Friday, May 27, 2011


ITS OFFICIAL. We are buying a house.Despite the fact that we want to leave Alaska,and probably will in the next few years,we have decided to invest.Also,my brother just built a beautiful 5 bedroom,2 story home that he needs to get rid of fast since he just got accepted into the military,and he made us an offer we couldnt refuse.

We are moving in July.Again.But this time its different,because its OURS(: Pretty exciting(:

The Lord has blessed us tremendously,and we cant deny it.Nor do we deserve it.We are so thankful for this opportunity accept for the fact that Phil and Jenn will be leaving us at the end of the year.But im not thinking about that now.I know they are doing what God wants,impossible doors have been opened to them,but im hate the thought of losing another sibling.He's actually my last sibling left in Fairbanks,and the thought of them leaving makes my heart hurt.

I cant believe Josh and I will be the last Alaskans standing in our family.Of course our parents are still in the state,but Josh's live so far away we hardly get to see them,and who knows what my parents will do if they get their house to sell this year.Its just crazy to think about.'

Anyways,our new house is incredible,we are going to get to landscape it ourselves,which im pretty excited about,and we have about 2 acres of land to play with.I have virtually no furniture to fill the house with,so the prospect of having all that room to slowly fill the house the way i like is pretty cool.I see some trips to Anchorage and Pier One Imports in our future(: We will have a two car garage,(already dubbed "josh's mancave") and huge garden plot/greenhouse area(HOORAY!!!) and a lot of extra room for whatever...sheds...a yard...whatever we want(:
It's really overwhelming to think about right now,but the possibilities are pretty incredible.
I even have a walk-in closet and jacuzzi tub in my master bathroom(: how cool is that!(:
Not only are there 5 bedroom upstairs,(so i get a craft room!) theres a huge den/family room in the middle of it all,besides the regular living room downstairs!(:I have a giant Kitchen with more couterspace and cabinets than i could ever use,adjacent to a beautiful carpeted living room and carpeted staircase.The whole upstairs also has beautiful blue carpet,so my decorating ideas are to stick to earthtones accected by blue.

I cant thank Phil and Jenn enough for this opportunity,because it wouldnt be possible without their generosity.We have an amazing family,thats for sure.Im sure its not easy to give up such a beautiful new home after building it yourself and only getting to live in it a few months,but at the same time I know how excited they are about doing the Lord's work no matter the cost.They are an incredible family,and we have learned so much from them.I will miss my bro and sis in law more than they will ever know.And my boys.sigh.I better stop before the tears start....i can cry after they leave,at least i have them here till the end of the year.Phil leaves for basic in the fall,and they should get their orders around Christmas time.

Well there are big changes ahead,all good and full of the Lord's blessings,and I covet your prayers during the next few months as it all happens.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Running at 23 weeks... not easy at all!..nor is it fun,most of the time.all weekend ive been telling the J-Dawg i think im almost done running for this losing my desire,and since my run has turned into more of a waddle at this point,im thinkin power walking sounds more fun.

THEN i pushed myself out for a run in the beautiful sun this afternoon,and had the most fabulous time!So im like,can i give up yet?that was the best run ive had in weeks!what if i stop now and in a few weeks i regret it but its too late to start again?then id be kicking myself!

My original goal was to try to make it to the end of my second trimester,which is in just a few more weeks...wk 27 i think? i think ill keep at it for now,even though im more of a waddler than a runner.

what do you people think?should i keep going?should i end my own misery?should i try to break some records?(: any thoughts or opinions? does anybody else hate/love excercising whilst pregnant???

if nothing else,i definetly love the endorphines...i would hate to give those up now,being all moody and stuff from hormones...i always feel a thousand times btr at least after a good not sure i can live without running for 3 more months ,plus a month after baby comes....thats a whole lot of not running im not sure i could handle!

i say,bring on the least until i forget i had a good run and have another hard one...harharhar(:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Your pregnancy: 23 weeks | BabyCenter

Your pregnancy: 23 weeks BabyCenter: "How your baby's growing:
Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Torch Run 2011

this was a wicked hard was half uphill,half downhill...almost kilt not gonna lie...i only ran about half way and then mostly was beastly hot in the sun too!!!probly not a good idea to take up "hill running" when your 23 wks preggers.

i was pretty proud of my little phil the pill for running all 3 miles.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

friends and mommies

cady @ 36 weeks

ang @22 weeks

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday at Angel Rocks

This is how our little family spent our Monday...teaching McKinley how to hike(: A true Alaskan girl now!(: Daddy squatted down to take a pic beside her,and since she's his little mini-me,well,guess who else had to squat for the pic?(:

Ridin in her new pack

hello up there Mckinley!(:

Stupid pic of me...

Daddy gettin tired?!?

I loved this...she actually layed down on this rock in the middle of the trail when she got worn out

at the top...


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sat. Heartwalk/Run 2011

me and my best girl...she's the cutest kid in the whole wide world i think(: as we are doing the warm-up dance/squat routine,tori starts trying to take pictures of the preggo squatting and flailing about her arms like a chicken,and so this is me coming at her trying to break her camera...

this is our super nerd picture...we blame emily for this 110%

after-run sweatiness and red faces

tori doing who knows what...

my girl with

her walkin buddy

my sweet babysitter/friend that made my fun day possible(: thanx ashley!!!(:

my ever regret this self portrait of my double chin... please excuse.

two beautiful blonde clarkish girls...sisters and friends

emily and tori

my beached whale fat cow gigantor running pic...remind me to run beside someone fatter than me next time im photographed...i blame the wind im my pants...

love love love this picture of my sweey beautiful friends!!!(:

ashley and emily

another after run shot

funny emily(:

hard core happy to have friends that love to torture themselves as much as me(:

no,we didnt call each other to coordinate our outfits,,, great minds just think alike!!!(: go underarmour!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011


about once or twice a month we have to give lovey bear a bath in the washing machine...and theres no sneaky way to do is the most traumatizing event in our house,and mckinley cries and worries the whole time its happening.I dread it,but after putting it off all week,this morning was THE DAY.i showed her how dirty he was,and explained that his ears and face needed to be washed and talked about how clean and how good he would smell,AND fianlly convinced her to thro him took about 5 minutes,and once she let him go,she started to cry but promptly ran off to find his stand-in (tony bear).as soon as the washer stopped she ran to get him and i spent the next 5 minutes trying to convince her that we needed to dry him and she FINALLY put him in the dryer because she said he was cold.(:half an hour latr,when the dryer buzzed,(i didnt even hear it)but she was waiting and made a beeline for the dryer...she was VERY excited to see how clean Lovey's ears were and kissed him all over,and he has been tucked safely under her arm ever since and tony bear has been kicked to the curb once more.I came outta the bathroom awhile ago and found her fixing loveys hair with her play curling iron...he is being very well taken care of this afternoon and smothered in kisses from head to toe.

see how the belly grows...

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