Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Day After Halloween

This year was the first year we actually had trick-or-treaters. It was AWESOME!!!! There were some great costumes and super cute toddlers :)

Here's our jack-o-lantern, a cooperative effort for sure :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

We bought a house!

I have been super bad at updating for the longest while, i know, I am a horrible person.

But we bought a townhouse in Smithfield in September, so that has been pretty exciting!

We're still in the process of putting everything away, but once I have a room complete, I will definitely post some super sweet pics :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

So I am still alive

Ok, boot camp day one went alright. I ran the mile - mostly sort of. I cheated and skipped part of the course. I was the last one and I knew everyone would be waiting for me, so i turned around a headed back a little before the mid point where I was supposed to. I know, I am a dirty cheater who is only cheating herself, yeah yeah.

The rest of the jumping, lifting, crunching, etc didn't go so bad. I totally had spaghetti legs by the end and my hear was beating like crazy. I'm a little afraid of the pain i may feel tomorrow.

I'm also starting to keep a food journal. WOW! No wonder i've packed on the weight. New goal: eat at least 3 fruits and 3 veggies every day. That ought to keep me full and away from my chocolate easter bunny - i hope.

Here's my starting stats:
Weight: 184
# of sit ups/min: 16
# of pull ups: 7 - using the wall for leverage
# of push ups: 8 - the girly kind with bent knees

Here's hoping i see some improvement in a few weeks!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I am scared

Last week I got an email alert for a local deals service that lets you know about promotions run by local businesses. Usually I'm not really that interested in what's being promoted, but this time they caught my attention.

I am going to boot camp.

Yes, exercise boot camp and let the record show, I am afraid, very afraid.

In six weeks I'm hoping to go from zero to hero, but the more i look into the type of stuff we'll be doing, the more nervous I get. You see, I'm not really a runner. Imagine if you will an goose with a broken foot trying to run away from a predator. Do you see it, that kind of desperate waddling skip-hop run? Now put my face on the goose's body and that's what it looks like when I'm running.

Also, having been blessed with Houdini level "trick" knees, I'm worried about hurting myself as well. I'm planning on being VERY challenged through out this class, but dang it, I want to LIVE through it too.

Here's hoping I make it. Pray for me.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Stuff has happened

A lot has been happening and i have photographic evidence and I will show it to you eventually :)

In February:

It was my birthday - the big 28
It was Valentines day - ahhh love day
I hired new VISTA members for my site
It snowed, a lot - booo!!!
Went to a USU b-ball game with the 'rents & saw the backboards break

In March so far:

I made a super fancy cake - gum paste flowers & butterflies
I went to a baby blessing - yay Emily Brooks
Bought seeds & planted seedlings for my garden - the broccoli sprouted!
My friends moved away :(
We temporarily inherited their 50 million games
Spent a girls weekend with my mommy - IKEA!

I'll post the details soon - i hope :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Time to get going again

I really, really HATE wintertime. Recently i biffed it on some stairs and totally tweaked my knee. Although painful, this is not a new occurrence and wonky knees have been a constant companion ever since I started getting tall.

I've decided (finally) that enough is enough and I'm going to do something about it. So my resolution for the year is to get those knees back in shape. This means going to the gym and lifting weights and using the giant rubber band thingy to do exercises called a "grapevine" and other weird stuff like that.

If you know any knee strengthening exercises I can do, pass em along. Hopefully i'll soon have quadriceps that can crush a walnut. I'll keep you updated :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas & New Years 2010

I know, I'm supposed to be looking to the future, but there was lots of fun stuff I didn't post about the most recent holidays.

Like . . .Chris' parents were able to come to Utah the week after Christmas. We got to got to temple square with them as well as Chris' brother Justin & his fam.

Then, later that week they came up to our house and had New Years dinner with us. Too bad we had to wait all day! We grossly underestimated how long it would take the turkey to cook :( It was worth the wait though :)

Mmmmm, it was delicious!

Toasting the new year with sparkling cider!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Year in review

Another year gone by. It's amazing how quick it goes. We definitley saw some great challenges and also some great rewards. Here are the highlights:

-We purchased a flat screen TV - blessing!
-Blaire got to go to OK to train a whole staff of C/S reps - blessing
-Blaire got laid off - challenge
-Blaire got a new job as AmeriCorps VISTA- blessing
-Chris was made head of the Food Program - blessing/challenge
-We celebrated out 4th wedding anniversary - blessing
-The transmission went out in the Saturn - challenge
-Blaire sold her beater car - blessing
-We paid off the Saturn - blessing
-We purchased a 09 Sonata - blessing/challenge
-We drove to Kansas for Thanksgiving - blessing
-We got to spend quality time with the Saunders clan over Christmas - blessing
-Blaire lost 10 lbs - blessing
-Chris lost 17 lbs - blessing
-We got to see Brittany & Dan again in December - blessing
-Chris was voted "Favorite Health Department Employee" - blessing
-We got to have Mom & Dad Nelson for New Years Eve - blessing

Overall the blessings outweighed the challenges and I'm so grateful. Hopefully 2011 will be even better!