tried his best to catch me at each interval. There were over 5000 competitors and each had people there to see them, so he was in a crowd all day! He missed me get back from the swim, but he made it to all of the others! It was so hard to find him at the end of the race.

Here I am preparing my transition site at 6am.

Putting on my wetsuit at double o early

wetsuit again

NERVOUS picture

Running out of the swim.

Putting my bike back, getting ready to run

You can barely see me in the distance on my run...this whole portion counts as my "transition" between events, so I tried to be quick.

Sprinting the finish

close up of me at the finish

All done and taking everything back to the car

The Ultimate Supporter

A couple of the girls from work who did it with me...we're on the first place block. I cannot see because the sun is my eyes (good excuse for a bad pic)

Monday, August 10, 2009


Matt worked all weekend by himself on the yard. He used this crazy contraption that he rented to dig holes in our clay-like soil, and carry loads of dirt.

He planted all of these plants (finally!!) with the use of that crazy drill! Thank goodness, because it would have taken much more time by hand!

The wall is all filled in behind now and we will hopefully get some plants in there soon!

Random rocks in the dirt will have a better place once we have more plants.

wide view

I am SO proud of how much he got done this weekend!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I borrowed my friend's road bike the other day and the rear tire needed some pumping. This is what we saw when the tire was taken off. They think the tube was defective...ha!

Here is the infamous retaining wall. Matt will be backfilling and adding soil this weekend...more pics to come.



Bees on my oregano

start of the steps



"Another picture, Mom??"