Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve 2013

I set out to have an amazing night with my family. 
I had huge plans to do an hourly activity countdown with Shelby. 

Guess what?

I found that it did not matter to her. She just wanted to have fun. 

I realized that my family just wanted to have fun abd not make a huge ordeal about it. 

So.....we spent time together. We still did activities but not with the huge set up and production. 

I went to the dollar stire earlier today and got supplies for a grand night. 

First we got all fancied up and went to a party at my grandparents.  They invited some friends over and had a great dinner. Shelby showed off her skills on her iPad. 

Then we came home and had fun with some dollar store activities.  

Watch it Grow

Fake tattoos Disney Style

She wanted them all over. She even wanted to give her dad one. 

Glitter Sand Bottles

Now all kids are in bed and it time for the hubby and I to celebrate. 
I love that he will ring in the start of what I am sure to be an awesome year with me. 




2013 review

Today is the last day of 2013.

We will be spending time as a family doing some fun things. I have hourly plans like this that I planned for Shelby. (Check back tomorrow for our version of New Years.)

I have watched my family grow in 2013. Mentally and physically.

As I was looking through photos for this post, and there is a lot, I became sad. Sad that my kids are growing by leaps and bounds. They are no longer babies. I am also happy to see this as well. They are healthy and growing. They are becoming their own person. They need me a little less everyday. They are becoming independent.

Shawn started out 2013 like this:

Here he is at the end of 2013:

2013 was big for him. He has learned to crawl and walk. He waves and says hi.

Shelby started out 2013 like this:

Ended like this:

I have seen the biggest change in her. She has gone from a little girl to a big girl right before my eyes.  She has potty trained and started school. Her speech has been a huge improvement. No more baby talk. (sad face) She is a 

I have also reflected on my own growth. I have become stronger mentally. I am happier with every new day then I was in the past. I am stronger physically.  I started back running races and get stronger with each one I do. I ran my first relay race which was a step out of the box for me.

Our family has changed a lot over the year:

But I think the biggest thing that happened in our family is: We became grandparents!!!

This little boy came into our lives and has been such a blessing.

We are so greatful for what we have and been able to experience in 2013 and are looking forward to 2014.

We wish you and your family a bright New Year.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bakers Dozen Half Marathon.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of running and eating at the Bakers Dozen Half Marathon. 
I know you are wondering...eating? And running?
Yep. You run a loop of over 3 miles eat a snack from the Sugar Shack and then run the loop again. You run the loop 4 times. You have to eat at least 3 treats to earn your medal. 
The Sugar Shack 

Here we are at the start. I got to run this with my good friend Lexie. We ran the Lake Powell Half together a few months ago also. Of course I love any excuse to dress up so we were Naughty Elves. 

We werent the only ones dressed up. Check out the guy in green. That is a full suit. 

The group that ran. 

 I loved that it was a small group if people. We had the most fun. 
For part of each loop  we had to run through snow. We walked. There were times when we about fell on the ice. 


Some proof we ate our treats

I have got to work on my jumps. I can not jump for crap.  I always look ridiculous. 

I absolutely loved this race. I should not say race cause it is really all for fun. 

Even so my 10th half marathon is in the books. So glad that I am able to run. 

Thanks Lex for doing it with me.  Such a great day. 

Thanks for the great photos Alex Santiago. Thanks Cory for a fabulous time. 




Tuesday, December 10, 2013


While my sister and her family were here visiting we got to go seethe new Disney movie Frozen
We all loved it. It was such a great story with lovable characters. Shelby is in love with Elsa. 

Shelby sat through the whole movie with no problems. A big double thumbs up from us.  


Our Thanksgiving was a wonderful time with my mom and sister. We had so much fun. 
We laughed. Kids screamed. We ate. 
It was so great to see my sister. I haven't seen her in a year and it was a much needed time together.  

Our girls were so excited to see each other. They are such girls. They laughed. They fought. They missed each other at night. 

On Thanksgiving day they had a scavenger hunt in the yard. It was so fun to watch them explore and find things. 

Shawn and I dressed in camo. We were turkey hunters. 

Gram and Shan digging in to the awesome dinner we cooked.  

The best part for me was watching the girls play with their Grammy. They had tea and played ring around the rosie. They even read stories. 
I hate my family lives so far away. We cherish the time we have together for sure. 
I am truly thankful for each one of them. 


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