(and by the way, these are last years pics)
(and by the way, these are last years pics)
Oh.My. I was mad. If you look carefully, you'll see these are not the store bought cookies people buy from the bakery. I made these by myself. I didn't let the little ones help because they like to lick icing and candies off their fingers as they decorate. As these were not cookies for our home, but a party, I couldn't let them help.
I spent the night before rolling out, cutting out and baking these cute little time consumers. The next day, I spent decorating them, coming up with ideas on how to do just that with as little time spent as possible. That wasn't happening. I spent most of the day making them. Oh well, right. People enjoyed the cookies anyway and thankfully, the dog couldn't reach the other plates at all. I have learned a very important lesson. Just buy cookies!
Yay! I tried again and it worked! This is Girl #1, my oldest. Isn't she cute. I like both my girls and I'm proud of the hard work they put in to learn their pieces. I'm really proud.
I don't play the piano, but I do play the violin. My mother and I played just last night for our ward Relief Society Christmas Party. It was a lot of fun to duet with my mom. She plays the viola and does a terrific job! I like to play with her and I love the sounds of the viola, so deep and gorgeous.
okay, only one video would load, stupid dumb whatever. UGH! I hope you enjoy the music.
All right, if I was cute or artsy or a little literary smarty-pants, I'd make up a song or a poem for the rest of these, but I'm not, so you don't get a song or anything remotely close. Get settled with a cup of hot cocoa, put on your slippers, and enjoy the (not written well) novel!
11-19-2009: My Calling. In our ward, I'm the primary chorister. I really like and am glad to say we finally, have a pianist for primary and she is excellent! I love to hear the kids sing and especially if they know the song well, they tend to sing louder than me.
11-20-2009: Friends to hang out with. On this day my friends and I were finally able to get together. No one was sick and no one had anything going on. I loved it. It was so much fun to talk about whatever and laugh. Oh, how I love to laugh and these friends of mine made. me. laugh! I'm grateful for them and being able to around them. They always have a good, uplifting attitude and are very inspiring.
11-21-2009: Baptism and Cookies! On this day my family and I were given the opportunity to witness a young girls decision to join the church. She asked that I speak at her baptism on the Holy Ghost. I was so grateful for the opportunity. I mean how often do you get this? usually only for your children or nieces and nephews. Cookies! Oh I love cookies, they are so bad for me. If we have them, I eat them. If I make the dough, I'll eat just it. I love cookies and I'm glad to report, that I'm learning to control my passion for them and eat only a few instead of all.
11-22-2009: Boy #2! Oh how I love this little guy. He makes me: smile, cry, frown, laugh, dance, tired, think about how best to potty train him, HAPPY, more loving, search, have my own "A-ha" moments. I'll comment on this last example. He's now noticed when I look for something, I'll say ah, there it is. He is now saying (anytime he's looking for something) "A-HAA!" Oh it is funny, walking out of the store, "A-Ha! there it is" when asked where the vehicle was. He says it when looking for a toy, book, shoe, food, anything.
11-23-2009: Boy #1! Oh he is a cutie. I love this kid. He is smart and works hard in school. He laughs hysterically at all the funny things-even if they aren't. He smiles and has the cutest dimples that will melt your heart. He's a charmer, but refuses to kiss anyone, except for special occasions. Which, by the way, there haven't been any. He loves to run and play on the couches. He loves, loves, loves to tease his big sisters! Oh. my. goodness. The fights that erupt. I'm learning to be patient and calm when this happens. I'm trying to get the girls to realize he likes them and will tease them because of it. He is full of love which then helps me love him even more. He tries so hard to do well, and gets upset when he fails. He knows we love him and will always be here for him. He needs a hair cut often, but that is part of what makes him so cute. There is so much to him, I love his personality and the things that make him, him.
11-24-2009: Girl #2! Oh what a fun loving gal! When she was little, she used to stutter. It was the. cutest. thing. in. the. world. She is always so helpful and loves, loves, loves art. She is constantly drawing a picture of the family or something else. I just love her so much. She calls her grandma to arrange sleepovers for her and boy #1, without my knowledge. She is the best girl #2 that I could ever have asked for. She once asked when she could quit piano, I told her when she can play like her teacher. She frowned at that, but she is still trying hard. She makes me laugh. She tries to make everyone happy, but she is a tease! She is a great reader and loves it. She likes to play school and other games at home. She loves to play on the computer and is getting good at the games on the pbskids website. She loves school and what more could a parent want than that!
11-25-2209: Girl #1! She is FUNNY! at least she thinks she is. ;} I really love her and appreciate all she does here at home. She helps watch the kids, does her piano without being asked, does her chores, helps the others with their chores, and she still gets to hang out with her friends. She is getting older and looks it. I'm sad that my first is growing so fast. I didn't realize that she is going to be a teenager within a few years and I'll have lost her to her friends. I hope not. I hope she'll always be able to talk with me. I hope she knows how much we love her. She is an amazing kid, full of love for all, happiness, joy, the occasional bad day, joking, teasing, patience. I could learn a lesson from her.
11-26-2009: Stephen. I love him. He is my rock. I love his support for me and for our children. He supports us all in sports, church callings and activities, home endeavors, school work, friends, and most of all, family togetherness. He always tries to be home when something is going on for the kids or me. He loves us and it is evident. He works in S.L.C. and the drive takes him away from us an extra 2 hours from what we're used to. He loves to: hike, bike, camp, fish, backpack, metal detect, scouting, go to parks, go on walks, pretty much anything outside, and the most important is, that, he always involves us in these activities. I'm grateful for him involving me and our children in his life.
11-27-2009: Thanksgiving and the run that morning. I was able to meet up with Amanda, Lesa, Lisa, Trevor, and Celeste for the Ogden Regional M.C. 5 mile run. It was actually closer to 4 I believe. I ran it in 46 minutes and 28 second. That averages my mile to 11:57. That is fast for me. I usually have a 13 to 14 minute mile. I'm very pleased with it. I'm grateful for the friends that went and ran it with me, even though we stayed together for maybe a half mile. The crowd that was there was huge! I'm glad they waited for me to finish before they went home. That was nice of them. Thanksgiving was a good time spent with family. I enjoyed it and the food.
11-28-2009: Santa Run 5K in Ogden. I ran this by myself, no friends. I was a little sad about that, but I handled it because my wonderful husband and great kids were there to cheer me on. I ran this 5K in 34:50. That is my fastest time of all my 5K's this year. I loved it. I felt good, but tired and hot. I overdressed because we were staying for the parade and fireworks after the run. I was happy though. I wasn't last. I finished the race in great time for me. My husband and children got to see me race. It was my exercise for the day. In 72 hours, I started with a race and ended with a race. It was a good weekend.
11-29-2009: Jake our dog. Jake is a black Lab and Weimaraner mix. He's beautiful. He protects my family from strangers and other dangers. He watches them when they play and makes sure they are safe. He protects us while Stephen is at work or gone camping with scouts. He is always ready to play, but, is obedient when he can't. He is the best dog for our family. He went hiking/metal detecting with Stephen this day. They went early in the morning and they went far up the mountain. To the top in fact. Jake was right there with Stephen, always loyal and faithfully by his side. At the beginning of the hike, about 3/4 to the top of the mountain, Stephen misstepped and started to slide on the rocks going down. He caught himself quickly, but Jake, sensing Stephen's initial fear, pushed his head onto Stephen's chest. It was harder for Stephen to hang on and he had to let go sliding down the mountain face, Jake jumped onto Stephen's chest hoping to stop him before he truly got hurt. Stephen did stop and Jake jumped off him. I'm glad Stephen wasn't alone on his hike, he was bushwhacking and didn't go on a trail. Jake was there to help where he could. Jake will always be a part of our family, no matter if Boy #1 and I are allergic to him and have asthma due to him being in our home. Jake is a faithful, loyal, truly good animal and a huge part of our family. The kids love him, Stephen loves him and I like him very, very much.
11-30-2009: Our general good health. Other than the normal colds, we haven't fared too bad thus far. This is the season for many sicknesses and usually we get them by now. I'm very glad that my kids are all healthy, no diseases for us to worry about. We have truly been blessed by the Lord. Earlier this month, our cousin's son was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, medulla blastoma. He has tumors on his brain and some on the spine. The doctors are treating it as aggressively as it is acting. The poor little 3 year old has been going to radiation treatments five days a week for six weeks. I believe this is the beginning of week three. We pray constantly that all will go well. He will begin chemotherapy after the radiation treatments. He will have several of those, I don't know exactly how many. It will be a long process, a very long time before any of us can be near him, due to it being the cold/flu/pneumonia season. We love this little guy and think he will make it. We hope and pray for all those who are sick, we hope all will be well with all of you who read this. We are very grateful for our general health and hope you will be as well.
I love to read, I like it. It is my escape from everything else in my life. Stephen's not too keen on my reading all the time, but he'll deal with it. I can spend hours upon hours on a good book. I re-read many of the books I own. There is one set of books I really want to get: Hard cover Harry Potter series. I found the cheapest place is Barnes and Noble.com and, ironically, buying all seven in a box set is cheaper than buying them individually. Stephen's not too excited about that, but I want my children to read them. I want them to learn to love reading as much as I do and I want it to be fun for them. I know some of them won't like it as much as I do, but I want them to read very well and to be able to succeed in life. Reading will help them do that. Anything you've ever wanted to know is written down somewhere.
Babies bring something out in you as a person. They are so fragile, but not. They seem helpless, but help others feel great. There is just something about them that makes a person want to change and be great. Babies change lives, they help to make the world a better place and I truly believe God sends babies to the families they are meant to be with (either by birth or adoption.) My friend Amanda and her husband adopted Max and he is totally meant for them! I mean it. He looks like dad and acts like mom! They are such a cute family and they are hoping to increase their family through adoption again.
Babies change lives and just help the day go better. I'm thankful for the reminder I had this weekend of how much they are needed.
My Dad helped me find and purchase every vehicle I've owned until I was married. He helped me buy my own horse (and sell it,) and let me take care of the family horse as well. My Dad taught me how to drive a standard vehicle, which I absolutely loved. He would help me with Algebra, which I hated! He took me (not just me, but our family) hunting, fishing, camping, to the drive-in a couple of times, and always to get a "soda water". I know my Dad will always help me.
My Mom helped me with learning how to play the violin. She helped me when I did Ballet. She helped me with learning how to sew, cook, and take care of children younger than me. She has taught me to try to have patience with my own children and to always leave the room if I feel too angry. She is understanding and has always been willing to help. I know my Mom will always help me.
They put me on their cell phone plan and instead of me paying them, I clean their house and try to help out when I can. That is what I did on Friday the 13th, I cleaned their house. I would help my Mom with cleaning anyway, but this helps me have a way to contact them and others when I'm not able to be home. So I'm very thankful for my parents and everything they have done for me and my husband and family. They are absolutely wonderful parents.
I'm so happy for my husband, I know he was worried for a small time about it. I know he likes it there and is very happy to be employed with them. He will do very well there.
I hope all have remembered those who fought for the U.S.A. and for our rights, freedoms, and privileges. Remember them and pray for those still fighting for us.
My girls' hair is also long enough that, if I need to, I can braid or ponytail theirs in a jiffy. I like the easy way sometimes, it makes you feel good.
Sunday, November 1st: Grandpa I. We celebrated Stephen's Grandpa's 94th birthday today even though it is tomorrow. He is the sweetest man and always "mean as ever!" He has been a great example to my husband. I'm thankful for him being in my life.
Monday, November 2nd: Cleaning. I truly hate to clean, but I love it when it's done. I spent the day cleaning bathrooms, kitchen area, vacuuming and putting away the Halloween stuff. My house looks a little less cluttered. I like that. Laundry is a necessary evil and will always prevail.
Tuesday, November 3rd: My brother and his wife. They were married that day. Because of them I was reminded how blessed we are and can be if we follow our Savior and His teachings of Eternal marriage. (I'm especially grateful for this reminder.) Because of them, Stephen and I were able to dance and have a great time with our children at the reception. Because of them, we spent the whole day in the South Jordan-West Jordan area. Good times! Because of them, we were with my family for a good portion of the day. All of this, because my brother found someone to love and who loves him equally. Yay!!
Wednesday, November 4th: My father's mother. She had a bad fall yesterday and ended up cracking her vertebrae between her shoulder blades. She never did stand straight and has a hunch on her back, and I believe that is part of why she hurt her back. She wasn't doing so well at the wedding luncheon and that may have been part of it as well. She is doing okay, but in a lot of pain, and is at the hospital under the careful eyes of nurses and doctors. Her doctor decided it's not best for her to have the vertebrae fused, so I'm not sure what the next step will be.
She is one of the sweetest old ladies you'll ever meet. She would give you her eyesight if she had it to give. She told the best bedtime stories of princes and princesses, of witches and other fairy tales, and I'm sad to say that I don't remember how she told them. Her birthday is on Halloween day, she has always said she was a good witch, when I was little, I believed her for long time.
She is an amazing artist. She at one point in her life drew for Disney studios. She was that amazing. Thanks to age, disease, and uncontrollable events, she can no longer do art. She would blend colors together that you would never think of to put for the color of skin or hair. I'm grateful I was able to save some of her drawings and have her do a couple just for me.
She is full of love for everyone and for the Savior. She has a strong testimony of Christ and all he does for us. She trusts our Heavenly Father in taking care of all of us and that whatever happens to us is His will for us and part of our life and plan to return to live with him. I love her and am so thankful she is a part of my life.
11/05 Add to post The Doctor for my Grandma is doing surgery tomorrow on her spine. He is going to fill the crack in the vertebrae with cement (and any other cracks he might find.) I hope she does well and makes it through this.
1- 10 hills, 30 curb jumps, 30 backward lunges= one set
2- 10 hills, 30 curb jumps, walking lunges 20 ft. out then back= one set
3- 3 laps
Then on to the Obstacle course:
1-20 toe touches on Bosu or 20 jumps
2-Rope ladder on ground, stepping into and out of squares while doing squats holding a medicine ball going down and lifting it up over our heads when standing up.
3-4 hula hoops placed in a square. jump forward and backward, side to side. 5 times
4-walking lunges while doing overhead presses with 5 lb. weights. about 15 -20 ft. there, then do them back.
5-10 Hurdle jumps(1/2 ft. off ground)
6- Lap around to other side
sprint length of obstacle course
Start over again.
Oh let me tell you how much fun we had. We did this for an hour. I really liked it though, because it was at my time of day, 6 a.m.! YaHoooo! I loved it!
I can't wait for Amanda to come back so we can try some of these things.
Just think, we'll be ready for anything.
That night I had a hard time picking up boy #2. He only weights about 25 lbs. I truly hurt for a few days.
On Monday, I went with Sheila, my s-i-l, to her personal trainers boot camp. This is what we did on Monday: 9 different stations for 5 minutes each, as many sets as we could get.
1- speed walk while carrying a 20lb. bucket about 25-40 ft. switch hands and carry it back. Do side-steps same distance and back.= 1 set for 5 min.
2- Cone ladders (you know what those are) =1 set for 5 min.
3- Bosu-15 toe touches or side steps, sprint back 20 feet, 15 jumping jacks= 1 set for 5 min.
4- Jump over a tight rope (1 ft off ground) 15 times while holding a medicine ball, then 15 squat throws with the ball = 1 set for 5 min.
5- Cowbell (kettle weights?) side lunge while raising and lowering bell. 5 min.
6- Jump Rope for 5 min.
7- Sprint 20 feet, rest 10 sec., sprint back, rest 10 sec. = 1 set for 5 min.
8- Rope ladder on ground. jump in then out on each section of ladder, up then back down= 1 set for 5 min.
9- 15 male push-ups then 20 jumping jack squats = 1 set for 5 min.
We did each station once, plus after doing 2 or 3 stations, we ran a couple of laps around the school front parking lot. Oh. My. Goodness. if it weren't for the fact that I'm liking the exercise, I don't think I would have done this. I thought we were going to run snowbasin, that's the only reason I did this. But Sheila found out we weren't and I still said I'd go. I think I slept really well that night, once I was able to sleep. I really need a better way to get pictures of these things to post them. I think people might really like them.
The next morning, girl #1 went with me to the track to do a boot camp exercise with Amanda. I tell you, my bottom end muscles haven't hurt like that in a very. long. time. We did so many things I don't remember them all. Seriously. We did sprints(100's) and then would go back to doing something that would use a set of muscles I forgot existed. Then do another lap of sprints. I hurt all day Saturday and Sunday, but thankfully today I feel better. Thank you Amanda and I know that Lori deserves a thanks as well.
Today however, I am going with my S.I.L. Sheila to her personal trainers boot camp. It is all week, but I'm skipping out of Wednesday's activities. I'm sure I'll need the recuperation time. I am excited about it. I can't wait. It is a good thing to do it this week as Amanda will be going out of town. I am really excited to do this workout with my S.I.L. I haven't gone on any workouts with her and it will be nice to see how I do. We have run some races, but never anything like this. I'll update you all on it, you know, let you know how much I hurt during the next week. Lots of FUN!!!
On the day of his birthday (it was during the middle of the week,) we went to dinner at a place called Taggerts. It is has it's own exit off the freeway in a town with the same name. Exit 108 on I-84. It is a great little place. I loved being there. It is a hometown kind of place, very friendly, even for kids. The food was delicious. Stephen had a Prime Rib Sandwich with swisscheese melted on it and onion rings, he did ask for Au ju sauce and dipped his sandwich in it. It was good!!! I had their shrimp dinner. It came with a nice salad and steak fries. I thought it would be small, but it was huge! There was a ton of shrimp on my plate. It tasted wonderful. We even shared a Mint Cheesecake. The waitress even put a candle on it, but didn't sing, which was nice. Oh, it was nice to go out with my hubby and celebrate his b-day. I just love him! He is such a loving and understanding man. I'm very lucky to have him be in my life.
We celebrated with his family on Friday night. I was a little sad that only one sister and her family showed up besides his parents, but I really don't want any of my kids to get sick (chicken pox) from a cousin. The others already had plans, so they missed out on terrific pizza (from Piccolo Pizza and Pasta,) veggies, and pop. One Delicious ice cream cake from the store and lots of fun with the family. His niece made a cake for him, we used that for him to blow out the candles. It was really cute. Two of our children gave him Lego sets, and of course he had to put them together that night. It was great. Boy #1 said he wanted to get his dad some Lego's for his birthday so the he(boy #2) could play with them. Good fun had here at home.
We will celebrate with my family on Sunday. It will be a lot of fun also. Stephen will get to grill the meat for his own b-day dinner. How fun is that! We both come from large families so we have to celebrate things separately. We will have a great time with everyone who will be there. I'm hoping that my sister will not have her baby by tomorrow, I can wait for Monday but she can't. She's READY! We'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.
A few weeks ago we sprinted 100 meters, jogged 100m, sprint again, jog again for two laps. That was fine I didn't hurt so bad. The next day was a good run of 3 miles. Again not so bad, it went like this for a time. Once we had to run a miracle mile, I've already written about it earlier.
I swear she is getting these ideas for workouts from a semi-crazy (but love what she's doing) runner friend from Atlanta. I think they are ganging up on me;}
That is when I decided that I really have to commit to it. Remember, I asked for this. Last week, Thursday to be exact, we did some weight training at the track after doing a mile jog. I hurt until Monday morning. I didn't think I could pick up my son. Oh. My. And she had us do more stuff the following day plus a 3-4 miler on Saturday.
You know, she isn't a morning person. She hates getting up as early as we do.
I really appreciate her efforts in helping me, but I get the feeling that sometimes she gets a little pleasure out of seeing me want to stop. She is really a great friend who is always telling me to keep going, I'm doing great. This week we did a speed training on running a mile. I think I did okay on my times. 2 laps 5 min. 30 sec. 1 lap 2 min. 23 sec. 1/2 lap 1 min. 4 sec. By the way, I beat the goals she gave when running this.
Then I had to run a mile as fast as I could. I did it in 11 min. flat. I felt great! It was 11 minutes! I think my normal mile is 14 minutes. I was so happy. Remember, I asked her for it, and I'm happy I did. She doesn't like to see me in pain. I know that. I just give her a hard time.
Up next, Thanksgiving Morning 5 mile race. I'm getting ready for it.
Oh yeah, don't forget running up snowbasin with my sister. OUCH that's gonna hurt.
So while we were eating our great food, a waitress got out her guitar and started to sing. Her voice warmed up after about 2 songs and she really got comfortable and let it loose. She has a great voice. Kadee Kotter is her name. She really entertained us. She spoke with us and asked questions. She did a very good job. It has got to be hard to get up in front of people and sing and play an instrument, something she did very well. So, if you're ever looking for a place to go eat, whether it be lunch or dinner-they probably do breakfast too, try The Two-Bit Street Cafe' at 126 1/2 on 25Th Street. Just a few doors East of Wall Ave. I believe you'll enjoy it. Make the best of everything!
What is your occupation right now? Domestic Goddess (stay-at-home-mom)
What color are your socks right now? Blue
What are you listening to right now? The Clothes Dryer
What was the last thing you ate? Bottle Caps candy.
Can you drive a stick shift vehicle? But, of course.
How old are you today?32
What is your favorite sport to watch on T.V.? I don't watch enough T.V. for it to make a difference, but I like to watch soccer.
What is your favorite drink? Water!!!!
Have you ever dyed your hair? 2 or 3 times only.
Favorite food? As long as I get a break from cooking, it's anything my husband, children, or a chef makes for me.
What is the last movie you watched? Pitch Black
Favorite Holiday of the year? Two-Christmas and Halloween
How do you vent anger? I try to exercise it out, but mostly yell. Pathetic really.
What was your favorite toy as a child? I don't recall having many.
What is your favorite season? Autumn and Spring. They are perfect running weather
Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries
When was the last time you cried? Reading a book, about a week ago.
What is on the floor of your closet? Carpet.......Shoes, Boxes of stuff.
What did you do last night? Many things: soccer practice, take a child to babysit at a friends house, and took family to get kid cones at Arctic Circle, Sleep.
What are you most afraid of? Currently, hurting my legs so I can't run. Previously, losing any of my family members, especially my hubby.
Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? Cheese please?!
Favorite dog breed? Labrador retriever.
Favorite day of the week? Sunday, the day of rest.
How many states have you lived in? One.
Diamonds or Pearls? Either or both, I don't mind.
What is your favorite flower? Red Roses mostly, but I like daisy's also.
So I hope you have learned a little bit more of what I like. Maybe you can come up with more questions?
Let me tell you, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Until tomorrow morning comes and I can't move my legs. I was very slow in doing it, but I don't hurt like I thought I might. I really kind-a liked this workout. I really did! Now, I just need to speed it up. We'll see what tomorrow brings...
In honor of that, my friend, Amanda, who I'll not call a running Nazi just yet-but almost, is going to help me with speed/strength training and hills. I'm greatful for Amanda. She is now just the go getter. She came home from visiting her bff in Atlanta and is now just like her. She doesn't like mornings, but you almost wouldn't know it. That's right. 5:30 a.m. speed runs and strength training. Three times a week. Plus a long run on Saturdays before soccer games. I'm just glad I'm not alone in doing this. Amanda has brought a friend to train also. Melanie, you need to come with me so I can make it. Aaah!
Just kidding, it's not bad and I told Amanda, I need this. I want it. I will work for it. Don't let me stop and be a baby. If I puke, then I puke. I need to get my body into shape. I'm guessing it's going to go a lot faster now that there is a schedule. I am excited for this. I do really want it and I'm not going to let myself stop me from doing it. I need to push myself further to be faster.
Today the little thing thought he was so funny. I'm watching my nephew and they were playing while I was finishing getting ready for the day. My nephew runs up the stairs and says "Aunt Carla? (Boy #2's Name) is getting all the towels out of the bathroom." I'm confused, so I run downstairs with my nephew to see what he meant. My little boy #2 has unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper and he's rolling around, running around, spreading it everywhere, and not just giggling- but laughing the entire time. I can't get mad. I just run upstairs to grab the camera and then help him clean it up after. Pictures will be coming.
So, right now, both boys are asleep for naptime. I'm taking some me time.
Oh my gosh! I just realized I need to get my butt running! I have a 5K in three Saturdays. Oh for the love of running, why can't I do it!? I hope to be able to improve my run. I better. No time off for laziness, sickness, school, work, or injury. well maybe injury. I need to get to work on my time!
Please if you have any suggestions for speed training or are willing to go with me and Mel at 5:30a.m. give me a call or send an e-mail. I need help. plbbbbt.
So there they are, before and afters. Aren't they so cute!?
The girls' hair was long enough to donate to locks of love. We'll get that sent in as soon as we can.
We met up with our friends and the switched riders on the boat. The kids seemed to have fun until it was their turn to ride on the tube being pulled by the boat. Some of them didn't care for it. Girl #1 had fun for a time, but I think she got too nervous and it made her a little sick. This was the first time our kids had ever been on a boat. Ever. (except the little canoeing we did earlier this summer.) They needed to warm up to the experience I think and we'll have to do it again. Both girls were on the tube with Stephen and he leaned forward to look at something in the water, it sent them all under. He let go, the girls hung on. They hung on for a brief time but finally let go and came up. Girl #2 was crying. Girl #1 was coughing the water out but was okay. Girl #2 asked when we were going back to shore. Stephen was still on the tube, so Allen had Girl#2 help him drive to try and knock Stephen off the tube.
Stephen and I got on the tube together and I'll tell you, it was my first time as well. It was hard to hold on to the handles and to make turns and deal with water in your face.Constant water in your face. But, I did enjoy it. The first time you fall off, it hurts. The second time your body goes numb, the third time you learn to land on your back so you can skip across the water and then go under.
I did go by myself, I tried 3 times and I fell off 3 times. That is why I have decided that you need to land on you back to skip across the water. It was fun. After everyone on the boat with us went, we started going ashore. We let my 4 kids sit on the tube and be towed quietly and safely in to the shore, where there were many friends waiting their turn to be thrown off the tube and wake board. I still had a lot of fun and went back out two more times and fell every time.
I feel like my body has gone through a washing machine and I did it on purpose.
My body aches. It hurts. I did sunburn a little but that pain is gone now. My pain is in my muscles, joints, neck, everywhere. I didn't notice it until we went to bed last night, but I feel every bit of it today. When we laid down for bed and I closed my eyes, I felt like I was still on the boat, on the water just rocking away. I think it made me feel a little sick. We have some pictures, but not the best ones of my falling off and skipping across the water or rolling twice before I went under, but I'll post them as soon as I can.
We truly did have fun while we were there and it is something that we hope to experience again. We had hobo dinners at the end of the day along with some delicious salads. It was terrific end to a fabulous day. The kids slept very well. and the kids were not burnt as badly as they have been before. They had very little burning at all. It was great. Thank You Marlene and Allen and family for one very great and exciting day. We are very grateful for our friendship with you!
Also, I thought I ran for a full 4 miles today. I was wrong. When I google-earthed the trail we used we ran for only 3.86 miles instead of a full 4 miles. I was sadly disappointed when I realized it. I will run further next time. I was also sad because we did that in only 50 min. We started running at 5:47 a.m. and got back by 6:37a.m. so sad. I did however, run the entire thing, no breaks. I will keep going though!
Stephen ran with Mel and me today. Man! he can run. Fast. He did help me to realize that he has just started out, where as I have been doing this since March I think? He had to keep stopping, but if he keeps going like this, he'll whomp me. It is hard for the two of us to run together because of our differences in running, but he's glad that Mel comes with me so I'm not alone. I like to run/jog. It is good fun. I get to be with people who are only trying to help me do better. What good friends and a terrific hubby. I like it.
On Saturday the 25th of July, we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. (11 years from Temple sealing) We celebrated it the way we started out, with a child. Just not pregnant. The three older kiddies went to Tooele to spend the weekend with their cousins, so we had boy #2 with us. On Saturday morning we hiked Waterfall Canyon. It was a good hike, I truly enjoyed it. For those who know me, know I hate hiking.
I had fun with Stephen and the babe, whom Stephen carried on his back all the way up. We took Jake the dog with us and he was protective of us as always. I carried the water, snacks, diapers, phone, camera. It was fun. I didn't complain near as much as I used to nor did I stop as much. I am running with a team in the Ragnar Relay, so I need to do more hikes and hills. This is why I chose to hike for our anniversary.
On the way down, Stephen's knee's started giving him pain, a lot of pain. About half-way down, I started running down the trail so I could go back and help Stephen with the babe. I got to the car and dumped my stuff. I ran back up the trail and before I even got to the part with a sign, here comes the hubby and the babe walking slowly towards me. I tried to be fast so I could help, apparently I need to work on it. We were able to make it down with out any problems thankfully! I didn't have to carry Stephen down the hill!
Afterwards, we went to 7-Eleven for Slurpee's. YUM! We went home stretched, showered, got ready to go out. We ate dinner at my new favorite place, The Texas Roadhouse. Oh I like that place. Very, Very good food! boy #2 also enjoyed his time there. We had fun just the three of us. Our children had fun with their cousins and got to spend some good time with them. We ran some errands, then came home to watch a movie. I still haven't got to finish it yet. I want to though. From what I did see, the movie is awesome. You'll have to watch it sometime. Equilibrium. I will finish it tonight.
All in all, we had a wonderful anniversary. I didn't think we'd be doing anything at all for it, but Thanks to my sister-in-law Anne for planning on the kids being with them, we got to celebrate.
I am so much in love with my husband. I really appreciate and love all he does for me and for our children. He is the one who insists I stay home with them. I love that about him. YAY! for terrific husbands!
On a side note- I am running another 5k this weekend. I like it! I like it! I do! My sister-in-law Sheila suggested it. Since the hubby and the oldest three will be back packing, I might as well! We'll see how I do during this run. I hope better than the last one.
When I got home, I stretched out, said goodbye to Mel, then ran upstairs to tell my hubby. He was asleep but he mumbled a congratulations or good job. I think. When he was more awake, he said I could probably out run him. I don't know about that yet, but one day. (evil smirk)
From my girl #2: Say "Ellie's Elegant Elephant" five times in a row as fast as you can. It's hard.
Side Note-I love him and it's only because he is so not a morning person. He likes to get up at 8 a.m. don't ask him to wake up earlier for exercise. "He just has longer legs than me" is my usual thought as I ignore him. He is a good man who tells me I can now outrun him. We'll have to see about that, but truly he means all the best and is honestly trying to help me when he can.
I miss when my friends are unable to go, but I really enjoy having them there talking to me. I can't run and talk at the same time so I love to listen to them, secretly hoping they're running out of breath. tee hee.
Side Note- I have been taking girl #1 with me to just run a mile. Just so she can see and feel the importance of exercise. I think she knows and in about a year or two she'll be running a marathon I swear! But by then I can get girl #2 out with me to run. I like having kids that are able to do this with me.
I was able to run my miles in about 41 min. not too shabby for this old flabby. I will increase my speed and decrease my time. I need to and want to. Until I get to where I want to be, I'll just keep on runnin'. See you people out there!
After our half hour was up, we docked the canoe and walked around the fort area. The kids loved it. This was an awesome FHE activity. It was great. Lots o'fun
Half-way during the week there was a hike Stephen had to go on with the boys. It was 16 miles round trip. It should be easy, right? Well it should be easy for someone who runs or hikes consistently. Well, Stephen doesn't do either. He was hobbling when he got back to camp. Both knees swollen, finding the best way down any hill is going backwards. Poor man. I feel for him. He was able to tough out the rest of the week. Everyone came home safe and sound on a Saturday and that's when I got to tease him. Poor thing, life must've been hard on him. I glad he's back. Every year he goes, I realize I need him. I can't do this whole parenting thing without him.
He did try to metal detect the camp grounds, but got a lot of aluminum pull tabs from soda cans, no pocket knives, flashlights, or anything of interest. He decided to stop looking and just let things stay where they are. Or did he.
We went to Bear Lake the next weekend after scout camp. We were in Laketown for a family reunion and he was able to find his first silver coin. He was excited. He couldn't continue because of the family all over the area, but wasn't discouraged. We went to the Lake and he found his first silver piece of jewelry: a ctr ring. I believe he found that in the water. He had so much fun, he took the kids the next day and found more fun junk. If you'd like, he will email you pictures of his finds. He's all about sharing his hobby fun.
So he hasn't given it up. I'm sure we'll be out there again, he will be detecting, we-the family-will be digging or playing.
So, I was able to run the 5k in 40 min. 50 sec. that is 21 sec. faster than the 5k I ran in May. That is still good. I am pleased, and sore. I will run a 5k in less than 35 min. someday. I plan on running the Ragnar Relay with my friend Amanda. I will run it. I will do better than ever. (I'm just convincing my self=})I'm very excited to run it. It's something I want to say I have done.
In August, my friend Mel will be running a 10k, and has asked me if I want to do the 5k. I probably will. It's always fun to run. In September my sister-in-law Anne has a walk or run and then in November my sister-in-law Susan wants to run on Thanksgiving morning.
To those I have been running with and will race with, I apologize right now that I.am.slow. I'm sorry. I will get faster though. Amanda and Mel have told me I will. I'm one of those runners, who, if stops for even one week, it takes two to get back to normal.
Oh well! I will become a better, faster, more proficient runner than I have ever been. I remember in junior high, we had to run the mile in p.e. I think I did it in under 8 min. I was young back then and could do it. Right now it takes anywhere from 10 to 13 min. I would like to change that to 9 min. per mile, 10 if there is a huge hill. I love to run now. I feel great when I go. I just keep pluggin' along. I feel strong and the best thing is, I feel healthy. Like I might be around for a long time for my kids. They are a partial reason to my running. i want to be here for them. I want them to have a mom who will play outside and will go on hikes with them and will be there at the soccer games cheering them on.
Maybe my hubby will join us in the mornings? Anyone else want to join us? We love company. My good friends are very supportive and willing to help. I just love them for it. They are great people and can keep up with each other. Love them all.
- Girl #2 has a fever of 100.7, strep test comes back +. Ugh.
- Boy #1 has a fever of 100.7. the nurse checks again 100.7, strep test comes back -, but sending in to be cultured. uuuhhh? He is feeling great by the next day and up to his usual teasing and other mischievousness. Not sick anymore. YAY!!!
- Boy #2 has a fever of 100.8, strep test comes back -, being cultured but has an ear infection, so needs drops. We think that his ear possibly burst at an earlier time and turned disqustingly black inside his ear drum area.
Okay, so I have half my family sick, the other half bored out-of-their-minds-because-no-one-is-going-anywhere-to-infect-other-people-because-mom-said-so. Including me at this point. We go into the rest of the week with Stephen finally getting better by Friday evening, the other two are feeling okay, but still no one is going anywhere to disrupt other people's lives. That's just not fair to other people. Especially the ones I know and see. Their kids don't give crap to mine. I'm just trying to help everyone out.
So now we come to Sunday evening, the kids are going to bed and Girl #1 starts crying, and crying, and complaining about her ear. She has been stuffy for about a week. I figured why not take her to the doctor seems as she's been left out. She has an ear infection, which-if you didn't know- if you put heat on the ear, it's possible to have some fluid drain out of the ear and onto the heat pad you, as mom, have set up for her. We live and we learn.
So, I am very happy to say that we are all on the mend and expect to be leaving the house by Thursday or Friday to get out! I am also running a 5k on Saturday, but haven't been running for two weeks due to the above mentioned crap. I will write about the run after it has passed. We'll see how I do.
We came home from camping a day earlier than usual, which turned out to be terrific. Our bedding had been rolled up and ready to pile in the car when it started to downpour. Oh My GOODNESS! I'm glad we were leaving, everything would have been soaked if we weren't. Our dumb tent started leaking! What a day. It rained for most of Saturday. YUCK! It was still a good thing we left because three of my four kids ended up having fevers at some point on Sunday. Poor girl #2 has strep throat, Boy #1 has something but the doctor isn't sure, and Boy #2 has a wicked looking ear canal and has to have drops put in. Thank goodness girl #1 is feeling just fine. She has always been terrific to help me with the younger ones. I love my kids. I feel bad most of them are sick. UGH! it's summer and they can't go outside. Poor things. Hopefully they will be better by the weekend. I hear it will be raining again...uh, what are they going to do? Better luck next week is all I'm hoping for.
After our little canoeing event, we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Can I just say this is one of my very favorite places to eat now. I loved the food. Their rolls are freshly made and the honey/cinnamon butter is delicous. Stephen had their prime rib, they offer raw horseradish and regular. He loved both. Everything there was great. We even ate the small onion blossom. Terrific! I love food. I truly enjoyed this eating experience.
By this time we only had a little time left to actually finish the errands that we needed to finish before we could go to bed. We are going camping this weekend and needed some food and to finish off gifts for Father's Day. Lots of fun! Have a great weekend!