S: Platt Family 2007-2008
BC: "Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls and pour out peace." -Ezra Taft Benson-
FC: PLATT FAMILY 2007-2008
1: THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLE, WAT ARAT | November 7th | In May of 2006 James and I first met on the corner of 700 N and 700 E in Provo, UT. After just a few dates I had my 21st birthday and my older sister Camber came to visit me with her 14 month old Dallin. Camber was very happy to analyze my current boy situation and gave James an excellent evaluation.! We went to his baseball game that night to watch him play as the starting pitcher for Senior night. The next month he invited me home with him, we hiked through Zion National Park, cliff jumped at Black Ridge, and fished up at their Cabin in Cedar. Shortly after I went on a trip to England to visit my friend for 10 days. We had more adventures that summer longboarding the canyon, going up to Montana and all other sorts of fun dates and activities.!
2: James and Carlee Fall 2006
3: After a great summer the fun continued, I went to Disneyland for the first time with the Platt family. It was 4 days of fun at Disney and a day at Newport Beach. One month later James came home with me for Thanksgiving, We had a great time duck hunting and spending time with the Clark fam.
4: January 2007
5: Visiting the Romneys Snowmobiling in MT Mt Timp Temple Hinckley Alumni Center
6: "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars." Walt Whitman | My 2007 track season was great but very long and busy as I competed and traveled almost every weekend and tried planning a wedding in between. I had my best indoor season yet, winning the 800M indoors and breaking the MWC record in Albuquerque NM. Outdoor season was great, we were able to travel to some amazing places. We went to Monterey Mexico, CA, OR, WA, Penn Relays, and Europe. I enjoyed all the time with my teammates and loved seeing new places.
8: Birthday Surprise Bridal Shower Engagements in St. George Bridals Mt Timpanogos adventure
10: The end of June we left for our European adventure. We were able to do so many amazing things and see 3 different countries. We started off in Italy. We attended an Italian cooking class in Lake Como, one of the most beautiful places I've seen. Then to Milan, We toured the city and had a private showing of Davinci's Last Supper. Then we traveled to Rimini and spent a night there on the coast. We swam in the Mediterranean Sea and rented tandem bikes and bargain shopped in the markets. We competed in a nearby town where I ran the 800M against girls from over 10 different countries. It was an awesome experience.
11: Next we bussed up to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. There was a small coliseum there and so many neat little shops. Our next visit was the Republic of San Marino. It was so full of authenticity, We watched the changing of the guard and enjoyed the beautiful view from the top of the city. Our last day in Italy was Venice. It was my very favorite day in Italy. That place is unbelievable, The city tour there was so interesting. All the bridges were so beautiful and the architecture so impressive. Then we drove through the Northern Alps into Austria. The drive was beautiful and we stopped and ate at a castle along the way.
12: Austria was quite refreshing after all the time we spent in Italy where all the streets are narrow and crowded. The architecture there was so large and the streets were wide and beautiful. We attended a ballet and concert there and visited a palace outside of the city. Our meet there was a little more competitive. I ran the 800M once again followed by the 4X400 relay. My teammate set the stadium record, I finished second and Julie third. We swept the event and it was a great way for me to end my 2007 season. We also ate some great food. We attended church on Sunday and it was a wonderful experience. We had a translator and many of us shared our testimonies.
13: My last experience in Europe was the most interesting...and stressful. We were supposed to be in Prague the day I was flying out but our meet in Austria was pushed back a day delaying our travel to CZ. So my coaches arranged for me to be picked up by a speed driver who would take me to Prague and I would fly out. I was to be picked up at 4am but at 5am there was still no one there. I was freaking out, banged on the coaches doors and we finally got a hold of someone who could help us. They were able to find another driver that came immediately, however he spoke no English and I just had to trust he was actually taking me to the airport. We drove so fast that I was nervous the entire time, My life was in his hands and I kept imagining not getting home in time to get married. After averaging about 18km/hr we arrived in Prague early. I was able to have a private tour of this beautiful city before arriving at the airport. My flight left very late and I missed my connection in Atlanta, luckily I made it back to Salt Lake and then to St. George with 24 hours to spare before the wedding. What a whirlwind. Walt Whitman
14: On 07/07/07 we were married in St. George UT at 11am. The sealing was beautiful and we had so many family and friends come to support us. It was 107 degrees leaving the temple, amazing.We had our luncheon at the Painted Pony, still one of our favorite restaurants. Our reception was later that night in Cedar at 7pm. We enjoyed such a perfect day together and we are so thankful for our temple marriage.
22: Next up... Honeymoon. We stayed the night at a cute little bed an breakfast in Cedar City and then drove to St. George the next morning. From there we flew into LA and left on a cruise that afternoon. Right after getting settled on the ship I realized I had been running on fumes and needed a long nap to catch up from all the jet lag. I slept for about 4 hours and after that it was 5 days of fun. We met some great friends on the cruise and spent a lot of time with them on all of the excursions. We stopped in San Diego, Catalina Island and Ensanada Mexico. We rode tandem bikes, snorkeled with the seals, jet skied, ate yummy tacos, haggled with the natives and rented a boat in San Diego. James won the ping pong tourney too.
23: SWALLOW CAVES BY MAYA BAY | November 14 | Monarch of the Seas Mexican Riviera July 2007
24: Bozeman Reception July 14, 2007
27: We spent the rest of the summer in Thousand Oaks CA where James worked until the end of August. We found a basement apartment to live in as I finished my last year of school. James then got a job at Fidelity Investments. I ran cross country that fall and finished up my undergraduate career. We spent Christmas in MT that year and had a great time.
28: 2008 | We started the year off going on a Caribbean cruise with APX. We flew into Ft Lauderdale and spent time with Camber and her family. Our cruise was a blast, We won ship competitions, zip lined, cave tubed, and snorkeled in the ocean. What a blast. Immediately after the cruise I started my 2008 track season.
30: My track season in 2008 was my last and definitely my best. We competed in New York, UW, Notre Dame and qualified for NCAA champs at University of Arkansas. Nationals was an amazing experience, Our DMR relay broke the school record and we finished 4th to become All-Americans. I led the relay off running the 1200 and handing off in 2nd place with a split of 3:19.
33: Outdoor season was amazing, everything just really worked out great for me. My body was healthy and handling workouts well, all my races went well and I just happened to peak at the right time. I ran a lot of great meets that year and by the Region meet I was ready to run my first 2:04. James and Sage came out to CA to watch me run, I ended up running a time that qualified me for nationals. So two weeks later we left for Des Moines Iowa, My goal was to qualify for the finals. I ran the first round relaxed and in the semi-finals I ran my fastest time ever to 2:04.10 to qualify for the final. I finished 7th place to achieve All-American status in the 800M. | 2008
34: Olympic Trials My time at Nationals qualified me in the top 30 in the nation and I received an invitation to the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon. Following nationals I had a trip planned with my family to Disneyland, I still went and trained on my own and had such a fun time. The following week we headed to OR. James had planned on driving but at the last minute one of my clients got James a plane ticket so he would have more time to experience everything with me. It was such a blessing, Since he was my official coach for the trials. I ran my 3rd fastest time ever to finish 19th over-all.
35: The facilities were amazing, we had full access everywhere and got to watch so many amazing athletes from the front row. We met an LDS family in the Nike tent that invited us to their home and out to the lake. The Whipples were so kind to us and we loved spending the weekend with them. And we even learned how to wake surf:) | I still can't believe I was able to end my collegiate career at the Olympic Trials. I knew I really reached my absolute potential as an 800M runner. James helped me so much to train hard all season and not get too stressed. I was so happy he was able to watch me compete and enjoy the 2008 season with me. We will never forget these experiences.
36: Later that summer we went to Star Valley and spent some time in Montana.
37: Dirt biking and hiking into Cedar Lake. What a beautiful place. | August 2008
39: St. George Marathon In October James and I headed down south to run the SG marathon. I registered for the lottery in May and when it came time to check to see if I made it in I searched through the Platts and I only saw James. He registered without me even knowing and made it in, but I didn't. I was so mad at James for getting in when I didn't, haha. But later I found a connection who was able to get me into the race. After the trials I took some time off and then started training for the marathon. I felt pretty well prepared but I was very nervous about James. He hadn't trained nearly at all except for a few 4 mile runs. So two weeks before the race I made him run an 18 miler with me. He barely survived | with the help of a nectarine he dug out of the trash. I told him he was in trouble for the marathon. The week of the marathon he printed off a training schedule, which he followed to the T. It said Mon: 4miles Tues: 4 miles Wed: 2miles Thurs: rest Fri: rest Sat: race. Good job James. We left for St George Friday after work and stayed the night in Cedar. We had to leave at 4:00am to make it down in time to get our race packets and bus up to the start. The race started at 6:00am and it was very dark, cold and rainy. James did amazing finishing under 4 hrs with a time of 3:52:22, he was hoping to run in the Clydesdale division but weighed in 2 lbs shy. I ran with a former teammate and finished in 3:22:02 as the 8th woman. It was a painful 26.2 miles but what an amazing experience. We decided the cold rainy weather was better than the heat, but we were wet and chilled the rest of the day. The next 3 days I couldn't even walk, again I was mad at James because I was more sore than he was. He even went to work on Monday while I hobbled around the house. Not Fair, my nagging didn't even pay off:)
40: Enjoying the Fall Utah Lake Nebo Loop Cedar Canyon
41: Thanksgiving in Bozeman and Christmas in Cedar City. 2008 was an awesome year... so many blessings. James had a good job at Utah Business and I continued working as a trainer. We still lived in Provo after being robbed in Nov. We were anxiously looking for houses. 2 days after Christmas we got an offer accepted on a 1972 duplex in Orem. We were so excited to move into a new place.