Friday, September 26, 2014

Preschool Field Trip: Wheeler Farm

Little Miss Abbigale had her first preschool field trip this past Tuesday. We went on a tour at Wheeler Farm. It was so much fun to see Abby interact with kids her age in a school setting. While we were waiting for everyone to show up to the farm, Abby was calling out to all her friends and they would chase each other in circles and giggle. Abby won't have any trouble making friends ever. I hope she always stays as outgoing as she is now.

At the beginning of the tour, the guide was telling the kids some rules, and one of them was don't touch the animals unless they have permission because the animals might bite. Well, that made it so Abby was then terrified of the animals and didn't even want to get close. 

Besides the animals, we were able to talk to a blacksmith and see him make things with his fire. He let the kids touch a chain he made after he cooled it off in the water. Abby was hesitant to touch it after seeing how hot it was, but then the rest of the day she said how she touched "cold fire." We also saw where the cows were milked and the kids were able to put their heads through the bars, and we went on a fun wagon ride which was both Abby's and Madalyn's (and my) favorite thing of the day.

Madalyn could have cared less about anything (except the wagon ride) and just wanted to be out of the stroller crawling around. Girl is very adventurous. 

After the tour was over, we ate a sack lunch by the playground and let the kids play (although surprisingly Abby wouldn't. I think she was afraid of the hot slide. She got burned on one earlier this summer and has been hesitant to play on them when its warm outside ever since.)

It was a fun first field trip! So glad I work in the afternoons so I could make it!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Life Lately

Well, my little weekly moments hasn't been working lately, since work is ruining my life (i joke, i joke, but seriously, sooo busy) so here is our life lately these past few busy weeks.
 Life has been filled with the two cutest shopping friends, keeping me entertained, and busy, while shopping. I guess it keeps me from over-spending seeing as I am in a hurry to leave before tantrums start. Life has been being silly with my cute husband. Life has been a Labor Day spent at Mirror Lake, and its been silly Abby trying to get her jammies on by herself, and putting them on backwards.
 Life lately has been an over-sized backpack on a tiny little Abby. Its been absolutely loving this picture of my parents on their wedding day. Seriously, look at the love they have for each other!! Its been wearing my sneakers at work since I have old woman feet, and its been Abby's very first preschool art project. I LOVE having my sister teach Abby.
 Life has been my two sweethearts entertaining each other in the crib while I shower. Its been Madalyn and I leaving church early and letting Madalyn try out Abbys forward facing big girl carseat and feeling pretty special. Its been putting on a shirt that was a little tight and finding it looser, and realizing my body is changing (even if it is doing so VERY slowly) and Abby and her friend Ammon playing in a bucket together.
 Life lately has been two sisters playing in the bathtub together. Its been rough due to mommy's new work schedule causing Madalyn to pass out in my arms in exhaustion. Its been a deliciously wonderful rain storm, and poor little chubby lets that got her shots. (7 total!)
 Life lately, again, has been these sisters playing together at breakfast time. Its been a mommy and Maddie selfie, because she is just so darn cute. Life has been having fun together shopping (again) and its been Abby actually finishing all her food when Madalyn didn't even touch hers. A switch for my girls for sure.
 Life has been, once again, an exhausted Madalyn trying to figure out why her schedule has been so messed up, and while my face doesn't show it, its been a mom feeling the same way. Its been my hunkie viking husband all dressed in his gear while at dinner. Life has been Abby finding my lipstick and making herself beautiful, and its been loving this picture of Sam and I for no real reason at all.
And lastly, life has been a cute Madalyn bum with cereal stuck to it. Its been her cute selfie face. Life has been Abby 'hiding' from me as I walked into the house after work, and its been Madalyn, picking up her sisters habit of touching her ear when tired.

Life has been busy, hectic and crazy, but at least I have a cute family to help along the way!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Milestone

I haven't shared much of my progress of my half marathon training on my blog, and that is a shame really, but yesterday I ran 10 miles and that needs to be documented!!

I never in a million-billion years thought I would run 10 miles. Heck, I never thought I would make it to 4. In fact I hated running. Ok that isn't entirely true but it wasn't my favorite thing unless I was running a race. But I never had a desire to run longer than 3 miles.

One day I was talking to Sams dad about running and he told me I should run a half marathon. I brushed it off, but kept thinking about it. My sister then told me I should run one with her in the fall. I kept considering it, and then once again, my father in law pushed it. He challenged me to do it, and i decided, why the heck not? So I did.

It hasn't been easy for sure. The only time I can go running is at 6am. Getting out of bed is rough, especially now that I have a job and naps are a thing of the past, and yet somehow I have had the willpower to do it. And I feel excellent for the most part....except I walk around like I am an old woman most of the time thanks to developing plantar faciitis.

I ran into a setback about 3 weeks ago. I started my job and got sick all in the same week. My running was put on hold for a bit, and even when I started feeling better, I didn't want to do it anymore. Getting out was rough. Last Saturday I had a 9 mile run, after skipping a bunch of running plus my first nine miler and it was ROUGH!! I was in pain when I was done. I had to call Sam, in tears, to come pick me up. I couldn't walk home. I wondered how on earth I was going to keep going with my training. I wanted to give up. Lucky for me, my husband wouldn't hear of it.

I knew one thing for sure: I needed new shoes. So, I splurged and got some new ones. I thought I was crazy 'breaking them in' on a 10 mile run, but my other ones hurt me too bad. They came Friday and i wore them around all day and they were heaven to my feet.

So, Saturday morning my alarm went off at 6am....and then again at6:30 because I just couldn't do 6. I got up, put on my clothes, laced up my shoes, ate an egg and a cliff bar, grabbed my water bottle and went out. The first two miles were rough. My shins were on fire! But then something amazing happened: it was really sunny, and it started to sprinkle, and it was beautiful. That right there changed my attitude. I stopped paying attention to my running and the miles and started singing along to my songs and looking at the beauty around me. At about mile 7 it started to rain really hard. I was running through the Jordan River Parkway, and those of you that live in Utah know how pretty it is there. The smells of the rain and wet foliage were heavenly! And boy, that breeze felt great! And I was feeling amazing!!

At mile 8.5 I was starting to feel down again, but a cute old guy rolled down his window and yelled some words of encouragement with a huge smile (I think he yelled I was doing great) and that got me home.

I was so happy all day Saturday. I definitely get the runners high everyone talks about. I felt so good and so accomplished, I can only imagine how good I will feel after I run the halfsie, as I have liked to call it. I ran 10 miles. TEN MILES!! Wowzer!! New running Caitlin, you can do anything.