Thursday, October 25, 2012

JV Tennis

Madalyn started off another successful year of tennis as a Sophomore.  She played doubles on the JV girls tennis team.  She was ranked #2 on her team which means she got lots of play time!  We were really excited about that!

Here is a picture of the girls after their last match with their coach Kim Chetney.  A new coaching staff this year has helped these girls improve their game and win matches!  These are a group of great girls who support eachother and get along so well.  Madalyn is blessed to be part of such an amazing group of girls!

The Pink out for Breast Cancer game!  Madalyn is on the far right back row.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SJHHS Concert Choir

Last year when Mackenzie had to take all of club volleyball season off she decided to switch back to her first love of singing and performing.  She tried out for an elite choir group at school and made it.  Tonight was one of their first performances.  They did a great job!

In December their choir gets to perform three times at Disneyland.  It is an honor to make it to perform at Disneyland and they get to perform three times!  They are all very excited!
 Mackenzie is the one on the far right top with the Loooooooong blonde hair :)!

Mackenzie, Meredith and Grandma Wright

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Family Pictures 2012

At our Ladera Ranch 1st Ward auction our family won the bid for a photoshoot by Anne Boughton.  She did a beautiful job taking our pictures in Old Town San Juan Capistrano

Sunday, October 7, 2012

St George Sightseeing

We took the two younger kids with us to watch Ryan run the St. George Marathon (more on that in the next post).  The night before the marathon we did some sight seeing.  We took the kids to the Tabernacle where they got to take a tour and recite an Article of Faith at the pulpit.  The sweet Sister that gave us the tour is a beautiful musician!  She played the Organ...and the volume was all the way up!  It was so loud, but beautiful.  

When we first entered the Tabernacle she and her husband were on the piano singing together.  It was a sweet sight.  She has been put incharge of a Christmas concert with the Sisters and Elders serving in St. George.  I wish we were going to be there because I am sure it is going to be a great concert!

They loved playing on this old fire engine outside of The Pizza/Pasta Factory

I fell in love with a consignment shop across the street...Urban Designs.  They had the cutest stuff!  I especially LOVED the letters carved out of books!

The next day, while Ryan was resting from the Marathon I took the kids to Brigham Young's home.  I always love this tour and all the fruit and nut trees that are on the property!

While in St. George we also had the mandatory Iceberg shake and breadsticks from the Pizza Port...yum!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

St George Marathon take two

Welcome to Utah...home of the St. George Marathon!  Ryan ran this marathon three years ago and while running injured his knees.  It took him an hour longer to finish the race than expected.  He was pretty dissappointed.  So every year he has applied to get into the Marathon again for a "re-do".  His number was finally picked and he was given the opportunity to run it again this year!

Since he was training alone this year his training was a lot less intense.  Infact he really struggled on his long runs.  For example, on the day he was suppose to run 22 miles he had to call and have us pick him up at mile 15.  Needless to say I was extremely nervous about him running the 26.2 mile race.  I was not sure he was going to be able to do it.  In fact, I think he had a small voice in his head saying "just finish the race".  

Our first stop after checking into the hotel was to the Convention Center to get his number and gear!  The excitement was stirring in the air! 

Great photo opportunity...haha!!

We got a kick out of this sweatshirt since we were all a bit nervous about Ryan finishing the race (alive)!

Infact we were so nervous about it we also made him this sign.....

After dinner that night we took the 26.2 mile drive to the start line.  The kids could not believe how long the trek was!

Ryan's philosophy for the race:

Time for race are the signs we held up to cheer Ryan on....

The Golden Finish line....

 Before we knew it Ryan came running up!  He looked great!!  Not even sweating!  He had a smile on his face because he knew he had a great pace going 9:50 minute mile.  
He crossed the finish line at 
4 hours 17 minutes 
at 11:11 a.m.
We were so proud of him!!!  What a stud!  
He attributes his having a good time on the run to his friends Brad and Paul Cook who ran along side him until mile 20 (at that point Ryan sped up a bit).  
They kept each other entertained!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bear Badge

Trevor earned his Bear badge over the summer, but since our Ward does not have Pack night over the summer he received it in October.  

Pinning onto Dad

Drinking the tigers blood