Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Girls 2nd annual St George Human Rights weekend!

So we're back! This has become an annual event for us! Such a good time and a great excuse to get out of the dreary cold and pollution. Gives me a little boost so I can make it through the rest of the winter. We missed Ang this year but I hope she'll join us next year. Perfect-relaxing, great company, great weather, great food, quiet, low-key fantastic weekend! We stayed with my favorite Aunt and Uncle-who I lived with in college and I realized how much I missed them! They were so much fun! My Aunt's adventurous spirit is contagious!

My awesome Aunt hiking in her beloved Snow Canyon.
The beautiful redrocks-and look--blue sky! No brown haze! Did I mention 60 degrees? Perfect!

My authentic Italian uncle made us authentic Italian pizzas! It was so fun just to watch him cook-truly an experience in itself. Then we watched boxing. I remember in college he and my Aunt would argue over wether I wanted to watch boxing or the history of the pyramids. "Barbaric!" my Aunt would say, "Boring!" my Uncle would counter. The truth is it didn't matter what we were watching it was just nice to be with them-then and now. I realized how I want my kids to have the chance to know and love these amazing people (and they will)!

The best part of the race (did I mention the 1/2 marathon is our excuse for going down?)-getting a massage and stretch at the end ahhh...

Before the start-all smiles but I came up with my new mantra around mile 11-'it's okay to cry-but it's not okay to quit!' Finished a few minutes faster than last year-but who's counting! This weekend was exactly what I needed. I thought on Saturday night that I couldn't remember when I felt that comfortable. I mean I was tired and full and felt safe and secure and really felt no pressing responsibilities-no 'better start the laundry' or 'should really be studying' it was so good to truly relax and I can't wait to do it again next year!


Angi said...

Just because I wasn't running didn't mean I didn't want to come...I just wasn't invited. Maybe I'll be cool enought to go next year.

qponqwn said...

Oh Ang, is your memory failing? You were invited-and consider this an invitation for next year! We missed you!

Stephie said...

I'm so glad you had such a great experience!! I miss you so much! I miss Jennie and Umberto too...my kids LOVE them!! They are always gracious and fun!! ;-)

No cemented dates...but I'm coming...

Shauna said...

There is no way I'll be running, but with my permission slip, I'll be there with bells on! Just try keeping me away from 60 degrees in the middle of January inversion!
And your cute, little Italian uncle--eeewww, that sounded creepy, but you know what I meant.

So glad you had a wonderful weekend!