Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cambry starts Bear Hollow

The day before school we had a fashion show complete with red carpet and all.  Cambry absolutely loved showing off her new outfits.  
Love all the posing!
Ever since Izzy started school Cambry has been asking when she can start. The day finally arrived and she couldn't be happier. 

Lucky her she has her buddy, Justin in her class and her cousin, Zeke. 
Now that Izzy is in school all day, it's just these 2 rug rats running errands with me. 
Good thing they love each other so much!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Izzy starts 1st grade

We enjoyed a fun summer, but the girls were ready an excited for school to start.  We decided to have a Fashion Show, complete with red carpet to show off the new outfits they got for school. 
Izzy striking a pose!
Ready for school!
She looks so grown up!
She is lucky to have her best friend, Ellie in her class. 
Love this beautiful girl.  She has such a sweet, kind spirit.  She is sensitive and tries to be kind to others.  She enjoys learning and loves to read Amelia Bedilia books.  She loved her first day and is excited for a good year of school. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

My first half marathon

My whole life, I have hated running and always said, "I'm not a runner."  I remember in high school our tennis coach would make us run around the high school and I would try to find any corner I could cut because I didn't want to run.  The past few months, I have been exercising regularly and eating really healthy.  Part of my workout regimen included 20-25 minutes of running (prior to this I had not run more than a mile).  I got to the point where I could run the whole time without walking and thought this isn't too bad.  Then my friend, Bethany, mentioned she was going to run Hobble Creek.  I thought I have never done a half before and I'm in good shape right now, so let's give it a try.
Before the race started.

I wasn't too sure what I had got myself into. 
Friday night we stayed the night at Ryan and Bethany's house since it would be a lot closer for the race.  We got up at 4 am so we could be at the buses by 5am.  Then there was the drive up the canyon and then we had to walk about 1/2 mile to the starting line.  It was a good little warm up.
All summer I had lots of good runs and really found a groove.  Then about 3 weeks before the race my right leg IT band started bothering me.  It got to the point where I couldn't run or if I did I would limp for days after.  We were traveling in Canada during this time.  I tried dry needling, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. It all offered some relief, but the most helpful thing was rest, which isn't what I wanted to be doing with an upcoming race.  My longest run before the race was 8 miles (I was hoping it would be 10).  Originally my goal was to finish under 2 hours, due to my lack of training near the end, I was hopeful to just finish the race. 
My good friend, Manina, was planning to meet me at mile 10.  I stayed with Bethany for the first 4 1/2 miles which was great.  Then around mile 7 we ran together for a few minutes.  Then I was on my own.  I kept thinking all I have to do is get to mile 10 and then Manina will be there and it will be an easy 3 mile run with her.  She actually met me at mile 9 which was a great surprise.  It was awesome to have a friend to chat with.  At mile 12, I noticed I could still get my goal of under 2 hours if I sprinted the last mile.  So I told her let's try to do it.  I finished my last mile in 8:37, which gave me a finish time of 1:59:50.  I made it by 10 seconds; I was ecstatic!
I could not have made my goal without her help.  Thanks so much Manina!
So glad Bethany convinced me to sign up for a race.  I would have never done it without her!
So I guess I can't say I'm not a runner anymore.  I actually enjoy it and look forward to run days with friends!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Another year of swim team

I was planning on Izzy doing swim team at The Swimmin' Hole again this year, but the coach told me she was too advanced for their team, so she tried at for the American Fork HAST.  She made it and I had to convince myself that I wanted to take her to practice everyday.  Luckily, her friend, Ellie, also made the team so we worked out a carpool and signed them up.  
Ready for backstroke.
Swim Izzy swim!
Swim Meets with a best friend make for lots of fun!

Izzy also tried a tennis camp for a week.  She wasn't sure about it because she didn't have any friends who were doing it.  She loved it and said she can't wait to do it again--taking after Mommy!

Saturday, June 11, 2016


We flew to Cancun on Friday. The kids were awesome on the flight and were so excited to get to the beach and see all the family!
The first night, Cambry cuddled up with Grandma and went right to sleep.
Saturday morning, Suzette and I got up and headed to the gym.  It was such a fun way to start every morning.
Izzy loved drinking smoothies on the balcony.  My parents had an awesome place for us.  We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with a balcony. It was right by the beach and the pools. 
Windy afternoon!
Izzy couldn't wait to get her hair braided. 
Cambry loved getting her hair done too!
Brielle and Posey played together so well. 
On Sunday we went to church.  It was in a sketchy part of town and was surrounded by a big gate with barb wire at the top, but we really enjoyed it.  We didn't understand many words, but the spirit was there and so was the spirit.  
Afternoon at the beach. 
Fun time!
Dinner time!
Sunday night was a torrential downpour.  It was completely flooded so we all ran as quick as we could back to the hotel.
These kids had so much fun together at the pool.
Monday afternoon we joined in afternoon Bingo and Izzy won!  She was so happy.  She won a free smoothie!
Loved spending time with my gorgeous sister!
I took Dennis and Sara to the airport. I was pretty proud of myself for surviving driving in Mexico and I even put Brielle to asleep.
Fun in the sand!
There was a huge chess game and the kids loved moving the pieces. 
So much fun with my beautiful sisters.
So lucky to have the best parents ever!
Love my family so much! So glad we could spend a week together.
Posey loved downing some Dr. Pepper, just like her Daddy. 
Izzy couldn't get enough of Posey. 
We went grocery shopping together as a family.  The girls thought it was super cool to have escalators in the grocery store that even the cart could go on. 
Love my niece, Posey.
These two cute sisters had so much fun in Cancun!
This was the happiest day of Izzy's life.  She couldn't stop laughing, she was so giddy with excitement. 
She loved kissing the dolphin.
Grandma with 4 of her 5 grandkids!
Love this cute family of mine on the beach!
Izzy was Posey's favorite person.  She was always pointing toward our door and looking for Izzy.  They always wanted to be together.
Brielle loved drinking the water. 
They got these cute shirts that changed color in the sun. 
Dance party!
Love this family!!
I am so grateful we were able to spend a week in Cancun with my family.  There was lots of time at the pool, chips and dip, and good laughs!