Grand Staircase Escalante

Well, that was a fun little blip in my blogging life... 

I really tried to blog. Every time I opened the app this strong desire to lay down and die would overpower me and I would just give up. But I think mentally it was really good for me. I’m not even going to bother to play catch-up. I’ll just throw in information that seems relevant in this post. But overall life has been pretty good. 

For spring break we ventured down to Grand Staircase Escalante. The last time I was down there was when I was in college and of course I kept thinking, “I wonder who I will marry and if he will love this stuff as much as I do?” 

Fast forward 12 or so years (I’m too lazy to do the actual math) and I was on a 6 hour car ride with my amazing husband and our three kids. Holy cow, life moves fast! 

Our first day was spent traveling. We arrived just in time for dinner, the sunset and a fire. 

The next day we visited Devils Garden:

And then hiked many hours to see some amazing slot canyons. Our favorite one was Spooky. The girls were SO GOOD for the almost 5 miles we hiked and canyoneered. 

Kennedy had 16,000 steps on her Garmin by the time we were done. That’s a long way for a 3 and 6 year old. I’m so proud of them! 

Spooky Canyon was SO TIGHT!! It was a blast!! 

And we succeeding in wearing everyone out. I cannot remember the last time Kennedy took a nap. 

The next day we took a ride over Hell’s Backbone Road, or something like that. It goes up into Boulder Mountain and all over the place. It was super gorgeous. On the way there we went on Devils Backbone... not confusing at all... which is a part of the highway that has cliffs on each side. It was rad. 

There were some amazing views on our drive and we went over Hell’s Backbone Bridge which was breathtaking - both for the views and the stiff wind that almost blew us over. 

Logan got sick the day before we left so he was not feeling well while we were there. But despite that fact, he was AMAZING! I got to sleep with him next to me. A couple times he would wake up, look over at me and put his hand on my arm, almost as if he was like “oh good, you’re still there” and then fall back asleep. Other than a couple brief moments of screaming, he was so, so good. 

The weather forecast said there was going to be high winds on Saturday, so we decided to head home a day early and avoid the crappy weather. We packed up and then went to see Covered Wagon Natural Bridge before we left. The hike was small and fun and the area was super cool. The trailhead isn’t marked though, so we missed it and ended up driving twice as long as we wanted. 

The extra driving wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t for the 6 hour drive we still had to get home. We’ve learned our lesson: just drive home on the day you’re leaving. Don’t spend extra time in the car. By the time we got on the road we were already yelling at each other, Logan was screaming cause he was sick of his car seat, and the girls were driving us CRAZY!! We took a couple more stops than we planned on to keep us all from wanting to die. 

We ended up blowing a trailer tire (AGAIN!) about 30 miles outside of Nephi, which resulted in us just giving up on going home that night and we stayed in Spanish Fork in a dumpy motel because we were so exhausted and hungry. But the sky was awesome, so there was that. 

After spending unplanned money on a new trailer tire and a hotel for the night, we finally got home earlier today. I’ve never been so excited to sleep in my own bed before. I love that thing like a 4th child. 

So yeah, life is good. I’m doing really well. I’m feeling really happy and I’ve finally got the 3 kids chaos down to a minimum on most days. I’m just working on losing my pregnancy body and that’s not going so well haha! But it’s ok. I’m sure it’ll happen eventually. Cory is working lots like always and still being an amazing father and husband when he’s home, Kennedy is still adorable and helpful and learned to ride a bike without training wheels this past week without any help; she just hopped on and went for it. She’s amazing!! Brynlie has been talking so, so much. She makes me laugh like mad, in-between bouts of making me crazy. She’s so much fun. Logan is still the most amazing baby on the planet. We love his guts. 

Hopefully, more to come soon! 


The Past Month . . . Part 1

Couponing level: expert. 

One of the many nonsensical pictures Kennedy draws for me that I love just as much as the sensical ones. 

I told her she could pick any book she wanted from the library. 

I’ve been running more. Go me. Even training for a race... kind of. 
We got bored enough one night to do makeovers... 

Don’t worry, we took care of it. Almost like it never happened. 

He’s so damn cute. 

And these two are just nauseatingly adorable together. 

Same with these two...

Kennedy had a scare this past month. She was playing near a river and dropped her doggy in and started to watch it get swept away. This doggy is the most precious thing in the world to her. Without hesitation she dove in after it; head first. She was soaked head to toe and literally traumatized by the experience but she rescued Doggy. We had many talks about never ever jumping in rivers cause we can always get a new Doggy, but we can’t get a new Kennedy if she drowns. It was an intense day. We both cried a lot. 

My thoughts on life lately:

Oh hey! I actually won an Instagram giveaway!! It was so crazy! It was a movie prize package which we used for our Valentines date. We finally saw The Greatest Showman 8 years after everyone else. Loved it. 

Logan hanging out with the man who gave him the gift of not going bald when he’s older. Thanks, Dad! 

This little Dude... 

He’s the most patient, easy-going, happy little man. He’s truly a gift. 

Stay tuned for part 2... I may even try and say more than one-liners. 


I Haven’t Died

Yes, I’m still alive. I have so freaking much to catch up on. I keep putting it off and putting it off and now I have way too much for one post. But I’ll get caught up. I promise. Even if no one reads this anymore. 


This Is My Life Now

I used to do my "random acts of camera roll" posts whenever I felt like I was getting behind in my blogging and needed a quick way to catch up. Turns out, that's my writing style now - just cram it all in whenever I can. (That's what he said...)

Anyway, let me catch you up by regaling the tales of a perfectly average person.

It was take-your-doggy-to-dinner-night the other night at Habit Burger.
 I am ashamed to admit that it has taken me until my mid(ish) 30's to finally start watching friends. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to start a long time ago. I'm in love. And I have watched this over and over and over again...
 Winter decided to show up, finally! The girls played outside last weekend for almost the whole day until they were frozen enough they needed a bath to warm up. It's pretty and all, and fun to watch from our living room window, but I'm kind of over it now. Too soon?
 I'm kicking myself for not taking advantage of the amazing warm weather we were having and running outside more. Now that it's cold and icy again, I have to use this thing.
Which means this quote is as true as it was back in 300 B.C. when he said it. (*wink*)
I acquired some new running shoes though! I've been wanting to try Altra's for years but have always been put off by how they look. They certainly aren't the prettiest shoe. They're kind of like the ugly step-sister who turns out to be super awesome. I decided since I needed new trail running shoes (you know, since its superb trail running season *eye roll*) that I would give Altra's a try for trails. I bought them online without even trying them on... stupid. I don't recommend that. I lucked out though and they fit perfectly and I am kind of obsessed with them.
I got the Lone Peak's and so far they have knocked my expectations out of the park! I feel like it's not fair to say that because they were delivered on the day it snowed a ton, so they haven't actually been used on a trail yet. They took their maiden voyage on the treadmill. And I quickly learned I need socks with high backs when I wear them.
 Disregard the cankles. But they grip the ground like a DREAM!! I cannot wait until spring when they can see some serious trail action. I really wanna try their road shoes now.

With snow, also comes bored children. I let the girls pull out their necklace and bracelet making kit the other day. They were super silent for a good 30-40 minutes while they concentrated on what they were working on. 
I thought I had just discovered the secret to winter parenting when Brynlie got super upset about something, chucked her stuffed animal right into the bead tray, and sent them flying literally all over the living room. The plus side? They didn't have a reason to be bored for the next hour or so while they cleaned them up. Brynlie scavenged and Kennedy sorted them back into groups. Apparently she inherited my OCD because I'm pretty sure I saw her eye twitch when I suggested we just put them all in a bag mixed together. Even though she didn't make the mess, she wanted to sort them; and she spent the rest of the night doing it. Shes incredible.

She's also been asking me for more chores. Yes, folks, MORE CHORES. I'm not one to squash her dreams. I figured I would start small... ease into it so she doesn't realize it's terrible work... kind of like boiling a frog. So far the pot is still warm with excitement. She's now in charge of dusting.
And I have to tell ya, she did an amazing job. I should have done this sooner. The story of my life.
I cut this cuties hair the other day. I had no idea what I was doing, but it turned out pretty cute! *cute haircut not pictured*.
Little Logan turned 5 months old last week!!
He's still super happy and good, and I can't stop kissing his fat cheeks.
I'm convinced he's the laziest baby on the planet. He won't roll over or stand on his legs or do anything but sit and smile.
And he saves his best smiles for Kennedy.
And those freaking, dreamy eyes!! I can't even stand it!! 
We have been starting solids, and he's pretty unsure about the whole thing. 
 But doesn't complain.
And we got him an Otteroo for the bath and when we decide to go swimming. He loved it!!

We also got a jumper from someone getting rid of one to help encourage him to use his legs
No luck so far.
But again, no complaining.
Prepare yourself for cuteness overload in 5...4...3...2...1...
Ok, you're probably not as obsessed with those 3 as I am. But they sure are adorbs.

Other fun things:
1. I've been finding time to study fitness books again. That makes me happy.
2. The sunrise the other morning was pretty cool. That also makes me happy.
3. Brynlie stealing my shoes does not make me happy.
4. Baby-feet-back-rubs = happy.
5. Cory has an incredible amount of patience cause he let the girls help make their own mac and cheese tonight for dinner. Cory cooking + him teaching them skills they'll use in college = happy.
And last but not least... we switched dentist recently (for the kids) to someone closer to our new house. Their office is incredible!! Again, I should have switched sooner. Their waiting room is bomb!
The kids are highly entertained from start to finish. B is watching Beauty and the Beast while getting her teeth cleaned.
Kennedy's bottom two teeth have been loose for a while now but would not fall out. The dentist took care of that for us! And I learned it is not free to have the dentist pull teeth so... lesson learned.
But the Tooth Fairy made her first visit to our house and Kennedy asked to go to bed at 6:00 cause she was so excited for her to come. By the way, what does the Tooth Fairy do with the teeth once she swaps them for cash? Asking for a friend. Thanks in advance.

And lastly I will leave you with this sweet picture of Brynlie and her best friend at work.

 Ya'll come back now, ya hear?!