Hello, Handsome!!!

For years Brad Paisley has been coming to Utah every summer and I've always wanted to go. I keep telling Cory he's the only country singer I really want to see. Keith Urban would be fun, and maybe Carrie Underwood, but Brad is for sure on the top of my list. Well, FINALLY we're going this year!! September 24th at Usana. I can't wait!!! I'll have to bring binoculars so I can see him. Now I just need to get myself a cowboy hat. Anyone know where I can get one for cheap?


A Weekend For the Memory Books

Well, this has been such a great weekend. First, I'll start with Cory's news . . .

He has officially been offered a permanent job at Kennecott!!! We're so excited!! His internship is over and we were wondering when we were going to find out if they wanted to keep him. He has to go in Tuesday and take a test and then he can officially accept the job! We're thrilled! Way to go baby!

He also received new springs for his Jeep on Friday. He worked his butt off all day to get them on before we went to Logan. It looks awesome! I haven't been in it yet for a ride but he says it rides much better. I can't wait to see. It also lifted it about 3 more inches or more. Here's a picture of his baby:
I know he's really excited about them. It was his birthday present :)

Well, the moment I've been blogging about for months finally arrived. We headed up to Logan Friday night and picked up my race packet. Then we went to Olive Garden for some delicious pasta. We stayed at the Springhill Marriott up there which was really nice. The bed was fantastic, which was what I needed for a good nights rest. I woke up at 4:50 am Saturday and got ready. A bus picked me and about 50 other runners up at our hotel at 5:30 and took us up Blacksmith Fork Canyon where the race began. The bus ride seemed forever and I just kept thinking, "It's this long riding in a bus and soon I'll have to run the whole thing..." the whole way up. We all warmed up and waited for the race to start. When the gun finally went off, I was just excited to get moving. I was getting annoyed standing around waiting in crazy anticipation. After about the first mile it really hit me that I was FINALLY doing it! I got a little choked up and told myself this was what all my training was for and I had to make it count. I pushed myself to go a little faster than my regular pace. I felt great and was so excited. The only bad part of the first half of the race was at about mile 4 when I ate my first GU I choked on it, causing me to throw up a little in my mouth. I was a little queasy for about 10 minutes after that, but I just kept going.

The map said the first 7 miles were downhill. That wasn't entirely true. It leveled out and even went uphill quite a lot. But I used the parts that were descending to my advantage. The first part of the race went by so fast and before I knew it, I was halfway done. The canyon was cool despite the humidity and had a breeze blowing out of it that kept me cool. Once we got out of the canyon though, it was an entirely different story. The sun came out and the breeze stopped and it got hot - fast! At mile 10 I took my phone out to tell Cory how close I was and noticed I had gone 10 miles fast than I ever have. I was excited. However, the heat and humidity were quickly zapping my strength and I was losing steam. Mile 12 just about killed me. The entire mile was a steady incline with absolutely no shade. I was really hurting at this point and I really lost my speed. I totally didn't care except I knew I had family waiting for me at the finish line that were probably sick of waiting. I didn't enter this race with a time goal. I entered it to finish. Finally a little ways into the 13th mile I could see the finish line and I took out my headphones so I could hear my family cheer me on and I finally made it to the end. I wasn't at all emotional, nor did I get too excited at first. I was just so relieved to be done!!! It was awesome to have my family cheering me on and helping me feel like a champ. Thanks guys! :) It didn't hit me until this morning that I have finally finished it. I have finally accomplished my goal!! It feels awesome and I feel awesome. I hurt, but I feel great. Here are some race day photos. Please excuse the fact that I look like crap and my face is all swollen. It's hard to look as ravishing as I normally am (kidding) when I'm sweating like a pig and in pain.... Thanks again everyone for coming and supporting me. I love you and it meant a lot!!
Here I am coming to the finish line

Tyler and Lisa drove up at 10 pm and left at 10 am just to see me race. You guys rock!
Cory kept telling me how proud of me he was. He's the best guy in the world.
Cory's parents came up too! It was so fun to have them there! You guys are so incredible!
My uncle Don and his wife Michelle ran it also and my mom wanted a picture of all the racers
So, that chapter is finally over. I haven't decided what my next fitness goal will be. First I need a good week or so off to relax and enjoy being free of a training schedule!!

My parents and Cory's parents had camped up the canyon for the weekend so after showering and checking out of our hotel we headed up there to camp for the rest of the weekend. We really enjoyed ourselves just sitting around and visiting. We had fantastic dutch oven cooking (thanks Shirleen!) and a fire. I love camping! I also have such a great family to call my own, and that goes for both sides!

Mom's playing cards.
Cory found a little toy pilot stuck in a tree and rescued him.
Our dutch oven expert
It was such a great weekend! I'm sad to see it go!


The Time Has Arrived

We leave tomorrow to head to Logan for the big race. I know I can do it and I know I'm ready, but I'm still very nervous about it. 4 months of hard work are finally over! I won't be fast, I won't be first, but I'm going to finish and I'm going to do it for me and for Adrianne. Here we go. See ya after 13.1!



I know it's only Wednesday but there are a couple things I've learned already this week that I wanted to share:

1. Apparently when I'm stressed/worried about something, the full extent of my worries are shown in my dreams.

2. The WWF was all fake. I had no idea.

3. Many people can't detect textual sarcasm.

4. If you have a husband with ADD, DON'T take him to a restaurant with lots of TV's and crap on the walls if you want to carry on a conversation.

5. I get my hopes up way too easily.

6. Most people must not buy cardio machines at Dick's Sporting Goods because it took us forever to find a salesman who believed we wanted to buy one.

7. 4th graders are awesome! :)
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Caution: Post Contains A Swear

So today was the first day of my groups. I have 3rd graders in my reading class. We were having a discussion about rules and coming up with rules that would make our classroom run smoothly. The rule we were talking about was 'Always do your best' and the kids were telling me why that was important. I called on one boy and he said "Yeah, you don't want to be lazy or half-assed..."

I chocked back a shocked laugh and glanced around the room to see the uproar that curse was about to cause. To my immense relief, no one noticed! The other students were sitting looking at me expressionless. This boy continued to talk after he said that which told me he had no idea he just said something bad. The lesson from this story: be careful what you say around your kids because clearly he didn't come up with that one on his own.


An Update...Sort Of

Sorry I've been so bad at updating. I've been stuck in a negative funk lately where I don't really feel like talking to people and nothing really excites me. I used to think there wasn't a reason for it, until today. I realized it's a couple of things that when piled up, are apparently causing me some light depression-symptoms. I've been trying hard to snap out of it but a couple of the issues are beyond my control. I know I can control how I react to them, but they really do hurt my feelings - as lame as that sounds. Cory's been a trooper to put up with me lately. Thank heavens for him. Anyway, so I haven't had any desire to blog because I've been so negative. I'm going to attempt a normal update now... here we go!

Cory Update:

Cory had his birthday yesterday!! We didn't do much to celebrate last night because we went to dinner on Saturday instead. We're also going to lunch and the temple this Saturday so hopefully with the fun throughout the week, he'll feel like his birthday was special. I love my little guy! He's also been working lots and regardless of the fact that I hardly see him, he's still loving his job. I guess I shouldn't say "hardly", he's home by 7:00 almost every night and we get a couple hours together before our lame-o early bedtime. On Monday Rio Tinto had a party for all their Kennecott Utah Copper employees at the ReaL Soccer stadium. They showed a movie on the jumbo tron and all the concessions were free. We thought only in heaven could you eat pizza, french fries, hot dogs, ice cream, and popcorn in one meal. It was fun. He's getting ready to work on the Jeep again since we'll be heading to Moab in October. I'm not as angry as I usually am about it because it's not a car we need to get everywhere anymore. He can work on it all he wants, we won't need to drive it until October. His birthday present is new springs for the front, so he's really excited about that.
I wish I had more to tell you about Cory but that really does sum up what he does all the time. He's happy and healthy and that's about it :)

Me on the other hand, since I'm a dork and have a lot of my life public on here, I have lots to update on...

School started today. I have to brag for a moment because I feel SOOOOO special at work. I get bombarded with hugs and smiles everywhere I go and hear "Hi Mrs. Hunter!!" over and over again. I feel like a celebrity. I love those kids so dang much! They make me feel incredible. I'm in 4th grade this year which is awesome because I get the same kids I had last year that grew so close to my heart. I can't wait to see what this year brings.

As of 2 days ago, I have a new calling. I will be the new young women athletic director. I KNEW a young women's calling was coming up. I'm glad it doesn't require teaching a lesson. It will be fun because I love sports, I'm just nervous for how to be their coach. Wish me luck!!

My race is in just over a week. I feel completely ready. I've also had 2, 12 mile runs down now with absolutely no knee pain. I LOVE my new shoes!! I don't plan on being spectacular. I may even be the last one done. But I can't wait to accomplish something for me and know I did it. Yes, it's a race and they're competitive. But for now, this is for me. I don't care about everyone else.

I've also decided that I'm done being a doormat. I'm sick of letting people treat me like crap or say/do hurtful things. I'm sick of people's excuses and being told no all the time. I'm sick of being the only one who cares to get together with people. I'm sick of competitive people and everyone finding their self-worth in what they can do better than someone else. I can't handle it anymore. This is one of the main reasons I've been so down. I've felt like crap lately. I'm done with it.

Alright, I'm getting negative again, sorry. Besides being in a bad mood, I really am happy right now. I know that sounds so contradictory, but I am. I have the best husband in the world, I have the best job in the world, soon I'll be accomplishing a goal I've worked my butt off for, and we have so many exciting plans for the future! I'll try and be better at updating as I work harder on getting rid of my bad attitude.


My Arch Enemy

(Heather Hart, you'll appreciate this)

Ever since I can remember, I've been a lover of the Rice-a-Roni. Collin and I used to walk to the store and buy some just so we could eat the whole box together. We still fight over it when my mom makes it for Sunday dinner. My friend Heather and I used to make it every time we'd get together. I made it all the time in college. And now I make it a lot in our married life. Too much in fact, because Cory is sick of it. I was craving it today and rushed home from work, started to defrost some fish and began cooking the rice. 5 minutes into it, Cory sent me a text saying he really wanted chicken and pasta tonight. He never gets to put in requests because up until Saturday when we got him an AT&T gophone (they're the only company that provides service at the mine) he hasn't been able to communicate with me at work. So, I decided to honor his wishes. I put the fish away and decided to just eat a little rice now since I was starving and save the rest for lunch tomorrow and we could make his chicken when he got home. I patiently cooked the box, loaded it onto my plate and sat down to watch the Simpsons. Before I knew what had happened, the entire box was gone. Gone! So much for just eating a "little". I have no self-control whatsoever :)


Perfect Day!

Today was a pretty much perfect day. Cory and I decided we wanted to go to Park City to get out of the heat and have some fun. So, we headed up and first thing on our agenda was lunch. We know of a little deli on Main Street that is really good, so we headed there and had yummy, yummy sandwiches.
After lunch we wanted to walk Main Street and check out some shops. However, after narrowly escaping the most PUSHY time-share salesman on the planet, our hopes of a peaceful walk on the streets were abandoned and we decided to go ride the Alpine Slide. It was so fun! I should have gone faster but Cory freaked me out on the lift up to the top by telling me you can flip out of the track. Yikes! But it was so awesome.
We almost went for another ride but decided our money would be better spent at the OUTLETS!! :)
We did a fair amount of shopping where I got 2 new pairs of work pants and some running socks and Cory got new shoes and a hat that looks exactly like Crocodile Dundee. I'm going back up in a few weeks when I have more money to spend. They had some cute stuff!! We had so much fun and are completely worn out now. 3 more days till I go back to work... gotta make 'em count!


Top 10 . . .

Things I'm loving right now:

1. Cory - he is so incredible! I made the best choice of my life marrying him.

2. Cream cheese won tons - So bad, yet so good!

3. The Big Bang Theory - oh my gosh this is such a funny show!

4. The Spirit telling Cory and I that we're on the right track in life and have our priorities in line with the Lord's will - There's no feeling more peaceful.

5. My friends - You guys are so awesome! I don't deserve good people like you, so thanks for putting up with me and being so supportive and fun! I can't imagine a life without friends.

6. High Heels - Yep, that's right. I've become a lover of the heels. First because they're hot, and second because every time I wear them I feel like I'm making a tribute to Adrianne. I miss her terribly and I know she'd approve of my new church attire. Even if it's hard to walk in some of them.

7. My new pair of running shoes designed for me and my stride. They're like running on clouds. I hate to say it, but custom is worth the price!
8. My final few days of summer. It's been a summer to remember and I'm going to miss being lazy and hanging out by the pool for hours.
9. The Temple - no better place on earth.

10. My life and everything about it. Things are going so well!!


More Climbing!!

Today I went climbing with some great friends and had a great time. We've started going up Big Cottonwood Canyon now. The climbs are a lot more fun and way prettier! We all did well and made it to the top of both climbs we set up. I'm getting better and better and loving it more and more. I just picked out a few pictures for the blog, but you can check out all of them on Facebook.
The Shellminator!
Yeah, it's high!
I got skills! (haha kidding...)
I conquered my first overhang! I was a happy woman!
I freaking love climbing! And I love my friends more!