Saturday, May 31, 2008

Flying with Allen & Dad

Allen, my dad and I went flying tonight. We went up Spanish Fork Canyon to Scofield reservoir. While we were up there we decided to take some pictures of the Judge's cabin. We also flew over Strawberry reservoir just as the sun was setting. We live in such a beautiful state.
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Bike ride up American Fork Canyon

This morning Natalie, Bret, Allen and I biked up American Fork Canyon. We went 24.6 miles in 1 hour and 56 minutes. It was a steep ride. We climbed over 2,818 feet in elevation. It was a beautiful crisp morning. The canyon is so green this time of year. I only almost died once, when I accidentally veered off the road into the gravel and then over corrected pulling myself back on the road when a big truck was passing by. That scared me so I swerved back into the gravel almost laying down my bike. I was able to unclip my left foot, catching myself before I fell over all the way. Exciting stuff! After the long and torturous climb up the canyon we practically flew down the mountain on our way back. This is normally a lot of fun but because I lost feeling in my fingers because it was cold, it made it hard to apply the brakes. The winding roads were sometimes intense.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We're not all fun and games

After a great weekend of playing, everyone pitched in to clean up. Brion did a great job of supervising.

You would never be able to guess from his hand but Brion only lost one game that night.

After putting the kids to bed we would stay up playing games. Most nights we ended around 1:00-2:00 but the last night we stayed up until after 3:00.
Bret, Becky, Mike, Kim & Brion.
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Snow Canyon

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A couple of us went on a nice walk up Snow Canyon.
Bret & Shauna, Brion & Kim, Becky & me.

Out to eat

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A bunch of us went on a trip to St. George for Memorial Day weekend. Allen pulled his back so he took it easy most of the time but we still had a great time. It's hard not to have a good time when your in such great company!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Allens first post

Ok, Noreen's had time to play with this, and now it's my turn! I made some layout & color changes - nothing major or permanent. I guess I'm in the mood to change things here as well as in the basement, which we are finishing. Hopefully all the framing will be done tonight.
Well, that's more that enough blogging for me for one day. Bye!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Washington D.C. Day 7

It's time to go home. Jen and I decided to sleep in. Unfortunately I woke up at 6:30 a.m. which is 4:30 a.m. Utah time. My body has that dang automatic alarm set that refuses to turn off while on vacation. So I just watched movies until Jen woke up. Then we decided to treat ourselves to a manicure/pedicure special that they had going on across the street. After that we went to the airport. While flying home we were able to watch two movies: 1) Twenty Seven Dresses 2) P.S. I love you. Both very cute and were chick flicks so it was a perfect time to watch them.

Washington D.C. Day 6

It rained again this morning, but that didn't stop us. We went to the National Archives, the Capital, Nation Gallery of Art, and the Air and Space Museum. After a long day of site seeing we headed back to the hotel. We had a great dinner at McDonald's again. Yep, I'm training for that Half Ironman that's in three weeks! There's nothing like downing a quarter pounder and a chocolate sunday this close to the race. Anyway, we stayed up and watched scary ghost clips on Youtube. Fun stuff!

Washington D.C. Day 5

Today was a beautiful sunny day. Jen and I visited Arlington cemetery and saw the changing of the guards. We also went to the Lee mansion and the Natural History museum. It was a lot of fun! Lindsey is flying into D.C. today. It would be great if we could coordinate our schedules to see each other. It's also Bret's birthday. (Happy Birthday!)

Wahsington D.C. Day 4

We (Randy Crowther, Jen & Greg Olney, and I) jumped in the car and headed out to Harbor's Ferry and Antietam. The East is so green and beautiful! I really enjoyed today.

Washington D.C. Day 3

Today was jam packed. We drove out to visit Charles "Allen" Paxton who served in World War II with Eugene Purser who is Greg's great uncle. Jen and I went to the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. Then we met up with the boy's (Randy Crowther & Greg Olney) and went to the National Police Memorial Candle Light Vigil.

Washington D.C. Day 2

Today was our first day out on the town. We were excited to ride on the Metro. We had a casual day roaming around. Jen and I went to the Holocaust museum. Wow! That was eye opening.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Washington D.C. Day 1

Jen and I jumped on the plane to D.C. this morning (5-11-08 Happy Mothers Day). After a long and bumpy flight we made it. It has been raining hard the entire time. We ran two block to McDonald's and back and were drenched to the bone. It was kind of fun running in the rain like that. I felt like a little girl again. I jumped in a couple of puddles. We are here to party and have a good time, but we are also here to support Greg (Jen's husband-my brother-in-law) on the Police Unity Tour. Here is a picture that he sent us from earlier today.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

St. George Triathlon May 8-10, 2008


On the drive down to St. George we had to stop in Beaver and take a picture. There are to many jokes that are made coming and going through the Fillmore/Beaver area. Most of which are not appropriate to repeat.
Left to right: Natalie, Lindsey, Noreen, and Kim.


At registration when the poor body marker asked Shane Morris if he could mark his legs, Shane just dropped his pants and lifted his boxers. You should have see the terror on the poor boys face. On the other hand you should have heard the cheers from the ladies. He's so funny!

Doug Gordon got $5 for shaving his head at registration. Did I mention that his wife told him not to do it because they have family pictures in a couple of days. So much for that!

Group swim at Sand Hallow reservoir.

We had a club dinner at a park after our group swim. One thing I love about the club is that we are able to make such great friends.

5-10-2008 RACE DAY

The weather on race day was very windy. We think we had 25-30 MPH winds. The swim was hard but somewhat enjoyable with all of the waves and swells. They had to save 28 people before they finally decided that it would be a good idea to cancel the swim. Fortunately Allen, Lindsey and I had already started our mile swim, so they let us finish. Lindsey had the opportunity to save someone from drowning. She is so amazing!

Allen on the bike.

The 26 mile bike was a tuffy. There is a decent hill that this race is known for. It didn’t help that there was a head wind blowing against us all the way up. It was kind of fun to be ridding down the road with this beautiful red sand blowing all around us. I was a little nervous to ride over the sand with our skinny tires but it wasn’t bad.

Noreen on the run.

The 6 mile run was the worst for me. It’s my weakest event. The wind was still blowing and even though this picture shows that I’m on a road; 98% of the run is in the sand. It got deep at times, it got steep at times. But it was almost always sandy and windy.

It was honestly the hardest race I have ever done. And I've been racing for 4 years now. Even harder then the Xterra. I was so glad it was over.

Left to right: Allen, Noreen, Lindsey, Natalie and Kim.

It has been a tradition to go out for some Cold Stone ice cream after our races. Mmmm Ice cream. Left to right: Noreen, Kim, Natalie, Keena, Clayton, Mike, and Rianna.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Arizona Trip May 2008

May 3, 2008
Allen & Noreen

Group picture: Brian, Aubry & MacKenzie Macbean, Rob, Gina, Michael, Katie, Lexi, Luke & Nick Corbitt, Karen, Jackie, Kyle, Scott & David Corbitt, Stan & Corrine Macbean, Elisa, Glen & Derek Williamson, Allen & Noreen Macbean, Joshua & Jessica Williamson, Grandmother & Joe Miller.

Most of the Corbitt Cousins.

We played many games in the pool. Most of which Allen won.

Aubry, MacKenzie, Brian, Noreen & Allen. Out to lunch at Manuela's.

Noreen & MacKenzie at Granddaddy Corbitt's grave.

We had a great trip to Arizona. While we were there we had a Corbitt family reunion and we also had the opportunity to attend Joshua & Jessica's wedding. It's nice to get together with the Corbitt side of the family.

Blog Voodoo

Last night at the Bushman's, everyone had me check out their blogs. I found a common thread, terrible mishaps that happen to household appliances. Why I decided to then have Emily join me in this wonderful club? I don't know. What I do know is that when I came home from the Bushman's last night; I found that my washing machine is broken. This normally wouldn't be that big of a deal but I'm leaving today for my first race of the season in St. George and not returning until Saturday evening/night and then I'm jumping on a plane Sunday morning for D.C. I was kinda hoping to have everything washed and packed before I left this afternoon. Nothing like blog voodoo to spice things up.