We've tried some more new foods/recipes but the most uniqes was Pizzeria Limone. Ever been? It's definitely not where you go if your craving traditional pizza. Luckily we weren't craving pizza we were just out and about and saw it and decided to try it since we'd never been. It was a perfect No Fear type place to eat! The pizza's don't have a red sauce and they have fruit on them! We tried two. One had lemon slices on it (the famous one) and to be totally honest I wasn't a fan. But if you like lemons you'd love it. The second one was delicious though! It had pears and salty meat and cheeses and it was so good! It was definitely a new experience. I'd love to go back and try some more of the wacky pizza's they have.
|The "Limone" pizza|
|The delicious "Pera" pizza|
|different stuffed peppers recipe than normal and was delish!|
|grilled cheese in the waffle iron. The kids loved it!|
MARATHON (aka I lost my mind!)
So in case some of you are thinking the pizza thing wasn't scary enough just hang on...I did do something that really does count as scary and out of my comfort zone. I officially registered for my first marathon! YIKES! It's suddenly very real! haha! I've had this thought rolling around in my head for the past 5 years or so and am finally facing the fear and just doing it! Luckily the one my MIL recommended to us (she's a marathon veteran and is going to do it with us :) ) isn't clear until September 5th so I have A LOT of time to train. I basically have three months to get comfortable doing 3-6 miles regularly and then will start with my marathon schedule of upping the mileage, pace and different things. I really wonder if I lost my mind though. Who willingly puts themselves through this?! I guess now Justin and I do, aaaannnnd so does Lindsay! That's right, I was able to talk her into doing it with me! And much to my surprise it didn't take much convincing. I was worried it was a long shot but now I've got another rookie to do it by my side and I'm actually pretty excited!
I went and got new shoes to kick off my training. Word to the wise--when purchasing shoes, first make sure they are both the same size. Then make sure they aren't two left shoes! Seriously?! Who does that?? Apparently ME! LOL Thankfully I was able to swap out one of the shoes for the correct one.
|Two left shoes and in different sizes|
|Yay! A right shoe!|
I did my first 4.7 miles today and honestly it felt great! I was nervous because I've been so NOT active the past...year really, but my body surprised me and handled the stress quite well.
I have to give Justin a big shout out because he was so willing to hang out with the kids while I got out for an hour and I know he'll continue to be willing as the mileage and time increases. Having a partner to count on so I can get out for hours at a time if need be is the best! I sure love that guy!
While on the subject of my awesome hubby I should mention that not only did he hang out with the kiddos today while I got out, he watched them yesterday for a couple hours so I could go to craft day with some fun ladies. I've been invited for the past few months but it always fell on a night that was crammed with other things. It finally worked out that I could go this time! I made an FHE board and am so happy with how it turned out! I tried transferring pictures to wood for the first time and loved doing it! I definitely learned a few tricks for next time (like not to use a thick glossy copy of the pic) but all in all I don't think it's totally terrible for my first attempt. I did damage the image on a couple so I'm sure I'll redo them down the road but they'll work for now. It was a good little outing and when I came home the boys bathroom was all grouted and done and looking great!
|Picture transfer to wood.|
|The board and knobs all painted and with the vinyl on. Now I just need ribbon to hang the pics with.|
Which brings me to the next topic worth mentioning: tile. We are done with both bathrooms! The boys bathroom went so fast and was cut and laid Friday night. Justin grouted while I was gone Saturday and voila! Done!
Our master bath took longer than we anticipated and I was beyond happy to finally get the toilet out of my tub! But it was so worth it and looks so good! We worked on it all last weekend and weren't able to lay tile until Sunday. Auntie took Liam and Logan for a couple hours Saturday so we could work uninterrupted for a while (Thank You!) and finally everything was cut Saturday night. Justin and I took turns laying it Sunday. He is seriously so handy! Now all that's left in our bathroom is the countertop. I came up with a genius idea (and thanks to the internet found some tutorials on how to do it) and we are going to tile the countertop with tile that will match what's around my tub and shower. It will cost a whopping $15 in tile. WAY better than the $600 we were being quoted for customizing the cut from other places. We are also going to get a snazzy new square sink. Then the only thing left upstairs will be finally deciding on new carpet. I'm so excited to see it all done.
|Toilet in the tub, along with ladder, paint and other stuff|
|mudding the backer board|
|Liam trying to be a helper|
|laying more tile|
|All tiled and grouted and ready for the toilet and base boards to go back!|
|Tiled and grouted ready for baseboards and toilet to go back|
RaeLene's birthday is tomorrow so to celebrate we (the grownups) all went out to dinner at Applebees and then went to the Jazz game. Dinner was a nice change and was delicious. Some times it's nice to go somewhere you haven't been in a long time to change things up.
The Jazz game was awesome! They actually won! When we got home I told Logan and he said "It's about time!" haha! The last few games he's been to they've lost really bad. We were in great seats and both the Jazz bear and the miniature Jazz bear came to visit us. Justin told the bear it was RaeLene's birthday so we were able to snag a pic with him. Then Justin went and got his mom an icecream to surprise her and he told the scooper it was her birthday and they gave her an extra tiny scoop :) Logan said we should've all said it was our birthday's to get an extra scoop. I didn't bother telling him nobody else even got icecream because he just would've been too disappointed in us :)
It was fun to be out with just the adults and celebrate such an amazing person. We love that Grandma of ours!
|all of us at the game|
|Jazz bear silly stringing|
|telling him it is RaeLenes birthday|
|Pic with the bear|
|Justin and the little bear|
|Me and my hubby|
|grandma and her extra scoop|
|Pic of the little bear for Karson|
Tomorrow is Grandma's actual birthday but unfortunately we won't be able to visit her because Kaid has his audition. He's practiced almost every day so I think he's well prepared. He also went to our awesome theater experts from the ward again for some help (THANK YOU!!) and came back with some awesome tips! All we can do now is let him go do his best and then hope for the best. Everyone send good vibes his way!
We went to a wedding last Friday night with Grandma for a somebody that lived in her old ward and that Justin wrestled with. The wedding was nice and they had a photo booth set up that was so much fun. The kids went in themselves, then with Justin and I, and then again with Grandma. The twins wanted to dance with some girls but unfortunately never got the chance. We were there probably an hour to hour and a half and then finally Liam had had enough. They were starting the first dances and were three dances out before it was going to be open to others to join in so we headed out. It was so funny to see them stress about how they were going to ask though. They are so cute! Kar and Kaid were claiming "dibs" on girls and actually argued over one in particular. All I could think was "not already!" but they worked it out and then it didn't even matter. They had some long faces in the car on the ride home.
|Our family in the photo booth|
|Grandma and the boys|
The air was terrible for a while because of that icky inversion but it's starting to get better and we've taken advantage of the sunshiney days and gone outside.
Liam loves his little wagon and watching him drag is the cutest thing ever. He is also working on expanding his vocabulary and I love hearing him try to mimic me.
Logan is still doing hockey and loving it! We still have to beg him to get off the ice after practices. If we'd let him he'd skate another hour or two each day after practice. Liam tries so hard to be like Logan and we have constantly drag him off the ice.
Like I mentioned Kaid is preparing for his audition and he is also still taking piano.
Kar is still doing BBoy and is preparing for competition season so that will keep us busy come spring time.
|looking at the horses by our house|
|pulling his little wagon|
|He is so happy when daddy comes home!!|
|trying to shuffle his feet like he's skating|
|silly boy getting drug off again|
|bear skating more after practice|
|cute boys at Grandma's with Auntie while mom and dad Tile|
I guess the last thing worth mentioning would be that I asked to be released. I know there are those of you reading this who will have an opinion on that and may even judge me harshly for it. But frankly, I don't care. After voicing my feelings to a couple different people I got the same advice from all of them. That was to ask to be released. One went so far as to send me a quote from one of her lessons stating it was absolutely okay to accept or not accept any calling and to ask to be released. A lot of thought went into it before deciding to ask. And I told her I'd continue the next couple weeks while they find a replacement but after asking I felt such a weight lifted from me! I've definitely had my struggles the past year or so and have been trying to get back into the groove of all my meetings and whatnot. It's definitely easier said than done but I'm making positive steps in the right direction is what matters. I saw this quote floating around the other day and loved it! So true in my case. My testimony definitely goes through roller coaster moments and I'm so grateful for the people who let me go through my downs without judgment but stay by me with their shining lights.
So that sums up our last couple weeks. Like I said, nothing huge or exciting but we're chugging along happily.