Friday five

1- Z started preschool last week! He adores it, and so do I. All last week I read posts where moms we're crying as they dropped their kids off. Over here I was shouting for joy. Don't get me wrong I love my kids, but those three hours three times a week without my energetic, very active four-year-old are so productive. They are also really quiet, and although I didn't feel sad, I felt strange...like one of my arms was missing.

2- Ty guy is talking so much! And he's maybe really wanting to use the potty. I refuse to train him until he is ready, but he's had unders on all day with no accidents and keeps telling me when he needs to go so I am crossing my fingers we'll be done with diapers soon!

3- A while ago I transferred from the full to the half marathon. The race is tomorrow, but I have decided not to run it at all. Our lives have been crazy with Z's activities, babysitting, callings, etc and I just haven't put in the training. Normally that wouldn't stop me, but I just can't afford three or four days of barely being able to move right now. I'm a little bummed to lose the money, but feel it's the best choice.

4- Speaking of Z activities, we have him involved in so many things and he is thriving! He loves preschool, upstart, and his 'let's play music' class. He also loves soccer, and last week he scored his first two goals. Cub soccer is so hilariously adorable, and I enjoy watching how happy he is chasing after the ball! Ty is not on the team because he is too young, but oh man can that guy kick the ball! He's a natural and so excited for his turn in a few years!

5- Several items of our adoption paperwork are expiring so we got the call from our adoption agency to update them in order to keep our profile active. After talking and praying about it we have decided NOT to go ahead with adoption anymore. Our profile will be live for another month or so, but then it will be taken down. We've had a few financial setbacks this year (really mostly just expensive things breaking) and are going to take some time to build our savings back up and then move forward from there. We are so happy that whatever may come we at least have our two handsome little boys. :)


winner winner chicken dinner!

It is fantasy football season. The Andreasen family league has a tradition that the winner from the previous year don our Grandfather's leather helmet and make that our team logo for the coming season. Since I won last year I get this picture of myself for my team logo.

Julie here: I think this is the nerdiest thing ever, and fantasy sports have been the source of many arguments in our family. Buuut, for the sake of trying to support the things Lance loves I am letting him post this picture so he can upload it to his team. Oh, and I may have made a deal with him that he has to start writing on the blog (I am adding him as an author!) stay tuned... :)


We're aliiiiiive!

This summer has been crazy, but that is only part of the reason for my lack of blogging lately. We got hacked, (BAD) and our computer was completely unusable. It was sad, but not tragic. It was getting really old and we knew we needed a new one soon anyway, but were trying to hold out just a little while longer. Unfortunately some mean, evil people rendered it useless a little earlier than we anticipated.  It was also unfortunate that our fridge broke in January, and our lawn mower broke as well, because our "appliance emergency fund" was depleted and we had to wait a bit to save up for the computer. But here we are, once again with a computer. It's nice to be back, here's a quick picture-less update:

Still super busy with work, Elder's Quorum, fatherhood, and being ridiculously good looking. He is bummed that he has hardly made it out on the golf course this summer and is hoping to make up for it soon. Some of his summer highlights are Yellowstone, an awesome company work party (including taking his boys on a tour of the factory), hiking, and cookouts. Lance is going to be Zachary's soccer coach this fall, and is gearing up for a fun season.

I have been running a lot, but not loving it nearly as much. I've realized that end-of-summer races are not really for me because it's so hard to train in the heat and I don't like waking up at 5:00am. After a lot of stress, I finally decided (at the temple this week) NOT to run the full marathon in September.  And speaking of the temple, I'm absolutely loving my summer temple goal. I haven't missed a week, and even made it twice last week. It's changing me, and teaching me so much.
I feel like I've made a lot of really good friendships lately and I am so thankful. I love our ward and my calling with the young women. Z and Ty are keeping me pretty busy and I feel like time is just flying!

Is still a raging ball of energy! For the most part he is getting more obedient and helpful (he is AWESOME at scrubbing toilets) but we still have hard days where I feel like he does the exact opposite of whatever I ask or just completely ignores me. He is starting the UPSTART program this week and we are both really excited. It's a free online preschool that is supposed to help him be ready for kindergarten next year. He is also going to be starting at a normal preschool that I am really excited for--I'm hoping it will improve his social skills and behavior! Z has absolutely adored swimming lessons this summer and is so much more confident in the water. He is also excited to start soccer and "Let's Play Music!"

My two-year-old is getting sassy! He loves to tell me, "No way!" and "You be QUIET now!" I try not to laugh, but his attitude kind of cracks me up. We tried potty-training last week. He did great for two days but after that lost any interest. We quit on Friday and will start again when he is more ready. Ty has also been in swimming, but he didn't like it too much at first. Thankfully he has finally warmed up and is also gaining confidence. He'll even put his whole face in the water and jump off the side. Ty has really come out of his shell and loves to talk to people and make new friends. He also loves to help out, and wants to be involved in everything I am doing.

We are all happy and healthy, loving the sunshine, eating good food, laughing when the boys fight over who gets to say the prayer, and trying to make our home happier! We're still in the "waiting" stage of adoption and have our fingers crossed that we could get that call any time! Mostly we're just busy and trying to make the most of every day and enjoy each other.

I'm excited to get back to blogging and hopefully back-post a few of our summer activities.


UV half year FOUR!

I have run the Utah Valley 1/2 Marathon for the past three years, and despite last years potty issues, I love the organization and love the course so I decided to do it again. It worked out well too because I could double up half training and training for my full in September.

Since this was my ninth half marathon and I have been chasing the 1:45:00 mark for YEARS I decided that this was the year! I knew the course, it's close to home and by golly, that PR was mine!

I found an advanced training schedule online and made made a chart to check off (I need something visual hanging on my fridge to motivate me!) It wasn't fancy, but it worked:
I stuck to the schedule pretty good. You can see the days I missed... That second to last week was because of girl's camp.

I could honestly feel myself getting faster because of all my speed workouts and it felt amazing! I was so excited when I manage a 7:28 pace on a 10 miler but didn't even feel like I was straining!

I am so lucky and thankful to have a supportive family! Lance and the boys follow me on most of my long runs and bring me water and snacks! I love having my little fan club, and I signed Z up for a kids 1k so that he would be extra excited for race day!

Two weeks before race day I went I girls camp. I wasn't too worried because that was tapering time and I knew I could get a few short short runs in first thing every morning while I was up there. I did get one three-ish mile run. It was killer with steep hills, and at the 8,000 elevation my lungs were really working! Unfortunately, on our hike later that day I twisted my ankle! I knew it wasn't broken or sprained but it was swollen and painful. I cried... Not so much from pain, but from frustration because I was worried that after all of my hard work during training I had just blown it! I went to the nurse and had her wrap it and then babied it all week.

The week before the race I pumped water and decided not to eat any sugar (which I mostly succeeded on!) my tummy wasn't feeling very well all week... Not a flu or anything, I just felt off? When Friday rolled around I spent the morning at the Children's Art Festival with the boys and then took them with me to the expo to pick up my packet (and my friend from high school Laura who was staying at our house for the race). After we walked around the vendor booths and grabbed our bags of goodies we came home and hung out. We carb loaded on linguini and bread and tried to go to bed early. I actually slept fairly well for a pre-race sleep, despite dreams of forgetting my iPod and missing the bus.

I rolled out of bed at 3:50 am, threw on my clothes (which of course were all laid out), grabbed my snacks, and tiptoed into Z's room to get my iPod. Then we headed out the door to catch the buses.We met up with another friend from HS, Cortnie and were proud of ourselves for timing it just right to catch the very last bus up the mountain (no long wait at the top for us!) During the drive I realized that although I had remembered my iPod, the dock in Z's room hadn't been plugged in so my battery was completely dead. I was super bummed and upset at myself. I spent the bus ride stuffing bagel and banana in my mouth while trying to get songs out of my iTunes onto a playlist on my phone. I only succeeded to get seven or eight before the signal up the canyon got too weak :( I told the girls that I had better get my PR because I was going to be running on anger!

At the top we huddled to keep warm, dropped our bags, and went potty . I was still trying to figure out songs or upload and internet radio app when the gun went off and it was time to start. I didn't feel too worried because it was chip timed, so I waved goodbye to the girls and didn't take off for a while after the gun.

Once I did get going I felt great though! I had my running app going to make sure that I was staying on pace (I needed at least an 8:04/mile). I was comfortably running sub 8's and the miles seemed to fly by. I was glad to have music, but those same seven songs on repeat did get old by the end! My running app was not counting the miles accurately so I turned it off around mile five so I watched the clock and hoped I would stay on pace. Normally around mile nine I start to feel tired, but I never hit a wall in this race. I just felt pretty steady and good.

Near end there was this younger guy (I would guess young high-school aged) who kept speeding up to pass me and then slowing down and I would pass him. It was annoying me because he was always running right on my tail--I seriously wanted to punch him! Finally, when I saw the mile 12 sign I decided to kick it into a sprint and pass him for good. I let him eat my dust, and that last mile was awesome! As I neared the finish line I squinted to see the clock and started beaming when I read  1:42:00 something. I sprinted hard the last hundred meters and finished strong...a new PR!

I grabbed my medal and some snacks and then called Lance...I hadn't seen them in the finish area. He was bummed because they had walked up right at 1:45:00...he had missed me. I didn't care though, I was too happy! He snapped a picture of me and Ty...doesn't by baby look happy, lol!

We met up and went to grab my bag. It just happened to be right by the massage tables so I got my first ever post-race massage...no line! It was heavenly, I don't know why I have never done that! Then while Z jumped on big blow up toys I went to the timing booth to get a printout of my official time. I was happy when I saw my official time: 1:41:29, almost 6 minutes faster than my old PR. Then I looked down further and was totally shocked to see that I was THIRD PLACE in my age group!! I placed!! I was so excited because it was completely unexpected! I ran over to tell Lance and he gave me a big hug and told me how proud he is. Then I called my sister because I knew she would get how big of a deal it is to me! :)

We had planned to go home for me to shower and grab everything for Trudy's wedding so we could head up to it right after Z's race (I signed him up for the free kids 1k that started at 11:30), but I saw that the award ceremony was at 9:30 so that threw a wrench in things. I had never placed before and there was no way I was passing up my little plaque!

We decided to run home, I showered fast and threw all of our stuff in the car (I made 150 cupcakes for the wedding) and then run back to the award ceremony. Luckily we made it there just a few minutes before they started announcing my age group and I proudly walked up to claim my plaque. I'm sure people were laughing because I was all dressed up (for the wedding) but I didn't care!)
 I'm still on a high from that run, it was excellent. I was pretty stiff the next day, but I took last week off from training (because we went on vacation, more on that later). Now I'm ready to kick it into full gear for my September marathon...Boston or bust baby!

Here are the professional pics taken by xotio during the race:



Nestle 5k and the Children's art festival

Summer is here! And it has been crazy busy at our house. The first week of June I went to Girl's Camp with our stake. We went to Heber Valley (the Heber Hilton) and it was lovely. Cabins, flush toilets, showers...MY kind of camping! The senior missionaries who work up there are so nice and cute and several times they mentioned that Heber was dedicated to be a sort of outdoor temple...I definitely felt that! It was an awesome week, and it was fun to have five days of girl time!
After I got home from camp it was the Nestle 5k the next day! We have done this every year that we've lived here (except for last year because we were in Illinois) and it is one of my very favorite family traditions. Since I was already training for a half I decided that I was going to also train to beat my old 5k time. Unfortunately, I twisted my ankle at camp so I had to baby it all week, but when Saturday rolled around (and despite my lack of sleep all week) I was able to run.
We had talked some family into running it, so Lance ran with Z, my SIL pushed Ty in the stroller, and I was able to race. I felt ok. Tired and a little sluggish from a week of junk food and no-sleep, but I had my running app on so I new I was on pace for a PR. Unfortunately my shoe came untied and I had to stop really fast to tie it. I was tempted just to keep running through it but didn't want to risk a real injury because I had a half the next week. 
I chased a teenage girl the entire race, and managed to pass her for a while, but just couldn't maintain it and she passed me again in the last mile. I was happy anyway though, because I crossed the finish line in 22:35, setting a new personal best by a minute and a half! I was also happy because I placed FOURTH in my age group, only missing 3rd place by seven seconds, and 2nd place by 20 seconds...probably about how long it took me to tie my shoe...oh well!
Sadly, it took Z and Lance forever to make it to the end because Z wasn't feeling well and Lance had to carry him for over a mile. :( I was bummed because the little guy has been training hard and was so excited for race day. Luckily they give all the little kids medals anyway so he was excited!
It's a great way to kick off our 6th year (I can't believe it's been that long) in Springville and we can't wait until next year!
Later that week we went to the Children's Art Festival. It's put on by the art musuem as a part of Art City Day's (our city celebration). The boys had a blast doing over 15 art projects! They colored with chalk, did dropper-paint art, made kites, visors, colored sunglasses, and even made sand art. It was so fun to watch them get creative. If you asked them they would probably say that their favorite parts were the balloon swords and face paint...

Or more likely, the corndogs they got from one of those traveling food trucks...they gobbled them right up!
I love our family traditions and I love these handsome boys!