In May my great friends Marci, Holly and Amy and I went on our 2nd annual girls weekend away. We stayed at a Conference Center resort in Scottsdale. It was really fun to catch up and have some girl time away. We had pedicures, shopping, and eating out. I feel so grateful to have such wonderful friends in my life. I have known them for 20+ years and we don't see eachother often, so these get togethers are so special!
In April when Jake and I went to Salt Lake for General Conference we also attended my 20 year mission reunion. It was so special to see my two mission presidents and their wives. I loved, loved seeing them, so for that it was all worth it. We had a devotional and sang hymns in Korean and it brought back a lot of feelings and memories. I also got to see two of my companions, my other companions were Korean and they were not there, of course, but someday I hope to see them! Sister Dean and her husband and Sister Healy and her husband. I got a picture with Sister Dean. The Elders I served with were not there either, but it was awesome all the same.
We had a Easter egg hunt and luncheon over at the Johnson's this year. It is fun to combine all our eggs and hide them together. We let the little ones go first and hide some of the eggs. Then hide the rest for the bigger kids. They love to try to find the ones with money in them. This year Ridge found the most with the money, he has a sixth sense or something, crazy! They all love spending time with their cousins!
Rebecca participated in Patriot Academy's first season of track and field. She ran the 400 and 800 this season. She had a great time at the practices and the meets. She is learning how to compete and to run. She was not the first but not always last either! It was neat to see how the meets all work and all the talented kids out there running. I am glad that she had the chance to be on a team and stay active. She ran in our Stake fundraiser Finish Strong, and did great, she beat me too!
In March over Spring Break, we went to San Elijo State Beach for a week. We reserved our sites 6 months in advance, like we always do. We went with good friends, the Smiths, Kettrings, Rapiers, and Rich's. When we first got there it was rainy and cold and it was pretty cool the whole time we were there, but so quiet and relaxing. We went to the Mormon Battalion museum, the San Diego Temple, and Knotts Berry Farm while we were there. Plus, plenty of hanging out on the beach time. I love going to the beach, and we try to go once a year. The kids loved having their friends there and the grownups too! My favorite was the Mormon Battalion, it was totally different than I thought it would be, and I highly reccomend it, if you are in San Diego. We also went to the ward on Sunday if Cardiff by the Sea. We doubled their primary and the members were so friendly and welcoming. Between, church, the Mormon Battalion and walking around the San Diego temple, it was a great Sunday.
Jake ran the 2013 Phoenix marathon on March 2nd. It was a really well organized race and it was on a Saturday! I went out and watched him come through the finish line. He was so fast, he beat his time from his last marathon by about 8 minutes. He came in at 3:30. That is 15 minutes off from qualifying for Boston. We had friends run the half marathon and it was fun to see them too. Jake and I signed up for next year , me runnning the half and him the whole marathon. Bucket list!