Friday, May 30, 2014

Dallin Graduates!

My handsome little brother graduated from high school today! Yay! Norah and I got all beautified and went over to the tabernacle down the street from us where they hold the ceremony. 

We got there just before it started and had to sit on the very last bench in the back. Not much for a view, but it was probably a good place for Norah to run around and play.

I pulled out all the tricks and treats for her. After all, who wants to sit through a long ceremony without fruit loops and a sketch pad?

At the awards banquet a few nights ago, Dallin was awarded Maeser Athlete of the year! He was offered a position on the soccer team at Southern Virginia University for the Fall and he leaves in August! We are so proud of him and we will sure miss him when he leaves. Congratulations Dallin! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day

I hope everyone had as happy a memorial day as we did!

We started our day early by heading to my dad's gym for one intense workout. Crossfit is popular for creating crazy hard workouts and naming them after fallen soldiers. The one yesterday was called The Murph, after Lieutenant Michael "Murph" Murphy. Norah even got in on the action:

She gets her strength from her daddy, of course. 

The past couple of months as I would go to the city rec center to workout, Norah and I would pass by the outdoor pool, which was closed for the season, on our way to the car, and every single time she would stop and longingly look at the fun slides that she wasn't allowed to play on. 

Yesterday was the first day they opened the pool so we decided to go! It was really fun, and Norah loved the water and slides.

We finished off our day with a great barbecue at my parents house and visiting my grandparents' graves. We had such a nice time, and we were glad to spend time together for the day. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Every Day Life

Some memories I don't want to forget:

  • We literally had an “is that chocolate or poop” experience with Norah the other day. Unfortunately for all of us, it ended up being the latter.
  • Last week I went with Norah to get updated on her immunizations, something that I have been procrastinating since she turned one. I also got updated on my DTaP and my arm was really sore so I can only imagine how Norah felt after having FIVE shots. She was fine for the first two, but then the third one really stung and she started bawling. Once the nurse was finished and leaving the room, Norah, although she was still crying pretty hard, managed to say “Buh-bye” to her as she walked out the door. It was adorable.
Our battle scars
  • We stopped by Walmart to get a few things and as we walked past the candy aisle Ryan said that he would refrain from getting anything sweet. But then we we got home a lady from our ward dropped off cupcakes for us since we helped clear out a giant tree that fell in their front yard from a big windstorm the other week. Ryan said, “See, I discipline myself from not getting any candy at Walmart and this is how the Lord blesses me.” We seriously have a problem with sweets lately.
  • Last year we bought a pack with 3 bottles that we have used for Norah. We are now down to two bottles and since we don't have a dishwasher they don't get cleaned quite as well as we'd like. So when we were at the store we decided to buy one more bottle, however, we bought a different brand thinking it would be perfectly fine. We warmed up some milk for Norah to drink after dinner and she was very excited to drink it until she didn't recognize the bottle. After politely telling us "no" seventeen times we decided to switch the milk back into one of her old bottles. She quickly grabbed it and guzzled it down. She is a woman of familiarity.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Thoughts on Mothering

Although Mother's Day was yesterday, I didn't get a chance to write my thoughts on mothers and so I wanted to do so today. You may be thinking that I'm just trying to drag out being pampered like a queen for as long as possible..and though that may be partly true, I wanted to share what I've learned the past year and a half that I've been a mother.

As long as I can remember I wanted to be a mom. I was always known as "The Baby Hog" in my family and often longed for the day when I could have my own children. But when I found out I was pregnant with Norah I was terrified, and even more so when heading home from the hospital with her crying in the back seat.

But being a mother has been the most beautiful experience I could ever have imagined. It is a great feeling to be the one to kiss away the tears, cheer on those first few steps, and yes, even be the one to change massively poopy diapers.

Those experiences are so short in the longterm perspective and I sometimes lose sight of that when it is early in the morning and Norah insists on reading "Mr. Brown Can Moo" for the seventeenth time in a row.

There have been too many times I put her to bed for the night and regret how much time I spent looking at my phone, washing dishes, or letting her to play by herself while I lay on the couch to rest. It's such a short time that she will be at this impressionable age where she will want to play with me and want me to read to her and want me to hold her when she's hurt.

So here's to one more round of "Mr. Brown Can Moo" and less time on my phone and cleaning the house--though I may cringe when unexpected company shows up during laundry day.

I am so blessed to call Norah my sweet girl and so blessed I get to share this experience of parenthood with my loving and supportive husband, Ryan. Happy belated Mother's Day to all you mommies!

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Beginnings!

Last weekend we went to Hee Haws, the little farm just off the Pleasant Grove exit. They have a bunch of animals to look at, an animal train ride, and a "hay ride" (aka a wagon with a thin layer of hay sprinkled over it).

I know that you should never ask a woman (especially a stranger) if she is pregnant no matter how big her belly may be...but seriously, this poor lady goat looks like she is about to explode.

Enjoying our lovely hay ride. I'm glad it wasn't too long because it was HOT outside!

 All the little chicks and baby ducks were so adorable! The worker said that these little ones were only about 2 weeks old.

We ended our little outing with a trip to Rita's Custard shop. First time for us all and it was delicious:)
Norah was especially pleased that we mentioned ice cream.

In other news, we put in our 30 day notice at our apartment--taking the risk that we would find something within that time period. Less than a week later, we saw a listing on KSL (I had been checking it pretty much every hour) and Ryan stopped by on his way back from work to look at it. I sent in our lease agreement and security deposit this morning, so we are officially moving the beginning of June! It's a bitter sweet feeling, but our new place is a basement apartment with a fenced backyard and playground so it'll be SO much nicer and I'm sure we will absolutely love it. :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dead Legs

My dad's crossfit gym opened up this week! He had an open house on Thursday with food and protein samples and pizza after an intense work out! This was the first time Ryan and I saw the inside of the gym and we were very very impressed with everything. My dad has seriously put his whole heart and soul into this new business and we are so excited to see how things work out (no pun intended:)).

Here is a panorama of the gym:
Behind the green wall there are bathrooms/showers, an office, and a daycare room.
Norah with Grandpa:

 For part of the open house they did a WOD (workout of the day). There were quite a few people there. Luckily my dad put me in charge of picking up the pizza during this time so I had a good excuse to skip out on the pushups and box jumps.

This morning there was a posted workout so we decided to go join, only we were a little too late. So Ryan watched Norah while I got a little one-on-one coaching from my dad!
200 meter row
15 kettle bell squats
15 lunges
Three times. It didn't sound too bad, but after the first set of squats my legs were DYING! I probably will have to be in a wheelchair for the next week. It was so great to have my dad helping me along the way and modifying the workout since my belly was kind of in the way. ;)

If you haven't already, go check out his website:

We are so proud of my awesome daddy:))