Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Dan and I had a great Thanksgiving at our new home this year. Well it is new to us, but it is a 1960's military type of house, 2 bed rooms and only 580 square feet :) Small, but comfy!

We had Turkey and all the trimmings, and I ate way too much just like every year, but it felt good to have some comfort food :)

I also got a few days off work, which is rare now days. I got to sit on the couch, sew, read a book, cook, clean my house, play video games, and I loved every second of it! Dan did homework every day, but rested up with me too. He is such a good student and is working so hard to get good grades. I am so proud of him and his work ethic.

There is only 3 weeks now until we will be headed to Washington for Christmas. We cannot wait and are so excited to see family and friends. We also cant wait to sit and do nothing for a while and not worry about anything. I am excited to bake cookies with my Mother in law and play with my parents new puppy! It should be a great trip :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Moved In

Well we are moved in and I say that in the most lax of ways. We just got all of the stuff we own in our new house, but it is in multiple piles around the house :) I am at work now, but after work Dan and I are going to have to clean the old apartment and have it ready to be inspected by tomorrow at 10:30am. I am glad we did not live there long and we wont have much to clean.

Dan and I already love our new place, even though it is a mess right now. We are also looking in to getting a shed tonight. We will put it in the back of our house and be able to store a ton of things that are usually in our living room or under our bed! We cant wait :)

I will have to take some pictures tonight, it has so much more natural light, but that means I have to buy a lot of curtains! It is just going to be a million times better that the Communist style cement apartment we were in before. We can actually put pictures on the walls!!!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

New House

Dan and I got the house we wanted on campus :) We got the keys yesterday and I already have moved one load. We will be getting our washer and dryer out of storage tonight and move the rest of our stuff in tomorrow. A long day of moving, we have until monday to get all of our stuff out and to clean the old apartment and I only have one day off in the 4 we have. It will be a mad dash, but Dan and I will do it :)
I will try and post pictures if I have time ;) More to come soon!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Starting up!

Today is the first day of school for Montana State University and for Dan :) This means that I will be crazy busy starting on Wednesday, after everyone gets all the paper work done they need.

Dan cant wait to learn and do well in school. I know he is going to do amazing and have fun while doing it.

With school starting I have to figure out when to work out again. I think that is the most frustrating thing for me is to find one hour to work out and focus on myself. I am sure I will be able to find time, it is just the first 2 weeks trying to get the schedule figured out that I always feel like I am not working out enough.

Well back to work, I have to finish some programs for my athletes next week.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to school

Well I am not going back to school, but all the kids are coming back. It is still a few weeks away, before everyone gets in town and school actually starts, but Football and Volleyball have started for me so, it has started :) and summer is over :(
Now I may not be going back to school, but Dan is! He will be starting his first full semester after taking a few years off. This summer he go an "A" in both is classes, so starting out the semester with a 4.0 is pretty good :) I am so proud of him and I know he will do well in engineering.
Dan and I will get some time to get away this weekend (the last) for my little brother's wedding back home in Shelton. It will be great to see family again and just to be away from work and with my husband :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Highest "M" Hikes :)

The last 2 weeks I have hiked the "M" twice and each time I have gotten higher than the last. This picture is of me the first time I went up to a rocky out crop, which let me see on the other side of the mountain. I got up there in 59 min, which I was really happy about. It is almost straight up for 3/4 of the way.

This was the view of the first hike on the other side of the mountain. It was a beautiful day, but boy was it hot!

Here I am on my second hike which I did this morning at 7 am. I was trying to beat the heat and I did. It was a beautiful morning and the temp was cool on the mountain. I also decided to wear my cowboy hat I bought about 3 years ago and never worn, it was great to keep the sun off my head :) I got to the rocky out crop in 51 min so I took 8 min off my time from last week!

This is part of the trail farther up from the rocky out crop. I went to the second highest point on the ridge today so the trail was new to me. And some of it was scary in spots if you tripped. It was a straight drop down! Needless to say I watched my step very carefully.

Here is just one of the beautify hill sides I saw this morning.

Now this is a picture of the mountain tops I am trying to get to. The one in the center of the picture is called Baldy, because there are no trees up there. This is the highest point on the ridge and it is what my goal is to get by the end of the summer. Now the mountain top to the far left of the picture, behind a dead tree, is the one I got to today.

And this is the view from the top. Now I had to go off trail to take this picture, because the trail looped around this rock and went back down to go to Baldy. I made it in 1 hour and 34 min. I am really proud of my time and I cant wait to go farther. Our Associate Athletic director made it to Baldy in 1 hour and 59min. Crazy! I don't think I could ever make it in that time, but I just want to make it :) Soon!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lucky Man

This morning I got a call from my boss, Doug, at 5:10am. Now since I am up at 4am every morning to get to work by 5:45, it was not that big of a deal. But he never calls me early so I was worried. It turns out that he hit a deer out on I-90 headed to work on his motorcycle going 70mph. He is fine and one lucky man.
He just saw it in his head lights and did not have time to slow down, and you cant swerve on a bike going 70mph so all he could do was to grab the handle bars as hard as he could and brace for impact. He hit it just behind the shoulder so the body of it came around and hit his right side and the impact popped his legs off the bike and off to one side. He skidded about 1/2 mile to a stop hanging onto the handle bars while dragging his feet on the ground (well not dragging more like surfing on the bottom of his feet). He walked away with a sprained ankle and a few scraps on his foot and leg.
So this happened at about 5:10am and by 7:00am he was back at work and still working now. Doug is one lucky man and a great boss. I am glad he walked away from it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I just got done running stairs with my volleyball girls in our football stadium. It felt great to do and I am glad I did it, but it just reminds me how much older I am getting :( Some of the girls flew through it, but I kept up with over half of them, so I guess it is not too bad :) If I just keep it up then I will be in great shape and can keep up with all the young bucks, if my body can handle it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Odd Encounter

A weird thing happened to Dan and I yesterday and by weird I mean creepy. Dan and I went to our usual hill to run after about 45 min of throwing at the track (I did not have a good day throwing, but running hills sounded like a great way to get my frustrations out). It is a park/trail head in town on Pete's hill, it is a great run.

We walked up the hill right when we got there to warm up our legs a bit before we ran up. On our way down we were walking side by side and taking up the whole path, I turned my head to spit (I know real lady like, I cant help in when I am working out) and I saw a man behind us in a long sleeve shirt, a hat, and long pants. I thought nothing of it and stepped in front of Dan to get out of the mans way. Dan had turned around and looked at the man in the eyes, and slowed down a bit so he could pass.

We got down to the bottom of the trail, which at this point was only about 50 feet from where I saw him and he still had not passed us, so Dan and I stepped out to the side getting ready to let him by and start our run up the hill. As we both turned at the same time we saw that no one was there? He was gone, in 50 feet he was gone. There was no were for him to go, it is an open grass hill and would have taken him more time to get out of site that it took for us to walk 50 feet and turn around. And we would have heard his food steps speed up if he would have ran and we did not.

Dan and I were a bit freaked out about it. We both saw him and Dan made eye contact with him. After this we talked about it for a while, then continued our sprints up the hill. The whole time I was looking in the bushes for a man with long sleeves and a hat, who had passed out or looking for bugs. But he was not there?

After our sprints Dan and I walked up the trail a bit to cool off and made a loop around to get back down the hill. As we were walking I saw and realized that at the top of the hill only about 150feet away from our hill was a cemetery. That freaked Dan out and I was tripping out too.

So take this story as you will, but Dan and I think we saw a ghost. There seems to be no other way to explain it for us. I guess we will just keep our eyes out for weird things every time we go running, you never know what you might see out there!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Yellowstone Highland games

Last weekend Dan and I did our first highland games together and it was a blast! And it was Dan's first highland games ever. We had two of our lifting friends with us also who were doing it for the first time. They all had a great time and I think I got them in for life :)

Here is a picture of all the guys, Dan, Eric and Keith. I made all of their kilts, I think they look great!

Dan also wants to train more for the highland games. He got 3rd out of 5 guys in the novice class on this first day out. I am so proud of him and he got better on every throw.

This is Dan with his heavy weight for distance, 42 lbs.

Dan's first time with the sheaf toss, he did great!

Dan with all his bling :)

I had a good day, I got first, but got second in one event, the heavy stone. I need to practice :)

Hammer went well though and our friend Keith brought his girl friends camera for the day and got some great sport shots of us throwing. Thanks Keith!!!!!

Here is Dan after he found the weapons to play with. I think the sunglasses really make the outfit :)

Here is Dan throwing the weight for height.

Here is a video of me throwing the light hammer.

Over all Dan and I had a great time. I think Dan really found something he really likes. We met a lot of great people and it was a great day with friends. I am going to make it to one more highland games this year in Enumclaw, WA for sure and other than that we will see.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pioneer Falls

I spent yesterday on a 3 hour hike with some of my friends. We decided to go south of Bozeman to the Spanish Peaks and a hike up to Pioneer falls. Now to get to the walk way you have to drive through Ted Turner's Flying "D" Ranch. He raises Buffalo and they can roam where ever they want :)

I would love to live right here, all those little dots you see are all buffalo, cool hu!

This was a little log cabin that was on the side of the road up to the trail. I could not imagine how hard life was living in this cabin back in the day when it was made.

This was the road block that we came across on our way to the trail head. I guess this is normal traffic for the area :)

This was the cool little bridge we had to cross to get on the right side of the river for the trail.

Pioneer Falls

A view from the top. I was leaning on a big tree to make sure I was not going to fall :)

Me and the Falls!

This was the river at the top of the falls it was so beautiful out that day :)

Over all it was a great hike and a great day. It was nice to catch up with some friends I have not seen in a while and it is nice to find another hike to take Dan on. This same trail splits at one point and goes to a lake, I will have to try that some day, I heard it is amazing!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hill Sprints

Dan and I did hill sprints yesterday and it was killer. We ram 4 x 30 -40 meter sprints up hill with a 25lb or 45 lb sand bag, WOW was that hard!
We are trying to go outside more to train instead of being cooped up in the gym all day. So far it has been great, I am getting more time to throw and I am teaching Dan to do it also. He is picking it up well and he will be competing in a week with me in the Yellowstone Highland games. It should be a blast! We also bought 2 - 16kg kettle bells and 3 different sledge hammers to train with. We are going to be doing some odd stuff, but fun stuff this summer :)
I am also going on a hike with some of my old volleyball girls this weekend, up in the Spanish peaks area, to a water fall with great views. I cant wait, it should be fun, but they are both smaller girls who can run marathons. I hope I can keep up with them :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Apartment

Well we moved into our new apartment this weekend. It is about half the size of our old house, but it will work for now. We are on campus and it takes me about 10-15 min to walk to work, I love it.

We are just waiting now to transfer into the house we really want and will stay in the next 4 years, as long as Dan is in school. The biggest plus is that it is a HOUSE and not an apartment, we can have our own washer and dryer, but most of all we wont share any walls with anyone!

Dan asked a nice man at our housing office if he could just give an estimate on time, he said it could be 1 week or 2, but it is not 100%. Even though, that will be fine with me to move 2 times in one month as long as I know we will be living in this new house for the next 4 years. Which will the the longest I will stay in one house in my adult life. I usually move houses every 1-2 years. It will be great! It is still small, but it will make Dan and I get rid of a lot of stuff we don't need.

Lets hope for a fast transfer so we can get into our house!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dan's First Pre Calculus Exam

Great job Dan!!!!!

Dan got a 97% on his first exam! The average for the class was a 58% and he might have had the best grade in the class! I am so proud of him, he is going to do great in engineering!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Crazy Life

Things have been crazy the last few months. Dan and I have made some big life changing choices. Dan is going back to school and we are moving onto campus to make everything easier. Work has been busy and we have had almost all of our family over in the last 2 months. I have a ton of pictures I am going to put up here soon to share with you. I know no one is really following anymore, but I am starting up again :) More to follow!