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December & Bringing in the New Year

Today is New Years! I started off with a 6 mile run at a 7:15 pace. I am so out of shape but I feel it slowly coming back. As I mentioned before, I am able to run every other day. It’s been so great!

We went to the pond today for our annual polar plunge. (

It’s amazing how much it has grown… this year was a lot warmer than the past 2. That probably helped get more people in the water. (These pictures are those that have jumped in for the polar plunge.) This was Corom’s legs from the 1st year of doing it… the ice tore his legs up! Call me a bad wife but I still find it funny…. the bottom 2 pictures are from last year with him sledding in…

. ..This year… There was no ice in the pond, very little snow on the ground and the temperature was 42 degrees. A lot more mild then the years past but still so much fun. Corom and my 2 older girls jumped in…

… me and my 2 younger ones were perfectly ok just watching. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I love December! I love everything about Christmas… I love how everyone gives and serves and wants to help others out. I love the peace of it all and even the gifts. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For the month of December, as a family, we do an activity every day. The girls pick a little note out of a Christmas tree calendar with a different activity on it.

December

1st: Christmas rings

2nd: Making hand lotion & Bath Bombs

3rd: Ward Christmas Party & Santa Clause

4th: Writing Letters to Santa

5th: Read Christmas Stories with Hot Chocolate

6th: Making Christmas Ornaments

7th: Rock Climbing

8th: Driving around Salem Pond and Seeing Christmas Lights

9th: Cutting A Christmas Tree Down

10th: Delivering the Christmas Tree to a Neighbor

11th: Polar Express Night at the Elementary School

12th: Visiting our Elderly Neighbor (Dottie)

13th: Christmas Crafts

14th: Delivering Goodies

15th: Ice Skating

16th: Christmas Party with Friends

17th: Dinner with neighbors & Decorating Cookies

18th: Sing to the elderly at the Assisted Living Home

19th: Gift to Mail Lady/Garbageman

20th: Class Parties

21st: Gingerbread Houses

22nd: Notes to Neighbors (from the girls)

23rd: Christmas Stories and Hot Chocolate

24th: Greek Dinner and our PJ gifts

25th: Christmas and our gift to our Savior

26th: Playing With New Things

27th: Bringing treats to others

28th: Ice skating and Art Museum

29th: Sledding & Christmas dinner with Corom’s family

30th: Salt Lake Temple/Lights

31st: New Years Eve: games, food, family and friends

I love my family so much through the good and the bad, the fun and not so fun. They are everything to me. Bring on another year. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Where to Start

I will start off with my running (or lack thereof) and then get on to more of the funny, normal things in our life. And everything will be out of order but oh well…

“I firmly believe that the only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Scott Hamilton

“While a positive attitude doesn’t always work, a negative attitude almost always does.”

I have been so discouraged with my injury and obviously lack thereof of running! I’ve been out since June with most exercises. I have ran just a small handful of times (which I probably shouldn’t have) and only biked a few other times. But I have noticed that my attitude is everything. There is nothing I can do about my injury except to rest and let it heal. Some days are easier than others (mentally) but I am trying to stay on the positive side. ย I am slowly coming back but I still feel a pain and tightness in the back of my knee.

I’ve been to the docs for a lot of physical therapy work… Today is Monday, December 18th, and a few weeks ago I was given the ok to start running, every other day, not going over 5 miles for each run! I have been loving it. It is not much but I will take it. On the other days, I bike, do a strength training class (which I so lack in), swim (well once so far in the 2 weeks), the elliptical, etc. It feels good to be able to do stuff again but I have a ways to go. I do have the good days with the not so good, but I have no doubt I will come back.

We finally got family pictures done (after 6 almost 7 years of not taking one):

My 2nd oldest had her 10th birthday. We invited the entire 4th grade over (all the girls). We put on all the invitations for no gifts! I do not want that many gifts coming in. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes it is loud and crazy for an hour and a half but we didn’t want anyone to feel left out. A month after my 2nd child’s birthday was my 3rd. She turned 9. We had the 3rd grade girls come for more noise and chaos. But it was fun (with that many people, you don’t really have to plan activities because everyone just plays). They are growing up way too fast and are both turning into beautiful young ladies.…after my 3rd child’s birthday was Corom’s birthday… well today was a day of payback for people to get Corom back. Corom is always pranking people. It started off at midnight with a couple of kids coming to our house and wrapping our car with plastic wrap.

Corom was freaking out because all he heard was the dogs barking (and it was the people are near our house bark). Corom put the dogs in the garage so the neighbors wouldn’t get annoyed. Then about 10 min later we saw a cop drive around the school (next to our house). After the cop left he saw 2 cars pull into the school parking lot, get out with something in their hands and run towards our house. (By this time it was about 12:30 a.m.) Corom lost sight of the boys and began running from room to room looking through the blinds. A few min later he let the dogs back out. He had me call the police, once the dogs were barking again. The 2 kids took off because of our dogs as corom is giving me a complete description of the cars and where they are going; which I would quickly relay that to the police. We went out front to see exactly which direction the cars went when corom noticed his truck was wrapped. We told the police to call it off and it was just a funny prank. I felt so dumb telling the police that… they got a kick out of it.

We then woke up to our porch full of stuffed animals and a happy birthday sign… <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
n church, our neighbor took a picture of our good friend, Mike, wrapping our big sprinter van in streamers, plastic wrap, foil and Oreos… It made me laugh! Even better that we caught him. I told corom he had it coming to him with all the things he does to others. His birthday was fun spending time with both our families! My oldest made his birthday cake… she made a pig. I thought it was pretty clever. We took our girls to Moab and did some river rafting. One of the coaches I coach with (Alex Crystal) is a river guide in the summer and took us out. It was a blast!!! My girls loved it. We did some pretty amazing hikes as well. Halloween is always a great time! Trick or treating, Halloween runs, parties…. https://motherracer.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/img_7320-1.movThanksgiving… my parents were able to come for a visit. It was a great week hanging out with them, my sister and her family and my brother and his family. The weather was great all week. The boys and kids took the boat out for tubing and water skiing a couple of times, we played games, did crafts, swam and just hung out. we did do the whole Black Friday thing… holy mad house! Corom was followed by the Walmart cops and then asked to search his jacket and bags as he was waiting in the line to leave. We were not with him, otherwise, there would have been a ton of pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was hilarious because he always gets pulled over, stopped, etc… so this wasn’t a shocker. ..but he does look a little crazy ๐Ÿ˜œ ! And the stuff in his bag was a little too funny. I had the opportunity to help cater a Republican Party event for the man running for president in Mali. It was a great experience and I was able to meet some pretty amazing people. A few of the “Railroad Underground” people were there and have done some wonderful things. With school now going, we have kept our days full. I have been subbing at the elementary school where my girls go and at the High School where I coach at… Our cross country season has been going strong. We have had great times, not so great, sorrow and team unity this year more so than any other. Lots of service and friendships with this group. They ran really well at region and then once again at State. Then it was off to our California trip. Disneyland, the beach, then the Footlocker race.

We keep busy on the weekends with Jamie (our guy from England) trying to stay out of trouble… Anywhere from big wheeling down steep mountains to rope ย swinging into the ponds. We had a hard time Once Jamie had to leave. He has been a part of our family for about 7 months and fit right in. We can’t wait until he comes out next summer!

The girls played city soccer and little kids city cross country was going on … and yes, Corom and I coach all 4 of our girls soccer team; and I coach the cross country team. Corom also became the Jr. High cross country coach. It has been busy but we are loving it… and it’s fun having the girls enjoy it with us. Once soccer ended, we put the girls in city basketball. I love that the city has all these sports throughout the year. It’s cheap and convenient for us.

Here are all the rest of our pictures throughout the past few months…

Red Ribbon week (I was in charge of at the elementary school):

5 mile hike round trip to the hot springs with the Harris’s… Playing, redoing our basement, etc…

1st Week of School

August 20th-27th, 2017: I, so, love these 4! They are growing up so fast. My oldest is in 6th grade, 2nd oldest is in 4th grade, 3rd is in 3rd and last child is in 2nd grade. My 2 older girls came out with make-up on and I was not having it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I made them take it off but the lipstick seemed to stay.Of course I had to go to all of the girl’s classrooms to take their picture. My oldest was so embarrassed! You think she would be used to us embarrassing her by now.

While the kids are in school, I have time to go out and exercise! ย As most of you know… I have taken a few months off of running (I have ran a small handful of times but I shouldn’t have). I have been so discouraged and I just want to be able to start training again. The 1st day of school, my friend, Rachelle, asked if I wanted to go on a bike ride. We rode around the lake and came home 2 1/2 hours later (about 40 miles). It kicked my butt! I am so out of shape but it felt good. I was able to get a swim in and use the stationary spin bike. I did run about 3-4 miles total this week. Thanks to Rungum for helping along!

We had our 1st cross country meet on the 2nd day of school (Wednesday). It was pre-region. It is fun to see where everyone is at and then at the end of the season coming back to see how much everyone has improved. On both sides (males and females) did not disappoint! They ran so well. The boys are so fun to watch as they run in a pack. They look strong! The girls came out and surprised all of us with their determination and drive to do well.

We had our 2nd meet at the Payson invitational… I love this meet. It is a night race under the lights. We had a couple of division 6A schools there… our thinking (as coaches) was to let the 6A schools run their race and we would compete with the other schools. Our athletes surprised us on all races (JV and Varsity boys and girls) and raced so well. They took 2nd in all categories as a team except our JV girls took 4th (still very pleased about that). It was fun watching the runners race with determination and competitiveness. I know this is just the beginning of the season so we are hoping for no injuries, to staying healthy and to keeping their drive for competing going.

Jamie, Greg (the 2 English guys) and I hiked up to the Hot Springs. It was about 5 miles total (up and back down). Corom wasn’t able to come because he had to go back to work now that school started. It has been a fun summer with him home.

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On Saturday, I had the opportunity to help (in a small way) Zu-wire fitness (our local gym) with a 5k race. It was for a little 3 year old, Levi, who was accidentally run over and killed. Levi’s family (whom I barely even know) has shown more love for those around them in this tragic time of theirs than what I could even imagine. They are truly amazing and great examples to everyone around them and they immediately dove into service and bringing the community together. I know they are struggling immensely but are trying to do what Levi would want them to do. Great examples to all!

My girls, Corom and Jamie ran the race and had a good time doing it. I helped at the finish line and worked the timing system. I was able to watch with somber feelings, Levi’s mom, dad and his siblings hug everyone that came across the finish line and place medals around the runners necks.

We had the HS cross country team come and “race” this event to show their love and respect for family and community. We didn’t get home from our meet last night until 10 and these HS kids got up at 6ish to be at the gym to support by 6:45 a.m. They did treat it as a recovery day but I love these kids and what they stand for.

Saturday night, Corom and I, went to the Southern Boil at the Clarion Gardens (the catering place I work at) for dinner. The Fullmer’s and Levitt’s came with and we had a fun night.of course we dressed for the occasion… some dressed up more than others… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Esther won the most dressed up award. Her hair was awesome! Always good food there! Thanks Carters! The night before (Friday), Corom, Jamie and Mike went and caught all the crawdads for the southern boil. Jamie was unable to go with us because he was leaving for a couple of days so Corom decided to make him dinner (before we both left). The girls had fun with their friends and decided to do a sauna in their bathroom.. and then I had to throw in a pic of a beautiful rainbow from earlier. ๐Ÿ˜Š Sunday was great… we had 4 families over for dinner, went to church (I am now working with the 3 and 4 year olds and not in the RS presidency), and just hung out at the house. I worked at the Clarion this past week, subbed a math class for the high school… which by the way… math was my worst subject in school, and did my normal everyday stuff (family time, coaching, work, church, etc).

The Week Before School Starts & Jamie’s Back

We have had one busy summer:

  1. Jamie from England (soccer coach) lived with us for 3 months (leading into summer).
  2. We took off for 2 1/2 weeks to travel the U.S. in our Sprinter van.
  3. We came home to 2 Brazilians living in our home. Soccer coaches.
  4. Corom and I went on trek, my oldest had her 5th grade Shadow Mountain campout, Corom went on scout camp, he also went to Catalina, California for a spear fishing trip. I had cross country camp with the high school kids.
  5. I found out I pulled a muscle behind my knee with arthritis forming in my legs. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  6. We had 4 boys from China here for almost 2 weeks.
  7. 4 boys from the Country of Georgia stayed with us for 8 days.
  8. We went to Leo carillo, Malibu California for 5 days for our annual beach camping trip.
  9. Jamie from England came back to our house for the next 3 months!
  10. Oh and our basement flooded 3 times total in a 5 month period.

โ€‹Our week back from beach camping and our England son has returned (Jamie has missed us so much):

Salem Days 5k: I have not ran since June and I actually stopped biking, etc. just to let my knee heal. I can’t say I have not ran because I have probably gone out about 3 times in the past 2 1/2 months for various reasons. Anyway… I decided to run the Salem Days 5k with my kids. Once we started, I only lasted about .6 miles before I told the girls I was going to run ahead and come back and get them when I finished. I absolutely miss racing and quickly realized how out of shape I am and how much my knee is driving me crazy!! I just want to heal up and race again. I can run through the arthritis pain but can’t start the training with how tight my knee is. Anyway… I pulled off a time of 20 minutes something (a 6:50 pace) but as I said before… so out of shape! My girls ran excellent. My oldest took 1st in her age group, 2nd took 2nd in hers, 3rd took 1st and 4th took 2nd. It was fun to see them come in.ย The rest of Salem days was a blast. Breakfast, kid’s parade (the night before), the community parade, BBQ, fairgrounds and activities… bike riding,ย the pageant (a little play), then the firework show. I so love this community.ย This picture I took from someone else in our community… it shows the beauty of our pond and the firework show.

Over the weekend I helped Sundance resort (Woody) put on a 7 mile trail race. It was absolutely beautiful and the course was awesome! I ran the course the night before with Corom and Jamie to make sure all the signs were in place. I took a pretty good fall on the way down but didn’t get too scratched up. My knee was so tight for majority of the run,ย ๐Ÿ˜ž But it felt so good to get out and run.ย 

The next morning, we all got up early and headed up for the trail race. Corom and Mike were the sweepers (they were the last ones… making sure everyone was cleared off the mountain). I took the girls up to about mile 4 and waited for Corom and Mike to show up. We all ran the last 3 miles together.

Right after the trail race, we went to Park City to the Olympic Park for some fun. The guys (Corom, Jamie and Mike) are the ones that went down the slides while Amy, the girls and I watched. We were very entertained! We could not stop laughing with Corom’s and Jamie’s 1st jump!

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Sometime during the week we went to the Hot Springs with Jamie and Greg (both from England here as soccer coaches). I was able to soak in the hot springs for a good hour with my knee taking in all the minerals. I heard that would help so I wanted to give it a try. The boys had a brilliant idea to pull the van up as close as they could to the spring hole and jump in. I have to admit… it was entertaining. Corom jumped in right away…

…and it took Jamie a little while to do it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry Jamie.

โ€‹We had a few extra neighbor kids come with us… my girls loved it. We had a good time.

We took Jamie and the girls to the High School’s 1st football game of the season… Jamie’s 1st time sitting down and watching American football.

I took the girls to the fairgrounds and my oldest got roped into helping with the face painting booth.

The day before school started, we were able to see the Eclipse. We went to my sister’s house and met up with my younger brother and his family and my oldest brother and some of his family. We spent the time on the lake and in the hot springs pool. My oldest brother (and family) are visiting from California. They are sending their daughter off to college (she got into a University up here). ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cross Country this summer has been great. We have had many activities other than running! Many mornings, we had breakfast ready for the kids as they came in. We played games, BBQ’d, etc. Good group of kids and so ready to race.


It’s been a busy week/summer and I am ready for school to start.
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Beach Camping Californiaย 

August 7th- August 11, 2017: We left at 2 a.m. to head on down to California (Leo Carillo- Malibu, California). We caravaned with the Fullmer’s and the Thompson’s. We had a little mishap on the way down but nothing that we aren’t used too… We finally arrived at our campsite around 3. We always try to get the same campsite every year! It is the best one at Leo carillo.  Angela Chambers and her kids met us shortly later at the campsite. We set up camp quickly… and headed to the beach, well after Corom “rested” for a little bit. The beach was perfect this time of year!! (Mike, I love that you are in the background picking your nose!)The 1st night we were there we walked down to the beach looking for the Grunan Run. It was a full moon and during the summer months, the grunan fish come out at certain times to lay eggs on the sand. We had no luck seeing them but it sure was a nice night for a moonlight walk on the beach.  Tuesday morning, the kids played around the camp for a while and it took Corom a little while to wake up… Our campsite is so awesome!Then it was beach time for the 4 families. I actually got in the water and boogie boarded this year. It was so much warmer in August then June when we usually go on this annual trip! I had a blast… this is something I need to document. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Corom had to help me get the wet suit off.. that thing was a bugger to get off. All the kids had a blast, too, with boogie boarding, flying kites and just playing! We were tired by the time we got back to camp! Had a fire and then went to bed. Wednesday was pretty much the same… a whole lot of fun and relaxing!  Corom, Mike and Bart said they were going to catch us dinner for the night. They took their spears and headed out to the ocean. They were gone for a good couple of hours… They came back with a whole lot of dinner!! It was so much work bringing that monster fish back that Corom slept for the next hour in his wetsuit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Us ladies had a good laugh but the guys didn’t care about not catching much. They love spear fishing! We played games on the beach… and built a huge sand sculpture. Every year the men and children pick something different to sculpt. This year it was a… lobster. ๐Ÿ˜Š I did get up Wednesday morning to try to go for my 1st run in a long time. It was absolutely beautiful but my run only lasted 15 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜ž I hate injuries!!! My knee is still bothering me and I have no clue what to do about it (we are going on the 3rd month)! More fun pictures in the sun!

Our 2nd daughter and Corom went out on the paddle board together. They had a little trouble as they were making their way back in. Next thing we know… the life guard is in there pulling our daughter out because she was taken under the wave. I am so glad she was watching! And who knows… maybe Corom did it on purpose. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My brother was able to pop in and visit on our last night camping (he only lives 20 min away, so I would have been mad if he didn’t). ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s always good seeing him!

We made a “special” chocolate, oatmeal, graham cracker, fruit pancake for this little guy. We were celebrating his birthday.

Last day at the beach! More swimming, boogie boarding, looking for sand creatures, sand sculptures and relaxing.

The boys went out to try to surf for a little while and then shortly after they returned we went back to camp to clean up.

The week went by way too fast. It is always hard coming home. We left Thursday evening (around 9) and drove through the night. By 8 a.m. Friday morning, we were home.

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