Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Slow Motion Running

I still remember the first day that I started track at USU. I was so nervous. I was worried that I would be less athletic than everyone else, wouldn't like my coach, wouldn't bond with my teammates, etc... After we learned each other's names, we started our warm-up. I was exhausted afterward--and we hadn't even started the real workout yet! After practice finished, I was beat. I thought to myself, "I have never felt so out of shape in my life. What have I gotten myself into?!" 

Well, a similar thing happened to me this week when I went on my first run since having Claire. I started off with my jogging stroller at a slow-motion pace and made it around the corner before I was gasping for air. I was so embarrassed and just praying the whole time that no one from our neighborhood would recognize me.

Why am I writing this very random blog post, you ask?

1. So I can publicly thank my mom for buying me a super nice jogging stroller. Thanks Mommy. You're the best!
2. So one day when I'm running marathons at a 4 minute mile pace, I can look back and see how far I've come. 
3. I'm hoping that if I tell the few of you that read my blog that I've started running, I'll feel more accountable to sticking with a constant workout routine.
4. Some people complain that once people have children, that's all they ever blog about. So here is me NOT blogging about my ridiculously cute baby. 

Anyways.. After a month or two, I finally got in shape and got to compete with some pretty awesome people at USU. I loved my coaches and teammates and I was in the best shape of my life. So it was a happy ending. Here's to hoping that my pitiful runs with the jogging stroller turn out to be a happy ending as well!

Blessing Day!

We chose to bless Claire at my parent's house last Saturday. It was such a special day! Claire was a very good baby and slept through the whole thing. 

My mom kept my blessing dress from 21 years ago so I could pass it on to my children. It's such a beautiful dress and Claire looked so precious in it. 

I wasn't very good at taking pictures that night, but here's a picture of the six chicks-plus one! 

It was a wonderful night with friends and family!

Newborn Photos

Claire had newborn photos done when she was just 5 days old. They all turned out SO adorable. 

Here are some of my favorites. 

These were done by Simply Be Photography. She did a great job and I'd recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Costume Options

I've been trying to decide if we should do costumes for our little family for Halloween. Here are some of the candidates. 

I think this is actually a Christmas card, and not a Halloween costume. Regardless, Richie really wants to dress up like this.

Piggies, sled included.

Winnie the Pooh and friends. Of course if we dressed like this, we'd have to go to a photo studio and get a picture just like this. 

Different variations of potatoes

I found all these photos on Awkward Family Photos, just in case you haven't seen your fill of awkwardness for the day and want to see more.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

All Smiles!

One of my FAVORITE things is when Claire smiles. You'd be surprised at how hard it is to capture a smile on camera. 

Here are a few photos I managed to get. 

Isn't she so adorable?!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Bath Time!

Claire loves bath time! She is always scared when she first gets in. She also needs one of us to be holding her hand or having some part of us touch her the whole time she's in the bath. It's adorable. That's why Richie's hand is in the way in the picture. 
Isn't she precious?