Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Super Angie...just breathe

So Rick is gone right now. Which means, I'm freaking out. Normal, but its true. Managing the day to day life of a busy mom and busy kids and a busy household, is hard for me. I'm sure others just laugh and think I'm freaking out for no reason. And that's fine. Go ahead and judge, but don't forget what the bible says about judging....

Rick is climbing a mountain in Indonesia. Dallin is being a teenage. Brennan is doing great in school. Tanith gives great hugs. My boots are at Harlick being fixed, so I'm without skates. Allergies are HORRIBLE. I'm helping with a wedding tomorrow. Dallin is going to CO this weekend with some cycling buddies. I have to help him prepare for this. The breaks are going bad in the car.

I'm learning to take a deep breath and just focus on the moment. Its something my coach has been teaching me, and something he continues to teach me through skating. A skating lesson that is applied to life. I'm 37. Its never too late to learn these things.

This week I have: volunteered at school, taught nursery class at church, read scriptures and held devotionals with my kids. Said family prayers, cuddled, watched TV. Helped with biking, done laundry and dishes. Put a basket on Tanith's bike. Bought new tubes for Dallin's. Grocery shopping. Costco shopping. Helped a friend. Exercising. Handled online registrations. Yard work. Housework. Made phone calls. Gotten out of my comfort zone. Driven back and forth and back again. Blogged and managed some of Rick's online stuff.

When I look at it that way, I have been able to manage okay with my husband being gone. I'm still worried...is he ok? But I'm harnessing all my inner strength and remembering...


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Super Angie...Dramatic

Here is my USFS Adult Nationals  2013 Ladies Bronze level dramatic program. I won GOLD with this program. I'm so honored to have competed against the strong field I did. THIS is what I trained and sacrificed so much to accomplish.

I felt so many emotions before skating-- but once I laced up my skates, all my nerves went away. I was trained. I was ready. I was confident in my skills. The ice felt like home.

Thanks to my husband for his support in my skating.

Thanks to my coaches, Todd Gilles and Meg Evans.

Thanks to my dad for making the trip to AZ for my first Nationals!

Thanks to the Gilles family for this hospitality, support, advice and friendship.

And thanks to all my friends and other family members. Your cheers, texts, emails, phone calls and hugs were appreciated. Its been a long year, full of lots of ups and downs and a lot of learning. I'm extremely proud of myself.

Super Angie...The Broadmoor

 While staying in Colorado Springs with the Gilles family, Bonnie took me to the historic Broadmoor Hotel.
 I really enjoyed this time with Bonnie and she knew a lot about the history of the area.

 I was taken by all the little details. My mom would have loved going there.

 And it was a GORGEOUS day! We ate lunch outside, right by the lake. Simply gorgeous.
 The grounds were beautiful.

 I just enjoyed all the little alcoves and hidden spaces. If I lived nearby, I would most certainly come weekly for a stroll around the lake.
 Bonnie and I. Love her! She is like a second mom to me.
Cheyenne Mountain

 What a gorgeous blue bird Colorado day!

 The memorial for the plane crash carrying the US figure skating team.

 Dorthy and Scott
Thanks Bonnie for the beautiful day out. I will always remember this special day.

Super Angie...super cycling

 Dallin did his first Crit. race at Rocky Mountain Raceway
 He met up with his FFKR Jr team. He got a flat before the race even started but his team manager took care of everything for him.
 It was exciting to watch him race with the adults
 He had lots of support from the Sr team.
 A few Sr riders road with Dallin and Jack, to give moral support and advice.

 We had a lot of fun cheering for him. Brennan and Tan rang cow bells

Dallin, Travis and Jack. Great teamwork!

On Belay

On Belay
Brennan Top Roping

Climb On!

Climb On!
Dallin top roping