A run that felt good and catching up


friday- legs/tooshie NTC workout

saturday- 5 miles on TM

I took a loonngg weekend break from blogging, oops! So let’s catch up.

Thursday Jackson had cousins over, moved into his big boy bed, and got his very own boba at Pirate O’s. Since getting back from our Singapore trip we decided to get rid of his binky. We just threw it away, and converted his crib into a toddler bed. J understands really well that he’s not a baby anymore and hasn’t really cared about his binky and loves his new bed. To reward him for sleeping well, he got his own boba. He kept saying,”this is so awesome, I have my very own boba!”
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Friday after my first lower body workout in who knows how long(below), I headed to my MIL’s kindergarten class. She needed some help setting it up for the year so all us kids headed over to help. J loved playing on the playground and so did I;)
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3 sets, each move for 1 min
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Saturday I finally felt like my jet lag wore off. I got up, scrubbed bathrooms, caught up on laundry, and ran on the TM. It was such a great run. I knew that would happen after my bad run on Wednesday. I love when I have a good run and it makes me fall in love with the sport all over again. This song was on repeat, so good.
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After running the weather finally cleared up(it’s been raining all week in UT and even snowed in the Mtns!) so I took J to the park. He loves riding his bike around the trails. That night we had Josh’s family over for pizza, but I forgot to take any pictures, but the pizza was great and the company was even better.
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Sunday after church, we celebrated my nephew Ty’s bday.First Neeley out did herself with this amazing dinner(not to mention she actually knows how to make gravy)
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Then, my sister Leah out did herself with these amazing ice cream cakes. Of course I chose the Reese’s one, chocolate and pb are the way to my heart.
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cause I know you need a close up
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All in all it was a great relaxing weekend. I hope you’re having a great Monday!

mint and chocolate or peanut butter and chocolate?

how often do you do lower body workouts?

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Welcoming Jared Home, and Running Sometimes Sucks


wednesday- 4 miles on TM +abs

Yesterday my run really sucked. Literally. UT elevation always kills me when I get back from vacation. Every step felt so difficult. Okay, some of it I can blame on jet lag. I thought I was doing pretty good until I woke up at 3am and couldn’t back to sleep. So ya maybe my run wasn’t so great because I had already been up for several hours ha I’m looking forward to my workout today, bad runs/workouts are always followed by good ones(:

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My brother in law Jared, MIL, SIL, and FIL were all coming home from SIngapore yesterday(they stayed an extra 2 days) and so we met them at the airport. When a missionary gets home, it’s pretty common for family members and family to meet them at the airport with signs and balloons. In UT there’s always a huge crowd since there’s usually a group that come home together/leave together etc. We had the boys hold the signs to finally welcome him home.

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After, we went over to my in laws where me and Whit(we both got home from Singapore on Monday) made Jared’s request: mashed potatoes, roast, and rolls. I did attempt gravy but it was so disgusting I threw it away. Mom, please teach me your gravy ways.

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The boys warmed up to Jared and by the end of the night they were begging him to wrestle and showing him how to color(:
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While you serve a mission you are ‘called’ to be a missionary and there’s certain rules and guidelines you follow for 1.5(for girls) or 2(for boys) years. Once your mission is done, you get to be released from your calling by a member of the presidency of the church(stake president). It was a really spiritual thing to be a part of. We’re so proud of you Jared!
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Jared with one of the families he served

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if you could choose one dinner to have right now what would it be?

how early do you have to get up?

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Getting back in the running groove


tuesday- 3 miles outside

Yesterday morning I got up early and ran outside before Josh had to be at work. Luckily, Josh and I both slept great and didn’t feel tired in the morning from jet lag. However, my run felt sooo sluggish. I haven’t ran in about 2 weeks and UT’s elevation always kills me. I felt like my throat was on fire, but later in the day it felt fine. It’s always hard to get back to running after a break, vacation, or injury. Here’s what always helps me.
It was sprinkling rain,the best kind of run!
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1. Getting new music, here are some of my favs

All about the bass-Meghan Trainor

Bridges- Broods

Life of the party-Shawn Mendes

I wanna get better- Bleachers

2. Setting my clothes out the night before and getting it done first thing in the morning.

3. Thinking about how good I’ll feel after I run. I love starting my day with exercise, and telling myself over and over how good it will make me feel always works.


After my run, I did some grocery shopping. Fortunately, my awesome mom stalked our fridge with essentials before we got home on Monday(milk, bread, yogurt, fruit, snacks) so we weren’t starving when we got home or yesterday morning for breakfast. I still needed to get stuff for dinners but it was nice to not have to go grocery shopping the day we got home.
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Somehow this ended up in my cart…I may be a little excited for fall(:

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Other errands like the bank, getting gas for the car, and Costco were also involved but later in the day. Remember how I said we woke up feeling great? Well the afternoon hit and I felt like a walking zombie! It was nice to have things I had to do so I wouldn’t fall asleep, but it was brutal. I hope this jet lag doesn’t last long ha J’s face says it all…
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Before we ran the other errands, we got to babysit this sweet girl. J wanted to hold her hand and hug her, but she was having none of that.
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J helped me decorate Jared’s signs. He and the rest of the family get home from Singapore today and we’re gonna greet him at the airport. Can’t wait for him to meet J after 2 years! I’ll have those pics up tomorrow and I’m hoping they’ll be nicer. Sorry I’ve been lazy about using my camera!

what are some of your favorite songs?

favorite fall smells?

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Back to the good life

No matter where I go or how long I’m gone it’s always nice to come home. It was extra nice because I finally got to squeeze j and smother him in kisses.
That was the hardest part about the whole trip. My mom and sister were amazing and spoiled j to pieces!
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We got back about 1:30pm and spent the afternoon catching up, doing laundry, and just being with j.
Josh and j golfing before bed
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Finally clean laundry!
He just kept giving hugs and kisses to josh and I, it was the best!
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We went out to Kneaders for dinner, as always it was delicious. We ended the night with a short family night lesson and all quickly fell asleep(jet lag is no joke!).
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Can’t wait to get back into my routine and run again!

tell me about your last run

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Final day in Malaysia and traveling home

We spent out final day in Malaysia in Kuala Lampur where Jared served 7 months of his LDS mission. He baptized 2 very special women there that we were so excited to meet.
I love that where ever we go in the world, even East Malaysia the church is the same. We even met a guy at the market the night before that saw we were mormon and asked to go to church with us(he too was LDS).
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They had a ‘linger longer’ after church where we all eat together pot luck style. It was sooo good!
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It was definitely the highlight of the trip to walk where Jared has been and see how much he has impacted the people in KL.
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Right after church we had to hurry to the airport to make our flight back to Singapore. We had a layover so we stayed in a hotel at the airport. It was only the 4 of us(me, Josh, SIL Whit, and her husband Josh) the rest of the family went to another city and won’t be back home for a few more days.
We rode a giant slide(video on Instagram), drank some free drinks, and got dinner. More mango for me ha!
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Next post, I’ll be home!

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what is the longest flight you’ve ever had?
do you like Indian food?

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Batu Caves(Malaysia)

Today is our last day in Malaysia before we head home. It’s Sunday morning for us and then we have about a day of traveling(4 flights) till we’re back in good ol’Utah.
Yesterday was another packed day since it was our only full day in Malaysia. Jared took us to the Batu Caves where you hike up several flights of stairs.
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I’m so grateful the weather has been pretty mild the whole time we’ve been traveling. It’s been incredibly humid, but overcast so at least we get a tiny break from the intense heat.
The caves are made out of lime stone and have temples inside for people to worship at. They also have tons of monkeys, chickens, and pigeons ha it was pretty bizarre.
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We all took turns feeding the monkeys too. They were pretty aggressive, but if you took only one banana out at a time they wouldn’t attack you!
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After the caves we had a late lunch of one of Jared’s favorite dishes. It’s Indian and it was pretty spicy to me, but I loved the naan bread.
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Jared showing us how to eat rambutan
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We had to check out the KL towers and China town. I finally found a few little things at the market to take home with me.
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I can’t wait to see my Jackson boy!!

ever seen a wild monkey?

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Sentosa Aquarium(Singapore)

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is having a good day and a fun weekend ahead. We’re actually traveling today to Malaysia to see more of where Jared served his mission.
Yesterday while we were still in Singapore we checked out their aquarium.
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It’s GIANT! I was amazed at all the different kinds of fish.
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They have the second largest aquarium in the world. It was incredible.
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We ate lunch(more delicious fruit for me) and then hung out with Jared just catching up.
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Before we knew it it was time to head out for dinner. We ate at the botanical gardens in Singapore and saw another light show.
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We found salads(I’m getting a little sick of rice and chicken ha)!
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Then we some how snuck into this really tall hotel and looked out at the view. Your supposed to have a room key to go up but a couple let us tag along(: so pretty!
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Can’t wait to post about our adventures in Malaysia!

do you have a fear of heights?
what kind of food do you think you would crave while traveling?

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Picking up Jared from his mission!

Yesterday we finally got to pick up my brother in law Jared! He’s been serving an LDS mission throughout Malaysia for 2 years(the main mission office is in Singapore that’s why we picked him up there).
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It was so fun to hear stories he wasn’t able to tell in our weekly emails and see how much he’s grown physically and spiritually.
Snapshots from our day(:

Festival flowers
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Walking and more walking! (Stole photo from my SIL)

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Skyping with j… I’m really missing that boy!!
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We took a tour of the Muslim temple and heard the song of prayer.
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Marina Bay. It’s a huge Marina surrounded by buildings that remind me of Vegas.
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Merlion(mermaid lion)
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Light show at Marina Bay
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Mango steen fruit
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Mango, I could live off this
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This vacation has been pretty go go go so I haven’t had much time to workout. Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow and be ready to kick it in to high gear when you get back to your routine. So for now, I’m enjoying the life(:

what’s your weekend plans?

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Indonesia(Bintan) Day 2

Last night was the best nights sleep we’ve gotten in awhile. We slept in till 7am and it felt great(my jet lag has been waking me up about 5:30 everyday). We Skyped with j(my mom is spoiling him to death haha)and then we had breakfast.
We were hoping to ride some elephants, but they said if it rains they shut it down. We headed over right when they opened and luckily got a spot. They let us meet some if the elephants… You can tell I was a bit hesitant with these big animals!
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We also got to meet this big guy!
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Right before we were gonna ride it started pouring on us but luckily they let us ride anyway. It was such a crazy experience. My guide had Ema the elephant trample a small tree and break huge branches with her trunk.
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She kept flapping her ears back covering my legs from the rain. Such an amazing animal.
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We didn’t have much time till we needed to be on the ferry back to Singapore.
Back in Singapore we checked out China Town and all the shops. There’s Durian(the stinkiest fruit) everywhere!
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The streets are lit with these beautiful lanterns, it’s magical.
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Today, we get to see Jared!! Can’t wait to check back in after we pick him up(:

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Singapore/Indonesia day 1

We said goodbye to japan and headed to Singapore. It seemed like a short 6 hour flight compared to our 11 hour flight getting to Tokyo. We only spent a short morning in Singapore before we boarded a ferry to Indonesia.
Before leaving Singapore I ran about a 3.5 mile run(I’m basing it off time since the treadmill didn’t show distance)
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We ate a delicious breakfast, josh was much more adventurous than I was. I stick to the safe foods like yogurt and eggs haha
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After breakfast we went on a free bike ride the hotel offered. It was so fun to ride down the coast of their beach(I posted a video on Instagram). We checked out their pool, and then we boarded the ferry.
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Scenes on the bike ride
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On the ferry
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Indonesia is so beautiful! It’s really green and extremely humid. After arriving we were all pretty hungry but it was not quite dinner time. So, they opened a Thai restaurant just for us! It was such a fun experience, not to mention the food was amazing!!
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We can’t drink the water here so fancy coke for me(:
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Fried rice
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Later that night we walked the beach and swam in their infinity pool. The view was breathtaking and the pictures don’t do it justice.
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It was such a fun relaxing day. 1 more day until we pick up Jared from his 2 year mission!!!

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