Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Good to be 3!

Gwen kills me. Seriously she makes me laugh all day long. Today I sat outside with the girls and their friends as they rode bikes and scooters around our neighborhood. Gwen was out of control. She was going soo fast on her little scooter. She kept pushing herself faster and faster with her legs and then would wrap her front leg around the front bar of the scooter (she was getting very tricky) all while screaming, "this is awesome!" I was dying! I couldn't get a clear shot because I couldn't keep the camera still because of my laughter. And let me say, she didn't think it was funny. She was totally serious. This went on for a good hour. She's a keeper.

plastic jewelry: check
pink scooter: check
sunglasses: check
hello kitty boots: check
butterfly helmet: check
a very fun afternoon: check check

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My Lily-pie

I really love this little one year old.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

McGee Girls

These three adorable girls are my nieces. Their dad is Jon's brother, Rob. For their mom Linda's birthday, I had them come over to our house to take pictures for her as a surprise. We took lots of pictures and then I put them all in an album for her as a gift. These two pictures were our favorites of the three of them together.

I really love these girls. When Jon and I first got married it seemed like we had them over every other weekend for sleepovers. It was so fun for us. I would also take them out by themselves on little dates. We usually ended up at either Build-a-Bear or Color-Me-Mine. I still think of them as those same little girls even though clearly, they are not so little anymore. We now live super close to them and my girls are lucky for that. They love their very grown-up girl cousins, Sorelle, Juliet and Kandis. I love them too.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Elle's Lost Tooth

Elle lost her tooth while we were waiting for Jon at the 20 mile mark. She now has her two front teeth missing. It looks so cute! Right when it happened I told her I was sad that we didn't have the tooth fairy pillow but that we would make something work. She quickly told me that she had packed it in her suitcase, "just in case". Sure enough when we got back to the motorhome that night she pulled that little pillow out of her blue and red monkey suitcase. And yes, the tooth fairy did find her...6 year olds are fun.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Leadville Trail 100

Directly after the 6:30 am shotgun start:

I had Team McGee T-shirts made for all of us (thank you, Stacey!):

My sister-in-law Linda and Elle waiting for Rob and Jon at crewing station #1:

Jon had a bag for each crewing station labeled for me to throw to him and ready to go. Here was bag #1:

Next year I am taking binoculars. I was always stressed that I would miss him...they are going so fast!

I love this shot below of the two brothers side by side:

Coming in to the crewing station at mile 60:

Grandpa McGee. I love him. He drove Rob and Jon all over the country when they were growing up and racing BMX bikes.

McGee girl cousins: Kandis and Elle

The last stretch. The sign in top corner is the finish-line banner. I was really stressed out here!

Leadville Race director Ken Chloubler congratulating Jon and telling him that he had made it in under 9 hours!

Elle ran to give her daddy a big kiss:

I sure love this guy.

Right after the results ceremony the next morning. Rob and Jon with their much deserved Under 9 Hour buckles!

This sign says it all:

Monday, August 16, 2010

They did it!!!!

Jon and his brother Rob have been training for months for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race in Leadville, CO. It is a grueling 103 mile mountain bike course. The majoirity of the race is on forest trails in the mountains. The course begins at 9,000 feet and climbs to 13,000 feet. My Jon is not 'a claimer' so I am going to brag for him. I am soo proud of him. He and his brother have worked so hard. Training has been no easy task. Jon's work schedule has been so crazy this last year that the only time he has had to train has been in the very early morning hours. He would get up most mornings before 5 am to train and make it home to begin his work day. He trained on mountain trails around our home and also on his road bike. If he didn't get in a ride in the morning then late at night after we all went to bed he would go into the garage and train on his stationary bike. To say he was determined is an understatement. The main goal is to make the 103 miles in under 12 hours. If you do, you receive a large belt buckle. There is however another level of accomplishment. The under 9 hour mark. Jon being an overachiever only wanted to try for the this goal. This award is an even LARGER Belt Buckle. It sounds funny to be working so hard for a belt buckle. However, being there with him I quickly realized that the belt buckle is more than just a is the symbol of working hard for and achieving a goal.

Being at all of the "crewing stations" I knew that Jon and Rob had stayed together for the whole race. As we all waited at the finish line we saw Rob coming in. It was super exciting but he was alone! Rob came in at 8 hours 46 minutes and 56 seconds (way to go, Rob!!) I quickly ran to him to see what had happened to Jon. He said Jon had gotten sick and was cramping just 10 minutes before and had to get off his bike. I was now sick. So then we all just stood and waited at the finish line with the huge clock ticking. I finally saw him come over the last hill at 8 hours 59 minutes and 15 seconds. The whole crowd stood up on their feet to cheer him in. He finally crossed the finish line at exactly 9 hours 0 minutes and 14 seconds. At first my heart sank because I thought he missed his goal by 14 seconds!!! However, the race owner quickly ran to him and informed him that each rider has an electronic monitoring bracelet on his/her ankle. The main clock starts at the sound of the shotgun but each individual riders time starts when he/she crosses over the Start Line at the beginning of the race. Since Jon started a little further back in the pack that gave him a few much needed seconds. And every second counted in his case. My Jonnie did it! He made it without a second to spare...literally. Talk about cutting it close!
He qualified for the coveted X-Large Under 9 hour Buckle.

There were 1320 riders from 20 different countries that participated in the race. Jon placed as rider number 137 to cross the finish line. Amazing.

I have lots of photos that I still need to go through and will soon post but had to show-off his and his brother Rob's much earned belt buckles.

This all sounds so crazy but for me to see the person I love the most in this world achieve something he worked so incredibly hard for was amazing.

Here's a link to the course.... Leadville Trail 100 - Race Across the Sky

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lily's Party

We had Lily's 1st birthday party last night. Jon made his famous crepes. No one can make them better. I had lots of toppings on hand: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, whipped cream, powdered sugar and our family favorite...nutella. We really did have guests too...I promise. It's just I was so busy during the party that I never took any pictures of everyone! Lily had on her birthday dress - the same dress her sisters had on for their 1st birthday parties. It was a special night for our little girl.
Happy Birthday, Lily-pie.

Friday, August 6, 2010


Here is a picture of my Gwen that I took last week. I love it because this is a face she makes a lot. It is very, "Gwen". She is so hilarious. To say she is animated is an understatement. Living with her truly is like living with a cartoon character. She is beyond excited about everything. If I say, "Gwen, we are going to the grocery store..." She squeals with excitement and jumps up and down. If I buy her a new toothbrush or tell her she can choose a movie to play in the car...yep, she is just as excited. And when I say excited you need to picture someone winning the publishers clearing house sweepstakes. That is the kind of jump up and down excited she gets...about everything. I took the girls to an outdoor mall yesterday and told them I had brought magic pennies for them to throw into all of the fountains. They were dying with excitement. I gave Gwen her three magic pennies and let's just say she did not take those three wishes lightly. She stood on the side of the fountain - closed her eyes and chanted " I wish I may, I wish I might.....". She then closed her eyes super tight and threw her pennies in.
I don't know what she wished for but I sure hope it will come true. I love that I get to be this girl's mama. I am so excited to see where her life will take her and to watch as she grows-up. I just don't want her to grow-up too fast because this is too much fun.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday, Lily!

Lily turned one yesterday. Her name fits her well. She is a very sweet little girl. She laughs loudly and loves to be held and snuggled. She adores her sisters and is just as happy in their arms as she is in mine. When she sees her daddy her face lights up and she leans right out of my arms and into his. Her favorite game is peek-a boo and it never gets old. She loves dancing (wiggling) to music. We turn music on in the kitchen on most mornings and the three sisters dancing is quite a sight. Lily is so patient and has a very mild temperament. She has brought so much happiness into our lives.
I love you, Lily-pie. Happy Birthday sweet girl.