Saturday, December 31, 2011
Zach knew he would be doing tons of training for work for the next several months, so he wanted to make sure and spend some extra time with his parents. We were separated more than the usual because I was running back and forth trying to see both families, finish shopping for Zach, my parents, and do Scott's shopping for my parents, and I also wanted to get together with old buddies and play some bball. After all was said and done, I was not exactly rested from the vacation, but had a wonderful time.
My dad and I ran almost daily together around Sand Hollow. Some grand times those are. We would try to go early, otherwise it wouldn't happen. We ran about three miles a day, on the SG Tri and Kokopelli route. I even got to wear just a T-shirt since it was sunny Southern Utah. I have a hard time explaining why I love working out with my dad so much, but I totally do. I think its because we both get excited over the same aspects and we are close to the same speeds, and he really makes me feel good about myself with his encouragement. I am so glad that he and my mom live such active, healthy lifestyles and that I grew up knowing how fun it can be to get out and be active.
We hiked, went shooting with Zach's dad, lounged around, and played with the grandkids. It was a pretty Merry Christmas in our family!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
For Z-Dub's birthday this year, we did the traditional sushi outing and hit up the lights at Temple Square. He is now 29...oldie smoldie!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Anyway, I took the six weeks off then tried to run. 1 mile - I was good. The next time I tried a 1 1/2. Still good, but I noticed a little pain. But, being brilliant as I am, I tried 2 miles the next time. Not a good idea. I hurt for at least three days after. BOO! This is really hard for me to deal with. I have had several injuries over my lifetime, and the resting and waiting never gets easier. I just love the feel of racing against yourself, feeling your heart beat faster, fighting to breathe evenly, and being fit. So when that privilege is taken from me, I struggle. Thankfully I was still able to exercise, and I expanded my cardio routine and hit the weights again now that the Tri training has subsided for a short time. I added the stairstepper again (another love/hate relationship that is leaning toward love), and I introduced myself to the rower which I read is one of the best and most underused equipment at the gym. It is great too. But sometimes, I just need to run. Last week I hit that point where there was no other option. I started out slower with 1 mile, then 1.25, then 1.5 and did a few of those. Today was my 2 miler and I am surprised, happy, relieved, ecstatic and all other positive words you can think of. No pain as of yet! This whole time I have been dreaming of doing more triathlons and a dang marathon. Now I can get back into training mode. :)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Don't you just love our church curtains??
Once I sit back and take a deep breath though, I think I am handling it okay. :) Thank goodness for our amazing realtor Jason. He basically had a therapy session with me today which helped calm me down and keep things in perspective. I think that has been the hardest part of the whole process....there are so many different angles and perpectives and approaches to take to this humongous decision. Every week my mind is opened to different thoughts, concepts, and ideas that it complicates the decision. I am glad that we don't have to rush into a house for any reason, because this will take me some time.
Right now, we are leaning toward building. This is because for about the same price, we can get the dark cabinets I want in the kitchen, pick the floorplan we like best, have room to grow for our future babies!, and customize colors and such. So far though, each builder we have talked to either doesn't have a floor plan I want, or is juuust over our budget. So, for now, we keep looking.
We decided to go to Denver for Thanksgiving this year so that Brad and Amanda would come out to Utah for Christmas. Aren't we just so nice? My parents are actually way nicer than me because they drove up to our house the night before so we could all ride together. So their trip was lengthened by like 4 hours in the car....and it is eight miserable hours to get to Denver. I developed a new appreciation for how often Brad and Amanda come visit because let's face it...that drive sucks nuggets.
But, my family is way fun and we hit up some MickeyD's for breakfast, and the drive out wasn't too bad since we all had a bunch to catch up on.
It was a blast to hang out with the kids. Jason was in a Blue Batman/Joker stage where he is always aggressive and wants to fight the bad man. He would ran at me and jump to attack and he even started with some punches so we had to teach him when and where to be soft and what not. A sweeter side of Jason came out when he wanted to play nap time with me. We would curl up in his bed and pretend to sleep and then he would suddenly yell to wake me up or run and turn on the lights. Then he would snuggle me and pretend to sleep again. Over and over. It was insanely adorable.
On actual Turkey Day, there was some morning football at the park. The men are just so athletic. I love my husband and brothers and how the stand above everyone else and Scott looks a little like a giant. The meal was fabuloso, with Amanda being a sweet and wonderful host.
Friday was a day at the zoo! Um...I LOVE the zoo. I totally feel the little kid in me come out. First I think the lions are my favorite, then the tigers, then the giraffes, then the seals, and I hate the snakes but am way fascinated. I just can't figure it out, but I love seeing them all on the same day.
My husband got lost at the zoo...somehow I'm not surprised. He kinda wanders off and takes his own time, which happens to be something I love about him, but can frustrate the crap out of me. I was like a mom running around looking for him while the rest of the family went ahead. I knew he was just having a good time doing what he wanted though and it made me laugh to myself instead of get thoroughly annoyed.
Saturday was sweet...this is when I was really needing to run since I had been out since September. Everyone was going to play bball at the church, so I got ready to run to the church since it is only about a mile and a half away. My mom, who has a hard time remembering I am an adult that does things alone all the time, had to come with me. I really appreciated it though because we had good conversation and it just so happened to be the coldest day we were there, so her company allowed me not to focus on my fingers that were turning to icicles. Once we got there, Brad asked if me and Amanda wanted to jump in. This question was totally unnecessary because I most definitely did. So Amanda and I jumped on the court, me in my tie-dye and vibrams, and played a game or two of bball. Nothing like sweating all over and breathing super hard to make you feel good about life, right?
After a quick and great holiday weekend, we headed home on that miserable drive.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I have been looking at listings like crazy for months already, so I have a pret-ty good idea of what we are looking for. Thankfully, it seems that Zach and I have almost identical taste in what we want. This Friday we are going to walk through some houses. I am leaning toward building if we can find something in our price range, but walking through will help a lot with deciding what we want for sure.
I love envisioning a nice, cozy home with a delightful kitchen where I can create all sorts of delectable goodness for my sweet husband and kids. A place where my family can be happy and good memories will be made. I truly believe in going after what I want and making my dreams a reality and I am so glad it is a possibility for us!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Playing some cards, eating some seeds.
I love family get togethers!
We met up in SLC which is basically middle ground and had a fabulous night out. A little bit of Mexican food at The Blue Iguana and lots of laughing made for a great night. Some of the memories that came up I had long since forgotten and was reminded of our craziness. I care as much about these girls as I do about any of my friends and I am so very grateful that after all this time we can still get together and have a blast. It is crazy how personalities don't change much over the course of a life, and that is why we all still get along I'm sure. I always think of the movie Now and Then when I think of us because we watched that when we were kids and now it is really happening to us!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday was a total rainy day stay in the house kind of day, which was fine because I'm in the middle of The Lost Symbol, which is a book by Dan Brown and quite intriguing. I love reading, but don't usually dedicate the time now that I am a working woman...
We also had tickets to the movies for Saturday night, and again, we couldn't decide if we wanted to go! I don't know what it is about having plans, but I have always been like that...get excited about something up until the time arrives and then I don't want to do it. But, I have learned to just do it and I never regret it. This time was no different. We went to the Jordan Commons which is a way sweet movie theater because it is like a little town in the theater with different food places and stuff. Well, we decided to see a movie that was two hours later, so we walked around, snuggled on a bench out in the cold, got a bite to eat and got to see a movie Zach had been talking about for a while. In the middle of all this, Zach found a wallet, contacted the owner who we met up with and gave it back, and he was the good samaritan for the night. He was happy about it, I could tell.
Sunday was awesome because we had cleaned the house on Saturday, so it felt wonderful. I had a grand old time in nursery where I started wanting to have kids of my own so I got to daydream about that all day. Then I made dinner and a birthday cake for Lindsey Lorin, read some more, and then her and TanTan came over. Birthday celebration! Tanner and Zach bonded over football and Linds and me played card games that took us back to our childhood.
Not a bad weekend, not a bad weekend at all. :)
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I am also trying to get in as many more bike rides as I can before it gets too cold. The weather has been so nice. I like it just a little cooler...I feel like I work harder with a little chill. Living in Northern Utah has grown on me. I loved it when I was here, missed it when I moved, got over it and loved SG, now I am back to loving these wonderful seasons. I wish I could be running, but nope. :( I pulled something with my IT band and am having some tendonitis symptons in my feet. I was so bummed I couldn't do the marathon this weekend, but of course healing up is better than suffering. Probably next year...
I have so much going on in my head, but not much is changed in our everyday life. I have been gathering more information on buying a house and I feel more and more ready. All we really need is a big down payment, so probably in about a year! That is if Zach gets this job, which closes Tuesday!! Whatever happens there will help determine more things. I have also been thinking a lot about vacations, and I think we are going to be planning a few. We realized the other day we haven't done anything just us since our honeymoon, so it's time to plan something! I hate how life revolves around money, but it really does. I feel blessed that I have such a good job to have what we have. I try really hard not to always want more, because no matter what there is something else you could want. If you go to Hawaii, then you want to go to Europe. If you get a nice house, then you want a nice car. It can go on and on, so I am focusing on being happy with what we do have.
Bottom line, life is going good. :)
I was heading home from work early on Friday (I love my new position, I get to leave early on Fridays if I have hours built up!!) and I had just gotten a good deal on movie tickets for the night so I was extraordinarily excited for the weekend. As I was driving, I got a call from Miss Lindsey Lorin, and she asked if we wanted free tickets to the BYU game! I was hesitant because I had already bought our movie tickets for 7:40 that night, but I knew Zach would be ecstatic. He was. I had some issues at first because I get in a little tizzy when my plans get messed up, but the theater said I could change out tickets and in all reality I did want to go, so we got ready and headed out...prepared to cheer for the opposing team, Utah State, of course. We hit up a little Pizza Factory (where I got a sweet deal on gift certificates, I love coupons!) and went to the game.
It was quite intense and I was getting way into it! I think that is the most I have ever consistently paid attention in a football game, and we would get excited over the same plays which totally helped us bond, I could tell ;). But really, it was way fun.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The swim went well. I kept trying to think how many "laps" I may have gone to judge my distance and times. I love open water swimming. I got to see Zach running in just as I was heading out on the bike. I saw Dad and Scott within the first mile, then I had about an hour to myself. I pushed it the whole way. I felt kinda hardcore as I was passing people, and if anyone passed me I tried to get back. I think only two or three bikers actually passed me and I lost sight of them. I stayed with or passed back the rest. I was feeling pretty good as I finished the bike, but I could tell my knee wasn't too strong. Two weeks before the race, I was running 16 miles in preparation for the St. George Marathon, and at mile 10 my muscles tensed and I felt something pop. I had rested it the whole week before the race, but it didn't seem to help much. It was hurting before the first half mile. I suffered through though, walking and running, and still finished with a pretty good time. I was really frustrated that my run took so long because if I was healthy I could have finished way better, but then I was really glad I could at least still do it. I'm not kidding, I absolutely love triathlons. And I love the workouts and training so this hopefully will become a big part of my life (our life really since Zach loves them so much too!).
It was an awesome event to do as a family too. I was especially happy for my dad to experience it like that because he has always been the only participant and he loved having everyone experience the excitement of actually racing. My mom took 1st place in her age group too! She is a very impressive person. I feel like this race brought us all closer, and it gave us an excuse to see Scott weekly, which is awesome. Hopefully we still can see each other a lot.
I won't overload on pictures because I am going to make a photo book, but here is all of us before and after!