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

-Henry David Thoreau

Monday, March 30, 2015

Terran tidbits

I decided to keep track of a few things with Terran as the days go by. This is one big blog post about him over a few weeks:

Terran brought me a stick today that had a bug the size of a poppy seed on it. He was intrigued and really wanted to share it with me. I don't even know how he spotted it!

Terran went from calling my dad "dad" to "a-pa" today.

Zach and I were eating dinner one night and Terran was somewhere playing. It was a little quiet for my liking so I called out his name. There was a pause and Terran yelled "Waaat!?" Zach's eyes got wide and his jaw dropped. He had never heard Terran say "what", much less with attitude!

Terran has had SO many ear infections in his life. Only one cold hasn't resulted in one. He has been really sick so we went in to check. He doesn't have one yet, so I'm hoping he doesn't get one! He saw a teen put on a mask when she came in and decided he needed one too.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A train ride

Terran loves trains. Books, toys, movies, riding over train tracks, and the sounds. He calls them "choo"s and talks about them all day. I thought we could take him on the front runner one day, but had never planned it. I changed from hoping the trains were never coming when we crossed the tracks to wishing they would so Terran could see them.

Spontaneously, I took him to a station to see if we could see one. We had no luck. The next day Zach took him and they saw three! Terran was so excited that Zach really wanted to take him on one, so we planned to go the next day. We checked stops then made a plan to ride up to Sandy, get dinner, and ride back.

Zach seemed as excited as Terran. As I teased him, he reminded me that he had never been on a real train. I never had either so it was exciting to experience a new "first" together.

Terran was a tad impatient once we got to the station. He would go right up to the very edge of the platform, of course. Luckily, we only had to wait about ten minutes before it came. Terran was in my arms, squealing with excitement, then crying because it was fast and loud, then pointing and exclaiming all in a few seconds. He didn't know what to do with himself! Once we got on, Zach insisted on going to the top level for the best view. We quickly found seats and Terran parked it right up against the glass. These are the moments parents live for - seeing their children so happy they can't even contain it. It was impossible not to have a good time. Especially when the attendant came around and have Terran his choice of suckers.  :)

Turns out the cafe right at the stop was closed, so we decided to trek down to the next nearest restaurants, about a mile away. The walk was a little rough because Terran was so sad to be off the train and then he just wanted to play on the rocks and hills as we tried to get to our destination. But, we made it to JCW's and enjoyed some burgers and fries. Zach treated me to a little Red Mango after and we made our way back to wait for the train home.

It was one of the best family nights we have had in a while. Nothing but happiness going around. :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Today is the first day of Spring!

The weather was beautiful today, which was fitting since it is finally Spring! This morning we decided to go shooting and added in a little hiking. All three of us love being outdoors so it is a really good way to spend our time together. We had a little picnic and I watched Terran as Zach impressively hit the target time after time. I got a few rounds off and after a terrible 2/10 beginning, I ended the day with 9/10. The in-between was me chasing Terran and him climbing rocks and romping through weeds. He biffed it once, but that's bound to happen when he wants to do everything on his own!

After shooting they napped and I went for a 50 mile bike ride for ironman training. It was a challenge but I really enjoyed myself and felt better after reaching my goal.

While I was out riding, Zach took Terran to watch the trains and they lucked out and saw three! He said Terran went nuts and didn't want to leave.  :)

Lacee text me today to see if we wanted to do a fire. Her, Jake, and Cal are our neighbors across the street. We ended up deciding on Cafe Rio then a fire after. Jake and Zach are both really into guns and Lacey and I are both stay at home moms so we get along quite well. :) Terran and Cal just kind of stay aware of each other and every now and then Terran will go over and put stuff on his head (Cal is the younger one). It was so nice to be able to sit outside with a fire and hang out.  It was the perfect ending to the first day of spring!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Races and training

After the miscarriage news, I decided that I would consider doing the St. George Ironman again. Once that thought entered, I also started considering the Utah Valley Marathon. I wanted to do both of these races again but with the timing of the pregnancy I had decided not to do either this year.

I did some rides and runs and printed off the plans to see if it would be possible. I was going to miss out on eight weeks of training for the ironman, but since I had done a couple half marathons I thought I would be okay on the run. I swam 40 laps to see if I could still hold my own in the swim and I did it without stopping in about 40 minutes! So my worries there lessened. Then it's the bike. I have done a few rides and hit some hills. My legs are shot right now but I decided I could go for it! I signed up for both races!

Knowing that I was working toward something instantly changed my training. It intensified a lot, but also became much more enjoyable. Even though my legs are feeling the fatigue, I have felt a lot of happiness as a result of pushing myself and envisioning the races.

Zach has been completely supportive, especially since I told him I really wanted to do it as a distraction. I knew if I didn't have something on my mind, I would be obsessing over when I would ovulate and how soon we could get pregnant again. Since it would take some time, I didn't want to spend a lot of my days dwelling on how I wanted time to pass. He wasn't extremely excited about the prospect of me being gone for hours on Fridays and Saturdays, but he supported my decision anyway. That meant so much to me. He understood my reasoning and didn't make me feel selfish in my desires. He financially supported my decision as well and I hope he knows how much I appreciate that.

I'm now in full race training mode and it's thought provoking, thrilling, and tiring all at the same time! Can't wait to see how this all goes and enjoy the journey.