I got my ultrasound this week, and it looks like Bowen is going to have a sister! We are so excited. I was expecting a boy all along, but I'm really glad it's girl so that I can dress her cute, and hopefully she will be my friend when she's older. Here I come Baby Gap!
I know I have not been keeping my blog updated. I guess the main reason is that I'm pregnant!!! So every time I have a break from Bowen I usually am usually taking a nap. I am actually halfway there and I will find out on Dec. 8th if I'm having a boy or girl! This pregnancy has gone by so fast, especially since I have my little Buddy Bowen to play with. Seth has been working for a company in St. George for the past month or so. We have loved going to visit Dad in St. George. We spent a lot of time outside visiting duck ponds and parks. We also went to Snow Canyon and went on some short hikes. Bowen especially loved jumping around on the petrified dunes.
Me and Bowen went to California in August to see Annie and Brady get married and visit our new nefew and cousin Brad! Bowen especially liked the dog Clancy. Annie looked beautiful. It was a much needed trip.
I completed my 3rd Olympic size triathlon last Saturday. I swam a mile, biked 25 miles and ran 6 miles! It was so much fun and perfect day to do the race. The race started at 7am, so I woke up at 4:45. I got there around 6:15 which I thought gave me plenty of time, until I realized I hadn't brought my photo ID. (it was way back at the car, because I had to bike into the start line). Anyway I finally convinced them to let me race by showing them a picture of myself in my phone. After that, I barely made it to the start on time.
The swim was probably the hardest part, because it was in open water, and everyone is running into each other, and you don't really know where you're going. I was surprised when I finished in 37 min.
Next was the bike, which was really fun, because I borrowed my sister Tiff's bike. (Thanks Tiff!) I finished the bike in about an hour and half.
Last but not least was the run. It's really hard to start running after you've biked for so long. My hamstrings were totally cramping, and I didn't know if I could go on. But, my legs finally relaxed and I was running at a good pace, until about the last 2 miles when my knee started hurting. It was was painful, but I kept on running til the finish.
I finished the whole thing in 3 hours and 5 minutes. It felt so good, and I even got a complementary massage at the end!
After viewing this video, I felt inspired to think about the freedoms I am grateful for. I am grateful to be able to learn and study freely. I am thankful that I can teach my children truths, including gospel truths and all other truths that the world has to offer. I am grateful that I can serve equally with my husband in our home, but I am also grateful to know my roles as a mother and wife. I know know if I faithfully fulfill those roles Heavenly Father will continue to bless me and my family. Finally I am grateful to be able to chose each day what my attitude will be, and that I can, with the help of my Heavenly Father, make the most of my life.
Bowen is walking!! Well...sort of. He will only walk if we stand him up and have him walk to us. Otherwise, he's still crawling everywhere. He is so proud of himself, and so are we. Seth and I spent a half hour just having him walk back and forth between us. What a fun time!
Bowen is officially spoiled! I have been able to keep his toys in a small basket under our TV up until now. I'm afraid our front room has turned into a toy room. We had a family party, which ended up being huge! It was a nice evening so everyone was outside the whole evening. Bowen loves people and attention, and he was smiling all night long. Thanks to everyone who brought gifts.
His birthday cake was balloons!
I never thought the first year would go by so fast! It's hard for me to imagine how small and dependent Bowen used to be. Now he can do so many things: color pictures, say "ball", "mom", "dad", wave, clap, push his firetruck everywhere, beg for food, drink from a straw, play peek-a-boo, go up and down stairs, open and close doors, and be funny as ever! Happy Birthday Bowen, we love you!
Bowen played outside today while I worked in the garden. I lost track of him for a while and next thing I knew he was eating a rock that he found in the mud. He loved playing outside. I look forward to many more sunny days in the garden.
I know it's supposed to be bad luck to cut your child's hair before their first birthday, but I had several people tell me that my son had a mullet. So my dad cut his hair with a number 8. I think he looks like Seth now!
We went to Florida last weekend for Seth's cousin Cale's wedding. It was a much needed trip to the sun! Surprisingly it was only 40 degrees when we got there, but it warmed up to 70 by the end of our trip. We were sad to come home to a big snow storm, but at least now we feel like we can make it through the rest of the snowing Utah winter.
We let Bowen explore the sand a little bit. His first move was to pick up the closest shell and put it in his mouth. They he moved to rocks, too big to fit in his mouth. Then he proceeded to throw the rocks at his little second cousin Rex (pictures to come soon). Bowen's a really social kid, always trying to catch everyone's attention by smiling at them. Oh! and he learned to wave "hi" and "bye" this month. His Grandma Hobbs taught him, so she's pretty proud.
We hope everyone had a great Holiday Season. We had the best time with our family. Bowen got to see all of his cousins, and everyone adored him! Here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving and Christmas:
Seth and Makenzie have been married since December 2005. We just welcomed the newest and cutest member of our family, Ruby, born December 30th, 2012. Bowen is our happy 5-year-old and Leah is our energetic 3-year-old. Seth runs his own internet marketing company and Makenzie is a stay at home mom and loves it!