Liz’s Week In Review

20131116-035110.jpgSo when a week gets too busy that you start to jumble everything into one blog post, you just have to call it a “Week In Review”. I really want to try and document as much as I can while I am staying home since this will not be a permanent thing for me, but I have found I have been MORE busy than when I had a job!

First off, how cute is that when I toss a binkie at my daughter and she immediately puts it in her mouth?

I have been a little disappointed in myself for not riding well this week. I really want to get this weight off! We are very lucky to have family in town to watch Olivia on Tuesday nights.  Even though it is getting dark early, we still want to make it out to the Dona Ana’s.  This week I didn’t do my usual route because I was so tired, so I went and explored Chutes and Ladders, which is a really hilly, technical part of the coarse and had a blast! If you look closely a the map…you can tell when I got lost. (Bottom right hand corner..)



P.S. I just learned how to screen shot (I am so behind the times) and I just had to show you by putting my Strava links on here. 🙂

P.P.S. I love these shoes by the way AND they are on sale at Kohl’s. (I took a picture to send to Mike as a hint for a Christmas present!).  I also was able to run this week and actually got my 5k under 30 minutes…woot woot! Only 20 more pounds to go and maybe I can get a faster 5k time! 🙂


Olivia had her six month check up too this week.  I was glad to get some answers to questions I had.  She didn’t grow too much height-wise this past couple of months, but she made up for it in weight.  And let’s just say her head is in the 90 percentile, so I have no worries about her head growth.  She still is a long thing at almost 26 inches (25.8 to be exact). She was a champ!


I felt like I was in the kitchen the whole week.  I was making soup for an Enrichment activity and then I made Mike some corned beef and cabbage, which is an awesome fall/winter food.  (Too bad our house stunk.  People kept walking in and asking if Olivia had pooped. Ha!)  We had a youth activity this week where we made hygiene kits for charity.  It reminded me of when we went to the Ronald McDonald house back in April and they had the kits available for us.  It makes me feel good that we can give back. I’m always so appreciative of what they did for us.


Transitioning to crib.  That’s all I have to say. And let’s just say that it was been a LONG week when it comes to sleep.  This girl sure did like her Rock and Play and this mom misses her not sleeping through the night.  She is getting better though.  She only woke up twice last night!


When in doubt on where to put a baby, laundry baskets work well.


We started off the week with colds.  It made for a very fussy mom and child (poor Mike!).  Thankfully, we are both out of the clear now, but it sure is nice to get some cuddling in! Remind me that I will not have these times back!

We ended the week by going out on a quick date to a coworker’s wedding. I don’t even remember the last time Mike and I went out and dressed up.  It was fun to hang out and have some time together and talk.  He sure was a trooper!


And I got to see my lovely friend Stephanie and as we were leaving, I saw my fellow seventh grade science teacher Britt.  I sure do miss them! (But not the job…hehe). 20131116-035059.jpgHope you all had a great week and Happy Friday!

Question:  Do you think wearing black at weddings is bad luck? I was feeling a little guilty tonight about wearing black (mind you that my wedding was black and white) and I swear I have heard that people frown on it. Is that true?

The Color Run El Paso

Last year Mike and I did the Color Run in Albuquerque with his brothers (which ended up being a fiasco of losing our car keys and spending two days trying to get them remade…meanwhile, finding out I was pregnant).  This year, we found out it was going to be a little closer to home, so we had to go try it out with my good friend Stephanie and her husband Bill.


We had to have Olivia try out the shenanigans too, so we brought the jogging stroller and put a weather shield over it to protect her.


We had to stand at the start for a while because of the congestion.  It was a pretty big crowd.  Meanwhile, people were already busting out with the paints in the air!


Pre-Color Run cleanliness.


Olivia was already getting bombarded!


Mike took the stroller for the first half of the race.  He looks so cheesy in this picture!


I love this shot of all the “haze” left over from the pink portion.


Mike being Mike….again. Poor Olivia.  FYI…she slept the whole race!


I took over mid-way and was trying to find a way to avoid the colors with the stroller.  That was not happening!


I was kind of bummed because the end was so congested, you really couldn’t run it!  It was more like a walk from the 1.5 mile mark.  I wish they had more street space on this one.


And this is what happens when you wake up a sleeping stroller child.  (Yes, she got a little warm.)


Overall, it was fun.  I would say that if they changed the venue that I would do it again in El Paso. Otherwise, I am willing to go back up to Albuquerque next year.  What a fun way to get people out running.

Thanks to the Kellys for joining us!

Busiest Summer Ever!

So I thought that by having a baby that my summer was going to be SO boring.  My plan was to sit at home and pretty much raise a kid.  I actually worried about how I might go insane being stuck inside all day.  This summer has been the complete opposite!

As I was going through all of my pictures, I have realized that this summer is a whole bunch of shenanigans all rolled up into one! I am safe to say that this has been one of the busiest summers of my life!

We were busy getting all these road trips together.  Mike competed in the Boulder Half Ironman in August up in Colorado! I love this pic of him coming in at the end of the bike ride!


We had many get togethers with the Barrows over the summer!  I was able to see all ten Barrow kids this summer at some point in time.  We had to have our Si Senor trips!


Mike’s youngest brother Jared was married in the Gila Valley temple at the beginning of August.  It was our first trip with the baby and the dog.  (We had to give Barney a sedative to be calm on the ride and he got to hang out in the chapel while we hosted a luncheon after the wedding.)


Olivia’s been trying out new toys and getting so big!  I can’t keep up with her! It’s been fun trying them out in between our many daily trips running errands around town.


Mike went up to Cloudcroft to do some training rides.  It isn’t a summer unless you can go to Cloudcroft!


We’ve made many car trips with the baby or dog or both of them.  Olivia traveled to California, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada!! She is a travelling fool!


We went to San Diego in July to hang out with the family and continue the tradition Mike and I have kept to go there for the last three years!


We took our first flight to Las Vegas at the end of August to see the family before my mom took off to move to Salt Lake City.  


Mike and I were able to eat at Wahoo’s in California and Colorado.  I love how they are popping up everywhere!


We’ve been riding out on the Dona Ana’s every Tuesday night.  Mike and I are obsessed with using Strava.  I love to see my improvement when it comes to riding and running!


Stephanie and I had our weekly walks on the Triviz Path.  So sad I am not working with her this year, but so glad that I have her to hang out with!


I was called to work with the young women in my ward and have had a blast! In June, I went up to Cloudcroft for the day and spent the time with them at Youth Conference.  I was in charge of playing games with them and making sure everyone got up there was nice to go up to the mountains!


The summer is coming to an end, but Mike and I can look back and think about how awesome it was to stay so busy! We love summer!

The Return of the River Dog

The Rio Grande has been dried out for winter and I was worried that they were not going to release any water from the dam.  Usually it is in May when you see the river build up, but this year they waited until June because of the drought situations.


Of course, we had to take Barney down the river!  He has been a little neglected lately  because of all of the craziness of the baby, so we had to pamper him with his two favorite past times….frisbees and water.


I love this time of year with the beautiful summer sunsets!  What a silly jumper!


There were families taking pictures and people on picnics while we were playing.  Barney was putting on a show for everyone.  A photographer came around and asked if he could take pictures of Barney while he was jumping.  You know how we love our pictures!


Silly dog.

36 Weeks!


How far along: 36 Weeks, 2 Days

Maternity clothes: I still wear the same old clothes.  I’m getting a little worried because most of my maternity clothes are long sleeved and winter-type clothes. It’s getting so hot out though, so I have to be creative on spring clothes! Flip flops are my best friend.  I love them!!

Stretch marks: No.  My stomach still looks like plastic!

Sleep: It’s hit or miss.  I have been in major nesting mode this week so I hardly have slept.  I was expecting to take a lot of naps this week because of Spring Break, but I feel like there is so much to do! 

Best moment this week:  Spring Break!! So many small fun things: listening to her heartbeat again at the doctor’s appointment,  my mom coming into town, eating at restaurants I had never been to, making dinners to freeze, SHOPPING, walking A LOT, and much more.  I also enjoyed watching Mike hang out with his brothers too. He was having a good time!

Miss anything: Being comfortable when sleeping.  I miss running and biking a lot.  I wonder how long it will take for me to bounce back.

Morning sickness:  None

Movement: She is definitely getting all squished in there, but is moving around a lot.  She kicks more than actual moving.  She LOVES to stick that butt out! 
Food cravings: Sweets.  It’s always sweets.
Anything making you queasy or sick: At night I don’t feel too great, so I don’t feel like eating as much.  Sometimes I feel queasy when I wake up.
Have you started to show yet: She is one big girl.  The midwife was bragging about how she can tell the size of the baby born based on feeling on the stomach and estimating that way, instead of using an ultrasound.  She said she has been pretty close on a lot of her patients.  She told me that I will have a nine and a half pound girl if I go the full term! So yes, I am showing.
Gender prediction: Still freaking out on the fact that she COULD be a boy.
Labor signs: I’ve had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions this week.  I also have been feeling a little lower back pain too.  She is getting ready!!
Belly button in or out: Out. Boo.
Wedding rings on or off: Off. 
Happy or Moody most of the time: I am a maniac when it comes to being home.  I want things clean and done right away, so we will say moody.  Poor husband.
Looking forward to: My WEEKLY doctor appointment this week.  No more waiting two weeks! It’s getting real!!! 

31 Weeks!


How far along: 31 weeks, 2 days

Maternity clothes: Yes
Stretch marks: No

Sleep: Sleeping alright.  I sleep so much better when Mike is around and in the evenings.  For some reason, the middle of the night is my worst sleep!

Best moment this week: I had my two week check up and little girl was being feisty as ever.  We were trying to figure out where she was laying because I had been feeling uncomfortable and come to find out she had her feet right on my bladder and I could feel her head with my hands…so cool.  The best part of the past couple of weeks was going to Phoenix with Mike to race and having a mini vacation from home.  It was much needed and so nice to spend time with the husband.  Not to mention it was beautiful out and I got some sun!

Miss anything: Having a waist….and racing.

Morning sickness: None

Movement: She is definitely a mover.  She likes to stick her butt out on my left side.  I like to pat and spank it and she immediately will move it away from me. So cute.

Symptoms: Leg cramps, a little nausea, being uncomfortable when sitting and laying down, and back / feet aching.

Food cravings: Apples!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Some dinners I have made haven’t seemed too appetizing.

Have you started to show yet: Yes.  The guy at Autozone said to me “You look a little bloated there!”.  Gotta love the pregnant comments.

Gender prediction: Girl.  I think her name is decided and it’s going to be Olivia.

Labor signs: Not yet.
Belly button in or out: Still in between status… looks completely flat. I am starting to be able to see it through my shirts.  Weird.

Wedding rings on or off: Not sure because I am afraid to wear them!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Depends.  My poor student teacher has to listen to my craziness!  And my poor husband has to go through the emotional rollercoaster of my life. I get offended so easily and I want to sleep a lot.  He is assured that pregnant people are crazy!

Looking forward to: Hanging up my new “leaf” I bought for the nursery from IKEA, Spring Break, and selling the Lexus….hopefully. Next doctor’s appointment, this week!

Mike and Liz Picture A Day


A year ago Mike and I decided to do a “picture a day” blog and we were pretty successful from January to April.  Then Blogger had to make things difficult on my life and change so I had no idea how to post pictures (I still don’t, but thank goodness for an IPAD with an app that I can semi-figure out).

Anyway, we both have been a little sad about not doing that blog or the old blog from before we got married up until last year (AGAIN…thanks to Blogger. Can you tell I am bitter?).  So I am working on it!  I was able to get the Mike and Liz Picture A Day blog up again, so here we go again!  It’s not centered, but it does the job! 

If you are interested….here is the link:

I’m excited to do this pre-“baby girl” so we can take pictures leading up to the day.  I know that it will be harder once she is around, but it’s worth a try!