Tuesday, December 24, 2013

James' Christmas Program

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Hope those of you who celebrate Christmas have a wonderful one! Here is the video of James' Christmas program through his preschool. I have edited it down to less than 15 minutes. You're welcome. Enjoy!

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Thanksgiving Day Miracle

I have never been a fan of running for fun. I'll run for my life, if necessary, but I never really got the appeal of just running. Mostly, I still don't. I do, however, love a challenge and so I challenged myself to begin running and train for a 5K. On Thanksgiving Day of 2013, I ran (and finished) my first 5K! I actually got up early on a holiday and went out into the 20-degree weather to run voluntarily. Many of you may need to read that sentence again, but it's true! I have pictures and witnesses since Chris and James were nice enough to go out and cheer me on. I am as slow as molasses in winter but I still set a personal best time that morning and for that, I am very proud. Plus, I ate a lot of food later pretty guilt-free. Starting the day with exercise gives you a free eating pass for the rest of the day, right?
Smiling because I haven't run yet and wearing the stylish
"pilgrim" shirt they gave me.
My first racing number.
There's a little arrow above my head. 
We had Thanksgiving Dinner at our house this year and included a friend of Chris's from work that doesn't have any family here. It was a nice, low-key day of eating and watching football. We hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving as well. 

Thanksgiving 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Batman!

Now that it's almost Christmas, I suppose I should post our Halloween pictures. Guess I'm just a little behind…
This year, James has developed an interest in superheroes and he asked if he could be Batman for Halloween. Once he makes up his mind about his costume, he really doesn't waver from that. It's a done deal. That's super helpful because I don't have to wait until the last minute to get a costume and once I get one, I don't have to worry he's going to change his mind 3 days before Halloween. Whew! The weather was pretty nice here this year and so we were able to enjoy trick-or-treating around the neighborhood early and then hand out candy once we got home. We were very proud of how well James used his manners, always saying "thank you" and then shouting "Happy Halloween!" as he ran down the driveway so excited to tell us what candy he had just received. The best part, however, was that every time they answered the door for him, they would say, "Oh, it's Batman!" or something like that, and at one point James comes to me and says, "Mom, can you believe it?! They think I'm the real Batman!! They don't know I'm just James!" Hands down, the greatest part of Halloween this year. Love him!!
Our little Batman
"Are you really going to make me go out dressed as Underdog?"
James started singing into the scooper. Hilarious!
Getting out the gunk 
He wasn't afraid to use his hands.
Chris and James carving his pumpkin together

He loved the way it turned out!
James' pumpkin (designed by him)
Chris and Jill's pumpkin

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

In-laws and an Anniversary

While James and I were in San Francisco, Chris welcomed his parents, Richard & Cindy, back to Utah.  They got to enjoy a couple days of fun with their son alone before James and I returned and it was all about the grandkid. We all enjoy their visits, but James especially loves spending time with his Mimi and Papa!

Chris took his parents off-roading in the mountains to enjoy the
view and the lovely fall colors
Not a bad view...
Richard and Cindy took turns trying out my bike while Chris was making some repairs on it. You can't help but smile when you're on that fun, lime green cruiser. :)

Papa and James share some Cheerios
Chutes and Ladders, fun for all ages!
James loves to do crafts so I always try to pick up a little project for him to do with R & C when they are in town. Sometimes he keeps them, sometimes they do. Little memories… 

James and Papa working on their wooden pirate ship 
James paints a birdhouse with Mimi since she collects them
The following weekend was our ninth wedding anniversary and we celebrated with a night away in a cabin at Sundance Resort (http://www.sundanceresort.com). We have done that for a couple other anniversaries and we love it. Their restaurant, The Tree Room (http://www.sundanceresort.com/dine/tree_room.html), is our favorite place to eat. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is just cozy and romantic and lovely. Sunday morning, we had a delicious brunch at the Foundry Grill (http://www.sundanceresort.com/dine/foundry_grill.html) that requires wearing stretchy pants. So yummy!

Sitting on the porch at our cabin. Happy Anniversary to us! 
All dressed up for dinner

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A San Francisco Treat

One of my dearest friends, Ty, has been my friend since we were 9 or so and this friendship remains one of the greatest gifts in my life. Frankly, she knows too much for me to let her out of it. 
She lives in San Francisco with her awesome wife, Tovah, and on August 28, their beautiful little boy, Ari, finally arrived! I really couldn't get there fast enough, but we held off until October and then planned a long weekend visit with nothing but baby time on the agenda. Unfortunately, Chris got sick. Sick people do not get to go see new babies, so being the amazing wife that I am, I left him behind to cough, sneeze, and sleep, and James and I went to meet Ari. 
James was excited about getting to hold "Baby Ari"
all by himself. 
So much cuteness in one picture! 
Entertaining us at a local children's museum
My sweet boy loves Ari already. 
Ty is one happy momma. Just awesome to see. 
25 years of friendship. Woohoo!
Me and that sweet baby all wrapped up in the quilt I
made him for his birthday. He's so adorable!
James and his Titi Ty 
James with Titi Ty and Titi Tovah. He spent the entire weekend calling them
each the other's name. Hilarious.
We took the ferry over to Sausalito for the day
and James was so excited to see the Golden
Gate Bridge in person!
One last snuggle with Ari before we go. Wearing the crown
just to remind him who was here first. Ha! Just kidding!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Fun!

Autumn is my favorite time of year, and this one has been particularly nice here in Utah. We have had such beautiful colors and the weather has been unseasonably warm which is keeping everyone outside as much as possible before the cold comes. James thinks playing in the leaves is the "most fun ever" and there isn't a leaf left that he hasn't stepped on or scooped up and thrown. For those of you that don't really get fall color where you live, enjoy!
The leaves are turning
And falling

James and Grace playing in the leaves
Off on an adventure, holding hands. So sweet!
Ready to roll...
…and down the hill he goes!
He made a pile of leaves and then jumped!
"Wasn't that awesome, Mom?!"
Investigating the moss
Look at that handsome face! :)
Throwing a snowball at Leo, who just wants to eat it
James and Mirai were laughing so hard
and it was really adorable.