Monday, May 26, 2014

Hogle Zoo

We had the opportunity to go to Hogle Zoo on Saturday. Burg Pediatric Dentistry was having a customer appreciation day, and I was invited as a blogger.
We woke up to a gray skies, and lots of rain. I was so close to letting it stop us, but I knew I would go stir crazy inside all day. We loaded up hooded jackets, snacks, and my camera.
We were not lucky enough to have the rain ever stop, but the kids still had lots of fun. I decided to not take a stroller/wagon, and it turned out so much better than I could have ever expected. Yes, I had to carry Sabrina a lot, but it was still better than pushing a huge stroller up those hills!! Also, no getting in and out of anything to see all the animals. 
Our favorite part was definitely hearing one of the trainers talk about the elephants. Baby Zuri is still nursing, and it was funny to watch her try to get her big body under her Mommy. 
After we were all totally soaked, and tired...we headed home.

Thank you Burg Pediatric for letting us enjoy the zoo!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Copperton Park {kick off!}

I couldn't help starting our Adventure a Day before school is officially out, because it was a long weekend...and I really need to start having something to look forward to every day.
We started Friday with our favorite park, Copperton Park. This is a repeat from last year, and other play dates we have done. We just love it that much, and it is really close to our house...added bonus.
We stopped at the gas station, which doesn't happen as often anymore, makes it extra special now. All the kids picked out treats, and we were on our way.
I usually love to hit parks first thing in the morning when it is not as crowded, but Savannah being in school didn't make that possible. At Copperton Park the big metal slides get hot, yet another reason why mornings are awesome. 
We still lucked out this day, because it was early enough no one was there, and the weather was absolutely perfect.
They do have this {new from last year} spinning ring that was a total hit with the all my kids. I have to admit, I have gotten on it...and fell off. It is really fun, and quickly makes you sick. 
This is one of those things we will probably do a few times this Summer, and it won't ever get old. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

summer itch.

We are ready for Summer. Who isn't? I can't wait to not set an alarm clock, maybe get a tan, and bring back our Summer adventures!! 

You read that right, I am doing an adventure a day...just like last Summer. People may think I am slightly crazy, but I enjoyed it so much it is worth repeating.

Although I will be recycling some of last years ideas, I would love to add some new ones. Got suggestions? Leave a comment.

Some of the things I will do again...
Non Lemonade Stand (are you ready Cathy?)
Bridal Veil Falls
Painting rocks
Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park
All of our favorite splash pads
Library once a week is a must
We will also be doing planned play groups (which I will post here and on my Facebook page, if you would like to join)

Things we want to add...
hike the Y
lots of new Pinterest crafts
swimming lessons
picnics in the back yard, maybe even daily
Summer party, kind of like our Back to School Bash
I want to add a bunch of different recipes that the kids can help me cook

I am ready for your suggestions, and ready to start playing!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Live Well - The Weigh to Health Program + Giveaway

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post, but all opinions are my own...as always.

For the first time in possibly my entire life, I have set a goal...and stuck to it. {patting myself on the back!} We have now been eating at home since March, which means I have been cooking since then. Can you believe it? I can't either, it is the biggest miracle. I can't say that everything I have cooked, we have loved, but I haven't given up.

I said from the beginning this was never about being on a diet for me, it was about changing our lifestyle. I have occasionally stopped for a gas station soda, and I have learned how to make some new desserts. I have noticed my clothes are fitting differently, and Paul has definitely lost weight. We haven't added exercise, but that is right around the corner for us. This has been all about having healthier options when we need a snack, eating more veggies, and less gummy bears.
I was excited to be invited by Intermountain Healthcare to a night to learn about their The Weigh to Health® program. Little did I know how inspired I would become after that night. It was an eye opening experience, and I learned more than I thought I was going to.

It was interesting for me to learn about emotional eating, and I loved when we were taught how to really eat and enjoy a dessert. I am learning to retrain my brain to not have such a deep relationship with food, but to look at it as fuel. This doesn't mean that I don't still want chocolate, but in the dietitian's words "You need to give yourself permission to stop eating when you are full."  I am guilty so many times of eating, because it feels good...not out of hunger.

Here is a little about the Weigh to Health® program... 

It can help you feel better every day. You’ll learn how to make changes in your life that will help you lose extra weight. Those same changes will also help you: 
  • Have more energy 
  • Be more confident 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Sleep better 
  • Be more active 
  • Manage chronic health conditions 
My favorite things I learned about this program were...
  • They take insurance. I know, who knew!? Also, no referral from your Doctor is required.
  • It is not some fad diet! No pills, or completely cutting out sugar/bread/meat/whatever.
  • There is lots of support! Group classes and one-on-one time with a Registered Dietitian! 
  • This is offered at multiple locations, I want to say more than 10! So, you live up North, or South? No problem.

The exciting news {!!!}, they are giving away four (4) entries to the program. It is a 6 month program, that I am sure will change you!
 
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

we ranaway together.

We decided it was long overdue to run away together as a family. We didn't tell the kids what day we were leaving, or when we would be home. We didn't even tell them the destination. We love a good vacation outside of Utah, but with the age of our littlest, it doesn't sound like as much fun. So, we booked our favorite suite up in Park City at the Newpark Resort. Savannah still remembers our first trip to Newpark, because how can you forget a private hot tub on your balcony? It is pretty awesome.
 It is the perfect distance away from our house to feel like a real vacation, and still not go crazy driving there. I think the kids still managed to get in a fight there, and back!
view from our balcony
I took a week long break from social media, and took pictures with my big camera. I need to remind myself to do this more often. Sometimes I look at my phone just out of habit, and it is a bad one.
The kids played with fun new things I brought with us, we went shopping, and ate, and ate some more. I took the bigger 2 to a movie, while Paul stayed back to give Sabrina a nap.
We went swimming as a family every day in the indoor/outdoor pool, and I showed off my awesome cannon ball skills. I also haven't lost my touch in being able to do a perfect headstand in the water either. Paul and I also successfully made Sabrina and Devin cry by dunking them in water.
Even though it was the perfect little getaway, I definitely was ready to be home. My little people love their routine, and it does make hotel living a little crazy. 
another view from our balcony
We are making plans for our next staycation, and we are going to attempt Lagoon with our crazy bunch. I feel like it could either be a disaster, or an absolute blast!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

what motherhood is for me.

Motherhood is a lot of sleepless nights.
Motherhood is sharing when I don't always want to. 
Motherhood is cleaning up the same mess multiple times a day.
Motherhood is trying really hard every day.
Motherhood is exhausting.
Motherhood is laundry.
Motherhood is stepping on sharp objects.
Motherhood is running away by myself to make sure I don't go crazy.
Motherhood is sometimes just surviving.
Motherhood is poopy diapers, messy faces, and spilled juice.
Motherhood is a BIG dirty Coke to make it through the morning.
Motherhood is hiding in the bathroom with the iPad.
Motherhood is crying, just because.
Motherhood is watching the clock until bedtime.

Motherhood is a list of hard things.
Motherhood is celebrating the little moments every day.
Motherhood is listening and supporting.
Motherhood is rewarding.
Motherhood is my dream come true.

Happy Mother's Day to all the strong and supportive women in my life. The woman that listens to my complaints, thank you. The woman that watches my children for me, thank you. That woman that cleaned my house, made me a dinner, lightened by load, thank you. The woman that snuggles one of my babies for me, thank you. The woman that brings me a treat on a bad day, thank you.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

all I do is party.

Paul tells me that he wants to be one of the girls, because all we do is party. At first I protested, but it is true. I party a lot, and that is okay by me.

At the end of last year, me and 7 of my sassy friends decided to start having little parties every 6 weeks or so. It was an excuse to get together, and have fun. They seem to get bigger and better every time, and themes...oh, the themes. 

Here is recap of the first 5 parties, and amazingly, awful pictures. 


We kicked things off by hosting a baby shower for Stephanie in November. It was all things unicorns, rainbows, and glitter. We wore matching unicorn sweaters, and celebrated her babicorn right. 

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 Our next party was hosted by Vanessa in December, and it was a 80's/pajama/lazy Christmas party. We played Girl Talk, ate junk food, and exchanged white elephant gifts.

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The next party was hosted by Kim in January, and it was an 80's glam birthday party. Kim had someone come to do our nails, and we all did each others hair and makeup. It was only fitting we had Kim take glamor shots to show off how awesome our complete looks were. We also celebrated Kim's birthday with a fabulous cake.

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Okay, so the next party was hosted by Emily, if I remember right it was in March. She planned a "favorite things" party. We were all to bring our favorite kitchen thing x3 in the $5 range. I brought 3 magic erasers, and came home with some fun new things from the ladies. It was more low key, and I loved it. I got to really talk and get to know my friends better.

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Our most recent party was last week, and we had a Cinco de Mayo party. It was hosted by Vanessa again. We all ordered take out from Cafe Rio, and then each brought a snack/treat to share. We also did a fun favorite/dislike type game. We were all assigned a person to buy for and we had to buy 2 things our person liked, and 1 thing our person hated. When we got to the party we put them all on a table, and had to guess what items belonged to who. For the record, I really stunk at this game, but it was really fun.
Also, Vanessa and I did a lip sync to JayZ and Beyonce. It was hilarious, I also found out I am good at makin' it rain.

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What kind of parties do you do with friends that would be fun? Our next party is at a local place that you paint pottery, and I am excited to test out my painting skills.