Monday, August 26, 2013

June Randomness...

 Sometimes your sister is your best friend...

The benefits of that relationship may or may not involve making you wear every single bow that you own, on your head, all at once.

 Which could result in you looking like a synchronized swimmer!

And sometimes, having a pet rat isn't enough! Because sometimes you need a SUPER pet rat!

 I mean, who doesn't love a rat in a cape!

And sometimes... food tastes a million times better because you're eating it outside instead of inside!

 And sometimes... sleeping on a regular pillow won't do! Frogs are far more fluffy AND they are ergonomically designed to fit the contours of your body!

And sometimes... wearing daddy's clothes is way more fun than wearing your own clothes. After all, pet rats fit in dad pockets better than they can fit in kid pockets! 

And sometimes... singing happy birthday as Brooklyn and Lily just isn't enough! Because sometimes, you just need to be potato heads!

Father's Day 2013

For Father's Day this year, my friend Tiffany and I teamed up to send our husbands on a top secret mission!

On Saturday night, we met up at the Booth residence for dinner... and to open the "top secret" mission papers and receive service weapons!!!

In case you can't read it, this is what the letter said: 

Agent R and Agent K,

Your immediate service on a top secret mission is requested by the MBI! (Mother's Bureau of Investigation) An underground gang of female thugs known as the "Barbies" have been ruthlessly capturing and torturing our armed forces!!! After our military was captured, we sent in an elite group of super heroes called the Avengers. They too, were captured, and we believe they are being tortured for information about our agency, as well as other government agencies, in a plan to bring down the Untied States Government! As far as we can see, you two are our last remaining hope. There are no other agents with your specific set of skills and qualifications who can save us from the Barbies! Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to find and eliminate the Barbie thugs and bring back our heroes, unharmed. Their last known location was somewhere in the jungle at Latitude: 4 8 2 8 Longitude: B R Y A N P L. Good luck agents!

Directors T & N

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Once the papers were received, Kevin and Robert walked in to the jungle where they learned that Barbies can think of hundreds of despicable ways to torture their victims! They saw everything from burning soldiers on the grill and burying them alive, to feeding soldiers to alligators and running them over with lawn mowers!

The jungle was strewn with violence and bloodshed!

But never fear! Our heroes soon arrived with their new Nerf guns in hand and made quick work of the horrible Barbie gang!

In fact, our heroes took great delight in shooting down their Barbie foes! They worked remarkably well as a team, and together... they CONQUERED!

The next day we went to church where the primary sang for their dads during sacrament. Kevin snuck out his iPhone and took this video:

After church we headed back home where Kevin and the girls broke out his new toys and set up an epic battle in our very own living room!

All in all, I'd say our gifts were a big success, and thanks to us, the United States Army and the Avengers are safe once more... or at least until Kevin decides that THEY are the bad guys!

Our CRAZY 1st Week in June!

On June 1st, while Jennie was still visiting, we packed up the car and drove 2 hours to Comlara Park, Illinois, for Kevin's 1st ever TRIATHLON!

We arrived at the TriShark Triathlon village with plenty of time to set up, say hi to ward friends who were also racing, and get good luck hugs and kisses from the girls :)

Then it was time for the race to begin, but due to a crazy amount of flooding prior to the race, the lake was filled with E-coli so they had to cancel the swim and replace it with a two mile run.

Kevin was up for the challenge though, and he easily blew past many of the racers!

Soon we saw him running back in to the transition area and we could tell he was doing quite well! It only took him 12 minutes and 46 seconds to complete the first 2 miles.

He grabbed his bike and biking gear, and was back out on the course in a record 1 minute and 4 seconds. This is where Kevin learned that most triathletes are strongest on the bike, and although he is very quick on the bike, he got to experience what it feels like, first hand, to have people blow past you even though you're peddling your guts out! (A first for Kevin.)

He still did great though and finished the 13 mile biking portion in 39 minutes and 50 seconds! Woohoo! He dismounted with ease (which is a big deal because we watched several other bikers biff it, or come off wobbling after the bike race) and was back in his running gear and on the road in 56 seconds!

Once again, Kevin started blowing past people as he finished up his 5K (3.1 miles) in 20 minutes and 27 seconds!

He finished the entire race in 1 hour 15 minutes and 7 seconds! Pretty amazing if you ask me! Here are his stats again:
Run 1: 12:46.9

T1: 01:04.8

Bike: 39:50.9

T2: 00:56.8

Run: 20:27.8

Overall: 01:15:07.2

After the race, we said good bye to our friends, who also did an amazing job, and headed back home so Kevin could pack his bags to fly to Alaska for a site inspection!

By June 3rd, Kevin was in Alaska, checking out fascinating graveyards, eating yummy food, buying souvenirs, and hiking some pretty incredible mountains!

And no. That is not why he flew there! Although he definitely took advantage of his free time!

He went to inspect a power generating facility that his office has been working on for some time now. He worked his little booty off from 9-5 each day, and then went back out to play in wild Alaska!

Kevin was gone from June 3rd until June 6th and managed to get all his work done, make some new friends, and summit several mountains!

On June 6th, Kevin flew home late at night and got some much needed rest before we packed up our things again and headed up to Wisconsin to volunteer for Ragnar Relay Chicago!

On June 7th, we left our kids with my sister Becca and headed to Wisconsin to protect runners from biffing it in cornfields between 10pm and 3 in the morning! We had run the Ragnar the 2 previous years with Dan Cotton (pictured above), his family, and some of our ward friends, but when we realized we couldn't afford it this year, we decided to volunteer for our team to save them some money during registration. We had so much fun (although we did miss running) and were glad to be able to spend the time together. And that about wraps up our crazy week in June!