Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Did It!

Saturday morning I ran in my first ever 10 mile race! The race started 10 miles up Provo Canyon and finished at the Riverwoods. Most of the race is along the Provo River Trail. It was so pretty. I ran with Desiree and it was so much fun! I really never would have thought that I would say that about running 10 miles, but it really was such a pleasant experience. It was kind of cool and even sprinkled a little bit. The mountains were beautiful and we went at a pace where we could enjoy it and talk the whole time. Actually, that's the only pace my legs know how to do, so I guess I was going as fast as I can. And I came in about 13 minutes quicker than my goal, so I was happy. Desiree's sister, Jen, also ran the race with us. Well, not exactly with us, since we only saw her at the beginning and the end--she came in a good 15 minutes before us. Go Jen!

My mother-in-law was there at the finish line with my kids! I didn't know that they were going to be there, so it was such a nice surprise. I love the feeling I have when I've finished a really long run, especially a race. But, that feeling quickly left as my bones, joints, and muscles started aching. I think I was pretty much useless the whole rest of the day and the next. I'm definitely getting old. :)

We are doing a half marathon on Aug. 8 and I'm glad that I have to keep running all summer long. It's nice to have something to work for because it gets me up and out in the mornings. I really thought when I signed up for these races, that I would do it once just to say that I had done it. But, I really already feel like I'd like to do it again next year and the next and the next. It's very addicting, in a good way.

I forgot to mention the fact that all 3 of us only got about 2 hours of sleep the night before the race. But, that's another story for another day...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Play Day with Ethan

A while back, Haley requested a play day with just her and Ethan. So, the day before the last day of school we finally made it happen. It was really fun just playing at Biz's house all day.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

What's going on with ME

I feel like I always write about my kids these days and hardly ever write what I'm doing or thinking about anymore. I guess that's because most of my time is spent doing and thinking about kid things. But, I do think about other things every so often. So, today I feel like writing about me.

*I'm running in a 10 mile race on Saturday morning. I'm both scared and excited. It's the farthest I've ever gone and I'm quite out of shape, but I have been loving running long distances lately so I actually think it will be quite fun. I'm not out to set any world records anyway, just finishing is victory for me. And I get to run with Desiree, so no matter what, it will be fun. We're signed up for a half marathon in August, so the fun is just beginning. :)

*I want to redecorate my house. I like a lot of things about it but I still feel like it's lacking some style or personality. So, I'm trying to figure out what to do. Of course, I can't wait until I can redo my kitchen and bathroom, but those are complete overhauls and it'll be several years before we can do that, so I'm trying to think of small (i.e. cheap) ways to add some character.

*I really want to have another baby soon. It's hard for me to realize (accept) that I don't get to control this. Even though I know that it will happen in the right time, it's hard not to over analyze all the "why's". I'm learning to trust.

*I just bought a sketch book a couple weeks ago that I'm going to fill up. I have no idea how to draw but I'm having fun trying.

*I'm trying to make some better habits in my day to day life and the way I spend my time. I'm finding that good habits take a lot more effort to form than bad habits. Not fair.

*I've been loving the gray skies and scattered rain that we've been getting. I know everyone is anxious for summer, but seriously, we have plenty of HOT still on it's way. I kind of like staying indoors and playing at home.

*I'm pretty sure that I have the greatest husband around. Today he and his coworker, Randy, were here eating lunch. Randy was telling me that he spends most of his day laughing and having a good time. And then he said, "well, you know how your husband is, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with him all day." And I have to say, I feel the same way. I'm one lucky girl.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Tulip Festival

About a month ago, I went to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point with Emily and Bailey and Emily's sister Brittany and the kids that she is the nanny for. It was so beautiful! And so much fun! The kids were great and never got whiney or asked to be carried or anything. What a beautiful place. I took millions of pictures. Here are just a few.
The amphitheater

Haley and Bailey as a Dutch boy and girl

Painting tulips


The door to the Secret Garden. The girls had so much fun just going in and out and taking turns opening it.

In the Secret Garden. Haley, Lennox, Bailey



On the bridge

Haley doing some dance poses

Rolling down the huge hill

Her classic little smirk

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Haley and I had a lazy morning and then decided to go out yardsaling and to the Farmer's Market. She was so excited to go with me which made it even more fun. We found one good thing at a yard sale (a basket for Haley's dolls) and then she got a few things at the market. There wasn't much produce at the market yet, but a lot of crafty things and fun foods. It's always a fun atmosphere.

Jason called and they were back much earlier than I had planned so they met us at the market. We decided to all go fishing so we ran home for supplies. We tried two different spots, but no luck either place. It was still really fun though. It was a beautiful day to be outside!

Girl's Night Out with Haley

Friday night, Jason took Britton on the Fathers and Son's campout. So, Haley and I planned a fun girl's night. Desiree and Maya came down and we went to dinner then we went to see this. Our good friend Wendi owns a dance studio and they had their performance of the Little Mermaid. It was so much fun to go see. They did a fabulous job! Haley loved every second of it. I was really impressed by the whole thing.

I was so glad that Haley and Maya got some time to play. After Haley got past her shy bit that she always does, they got along famously. We haven't been able to get together as often as I would like, so it was really fun. After the performance (and during) they were both dancing all around. So cute.

Haley took this picture

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Seven Peaks

We got season passes to Seven Peaks this year and I'm so excited. We went on Thursday for the first time. The last time we had passes, my kids were 4 and 2 or maybe even 3 and 1, I can't remember. So, it's much different this time. We can actually venture out away from the kiddie pool.

We took Mckenna and Josh (niece and nephew) with us and spent most of the day there. It was really fun. I got sunburned really bad on my back. I always forget that I really DO need to have someone else put it on me because I really CAN'T reach everywhere. I have funny handprints where I could reach with the sunscreen. :)

Mountain Monday #1

For our first Mountain Monday, we stayed close to home and went to Rock Canyon. My niece, Mckenna was with us. She is staying with Grandma Kemp during the weeks for the next month. The kids had so much fun. They were in their own little world. They were pretending like they were in the Bridge to Terabithia and they were making up all these imaginary creatures and they named all the different places we went. There was Slot Canyon and Canopy Cove and others that I don't remember. They talked about trolls and dragons and hippogriffs and miniature fairies and all kinds of other things. They were planning it all out so that they could go home and write a book together. It was really fun being able to watch their imaginations run wild.

Just so you know, my kids dress themselves, I take no responsibility for their outfits. :) You've gotta love Britton in all camouflage (one of my pet peeves--mismatching camo). He was so funny. He kept running into the trees and then saying, "Can you see me? Can you see me?" I would pretend like I couldn't because of his camouflage. At two different times in our hike, we found caterpillars crawling on him. He was convinced it was because they thought he was a leaf or a tree.

Towards the end of the hike, Britton and Mckenna ran ahead and Haley tried to catch up to them and she tripped and fell. I had to carry her the rest of the way down as she cried and cried. She was crying so hard and saying, "I wish we didn't have any big kids with us that I always try to copy" and "I shoulda didn't run after them." and "I wish I wasn't medium sized". It was making me laugh even though she was crying so hard just because she was more sad about not being able to keep up with the big kids than about being hurt.

I love Summer

I have been the worst blogger lately and I have no idea why. I really love to have a record of things so I have got to do better.

Well, the first week of summer is now over and this is how it's going so far: AMAZING!

I love summer! So far we've been really good at keeping to what I want do everyday. I don't want to be over scheduled, but I do want to get out and do things. It's a fine balance, I think. We're planning on going to the mountains every Monday, the Rec Center on Tuesdays, 7 Peaks on Wednesdays, staying home on Thursdays, and then the library on Fridays. But, also, all those things are flexible, so they can be adjusted each week as well. I also want to do a bit of school each day with my kids. So far, they have been great about doing school and they love it. It's fun for me and I try not to do too much so they won't get burned out. They read for 20 minutes each day and then do "basket work". For basket work, I just have 4 different things planned each day. Usually a reading or spelling assignment, some kind of math thing, journals, and then a game or puzzle. In all, it takes them less than an hour. For reading time, they each have a book bag with 10 books in it that they keep all week long. They read as many as they can in the allotted time. And then I have them read one book to me during that time. Haley goes through her books quickly so she reads almost all of them each day (and she's not really reading yet, so it's more like memorizing or looking at the pictures, but it's still good for her). Britton has more chapter books or longer books, so he sometimes doesn't even get through one whole book in the 20 minutes. Then Fridays, when we're at the library, we get new books for the week. So far, it's working out really well. I really hope we can be consistent all summer long.

I will try to post the pictures soon that go along with the last little while.