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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

{30 Days of Yoga}

I just finished 30 days of yoga. Yes, every single day. I feel amazing! I highly recommend any of the yoga challenges by Yoga With Adriene. When I set my word as intention at the beginning of the year, I felt like learning how to better connect with my inner self would be a great place to start. A couple of years ago, I used to do yoga all the time and then I transitioned back to running and did yoga once or twice a month. 
The appeal of a 30 day challenge is it offers just enough time for a new goal to be palatable yet long enough to be challenging. I feel better connected with myself, my future and my family.

I finally nailed by Bakasana (crow pose) and I feel so close to nailing my headstand. For the record, I know my Bakasana is not great in my picture, but it is a lot harder than it looks to use your phone with a 10 second timer and setup a stable pose.

Here is to establishing my handstand in the next 30 days!

Monday, January 23, 2017

7 Months :: David Braden

This boy has transitioned from his toys to parent's toys...he loves the cell phone and the remote (and the clip and the water and everything else). 
He loves books, especially his 1, 2, 3, Nephi and Me book!
He is starting to lift himself up and is army crawling very quickly.
Baby boy is SITTING! All by himself. And very stable. 
And he found his toes! "Happy Baby" pose is the cutest.
We have given him some avocados and sweet potatoes and he loves to just smash, smash, smash!
No teeth yet and no signs of any teeth! But we are more than okay with that.
He has the sweetest gummy smile and we are totally obsessed with our Davy.

"We love our Davy boy, he is our pride and joy!
We love our Davy, yes we do (yes we do)!"

Friday, January 20, 2017

#oneword365 :: Intention

Last year my word was optimism. I was optimistic about pregnancy (absolutely loved being pregnant!), optimistic about new challenges and colleagues at work, optimistic when we added a new family member (how could I not be?), optimistic when I went back to work and left my three-month-old at daycare, optimistic about changes in my body. Honestly, I think I let myself off a little easy last year with this word, but it did hit me at times when I really needed it (think middle of the night feedings and messy house). 2016 was truly filled with so much joy, made even more so by an attitude of optimism. It will be a year for the books. 

This year, I have settled on the word intention, inspired by this blog post from Kelly Exeter. I want to intentionally know where I am going and go there with determination and resolve. I want to fully embrace the things I commit to do. Do everything with a purpose. I was born a planner but sometimes, meaningless things fill my calendar and I say "yes" far too often. I want to eat with intention, work with intention, and intentionally spend quality time with my family.

Each day, I want to connect with myself in the following ways ::
  • Mind :: learn something new, change point of view, think with care
  • Body :: stretch, reach, extend, move, be mindful about what you use as fuel
  • Heart :: be thankful for the love in your life, give out more than you get
  • Soul :: take time each day to find a moment in all the chaos and busy, and just breathe

I figured the perfect way to kick off my year with intention, would be a 30 day yoga challenge. What better way to better connect mind, body, heart, and soul than with daily yoga? I was a true yogi years back but over time, I started to focus more on running and let go of my regular yoga practice. It feels SO good to be back into the habit. My body has never felt better.

As far as setting my intention, here are my three areas of focus to kick off the year (so far, still on track) ::

  1. Regular scripture study - reading the whole standard works this year! 
  2. Daily yoga/exercise (even 15 min counts)
  3. More intimacy with my husband
With these goals, my intention is to focus on rebuilding strength in my body and mind as I recover from pregnancy and childbirth, strengthen relationships with my family, and grow closer to God.

Here is to a beautiful 2017!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hitting the Slopes

We have been skiing twice this season and it is the best. Admittedly, I have not been as eager to go this year, probably because I miss my baby boy and I'm really not loving the cold this winter. But once I hit the slopes, I cannot imagine being anywhere else. It is the best way to clear your head and let go of everything.

We have been to Brighton and Powder Mountain so far this year. Where do you like to ski? 

Powder Mountain

I've said it before and I'll say it again...Power is one of the very best resorts in Utah. It has the largest skiiable acreage so it never feels busy. And you can always find the most amazing pockets of powder! Our favorite run is just off of the East 40 lift, directly to the lift. You ski down through a grove of favorite.

Pumping in the lodge! Haha joys of nursing...


This was our first time at Brighton and we loved it! We found some awesome runs, although I will say it was hard to find those same runs again the second time. We went down the most amazing evergreen run where the sun was shining through the trees (see photos below) and we were completely enamored. Brighton was absolutely beautiful.