10.31.2016

Halloween and All That Jazz

Cory's brother gets married in 3 weeks!! I've been so preoccupied with everything else going on I totally spaced that we all need clothes that match the wedding colors. After a disastrous 45 minutes at Downeast, I'm still on the hunt for me. But I found these adorable dresses online from Target for the girls -- buy one get one 50% off. Heck yeah!! 
Kennedy was on one after church yesterday. They had their primary program and she was kind of unpredictable emotionally. She did her part just fine but refused to sing. In the middle of the program her hand suddenly shot up like she had an urgent question, and then she got up and walked off the stage... my pulse drastically increased with panic as she came down toward me, but apparently she just had to pee. And now the whole ward knew it.  Anyway, after church she got really hyper. Her and Brynlie were playing and she suddenly jumped up from behind the couch like this and screamed, "Brynlie, cover me!" 
Her imagination would give Jim Henson a run for his money. 


Brynlie also put on a concert last night, complete with foot stomping to her made up beat. It was AWESOME!  Not sure where she got her county singer moves, but I was impressed! 
I woke up this morning and noticed Kennedy had displayed one of my coloring pages on the fridge. The pictures-on-the-fridge-standard is now set. 
We had a great morning at the gym. The girls got to wear their costumes and got cookies and treats. My amazing slice of bacon got best costume. 
Next we picked up our groceries. I hope I never take this service for granted. I still almost cry every time we pull up. Best. Thing. Ever!!!! 
Then we headed to the fabric store. I want to make comforters like this for the girls room when we move 
And I found all this cute fabric so I can copy someone else's design. Ok, I'll be honest, so my mom can copy it. I don't sew. I wanna learn, but for now she's taking on the project like the super woman she is. Thanks, Mom! 
The itty bitty paint swatches will be the color of the walls. I'm so pumped!! 


We got home and I got on the treadmill. I needed to burn the extra calories for Halloween! Haha ok just kidding, (although that was an added bonus) I'm determined to get my speed back, so I'm going to be logging a lot more speed and tempo miles in the future. 
But then I noticed that sometime during the Haunted Half, I lost an ear bud :(. 
I got on Amazon to find replacement bud thingies, but they had replacement headphones for super cheap so I just got a new pair ($17!) and I got a cuter color!! I've had this exact pair of Bluetooth headphones for a couple years now and I love them. Definitely a lot of bang for the buck. 
I pounded out 3 quick miles with an 8:57 average. They kinda felt like death. I'm going to go ahead and blame that on all the squats I did at the gym today... oh, and I'm out of running shape. So there's that. But, baby steps. 
Then I showered and signed up for a 10k for Thanksgivjng! Every year it's always a huge dilemma for me choosing between our local Turkey Trot or the huge Thanksgiving workout at my gym. The gym has won the last couple years. This year the 10k won. I'm excited! If I run a race in December I will have done one every month since May. Whoa. 


After Brynlies nap we started the Halloween festivities by going to see Grandma and Papa Hunter so they could see the girls costumes. Papa gave them awesome, giant candy which Brynlie made her mission to eat as fast as possible. Then we picked up some dinner, because it just feels wrong to cook on a holiday, and after Daddy got home, we started the Trick or Treating!! Kennedy made Cory wear my costume. 

It took them one house to get the gig down and then they were off! They would run from house to house and Brynlie would get really upset if we had to skip a house without lights on. They made quite a haul of candy and wore themselves out pretty good. It was such a fun night! I'm really, really going to miss this ward/neighborhood when we move out. 


I'm making a goal to blog every day in November to get back in the habit. Wish me luck. No-skippie-the-bloggie-November. That's a thing right? 


See you, soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

10.28.2016

Lame Friday Night

Sup, guys! Lucky for ya'll, I'm a mother of young children and have nothing better to do on a Friday night (on Halloween weekend) than to sit at home, with no pants on, and blog! *applause* 


I guess we could have done something fun if I felt like it, but the truth is it's been a crazy week and we needed a lazy day at home not doing much. At least we have done some fun things this week! But let's get the dumb stuff out of the way first. 


I have been so stinking tired this week. I'm sure it's due to stress and constantly being busy, but it's kicked my butt! I also had a low week self-esteem wise. I may have come to terms with my body being the way it is, but I've also slacked on eating clean. I've had a weird ice cream obsession lately and I've indulged too much. Time to get myself back on track! I'm sure that's contributing to the fatigue as well. 


I am back going to my original gym 100% of the time now. The new one just wasn't working out even though I loved the workouts. It was a tough decision but one I feel is best for me and my family. 


I can't say enough about the incredible people at my original gym. I have so many great friends there and I always leave feeling loved, encouraged, and happy. So I'm really stoked to be back "home" every day because it really does feel like home. 


I've tossed back and forth whether to mention this, and I decided it could help someone out. So here it goes. Not that our finances are anyone's business, but I'm sure some of you have read this blog, read me complaining about money and the house bleeding us dry, and then wondered why I waste money on two gym memberships. Firehouse, my home gym, and the other place I just left, are both competitive, high-priced gyms. Like, over $100 a month. Yikes, right?! I can't afford that crap! Much less two of them! So what I did (at both gyms) was I talked to the owners about our financial situation and worked out a trade: I provided a service for my membership. At Firehouse I cleaned the gym floors once a week for a cheaper membership until I became a "graduate" and then my discounted price just became my permanent membership price. I did the same thing at the new gym. Once a week I would go vacuum the floors to pay for my membership. It was easy, I could bring my kids along, and it was so appreciated that they let me do that. I think most owners of gyms like these are willing to work out something with members in hard times. I know for a fact that my gym will, and he is looking for people now to either clean or be an assistant in the daycare for 2 hours a week. So if you're a local and have been wanting to try it out but can't afford it, there's always those options. Hit me up if you're interested. You won't regret it. 


So, fun stuff, Cory has our master shower ready to tile! Yay!
We'll actually finish the main bath first, and then get to this one later, probably after we move in. But it's ready to go! Cory has also started mudding since we can't get anyone to freaking call us back. Whatever happened to professionalism? 


Yesterday we took the girls to a trunk or treat. My brother and his family came as well. As usual my girls were shy so we got through the cars super fast. Don't they look so cute?! We found the Dory costume at the Halloween store (the last one!) and knew we were screwed once Brynlie saw it. She's been Nemo obsessed. But man she looks so cute! And our cute little Harry Potter! I love that Kennedy loves these movies. She's my buddy. 
Kennedy made me wear my costume, too. My costume that I ran 13 miles in and can't wash... (it actually doesn't smell that bad, thankfully)
My niece was an Ewok and looked so dang cute! 
Brynlie was very selective about her candy (mostly plain m&m's)
And Kennedy tried to sneak in and out at each car before anyone could try and talk to her haha she's so shy!
We were done in about 15 minutes, but they got tons of candy. Afterward we went to a super early dinner at Texas Roadhouse which Kennedy was sooooo thrilled about. 
And Allison provided the entertainment 
Today was the costume parade at Kennedys school! It was so fun to see all the creative costumes. Some kids really got into it! But not mine. She looked like she was mad the whole time and didn't wear her glasses or bring her broom. 
I think all the parents embarrassed her and she tried to hide in her robe. 
She's come out of her shell soooo much lately but she still has a ways to go. 


We also stayed and helped with their class Halloween party which made me miss teaching like crazy!! It was fun to see her with her friends and be at school with her. 


Well, I guess I'd better go watch a show or something. Have a great weekend and make sure you take some fabulous selfies with your best friends! See you, soon! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

10.25.2016

We've Been Working on the Hooouuussee, All the Livelong Day

I am such a creature of privacy. I always get the heebie-jeebies whenever I see a house without any window treatments. At night when the lights are on, anyone can see anything going on! So it made me uncomfortable that our front door had windows that anyone could see through. But I also loved the light they brought in the house. Yesterday I found a way to have privacy and keep some of that light. I applied frosted glass sticky paper. 
It looks so good! And was pretty easy to apply. It will also block the UV rays from fading anything in the house. I feel so much safer knowing people can no longer just walk up to our door and see inside our house. 


Cory has also been working hard on the master shower. Yesterday I helped him install the first layer of mortar/cement/stuff in the shower floor. 
He has a couple more things to lay down before it'll be ready for tile, but it's already farther along than this picture. I'll try and catch one tomorrow. He really is such an amazing handiman. 


Have any of you heard of the Wet Brush? 
I had never heard of it before. I had my friend cut my hair last week (I'll get a picture soon) and one of the main reasons why I wanted it cut was because it gets so tangled after I shower. After she washed my hair she tried to brush it out with a regular brush and she had no luck. Then she grabbed this nifty little thing and told me about it and sure enough, she brushed through my ratty mess like it was nothing! It was only $8 on amazon and so far, 100% worth it! I've been using it on Kennedys hair, too, since she hates the Tangle Teezer, and it's been so much more gentle! Thanks, H, for telling me about this crazy-awesome brush! 


Another product I need to rave about are the Kirkland workout pants at Costco. These puppies are only $16.99 and they look and feel just like the Lululemon Run Inspire crops, which were my favorite! I got one pair yesterday and tried them today and they were so nice! Not at all see through, and felt like skin. My only problem was I got a large, and it turns out that was a little too big. So I went back for mediums today. 
I'll be honest, the last thing I need is more workout clothes... but they are so nice and so cheap I couldn't pass them up. Plus I've learned that black is the only way to go when it comes to tights. So go get yourself a pair or two before they're gone! 


This is how Cory handles B falling asleep in the car:
And this is how she is when she wakes up:
We procrastinated quite a bit on Brynlies Halloween costume this year and finally decided to go find one tonight. We told Kennedy we were going to the Halloween store and I've never seen her leave the house and get in the car that fast. She loves Halloween!! We spent a while at the store coveting all the cool costumes, 
snickering at the dirty "adult" ones, and playing with all the creepy animated decorations they had. There was a jumping spider that caught B quite by surprise. I'm pretty sure she almost had a heart attack! And I laughed and laughed. We did find her an adorable costume, which I will show you tomorrow. I can finally cross that off my to-do list. 


I have a pretty busy week this week, but I'm trying to do better at keeping up on the blog, so hopefully I will see you, soon! 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

10.23.2016

Two Weeks of Everything With Lots of Pictures

Hello, everyone!


I've been having a pretty crazy couple of weeks. I have been super busy and just couldn't seem to find time to blog. I've barely even texted anyone or been on social media. It's been great for my phone battery life haha. So, let's play major catch up in no particular order.


Our kitchen cabinets are measured and ordered and being built right now. They should be ready the end of November, assuming we are ready to have them installed. We're having trouble finding a drywall person who isn't super busy. Anyone have any great recommendations for someone who can tape, mud, and sand for us in the Wasatch Front? Anyway, we went with white shaker-style cabinets. That's really "in" right now and since our kitchen isn't super big the white will make it feel bigger and more open (says HGTV). Plus it's super easy to match and I love how bright it'll be. I spent a while trying to decide between oil-rubbed bronze hardware or brushed nickel. We have oil-rubbed bronze everywhere else, but I just didn't love the look.
So we will be going with brushed nickel (the top pic) in the kitchen and have things be mismatched a little bit. As long as the faucet is brushed nickel also, I think it'll be fine. It's getting me so excited! I'm also starting to pick out colors for rooms and tile and design things. It's been really exciting but also part of why I've been so busy.


This past week was safety week at Kennedy's school and they got to dress up for each day. Her favorite was super hero day. Although I got quite a lecture when I picked her up that wearing a cape with her backpack was not a good idea.
 My life has forever been changed for the better, you guys!! A while ago our local Walmart started doing online grocery ordering. You order your groceries online, a store employee finds them for you, then you select a designated pick up time and you just drive up to the door and they load them in the car for you. It sounded amazing, but I don't typically shop at Walmart, so I never got to try it. But last week, my Smiths, where I do shop, started the same thing!! I tried it last week and almost cried!!!
 I don't even have words for how much I hate grocery shopping with the kids and I think many people can agree with me there. It always makes me so freaking cranky. Plus it takes forever. This took me 10 minutes and I actually went home in a good mood!! Everything they picked was perfect, and I saved loads of money because I wasn't walking through the store making impulse buys. I will for sure be using this every week! They even gave me a gift bag for my first time.
I had a follow up appointment with my doctor this past week about my PCOS stuff. She was glad that most of my symptoms are improving, but couldn't understand why I still can't lose weight. Join the club, lady!! It has been a serious struggle, but it is what it is. She did make a couple changes to my medications to see if it'll help but my hopes are very minimal at this point. We did have a more detailed discussion about how dairy affects insulin. She said as long as the dairy has high protein (like Greek yogurt or the milk I've been drinking) then it won't spike my insulin levels. A glass of regular milk would, because it doesn't have enough protein to balance out the sugar. That made my day, because without those things I've been really struggling to get enough protein.


While at the appointment I started to get a very, very bad tension headache. These come around once a month... if you catch my drift... but every once in a while I get a seriously terrible one that makes me nauseated and impairs my vision and ability to think. It's not a migraine I don't think, because it doesn't hurt in the places migraines normally do, but they suck. Caffeine can help knock it out in the early stages along with lots of medicine, so I stopped at the Maverick right next to the office which happens to be where my brother in law is a manager, and begged him to find me something to drink with caffeine that wasn't carbonated. The only option that wasn't coffee was this and it was gross. But it did the trick even though I didn't even make it through half of it.
 I was feeling better and able to help Cory with stuff on the house. But then someone got tired and my help was limited.

Yesterday I ran the Salt Lake Haunted Half Marathon, so I guess I had better give you a recap on that as well. The last time I ran a Halloween race was when I was pregnant with Brynlie and that was a disaster, so I was hoping for a better outcome. The race is now run by Runtastic, and they do a great job. We had some seriously cool stuff in our bags; awesome shirts, gloves, KT tape samples (the Pro kind which is bomb!) and even sunglasses!
The race was well organized and it was tons of fun. It didn't start until 8:30 so the bus pickup wasn't grossly early. They had fire pits and hot chocolate at the start line even though it wasn't that cold. There was a DJ also which made it super cool. I was so pumped for my costume!! I was a strip of bacon and had a name tag that said Kevin.
A lot of people couldn't see my name tag but still loved it anyway. I had a few people ask to take a picture with me, several just took them as I walked past or snuck up and snapped one then ran away, and tons and tons of people told me how much they loved my costume. Everywhere I went I heard everyone saying "bacon" over and over again. It was awesome. There was a costume contest for a $100 gift card for running shoes. I felt like I had a really great chance of winning. I was waiting in line to get on stage and then right before my turn the lady announced they weren't going to accept any more contestants! I was so mad because the people who were up there didn't have that great of costumes, which means I totally could have won!!! Oh well.
The girl in the bride costume actually got married later that day! She is an amazingly strong runner and super fast.


At 8:30 the headless horseman started the race and we were off! Running in a bacon suit was not the best idea I've ever had as far as keeping myself cool. It got really hot!! But any spectator I passed gave an extra cheer for the bacon because who doesn't love bacon?? So that part was fun!


I started out really strong and felt great. The pace my friend and I were keeping was faster than my past races and I was feeling good. We took a brief break at mile 8 to put in headphones and take more fuel, and as soon as we started up again I started to feel really weird. I was dizzy and disoriented and just felt really crappy all the sudden. My energy level plummeted and I was struggling to maintain the pace we had kept. My stomach started to hurt more and more and I got hotter and hotter as my head started to pound all over. I tried taking off the bacon suit which helped for about 2 minutes and then I felt terrible again. Michelle ran on ahead as I felt like I was going to die. I had plenty of water the few days leading up to the race, I was fueling like I always do... I didn't know what the deal was. Mile 11 was where the crap hit the fan and I tossed my cookies in one of the aid station garbage cans. It wasn't much, and I felt slightly better afterward, so I kept going. About 3/4 of a mile later I threw up again but this time just in my mouth. The last few miles were really rough and I walked a lot in an effort to not pass out. The last mile of the race was BRUTAL for me, and it also had some really steep hills which did not help. I finally finished in a blur, found some water and crashed on the cold, wet grass. Michelle brought me a wet towel and a Creamie, and I laid there until my head stopped pounding and I could look around without getting dizzy. But man did my stomach HURT!


After a while I started to feel better and I slowly licked my Creamie to help cool me down. We picked up our bags and got a picture of the Headless Horseman
 And a couple finish pictures


I made it home feeling ok, but then was so sick for hours and hours after. My stomach hasn't hurt that bad for a long time!


Except for getting sick I thought the race was tons of fun. The weather was awesome, the crowds were great, and the medals were way cool! The course was also great, except for the last mile through Sugar House Park. It didn't go on any major roads with lots of traffic which was so nice! I would definitely do it again!


Last night we also celebrated Allison's first birthday!!! Can you believe it's been a year since she dramatically entered this world?
She is getting so big and doing so well! She started crawling this weekend, too, which is so fun! She is a happy, easy baby and we love her so much!
Yesterday the girls got to play in the gargantuan amount of leaves we have in my parents backyard. After the race I helped my mom gather these up and mowed the lawn before I showered. There was an insane amount and there's still tons that need to fall! Kennedy has been waiting to do this for a long time. I'm glad she finally got that chance.



And lastly, here's a couple cute pics of B. Enjoy and I'll see you, soon!