Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Few Vacation Pics & A Race Report!

Hi Everyone! I know that I have been MIA for a week but life has been crazy busy as always! We are back from vacationing for a few days in Duluth! Actually, we arrived back home Wednesday evening and I had to go back to work for Thursday and Friday. Work has been super busy too! I have been pretty tired when I get home.....unfortunately, blogging has been put on the back burner. We spent all of our vacation days at the Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior. We rented a three bedroom cottage instead of staying in various hotels. It was such a great hit with the whole family....we will go back again next year! It was absolutely gorgeous and I wish that we had a few more days to enjoy Duluth and time away from our normal hectic life style:) Here are a few random pictures.
College boy was only able to spend two days with us due to his work schedule. College boy is sporting his new haircut:) His hair was much longer but he wanted to grow it out so that he could have a stupid and ugly looking mullet for We Fest! We Fest is a country music festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He went camping with a bunch of his friends and thought that it would be hilarious to have his haircut in the mullet style! I just about fell over when he came home looking like Billy Ray Cyrus in his achy breaky days:) I couldn't believe that he actually paid someone money to cut his hair like that! Yes, I did take pictures.....I will spare you the visual pain by not posting them:) (Thank God he had it cut as soon as he got back from his trip!) Funny thing...he swears he was a chick magnet...I highly doubt that! Another funny thing....he doesn't even really listen to country music. I wasn't born yesterday, I know why he went...I just prefer not to think about it.




This was our view looking out of the master suite. Every morning after my run I would sit in one of those chairs and chill for about an hour. It was so peaceful and relaxing.



This picture was taken in Grand Marais, Minnesota. The kids spent about two hours on this beach skipping rocks. Josh's record is ten skips and Kay's was six:)


Kay and I took out this bad boy:) Oh my goodness, we laughed the whole time riding this baby! After we were done riding this bike we both took out mountain bikes and went for a five mile ride. We sort of had a contest to see who could make it back first. Both Kay and my hubby just assumed that Kay would win because her legs are rock solid. Let me tell you....I smoked her! I can't wait to get my bike:)

Yesterday I ran in a local Maple Grove 3.75 mile race for charity. It is a run that goes around Rice Lake. This is a challenging race full of hills. Oh joy, it was humid and the bugs were terrible! There were about 130 people who participated and I would say that at least 40 people walked.
Final time 29:16
12 out of 130 overall
3rd for women
1st for my age group

Happy running, biking, swimming and lifting! Cheers to you all:)
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Pam is hosting a Sweaty Bands giveaway!
MCM Mama is hosting a $60 CSN giftcard giveaway!
Marcia is hosting a compression sock giveaway!
Suzy is hosting a Softlips giveaway!

63 comments:

  1. Congrats on 3rd place overall and 1st in your age group!! Wohoo!!! You rock!!

    Love the vacation pictures, it looks so beautiful and relaxing! :)

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  2. What an amazing vacation -- beautiful views and a beautiful family! Looks like you had a great time!

    Good job on the hills and the race! 1st place, Julie!!!! You're a gold medalist!!! :) :)

    Hope you are happy & well.
    xoxo,
    A

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  3. looks like you and the fam had a nice and relaxing vacation! Congrats on the hardware!

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  4. Your trip looked amazing I loved looking at all your pics :-)

    Congrats on your run, you did so great!!

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  5. Glad you had a good time! It looks like a beautiful place. :)

    Congrats on your race and awards!

    Oh, and BTW... College Boy is smokin' hot! LOL

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  6. Congrats on your wonderful run and the medal.
    Seems you had fantastic vacations. Welcome back to the blog world.

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  7. look like a great trip and awesome job on the race! you certainly seem to be doing great on the races lately!!

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  8. Julie--What a beautiful family you have! It sounds and looks like a fantastic trip. And winning your age group--woohoo! Great job.

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  9. Sounds like a great family vacation and the run was icing on the cake!

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  10. Your vacation looks incredibly relaxing! Great job on the race!

    Regarding mullets.... I actually kind of miss seeing them all the time. They were hugely popular when I lived in Europe four years ago, and I used to see them on men and women all the time. Some people actually managed to look quite chic sporting them.

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  11. congrats on 3rd overall and the ag award! why am i not surprised that you ran another race though ;) seems like all your blog posts are about races! lol. vacation looks awesome!!

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  12. Awesome stats on your race! Congratulations! I would have sit in that chair with a good book all day long! Beautiful. No wonder it was such a hit with your family.

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  13. Looks and sounds like a great family vacation. You guys all look so happy! I love all of the pix. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your AG win, way to go!! Hope you have a less hectic week, that's what I'm hoping for too!

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  14. What happy looking kids! You and Kay look like you could share clothes : )

    Congrats on your Age Group win!!! That race sounds like a hard one....happy that you had such a great vacation!

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  15. Beautiful family! And congrats on your race!

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  16. Love the pics and woohoo for smoking her on your bike!!
    Yay for winning your age group too :)
    I love that you seem happy Julie! You deserve it lady!

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  17. 3rd??? that's awesome!!! and your trip looks fabulous!!!

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  18. Great post Julie - loved the pics - looks like college boy is definitely a heart breaker with 2 more to follow - beautiful family.

    Julie - I hope we never lose our "racing bug"

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  19. Such pretty vacation photos! Loved all of the lake shots since we don't have water here. You have a beautiful family - thanks for sharing. And my, you are the racing machine - keep up the great work! Very cute race shirt, too.

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  20. Nice hardware! And thanks for sharing the family vaca pics...what an awesome time. You have a beautiful family.
    -Derek

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  21. Looks like an awesome vacation! And congrats on your hardware - you rock!!!

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  22. Awesome race! Family time is great!

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  23. Love your vacation pics. You have beautiful children! What a great view you had, I can imagine how relaxing that must be.

    Well done on the race!

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  24. I love lake Superior! Have done some kayak expeditions near the Apostle Islands and also in the Boundary Waters with canoes for 9 days. Such a beautiful area of the world! Looks like you had a blast and great pics of you and the family and congrats on the race!

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  25. loving your vacation location julie..thats a lake! it looks like an ocean...but beautiful all the same..and great to have the full flock with you to enjoy it..marvellous!

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  26. Great photos! It looks SO beautiful up there!!! You oldest son is a lucky kid for having a young brother. He is/will be a good role model!

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  27. What a lovely post! To post about such a great vacation and a race where you did so well in one go is just awesome. Beautiful pics of a beautiful family. Congratulations on that race, awesome!

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  28. Looks like a great vacation! Awesome!

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  29. What? People actually GO to Duluth for vacation? Oh... you're not talking about Duluth GA? :-)

    I think you girls are laughing even BEFORE you get on that bike. HAHA! Too funny.

    You have a great looking fam!

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  30. hahaha oh wefest. All of my friends go up there. I don't like country music or being dirty.... so definitely not the place for me. congrats on the AG award!

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  31. 3rd place overall? You rock!

    That looks like a great vacation. I grew up with a family cottage and miss it all the time. It's definitely more relaxing than a hotel and always nice to be right on the water!

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  32. Woo hoo - Age Group winner!!! And 3rd place overall to boot. Rock on.

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  33. Congrats on the race - awesome! What a beautiful location. I've never seen the great lakes, but it does look gorgeous in your pics. You sure have good looking kids there Julie! As our kids get older I think it's a bit wise (for our sanity) to stick our heads in the sand as to what they are doing out in the wild world. I'm not quite there yet, but I can see it coming. I just told my daughter the other day that I can't seem to let her out of my sight for 2 minutes without someone hitting on her or checking her out.

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  34. Looks like it was an awesome vacation. Congrats on the bling!

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  35. Great race result! And what a gorgeous vacation destination. I wouldn't want to ever leave.

    And sorry .... but I really do think we're going to need to see the mullet pictures. You can't just tease us like that and leave us hanging! ;)

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  36. Congrats on your AG win! What a beautiful and loving family you have. I'm so glad you got some quality time together and that you had a great vacation. Yeah!

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  37. Great vacation pics...what a lovely family you have!

    Congrats on your AG win and wow 12/130...that's amazing!

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  38. Your vacation looked so relaxing.
    You rocked it on your run WOW!

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  39. Sounds like a lot of fun and what a great run!

    You have a VERY good looking family :)

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  40. What a fun vacation - great pictures!

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  41. Hi Julie! First of all, congrats on your race; 3rd woman and 12th overall is amazing! Congrats!

    Second, oh how I would love to see College boy's mullet pics! How funny! He looks very handsome with his new haircut. :)

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  42. Great pics, seems like running is still going really well for you. Stay healthy & happy ~Sophia

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  43. Nice images of your family. I'm glad you are enjoying your vacation time.

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  44. Julie, It looks like you had a wonderful vacation! Congrats on another race.

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  45. Oh man, girl...I LOVE those family pictures. What an absolutely gorgeous family you have - you are so very blessed! I love CB's haircut...what a cutie. I'd better keep my CD away from his picture :). And there you go again, winning all sorts of AG awards, you are truly amazing!!! Keep up everything you're doing so well. And thanks for the nice email, you are a great friend :). ((hugs))

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  46. Your vacation photos are awesome and your family is beautiful!

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  47. Sounds like a great vacation!

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  48. Amazing vacation with a great moment of glory. Beautiful family, beautiful places and beautiful post!

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  49. I love family vacation pics! That one of you and College Boy looks like he's with his sister, not mom. Boy did you hit the genetic lottery.

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  50. Congrats on 3rd place overall and 1st in your age group!!

    The family vacation pics look awesome!! AND I want to see the Billy Ray hair!!

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  51. Awesome race results! Winning while you're out on vacation! Sweet! And can I come on vacation with you next year? ;) That place looks so peaceful and amazing! Please, please let us see the achey brakey pics! We already know how beautiful your family is - they're all so good looking!

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  52. LOL, like a true racer, go on vacation so you can race, I been there and done that, you such a rockstar

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  53. Woohoo speedy!!! Congrats on winning your age group, that is fantastic!

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  54. Great photos!! I am LMAO at your son growning a mullet for WeFest. I used to go in College and I wasn't a country music fan at all. I would have loved to go this year to see Kid Rock : )

    Congrats on the race! You did awesome.

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  55. Love the vacation pics and wtg smoking Kay on the bike!!
    Holy mama what a great race--congrats on the AG win!

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  56. Those were fantastic vacation pictures! LOVED Them!!!
    Congratulations on your race!

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  57. Hey Julie, In response to your question, I'm not in the medical field. I'm in IT. But, I totally agree with you about how work can take a toll on everything else in our lives. I often wonder if that is a female thing because my husband does not have that problem. He's in IT also. Anyway, hope you're doing well!!

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  58. The pictures are great! Look like you really had fun! Nice vacation!

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  59. Great vacation and pictures I love it. Nice race report too. Keep up good post like this.

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  60. Hey Julie - stop on over at my blog, you won something. :D

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