"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Summer half marathons

Drop 13 Half: I got to pace this race with Ammon. We had the two hour time slot and it was a blast. We got to chat with many people, but we had two stick with us until about mile ten when they pushed on ahead. The course was a tad short so I was disappointed when we came in a little early at 1:58:20. It was a gorgeous course and I enjoyed pacing.

Timp Half: This was my main focus for half marathon this summer. I was using it as a strategically placed half before Big Cottonwood, but then I pulled out of Big Cottonwood so I was just hoping to have a great run and see where I was at. It definitely wasn't the best as far as how it went. My ipod didn't charge the night before, one of my headphones weren't working, and I had to GI trouble miles 10-12. But, I estimated I'd finish around 1:40 beforehand, ran by feel, and finished in 1:40:15. That course is at the top of my list for favorites because it's close, it's gorgeous, it's fast, and they have pizza at the end.

Parowan Half: I was in New Harmony and offered to pace this last minute since I was in town. I was on standby until the night before and they didn't need someone anymore, but they gave me a slot anyway! I got to race, and since it was the week after Timp I didn't have high expectations. The course had been changed due to flooding and fires, and it was much more challenging than advertised. I was able to struggle through and ended up with a 1:50. It was really fun to run in a tiny Town and experience the town getting involved with the race. I finished four more miles after to complete a long run for marathon training. I ran along the course and chatted with the last racers and it was fun getting to talk with them.

Run Elevated Half: I found a discounted bib for this race and decided to run it as part of a twenty miler. I had a few neighborhood runners who were doing it so I got to meet up with them and we ended up running together a lot. I like this group of ladies because they are fun to chat with and they challenge me. They pulled ahead as we neared the canyon mouth and I dug deep to try and stay close. I was somewhat hoping for a PR but hadn't planned on it or trained for it. I did a few miles before and after so I figured that also limit PR possibility. I came in at 1:36:45, 1:31 off of my PR and I was happy with that as I put forth my near best effort while still trying to be smart with my marathon training.

I truly enjoy the half distance and was happy to mark a bunch off my list this year. I ran a half April-August and really would have loved to keep the trend going if I didn't have full marathon plans to work around.

Rehoboth Beach

We all got to go to Rehoboth Beach for a family reunion. We missed Jenny, but Dave, Burt, Bop, and then the rest of us all were able to make it. My previous two times at Rehoboth were flawless and I really love that place. The kids were in heaven at the beach and once the cousins showed up, Terran was completely entertained! I got in a few beautiful runs out in Cape Henlopen and the Zach joined us on Tuesday. He was busy with activities that I couldn't bring the kids on so we didn't see each other much and then the stomach flu hit. It swept through every single person. It was crazy. We didn't get to do much as a family of four, but we got to enjoy the company of the rest of our family immensely.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

8 Year Anniversary

We left the kids with Grammy and Poppy and spent the night in St. George to celebrate 8 years of being married. We did the Kanarraville hike, had benjas for lunch, and went to Tuacahn to see Mamma Mia. The next morning after breakfast we went up on Dixie Rock and reminisced about the start of us. It was so good to spend time together and reconnect without any other responsibilities.

Monday, August 28, 2017

First Day of Preschool

Terran started preschool today! I was torn last year, decided I still wanted more time with him and he didn't need it yet, then in January his maturity seemed like school would be a good thing so I knew this fall starting would go well. I signed him up for a preschool, then we registered for Upstart, an at home, 15 minute a day online school, and then he got in to the literacy center preschool. I knew I didn't want him doing all three. So, after a few days of stressing and thinking pros and cons, I decided to keep him in upstart and do the literacy center, which only goes until January, when he will go to the other preschool I have him enrolled in. Once I decided, I was happy with that!  Two days a week was nice because I still want to spend time with him doing activities before that is gone forever! I realized once he starts kindergarten next year, he will be in school until he is an adult! I just love spending time with him so I'm glad I can enjoy it a little longer.

He woke up this morning in and I reminded him that it was time to get ready for school. He excitedly ran to his room to get dressed.  When it was time to do his hair, he chose flat and not spiky. We listened to "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons because that is his favorite song. We had time to spare so we played baseball outside before we headed to school. I signed him in and he got his name tag. We were surprised to find out that his friend Brigham is there too, although they are in different groups. I noticed Terran was getting nervous the longer I was there so I told him I loved him and headed out. He waved goodbye and gave me the "I love you" sign. When I picked him up, he was excited to show me what he made! I'm excited for him to enjoy this new stage.

Hiking all summer

Zach is planning on applying to the DEA. When we decided that, we discussed the probability of moving away from here and never coming back. I decided that I wanted to do a lot of what Utah had to offer so when we didn't live so close anymore I didn't regret that I took it for granted. The downside of this approach to the summer is I have found so many things I love about Utah, I'm not sure I want to leave anymore!!!

Terran has been an extremely good little hiker this summer and Kenna bug does really well in the carrier. She is almost done staying in it the whole time though because she wants to walk and explore now too, so next summer might look a little different! We have done so many fun hikes. I have a few more in mind before winter sets in!

The Grotto
Rocky Mouth Waterfall
Big Springs Hollow
Stewart Falls
Stewart Falls with Lacey
Cecret Lake with Allie
Cecret Lake
Lisa Falls
Lower Bell Reservoir

Monday, July 10, 2017

One year old!!

Kenna loves playing peek-a-boo! She gives good wrap-her-arms-around-you hugs. She especially loves her Poppy and is a Mama's girl.

Dumpster diver.

Working on getting rid of her morning nap.

I've been getting her to fall asleep in her crib, but tonight she wouldn't settle, so I was rubbing her back and she sat up and put her arms around my neck and pulled herself into my arms. Even though it was counter productive, I loved it.

Says ma, da, hi, bye, dog, cat.

Camping at Kents Lake

Brad's family came out this summer and we went with them and Mom and Dad to Kent's Lake to camp for a couple days. I bought kayaks before we left so we would have them for the trip and I'm so glad we did. The kids loved playing on them! It was a campground we had never been to and it was fun to go somewhere new. The cousins had a blast climbing trees and playing hide and seek. It was super hard with Kenna because she wanted to walk everywhere, but it was slanted and unstable so I had to be with her constantly.

We really love camping and hope it gets easier and we can go a little note when the kids are a tad older.