Friday, September 23, 2011

Past Due Labor Day Weekend Post

I had good intentions to post these Labor Day photos sooner, but never got around to it.  I have been so busy lately... My nutrition class demands a lot of time and energy from me. I am currently researching water treatment methods as well as pros and cons about bottled water. I will be doing a power point presentation in a couple weeks with a group of five other classmates.  In addition, I am trying to keep up with my nutrition assignments and reading.  On Tuesday morning September 20, 2011, I injured my knee during a workout.  It happened while I was doing a very high impact "jump training" P90X plyometrics workout. All a sudden, I heard a popping sound and then waves of pain hit me. I had sharp pain, some swelling, and stiffness in my knee with limited range of motion for a couple days. It was difficult to drive, walk, stand, sleep, and rotate my knee.  This injury was a big inconvenience for be because I had school on Tuesday and could not miss it... On Wednesday, I was able to rest all day long.  I did some mild stretching, iced it several times, wrapped it with an ace bandage, elevated it, and took some ibuprofen for pain.  To my surprise, yesterday and today I have mild pain nothing close to what it was like before.  I hope it is healing and I will continue to take it easy for the next couple days...  By the way, I am too stubborn to go to the doctor unless is it critical... I wanted to wait it out to see how it heals before wasting hundreds of dollars on a doctor who will just tell me to R.I.C.E. (I am hoping and praying it wasn't anything too serious)... I miss jogging and exercising. :( 
Cowabunga Bay 

We decided to do something really fun for labor day weekend....  We got some discount tickets to Cowabunga Bay water park in Draper, Utah. We decided to go on Saturday 11:00-3:00.  
The slides reminded me of the game mouse trap because of the many bright twirly colored water slides, water games, bridges, etc.  

There was a lazy river, wadding pool, and snack shack as well.  My youngest daughter was nervous to go down the slides by herself at first.  We had her try the baby slides by herself and eventually she worked up the confidence to go down the bigger ones without us!   
We had a total blast even though we got a little sunburned (no we did not forget to apply sunblock we just happened to miss some areas such as our faces, foreheads, shoulders, back, neck,)!!! ACK!  What a painful Saturday night sleep.

On Labor Day, we had brunch around 10:00 AM with some extended family members at a park.  It was a cool summer morning (a light jacket day).  As for the brunch menu, it included: scrambled eggs, bacon, bagels from Einstein's Bagels, cream cheese, fresh fruit, and orange juice.  My kids enjoyed playing at the park and throwing the frisbree with their cousins!  We were able to see some family members from Arizona and Idaho who were up for a baby blessing as well as family who live in Utah.  It was great to interact with them all since it has been a while since we had a large family gathering. 

What a fabulous weekend to end our summer adventures! 

Friday, September 09, 2011

More Scrapbook Layouts

Summer Time Memories, 2008
Credits: Shabby Princess. Most of the items that I used are from Summer Cottage Kit (papers, alpha, and elements) and some Summer Cottage Seasonal Additions (clothes pins, ribbons, and word art). The cute birdies are from Barefoot Collection Kit. I used pea hannah vanilla for my font.
You and Me Easy Baking, 2010
Credits: The template is by Urban Mom Scraps. The pink lined paper is by Karen Fredricks. The happiness food label is by Andrea Victoria.  The rest of the papers and elements are by Kaye Winiecki.  I used the following fonts: 4 my lover, and Segoe Print.  
Happy 8th Birthday, 2011
Page Two
Credits: Template is from Shabby Princess' Blog (March 2011 template challenge).  Everything is from Shabby Princess' Blossom Kit except the Happy Birthday word art is from An Affair to Remember. I used grumble as my font. :D
Your Cousins, 2003

Credits: Template is from Shabby Princess Blog.  I used some items from Sandbox and Barefoot kits from Shabby Princess Shoppe.  The felt button is from Smarshmallow kit by Shabby Princess. I used Peas Hannah Vanilla for the font!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Back to School! Where Did Summer Go?

Ack!  What happened to my little girls who are not so little anymore?  My oldest daughter is now in junior high!   As for little Sis, she is a third grader!  Where did the summer time go? Good grief, I hardly completed my Summer 2011"to do" list, ugh!  We had quite the eventful summer to say the least!
First Day of Junior High August 22, 2011
First Day of 3rd Grade August 23, 2011
We were definitely busy this summer with our box garden, went on hikes, attended  the Worthen family reunion, had a couple summer BBQs with family, went to a couple parades, went swimming, my oldest daughter survived her first year at girl's camp (river rafting, hiking, and camping).  I did some digital scrapbook page layouts and my youngest daughter had her first sleepover at a friend's house!  We went to my mother's funeral (July was a blur to me), went to the Taste of Utah Valley and got free makeovers (nails, and hair do's).  I planned a couple activity days for my church calling and went to the Jordan River Temple with my nephews and nieces.  Then, I went on my trip to Cape Cod in August with my brother to see my Grandfather and step Grandmother.   My husband passed his college English class this summer.  By the way, John is working on his bachelors degree in marketing and business through an online school Western Governor's University. Lastly, my oldest daughter needed new glasses and both girls went to the dentist.  Then, we bought school clothes and school supplies at the very last minute. 

  It has been a crazy summer!  I totally went off my diet and exercise routine.  Due to stress and the loss of my mother, I gained weight, UGH.  I need to get back on track soon!   With the kids in school now, I have a better schedule for myself that includes working out during the mornings!  Also, I am taking one class this semester at Salt Lake Community College.  I signed up for a nutrition class, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It is a long 40 minute drive to the college from my home, but thankfully I have a radio in my car to blast some great pop music!  I decided to not overwhelm myself too much by taking too many classes since John is currently in school and working two jobs.  This class will be super easy and a great way for me to get out of the house a couple times a week.  
I agreed to do a carpool exchange with some other junior high parents in my neighborhood.  It will be very helpful for all of us since we only have to transport kids once a week. I signed up for Mondays to drop off and pick up!  Mondays are early out day so I will need to be there a hour earlier than usual. There are five kids total three girls and two boys.  My daughter could ride the bus, but the stop is a couple blocks up the hill and technically we do not live in the bus zone boundaries. Carpooling kids is the next best option, which I am very grateful to be apart of since most of these mothers are busy working or taking care of small children.  I am glad to be helping out in a small way.
Even though summer went by so fast, I am looking forward to the fall season!  I love the autumn colors and cooler weather.