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

-Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Terran tidbits

I showed Terran my bare stomach that was sticking out and asked if it was my belly (Normally I call it my baby belly). He said "no, there's a baby in there. My baby brother...no....baby sister!"
Terran has taken to always telling Zach not to take his toys when he goes to the bathroom.
I told Terran he had a cute belly and he said "I got it from the store!" And then laughed.
I popped my ankle and told Terran I cracked my leg (the fastest explanation I came up with). He said "hey, be careful!"
While looking through the mail ads, Terran was narrating each flyer..." mommy (a mom and girl), phone, (picture of Gordon B Hinckley) daddy....
After an extremely late night at basketball, Terran woke up a little too early and wanted me to come to his room. I told him to come to my bed so he came bringing his teddy and he brought me a puppy and said "here you go," then he curled in next to me and fell right back to sleep.
Terran's Christmas pj's came in the mail and I asked if he liked them. He said "no, take them back to the store."
We were playing at the curiosity museum one day and Terran would not leave. It was past lunch time and I was starving and he wouldn't listen to what I had to say, so I told him that the baby was hungry. So this morning I was scarfing down cereal trying to get to basketball practice on time and he was sitting next to me eating his own cereal and he turns to me and says "the baby is hungry?"
I did shaving cream paint in the tub for Terran and he loved that idea! He has asked several times to do it again. Tonight he had been watching videos and didn't want to transition to something else until I brought up painting in the tub. He was next to me as I mixed it up, jumping up and down, butt naked, saying "excited, excited!" As he played and painted and raced cars through the cream, he kept saying "I love this game!" Makes me wish I was more creative all the time! Those reactions make me so happy!

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Thanksgiving at the White house again! Mom and Dad came up, Uncle Scottie came down, bringing his kitty Cordelia, and we had a grand old time. Terran warms right up to all of them now (he still takes a while to warm up to anyone else besides a few close friends) so it was fun from the minute Grammy and Poppy walked in the door. Lots of crazy toddler games and lounging around the living room happened. Thanksgiving day included suiting up against the freezing air and watching Scott and Zach play in our ward Turkey Bowl. Mom and I got to the kitchen and cooked the day away, while the boys watched football and played trains. I timed my turkey totally bad so everything was done before my turkey breast, but luckily Mom and Dad smoked a full turkey so we were able to start anyway and have turkey breast left for sandwiches! Zach and I are kind of homebodies around the holidays so we loved having everyone at our house again!

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Zoo with Terran and Bridger!

I decided to take Terran and Bridger to the zoo on a whim. I had been waiting for a semi nice day, Terran had been asking to go, and it all worked out on one of their play date days. It was so fun to have a friend for Terran to share his excitement with! They loved every minute. We did the carousel, the train, every animal, and cotton candy. The weather was perfect and the animals were active. We saw the lioness eating lunch, we saw the meat and the bone. We saw an ape following directions and interacting with a worker, we saw wolves running around, we saw grizzlies playing. It was the best trip to the zoo I have had in years!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Pregnancy update

Well, I'm sick all day, tired enough to go to bed by 7 each day, bloated, having crazy dreams nearly every night, and still so very happy to be pregnant! I had an appointment just after 9 weeks that showed a healthy heartbeat and growing baby. That appointment was much anticipated and extremely relieving. The fear of not finding a heartbeat again was big, so when I saw it pulsing on the screen instantly my body let put a sigh of relief. I still worry, but according to the doc, my chances of miscarriage dropped to only about 1% after the size and heartbeat at that appointment. I'm showing much faster, even though it's not quite baby yet, where I look more like 18 weeks at 10 weeks. To be expected and just adds to the excitement. :)
My 10 week picture:

Snow Canyon Half Marathon

The Snow Canyon Half Marathon had been on my radar for a while. It was known to be scenic, downhill, and a fairly good size. Add in the sentimentality of the location - my home, the hard part of the Ironman course- I felt like I needed to run it sometime. I wanted to "race" it and try to get a PR, but when I got an email for a discount on the price, I figured I would be pregnant and not able to race. I decided I would run it anyway for the experience. Turns out I was pregnant, so my entire goal was to enjoy myself, run by feel, and finish under 2:00 since I always have. I figured with a downhill that was not going to be out of the safety net of running with a baby.

So, I went out with that mentality. I didn't even wear my Garmin. I could tell how I was doing based on the pacer signs, so I knew I was between 1:45 and 1:50 the whole time. I rode next to a dad of 4 on the bus up and it was cool talking about his running experience. While waiting for the race to start, I met a sweet older lady from Biloxi Mississippi who runs with her friend at destination races. She was dancing to the music and had such a zest for life that it made me feel happy! I ended up speaking with a lot of people before the race. I was quite aware how alone I was for some reason. Usually that doesn't bother me, I think because I have a goal I am pushing for, but this time I was wishing I had someone to share it with. At least I met a lot of friendly strangers to make the start enjoyable. Once we started running, the cold was no longer a factor and the beauty was! It was gorgeous, I felt really good, and with the mindset to enjoy myself it was impossible not to! The snow canyon hill felt as long going down as it does going up in the Ironman course. I could tell my legs were going to be sore, and they ended up more sore from this race than any other I had raced since I finished the St. George Marathon. Different training and the downhill I believe.

I saw Dad first as I turned the last corner, then I was looking for Mom and Amanda. My smile was so big at feeling so happy that I accomplished exactly what I came to do that I missed Mom but got in a five to Amanda before I was doing that last 200 feet to the finish line. With the sunshine and my happiness, it was the very perfect way to end this year of racing. I ended up with a 1:48, which made it that much sweeter.