Thursday, September 27, 2007


Abby looked so pretty on Sunday in her new purple dress, but I forgot to take a picture of her before we went to church. After we came home from church (which ended up being close to five hours with choir, interviews and calling responsibilites), I went outside to try to capture a few shots of her, but then I had the brilliant idea of bringing her inside on the staircase so that you could see more of her dress. That, my friends was a big mistake!! Abby proceeded to have a little meltdown on the stairs and just looked so pathetic with her little chin pressed against her chest in what can only be considered extreme distress. Sundays are a bit rough on her. Church doesn't start until 1:00 p.m. which means she almost never gets a nap. She holds out pretty well though for the most part, and is really starting to enjoy nursery (at least they rarely come to get us so I guess that's a good sign.) But I guess there's only so much a little girl can take and pictures on the stairs pushed her just a little too far on that day!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fun Facts

Four jobs I've had in my life:
1. TCBY girl (I can still make a pretty darn good ice cream cone)
2. JcPenney Associate (I have some really good stories from this job!!)
3. CNA at Crestview Care Center (my best job ever, not because of the glamorous work environment, but because this was where I met my wonderful hubby!!)
4. Marketing Analyst/Programmer for Promark Research (my first "real" post-college job. I worked there for two years until Abby was born and then continued to work part-time from home until we moved to MD)

Four movies I can watch over and over again:
1. Return to Me
2. Rudy
3. Remember the Titans
4. Jaws (an odd Cleveland family thing)

Four Places I have lived:
1. Grand Junction, CO
2. Provo, UT
3. Houston, TX
4. Hagerstown, MD

Four T.V. Shows that I watch:
1. American Idol
2. Criminal Minds
3. Numbers
4. I love gameshows too (Who's Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, Singing Bee, 1 vs. 100, Power of 10, you get the idea!!)

Four favorite activities:
1. Hanging out with my family
2. Working out
3. Reading
4. Eating (this is why I HAVE to do #2!)

Four places I have been:
1. Sao Paulo & Recife, Brazil
2. Ensenada, Mexico
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Washington, D.C.

Four People who e-mail me (regularly):
1. My mom
2. My sisters
3. Most everybody else is in the blogging world so that's how we mostly communicate now

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Cheese
2. Chicken Parmesan
3. Ice Cream
4. Can I list cheese twice?? Seriously, I am a cheese-a-holic

Four Places I would like to visit:
1. China
2. Africa
3. Italy
4. Brazil (again)

Four Things I am looking forward to this year:
1. October trip to Ohio to see BYU roommates
2. Richmond Marathon
3. Our first Thanksgiving at our own home (with my two sisters and their families)
4. Christmas Season (My most favorite time of the year!!!)

Now its your turn!! Tell me all about yourself in your own blogs, the juicier the better!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Running: The Agony of da Feet!

I know all of my fans out there are probably wondering about how my marathon training has been going (humor me, will you?) Up until yesterday, I would have said pretty darn good. I have battled a few hip issues (still sore, but manageable) but other than that, I have felt really good through all of my runs. Yesterday was a 14-miler which was kind of exciting since that would be the farthest I had ever run and it was finally a distance that was over the halfway point of the marathon (kinda scary, huh?)

The next portion of this blog entry may be a little too much information for some people, especially if you don't like hearing about what starts to happen to the human body after hours of running. If that applies to you, please stop here!

Anyway, Saturday started out pretty well. I woke up fairly early and got out the door before the sun was up. My hip was pretty stiff at the beginning but I knew that usually by mile 3 or 4 it would start to feel a lot better so I kept going. The previous day I had battled a few "intestinal issues" (i.e. think my early days as a missionary in Brazil and you will get the idea), but I was hoping that those problems weren't going to plague me today. Let's just say though, that by mile 4, I was literally praying for a toilet. It took just about every ounce of energy I had to hold it all in. Miraculously, there was a flea market on the side of the road and I saw to my great relief that there were some port-a-potties in the parking lot. I quickly ran over, checked to be sure it was stocked with toilet paper (another lesson I learned from the mission) and finally felt some relief. I knew that I was at least 4 miles from home at this point, so I just hoped that I wouldn't have any more issues and that I could complete the entire 14 miles so I kept on going. I felt good until mile 8 when I noticed that the inside seam of my running shorts was starting to become a bit bothersome (note to all: anything that can chafe, will chafe during long runs). But there wasn't a whole lot that I could do but keep running. I chose a different route for that day's run and came across some pretty nasty hills along the way, some so steep that it was all I could do to slowly walk up them. By mile 10, I was just zapped. My legs felt rubbery, I was weak and I was also starting to run low on water. I am definitely not a quitter (which sometimes isn't always a good thing) so I continued to run, trot, limp and crawl along until I finally finished the entire 14 miles.

So why do I share these things with you all? I'm not entirely sure, just that I needed somewhere to express what an utterly awful experience that was. It could probably go down as one of my worst runs ever and that's saying a lot because I've endured several doozies during my last 10+ years of running. But despite the sore hip, the diarrhea, the horrible chaffing, the excruciating hills, the dehydration and the overall dreadful nature of this particular run, I still finished and that, ladies and gentleman, is quite the accomplishment.

So what next....Well maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, but I'll just keep on running and hope things are a bit better for next week. After all, next week is 16 miles...AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

Friday, September 21, 2007


Kleptomania: An inability or great difficulty in resisting impulses of stealing. A person with this disorder is compelled to steal things, generally things of little or no value, such as pens, paper clips, small toys or packets of sugar (and may I also add, little pieces of candy from a gumball machine!!)

So you may all be asking yourselves why I just provided you all with the Wikipedia definition of kleptomania. Well let me tell you a little story...

On Wednesday night, I was with my sister Tasha in Frederick, MD and we happened to be near one of those stands in the middle of a mall that has something like 50 different candy machines that you put a quarter into to get a little treat. Abby seemed to be fascinated by all the different colors and shapes so we let her walk around them for a bit while we gabbed. A few seconds later, I noticed that Abby was eating something and also had about 3 or 4 little pieces of chewing gum in her hand. I quickly took them all away, thinking that she had retrieved them from the floor or something similar. We went back to talking and again I noticed Abby had more candies in her hand. By this time, I knew that these were not just stray pieces of candy so after taking them away from her again, we carefully watched to see how she was getting them.

Then we saw the little criminal at work, shoving her little hand up inside the metal door and inside the machine. Her hand was small enough to wiggle its way through the opening and pull out a few selected pieces. I immediately told her no, that she was stealing and that it wasn't nice, but I couldn't help from laughing either. I mean, what an ingenious little girl to figure something like that out so easily. Of course, we don't want our little Abigail to turn into a kleptomaniac or anything, but it was kind of funny.

On a little side note, I am going to be an aunt again!! My sister Tasha and her husband Jeff are expecting their first child in April. I am beyond excited for both of them, but also for myself. This will be my first niece/nephew that I will actually live close enough to visit on a regular basis. I hope that their baby and Abby can grow up to be good friends. Yeah for more babies!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Labor Day

So I have been somewhat of a slacker with the whole blogging thing and I hope to start doing it regularly again. I was recently called as Relief Society secretary in our new ward and it has surprisingly kept me pretty busy. Our ward here is fantastic and I love getting to know all the sisters at the many activities that they have, especially the ladies' night out!

I thought I would post some pictures from our Labor Day outing. We went to Greenbrier State Park, about 20 minutes from where we live. It's not much of a lake, but its absolutely gorgeous with being so green and surrounded by "mountains." They call them "mountains" here, and compared to "flat as a pancake" Houston they would be considered somewhat mountainous, but I am a Colorado girl and no hill that rises less than 2000 feet could be truly considered a mountain in my book. Abby had a great time playing in the sand and swimming in the lake. We also brought a picnic lunch to enjoy the end of summer.

Just kickin' back and layin' in the sun!

Finding lost treasures...

Ohhhh, this sand feels so good!!

We finally found a way to control our fiesty lil' 18-month old!