Sunday, April 20, 2014


Next year I'll try my best not to schedule a big race the day before Easter.  It sure threw me off and everything felt so rushed getting ready for both at the same time.  Since Saturday was going to be so busy the kids and I dyed Easter eggs on Friday.  We only spilled one cup of dye (red, of course) but otherwise it was a pretty easy and fun process.
 I let the girls pick out a glitter egg coloring kit...never again.  That stuff was a pain to put on and worse when it came to peeling the eggs.  They were sure pretty though.
Easter morning was a little rushed, that happens when church is at 9 o'clock so the only picture that I took was one of Gideon while we waited for the girls to wake up.
After church though I managed to get a few pictures of the kids in their new Easter outfits.
 Gideon is not a fan of holding still for anything.
 Lily is so grown up these days.  Our baby girl is getting so big,
Charlotte here is a little spitfire, but that's why we love her.
  And Gideon, well, he plays...
 and laughs...
 and is just as cute as they come.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Robie Creek

I decided to run Robie.  If you've never heard of it...well, you must not be local...but it is a half marathon that goes up over a nice big hill.  It is a race that sells out quickly so I sat at my computer on President's day counting down the seconds until noon to sign up...than then I wondered what I had just done!
I trained with some friends for it and then it was time to run.
I even had a shirt made just for this race with my running buddy on my sleeve.  (
I love the energy behind the Robie Creek race.  The first couple of miles of the course were lined with people who came out the watch and cheer the runners on.  The volunteers were exceptional!  Overall a terrific race that was so well organized.  It was a rough race course though.  I survived the hill but my calves seized up on the downhill which forced me to walk (which was heartbreaking), but in the end I finished and I'm very proud of that.  Next year though...maybe I'll be crazy enough to do it again.

Eleven Months

Gideon is now eleven months old, he has eight teeth, cruises, crawls, and climbs all over the place and still has us wrapped around his little finger.  He's fearless which scares me to death!  He has mastered going up the stairs, but hasn't figured out going down yet.  I've started weaning him and he takes his sippy cup really well...when he wants it.  Otherwise he just sucks and then spits it back out all over because he likes to make a mess.  It is a good thing that we love him so much, but honestly, look at this boy, how could we not?
He's so squirmy, the boy just never stops moving!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Museum of Ancient Life

 We went down to Utah over Spring Break and while we were there it rained a lot, and when it wasn't raining we were doing some work at grandma's house, so for our outing with the kids we opted for something indoors.  Lily has been checking out books about dinosaur bones lately and since she had an interest we decided to go to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point.  Grandma and Grandpa came with us and we all had a really enjoyable time.

Having exhibits that the kids could touch was a lot of fun.
 It is fun looking at things with grandpa.
 These things are massive!
 Charlotte inherited my ability to make silly faces without trying in pictures.  She's sure cute doing it though.
 I don't think that Gideon had any idea what was going on here, but he sure stared a lot.

 Lily was so excited to see the two T-Rexes, they are her favorites.
 These things are massive!
 This itty bitty mammoth was so cute, it could not have been more than 2 feet tall.
 This one is a tusk-less version.  It would have made for such a cute pet!
Near the end of the route there was an area to dig in the sand and find fossils.  Tyson got in on the play with the girls.  We kept Gideon out as he would have just eaten the sand.

 While the girls dug about in the sand Gideon stayed with Grandma.