Tuesday, July 18, 2017


I got this idea that it would be fun to do some sort of race with my siblings while we were in Utah. It was about a month after having Sara and I thought, yeah, it will help me get in shape and it will be something fun we can do as a family. When I looked up races the only one going on was The Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay. I've heard that Ragnar is so fun and got all excited and got my family all on board with the idea. After the initial excitement (and going on a run for the first time after having a baby) I realized that maybe that was a bad idea... like a really bad idea lol, but it was kind of too late. I am really glad I did it, and it was so so much fun, but it was way harder than any race I've done before.

 The morning of the race I woke up and snuggled and fed Sara in bed. I didn't realize I would get so emotional, but started crying thinking about leaving her for two days, when I hadn't even left her for longer than a few hours with Brad. I worked hard to pump a storage of breastmilk leading up to the race. We took it with us to Utah and Brad took over with the kids for two days and said Sara ate like a champ. It was one of the things I was most nervous about so hearing she did great and slept well made me really happy. The other hurdle was pumping along the race. oh man, lol it was an adventure but it all worked out. I finished pumping after one of our breaks at a lodge and some woman came up to me and told me I was super mom. It was so nice of them and to be honest it made me feel a lot better about myself after a pretty slow first leg.

 Megan, Trent, Rachael, My Dad, Reese, and I made up a van of 6. Reese, Megan, and Trent had never run in any sort of race before and my dad hasn't for years, but everyone just killed it! I just couldn't get over how proud I was of everyone. My dad took on some of the hardest legs and somehow at 53 all 6'10" of him made it through those difficult miles. Trent ran the epic Ragnar hill that was seriously straight up a mountain. I mean it was his first race ever and he was scaling this huge thing with all these elite runners and I just couldn't help but cry for joy when he finished. It's hard to explain why running through the middle of the night and getting living in a van for 2 days would be so fun, but it just was. It might be a while before I sign up for it again, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to do it this year.

 The first leg of 3 miles was the hardest for me. It was super hot in the middle of the day and I just wasn't ready for the altitude. My second and longest run was at 1:00am and was 6 miles. It was my absolute favorite! It was so cool running in the dark in the middle of the mountains with the stars and moon around. It was so nice to run in the cool air and the darkness just gave me that extra adrenaline. My last run was around noon the next day and was 5 miles almost all downhill out of the Mountain. probably nice for most people, but having two reconstructed knees made the downhill a pretty long and painful run. Brad and Teresa drove down with the kids in the morning and were there to watch the last part of the race. They stopped every few miles to give me some water and it was so fun to see my sweet babies and husband cheering me on. After realizing I wasn't going that fast lol my goal was to just not stop and run the whole thing to the finish. Brad was waiting to give me some water with about a quarter mile left and when I saw him I thought to myself "I hope he runs with me to the end," and that's exactly what he did. I seriously underestimated how hard Ragnar would be and I needed him to help me that last little bit.

At the end of the race I felt so much gratitude. Gratitude for my husband who helped me to train while studying for his board exams. He encouraged me to run, took care of the kids, and jumped into run with me and help me when I needed his support. I felt gratitude for my body that had given birth to a beautiful girl 3 months before and was able to feed her and a body that ran me to the finish line. Also a lot of gratitude for my amazing and fun family. I realized doing it, that there are not many people I would want to do something like this with, and it was just so much fun being able to make these memories and experience it together.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Utah Trip 2017

 It had been a whole year since we had been back to Utah or since I had seen any of my siblings, so it was fun to be able to see everyone, escape the heat of Texas, and show off our sweet Sara baby ;).

 We were in Logan for Memorial Day and enjoyed the annual family BBQ and visiting the different cemeteries. Jaxon LOVES visiting Uncle Wade's farm and it is one of the highlights every year when we come back to visit. While in Logan we visited a few friends and were able to spend lots of time with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents. Brad and I knew it was always a big possibility that we would end up back in Logan, but this summer we decided to make the decision final. So next summer we'll be heading back to Cache Valley to join his dad's dental practice! We didn't always think that's what we would do, but the longer we've been in school and weighed our other options, we feel like it is the best decision for our family. We took a tour of the new athletic facility and got really excited about having tickets there someday :). We also enjoyed going to the Temple, going out to eat, cleaning the sink at Angies, and those perfect Utah Summer nights. Overall it was a great trip!
 The other half of our trip was spent in Utah County with my family. We stayed with my Grandma Moody this time and it was fun to catch up and be with her. My sisters were extra excited to meet their new niece and it was fun to see them interact with Jaxon and Sara. We celebrated Trent's Birthday, visited Provo Beach Resort, went swimming, went bowling, and had a lot of great meals. Brad laughed and said he thinks my highlight of the trip was playing Volleyball with my family, and as I thought about it, he is probably right. It was the first time I've played when all my sisters are actually really good now lol. We had a competitive game going all night and it was just fun to play (for real) again.

4 generations of first daughters

We love our families and I guess I can say now that I do love Utah ;). Lots of mixed emotions about moving in a year, but overall we are really excited. For now though, we are going to enjoy this last year as our own little family in Texas.

Beach Trip 2017

We took a final trip with our best friends, the Cooks, before they moved to Atlanta. We rented an AirBnB in Corpus Christi and had the best time! It was only about a 3 hour drive from here. We set up camp with a big tent, plenty of sunscreen, sand toys, and treats. We spent a long time each day there and the kids were amazing! Jaxon was a little scared of the water, but got into it the second day. Some of the highlights were watching Sammy, Jaxon, and Porter have the best time together, chatting for hours, going to Snoopy's for dinner and watching the sunset, flying kites, and boogie boarding.

The Cooks are like our family. We'll be close for life because of the years spent living next to each other here in San Antonio. Some serious tears were shed the night we said goodbye. I don't know about everyone else, but I think it's rare to find friends that Brad and I both genuinely really like, and enjoy being around, not to mention Jaxon. I feel like I'm going to have a long year without my best friend a few houses down, but we are excited for them and their future in Atlanta and know we will be friends for life!