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Half Marathon

Four thirty this morning my alarm went off. (Today was the day of the Revel half marathon.). My mind screamed, “No, say it isn’t so!” as I got out of bed. But it was so. Andy was up and at ’em a few minutes behind me. 
All four kids were at four different houses so there wasn’t a concern I would wake one of them. Ashlyn slept over at John and Liberty’s, Emalee at my mom’s, Trevin slept at a friends house and Jaron was on a Scout overnighter. 

Andy dropped me off at the finish line, where everyone meets to be bused up the mountain. I loaded the bus at about 5:40 a.m. Once I got to the top of the mountain and got off the bus, it was freezing cold! Every participant was given an emergency blanket for this reason. It was a sea of silver foil. 


I started the race at 6:55 a.m. and kept a good pace through most of the race. My thighs were very sore running downhill for so many miles. 


I certainly wasn’t the fastest, and I didn’t train for it (I was gifted the ticket from Liberty because she decided not to run) but the scenery was beautiful. I am also proud of myself for the fact that I finished. I did it!!   


Navajo Taco Day

Alton slept over last night and the kids had a blast playing together this morning. Each child begged for Alton’s undivided attention (in their own way).

However there was one occasion when all the kids hung out together to look at an older picture album turned into a book.  

Church was very uplifting and awesome. We had a combined Relief Society / Priesthood lesson on the Sabbath Day. I left the meeting with an increased desire to do more to make Sunday’s even more special and sacred.

(A snapshot of Andy and I at church today)

After church we started getting dinner ready. (We invited my mom and John’s family to join us.). While some of us prepared dinner, Ashlyn and Alton played the game Scattegories. Ashlyn loves that game!…but she loves winning even more.

Andy and Emmy worked on making the Navajo tacos together. It’s one of his favorite foods to make. He made it often while he was on his mission since it’s a food they never had in Taiwan. 

Once everyone went home and the kitchen was clean again, I could relax for a bit. Ready to start another week. 

A long day

Last night was a long night…. Our smoke detector kept chirping because of a low battery; however it was hard to tell which one it was and it is practically deafening! All this going on in the middle of the night!! Ugh.. Not cool! 
I stopped by Planet Fitness after dropping the kids off to school and got a quick workout in. 
At 10:30 I drove up to Centerville to meet with a good friend of mine, Allison Kimball. We had another lunch date but this time at her house. We had such a good time chatting, catching up and hanging on together. It is an understatement to say she is talented. (That will be a whole other blog post.) In a nutshell, I adore her!


Andy left this afternoon for Wisconsin (business trip). He’ll be home late tomorrow night, so it’s a quick trip. Hate it when he’s gone! He texted me a picture of the view from his hotel room… (Rough huh?)

I took Emalee to Brain Balance and soccer tonight. I barely survived as my head was throbbing from a growing headache. Going to bed right now in hopes of sleeping it off! 

(Emmy is in the blue penny)

This girl with a splitting headache is signing off…over and out! 

Good but strange…

It was strange waking up on our own in silence this morning. With Jaron and Ashlyn in Germany and the other two at John and Lib’s for a sleepover, it felt a bit too serene…too quiet. I took it in, but it felt strange.

I visited the Oakhill ward for a bit before heading to our ward. Again it felt a strange not having any children with us. The air conditioner was blowing with full force and I always forget to bring a jacket. So Andy does his best to keep me warm, bless his heart.   


(The wagon made it a piece of cake to haul the food and other stuff over to the park….. really slick!)
After church, we had a BBQ with our home and visiting teaching families/sisters at the park behind my house. Julie Warner and her kids, Melissa Wyatt (my companion) and her family and Mindy Hill (a family Andy home teaches) came to our dinner. I was sad not to see everyone come, but we enjoyed each other’s company and the fabulous weather! Time well spent. 


Once we cleaned up from dinner, Andy and Trevin started kicking a soccer ball back and forth on the front lawn. Emmy, on the other hand, was riding her bike in the sidewalk. I watched them for a bit and then decided to call Mimi and Opi and see how they were doing. We chatted for quite a while, it was nice to catch up with them. 

Another week bites the dust. 

A friend from the past

I ran into an old co-worker of mine this morning. We use to work together at IHC in the patient advocate department. It was one of the best jobs I had, along side fabulous women. So when I saw her face this morning, I thought, “I know her….how do I know her?” It took a good fifteen minutes, but I got it. (Hey, my kiddos took the best I had when they were born…scary what I have to live off of!) 


We chatted and caught up with each other. I asked if I could take a picture of us together before I left and she said, “Inevitably when I don’t wear makeup, a camera gets pulled out.” Another lady who was listening to our conversation said”I know…I never go anywhere without makeup anymore for that reason.”  

Trevin had a soccer game this afternoon, first one of the season. They won 8 to 0. Off to a good start.

While grocery shopping, Liberty called and invited Trevin and Emalee to sleep over, giving Andy and I some time alone. At this point it was 8 p.m. We dropped them off and they were elated to go.  

Andy and I decided to wrap up a few things at the house and watch a movie together. I told Andy to check the freezer down stairs but I was sure we had ice cream. He dished us up both a bowl and we watched our movie. Not long after finishing the ice cream, my body started cramping a lot. My stomach was loud and it honestly felt like someone was stabbing me. I don’t know if it was due to the sugar or the fact I haven’t had dairy for the last six months, but the ice cream and me did not agree. 

I have taken some medicine but for now, ice cream is not on my wish list any time soon. Ugg!!!!

Very blessed indeed

Yesterday was exhausting with all the things on our “to-do” list. Our air conditioner went out Friday night and while Andy and Trev were at The Father and Sons campout, Em and I slept at my mom’s house. Our house was in the high 80’s. 
While there, I helped her build a little dog run within her garage to contain Eisley. That way when she pulls into the garage and Eisley goes through the dog door, she doesn’t run over him with her car, unknowingly. The heat and humidity were two degrees short of a record I found out watching the news. However I felt it while working in the garage…my mom and I were dripping sweat from our noses to our backs. But we got the project done and it looks great. 

Our air conditioner is still giving us fits, but we’ll survive until we figure it out.  

Melissa Wyatt asked Andy and I to help out during her sharing time today in Primary. We were to try and dress as a person in Bible times and recount a specific scripture story we witnessed. I was to tell of the story of Jarius’ daughter. Andy was to retell the story of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead.  

Before leaving for church, Andy and I got our costumes put together. I put my stuff in my bag and left and when I caught up with my walking partner, I noticed she was dressed like this. She’s never one to feel left out. She creates her own fun. We got a few dazed looks on the way to church, but that’s okay! She’s awesome.

When we got home from church we made some pizzas for dinner and watched a Bible show about Daniel. Different friends (of Trev and Em) came over on and off and we fed whoever came by.  

Later in the evening I started picking the peaches off my trees and sat and peeled, sliced and bagged them while chatting with Val and Christine on a video call. 

It’s been a very busy weekend but I am thankful my body can keep up with it all. Very blessed indeed. 

Datenight for the old folks

I had the opportunity to babysit Elia this morning. She is from the cute Spanish family I mentioned about last week. Both Ignacio and Isabel had to work and needed help with Elia. She’s as cute as a button!

The afternoon brought brain balance appointment for Emalee, soccer practice for Trevin and shotgun shooting for Niklas with my neighbor in Park City.

We got a movie and snacks for the kiddos while Andy and I went to Hale Center Theatre and saw “Oklahoma”. We were gifted Val & Christine’s season tickets after Andy joined Murray Arts Council. Quite a treat indeed. In fact, it was the first time I’d seen “Oklahoma” (insert audible gasp….Andy did). It was well done. Just wish they gave you more leg room….


Relief Society Day of Service and Spencer’s Birthday


Mimi making arrangements to get all the sack lunches we made for St. Vincent’s delivered.


This is a picture of my part of the assembly line. We made hundreds of sack lunches for St. Vincent’s. I helped put in the chips and cookies.


(L to R) Bailey Warner, Kylie Murdock, Ashlyn and Cassie Bates ready to help watch the children in the nursery while the women complete the service projects.

IMG_0157This morning, while Andy took Trevin to his soccer game (along with Emalee), Ashlyn and I headed over to the Stake Center for the annual Relief Society day of service.  I was in charge of running the homeless lunches (450 of them) last year so it was great to just “go” and “do” instead of plan and worry.  Mimi on the other hand was one of those that was in charge this year so I’ve tried to help support her as she helped me so much last year.

I started out helping with the homeless lunches again.  When we finished assembling the lunches, I helped on other projects.  Mimi, Ashlyn and I met up at lunch time at the potato bar.  One of the sisters at the next table had brought her newborn baby and let us hold, cuddle and fall in love with her little piece of heaven.  We all took turns holding him….not willingly, but took turns nonetheless.

By the time Ashlyn and I got home, Jaron had returned home from the Klondike overnighter with the Scouts.  He said he had a good time but it was pretty cold.  We finished off the evening by going to Spencer’s 7th birthday party.  I can’t believe my sweet newphew is seven years old.  I love that Spencer LOVES birthdays (his or anyone else’s).  His favorite part is turning off the lights so he can blow out his candles.  Libby made a wonderful Mexican dinner and we all enjoyed each others company.  However, my mom had to stay home because she was feeling to sick.  Andy and John went over after the party to give her a priesthood blessing.  We hope she feels better soon!!


  Mimi eating her lunch at the Relief Society day of service.


Me eating my lunch at the Relief Society day of service.



A tired, tired Trev

Today, Amelia made a cute little drawstring backpack for Spencer for his birthday coming up.  It’s a new Sunday bag for him to carry his crayons and coloring books to church.


While the rest of the family sat down to watch a little TV after dinner, I needed to get in a workout.  I normally would hop on the treadmill and call it good.  I decided to up my challenge and go up and down our stairs fifty times before working out on the treadmill.  Oh my goodness.  After about seven flights of stairs, I could really feel it.  However, I pushed through and finished!  Yeah for determination.  I’m sure I’ll be terribly sore tomorrow!

When I finished my workout and came into the family room, it was evident that Trevin was ready for bed.  The poor fellow had probably been asleep for a while.

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Kissing 2014 Goodbye

Our celebration started around 6 p.m.  One of my favorite memories of the evening is Mimi pulling out headbands with “2013” on them.  She said, “We’re going to party like it was 2013 because it’s the only thing I could find!”

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My mom came over and we made a dish we haven’t made for a long time, stuffed grapeleaves!  Mmmm…  Years ago my mom had two Armenian sisters as Visiting Teachers.  They would occasionally bring her a plate of grapeleaves.  Di-VINE!  In time, my mom asked them how to make them.


The girls played with their Lego sets for a while.  All the boys (but Trevin) watched an old but favorite movie, “Crocodile Dundee 2″.


While they did that, Mimi, my mom, Trevin and myself put together a 500 piece puzzle.  It sure tested our patience a few times!!  ((For the record, Trevin only helped for a short while but he did come back as we were nearing completion.)) However, we completed it just fifteen minutes shy of the New Year.

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Jaron on the other hand, was invited to celebrate New Year’s with his friend Anna Neff (her family) and other friends from school.  He’s growing up too quickly!!!  He had a blast and came home with a ton of junk food (some of which I’m sure will be used to bribe his siblings!)

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None of us are the stay-up-late kind of folks (excluding Opi). Once everyone left, we were all in bed by 12:15 a.m.  What party poopers, huh?

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P.S. – Ashlyn wanted to take a picture of Andy and I; however, she ended up taking a video clip of us instead of taking a picture….too funny.

{The Golden Gate Bridge}

** I can’t remember exactly when these pictures were taken but wanted to post them on my blog.  It’s a blast from the past.



{Stake Conference. …just the beginning}


(Left to right—–> President Dave Tidwell {1st counselor}, President Preston Wakefield {President} and President Bruce Gale {2nd Counselor….the counselor over Primary}

Stake Conference was amazing, both yesterday and today. Our Stake Presidency spoke and shared wonderful, inspiring messages. I couldn’t keep up in my note-taking.

After conference concluded, me and my new Presidency were set apart. It was the first time I met my counselors.  They seem awesome…can’t wait to get to know them. 


(Left to right——-> Me [President], Jeralyn Lovell [1st counselor], Kristen Openshaw [2nd Counselor], Brooke Wakefield [Music Specialist] and Heather Roberts [Secretary].

All of our setting aparts were beautiful and custom-tailored to us as individuals.  Pretty typical of me, but I can’t remember most of what was said but I remember how I felt. 


Not too long after, Ashlyn had New Beginnings tonight. It is for all the Young Women but especially for the new ones coming into the program. 

There are probably around eight new Beehives coming in this year, which is a lot for our ward.

We ended up bringing Bailee with us…



They spotlighted each new Beehive and gave them a “bee” balloon with a baggie with their favorite candybar, persinal progress book and more.  Here are a few of them as they go up after they are spotlighted….





We hurried home from New Beginnings to get dinner started. We had invited my mom and one of my Visiting Teaching sisters family over for dinner and hadn’t started the food yet….45-50 minutes to go.  We made Navajo tacos…here Emmy is helping Andy roll out the dough.




We had such a good time with them {The Snyder family}. We will have to do it again soon.

{Focusing on recovery}


This poor gal has had quite the day.  They got her up and walking a little bit today but it was overwhelmingly painful. 


I spent the whole evening up with her, leaving the hospital around 10:45.  She seemed a bit better when I left versus when I came. 

The first part of my day was spent at a blogging conference. I was able to meet some amazing women/bloggers.  Two of them were part of the program…..


I met Christian and Stephanie Nielson, both of whom survived a plane crash.  Stephanie’s body was over 80% burned.   She shared an inspiring message.


I also met singer/songwriter, Brooke White.  She was on the television show “American Idol” six years ago.   She has a beautiful voice.  What a treat!

{Work Christmas party}



Andy and I went out to dinner with two other employees and their spouse/date….and called it a work Christmas party.  Some years we get together and some years we don’t.

This year we went to Tepanyaki’s.  They cook your meal right in front of you and do silly things to make you laugh. 

This was also the first time I can say I’ve eaten sushi.  I was open to try it and had wanted to try it for some time.  While I wouldn’t say it was bad, it was not my favorite either. 

It was a very enjoyable evening. I enjoy any time I spend with Andy.


{Chuck E. Cheese – Trevin’s birthday party}