"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Grace Carolyn Alldredge

On Saturday, August 29th, Shanna gave birth to a 7 lb 2 oz 19 in little beauty! They named her Grace Carolyn Alldredge and she is absolutely perfect in every way.

Shanna let us sneak the kids in and no one was over the moon more than Annie. She would have held her the entire time if we had let her. Paigey keeps saying, "I want to see baby Grace again."

She is a special little babe. Over the last year Shanna went from a single mother of one little boy, to married and a mother of four! We are so grateful to have Jason and his kids Logan and Madeleine join our family, and having Grace is the cherry on top. Her name says it all- blessed beyond measure to have so much love in one home. Welcome to the family Grace!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day of School!

It is the season for a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils! Will and Annie both started school today, and as always, it was bitter sweet.  We were able to walk to school together, and as I walked out the front doors leaving my two big kids behind, I cried.  Each day the kids get bigger and braver and closer and closer to no longer needing me.  As parents, that is the ultimate goal, but it doesn't make it any easier.

Will is starting 3rd grade.  He was SO EXCITED.  I kept having to pull him back from running ahead of us, and the second we walked in the door he waved and that was it.  Ready to conquer the 3rd grade.

Annie was thrilled, and nervous.  She loves school so much and is so glad that she gets to be there all day, but having new routines and new expectations made her a bit uneasy.  I walked her to her classroom and made sure she new where to meet Will after school, and that was it.  My big girl gone all day.  More time spent with her teacher than her mother.  First grade is a special kind of heartbreak.  For me, it's harder than kindergarten.

Will and Annie are such good kids.  I'm excited to see how they grow and mature this year.  No doubt they will do some incredible things.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Timp Half

This one time I let go of what I "thought" I could do. I quit looking at my watch and just ran. Mile 12 I realized my abilities were far greater than I was giving myself credit for, so I finished a half marathon RUNNING- not jogging- and grabbed a new PR with a 7:02 average!!! Best. Race. Ever.