First snow 2015

This past Tuesday (Nov 16) we woke up to a beautiful white blanket of snow.

There’s something so peaceful and quiet about snow and I love it! From last year

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J excitedly put his boots, gloves and hat on and played in the falling snow.

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Later, after a lot of snow had fallen he put his whole suit on and played for hours!

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I can’t wait for more snow so Lily can try out her suit gma Lee Lee gave her:)

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PC wknd with my parents

One of our favorite things to do as a family is go up to Park City. It’s a cute little ski town surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees. Main Street is lined with fun shops and restaurants.

A pic from last year when we went up earlier in the fall. Read about it here.

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This past weekend we invited my parents to come along and it was the perfect getaway.

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The bench was wet, sorry mom!

We are at a pasta/pizza place on main when we realized Bandits was closed until the slopes open. It was good and satisfied are hungry tummies. J ate 3 pieces of pizza!

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Afterward we had hot cocoa and watched movies while chatting and eating lots of sweets(okay maybe that was just me).

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And snapping cute pics:)

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Saturday my dad and I took j swimming while Lily watched football with daddy.

He insisted on wearing his jacket OVER his floaties.
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Then of course we hit up the outlets and found a few fun things.

Can’t wait for next time!

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A trip to Hill Flight Museum

A couple weekends ago we headed up to the Hill Airforce Base to checkout their flight museum. Josh has been interested in going for a long time and we finally made it!

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Josh’s family came along and the babes learned a lot ;)

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It was pretty amazing seeing all the different kinds of planes and fun paintings on each.

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Afterward we had a yummy lunch at kneaders then headed home. Love making memories with my little fam.

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Why I’m not running the Thanksgiving Half

Last week I posted on Instagram that I made the decision not to run the Thankful 13 Half on Thanksgiving.

It was a really hard decision because I LOVE that race, I’ve ran it the last 2 years(here and here), I love starting the holiday off being active, and I hate quitting something I start. BUT I knew it was the right decision for me right now.

Training was stressful. Running is my stress reliever, but training for the race was adding stress because I was trying to cram it in, in only a few weeks.

I’m only (almost) 4 months pp. Although I feel really good, I don’t want to injure myself. I want to properly fuel myself and build my muscle before hitting that high mileage.

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I want to soak up this precious time with my littles. I know that sounds so cheesy, but it’s true. With J, the newborn stage was hectic, overwhelming, and exhausting. I didn’t know what I was doing and couldn’t wait for him to just sleep haha. With Lily it has been the exact opposite. We waited a long time for her and I want to soak up this sweet newborn stage. I know it ends, I know we’ll sleep again, and I know I’ll never get the nursing one on one time again. So instead of rushing out the door on Saturdays for a long run, I’m gonna be smothered by my little family in bed. There’s always another race or run but there’s only one newborn stage.

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I’ll still be running, but shorter runs and more weight training. Running is a hobby I truly love and I don’t have to run much for it to make me feel good. I’m grateful for a healthy able body to run, but I’m more grateful it allows me to keep up with these littles :)

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Have a great week!

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12 wks pp running update

These 12 weeks have flown by and I’m so grateful to be feeling strong again. I’m not 100%, my abs still feel pretty weak and I haven’t done any ab workouts quite yet. The reason for not doing any yet is so my abs have time to go back together.

I’ve been increasing my mileage for an upcoming half marathon.  I wasn’t planning to run one till spring, but then I won a free entry to the Thankful 13 on Thanksgiving! I ran 7 miles on Saturday and felt good afterward. I’m taking it nice and slow, no time goal.

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I haven’t weighed myself in awhile because I don’t really care about weight. I measure my success on how I feel in my clothes and if I have energy throughout the day to be a mom and get things done around the house. I bought a few ‘in between’ clothes since my old ones don’t fit as comfortable. I think it’s important to feel good in every stage haha. Like the below shorts are not quite comfy yet. I found out on my run last week, that they chaff my thighs haha It’s hard sometimes not to feel down or discouraged, but I remind myself what my body just did. Birth/pregnancy is miraculous and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. So my body is a bit different and that’s okay. I only get one and it was a gift from my Heavenly Father, I want to treat it well and be grateful.

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I continue to lift weights and do ‘more squats than miles’ to build muscle and stay injury free. I only have a few more weeks till my race then I’ll cut back on running. Feels good to be back :)

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Happy running!

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Halloween 2015 part 2 

We ended on Thursday when we went to my mother in laws kindergarten Halloween parade. Previous Halloween’s here and here and here.

Friday we headed to my sister Leah’s early to join her neighborhood Halloween parade.
Afterward we had snacks and played Halloween games Leah and her kids had planned for us. The kids had a blast together and I had fun catching up with my family.

my mom with Lily and Zach(4 months apart)
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Saturday morning I ran and Josh did yard work(isn’t he the best?) then made our way to his parents.

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Pumpkin shaped pizzas and trick or treating with cousins. I can’t tell you how fun it is to enjoy holidays with kids! J absolutely loves Halloween, so it was fun living it up with him:)

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These two babes slept like champs while we went house to house. Love that they’ll grow up so close to each other.

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Halloween 2015 part 1

Halloween lasted ALL week long, so yes, there’s a part 2:)

We carved out pumpkins for family night last week and like every year, the boys had fun and were really creative. And…I was not so creative. You could even say lazy… Haha.

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Tuesday night was our ward trunk or treat. We dressed the kids up for the first time and it was too much cuteness.

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J found this dragon at TJ Maxx in September and wouldn’t take it off. He has played in it almost everyday since and couldn’t wait to show his friends. Lily was a pink flamingo.

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Trunk or treating was a total hit and lots of candy was eaten:)

Thursday we headed to my MIL’s kindergarten class for her annual Halloween parade. This year J was a ‘big boy’ and didn’t want to hold grandma’s hand:(

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He had so much fun being a kindergartner for a day and eating more candy!

The rest of our week was packed with more activities, part 2 coming soon!

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3 months and my little helper

We celebrated Lily’s 3 month birthday on Halloween this year. Before we dressed her up I snapped a few pictures to document those chubby thighs, sparkling eyes, and gummy smile.

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She is so much more alert these days and smiles and coos when we ‘talk’ to her. She even laughs while J smothers her with love. Haha

She loves snuggling with daddy and watching football ;)

She loves looking at fans, lights, and the TV. She giggles a lot more and kicks her legs so fast with excitement, especially in the bath.

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She eats every 3 hours during the day, takes 4 naps about an hour to an hour and a half each, and sleeps 5 hour stretches at night.

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Jackson has adjusted to her very well. He loves to ‘help’ with diapers, feeding, and making her feel better when she cries. He loves it when she ‘talks’ back to him and he will laugh the cutest laugh.

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this. haha
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He helps with chores and is such a sweetheart. The other day he snuggles right up to me and kissed all over my face. I cherish those moments with my growing boy:)

helpin dad in the yard

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Family pictures 2015

My amazing friend Liz, Lizette Pope Photography, captured our new family of 4 a few months ago. I wanted them taken when Lily was still a newborn. I absolutely LOVE the pictures, especially the ones of Lily and J together.

Here’s a few of my favs=)

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Thanks Liz!

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Jakers and Black Island Farm

This year we are taking advantage of every fall day. It’s starting to get cooler, and you never know when UT is gonna just skip right to winter.

Last week we met up with cousins at Jakers Farm. It was a perfect day as far as the weather goes. The sun was out but it wasn’t blazing hot.

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J had a great time running from one activity to the next with his cousins Cal and Lance. They’re all just a few months apart.

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Black Island Farm

The next day we headed up North for our annual pumpkin patch tradition with my family.

My sister had made a delicious dinner for us before we headed out in to the rain. We were bummed it was raining, but it actually turned out a lot better than expected. Because of the rain, there were no lines or crowds. It wasn’t too cold but I made sure to bundle the kids up.

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We did the hayride first before it got dark. J found a green pumpkin that he gets every year(Ninja Turtle colored).

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Jackson was picked to help with the pig races(thanks to Neeley for shouting his name;)) and he won this pig nose. Cutest pig I’ve ever seen!

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After all the slides and train rides, we headed to the maze where I regretted my shoe choice haha it was all worth it when Neeley had donuts for us.

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Such a great week spent with family!

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