Visiting Santa

Our ward had a Polar Express Christmas breakfast yesterday. It was super cute and really fun. Lots of activities for the kids, a huge French toast breakfast with hash browns, bacon, and all the toppings, plus spiritual messages that were beautiful and uplifting. 

Santa stopped by to visit, but neither kid wanted anything to do with him.
We forced Kade to stand by him and this was the result:

Dooly Knob Hike

Have I mentioned how nice the weather has been lately? In the 50s most afternoons. We have been trying to take advantage of the sunshine, since we know the inversion will be here soon enough. We decided to go to Antelope Island on Saturday for a hike and choose the Dooley Knob trail. It was pretty steep to start out, but leveled out and ended at the top of the island where we could see the lake on both sides. 

Both kids did a pretty good job, but Tess still wants to be carried all the time.
She did run almost the whole way down, so she's getting tougher.
Plus, she only ate it once or twice, so I'd say it was a success.


Thanksgiving 2014

It was the Whatcott side year for Thanksgiving, so we got to spend the day with my family. Craig, Amber, Morgan, my parents, and my grandparents were all together, and we ate a bunch of my favorite foods. It was tasty, as always. 

Tess was so enthralled watching my dad deep fry the turkey that she fell down the patio stairs and scraped up her face. Other than that mishap, it was a successful day.

The weather was fairly warm, so we headed to the park after dinner to burn off a few sticks of butter. 


First Snow!

It has been a pretty mild fall so far, but we did get a little bit of snow mid-November. The kids were so excited to play, that we headed out first thing in the morning to enjoy the skiff that had fallen the night before. Thankfully - or not - we have 1:00 church, so this kept the kids distracted for most of the morning.
Afterwards we warmed up with hot chocolate. 


Saltair Half Marathon

Finally! After more than two years, I signed up for and finished a half marathon. Phew...now that it's out of my system I feel like I can move on with life. I didn't train much for this r;ace, which could be why I was actually able to do it. I only ran 10 miles twice in preparation, so I was feeling pretty nervous on race day.

The Saltair Half was an out and back course right along I-80, so the scenery was as beautiful as you can imagine. I felt really good during the first 11.5 miles, with minimal knee pain. The last mile and a half were brutal, and I was barely able to keep it under 9 minute miles, while I had been around 8:30 up to that point. My knee started hurting pretty bad, and I was just worn out, but I powered through and finished in 1:51. For a super flat course (literally only 32 feet of elevation change!), I am really pleased with that time. 

My hips froze up almost immediately after I finished, and I got to deal with "runner's gut" the rest of the day, but other than that it was a fun race. It started later in the morning (8:00), so Chad and the kids came with and were able to see me at the turn around and at the finish line. 



Both kids were super excited for Halloween this year. Kade had decided months ago that he wanted to be a zombie, and Tess was happy to re-use last year's costume and be a witch again. They both had fun parties at school,
bringing home lots of fun stories and treats.

Kade didn't have school on Halloween, so we got to go to dad's work to check out the hundreds of pumpkins carved by one of his coworkers. So awesome!

Kade really wanted to have a Halloween party at home, so we obliged and got dressed up, played games, and ate some pumpkin-shaped pizza
before heading out for trick or treating. 

Trick or treating in our neighborhood is intense! We only hit two streets and scored multiple full-sized candy bars, toys, bags of chips, and absolutely no dum-dums! The kids make quite the haul and had a great time.


October Randomness

Since I haven't posted forever, I feel like I am leaving out a bunch of random stuff that has gone on lately. I will try to catch up a little:

Kade lost his first tooth:

We went on a drive to see the fall leaves:

Chad took the kids to a Jazz game:

And...that's about it!