Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter

 Easter was really nice. I loved the churches campaign (would you call it that) #becauseofhim. I loved that it helped me remember to think about the Savior everyday leading up to Easter.  It was so fun to see so many people join in and post what things are possible in their life #becauseofhim. I know that all things good in my life are a blessing from Him. It is scary to think about a life without faith in my opportunity for second chances and without faith that I will see all my family again after we die. It is also scary to think about how things we have in this life could be taken away so easily, blessings included. It is a stark reminder for me of what really matters and why gratitude is so important. My life isn't perfect but I never tire of thanking the Lord for my family, my friends, a job, a home, an automobile, good health...just to name a few things.

Moki made a great subject for an Easter post. I made her a bandana for every Holiday earlier this year and so there will probably be some picture of her every holiday. Not that there aren't already way too many pictures of Moki in this world. I was excited that the sun was coming through the window and that my bedroom walls are yellow! It made a great Easter backdrop. How nice are phones. You can snap a picture and edit all on that little device. Love it.
She looks so serious. From the back she could pass as a lamb with her short curly hair. I enjoyed the pictures.
Friday night I attended a wedding reception in my sweaty soccer clothes. Despite that I do a lot of things in athletic clothes I was not entirely comfortable with it. It was very awkward. It was one of my former students and co-workers daughters. Not to mention the family that watched Moki all of basketball season free of charge. So I got over myself and bit the bullet and went.
As silly and uncomfortable as I felt I am really glad I stopped in. I didn't stay long but it was fun to congratulate them and see the finished project because I knew the work that had gone on behind the scenes. Moral of the story, I would never choose to dress so casually to a reception but there are more painful things in life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A whole month since my last post

I can't believe I haven't posted in a month. I wish I had some super exciting adventure to post, but I don't. I have loved having a break from coaching. I have hiked the Y lots. Done a little biking. Had time for naps. Gotten my cleaning all caught up, well at least for the most part! I will post some pictures and try to remember a few things I did.

Like I said naps are must if I am tired. Poor Moki just wants to go do something when I get home from work.
 I got a dog trailer to pull Moki. She is still adjusting to the idea. We had a little success though and completed a 13.5 mile ride.
 Nancy dragged me to a wedding reception for her cousins daughter. It is always fun to spend the evening with Nancy so I didn't mind. It was at Sundance so it was fun to see a different venue.
 Moki spends so much time watching the world from the luv sac.
 Andrew might like the dog trailer more than Moki. Actually he definitely likes it more. Such a cutie.
I attended the first ever women's conference with some fabulous ladies. It is always more fun with people you know. Nancy provided a delicious dinner beforehand.
 I am kind of in love with the hydrangeas in my TV room.
 I spent a Friday evening with my favorite little guy. His parents were planning on coming to Provo the previous night and then Amanda got sick. My hopes were dashed and so I made arrangements to go play. I love this little guy so much. He melts my heart.
 I am a little obsessed with my biked themed TV room. I love it!! This was my view for conference. So peaceful.
 Sunday morning Nancy and Dan came and we made the traditional conference ableskeviers! They were delicious as always. I loved loved loved conference. I felt the spirit so strongly and was so grateful for council, guidance, and comfort. How awesome is it that there is a prophet that lives and guides???? I love president Monson. I love that twice a year the world can be uplifted and reminded of the things that matter most. Moki didn't get as much out of conference as those of us that stayed awake.
Conference was the start of my spring break. It was so great to have a few days to sleep in. In my old age I love waking up without an alarm. Monday morning I got to go to the temple!
 Then Moki and I hiked the Y, I biked 27.5 miles and then got my haircut. I always take a selfie after because it will never look this good again.
 Tuesday I slept in, hiked the Y, Biked 29 miles, cleaned, and packed. I believe I hung out at Jana's both days as well!

Wednesday Dan, Anthony, and I headed for California for some family time. Moki loves when I am on spring break, or any break for that matter. She is an awesome traveler. Everyone staying at my parents house is actually a HUGE adventure for so many different reasons!
 I finally bought some toys for my house. I sent them to my parents so we could enjoy them over the break. Magformers are my new favorite thing. I am slightly obsessed. Bubba is trying out some of the blocks.
 Everyone except Caleb came home which was awesome. The not awesome part was that I didn't bring my nice camera:(

I try to make sure I keep up my cool aunt status by spending lots of time with the little ones.
 Andrew had a hard time taking naps with so much going on. The trailer was a great chance for some quiet time.
These two little girls are so funny. It is so fun to spend time with them. I actually took them on aunty date that was so fun. We went to riverbend park and played fetch in the water with Moki, they jumped off the dock, we went to McDonalds, and then we got ice cream. Seriously love getting to kidnap them and spend time with just them.
 Sam wore Caleb's basketball gear. While he was wearing it he felt like he needed to do some Caleb impersonations. We missed Caleb but are so thankful he is serving a mission.
 Why is it so hard to exercise on vacation????? Finally one morning I just got up and decided to go run to Feather Falls. It was great to be out. Moki and I jogged everything except the steeper uphills.
 I have to draw the line somewhere and running uphill is way over the line. It was a great way to spend the morning. I wish I would have brought mosquito repellent.
 Saturday my Mom hosted the Brown Family for a barbeque. So Fun to get to see almost everyone. It was a great day. We had nice food, good company, and lots of games. I am grateful so many people made sacrifices to come. After lunch we got out the kiddie pool. These kids had a blast! The boys did too but they were in the nude so I am not putting their pictures up.
 Me and this little crazy at church. I finally took him out and he sprinted all over the place. At one point he may have run all the way through the back of the chapel. I think the only dirty look I got came from his dad. He is a quick one!
Mikila had texted me that she would love a chance to get away for a little trip. I knew it would be hard because all of my family was in town. Sunday seemed like the best day so after Sacrament meeting we headed down to San Jose and visited Sariah. It was so fun to all be together and to just catch up.
On the way back to Oroville we randomly decided to stop in Walnut Creek and surprise Erica Hancock. I don't have a picture but that was really fun as well. I miss not living by Erica. She always made me dinner and I love chatting with her. We lost track of time and stayed until midnight. Um that was CRAZY! Somehow we got safely back to Oroville. I pulled into my parents at 3am. I haven't done anything like that in a long time but it was definitely a highlight of the trip.

Monday the family decided to go to Chico and barbeque and play. The boys had a great park in mind and it was a really nice afternoon. I think we barbequed three times this trip. A little too much for me but I was just happy we were not eating out a ton.
 Moki must go where I go.
 My dad was too tired for family time. It is rough being old.
The boys hit softballs, we flew kites and played at the playground. The weather was also amazing while we were there. 80 degrees almost everyday! Three almost two year olds is insane. I love them to death though. You can see they were playing hard. Andrews eyes are killer.
 After an exhausting Oroville trip Moki slept almost the entire way back to Utah. She didn't have any down time during the day. If she laid down there was always a child nearby to pull on her.
 Coming back and going to work the next day is crazy. This week was rough and I only worked three days. I had good intentions of hiking or running everyday. This is what happened instead.....
After school naps!!!! Luckily I had a soccer game or basketball game every night, poor Moki has been neglected on the exercise front. 

Well that took a really long time but the last month has been summed up!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

RaMbLiNgS

Life just doesn't seem to slow down at all these days. This week was filled with work, conferences, exercise, cleaning, and lots of other little things. The weather has been amazing and that has truly been so nice. I was able to get outside everyday this week. Whether it was to hike or bike it is just nice to be in the fresh air for at least an hour everyday.

Thursday I did a lot of exercise. I biked 27 miles and played in a basketball game. I was super sore on Friday. It was nice to feel that sore, it has been a while. It also helped my confidence that I could play an entire game of basketball without a sub. My workouts were lacking this winter but since basketball has ended I have been able to get in some longer workouts. Nice to know they are paying off.

I love this picture of Moki sadly watching me leave on my bike. Poor puppy!

This week my dog trailer came! A trailer that I can attach to my bike and pull Moki on longer rides. I tried it on Friday and I wish I had pictures, actually video would be better. It was a little disastrous. She ended up jumping out and getting her foot run over by the trailer (she jumped out 2x only got run over 1x). She knocked the bike over on me a different time and I cut my leg. It was a learning experience. When we finally got settled she whined the entire time. A very obnoxious high pitch whine so it was a short little 5 mile ride. Not bad for the first time, but not what I would really consider a success either.

On Tuesday we hiked above the Y with Amber. It was a beautiful sunny day when we started. However it had snowed an inch that morning that had melted off. It had been a crazy day, but the sun was out and the roads were dry so we could not be kept away. We followed a trail that heads south up above the Y. There were some great views.
 We turned around when we ran into snow on the trail. It was still quite steep and hiking down a snow covered trail in tennis shoes did not seem fun. As we were descending the weather turned on us and before we knew it we were running in the snow.
We were running because it was cold. Utah spring weather is CRAZY!!! It was still a great hike.

This is my fun fortune for the week. I love it.
I have already started to plan some really exciting adventures for this summer. I can't wait.

I spent the last two days at the University of Utah at the annual PE conference (UAPHERD). It was a good conference except the part that it was on a Saturday. That was LAME! This morning the guest speaker was Coach Wells. The football coach at Utah State. He did an awesome job. He was worth driving all the way to Salt Lake on a Saturday.

I have been doing my cleaning everyday. Just one area. This week I have cleaned the pantry closet, the pantry washer/dryer shelf, the hall closet by my front door, the closet in my TV room, the entire spare bedroom and every surface in my bedroom: dresser, desk, and headboard. I am loving this challenge. I have thrown a lot of stuff away but organized even more stuff. It is great to finally have time to deal with piles that have been ignored pretty much since basketball started. This evening after hiking and running errands I hand a chance to clean pretty much the entire down stairs. I LOVE HAVING A CLEAN HOUSE! I have cleaned most the easy spots so the next three weeks will be fun. Two spots on my list for sure are the bathroom closet (that will need to be a Saturday) and behind the washer and dryer. It has been really good to spend a little time each day cleaning/organizing. It makes the task much more doable.

One last picture of Moki looking innocent.
Don't be fooled!!! Lately she has lived up to what the vet told me on our very first visit when Moki was just 12 weeks and 15 pounds. She said, "You will love having a dog. They are so fun. Most of the time it will be amazing but be prepared that there will be times you will want to kill her." It took a long time before I wanted to kill her but she has had a few of those days now. Mostly she does awesome, but occasionally she has what we can call a melt down. Seriously that advice was golden. This particular day she had chewed up my bike helmet. Not one of her better moments. She was banned to the luvsac without being acknowledged when I got home from work. I ignored her until the mess was clean. She hates that! But I love how cute she looks even though I was ticked.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Catching Up

After a long winter of feeling like I was falling behind in everything I was doing I am now trying to play catch up. Last week was AMAZING!!! Coming home after school is my favorite. Moki and I hiked the Y every day last week (Monday-Saturday), I slept in two mornings instead of jogging, I went to the temple, I biked 30 miles on Saturday, I cleaned my house on Wednesday. I was able to do things all week long which made Saturday so much more enjoyable.

One day last week Moki just wanted to cuddle after work. It was funny because she sleeps most the day but it was nice to get to relax for awhile.
 She still seems really small sometimes. She can be super cute when she is not being super obnoxious!

Easter candy is out. These things will be the death of me.
How are they so delicious?

Friday night I got to hang with Andrew. I was going through withdrawals. He is so fun to be around. He surprised me and ate a ton of Chinese noodles. I love his face in this picture.
I busted out Moki's St. Patrick's Day bandana. I love the material on this one. It is so cute. I love this shot of her. This was Saturday night. We had a pretty active week and were both pretty exhausted.
Yesterday we had the family over for dinner. The secretary at my work was talking about grilling burgers one day last week and I have been wanting one ever since. Dan was kind enough to come grill. Sam, Amanda, Anthony, and Andrew came as well. We had awesome burgers, some yummy potatoes, and a delicious fruit salad. It was a great dinner. The weather was so nice so Andrew and I played outside for quite a while. We did lots of bubbles and lots of running.
I love seeing the excitement in his eyes and his laugh is to die for.

This week has started well. I saw a Facebook challenge to get rid of 40 bags of junk in 40 days. It is supposed to be associated with Lent. I am joining the party a little late but I am really excited. It is just a spot a day, not necessarily an entire room. Today I did my guest room. It is small and really just has one area that needed attention. I threw a lot out. Today it all went to the garbage but I will have some garbage, some donation stuff, and some stuff to give away in my other rooms/spots. I am excited to see how it changes my house. One spot a day is very doable. I usually save projects like this for the summer but this will be a good after school chore.

















Saturday, March 1, 2014

State Playoffs

It has been an exhausting week!!! Mentally, physically, and emotionally. It has been long. Really it has been a long season but it ended with a week of even more craziness.

Utah is so different than California. There are a lot less schools and geographically it is a lot smaller. 16 out of roughly 28 schools in 4A make state. It is not as hard to make state here. Yet none of our players had ever played in a state playoff game before. The program has just struggled the past few years. I mention this because we were NERVOUS!!! It was very hard to make a shot. Luckily we play great defense. We beat Mountain Crest on Monday night by 2 points at the buzzer. We were behind the entire game and just couldn't make a shot. But we played great defense and we made the one that mattered most:)
 It was a tense game. The girls looked scared the entire time. Heck I was nervous the entire time.
 As a coaching staff we naively thought that by our second game Wednesday we would be in a better place mentally. WRONG! We still struggled. We still missed so many easy shots. We were down the entire first half. Finally half way through the third we made a run. The fourth quarter we took care of business. We looked much more like our team normally looks. We beat Wasatch by ten propelling us into the quarter finals. As the picture below demonstrates we were ecstatic.
I was worthless for pretty much anything besides basketball this week. I could not sit still at work. I was anxious,  nervous, excited, and so many other things all at once. I knew we were good enough too compete for the state championship but had never been on this stage before.

 Making the the semi finals is a big deal. We felt like we were in a great place. We had previously played all three teams in the semi finals, we had previously beaten each team as well. Our team is small compared to every other team in the state. We play amazing defense and win a lot of games but don't get a lot of media attention, mainly because we don't have a superstar. In my opinion we have 17 of them, but we don't have one player that gets talked about over and over, no one players that scores 15-20 points a game. We have many players that work together but we lack a super star. We are the only team that does not have a 6ft something post. We battle and we battle hard.

Last night we played Skyline and we still struggled to make baskets. Defensively our team played the game perfectly. We kept a high scoring team to under 50 points. Unfortunately we could not make a basket. It was a struggle offensively. We lost by 7 points.
I know our girls were disappointed but as a coach I could not have been more proud. They bought into our vision for the team. They worked so hard every. single. day. We have played so much basketball since June 1st. It has been a ride. I loved loved loved working with girls I had coached previously. It was so fun to work with older girls as well. It was so fun to be an assistant again and get to learn from other coaches. I actually loved not being in charge!!!! We ended the season 18 and 4. We got Mountain View girls basketball team back on the map. It was a pleasure to make history with girls and coaches I love and respect.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday is a special day.......

Today was one of the most productive Saturdays I have had in a long time. I didn't even take a nap which is pretty much a miracle for me. I watched Andrew.

Cleaned, washed, and vacuumed my car. Had lunch with my brothers. Grocery shopped. Cleaned the downstairs. Hiked the Y with Moki, the weather has been fabulous. Biked 20 miles. Showered. Did a little reading. Went to basketball practice at 8:30pm. And now I am blogging!!!!! After this I will put in my last load of laundry:)

It felt so good to be outside and feel the sun. I forgot how much I miss that ALL. WINTER. LONG!
My last three miles were intense because some dude on a fixed gear bike was trying to pass me after I watched him draft off of me for a while. Shadows give you away every time. Should not have been a big deal but I let pride get the better of me. My heart rate went up 15 beats per minute just to keep up but it was worth it. And he was really nice, Jason on the fixed gear purple bike man. My quadriceps were burning when I got home!!!! It felt great.

We had a late night basketball practice because our state tournament game is Monday at 9:10pm. What the what??? I am going to be out way past my bed time. In case you haven't heard our varsity girls won the region. Well we co-won the region and then lost the coin toss for the state tournament.
 It was super exciting. As a coach it has been very rewarding to watch our teams on all levels be so successful. We have put in so much time. All summer, all fall, and during the season. It is so great that it has paid off. Our girls are amazing. They are great people and great athletes. It is so fun to be around them and celebrate their successes. And I seriously love teasing them:) Tonight was great because I got to play a lot of the time. I was very physically active today.

Moki is all tuckered out. She went straight to bed when we got home from basketball. She leads a very hard life. One more picture of Andrew looking super happy!