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

-Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Time at Grandma and Grandpa's House

We got to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa this last week. I was so excited to see their new house coming together and Terran just loves playing with them.

We had a Dutch oven dinner with Zach and Scott before they headed home.

Lots of playtime with Grandpa...Terran and him have the coolest connection.

St. George Half Marathon

Amanda told me she was doing her first half marathon in January.  She had been wanting to do one for a while but having a baby postponed it for her. She was set on doing the St. George half and I couldn't help but volunteer to run it with her! We spent November and December chatting about training and tips and getting excited to run together.
The day finally came! We met up in the parking lot, hugged and chatted, then headed to the potties and starting line. We were so excited!! It was one of the funnest starting lines I have been to, with music, yoga, and a fun 60 second countdown. I knew it would be good since St. George always puts on good races.
Our plan was to beat two hours. Originally I told her not to worry about time for her first, but based on her training averages and her desire for a sub 2, we decided to go for it. Everything was perfect for the first seven miles. The weather was perfect, sunny and not too cold. The atmosphere was fun and we were both feeling good and were able to chat. Bodie found us on the course with signs and cheers. It was cute of him to be so supportive! Shortly after we saw him her knee started to hurt! She had an old acl injury that hurts sometimes when she runs, but it hadn't bothered her the whole training cycle! I could see how hard it was for her, both because of the pain and she felt her goal slipping away. (We were sticking close to the two hour pacers and they got ahead of us as her knee hurt). I was torn between making sure she was okay and helping her achieve her goal. I told her if it was going to injure her and make her stop running for months, it wasn't worth it and we could walk. But if it was just painful and she thought she could push through, I would help her still finish and push for her goal. She was so tough and dug deep. We stopped a few times, but she was able to push it. I wanted to get those pacers in sight again to ensure our sub 2 and give her the confidence that we would get it. We slowly chipped away at our pace until we were sticking around 8:30-8:45. I kept recalculating to make sure I wasn't giving her false hope. We were right on! With maybe around minute to work with so I knew we couldn't slow down. We kept pushing, held hands, saw Bodie again, and I was that voice next to her saying we were going to make it. I could hear her sharp intakes of breath when it hurt and she told me she was getting tired, but we spent the last three miles chasing the people in front of us and passing them. I was in complete awe that she was able to maintain the pace we were going with her hurt knee, but I could see and feel her determination and it pushed me to make sure we did it. We finally turned the corner and saw the archway that we thought was the finish line. Turns out it was a little further so we had to dig a little deeper but we grabbed hands and crossed that line at 1:59:24!! It was easily one of my favorite races because I got to do it with her and we fought together!

Terran's 2nd Birthday

Sickness got in the way of birthday celebrations this year (I fear we may have a problem with that every year with a January birthday) so plans changed a few times but we were still able to celebrate our little buddy.

It turned into a week long thing, not that Terran really took notice. But, we got him a cupcake on Monday. He shares a birthday with my friend Robyn, so we went to bring her a treat early since we wouldn't be celebrating on the day of togethwr. Terran wanted a cupcake the minute we walked in so I got him one!

Paige brought Haylee and Nixon over a couple days before with baloons and a football to help us celebrate. She is a sweetheart and Terran loves playing with those two. Haylee and him love to run around crazy and be noisy together, so their friendship works great. Nixon just hangs out, watching and following them around.

His actual planned birthday party didn't happen because his two best buddies were sick and leaving town, and since Haylee had already come earlier in the week, we decided to just do a family thing. I like to follow the advice to keep the guest number close to their age.

I got up with him and we made muffins and then his cake. After a dance party with Zach, we went to Chick-fil-A so he could play and eat hashbrowns. After his nap we headed to the aquarium for a fun outing then had cake as we got home. I pulled it out to get it ready for icing and Terran dug right in! I decided it wasn't all bad because that equaled less mess for me and less sugar calories for him! He isn't a fan of mixed food anyway so with cake and frosting he will usually only eat one or the other. :)

He woke up the next morning and the first thing he wanted to do is play with his new presents from his Oma!

We ended up in St. George that weekend where we had another birthday dinner and presents at Zach's parents. Cousins, toys, and cake helped Terran have a blast!

We love our little two year old!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

On Holiday

Man, time definitely got away from me and I have had a few drafts sitting on my bloc waiting to be written. Of course now, since it has been about a month ago that I started them, I will most likely white a quick synopsis with not a lot of detail.

Zach was able to take a lot of time of this year for the holidays, and even took some more as New Year's rolled around since we were having such a great time and there was hardly anyone in the office.

One night we went to the rec center to play basketball. I thought more for Terran, but it ended up with Zach and I laughing one-on-one, just like old times in the early days of our relationship. We couldn't help but laugh at how old we felt compared to then, and we only played games to five points! I ended up winning, but we both had a good time. :)

Zach went coyote hunting with Scott and Colton. They were gone all day and it was freezing. They didn't get to see any coyotes, so it took some of the excitement out of the trip.

We got Zach an annual pass to the aquarium since we go so much, and he likes it as much as Terran! We had an accident with Terran in the stairs where he split open his chin. It was heartbreaking, and was busted open two more times before healing, but it is finally on the mend! 

Most of all, we loved spending carefree time together and letting Zach and Terran's relationship develop.  After almost a month of being apart, it was really good for them to have the time to reconnect.

New Year Resolutions

I really like new year resolutions because it is a chance to challenge myself and remind myself to work on things that are important to me. This year I have decided to do a few things.
Last year I decided my resolution for this year was to decorate for all the celebrated holidays, at least one thing. I tried to buy things on sale throughout the year and got a good start. I am excited to see how it goes!
I decided to drink the water bottles a day. This is a hard health habit for me! Once I get out of the habit it is hard to get back into. So that's why it is a resolution. So far I haven't been perfect, but I have definitely gotten better and think about it more.
My other two goals are spiritual in nature. I want to attend the temple monthly. Since having Terran, it seems so hard to go to the temple and even though I have planned to several times, my plans don't usually work out (thanks to Satan, I'm sure!) Needing a babysitter to go together makes it hard since we rarely use babysitters, and my alone time feels quite limited. However, as a resolution, I plan to attend more and see the effect it has of bringing the spirit more into my life.
My grandma also emailed a few weeks ago and asked if some of us want to participate in a 100 day challenge of reading the Book of Mormon.  Another habit that is hard for me to maintain! I have a really hard time staying consistent and to be honest, staying interested in the book. But, since our prophets have reiterated it's importance and I know it has helped change many lives, I am willing to put forth the effort to read more consistently. Thank you Grandma for the example and motivation!

Those are the little changes I will be working on in my life this year and I am excited for the health and happiness I find.  :)