Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Champion - it's in the blood!

Last night Tanner won his 3rd straight Provo City League Softball Championship!!! Way to go, honey!
Tanner is so athletic (although he was moaning and groaning all the way home from being sore) he gives it his all whenever he plays any game. He had some great catches, hits and runs!

Give me a T! Give me an A! Give me a N-N-E-R! Goooooo Tanner!!!
Love you!

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Blanky

A special tribute to my dear Blanky. (That's me with my Grandma, and my Blanky at age 1.)

Shortly after I was born the Relief Society in my family's ward (women's group at church) made me a blanket to stay cozy and warm.

I have cherished my Blanky ever since. Up until a few years ago, I slept with it every night. When I was younger I used it as a cape when playing with my brothers and wrapped it around my baby dolls. Every night before I fell asleep I would scrunch it up in a ball and inhale it's fresh baby smell and then kiss it goodnight. As you can tell from the pictures, it used to be in tip-top shape, but over the years all the batting and top cover fell out. Only a few stitches remain.

I wasn't the kid that took my blanky to the store (honestly I was worried it would get lost at the store), but I did take it on all my trips. My Blanky has been to Japan, China, Brazil, France, and all over the States. But it never made it to Bulgaria with me. While I was in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) preparing to move to Bulgaria for 18 months I got a little worried that my Blanky might get lost or ruined so I sent it home. It was a hard decision to part with it, but I new it would be best, it wasn't in the best of shape to start with. So, I mailed it to my mom with a note, "I know you'll take care of her for me." I mom actually cried when she got the package. Often times while in Bulgaria, I would grab my bed sheets thinking it was my Blanky - they weren't nearly as soft. 

When I returned from Bulgaria I was happy to see my Blanky, but then I married Tanner and found something else to kiss goodnight! I have officially retired my Blanky. After giving her a good wash I tucked her away. My Blanky will always be special to me!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Birthday, Boys

Happy Birthday to my sweet nephews! Joseph turned 1 on June 29th and Seth celebrated his 3rd birthday on July 12th! I love my sweet nephews sooooo sooooo sooooo much and miss them just as much!

They are my sister's sons and so far the only grandkids on our side. They just moved from Ohio to West Virginia where they will be for 3 more years for Tony's residency.

At the beginning of June they came to town for about 3 weeks. It was a blast!

One day Jenny wasn't feeling well so I happily volunteered to take Seth out for the day. I love playing mommy! We went to the library and then to Farm Land at Thanksgiving Point and finished off the day with some ice cream cones.

Seth is such a good little boy. He is so well-mannered and polite. Like any 3-year old he has his moments and outbursts, but this day he was in a great mood.

We had so much fun! I love hearing him say my name and talk with me. It's those special little moments that stay deep in my heart. I love you little guys so much!!! Happy Birthday!

Little Red Riding Hood

On June 5th I competed in an All Women Bike Race called Little Red Riding Hood! Cute, eh?! I did the 57-mile route with my dear friend Jessie Shurtleff. The race started in Lewiston in Cache Valley, Utah. Jessie and I both attended Utah State University in Cache Valley and love any excuse to return to the beautiful area!

The race, like I said, started in Lewiston, which is a city of less than 2,000 people. The ride continued through small farm towns. It was beautiful!!! Rolling green hills, cows, sheep, chickens, giant 100-year old plus trees, fresh flowers, family homes, acres of gardens...oh I loved it! Rolling green hills speckled with cows is a sight that will never get old to me. The weather was beautiful too - not too hot, not too cold and no wind. The ride took us about 5-hours to complete. There were pit-stops every 20-miles with food, water and treats to fuel up.

I didn't really train at all - I rode my bike about 3 times prior to the race. (Living on top of a mountain where it was still snowing weren't the ideal training conditions in my opinion and I just wasn't motivated to get on my bike). But alas, I made it! 57-miles was the perfect distance - challenging, but doable. Jessie is strong rider and helped me to keep a good pace and a positive attitude. The first 5-miles were actually the hardest. But once I got in the groove it was so fun!

Here are some pictures of me and Jessie with the Big Bad Wolf after the race and the beautiful sights along the race:

Summer Time!

I love summer time! Who doesn't? I love the sun and more sun! I love being able to walk outside with no shoes and no jacket and little makeup.

Up where I live (about 6,000 ft. high, in Suncrest subdivision) the winters are brutal and the sidewalks are covered in ice and snow for about 6 months). Being so high our seasons are a little shorter (we are about 3 weeks behind the valley this year) so I was doubly excited when summer finally came!

Ever since I graduated from college summers have been a little different. I don't have the official "summer break" and still have to work and keep a routine schedule. But working from home, on the internet and in a family business still provides for a flexible schedule and some summer fun plans.

My favorite things about the summer are:
Swimming outside
Tan lines
basking in the sun
warm summer nights
flip flops
exercising outdoors
family trips
fresh greens
farmer's market
fresh fruit
light hoodies (no snow jackets!)
Seven Peaks Water Park