Friday, July 11, 2008

Cedar City

We recently took a trip to Cedar City for the Utah Summer Games. It has been over 10 years since I competed in a swim meet, and I decided it was about time to do it again. I enjoyed the training and remembered how much I LOVE swimming. Swimming was such a huge part of my life for so many years, I really enjoyed sharing this weekend with my sweet family.

Ellie couldn't make it to the next rest stop, so we stopped on the side of the freeway. Beautiful scenery for a little pit stop!

Once we got to Cedar City, we went right to the pool. Over the weekend, I competed in 8 events. I set 2 new Utah Summer Games records for my age group! One in the 200 freestyle and one in the 100 freestyle (the picture is me finishing the 100).
Medal Count: 2 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze and 2 new records. Not bad! I can't wait for next year.

Because swim meets are mostly waiting, Ellie and Jason spent a lot of time finding things to do. Ellie ran a lot of "kid races" outside. Jason would tell her to run to a specific tree, statue, plant, etc. and back and she'd run as fast as she could. Great way to burn energy! They even made paper boats and floated them in the water running down the gutter. It took a lot of convincing to get Ellie to put the boat in the water the first time. Once she got going, she got really into it. She put in a little rock to represent herself and one to be Jason. Will she be traumatized by the boat overturning in a tunnel and, after a long wait, showing up sans-representative rocks? Only time will tell...

I made a reservation at a campsite not far from Cedar City. As it turns out, the "campground" was nothing more than a big field cram-packed full of RVs. Not exactly what we had in mind. After a frantic phone call and some help from Jason's parents (THANK YOU!) we were able to find a beautiful campground in Cedar Canyon.

Ahhh...that's better.

(Ellie has a very hard time keeping her pants up. Be prepared for lots of these pictures...I can't help it. I love those cheeks!)

As is always the case, Ellie made friends everywhere we went. These kids were staying in the camp site next to us. They played for a long time in the little stream running through the campground with Ellie's sand toys. All went well until the rock throwing started...we all knew it would happen. Eventually the cute little guy in white clocked Ellie in the back of the head. They made up soon after and Ellie promptly forgot about the huge goose-egg on the back of her head.

This is baby Harrison; he is another of Ellie's buddies. She took this picture and several more of him. It was fun to get to know his family over the course of the meet (his dad was also competing).

Ellie took these pictures of herself. The bottom one makes me laugh out loud whenever I see it.
Another new friend. His name is Glenn and he competed both in swimming and cycling. He doesn't have the use of his legs (unless he is wearing a brace, which is why he's standing in the photo). He is a strong swimmer even only using his arms. Glenn is an amazing athlete and we were inspired by his determination and positive attitude.
We went on a beautiful hike in Cedar Canyon. We met a group of men on the trail, and they turned into our personal photographers.

I love Ellie's face in the above picture.

Our hiking friends.

A memorable weekend full of family time, beautiful scenery, new friends and swimming. Sounds perfect to me!

(ps--I promise all of my posts won't be this long!)


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you have a blog now! I was just thinking about you this morning and then I thought about how far you live from me and the dumb gas prices and got really sad. Thank you, thank you for bringing my Heidi to my home!

    And major kudos on your swim meets! You're a force to be reconed with!


    Co-President of the HLL318 Club

  2. yah- I am so glad that you started a blog- I am addicted to blos :)- no but really I think it is wonderful to keep conected to friends and family!

  3. I love the blog, Heidi! That way we can keep up better on how you are doing!

  4. No long posts? Oh, come on! We love all the pictures and descriptions, no need to apologize for that! We're so excited about your blog!

  5. Welcome to the blog world! Congratulations on your medals and records. Very impressive! Fun pictures of your cute family, hope to see more soon.

  6. That looks like so much fun. Good job Heidi, Ry had told me how awesome you did. Ellie is so cute. What a cute family you guys have. YAY for blogging.

  7. That is awesome about your swimming! I wish I could swim even a little, a bunch of my neighbors have been doing sprint triathlons, and want me to join, but I can't swim! That's a little bit of a problem, way to go, and Ellie is so adorable, basically a mini Heidi!

  8. the cottle family comment is from me-Amberlie

  9. Love all the pictures. Congratulations on doing so well with all your events. You are amazing (even before this but it just confirms what I already knew)

  10. Heidi and Jason,
    I saw your name on Christie Hardey's good read list of friends so I asked her if she knew you and she sent me a link to your blog. I hope thats ok. Your family is so cute, we hope you are all well, it sounds that way. You'll have to send me your email so we can invite you to our blog.
    Marci and Josh Sargent