Saturday, April 30, 2011

I did it!!!

Not once but twice! I ran a full 5k (3.1 miles) on my treadmill in 32 minutes! I ran my first full 5k on April 22 and I was so proud of myself. Now I know that 3 miles isn't like a marathon or anything, but it kind of felt that way to me. So I decided today to try it again and I ran the full 3.1 miles in 32 minutes! I ran/walked my first 5k in Nov. 2010 with my family in Utah in 0 degree weather (this CA girl is not used to the cold or the altitude anymore). So of course the fun part of the race was running it with my siblings and their spouses, however at the time I had been training for several weeks and I had gotten to the point where I could run 2.5 miles before needing to take a little walk break. And then prior to the race I hurt my knee...bad, so I had to stop running the couple of weeks leading up to the race. Found out that I may have had runners knee and that I wasn't running with the proper shoes. Anyway, my knee was killing me before the race even began, but off we went and at about the 2 mile mark, my knee got worse, but I just kept going, pushing through the pain walking and running at a very slow jog and finally there was the finish line with my family cheering me on! I finished the race and I was so proud of myself for doing it, but at the same time I was a little frustrated that I couldn't run it as well as I had wanted to. Fast forward, now I have the appropriate shoes and I have been running once a week along with exercising 4 times a week for 45 minutes and I am amazed at how much stronger I am. The fact that I ran that 5k the other day just shows me how far I've come and it feels good! Now I need to sign up for another 5k and this time around, I think that it will be a little better experience for me. Now who wants to join me?!!!

Turkey Trot 2010

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Tonight Austin, Ethan and I were sitting at the dinner table chatting. Our conversation went something like this.

Mom: Ethan did you learn about Jesus today in nursery?
Ethan: (shaking head yes) mmm...hmmm
Austin: I learned about Jesus today too.
Mom: You did? What did you learn?
Austin: When Jesus died there was an earthquake.
Mom: That's right. Why do we celebrate Easter?
Austin: So we can be happy.
Mom: Yep, and we celebrate Easter because Jesus was resurrected, do you know what that means?
Austin: Yep, it means that he came back to life.
Mom: That's right, his body and spirit were reunited and someday after we die we will be resurrected too.
Austin: Is Jesus alive?
Mom: Yes, Jesus is alive. He lives in heaven with Heavenly Father and someday he will come to the earth again
Austin: Will I see him?
Mom: Yes, that is why we have to try hard to do right things and do what our Heavenly Father wants us to do.
Austin: When I see him, I will give him an Austin hug! (that's what we call Big, Bear Hugs from Austin)
Mom: He will love that Austin!

How tender, sweet, innocent and loving children are. No wonder our savior says "suffer the little children to come unto me" Their faith is pure and their love is unconditional. When I experience these sweet moments with my children like this, it helps me to better understand this scripture:

And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
3 Nephi 11:38

Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Just like Sam....

My boys LOVE the movie Tron. Now when I say boys, I mean all the boys 4 little ones and the big man of the house too. They all went to see the movie in 3-D on Christmas eve with Jed and Kathy while I stayed home and sewed, cooked Christmas dinner and chased Ethan around. So needless to say the boys were anxiously awaiting it's release on DVD. Brett got an early birthday present this past weekend...yep you guessed it The 2 Tron movies on DVD. We watched Tron Legacy for family movie night on Friday, and I have to admit that I kind of liked it too! So, the boys were in serious need of haircuts and today while watching Tron again, Cameron said "Mom, I want my hair cut like Sam's." Boys asking for haircuts?!!! I jumped all over that and all 4 boys got the Sam Flynn style. I think Brett needs the Sam Flynn cut too...what do you think? And perhaps I should get the Cora cut!

Where's Ethan?...Busy trying to ignore the woman behind the camera.

and here he is mad at the woman behind the camera for taking his picture, Don't you just love the rug burn that he gave himself by dragging his head across the floor in nursery on Sunday?! *sigh* Gotta love him!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Funny stuff...

Cam and Austin were having a conversation the other day that I happened to overhear. It went something like this.

Austin: "Cameron the ghost is clear"
Cameron: "Austin it's the coast is clear, not the ghost is clear."
Austin: "nuh uh Cameron it's the ghost is clear, because ghosts are clear!"

I love it!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

My little monkeys...

When we decided to move to this house a year ago, one thing that we really wanted for the boys was a place where they could have the freedom to run and play and just be boys! Little did we know back then just how perfect this house and this location would be for us. The boys have made new friends that live on our same street and they have spent a lot of their free time outside and even more lately as the boys have discovered this amazing oak tree across the street. The past few days they have spent many hours there climbing and playing and just hanging out. It is their own little private world. I went down to take pictures of them playing today, and I couldn't help but feel thankful that a loving Heavenly Father knew what we needed and he knew that this was the perfect place for us to be. Life has changed for the better for all of us! Here are some pics of my little monkeys:

Erik and his friend