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October 13, 2014

Life Update

I used to write a lot about our day to day lives, but haven't done that much for quite a while. Want to know what we have been up to? Not a lot, really, but here goes!

I have gotten back into baking and tried to let the little man get involved. He is much more interested in eating the finished product. We made these fabulous cookies that turned out so well! This Chocolate Cutout Cookie recipe is my absolute favorite (and goes SO well with powdered sugar frosting). Well this time around I didn't want to frost all of the cookies, so I used some pie crust cutters and they worked so well! The cookies are just the right size to eat and they look great. I also made some chocolate cupcakes from scratch. They weren't bad, but I don't think I will use the recipe again.

Scott took Step 3 of his boards (basically it never ends) and we are glad that it is behind us! The nice thing is that he only had to pass (although he still wants a good score) so he didn't have to stress as much this time around. It also helps to have been in residency for a few months before taking the exam. When he went to the testing center to check in, the attendants asked what kind of test it was and Scott told them it was a board exam for doctors. They were shocked that doctors would be in their testing center. Haha! We won't get his scores back for a few weeks, but hopefully they will be good and we will be in the clear for a while! I did pack a lunch for Scott and was sure to put it in Cannon's Cars bag with Lightening McQueen on the front. Don't worry, everyone gave him weird looks.

I spent a half day going to the temple in Nauvoo! We had ward temple day and so I took advantage of the opportunity. They had babysitting in the stake center by the temple so I was going to bring Cannon along, but Scott happened to be off work! The boys stayed home together while I drove to Nauvoo and back. I had such a nice time on my quick trip. It was fun to be back in Nauvoo during the fall as well, since the first time I visited was over Halloween.

Lastly, I saw this sign at Walmart during back to school. Oh my. Ohhhhhh myyyyyyy.

October 12, 2014

Apple Orchard

There is a local apple orchard where you can pick your own apples, take tractor rides, and eat delicious things in their store! Cannon and I went with IMP (Iowa Medical Partners) and had lots of fun! We started with apple tasting, then took a tractor ride through the orchard. It was beautiful! After our ride we got a fresh apple turnover and apple cider slushie. Most of the apples had been picked, so we bought a few from the store along with different kinds of squash.

After eating our treats we walked down the hill through some of the orchard and into a small pumpkin patch. We had fun wandering around and I am excited to head back! The apples were SO good. The best I have ever had! They have some fun fall activities each weekend, and special stuff for Halloween, so I think we have good reason to visit again.

October 11, 2014

I Ran a 5K!

Guys. I did it. I ran a 5K. And by ran I mean mostly walked. I finished in like 44 minutes. No shame here. I admit that I didn't prepare for it, although I set out with the best of intentions! I did actually run consistently for two weeks (and I was quite enjoying myself) when I got a nasty cold. Just as I recovered from that, Cannon had surgery. And then, and then, and then. Am I right?

Well anyway, when I signed up for the race, I wrote about it here so I would be accountable to more than myself. On the morning of, I took Cannon to play with a friend (can I mention that this is the first time we have left the little man with someone who isn't family?) and spent a few hours meeting up with the team, "running" and then checking out the cool sponsor booths after the race. Also, it was FREEZING.

Oh! And two nights before the race we all got together and made our own IMP t-shirts to wear. We had yummy treats and enjoyed getting to know each other a little bit better. And two of the ladies in our group are runners, and they took 1st and 2nd place!