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It’s night time

Well, it’s Wednesday night.  This feels a little bit like a journal entry.  It’s late and I can’t sleep so I’ll write for a few minutes.  I had a busy day of chaperoning 2 field trips today.  The first one was with my 5th grader to the Festival of Trees.  Very fun and tiring.  Amazing and beautiful trees all donated and sold for the benefit of Primary Children’s Hospital.  A great tradition I’ve been attending since I was a kid.  Here’s my group of kids for the day!  Cuties!

securedownload-2 photo 5I had a few hours to regroup until I had to head out again with the youth from church.  We went to the lights on Temple Square and then went up to the 22nd floor of one of the leaders office building and had pizza and hot chocolate.  Great great group of kids!!  It was VERY cold!  Right around 15 degrees!!  Welcome winter (:  Here is my other group of charges!  I love these kids.

photo 2photo 1I’ve hit the teenage years.  It’s hard to go to sleep when my oldest son is studying with a girl and my 13 yr. old daughter wants to tell me every texting conversation she has with her boy and girl friends.  I better get them off to bed and me too.  5:40 comes early each morning!!  This morning I had a hard workout with my 6 am group!!  Lots of reps and sweating.

Drop 10 and Ladders Workout

40-30-20 (Complete 3 rounds of each set going down by 10 reps each round)

 Spiderman Push up

Forward Lunge with kickback

2 Ladders


Shoulder Press

Jackknife Sit Ups

2 Ladders



Hammer Lunges (hammer, standard, reverse)

2 Ladders


Mountain Climbers

Tricep Extension

2 Ladders



 Dumbbell Press 20

Side to Side Pushups 20

One Arm overhead squat 20 each side

Side Lateral Raise 20

Upright Row 20

Tricep Kickbacks 20

Dumbbell Pass Crunch 20

I feel very grateful for my many friends!  I had to take a picture of this small message that caught my eye at the Festival of Trees today!  Very true for those in my life.  I only hope I can be like this for others!  Happy and Merry Merry Christmas Season**    

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Books and Birthdays

O.K.  I took a little bit of time off and with the start of Thanksgiving Week I wanted to write a little.  It is such a BEAUTIFUL SUNNY day today I can hardly stand it!  I LOVE LOVE the SUN…especially on NOVEMBER 19th!!

Today I have to confess another ADDICTION of mine and a crazy TALENT.  In a few weeks I need to pack up my whole house of 11 years and I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t done much.  So today I looked at one of my many bookshelves in the house and decided to weed out the books.  I’m a little sentimental when it comes to books.  We probably have well over 500 books in our house.  I will always cave in a bookstore and a chocolate store!  I enjoyed picking up each book and remembering the memories.  Many of them were books that I had when I was a kid, some of them had words written in them as gifts from Grandparents, and many more were the books I read to my little ones over and over again.  I’m afraid my “to get rid of” bin is not even half full!  They will just have to come with me!

Next, a good friend of mine had a birthday this weekend and I started thinking a little about birthdays and dates.  I was talking with some people about how I can remember the birthdays of all my childhood friends.  I know all my nieces and nephews birthdays and many more.  I thought that was normal, but most people act really surprised when I tell them that.  Weird, I should have done better in history classes you’d think!  We had a GREAT birthday lunch today.  BEST FRIENDS!

I’ll figure out a way to blog now and again.  I want to change things up a bit and add and take away a few things.  I’ll get it together one of these days.  I was motivated by a high school friend of mine who came to me for advice on how to lose 10 pounds.  Of course I have to write up several things about that!

Running Friends

You’ve laid your running clothes out the night before and set your alarm for some obscene hour in the 5:00’s and no matter how early you get to bed, when you hear that annoying ringing in your ear your first reaction is to….hit off and roll over and go back to sleep, RIGHT??  This is when my #1 MOTIVATOR comes in…FRIENDS!!!!!!!!  If you do not have a running buddy, you are missing out!  For years I ran solo with my ipod of hundreds of songs and I thought life was great.  I found a few other girls that ran and my first reaction was that I’d be too slow for them and that I would have nothing to say to them, or it would be too hard to talk anyway.  Quite the opposite occurred.  I was slower in the beginning, but running with someone faster pushed my level up a notch and I got used to running faster.  As for the talking part, that has never been a problem.  Get a group of 5 busy Mom’s together and you could talk for 20 miles, easily. I look forward to meeting my friends to run or go to the gym.  I’ve almost become dependent on them, in a good way.  The other day I set my alarm to go to the gym solo and I can’t tell you how different my mood was.  It was much much less exciting and I started to think of every excuse in the book to delay my exercise for the day and I LOVE TO EXERCISE!  So, my #1 advice for anyone trying to lose weight or get into a regular exercise routine, FIND A FRIEND!!!!!  You will LOVE it so much more and be more motivated to stick to your plan when you know you have a friend waiting for you in the cold dark!!

This is a good time for me to post about my exercise friends because I NEED to take a break from my workouts.  This is not by my own choice but because I clumsily stumbled on the road while running a few days ago and my right foot completely gave out and crumbled beneath me.  So sad.  The pain got worse as I limped home, not even a mile out.  I was planning on an 8 miler.  Disappointing.  So, I am off my feet for awhile with a very swollen and bruised foot.  I have a compression sock on that covers my whole foot and ankle and I’m taking Aleve.  My Mom tells me to go in to see if it’s broken, but it doesn’t hurt as bad 2 days later so I’m guessing it’s not broken.  I have been injured plenty of times before and every time I hate it, especially when I’m on a training schedule for a marathon, but THIS WILL ALL BE BUT A BRIEF MOMENT!!!!!  I’m going to eat better than ever and still do some weight training.  I thought of posting a picture of my foot, but it was so ugly I couldn’t do it.  I feel like I have the black foot like Adam Sandler in Mr. Deeds.

Here are a few pics of my exercise friends over the years.  THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!

Trail runs...soon!


Snow or shine!

Girls weekend. Park City 1/2 marathon


Family 5K and stayed together the whole way!

1st Marathon ST. GEORGE!

Running friends!

Turkey Trot 10K in the single digits!


Relay run in the beautiful Sun Valley Mountains. SO SO FUN!!!!!


We met in the Bahamas when we both needed a running buddy. Still friends!