Monday, May 31, 2010

Racing for the Cures

This month, I was lucky enough to participate in not only one - but two race/walks to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer and crohn's disease.

Race for the Cure: If you have never participated in a Race for the Cure in Salt Lake, I highly recommend it. This year, I participated with a great group of girls - including my wonderful friend Mandy. It's amazing to be part of an event that has thousands of people participating - the view is wall to wall people everywhere you look! I had a lot of fun and it was great to be a pink warrior for a great cause.

Take Steps, Be Heard: While this event was on a much smaller scale, it hit a lot more close to home for me. As many of you know, I have struggled with crohn's disease for several years now. It's a disease that can literally bring you to your knees when the pain hits - and one without a cure. I am very blessed to have an amazing doctor and a disease that I have been able to maintain with the help of medication. However, I know there are others who are not as fortunate. This year, my brother Matt and I created a team to help raise funds for research and to create awareness. We raised $270 and had a great time walking in the event with a few friends. Thanks to everyone that contributed and/or walked!


It's the last day of May and this month has given me a lot to think about when it comes to being a mom - both in my own experiences and watching the amazing women that surround me.

I could not talk about the strength of women and the joys of being a mom without beginning with my own mom. I am so blessed to have a mom that watches Lily for me when I work. It's such a blessing to know that my little girl is in the best care when I cannot be there. I frequently walk into my parent's house at the end of the day to find Lily laughing like crazy with her fun grandma! I will never be able to thank her enough for being there for Lily. With six crazy kids of her own, I know we've all taken my parents on one heck of a ride as we find our own way and begin our own families and I'm so thankful for parents who are always there for us.

In my own family and beyond, I have watched with awe the strength of the amazing women I am blessed to know. I have watch women rise above a child's illness to become stronger for them in the future. I have watched women rally together to send well wishes for a child's future health. I have watched the patience of so many mother's whose creativity and kind hearts will bless their families for years to come. To these strong women, I thank you. You know who you are. 

And finally, this month has left me thinking about my own adventures in being a mom. As all moms know, it's amazing the lessons you learn in the first year. You learn how to juggle a lot more, that baby wipes will freeze if you leave them in the car, and that it is possible to love something so small more than you ever thought possible. It's a journey - it's a challenge - but it is the greatest blessing that I have ever known.

We Love Animals!

Ali and I love taking Lily to the zoo! She loves to watch the animals and we love it as well.

In addition to our zoo trips, we took Lily to the aquarium shortly after they added the penguins. Lily absolutely loved it and when you held her up to the glass to see - she tried to catch the fish or penguins with both of her hands.

Mom and Me

For Mother's Day this year, I really wanted to do some Mom and Daughter photos. So, we headed to the Peace Gardens in Salt Lake and Ali was our photographer extraordinaire. Check out some of my favorite shots.


A Daddy's Girl

While Lily and I love our girl time together, she is definately a big fan of daddy! I can often hear her laughing so hard when they play together and she loves to play on his shoulders. Here's just a few pics of their fun times together.

From Seven Weeks to Eight Months

Well, I guess I have been slacking on my blog more than I thought! So, let this be the first of a few posts to catch everyone up on our adventures among the lilies.

Our little one sure grew fast! With a full head of soft black curls and chubby cheeks, she is often the object of affection anywhere we take her. At only eight months old, we've already had to turn down two marriage proposals. She is learning new things everyday and it's fun to watch her begin to figure it all out. While Lily haven't quite perfected crawling forward yet - she is excellent at the backwards crawl and she's already working on her break dancing skills by doing a circle crawl as well.

We've gone on lots of adventures including the zoo, the aquarium, wheeler farm, and of course - the park. Lily is a huge fan of the baby swing and feeding the ducks.