One year down....

Greyden turned one last week. I am a little slow at getting this posted. We've been sick around our home and not getting anything done at all! We had a nice family birthday party to celebrate and he had a blast opening gifts and eating cake. I cannot believe it has been a year! It is funny how different I thought things would be a year after having a baby... I thought I would be back to pre-baby weight, I would know what I am doing as a mother, my life would be a little more normal, my brain would be fully functional. Funny how things don't quite work out that way... I do have a little buddy and I'm never lonely! :) Happy First Birthday GREY!


Sick & Bored....

So I really should be in bed because our family has been sick in bed for days now. Instead I'm working on my church lesson for tomorrow. I did a search for a YW song and came across a quiz that tells me what I'm worth in dollars. :) Apparently I'm worth $2,304,000 but I'm not exactly sure what that means.


I love Fall!

I love when summer starts fading into fall. It is one of my favorite seasons. The air is cool & fresh. The leaves are bright golds, reds and oranges. Snowy days are just around the corner. We get all cozy inside with hot chocolate and blankets... I love it!
Yesterday was the PERFECT fall day. I took Greyden over to Wash Park to play in the leaves and swings. He didn't quite know what to think of the leaves and it took him 10 minutes to move. I guess I need to get him outdoors a little more.


The Half

We did it! Our friends Joe & Leslie and Dave & Carrie ran the Denver half marathon with Jared & I. We woke up Sunday morning to find the temperature at 40 degrees and raining. The temperature didn't go up more than a degree or two throughout the morning and the rain continued on and on.
Throughout the race I dodged huge puddles even though my socks were soaked and squishing with each step. For the last 8 miles I could not feel my arms, hands or face. At the end of the race I couldn't move my mouth to talk and my lips were blue for another couple hours until I finally warmed up. I finished in 2 hours 17 minutes which is really bad, but I'm just proud that I made it to the finish line without taking any shortcuts (I saw some people cheating & I really wanted to follow!)
In spite of the tough weather, it was so much fun. I have never done anything that difficult before and it felt so good to finish it. I found myself getting a burst of energy at each mile marker for about a quarter mile. Then I would drag again for the last 3/4 mile. There were lots of people cheering us on and loud music which helped a lot.
I spent the afternoon trying to lay down between chasing Greyden around the house. As soon as I put him down for his nap I passed out! Joe & Leslie had us over for HUGE steaks and potatoes for dinner. Thanks guys!!!


Mitt Romney '08

I got to go see Mitt Romney speak last Wednesday at the DU law school. I have always been semi-interested in politics and the future of our country. I haven't paid much attention lately but assumed Mitt Romney might be someone I could support.
After hearing him speak I am positive this man is right for the job. He has his priorities in the right place. Our country is heading towards a scary place with lazy people feeling entitled to things without having to work for it. We need a strong leader who actually has morals leading us. We have seen him in action with the Salt Lake Olympics. He is able to take something heading for disaster and set it on the correct path.
His main goals for our country are to strengthen family, the economy and our military. He actually recognizes the importance of strong families to move our country forward. I will get off of my soapbox for now, but encourage you to look into the candidates for presidency and educate yourself. Get involved!

I did try to get a picture with him and followed the crowd for 20 minutes but just couldn't push my way past everyone. We were in the 8th row and I got this one from where we sat.


Almost 1!

Only a few more weeks until Greyden is 1! There are two other kids at our church that are turning one, so we had a little halloween party for them. It was hilarious watching all these kids run around in their costumes. I'm going to have to have a halloween party every year just to see all the cute costumes.
Greyden LOVED the chocolate cupcake and ate the entire thing as well as some of Lauren's cupcake. At the time I thought it was adorable. Last night when he wouldn't sleep it wasn't so cute. I had too many cute pictures, so I made a little movie out of them.


Vegas Baby!

I apologize in advance for the size of this post. We had a wonderful time in Vegas. We went with our friends Jenn & Eddie and their 1 year old daughter, Olivia. Thanks guys! They let us use their timeshare which was right behind the Flamingo. Greyden & Jared both behaved themselves rather well. :) Here are some highlights of our trip:

Eating at our FAVORITE restaurant in Vegas. The Harley Davidson Cafe has the best BBQ you will ever eat. Greyden slept in his stroller the entire time which made our dining experience even better. My sister and her hubby met up with us the first day. YAY!
The free circus at Circus Circus. They had contortionists (see freaky photo below), trapeze artists and all kinds of other crazy things.The Lions at MGM. I wanted to take one home with me. SO CUTE!
The Fountains at Bellagio are one of my favorite things to watch. Greyden was a little frightened the first time he saw them, but quickly warmed up to them.Our night out ALONE. Our friends took Greyden on Wednesday and Jared & I went to see the Cirque du Soleil: Mystere. It was incredible! Our seats were in the third row so we could see the sweat on the performers. After the show, we wandered around the strip, watched the fountains at Bellagio again and got a very late dinner at the Paris. We felt like we had been out all night and it was only 11:30 when we got back. Hmmmmm.Lastly, but one of my favorite things... Lounging at the pool, reading and soaking up the sun!