Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sofie's eyes

We found out back when Sofie was 4 months that she needed to see an eye doctor because of her difficulty in focusing her eyes on one subject. We went to the first doctor, a local eye doctor in Logan who told us about horizontal nystagmas. Since she was so small at the time, he referred us to a doctor down at Primary Children's in Salt Lake City. Back in April, the only time that we could get in was clear up until last week! The wait was honestly pretty annoying considering that we were a little bit worried about what we would be dealing with. Primary Children's has an amazing reputation, so we were glad to get an appointment there.

We headed up to the hospital last week. Taylor wasn't able to make it due to work, but my Mom was able to come down and go with me. She was a lifesaver! Playing with Sofie, reading her stories, feeding her, keeping her entertained...thanks grandma!!! We ended up meeting with the doctor and getting the same diagnosis. The doctor was really firm and abrupt. It was hard to ask any questions but we knew he was just trying to do his job. Apparently when children have nystagmas, it can also cause other developmental problems which was his main concern. We were ordered to do a VEP test (which we immediately googled once the doctor left the room!) next door at the Moran Eye Center. Luckily they were able to fit us in that day. The test ended up looking great! Basically our next step is an MRI to check for any brain development issues since she doesn't have any physical development difficulties. We are hoping for positive results!
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Ragnar | surviving your first relay race!

If you read my last post, you will remember that I talked about my summer of running! Having a baby back in December really put me off the "fitness train" or whatever you'd like to call it. Last minute, I decided to join a ragnar team. I have done ragnar twice in the past so I felt like it would be a good time. When it came time to pack and REALLY get ready, I was so lost! I really had to think back to what happened the first two years I participated.

Ragnar is a 12 person team relay race. Each team has to cover over 180 miles from Logan to Park city. Each runner runs a total of 3 times during the race. The team is split into 2 vans that have 6 people each. The rotation goes in order 1-12 and the vans take turns passing off to each other and finding a location to rest.

Don't skip your long runs during training: this one should be pretty obvious. get those long runs in! long runs and consistent training are the keys to your success!
Pick your legs wisely: I don't mean your actual legs, what I mean is the 3 segments of the race you run! For example, choose a leg that challenges you but won't kill you! 

Invest in a butt sweat towel: yep! you heard me right! get a towel that you can stick on the car seat to sit on. since you spend a LOT of time in the vehicle, it makes things a little bit more comfortable.

Don't over pack! Depending on the type of vehicle you'll be riding in, don't bring too much stuff. Since there are 6 of you, you'll want space to stretch, sleep...etc. See packing list below!

Bring food you are comfortable sharing: It's great if you want to bring that $50 pack of protein bars you know you love, just remember you might be sharing with 5 other people!

Pay for a shower: at some of the local schools along the route, they offer showers! I had never done that in years past and BOY OH BOY was that shower heaven on earth! I may have also gotten a couple thank-you's from other team members ;)

HAVE FUN! I shouldn't have to tell you this part.

Here is an example of some necessities I packed!
-Running shoes (extra pair if you have a trail leg), snacks, ziploc bags to put your dirty clothes in (less smell for everybody else!), headlamp, cash for food/gas, 2-3 extra t-shirts and running clothes, one layer of extra warm clothes, extra socks, sunscreen, sunglasses, poncho, any bathroom accessories you might need....etc.!

What would you add to the list?

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Monday, August 11, 2014


At the beginning of July we made Springville Utah our semi permanent new home thanks to Taylor's new job in Orem. We are SO excited to be out of our one bedroom apartment.

We ADORE our new neighborhood (adore is an understatement!). It consists of a bunch of cute young couples just like us.

Baby Sofie is scooting and scooting and scooting and wanting to eat anything she can get her little fingers on! She screams super loud if she doesn't get a bite of whatever i'm eating! She is the little light of our lives and we just adore her more and more every day. Happy 8 months baby girl!

Back at Sofie's 6 month appt, our doctor asked us to go get her eyes checked out. We set and appt and found that she has wandering eyes or Nastygmas (spelling?!). They asked us to go get a second opinion at Primary Children's. Our appt is tomorrow! We honestly think its slowly going away, but are attending the appointment to be sure. Better to know now what needs to be done than to wait and have it be worse!

After several complications post-baby, we found out that placenta accreta is what caused them. We'll have lots of extra supervision on future pregnancies and can only pray that maybe we get blessed with twins!

I took on a "summer of running" and did Drop13 Half, Ogden half, and Ragnar! After Ragnar, I decided to take a break. I was taking a little too much time for myself, is that possible?! I also quit my work at home job in Logan, only to be offered a new job in Orem (an answer to our prayers!).

Taylor got us pass of all passes for seven peaks, we have been going almost every week!


Stay tuned for more updates!
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

let it go

If you think this post has anything to do with the movie "Frozen", you are reading the wrong blog.

In honor of Father's Day, I feel it important to share my story. It's incomplete and confusing, sad and interesting all at once.

I have two fathers.

I have one father who cares for me. Takes care of my mother and younger sister. Is a grandfather to my baby. Raised 8 children only to take on 4 more.  Has overcome obstacle after obstacle.

He came to our family when we were broken. Even though he had his own trials, he took ours on without even skipping a step. He picked up the pieces and helped us try to move on. 

Teenage years? He conquered 12. Not one complaint. 

He took on 4 rowdy teenagers that all chose to rebel, nearly at the same time. Over time, we have come to realize the blessing he is every day. He was the savior that pulled us all back together.

It took several years for us all to get to where we are today. Many many long nights spent explaining why things are the way they are. 

I have another father, my biological father whom I don't know his story. My relationship with him ended a few years ago. Through the lies, drama and pain he caused my family, we had to let go. We made the decision that we needed to move on with our lives, and in order to do that relationships needed to be severed. His life is a mix of booze, debt, drugs, homelessness and favors that are never returned. Relying on others and draining them of every last ounce of kindness before leaving them in the dust. 

The memories I have of my father consist of lies and empty love. Depression that rules his everyday life impacts him to a point where he can't even function, let alone have any relationships. That is how I remember spending time with him.

A father is a daughters first love and a sons first hero. The impact he has on their lives is beyond important, it's vital. 

I'm so grateful that my daughter gets to grow up in a family where she knows she can rely on her father and look up to him. He will be there to support her and give her the love that only a father can provide.

I know that our experiences have brought us closer as a family.

apartments at their...finest


I've decided to make a reappearance.

Long story short-Taylor is starting a new job this week so baby and I are all by ourselves for the whole week! aaaaand we are moving in 3 weeks.

To start the moving celebration off right, I'm going to make a list of all the absolutely dreadful things about our current apartment.

Okay let's be honest here. The down and dirty truth. 

#1: we live on the main floor of an old house. That means there are people above and below us. 

#2: we no longer fit in with the "young college couple" crowd making the 2am parties downstairs sooooo annoying. Wake up my baby and I will cut you.

#3: our apartment is a dump. Sure, it's a cute old house, but the carpets smell like old lady and no amount of BBW wall flowers will change that.

#4: one bedroom with a baby=bad idea. Always.

#5: our kitchen isn't really a kitchen. It's small. And there isn't any counter space. Pantry? HA.

#6: ever heard the phrase "ward of newly weds and newly deads"?

#7: public laundry room. Thinking about running to the laundry room bra-less to throw in a pair of jeans? Don't. Your creepy land lord is back there.

#8: this apartment that is already icky is expected to be spotless when we leave. How is that even possible?

I can't wait to mooooooove!

Want to share a dreadful apartment living story? Comment below!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Goodbye, for now!

I'm taking a blog-cation and I don't know if I'll be back.

I'm focusing on being a better mommy and wife, wish me luck!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

whirlwind of a week

This week has been utterly chaotic.

I'm slowly learning that things don't always go the way you want them to! 

.....and that sometimes that has to be okay, even when it's not.