Thursday, July 14, 2016

4th of July in Washington

After our reunion in the Tri-cities in Washington, we drove onto my mom's house near Seattle. I love watching as we cross over the mountains when the land turns from brown to green and huge evergreen trees surround you on all sides! Beautiful!
Stephany brought along her selfie stick so we all hand fun taking pictures with it :).

We drove into Seattle Sunday evening and Monday morning, on the 4th of July, we went to Edmonds and did the Beat the Brackett 5k. (brakett was a man a long time ago, over 120 years, who ran this pretty fast). They have a stand-in old man Brackett who runs this at a 7 something pace and if you beat him you get a green wristband that says, "I beat Brackett".
Here we are participating in the group stretch led by a fitness instructor from SNAP fitness.
Pre-run shot. Mom, Stephany, Annabelle, Jane and Nora were our cheerleaders, everyone else ran! 

Denali, my nephew, was the only one in our group who beat Brackett! He came in at 21:12 minutes, doing 6:50 minute miles, a PR for Denali.
I came in next at 23:45, doing 7:40 min/miles which was a PR and I had to go up 3 hills, one of which was at least 1/2 a mile long, and living in Utah, where it's very flat, I don't normally train on hills. Scott snapped this at the finish line where I felt like I was going to throw up...but I didn't.
Luis came in third 25:23 doing 8:11 minute/miles
Next was Blake and Elisabeth 29:53, doing 9:38 min/miles (many thanks to Blake for staying with Elisabeth).
Angelo and Charles came in at 33:52, doing 10:55 min/miles.

And then Becca and Bella came in shortly after the boys.
I had to take a picture of my Garmin because of my PR. Everyone did so well, I was so impressed with all the kids who did it especially when we hit those big hills! Way to finish!
Later that day, Scott and I went and visited Dad. Dad was born in Mexico but became a U.S.A. citizen when I was in jr high or high school, which made him very proud. He loved America and so I brought him some USA flowers which I know he liked :). I still think about him often, and know he's near.
That night we had a family/neighborhood gathering at Blake's parents house (we went last year too). We BBQ and have desserts, visit and watch fireworks. I made this patriotic fruit pizza. We love this fruit pizza recipe and the secret is the crust which is made from a store-bought sugar cookie package that we bake, and then we cover it in a cream cheese/powdered sugar/cool whip topping and then top it with fruit.
Scott with my brothers, Luis and Lowell.
My sister's Robin and Pepa and our great niece Stephany.
Denali and Luis.
Lighting fireworks in the street. Before we started the fireworks, we pulled out our long jump rope and did that with the kids for awhile which they loved. I love jump roping too.

I don't care much for fireworks, especially lighting them, but the kids and the dad's sure loved it!

Ann, Mom and Lowell.
The next morning we packed up and headed back for home. We couldn't stay long because we had to get home so we could close on our home and the home we're buying. The move is local, in the same city, but still just as much work.
Tuesday we just drove 8 hours to Becca and Blakes and stayed the night there, woke up early and finished the drive the next morning. I stopped in West Point Utah (about an hour from home), to pick up my 60 lb bucket of honey which is turning into a annual thing; that's about how long it takes us to go through that much honey :).
Oh and just for fun, I snapped some pictures of some of our favorite snacks. When you drive you just constantly eat, especially if you're driving because it helps to keep you awake. Blueberries and seaweed were the perfect solution for me because they're still healthy and the blueberries are so fresh that they don't leave you feeling gross even if you eat a lot. We also drink lots of water, we always bring lots of apples since they travel so well, and we really liked these Aussie Bites which are full of a variety of grains and are more filling. We also had gum and tic tacs which are fun for the kids and a few other snacks including veggies straws (which aren't so nutritious but so yummy), carrots and each person had a protein bar (we like Cliff Builder and Luna Lemon Zest).
We loved spending time with family, even if it was for only a few days; we'll take whatever we can get!

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