Sunday, March 12, 2017

Half Marathon Training, Marks Baptism

Friday, Annabelle and I made CTR and Temple sugar cookies for Mark Haggins baptism which was the following day. It was nice to have Annabelle's help and company as we rolled out dough and decorated the cookies; Jane and Nora also helped cut out a couple of the cookies from the dough. 
 I didn't have any big, nice serving platters so I used my large pizza pans and covered them with foil (since they were pretty marked up).
 That same day, Nora was carried home by a neighbor because she had injured her toe while playing on a moving teeter totter while at their house. She had gone their with shoes, but then had taken them off before this happened. I don't know if you can tell in the picture, but the majority of her toe nail was removed; it's pretty gruesome and we have to change the bandages multiple times a day right now.
 Friday night, Scott and Charles went camping with the 11 year old scout group and so the girls had a movie night and then danced for a bit after. Elisabeth and Annabelle had friends come over, and we watched Trolls and ate pizza, popcorn and treats :).
 I signed up for a couple of half marathons over this Spring/Summer and my first one will be the first week of May which means I am currently increasing my mileage. I'm following a training plan my sister-in-law Robin sent to me which has me running 6 days a week (though most weeks I only run 5 days and on my day off I do yoga) I am also lifting weights twice a week and I go to a Zumba class on Tuesdays. I lift on the day that I do intervals, or speed training, because it only takes me about 1/2 hour. Most of the other run days I run 6 miles, one tempo (race pace) run, and the others at a minute slower pace, plus a long run on Saturday(also slower pace) which has been 10 miles for the last 2 weeks and even though the training only has me go up to 12 miles, I think I'll do one run that's over 13. Here is my stats from my last Saturday run.
 After my long Saturday run I quickly got ready in my church clothes and dashed Elisabeth off to gymnastics, and straight from gymnastics we went over to the church for Mark's 11am baptism service. This is Mark with his missionaries. It has been such a privilege and a blessing for Scott and I to be able to be with Stacey and Mark each week in their home, with the missionaries as they received the missionary discussions. I met Stacey months ago when I was a new move-in and was asked to visit teach her. At that time, they didn't know anything about Stacey and her family except that she was also a new move-in and that she was not active. Elisabeth and I went over (after a lot of prayer), and met Stacey and we became fast friends. She came to book club with me, and to a relief society dinner and then to church and then started having the missionary discussions and her husband, who is not a member, joined in and it's been amazing. There is A LOT more to their story, which I have recorded in my personal journal, but we'll leave it here at that.
 Here are Mark and Stacey. We sure love them!
 My kids were able to sing at the baptism, along with Becca Blacks kids (our Relief Society president, who has also been at all of the missionary discussions), Elisabeth played prelude and played during the kids musical number, I was the chorister and Scott gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. Mark had a couple of good friends who are also members of the LDS church who flew in from Alaska and one baptized him and the other gave a talk on baptism. It was a beautiful service and a day full of love and peace and happiness.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

First week of March

This is what our monthly calendar looks like as a blank slate, and by blank slate I mean, we leave the items on the calendar that are the same every month, and then once the extras are cleared, this is what we have, and then I fill in the other items like recitals, dates, birthdays, games, hikes, temple trips, special events etc. I cannot function well without both my monthly dry-erase board calendar and also my phone calendar which is regularly sending me reminders. And since I got my smart Garmin for Christmas which is connected to my phone, I also get those reminders buzzing in on my wrist, which I love and need! 
Remember our nice mudroom that Scott and I made this year? This is what it looks like right after the kids get home from school. I need to be better about making them put it away nicely EVERY time. Yep, nagging mom here. But I'll do it with a smile and a cheerful voice :). 

This is my bookclub group, minus several women. I have been attending this book club regularly since 2007, minus my 2 years in CO, and I sure love these women and I love that we have read so many good and uplifting books together. It's nice to find friends with whom you can discuss and share uplifting ideas.
We ordered our lumber for the basement and it was delivered on a Friday morning, so before the kids took off for school, we had everyone help bring it around the back, and pass it through the basement window and on to dad.
Here are some before pictures of the basement:
This will be a bathroom on the left, and a small guest room on the right.
Where the lumber is stacked will be a larger family room with a large screen and a game table of some sort and probably a counter.

Over here we'll have a small utility closet and a gym! We are both super excited about having a gym in our home! The winters here are very cold, snowy and they last several months, so it'll be nice to have a space where we can have gym equipment and room to do our thing each morning.
Nora is on lesson 76 from her "how to teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons' book. She is doing amazing! Reading is really starting to click which is wonderful and I've loved seeing her huge leaps of progress over these past few months. 

I took this picture of Annabelle in her jazz dance class. The class is not very big for the 12 girls they have packed in there, but she still loves it. 

Elisabeth had a recital this month, and it was different from all her other recitals. This month they honored Marshall McDonald whose children also play for Bridget, and he himself has published many books of arrangements and has done arrangements for the Piano Guys. Bridget also invited family members who play other instruments to participate in this recital which was fun. Normally her recitals are under an hour, but this one was over an hour and a half.

Elisabeth played Abide with Me.
Sorry for the sideways picture. Just wanted to show that I've started upping my long runs again. I had been pretty consistent at 6 miles during the winter for long runs, but I'm up to 10 again. I will be doing the Provo Half in the beginning of May, and then Scott and I will do the Bryce Canyon Half in July.
Sweet Mark Haggin came over Saturday to help Scott in the basement. They got most of the floor framing laid. By the way, he is getting baptized this Saturday! We are so happy for him and his family! 

And here are Scott and I at the Mt Timpanogos temple for a Saturday date. This was my first time going to this temple, Scott's second time, and we loved it. We went with our ward and there were only a few other people that came, the Davis' and Andy Watson, so afterward we grabbed some dinner with the Davis' at an Indian restaurant(Andy needed to get home to his family). Lovely evening!

Monday, March 6, 2017

End of February

I made each of the kids their own Chatbooks from pictures on my iphone. Then I set up a 'series' on Chatbooks for each child, so that whenever I have 60 pictures of each child on Instagram(it keeps track using my hashtags, like #Elisabethdorothy) then it'll automatically print off a Chatbook and send it to me. The kids were excited to have their own books. 
 Elisabeth was nominated to be one of the Eagle of the quarters at her junior high. Only a few people from each grade are chosen (I think it's based off student and teacher recommendations) so to even be a nominee was nice.
Jane started tumbling in November this school year and she is LOVING it! She rarely walks anywhere anymore, but rather does cartwheels and front and back walkovers in place of walking. And she is flexible! 

 Nora wants to tumble someday too.
 Elisabeth is taking Spanish at the junior high and a few weeks ago our house was covered with little strips of paper labeling common household items, in spanish. This week, I noticed our weekly menu was changed to being written partially in spanish :).
 I loved this card that Nora made for Annabelle for her birthday. Nora has come a long way this year with her reading and writing!
 Scott changed out our old, rusted and leaky kitchen faucet for this new one. Grateful to have a handy husband.

 Elisabeth, Maddie and Abby attended STEM at BYU one Saturday. It went from 9-12 and they participated in all sorts of experiments and then they ended their time there with lunch at the Wilkinson Center food court. I dropped them off in the morning, they each brought money and a phone, and then Maddie's dad picked them up at the end. They are getting so old!
Saturday Scott and I went to the SLC temple to do sealings. 

 Afterward, around 730pm, we stopped at Red Iguana for dinner, but when they told us we'd have to wait for 1 1/2 -2 hours, we got it to go and ate at home. It was delicious!
Many Sundays Scott will make puffed wheat cereal. We love it and here is Nora helping him out :). 

 Charles learned to tie his own tie by watching some DIY videos on youtube! Sunday mornings are busy, trying to get all the girls hair fixed nice, so it's nice that he can now take care of this on his own.
 February is Annabelle's date month and she requested Sweet Tomatoes. But, we found out it was permanently closed! So she settled on Chuckarama, another buffet. Buffets can be dangerous; I had too many treats :).