Friday, May 1, 2009
I was lucky enough to find a job the first week here. I work for a Dentist in Lake Oswego on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30am-5:30pm. (it makes for a long day but the hours are good-in 2 days I have enough hours for 2 1/2 days) and then I am at Scotts dads office on Wednesdays from 7am-3pm (my favorite time to work).
Scotty has had some good leads and has been collecting his networking pool but nothing official yet. He is enjoying being the 'at home dad' and is great at it! The kids love being home with their dad ;) I've always thought Scotty was probably better at staying home then I am. He cooks, cleans, and plays...
Talan and McKenna love being at their Grandparents. It's been alot of fun to see McKenna's personality unfold. She sure loves her Grandma!
My family has been at OHSU for my brothers Chemo treatments. It has been a blessing to be close to my brother and family through all of this...
Over all we are glad to be in Oregon. The weather has been good other than the fact that I cannot seem to get warm enough...not sure of the problem there?? Scott was able to get a new road bike for a graduation/birthday gift and he is SOOOO excited! It hasn't came in yet, but he sure cannot wait! He is registered for a race called Reach The Beach. You ride from Beaverton to a town near Pacific City at the Beach-its 100 miles on May 16...he cannot wait. I registered for the Blue Lake Triathlon and my nerves are in full swing. Since the move and work it's much harder to work-out...I miss you Heidi (for many reasons which include being an inspirational work-out partner!)
Thats our update....I'll try and be more consistent and post some pics here soon! We miss and love you all!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
#1 January 30
200 Medley relay-freestyle leg
50 yrd freestyle 50:52
#2 February 20
100 yrd freestyle 1:51
200 yrd Freestyle Relay
#3 February 27
50 yrd freestyle 46:36
100 yrd freestyle 1:49
200 yrd medley relay-freestyle leg
February 28 (First Tri)
Swim 400 yrds, bike 6 miles, run 2 miles (all events inside)- 45 minutes
What a great experience!! We started out with the swimming first-my freestyle didn't last long-I would rotate with backstroke to have alittle break but just keep moving...there was 5 in my heat and I completed my swimming portion 4th in my heat. Then I ran downstairs to the stationary bikes-I knew this was were I would have to make up my slow swimming time...so I did! My legs were sure burning but it was really actually fun-I ended up finishing 2nd in the bike portion (that means I caught up and passed 2 people!!!) Boy after that my legs where TIGHT!! It felt so weird trying to stretch out my quad and run down to the field house to start the 2 miles run (22 laps). It felt really good-it was all an adrenaline rush-My goal was to finish in 50 minutes- I really had no idea how I would do and I finished in 45 min! I was excited-I couldn't wait to do the next!!
March 13 #4
50 yrd freestyle 45.78
100 yrd freestyle 1:49.44
200 yrd freestyle relay
100 yrd breaststroke 3:16.26
So this meet Oliver (my coach) e-mailed me the roster since I wasn't able to make it to the pasta dinner-mind you I don't know how to do the breast stroke-I figured it was an error so I e-mailed him back letting him know. He wrote back saying he thought I needed to "spread my branches"...I thought it was totally sarcasm until...at the beginning of the meet he came up to me and asked if I was ready for 4 events, I was confused-he was serious! I continued to tell him I didn't know the stroke and so he said we better jump in the pool and learn!!! OMG!! so needless to say we spent the next 30 minutes ATTEMPTING to learn the backstroke. It wasn't going good but Oliver asked if I would do it! I said I would try my hardest and FINISH if he really wanted me to- so we did!! I thought I was going to die! 100 yrds is along long way especially when you can hardly do something. The thing I love about BYU-I is everyones support!! I am positive I wouldn't of had the same experience somewhere else. So needless to say I completed but very slowly ;)
March 20 #5
50 yrd freestyle 44.56
200 yrd freestyle relay
March 27 Prelims
50yd freestyle 42:04 (1st in my heat-8 second improvement!!)
100 yrd freestyle 1:40:10 (2nd in my heat-9 second improvement!)
March 28 Triathlon!! Swim 600 yrds in the pool, Bike 13.5 miles outside and run a 5K outside! Scotty went to the storage unit to get something for my mountain bike (the road bike we left at Christmas break at my moms ;( and he has been 'jonesing' to ride. He asked if he could just do the biking portion and I said he could if he was on a team...well we found a babysitter very last minute and off we went. It was really fun doing this together as a team!! I met a girl Catlyn right at the beginning of the run and we were slow and steady! We ended up passing alot of people just trucking along- I ended with a 22:10 5K!! I think that is the fastest I have ever ran a 5K even when I ran cross country in High school! Then scotty biked 13.5 miles on a very cold and windy day-but he did awesome for not being on a bike in 3+ months 59:59 then I swam 600 yrds 14:54!! I was excited my goal was 15 minutes ;)
We finished 23rd out of 36 teams/individuals! It was a great experience-thanks Scotty!!
Later that night...was Swimming Championships...my legs where sooo... tired-I think from the run!
March 28 Championships
Well obviously I didn't qualify but I was able to participate in some relays-
200 Medley relay
400 Freestyle relay
This semester was so much fun! I am so thankful for the support Scotty gives me! I realized I miss being on a team and having that challenge. Swimming is a great challenge for me, one of the hardest I have had in along time but what a good experience of accomplishment! I still may not be the fastest but I continued to work hard and improve. I met alot of wonderful people this last semester that have had an impact on me. Thanks Heidi for encouraging me to go out for Swim Team this had to be the best place to learn and have the experience of being on a swim team!! Go Titans-I will miss you-I already do!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I thought it would be fun to make sugar cookies and let Talan decorate them for all his friends. So we did, and it was great. Talan had a great time mixing all the sprinkles together and then dumping them on the cookies!! We made St. Patricks day and Easter cookies (since we won't be here for Easter) we made shamrocks, bunnies and ducks! Well...(as you can tell I cannot get the pictures in the right order) We divided all the cookies up in plates for his friends and Kenna got hungry so we put her in her chair to eat-I thought we set the plates far enough away-Scotty and I left the kitchen to look at something and this is what we came back to!! She crawled out of her seat and was into almost ALL the cookies-she had them on her hands on her face-EVERYWHERE-some she just liked the frosting and others she actually took bites out of the cookies! We were laughing hysterically but as you can see she wasn't too happy when we stopped the fun! Needless to say-most of the kids Talan wanted to give cookies to did not receive any!!! Sorry!T
Brooke invited us to go to Green Canyon Hot Springs with all her family that live around Rexburg. The kids had a great time! I didn't get to take pictures in the pool but here we are getting dressed. Talan had fun playing with his noodle and beach ball and McKenna was in a 'whale baby floater' thing and was so relaxed. she layed her head down on the front and just chilled. Sometimes she would have her eyes closed and then open and look around. There was SOOO many people there but we still had a great time. Thanks Brooke!
Katrina invited us to their play date to take a tour of the fire department...the boys loved it!! Talan did get alittle scared when they put their masks on, then he doesn't want anything to do with the trucks-he hugs an hides behind my leg! They let the kids look at the ambulance and walk through-Talan didn't want anything to do with it until Grey and Jett ran through at least 10x's then he asked, "momma, can I go in the truck?" it was cute-he was so cautious looking at everything and then climbed out slowly.
Today was another great day. I spent most of the day at the school. The university put on a conference that had some great classes. I went to "How to cook with wheat" (which I am most excited about-I am already applying what I learned-we are making wheat berries and growing wheat sprouts...I'll keep you posted on how it goes?!), "The Book of Mormon at Breakfast" (we are most successful in the morning-I am excited to apply what I have learned-prophets here we come on the Honey Bunches of Oats...), and "Frugality" ( I think we are pretty frugal but there is always room for improvement). Talan's good friend Gunner had his 3rd birthday party today so they went to the fire department to see the fire trucks and then home to the play ground for cupcakes. Scotty said he was still alittle scared (we went 2 weeks ago with a play group and last summer...the firemen are a little scary to him) but McKenna had a great time. Then Mr. T just road his bike all around and used my ladle to dig in the snow that is still present. This afternoon we enjoyed the company of our neighbors Melinda and Galen eating cinnamon rolls and enjoying the sun! (Thanks for the wheat...I'll keep you posted Melinda!)
Friday, March 13, 2009
Last Saturday Scotty thought he would take Talan to the Airplane Museum at the airport...he loved it! Scotty said he was a little nervous to get on some of them but still had a great time, I wonder how long his love for planes and pretty much anything cool that flies will last?? After the museum they went out where daddy sometimes off-roads and found this...some crazy guy thought the ice was thick enough to drive on...they where skeptical about the rovers abilities...but, to their suprise it performed easily!!
A few weeks ago I took the kids to artic Circle to run around their new play ground to give Talan room to run so for the first time we decided to try McDonalds play structure as well...Talan loved it! They had a lot of cool slide. It was great to let him run around, and then fall asleep for a nap afterward!
With the really, really cold weather poor Talan has been getting really 'stir crazy' so I decided we needed to have more organized activities so due to the holiday coming up we made a shamrock. Talan colored macaroni noodles in zip lock bags with food coloring, then we cut out a shamrock from a paper plate and he painted it-which is always one of his favorite things to do then we decided to glue to noodles on the paper-he was bored of that part pretty quickly...he eventually told me to do it, he didn't like getting the glue on his fingers :0)
So miss McKenna cakes has not been liking milk!! I started to try and give her milk one week before she turned one and...not too successful! I have tried all % of milk, cold-warm-and pretty warm. Then we tried Soy milk since I usually have it on had-and-she seemed to like it for about a week then started letting it dribble out her mouth. Then we tried Almond Milk-and, the same thing drank it for about a day and then not again. So I took these pictures because...she drank a whole cup of milk for me at dinner ONE night. I thought we made a break through but it only lasted a night ;) I continue to give her a little each day and hopefully eventually she will agree!
Friday, March 6, 2009
This is a picture of Talan with my swim cap on, he thought it was really funny!
Talan is all about trying to make funny faces! Here is his most common face!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Yesterday between preparing all our paperwork for taxes and playing with the kids Talan looked different to me...he is becoming a true little boy that is growing up! It's been so fun to see his creative imagination! Lately he is all about Super Hero's (because he is one and will only wear super hero underwear!) and space ships (he wants dad to draw them constantly and fly paper airplanes that are space ships that fly to the moon-the moon is our living room light!). He of course still wants to build everyday with his lincoln logs, legos and have the train tracks go through and around his buildings! Talan has started asking why, whats that....the questions that can sometimes drive me crazy all the time!! Those little minds are so curious! He loves to play with his friends and really likes to show them how to do things-draw, build...
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This is alot...we will see what I come up with!
1. I hate washing my face at night...I know I need to do it but I rarely do-hense the zits!
2. I love to read, doesn't mean I have time for it. This is a new thing in the past 5 yrs...I used to hate to read!
3. I love peanut butter-Adams Natural Crunchy!
4. I am not a big fan of chocolate...crazy I know!
5. My favorite color to wear is black
6. I love chick flicks-pretty much anything I am not much of a critic
7. I am a calorie counting fanatic...it's not crazy, I'm just aware!
8. I don't listen to CD's often . I like the randomness of the radio.
9. I really like audio books for those long runs!! Especially when I 'm not on shuffle ;)
10. I enjoy cooking now that I plan ahead!
11. My hair is naturally red-I probably will never dye the entire thing until there is too much grey to cover with highlights!! Hey maybe I'll go natural-all grey....
12. I don't mind cleaning toilets but I hate cleaning the floor
13. I miss school sometimes, but I love my job as a dental hygienist
14. I cannot sing-but I like to try
15. I'm not a big fan of dogs...I hate it when they lick me...but I do like gizmo and fletcher especially after their bath!
16. I love excerise-running, eliptical, swimming, cycling...i cannot wait for the ice to melt!
17. I love playing with my kids and wish my husband was always home!
18. My favorite color is red
19. I like to sleep with the window open and a down comforter year-round
20. I've lost 45 pounds since having my baby girl!! YA!
21. I like to get dirty
22. I love camp fires especially with friends
23. I want a simple life...easier said than done sometimes
24. I'm a pack rat...just ask scotty
25. I went through hunters education class when I was like 10 yrs old? (or sooner??)
Monday, February 2, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Good morning!! It was cute we decorated the living room and kitchen with streamers and balloons. Talan has anticipated this day all week. When he woke up this morning and went downstairs then I heard him walking upstairs and this was the conversation:
Talan- "dang it..."
Mom- whats wrong?
T-It's Kenna's Birthday tomorrow!
M-no, it's today.
T-today? YA, lets go mom-get Kenna...happy birthday Kenna!!!
Talan ate his cupcake and wanted more...so he started to grab for Kenna's cake and she gave him 'THE LOOK"
She ate more than I could imagine-we were curious to see how she would feel late ;) Well as she was winding down she started to scratch at the inside of her left arm were she tends to have eczema...so I was thinking since it was covered in frosting maybe it was irritating her skin so I wiped it down then started to notice she was getting hives on her wrists as well! So-we decided to end the festivities of eating cake and gave her some benadryl and a good bath! It did the trick. By the time she was done bathing her arms looked alot better...this poor girls skin is so sensitive! We had a great day celebrating McKenna and can't believe how fast her first year went! We love you Kenna cakes!