The middle

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about social media and the impact it has on me. When I go to post something what are my intentions and thoughts?

Often times all we see is the end result and never get to see the middle, the struggle. I loved sharing my huge accomplishment of finishing a marathon, but I wish I had posted more of the hard days of training. The mornings I struggled to get up and out of bed, the days I ran while my kids needed me so I had to stop several times mid run.

Or when we moved and had to live in our house as it was showing 3-4 times a day. It was pure chaos! Oh and when we were selling/packing our furniture before the move haha. But all the middle is worth it for the end. In fact, I’m grateful for it. The middle stuff is what’s important.

Chillin in our couch-less family room pre-move.

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Sisters annual PC trip

Park city never disappoints when my sisters and I go up for an overnighter. We look forward to this trip all year!

We get dinner, walk around Main Street, get a hotel and stay up way too late dancing, laughing, telling spooky stories and of course eating yummy treats.

This year we had 3 nursing babies with us! I took the picture and was holding Cooper making 3.

We got pedicures, had lunch, and did a little shopping. A weekend with strong women is always rejuvenating. My mom and sisters are amazing mothers, wives, friends, and daughters of God. I always leave uplifted and wanting to be better after being around them.

We found a bassinet and obviously had to put a few babies in it…they were thrilled! Haha

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Halloween 2019

This year Claire was counting down the days to halloweeen for an entire month! She couldn’t wait to be a unicorn. Everyone else was very excited too.

We had Zed the Zombie from a Disney movie, a witch(she also was a unicorn at the next party) a unicorn, and Buzz Lightyear who fit right into his best friends family’s Toy Story theme.

We went to our ward trunk or treat(above),

Jackson’s school parade, had Lily’s friend over to make Halloween cookies, and then had dinner at Whits house and lots of trick or treating.(below)

Josh was an awesome dad and dressed as a unicorn rider for the girls haha that lasted all of 30 seconds.

We carved pumpkins, dipped apples, and watched lots of halloweeny movies. Let the holidays begin!

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Cooper Turns 1

Cooper, Coopa, King Coopa we love you! Like love love you. You are squishy, snuggly, giggly, inquisitive, bashful, and sensitive. You laugh with your toothy smile, give the best hugs with a little pat, and the sloppiest kisses.

We celebrated you 2x with family, yummy food, and a smash cake. You really like all foods so it was a good week.

You love your siblings, dad, grandparents but moms your favorite.

You love to nurse so much that you still wake up at night occasionally to eat and when you’re nervous you like to nurse too.

You started walking confidently a month after your birthday.

Bath time and being outside are your favorite things.

Cooper Dean you’re the sweetest babe!!

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That time we went to the BYU game and I almost died

Okay the title might be a bit dramatic, but I REALLY hate being cold.

Our friends invited us to a late BYU game and we were excited to go. My mom stayed at the house while all the kids except Claire slept.

I bundled up grabbed what I thought was a warm blanket and headed down to Provo. When we got out of the car Josh told me I grabbed the camping pillow instead of the blanket!

We had a lot of fun, but it was so cold and windy and even raining/slushy snow. Josh shared his poncho but I was dead. Good thing there was great company and got chocolate.

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We moved(and we swore to each other it’s the last time)

A few years ago I would visit teach my neighbor (in our church we visit each other to help support one another) and she was remodeling her house. I LOVED it! Fast forward to this year, August to be exact and her sister in law( my running buddy) mentioned she was moving. I told Josh and asked if he would humor me and go look at it. They hadn’t put it on the market and when we looked through Josh loved it as much as me!

We couldn’t believe we were going to move just a few streets over haha but we really loved the home, the street, and the whole house was more livable space.

We ended up selling our house in October, closed this week on November 21 and spent the last couple of nights in our “Wild” house as Claire calls it(she can’t pronounce the street we live on) and all love it so much. I hope this is our forever home.

Me and Coop leaving our old house for the last time.

It’s bittersweet. We put a lot of work into that home and we loved it. I brought home 3 babies to that house and I discovered a lot of happiness with my calling as a homemaker and mother. It provided my family a refuge from the world and I’ll always be grateful.

**last night in our old home

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Fall Break 2019

This fall the colors in the canyons have been so vibrant. I love taking the kids on drives and walks/hikes to take it all in.

Luckily my mom and sisters love it too. For fall break we took the kids in a short hike in Kaysville.

After we took the kids to chuck arama because they LOVE it and the adults don’t haha but we splurged for the sake of a good time. And you know what, the kids had the best time eating all the buffet food, drinks, and desserts.

Then we hung out at Leah’s all evening. We had 5 showings on the house that day! It was so nice not to be home haha PS one of those showings ended up making an offer! We are under contract and move in a month, we’re so excited!!!

Friday Josh took off work so we spent the morning cleaning and doing yard work. That afternoon we took the kids out to eat, ran errands, and just got to be together as a family.

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SOJO Marathon Review

It’s been a week since running my first marathon and I’m still on a high! By Wednesday my body felt 99%. Thursday I went on small hike with my kids, my sisters and mom for fall break and felt normal.

Friday I was itching to run so I ran 3 slow treadmill miles and the rest of the day my left hamstring felt tight. So I’ll take several more days off of running to be safe.

I wanted to write down my thoughts about the SOJO marathon so here’s my honest review.

The price wasn’t very expensive, I believe I payed $90 a few months before so I didn’t get any early bird discount. For the price I think you get what you pay for.

The packet pickup was quick, but just that, a packet pickup. No expo, food/party/hang out like other races I’ve done.

The swag bag came with a few advertisements, a newspaper, a coconut water, gel, energy bar, shirt, bib, and a safety light key chain.

The morning of the race my GPS brought me to the start but the road was closed for the race and I had no idea how to get around it. Luckily, I followed a car going to the race too. There were plenty of warm buses, parking spots and bathrooms.

We didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn like so many other races. Since this ones in the fall it’s a later start(6:45am) so I didn’t get up till 4:45am, got to the buses at 5:30 then was at the start by 6:30.

The start had water, bathrooms, bananas,and gels and we counted down and started in the dark. It was gorgeous seeing the sunrise.

There were plenty of aid stations along the way, there were only 2 hiccups for me; the first station at about mile 3 was out of water and Gatorade upsets my stomach. 2nd there was a mile marker at mile 16 that said 17, which had me little excited but I didn’t think my Garmin could be that off(it wasn’t).

The route was beautiful. Mostly flat with a few pretty big hills and in return a little downhill. It was mostly on roads and through neighborhoods which can get boring but I was just excited to be running my first marathon to care too much. The arrows are just stickers on the road so that was a little tricky, but I never got lost so they did their job.

The finish line had a lot of slow walking spectators that was hard to dodge, and the after party was pretty anticlamtic. Just water, apples and oranges. I saw some kids eating chick fila but it looked like their booth was empty. The DJ was fun and there were some vendors. It would have been nice to have chocolate milk or a protein bar to eat before driving home.

Overall I would run this race again. It’s a smaller race so don’t expect all the frills you get from bigger races. I loved the fall weather and a lot of the scenery. The flat course left my body WAY less sore than the downhill races Utah is famous for. I’m glad this was my first marathon!!

**you can read my race recap here

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SOJO Marathon Race Recap(My First Marathon!!!!)

After days, weeks, months of training I finally did it. I ran my first marathon, 26.2 miles! I am still on cloud 9 from one of the best days. I accomplished something that seemed so daunting, and I enjoyed every minute of it, truly!

This recap is very detailed because I don’t want to forget anything! So feel free to scroll down to the race recap haha.

Let’s back way up to the beginning of race week. I didn’t workout much, just a 5 miler Monday with an upper body workout, rest Tuesday, Wednesday 4 miler, Thursday and Friday rest.

All week I drank a lot of water, ate the best I could(nourish my body first,then satisfy it second from Carli Fitness’s meal plan) and tried to go to bed early. It felt great to sleep in on those rest days and I was feeling ready. Thursday I ate a lot more carbs(I don’t like to eat a ton the day before a race, so I carb a load a lot more 2 days before a race and it seems to work for me). Then Friday I ate normal and then Josh took me out to Olive Garden. I ate spaghetti parm but I took most of the breading off the chicken and asked for plain bread sticks (sometimes garlic doesn’t sit well with me so I didn’t want to take any risks).

Saturday morning I woke up at 4:30am, 2 hours before the start of the race and ate 1/2 a plain bagel and 1/2 an applesauce pouch with lots of water.

Got ready, used the bathroom and nursed Cooper and left by 5:15am.

My fueling plan throughout the race was to take in something every 2-3 miles. I get very hungry! I brought a Gu just in case I got sick of chewing but I didn’t use it. I was able to eat every couple of miles and at mile 16 I ate half a kidz oatmeal z bar. It hit the spot!

Utah decided to be very cold the week of the race, so I went to our local thrift store on Friday and got an extra layer so that I could take it off and donate it(you can leave gloves, hats, jackets at aid stations to donate)as I got warmed up. Best. Decision. Ever. Oh and hand warmers, those were so so wonderful. I put them inside gloves and they kept my hands nice and warm.

^wearing the jacket I bought at Savers early on in the race

I met at the buses that were shuttling us to the start at 5:45am and then we waited for more runners then headed to the start, Copperton Park. We got there about 6:30am where I ate a few bites of my pb&j sandwich on white bread, more water, and used the bathroom again. It was cold at the start, but not freezing like most UT runs that start up in the canyons. This is a VERY small race, only 104 marathoners total. So after about 10 minutes a guy said it was time to line up and start.

^on the bus

Miles 1-6

I was off! I wanted to start out nice and slow and just get warmed up. My body was cold, so I wanted to give it time to start moving. I hit mile 3 and took in 2 energy beans and planned to take water at the aid station but they were out. I’m so glad the weather was cold, because it wasn’t a big deal waiting for the next aid station. Luckily, every aid station after that had plenty of water. My biggest fear on race day was getting lost or hitting a wall. I had read this was a small race and that you’re often alone and the race isn’t well marked so my plan was to stay by someone. Eventually, at mile 4 I was with the 4:15 pacer going up a long 2 mile hill that ended at mile 6. He was an older gentleman that runs races every weekend, and even competed in a 100 mile race!

^the long hill in the distance

Miles 7-13

The pacer and I chatted from miles 4-13 at a very comfortable pace. The scenery was gorgeous and I really enjoyed hearing about his running journey and take in any tips and tricks he had. He kept telling me to reserve the first half and if I felt good to push ahead at the halfway point, so that’s what I did.

Miles 14-18

We parted ways and I picked up the pace slightly. I was so nervous I would hit a wall, so I really tried to run at a very comfortable pace and keep moving. I stopped and walked through every aid station so I could drink the full water cup( I only drank water, Gatorade upsets my stomach and makes me feel thirstier) and then I would keep going. I was still feeling really good, and was sending video updates to Josh and my sisters. I was having fun! Then, my watched dinged saying I hit mile 16 and when I looked up the race sign said mile 17! I was like, “my Garmin is a mile off??” so at the next aid station I asked what mile we were at and they said 16.5 miles, the mile marker was wrong! Oh well! Right after that aid station I went up another steep hill(there were probably 5-6 pretty good hills, but the rest of the course is flat as a pancake) and then down a bit and passed the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.

Miles 19-21

I started to feel pretty lonely at mile 19, I still hadn’t turned on my headphones and started to think ahead at how many miles I had left. Just then, I hear the cutest voices yelling, ” Mom” Mommy!” “Go Mom!” Josh had surprised me and stopped along the course with all the kids to cheer me on. I still get teary eyed about it. It was such a wonderful relief to see them. I stopped for hugs and kisses and of course started to cry. This crazy goal of mine took up a lot of time. My kids and Josh were always there to support me and it was just the cherry on top to see them. I through them my gloves and kept going. They popped up again at mile 21 for high fives and cheers and I just kept pushing.

^this is at the finish, I was never fast enough on the course to get a picture of my crew ❤️

Miles 22-to the finish

At this point I was running the mile I was in. I didn’t want to think about the finish and start going too fast too soon(looking back I wish I had pushed just a bit more to break that 4 hour mark haha) so I put in my headphones I started to sing along to take my mind off running. I saw Josh and the kids one last time at mile 23 where Josh asked if I was feeling okay and I said I was. He said, “great, see you at the finish!” and I felt so excited. I was doing it! I was 3 miles away!! I started feeling a little achy in my legs and randomly in my back, I’ve never felt that before. But nothing crazy, so I just kept moving.

Finally I could hear the finish line and I wanted it so bad. I started really picking up the pace that last corner and there were several spectators walking on the small sidewalk on the path to the finish. That was frustrating to dodge people, but I sprinted in at 4:02 and it felt so great!! My parents, sisters, my kids and Josh ran over. It was so fun to see them. I felt so loved and so great to have accomplished such a big goal I set for myself. I never had to stop and use the bathroom and I didn’t hit the wall!

Everyone keeps asking if there will be another marathon. My competitive side would love to break the 4 hour mark, but I’m also so proud of my time. I feel very happy and content right now, so the answer is I’m not sure. I will definitely be running more half marathons and trying to beat my previous times there. I love that distance!




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Cooper at 11 months

This month has been a big one! Cooper cut 3 top teeth all at once, started pushing furniture or toys around so he can walk with assistance, and climbs up stairs.

He is so giggly, playful, and happy. He loves to gives hugs, kisses, and waves goodbye. He still loves all food, baths, swinging, his siblings, mom and dad.

His favorite thing to do lately is chase bouncy balls all around the house, he’s so cute and pretty fast!

He’s been sleeping great and usually takes 1 long nap in the afternoon but with all the house showings at random times he’s been pretty flexible to sleep whenever.

We love him and can’t wait to celebrate his big 1 year in a month!

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