Thursday, November 24, 2011

Eryn: Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Eryn and Andrew, 
I feel a little sad that I did not tell you everything that happened for Thanksgiving when you called. I forget that sometimes you just want to hear all the nitty gritty of our daily lives, which can make for a very boring phone call on my part. I like to hear about what you and Andrew are doing because it's pretty much the same crazy stuff here, but as I was laying in bed tonight trying to go to sleep I realized that you didn't get to see any of the holiday wackiness...well, our kind...I'm sure you saw a whole different kind with all the family in Idaho. So this blog is just for you and Andrew:

We started off our holiday 'break' waking up at 6am! Boy, oh boy! We all ran the Turkey Trot 5k in Centerville this morning. I crazy, but I really want this to start being our Thanksgiving tradition (can't wait for you to come and do it with us!!). So we headed out of the house at 6:15 so we could drop Alivia off at the Rowberry's! We ruined our tradition of sleeping in so why not ruin Lexy's too so she could babysit?

We got there early enough to walk to the start/finish line and see the masses of people! 4500 runners registered!  That was as many that registered for the 8k I ran in Richmond a few weeks ago, but this was much more difficult because we all took off at the same time and it was a shorter run, so people were weaving in and out of each others path the whole time, and little kids were all over the place just waiting to trip me O.o! 

Dad hasn't had the time to put into any kind of serious training, so I was a little worried about him, but he did great! Not only did he finish, but he finished only 3 minutes behind me! Pretty impressive since I've been running since June.

Josh had us all beat by a long shot! He was like a rocket out there! He said he held himself back since this was his first race and he just wasn't sure what to expect, but that he could have done much better and wanted to run it again. I said, "!" So we're going to look around for other 5ks that he can do. He wants to beat his time and better his pace. We may have a running rock-star on our hands.

MeKenzie did really well too. She wasn't too far behind Josh. I know it was hard for her, but she's been training for field hockey and running indoor track, so I wasn't too worried about her. And she finished with a big smile on her face as always :)

You know I've been running since June and that I have had shin splint problems, but what I didn't tell you was that a few weeks before I ran Richmond I pulled a muscle in my leg :( I haven't rested it enough since I had a 5k last Saturday (you know where Sierra lives, behind Walmart? It was down that hill and back UP that hill...pretty awful) I'm pretty sure I ripped the muscle now, so today was really hard for me. I pushed through it because I wanted to run with the family, but I won't be walking for the rest of the weekend. I have a doctors appointment on Monday, but I don't know if I can wait that long...I am in pain :(
But the thrill of the four of us running together was really awesome and I'm glad we did it.

We stopped at McDonald's to grab breakfast (yuck, I know) and hot chocolate. They forgot to put any chocolate in mine and they put coffee in Dad's! Hahaha! Then we rushed home, after picking Alivia up, and we started on the turkey and ham that we were taking to the Rowberry's. Well...Dad started on the turkey and ham because I passed out from pain! He bought the craziest thing last night to grill the turkey in:

It's the silliest looking grill, but it made the best turkey we have ever had!! Christmas came early for Dad this year :)

There were us, the Cherry's, another family, the Jenson's, all at the Rowberry's this year. There was so much food! I was worried that there wouldn't be enough meat and everyone else was worried that there wouldn't be enough food so of course we had a ton!

We got there late, so we missed the turkey hunt that Sis. Rowberry does (do you remember?). Sis. Jenson put on a little skit with her two kids, the Cherry's boys and Alivia. It was really cute:
She was a natural at playing a wild Indian
Alivia was totally wild tonight. I mean W-I-L-D. She was taking on those bigger boys. Pushing, shoving, biting...what the heck? I don't know what got into her tonight, but she was out of control! I was so embarrassed, but luckily it's the Rowberry's and they love us (whew) or else I don't think we would ever be invited back. Dad told Alivia that we couldn't take her there anymore because she was so wild and naughty. She told him straight out, "I don't like that you said that to me because I love Rowberry's"! Little miss sassy pants. Oh! And Josh said that he has never seen the Rowberry's house look like that, ever, because the kids had things scattered all over the place, and you know the Rowberry's house! It's so beautiful and clean all the time. Josh was shocked :) Also, Alivia only ate half a roll and a whole Crunch bar that she found. Can you say sugar-high?

Josh was Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky. You know him...he was enjoying teasing me, Lexy and MeKenzie. But then he would look at me with those big brown eyes and we would just start giggling. He's such a punk!  He is getting up at 3am to hit Best Buy's Black Friday sale for a couple of games he wants, then he's off to work at Hollister at 5am until 4pm!! So, he won't be around to help with any decorating for Christmas this weekend.

Kenz was busy with Lexy - doing what girls do - texting, whispering and giggling too. I love those girls. She stayed the night there tonight, so you know she'll be of NO use to me whatsoever in decorating the house tomorrow :)

Through all this craziness I was missing you so much! My heart has been sore for weeks with just missing you. I kept trying to imagine you there with us all day doing all of these things too, and low and behold I kept picturing Andrew right behind you in my mind. I am so proud of you. I am so thankful for you and for finding the right person to help you in life. I know you are taken care of and are happy, and that makes me full of gratitude. I love you, and your cute husband.

Happy Thanksgiving:


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Alivia: Day of Sharing

I have to say, I haven't been a huge fan of Alivia's preschool this year. I am happy that she likes it, although whenever we pass her old preschool she says, "That's my favorite preschool and I want to go there again." But we are going to stick it out for the year and then move on.

Yesterday she had a "Day of Sharing" program. The kids all dressed up and sang songs for Thanksgiving. She sure makes a cute pilgrim:

(I put the videos on Facebook since my blog video isn't working...grrr)

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Tonight Josh left for his last high school Homecoming Dance. 
This has been a very busy week for him since he is SCA President. There has been lots for him to do and organize. And there have been a few bumps in the road, but tonight I think he'll enjoy the rewards of all his, and his crew's, hard work.

MeKenzie left for her very first Homecoming Dance. 
She's been busy too! There have been parties and pep rallies, a game! 
What a great time for a Freshman.

All of this takes me down Memory Lane:
(the last names have been removed to protect the innocent and their children.)

Tony's Senior Year. Meridian High School.
Don't you love the wicker chair and soft lighting? 
I know I do.

Sophomore year.
Unfortunately, we, Pocatello HS (go Indians!), lost the Homecoming Game to Highland HS,  our nemesis. 
My date, Gary, was the quarterback and was not in a good mood that night, but clearly I didn't care:


Tony was kind enough to escort this young lady the following year to her Senior Homecoming Dance. 
You may notice that it is indeed the same girl from the previous year. 
Please forward your comments/questions to him:

I did not go to Homecoming in 1985.
Instead I rebelled and went to Provo, UT with a few friends.
It took us several hours to get there. 
We climbed the Y mountain and drove home. 
I have no idea why we did it, but it was memorable nonetheless:
Tony did not return to his Alma mater for another dance. 
Could it be that he had an inkling that his dreams were about to come true just a few short months later?

This lucky guy is Erik.
Really nice, but...a football player...and...
we lost the game... again. 
I remember he called an hour before the dance and told me that he was "too sad" about losing 
(curse you Highland HS!), 
and "could we maybe not go to the dance?" 
"! This is our senior year! We are totally going!"
(I hope you can hear the Valley Girl tone because I still can)
He obviously was not in a good mood either. 
And clearly I didn't care:

Is there anything better than Homecoming Week? 
The pep rallies, the marching band, the football game all topped off with a dance. 
It was my favorite week of the whole year:

Lesson to my girls:
Go to the Homecoming Dance with a basketball player!