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August 15, 2014

Flashback Friday: Emily's Baby Shower

I first remember meeting Emily at church, just before turning eight. We were both waiting with our parents to interview with the Bishop so we could be baptized, and we discovered that we had the same birthday. We also realized that our parents had the same wedding anniversary! From there on we were pals, often coming up with elaborate stories to explain that we were twins even though we lived in different homes and had different parents.

Well, Emily and I have been friends for years, and have had lots of fun times. Our latest fun was having a baby shower for her! I was actually in Idaho during the weekend that we had planned the shower in Utah, so I'm grateful that Sarah could step in and help out! Since I had originally planned the shower, I prepared everything possible, then packed it in a box that Scott's parents delivered to Utah while on a trip. I prepped silverware, plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths and lots of snacks. I made a diaper cake, and picked out clothes that matched our colors to hang as decor. And look at those invitations! A big thank you to Nicole for working with her fabulous sister Kelsey for these invites. If you are in need of any custom prints, be sure to check out Kelsey's etsy shop, INKH Designs.

Here are a few more shots from the shower, and things turned out so well! Sorry I couldn't be there for your day, Em but I'm glad you had a good time!

August 12, 2014

I'm Going to Run a 5K

I know that might not be much to some folks, but it's a big deal for me. I am not a runner. I repeat: I am not a runner. Each time I decide to start running, I do it once (maybe twice) then quit. I hate it.

Then I saw there was a 5K coming up in Iowa City, one that starts close to our house and ends on the field at Kinnick Stadium. I instantly decided that this was my motivation, and was ready to sign-up when I learned about another 5K a few weeks later called the Blogger Dash 5K Run/Walk where all proceeds benefit the University Children's Hospital AND they welcome strollers. So I made the choice to run the latter, and I signed up with a group of ladies from IMP (Iowa Medical Partners) for some additional motivation.

This has never happened before, but I am SO excited about this race! I don't care about my time or anything, I'm just excited to get out there are do it! After searching and searching, I found the perfect app for me to use, the C2K5 Free app. You train three days a week for eight weeks for a 5K race, and the app tracks it all for you. A five-minute warm up and cool down, with 30 minutes of alternating running/walking. I just started week two, and I actually look forward to my run in the evening after Cannon goes to sleep. I also used to hate the treadmill, but we have this semi-ghetto but super-awesome exercise room in our building. I have never found it occupied, and the TV has satellite, so I am loving it.

State Fair Year Two

I love the fair. The people, the food, the butter cow...I mean really. Spending a day there is kind of awesome when you only do it once a year. I really wanted to take Cannon and do some of the kid stuff, but we will wait until next year for that. This time, Scott and I went on our own and the little man stayed home with my mom who is visiting for a few weeks. There was a cool tribute to American Gothic that I had heard about and we happened upon it quite easily (because it was huge). The house in the painting is modeled after a home in Iowa, and it's a tourist hot spot for those who know. I plan to go eventually, but you can dress up and take your picture in front of the house! I am so there. We also wandered by the butter cow, because how can you go to the fair and not see the butter cow? It was a really busy day though, being the first Saturday of the fair and all.

Now do you want to know the real reason that I got Scott to drive to Des Moines and go to the fair? Goo Goo Dolls. Remember in February when we went to the free outdoor concert in Boise? Well after that awesome experience I looked up their tour dates. They were scheduled to be in Utah in July, but I knew we would be long gone by that time. Then I saw that they would be playing at the Iowa State Fair in August and I thought, "Wow! If we match to Iowa, then we could probably go!" After matching to Iowa, I set a reminder on my phone to buy tickets the morning they went on sale, then I did just that. I know it was a little crazy not knowing Scott's schedule for August, but I took a chance!

Fast forward a few months. Things worked out for us to go to the concert! My mom is in town so she was able to watch Cannon, and Scott happened to have about 18 hours off in between shifts. He has been working 6-6 every day plus pre-rounds and he usually gets out late...something about patients needing a doctor ;). He went to work early Saturday morning, then came home in the early afternoon. After lunch we took off and had dinner in Des Moines. We wandered around the fair until the grandstand opened, then relaxed in our seats so Scott could sit down for a while.

The concert was fantastic. Plain White T's opened, and they were so great! I was a little surprised at how much I liked them live. They played a few songs I hadn't heard, but also played Hey There Delilah, 1234, and Rhythm of Love. Seriously so good. After a brief set change, Daughtry took the stage. Much to our disappointment, we didn't enjoy it much. Yes I sound old for saying so, but the music was so loud! It wouldn't be a problem, but I was really looking forward to hearing Daughtry sing. We could barely hear his voice over the music, even on the more chill songs. It was not our fave, although I did enjoy his last song called Long Live Rock and Roll. We were glad when Daughtry left the stage, and even more ecstatic when Goo Goo Dolls came on! Look out Dashboard Confessional, because Rachel has a new all-time favorite band. I can't get enough of these guys! They are fantastic to watch live, and I love how Johnny just sings how he feels instead of sticking to the recorded version. I was sad that they didn't get to finish singing Come To Me though, because some dudes in front of the stage were fighting. Johnny was not happy, and stopped the show. When all was settled he switched guitars and moved into the next song. I was sad we didn't hear the end of the song, since it's basically my favorite.

The concert ended and we left the fairgrounds just before midnight, getting back home by 2 am. Scott slept on the way home, then we went straight to bed. He got up at 5:00 for a full day at work while I got to sleep until Cannon woke up at 7:00. Worth it.

August 1, 2014

Nauvoo, Anyone?

So we now live less than two hours from Nauvoo, and it is our new temple district! Historic Nauvoo is a nice place to step back in time and bask in the beauty. While my dad and brother were here we went for a few days to visit. They had never been, so it was fun to show them the sites!

Scott had his first week of vacation only three weeks in to residency. Luck of the draw, I guess! He has three weeks total of vacation through this first year and they have to be used one full week at a time. The day after my birthday we drove to Nauvoo to see the pageant and go to the temple. After checking in to our hotel and having a casual dinner, we went to the Old County Fair in Historic Nauvoo. It was so much fun! I was bummed to see the handful of protesters at the entrance, but such is life. There were games, dancing, and kid activities leading up to the start of the pageant. Cannon did really well and fell asleep shortly after the pageant started and it got dark. The pageant was really enjoyable, and I would love to go back to see it each summer. The outdoor stage is set so you can see the temple on the hilltop behind it, and they light it up at the end. It was simply beautiful.

The next day we took turns going to the temple so one of us could be with Cannon while the other one went to the temple. Cannon and I went to the local school to play on the awesome playground and it was so fun! It was super hot, but we stayed for a long time before finally retiring to the arrival center where he could color and play with toys while we took advantage of the AC. We plan to head back to Nauvoo again in the next few weeks while my mom is here to visit!

Iowa City is My Fave

Really, guys. Iowa City is fabulous. Let me just tell you that I belong here. Let me start by telling you that I have wanted to be a legit Hawkeye fan since we first moved to Iowa, but I didn't have any ties aside from liking the mascot (more on Herky later) and the colors. Now I live a mile from the stadium and I can't wait for game season to begin! I am still in the market for a perfect t-shirt (for the Can-man too) but I am in love with the stadium, so I took some pictures. Isn't is magnificent? I think so.

Ok now Iowa City itself is better than I could have imagined. There are so many things to do here and it feels like a great place to have a family (despite U of I previously being ranked the number one party school). Downtown is a great place to walk around and enjoy. They have random pianos that anyone can play, and there are creatively painted benches everywhere! Just outside of the library is the Ped Mall with giant playground as well as a fountain/splash pad for the kids. There are some great restaurants and shops (like Raygun) and a killer farmer's market. We go every Saturday to buy our produce and I love it!

While my dad and brother were still here we went to the municipal airport for a free airshow and it was so much fun! We also went to the Iowa Children's Museum (free on certain nights) and found a few parks within walking distance of our house. The other day I drove to a friend's house for lunch with all the new ladies in the ward and it was just out of town. I love the picturesque beauty of Iowa. There is something to be said for rolling hills and corn fields gently sway in the breeze.

There are a few networks of fabulous ladies that I am taking part in. First is the Iowa Medical Partners group. It is a place for all those whose partner is doing something medical at the University, whether is be dental school, residency, fellowship, etc. It is so fantastic to have a support group of those who are living the same life as you are. We have play dates, children's activities, book club, spouses night out, and other fun things! We had a welcome brunch to kick off the year and I had a great time. They also provide things like post-partum meal support which is definitely going to be fantastic when the time comes. I also follow the Iowa City Mom's Blog and it has been such a wonderful resource! It has all the information you need for living and thriving in Iowa City while meeting other moms like you. I can't forget to mention our ward at church. There are some really nice people here and we have enjoyed starting to get to know some of them. Have I said it enough yet? I love Iowa City!