An overdue update

I’ve been reminded a few times this week that I “used to” be a blogger. But the reality is, “Hey, I still HAVE a blog, technically I am STILL a blogger!”

So here I am, blogging.

The good news is that my reasons for the long silence on the blog are not because I don’t have wonderful things to share, but more because I’m too busy being involved in wonderful things to find time to write!

But I really LOVE to write and I’m feeling super grateful lately, so I’m finally sharing a much overdue update.

My kids are maturing into super cool people whom I really enjoy being with. They are finding their talents and getting involved in things that bring them joy in life. They are considerate, kind, generally obedient human beings. This year I’ll have kids in 8th, 6th, 4th, and Kindergarten. I can’t believe my baby is going to Kindergarten! Where has the time gone?

My husband is healthy and able to be an awesome father while adventuring, loving, sharing, and growing his businesses.

I am the healthiest I have been in YEARS with my running and training. I’m actually training for a marathon for the first time in 6 years! I’ll be running the Top of Utah Marathon on September 16, 2017. Excited to push myself and see what I can do at that distance again!

I’m also enjoying growing the youth running community here in Draper. Last year, I started USATF-Youth clubs, Race Cats¬†and Draper Track and Field which have been well-received and supported by kids, parents, and friends in my community. My 11 year old daughter, Bre is the most interested in running. She asks me to run with her a few times/week. The past couple of months with my marathon training and longer runs, sometimes Bre biked next to me to keep me company. Other times I trained with friends early in the morning, so Bre woke herself up and biked over to the high school cross country practices to run with them. The high school coach invited middle schoolers to join in for summer training, so Bre enjoyed going to that some days. Its fun to see her take the initiative in her own training and be intrinsically motivated to run.

My husband, Aaron built a rock climbing wall in our basement and now my kids are all becoming tough rock climbers! Its a funny story, actually. When we bought this house 2.5 years ago, one of our favorite aspects of the house was the walk-out basement with 12 foot ceilings. We are set on a gradual hill, so the back yard is lower than the front which makes the basement not feel like a basement.

Right in the middle of the large basement room was a pool table that the previous owners left behind because they didn’t want to deal with taking it apart and moving it. That pool table quickly became a Lego table, always covered in legos and being crawled on by children. One day I realized the pool table probably actually had some value and maybe if we sold it we could think of something more fun to do with the money.

One Sunday afternoon I was brainstorming ideas with Aaron and the kids about how to better use the space where the pool table was. I suggested maybe building a climbing wall with a loft and some large crash pads beneath the loft.

Aaron and the kids absolutely LOVED the idea!

The next day, Aaron researched how to build a climbing wall, went to Home Depot to get wood and t-nuts, and came home to list the pool table on craigslist.

Just a few weeks later, it was done!

I love my entrepreneurial husband. Give him a good idea and he will make it happen! Especially if it has to do with fun and rock climbing.

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