Saturday, January 21, 2012

My First Triathlon!!!!!!

Before the race began, waiting for my heat to start.

After my final lap, hence the super red face/neck, and sweaty everything!
Another after picture, I was so happy to be done!

I can finally say that I competed in a race, my last one was like 13 years ago in Joseph City when I did a 10K run. Today was not near that distance, but it was an awesome workout and I have a huge boost in my confidence right now. It was the second race in the BIG BLUE RACE SERIES at Utah State University. They are building on one another to prepare us for longer distances and all that. This one was a 300 yard swim, 5 mile ride on the spin bike (my butt is in serious pain), and a 2 mile run. This summer when we moved to Logan and had all these life changing events, I decided it was time for me to do something for myself. For years it wasn't that I didn't want to do it, it was just that I had so much going on in my life that I couldn't even think straight. Now that I am done with college and Jeremy is doing much better than before, I decided to start taking some time for me to exercise. It hasn't been easy, but it has helped me feel so much better and always starts and ends my day off nicely. I end up waking up around 5:00 am every morning, getting the kids up and fed and having them get dressed for school. Then I head off to the gym and Jeremy sees that they get off to school. Since July I have been swimming every morning from 6:30- 7:20, then I shower and get ready for work and just pop over next door to my building on USU campus, it is so convenient. Lately since I have been training for this triathlon, I have been leaving work a little earlier than usual and I will go run two miles and do the bike before I go home (don't worry, I have permission). It has really been great! Jeremy and I have both been on the Ketogenic diet for his seizures since August, he has lost 70 lbs and I have lost 52 lbs. I can't wait to loose about 40 more! Anyways, that was just some background info on prepping for this thing.
My kids were so excited to watch me do this triathlon. Last night they kept saying that I needed to be taken care of, so between the two of them, I had the dishes done and put away after dinner. Each kid gave one foot an awesome foot rub. Skyler gave a killer back rub, and they combed my hair, it was funny, but quite nice. This morning I woke up at 5am and couldn't go back to sleep, I was excited, nervous, and a whole mess of emotions. After we ate breakfast, the kids really wanted to make signs to hold up for me, it was super sweet. When I got to the pool, they wrote the number 150 on each of my arms (with a permanent marker). Kenzie is very upset about that, but I think it's cool. There was room for 60 people to register for this Triathlon. I was placed in the 4th heat, there was 12 of us in it. When they blew the whistle my heart about jumped out of my chest. It was the strangest, adrenaline packed moment to know I was actually doing it, something I never thought I could do. I was so nervous, but I knew it would be OK, my only goal was to finish the triathlon without having to walk at all and to keep my time around an hour.
The swim went well, I wasn't worried about that leg of it, I typically swim a 2000 or more every morning and this was only a 300( hitting the wall 12 times). I actually was the first one finished and out of the pool during my heat. That was a great way to start out, especially since I knew I would be passed by many come time for the run. After climbing out of the pool I did a poor job of drying off and throwing my shoes and clothes on, I took off out of their very quickly about "eating it" on the way, I literally slip out the door, I think the guy coming up behind me may have been a little disappointed I was able to catch my balance, that would have provided a good laugh.
After running down the road and across the street to the other campus gym, I jumped onto the spin bike and peddled like crazy, my butt fell asleep after about 3 minutes and my legs were both slightly numb, so that went pretty quick. One person from my heat finished the 5 miles before me, like 45 seconds before, but that didn't bother me at all, I was just so happy I wasn't dead last.
Once I jumped off the bike I went straight to the track where I had to run 15 laps (UGGGHHH) the run was by far the worst for me, but I just told myself I was not able to walk, I had to run the whole way. Yes I was passed by several people, but who cares, I was doing way better than I thought I could. Every time I would pass the front of the track, my little fan club would hold up their signs, cheer me on, and tell me how many more laps I had left. It was just the motivation I needed to keep moving. My thoughts were just to keep moving forward and not stop and not fall. The worst disappointment was when I thought I was on my last lap and the timers yelled to me Yay, only 2 more. I was so sad, I didn't think I was going to be able to, I had to just stay in the zone and push through. On my last lap when I got to the end, I decided to give it all I had and sprint, after crossing the finish line and stopping, my head was spinning, and I was quite thirsty, so I got a drink, greeted my family and felt the LOVE! The kids were awesome, they kept saying things like, "how did you not have to stop," "I can't believe you did it," "that was amazing!" I think they really just wanted me to say "OK lets go get you guys some lunch." It was fun, I sat down, stretched a little, then went to find out the time. I had no idea, I totally lost all sense of time as I was just willing myself to continue on. The coach said I had done it in 40 minutes and 45 seconds, I was thrilled. I asked him how close I was to last place, he started naming off all these other peoples times, 59, 56, 52, 49, I was ecstatic that I wasn't only not in last place, but far from it! I also crushed my goal of doing it in an hour. So here are some scary no make-up race day pictures, but I want to remember this forever, it meant so much to me to do it and to have my family there supporting me.
Now I need to go get out of this bed cause Jeremy and I are going on a date. I am feeling a little sore, so I don't know how adventurous our date of grocery shopping will be, but at least we will get some time together. Oh and another cool thing about today is that our sister Brigette Devey Matheson had her 3rd child, Dash this morning! What a great day!
Congrats Brigette and Wade on your new addition Dash, what a cutie!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year Family and Friends!

The biggest change for the Devey family in 2011 was a move to Logan, Utah. Ali got a job teaching at Utah State University in a program teaching deaf children how to speak and listen with the use of cochlear implants and hearing aids. She also trains graduate students who are entering the fields of Deaf Education, Speech Pathology, and Audiology. She submitted proposals to both the EDHI Convention and the AG Bell Convention and both of her presentation proposals were accepted, so she will be presenting in St. Louis in March and then in Phoenix in July, she is excited, but quite nervous as well! She loves living in Logan and surprisingly the cold temps have not bothered her a bit. Her hobbies this year have been swimming in the mornings before work, going with Jeremy to the Logan temple once a week, and spending time with her family.

Jeremy has loved Utah as well. He has developed a couple of hobbies this year that has been great for him. Due to his seizures, he has not been driving for several months, so he has become an avid walker. Some days he will walk to my work (9 miles). He has the bus system down and always has interesting stories to share regarding public transportation. He enjoys making bows and arrows; it is somewhat therapeutic for him. He started a diet for epilepsy this year, it regulates the ketones in his body and seems to be helping with his seizures, not to mention his weight, he has lost 70 pounds since August! He also enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with his family!

Skyler is almost 12 years old. He started middle school this year and loving it! He has made a ton of friends in our neighborhood and is so happy not to deal with the bullies he had in Yuma, he does however miss his best friend Jordan a ton! He still loves catching bugs, snakes, frogs, etc. He recently began taking piano lessons and is picking it up quickly. He is also big on exercising; he is constantly doing push-ups and sit-ups and has quite the little 6-pack going on. He has developed a love for sarcasm this year and is always making us laugh! He is such a good boy and we are so blessed to have him in our family.

Makenzie will be 9 years old in February, my baby has grown up. It seems like just yesterday she was born and now she is already in the 3rd grade. She is doing fabulous in school; her reading is off the charts. She loves reading the scriptures at night as a family and we are amazed at how she reads all the big words without even a pause. She is doing dance and piano this year and enjoys it so much! She was baptized last February and looked like a little angel in her white dress! This February she will be on a panel for Utah’s chapter of Hands and Voices discussing her hearing loss and answering questions; she is very excited! She is quite a little advocate for her hearing loss and even ran a booth at a USU audiology convention this year about cochlear implants. We are very proud of her; she has a lot of sass and a strong personality. She loves helping her mama out, giving pedicures, and driving her brother crazy! We love her so much!

We hope your 2012 adventures are great, that you will be blessed with health and prosperity! We love you all and feel so blessed to have our family, friends, and the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. Happy New Years!


Jeremy, Ali, Skyler, & MaKenzie Devey

A Day Out With Skyler

Kenzie recently had a play day with her friend Amanda, so Jeremy, Skyler and I went to Skylor's pond at Willow park. They were naughty and walked on the pond, just around the edge. Jeremy thought he would demonstrate great manliness by standing barefoot on the ice. It was Skyler's first time on a frozen pond. It has been an odd Logan winter so far. As you can see from the picts, NO SNOW! As I type this post though, the snow is coming down in buckets outside, so winter is finally back :)

Happy 34th

Just a shout out for the love of my life. He recently celebrated his 34th birthday. We decorated the house and made homemade french toast with strawberries and whipped cream and syrup. Mmm it was so good. We cheated on our diets that day. After breakfast he opened his presents and then we relaxed a bit. He and I went and saw Sherlock Holmes at the theater and ate our weight in popcorn. Then we got pizza for dinner and watched the New Years Eve ball drop with the kids. It was such a fun day. I did have some moments of sadness thinking about New Years Eve back when I was 11 years old and I saw my dad for the last time in this life. I know that he is in a better place though and anxiously awaiting the day when our family can be together again. How grateful I am for the knowledge of the gospel and knowing that our families can be together forever. Happy New Years everyone!
Jeremy on his 34th birthday!
My handsome man!

A Yuma Christmas

What an amazing Christmas we had this year. The kids last day of school before break, we picked them up and headed to Yuma. Throughout the drive we shed our coats, pants, boots and exchanged for flip flops and "Yuma" attire. It was such an awesome time. We loved spending time with Jeremy's family. I also loved getting to spend time with my "adopted" family the Nuttalls. A highlight of the trip was playing Just Dance 3 on the Wii with Jeremy's parents! A few other highlights included:
-Going to lunch with my former boss and friend, Kim Kosmata.
-Christmas Eve with a ton of Jeremy's relatives coming over.
-Hearing about Jeremy's grandma's childhood Christmases.
-Going to the Wetlands park with Grandma,cousins, and friends.
-A beautiful Sacrament service on Christmas morning.
- Chili Pepper of course...
-Lunch with my best friend Shelly Nuttall Harris!
-Watching Skyler and his best friend Jordan having so much fun together!
-75 degree temperatures!
-Just getting to relax and enjoy my family!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We are so blessed to have Christ in our lives! The kids also seemed to really focus more on the true meaning of Christmas this year. They were also happy to get what they wanted for Christmas from Santa, a trampoline for the family. Kenz got Cookie the dog, and Skyler got tablet/mp3 thing. Merry Christmas!
Enjoying a little shade at the Wetlands park!
My little sweet kiddos!
Alison and Jeremy
Granny talking about Christmas as a child, we love her so much!
Grandma and Grandpa Devey playing Just Dance 3, so incredibly awesome!