However, with the New Year I pulled out my old journal. The one that hasn't been cracked open for far too long. I realized that I needed to take the time to write down the events of the past few months as soon as I could before I lose the chance forever, both privately and here.
So, time to warp back to:
St. George Marathon
October 3, 2009
I had a rough time through miles 9-13, but eventually got back with it. This put me way behind the pace I had been shooting for (4:45:00). I was able to slowly close the gap but by mile 20 I realized the only way to even get close to my goal was to run the remaining 6 miles at 10 minutes/mile. That is pretty fast for me and to try to run faster for the last miles of a marathon is not easy.
Grammie and Grampa had to work Monday so the kids asked if I would take them on a hike. "Ummmm...surrrrrrre," says I thinking of how I can't even walk down stairs. Hiking down a canyon path sounds like "fun!" We went out Bright Angel Point. If you know me well, you know I'm slightly afraid of heights and a very anxious person. But I was brave enough to take four children out there by myself, stiff-legged and all. Look at their faces. It was so worth it.
This was actually the most comfortable I've ever felt out on that trail. They were so well behaved. Brandon marched them in a line, alternating big kids and little kids, and would turn around every few yards and ask how I was doing. "No running! March, march, march...You OK, Mom?" The tourists seemed to get a kick out of our little brood, too.
I wonder how many more of these nice mother-son pictures I'll get before Brandon sticks to the scowling face...I love this gnarly tree Sam is sitting in. I took a few shots of just the the tree for my art files. Matthew was a bit surprised by the Canyon view on the other side of the rock we're sitting on. And Elizabeth was just thrilled to be out with all the big kids.
Everybody wanted a turn with the camera and a turn in front of it with me. I can't remember which child took which shot but each of these were taken by a different kid. Even Elizabeth took one of these.
Here's my best 3D picture from this trip. If you haven't seen one of these before, here's how to view it: (1) slightly cross your eyes while looking at the two pictures until a third one appears in the middle. (2) Slowly focus on the middle picture until you see the 3D effects.
A few days later Grammie and Grampa woke up Brandon and Sam early.
They took them on a mule ride down into the Canyon to the Havasupai Tunnel.
Brandon rode T.J.
"Let's go for another hike while we wait."
"Still not back? Let me rest here in the sun for a moment. You two play with the camera...."
Funny kids. That whole day Elizabeth kept warning everyone to "watch out for mool poop."