Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Things that are a Anaheim California - Disneyland Half Marathon

So a week before the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge I get a text asking from my friend Celise asking if I wanted to come run the half marathon with her and Shelly. They offered to help pay for me to come run, and all I would need to do was find a way to get down there and essentially pay for my food. First off I was and still am SO thankful for them and for giving me the opportunity to go run with them! Even though it was one of the worst half marathons I've ran (mostly walked) due to lack of training it was so much fun!

So here's a recap of what all went down that weekend. 


I got a ride from Shelly and her family to Vegas and stayed with Celise. Shelly was staying with her family. I got in super late and everyone was asleep.

Friday: Celise and I left for California, and head to packet pick-up.
This was the starting line

Walking into the expo

We were super excited to be running the Disneyland Half Marathon

So we get our bibs, and Celise gets this band to indicate that she has previously ran a race in DisneyWorld, but I didn't get one. Come to find out, because I updated my birthday (I accidentally put in the wrong date initially) during registering for this race, I didn't get the band. So we talked to customer service about that. AND, while I was registering for this race, I couldn't find my fastest half marathon PR due to the St. George Half Marathon's website being updated, and they didn't have ANY of my info. So I had to use a different race, which meant Celise, Shelly and I would be in VERY different corrals. Thankfully, Celise is great at talking to customer service and explained my story and why I was running this race after 2 failed IVF cycles, etc. and customer service put me into the corral right behind them.

After getting our bibs we eventually met up with Shelly and Billy at the Expo. We didn't want to pay for parking, so we set a timer, walked around the expo, and got out to our car just before the 2 hours was up, we drove around and found another spot. That was a little frustrating, but it's Disney. We finally got to enjoy the expo. It seems that whoever is with us doesn't really care to be at the running expo and always wants to leave. It was so nice to actually enjoy it.

Friday night we enjoyed dinner at Red Robin just down the street from where we were staying.

Saturday: Celise got up super early to go run the 10k. I was going to meet them a bit later at the finish line. I happened to get onto Facebook while I waited for them, and saw what Celise posted, and I teared up. I never tear up for stuff like this, so it definitely meant the world to me.

I caught them towards the end of the race and took this picture of them!

After the race, Celise wanted to rest, since she wasn't feeling 100%. I sat by the pool, we went to this yummy shave ice place called Joe's (and am drooling as I type this).

Celise wanted to stay at the hotel and rest up, and I drove about 40 minutes to go meet up with my cousin, Alexandra, in East LA (which was a bit scary for me).

Sunday: Ran the race, and about died. Drove back to Vegas.

You can see me dying in the background

Monday: I drove back to Utah with Shelly and her family. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Things that are War Machine Costume

Chase has a love of creating costumes, more specifically Iron Man and War Machine. I don't know the breakdown of how all he did it, but here's all the pictures from him doing War Machine in 1-2 months to get ready to participate in the Salt Lake Comic Con World Record Attempt. Which consisted of the most comic book characters in one place for 10 minutes.

War Machine
 Hot glue and Foam

He went through a lot of foam and hot glue. He wouldn't use the tabs on the pepkura files, but looked at how it was supposed to lay in order to cut the right angle on the pieces. Though it was a little harder to figure out, that seemed to be the easiest way to cut the pieces.

War Machine

He used a helmet that we bought from one of his buddies out in CA. Chase would then cut and glue all the pieces together, and once he had a section done he would spray it with Plastidip, which allowed the spray paint to stick to the foam without cracking.

War Machine Helmet
Spray painting the helmet

War Machine Boot
 Using the boot from his Iron Man costume to get the shoes right

chest piece
 Chest piece without the light

 Chest and groin piece

Helmet, chest piece and groin piece

Almost finished - I spy with my little eye feet

helmet with red eyes
Helmet with red lights

Almost complete, just need to finish the delicate hands

Iron man and war machine
Finally at Comic Con

During these months, our house was overrun with foam, glue and small pieces. Chase got this suit finished in a little less than 2 months.

You can follow Chase and him building suits on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Things that are Baby Food Round 2 + 3

Kason has been loving the baby food what I've been giving him. I'm trying to feed him more of our food so he gets used to eating it. This second round of baby food has lasted us almost a month because I'm doing both baby food and finger-ish foods.

Here are the recipes from the second round of foods that I made:

Sweet Potato, Red Bell Pepper and Pear

Sweet Potato and Squash

Avocado and Banana

Apple, Spinach, Blueberry

Apple, Spinach, Pea - I didn't really care for this one. It smelled kind of funny, and just tasted odd.

Avocado, Banana, and Pineapple - On this site it said not to freeze it, because it doesn't freeze well. But I did, and it turned the tops of the ice cubes a little brown.


The day after freezing

I made this 3rd round of baby food on February 22, and these are the foods I made:

Apple Quinoa and Sweet Potato (the recipe says to use carrots, but Kason loves sweet potatoes, so I added those instead)

Prunes, Blueberry and Apple

Chicken and Green Beans - It asks for avocado, and I omitted it.

Sweet Potato, White Bean, Carrot - I added in the carrots


I didn't quite cook the carrots and sweet potatoes all the way (on accident). There ended up being clumps when I was transferring it from the food processor to the ice cube trays. So that was a bit frustrating.

Have you made baby food before? If so I would love any recipe you've loved!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Things that are an Orlando Florida Vacation 2016

Chase and I flew out on a red eye to get there Tuesday Morning. The Dopey Challenge didn't start until Thursday morning, but we wanted an extra day to recoup before we had to start running.

Lots of blogs that we read suggested we DON'T go to the parks after the half marathon and marathon. Unfortunately, we didn't listen. But, because of how long those races ended up being, we didn't have as much time in the parks after the half marathon and marathon.


Chase and I were planning on going to the Orlando Temple after getting off of our red eye flight. We were going to sleep for a few hours since it wasn't even 6am. We found this parking lot, but then security found us, and initially asked us to leave, but when we told them we had just gotten in on a red eye and wanted to just sleep for a few hours they said we could stay. But we ended up driving to the temple instead. We always try and go to the temple when ever we travel.

Then we headed to Cape Canaveral and to the beach. If I was going to be on the east coast and that close to the ocean it was worth making the drive there.

After we were able to check into our townhouse we were renting we slept for a few hours before we had to go pick up the rest of our crew. All their flights were delayed and didn't arrive until 3:30am!

Thanks to Celise for taking the photo


We spent the day going to packet pick up and getting our parks tickets and figuring out what we wanted to do.


Dan, Celise and I met up with Shelly for the Pluto 5k. You can read all about the race here. After the race we headed back to our townhouse (each way was about a 20 minute drive) and got our spouses. We then headed to Hollywood Studios.
Started our first IVF shot

 First ride 

We were all so scared to ride this ride! ;)

I seriously hate falling, but I had a lot of fun! 

I always do a hand stand after I do something hard! and Tower of Terror is just that for me!

 I met Darth Vader and he wanted me to join the dark side. Of course I said no, and then he threatened me...

 Had to share this!


Dan, Celise and I met up with Shelly again for the 10k. You can read about the race here. It was really raining and so we didn't take very many pictures while running. After the race we headed to Animal Kingdom. It was raining for quite a while, but then by the afternoon it cleared up.

 That's how he rolls! ;)

 Loved meeting Tarzan

 First time on Expedition Everest! My favorite ride in all the kingdoms!

 Finished off the Day at Texas Roadhouse


We ran the half marathon (my birthday), and had fun in Magic Kingdom. I got to ride on a few favorites. Having fun running and celebrating my birthday all on the same day is great!

 Birthday half marathon!

 Chase, Aleta and David all enjoyed Magic Kingdom with no one in site! Which mean they had first dibs on the best rides!

 I think this was Chase's favorite day! To be able to be the only one in Magic Kingdom

 The 3 racers all met our spouses after we finished the race. They got to enjoy a few more rides while we caught up to them.

 Splash Mountain was fun

A great way to end the day! (and too many miles on my legs!)


We ran the marathon, and it took us over 6 hours and we started around 6am (per our corral). So we spent the afternoon in Epcot. Chase and David hung out in Epcot and did some rides while they waited for us to finish. All the runners ran through Epcot every day, so it wasn't new to me, but Chase sure had fun on some rides.


We flew home, and got home super late.

Super fun vacation! The weather was perfect for us! And I can't wait to get back there! Maybe soon!