Sunday, July 31, 2011


Yesterday we said good-bye to our beautiful foreign exchange student Sakina. What an emotional day it was. Our family grew to love Sakina these past two weeks and will miss her terribly. 

I just love this picture of her. I love how she always has to do this piece sign in all of her photos. LOL. What a beautiful girl she is. Our family was definetly blessed with having her in our home and getting to know her. I will blog soon about our two week adventure, but for now, please enjoy this beautiful pic of 'our girl'.

My most important body part

Today in Sunday School the teacher asked which body part would it be the hardest to live without. I leaned over and whispered to Chris "My lips.... cause then I would have a hard time kissing you!"

I love kissing my husband (and my children for that matter), if it were an olympic sport I would win the gold medal! Too bad my hubby doesn't share in this same enthusiasm....

Random thoughts.... ten days ago I had a filling replaced. Something that hadn't been bothering me at all, not one tiny bit. For the last 10 days that same tooth just ACHES. I'm terrified that maybe the tooth got cracked during the procedure and will eventually need a root canal. I say this because a few years ago this EXACT thing happened to me. It irritates me that before this happened my mouth was perfectly content and pain free. Now it bothers me on and off all day. Should I be concerned about this? Grrrrr.....

5K pics finally!

Chris finally got some pics edited from my race! Hip hip hooray!
 Me and my friend Jodi after the race (I can tell this was after because of how my hair is sticking to my head! GROSS!)
 Sprinting to the finish line!
 After the race Dion gave Jodi a victory kiss (I had to be a part of the moment also LOL) Dion and Jodi are the greatest friends! They are our Framily!
 Me, Jodi and Kenzi at the beginning of the race
 FINALLY crossing the finish line! I actually ran it faster than I originally thought....34.15!

Chris also took all the video footage and created a video of the entire experience. He did an awesome job!

Jenny's first 5k from Christopher Meek on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My first 5k!!!!

Many of you have asked about my first 5k race ever that happened three weeks ago. Truth. I have been wanting to post the pics along with this post, but Chris took them on his camera and when he takes pics he does them in raw format (no idea what that means) and he has to edit them before they are post-able. I have begged and pleaded with him to please just edit one or two, but as you can see this post has ZERO pics on it. This was such a HUGE event and I felt like it needed to be documented so I am posting it before I forget my thoughts on this event. (Babe, PLEASE edit some pics for me. PLEASE.)

The morning of the race I woke up before my alarm went off... at 5:30! I was so excited/nervous. I met my friend Jody and my friend Kenzi (from work) at the race site. It was a chilly morning, but I was ready! I thought that Chris was going to just wait for me at the finish line taking pictures of me, but as the race was about to start he informed me that he was going to be racing along side me with his camera in hand so that he could video tape the experience. I thought it was sweet of him, but I was also bummed that I would have anyone waiting for me to cross the finish line. Oh well.

Then just like that the horn sounded and the race began. It was a pretty good course, with only one was a pretty steep hill, but not too hard surprisingly. I felt pretty good until the last half mile, but then the queasiness feeling started hitting me and I really had to talk myself out of walking. I knew that I was pushing myself harder then I do when I normally run. I looked over at Chris and said "right about now I could use some words of encouragement!" I also told him that he better not be video-tapping anything that jiggles!

Me and Jody pretty much kept up with each other and as we turned the last corner and saw the finish line we both just started sprinting. It was awesome!

My personal best time to run that distance was 39 minutes, so my goal was to beat that time. I was really hoping to do it in 36 minutes.... as I crossed the finish line I looked up at the clock and saw the numbers 34.21 min!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was shocked and excited and then I just wanted to throw up! LOL
Once that feeling left I was pumped! I am very proud of my little accomplishment. I haven't signed up for another race yet, but I hope to do one or two more before the summer ends.
It feels pretty cool to have earned my own 'racing shirt' (the name my kids call all of Chris' race shirts that he gets when he enters a race, they use them as night shirts to sleep in). I also got a participation medal... I just might frame that bad boy.
Hopefully someday I will post the pics!

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's a girl!!!

Yep that is right! We have one more member of our family. Today we picked up a new daughter! We signed up to be hosts for a foreign exchange student and tonight she arrived. Her name is Sakina and she is from Japan and will be staying with us for two weeks. She is so sweet and kind. We are so excited to have her stay with us and be able to get to know her better. We can't wait to show her around Utah and introduce her to some fun new experiences. Pictures will hopefully come shortly :-)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WARNING! Stay away.....far far away

Yep that's right. This house would be a really good one to avoid. I'm annoyed. Pretty much at everything and everyone. Just ask my kids, they will tell you.
This picture describes me perfectly right now. So BEWARE!
Guess it's time to lower my expectations (again) for my friendships... family.... co-workers.....the grocery bagger at Smith's. Yep, even he ANNOYS me, and I didn't even go to Smith's today, but the thought of him annoys me.
I've been on the edge of tears all day long and the longer the day goes the more annoyed I get. I don't even care and things are just spilling from my mouth that I have no business saying or even thinking (don't worry I didn't swear), I'm just mean....mean and nasty and I don't even care. So PLEASE stay away, or I might bite your head off too.
"I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!!!"

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I must be crazy, my new purchase and illness

I did something yesterday that I have always wanted to do, but never had the confidence to try..... I SIGNED UP FOR A 5K! wow, I never thought I would say that sentence in reference to myself. But alas, it is true! I will be running my first 5k race one week from today! This is HUGE people. The registration place was at a running store and while I was in there filling out my paperwork I started looking at the wall of running shoes. Chris has told me for a few weeks now that I needed some decent running shoes and I have been fighting wanting to spend the money on them. While I was in the store the clerk asked me if he could do a fitting on me, he did and then told me about some foot problems that he can see that I have that some decent shoes could fix. I have had some pain in my knee and hips while I run and the clerk said that a decent shoe could fix that. 
So I broke down and bought a pair....
I'm not gonna lie, I was really hoping to get a pair of pink ones, but those were another hundred dollars, so I settled for these bad boys.
This morning I went for my daily run, excited to try them out. Everything went great except for one thing, the flu bug has been going around our house and it appears that today was my day to catch it. In the middle of my run I almost had an accident (and had to really concentrate to make it home to the bathroom) and had to cut my run a bit short. Luckily I made it home, but oh man, am I a mess right now. I've got stomach pain, head pain, joint aches and the big D. Pretty much I am MISERABLE!
But hey! At least I have some great running shoes! The light from my laptop is killing my eyes so I think that I will head my sick self up to bed. BLAH!

Block party video

Chris made an awesome video of the footage that he took at our block party. It is pretty fun so take a look.