Sweet Baby Audra; 4 months

Audra is close to 4 months now, and she is just the sweetest thing. She is very alert and loves to roll back to front and back again. She babbles and smiles all the time.
Is she not the cutest little girl?

Uh oh, she is already interested in the tv…

She refused to smile for a picture, but she’s still adorable

 I love the clasped hands!

Top Ten Useful (?) Things I Learned in Beauty School

I learned a lot of things at Beauty School. The main thing is that a lot of girls = major drama. Some things I learned had nothing to do with hair and should not even be mentioned. But I did learn a lot of useful tips about beauty. So without further ado, here are some completely random tips, in no particular order:
  1. Perm solution is great for cleaning jewelry. 
  2. You don’t need to wash your hair every day. Once or twice a week is sufficient.
  3. If you like to style your hair from wet everyday, you can rinse or condition your hair instead of washing it.
  4. File your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails.
  5. Hairy toes? Just use some wax!
  6. Shaving or waxing will not make your hair grow faster, thicker or darker.
  7. Always rinse your hair with cold water, as it closes the hair shaft making your hair smoother and keeping in the conditioner.
  8. Keep your hair type in mind when choosing a style. Bringing a picture of what you want is great; just keep in mind that if you have a bushy fro, your hair will never look like Reese Witherspoon’s. Just sayin’.
  9. You get what you pay for. I can’t tell you how many people we had come in to a hair school to get their hair “fixed”.
  10. Old ladies are extremely particular about their hair. I had one lady demand that I massage her scalp harder and harder- I thought I was going to hurt her!
(okay, so maybe they aren’t all useful…)

My First 5k Race!

This morning I was able to run the Panerathon 5k with a group of friends. It was a lot of fun! My friend Jamie was my running buddy during the whole run. Thanks for running with me, Jamie!

I wasn’t sure if I was going to push myself and try and beat my best time, or just run for fun. I decided to run for fun, and I’m glad I did. I know I didn’t have a chance of winning, but I didn’t know how far from it I would be- the winner was a 15 yr old girl who ran it in about 15 minutes!! Much, much faster than I could have done. Our finishing time was about 34 minutes.

The start of the race was kind of anti-climatic. He said “3,2,1…” and we all started walking very slowly towards the start line. We started in the back because we anticipated being slower than a lot of people, but I didn’t realize how slow that would make us start out. The first part of the route was downhill, which was nice, but I knew we were going to have to come back up. We ran across a bridge, under the interstate, and through some beautiful scenery. There were some young men handing out water cups about halfway through, and I made the mistake of trying to drink it while I was still running. Pretty much just spilled it all over. : ) I felt really good the whole time, although the very last uphill part of the race was tough. Jamie and I sprinted to the finish line, and everyone was cheering! The race volunteers were all so sweet and told us we were doing such a great job.

It’s a great feeling to have prepared for this and to have been able to run the entire 5k. When I first started running after having Audra, I couldn’t run longer than a 1/4 mile at a time. And I am very proud of myself for completing my first 5k 3.5 months after having a baby- go me! (bragging much?)

Thanks to all of my teammates who came and ran. I hope you all had a great time!

Haha, it looks like we were at the very end!

“Sprinting” to the finish

A partial team picture. Unfortunately missing a few people : (

Wilton Cake Decorating Basics Class- Week 1

My sister and I are taking a Wilton decorating class at Michael’s. I have dabbled in cake decorating before, mostly for my kid’s birthdays, but I thought I should go and learn some new techniques.

Our teacher is Charity St. John and she has given us so many helpful hints for baking and decorating. I am excited to go next week and learn even more!

The first class was last week, and we learned to make stars. So Jess and I decided to make a cake for practice. This is what we came up with! (The lighting isn’t great, but you get the idea…) 

Can you tell what it is?

No, Officer- I wasn’t drinking!!

I was driving home from my mom’s house the other night, having just watched a movie with my little sis. It was 11pm, so I was pretty sleepy. It brought me back a few years, when I was dating my now-husband.

We had watched a movie at his (parent’s) house, and I had fallen asleep on the floor. I guess he felt bad waking me up, so when I finally woke up on my own it was around 1:00 in the morning which was way past my curfew.

I lived a good 30 minutes away from his house, so as I drove home I got sleepier and sleepier. I was about 5-10 minutes away from my home when it got really bad. I had the windows all rolled down so the cold air would blow on my face, I had the radio blasting so loud, and I kept slapping myself in an effort to stay awake. It was so bad that I was driving very slowly and weaving in and out across the road. I probably shouldn’t have been driving at this point, but I was so close to home!

Suddenly I see flashing lights in my rearview mirror. That woke me up. The officer came to my window, shining a flashlight in my eyes. “Do you know you were not driving in a straight line” and “have you been drinking tonight?” I’m sure I did look drunk with the way I was driving. “Oh I am so sorry, I’m just so tired, I fell asleep at my boyfriend’s house….” As soon as I said this I thought to myself that he was going to think I was one of “those” girls, so I kept rambling, trying to explain that I don’t normally do that sort of thing, it was an accident. (You know, cops have a way of making me ramble. This reminds me of another story I’ll have to share.)

He finally let me drive home, and I vowed never to drive that sleepy again.

Hayden Says…

After a time out: “You broke my heart, mom. Can you say sorry for breaking my heart?”

Running around trying to put his hands on Parker’s head: “Hold still, Parker! I’m giving you a priesthood blessing!”

After I told Parker to stop screaming: “Yeah Parker, only girls scream.”

Haha- I just noticed you can see Parker’s little eye in this one.