Jennilyn Proulx is giving away a free portrait session again this Christmas! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this. We haven't had family pictures in a year and a half and I would desperately love for her to do them for us! She does amazing work that I have always enjoyed looking at. If you haven't seen her stuff you should check her out here... http://jproulxphotography.blogspot.com
Maybe someday I will get caught up on blogging.... but for now here is a little bit of our October fun!
Making sugar cookies.... by the time I got them into the oven there was a bite out of every cookie! ha he is just like me!
We also had fun carving pumpkins this year. Kayden mainly cared about putting the bowl on his head. He also refused to touch the pumpkin guts because he hates getting dirty. Crazy kid!
This was his first night of trunk or treating at ISU. He loved all the attention he got... and the candy of course! He was such a cute little pirate!
On Halloween we took him to a couple trick-or-treat things here in town... then we took him to our ward trunk-or-treat. He decided to be camera shy so we didn't end up with too many cute pictures of him. (Please ignore my face pulling skills)
Our finished pumpkins. Mine is on the left and Phil's is the smaller one. Yes I took the big pumpkin this year hehe
The day after Halloween I woke up to find my pumpkins looking like this.... punk kids! Oh well I guess it saved me a trip to the dumpster.
The past seven months I have been working really hard at becoming more healthy. As some of you know I was involved in a 12 week challenge at my gym to help give me even more motivation. It has been an amazing experience for me. It has completely changed my life in soooo many ways. Also for the record it was about so much more than just losing weight to me. Yes it started out as losing weight but I have gained a lot of other things from it. I am ten times happier, I actually have energy to keep up with my crazy life, I have learned a lot of great knowledge, I have my confidence back, I have met amazing people, and so much more! I love life!
After a month of waiting for judging to be finished, I finally found out the results last Monday. First off the judges went through and picked top three finalists in each category just based off of pictures. In my category of 18-29 year old females I was able to make it through the first round of judging which was exciting. Then they went through and picked a winner in each age group. On Monday I found out that I won my age group.... which feels amazing. There were 10 different age groups/categories. From the ten winners the judges then were to pick a "Most Inspirational" winner. They read essays we wrote and looked at all our numbers of weight/body fat loss and whatnot. Earlier that day my trainer had led me to believe that I hadn't won. I knew that it was a close competition so I knew that I had a chance, but I thought that some of the other essays were probably pretty amazing (which they were). When I went to the celebration to find out who won I honestly wasn't expecting to be the winner. I was freaking out and all nervous because they made us read/summarize our essays in front of everyone and only gave us like a two minute notice. I hate public speaking! Yeah I was a little embarassed... ok a lot embarassed. When they were getting ready to announce the winner my heart was racing like crazy. Finally they called my name! I was completely shocked and super stoked. I have never done anything like this. This is a huge accomplishment for me to win over like 200 people (about 300 signed up in the beginning). It seriously feels awesome to win $3,000 and I have been blessed a number of times throughout this process. Now my stuff is being sent in for national judging.... crazy right?! I don't have any expectations at that level but still I think it's pretty cool.
Here are my stats from the 12 week challenge (not even the real stats of when I actually started losing weight) When I started the challenge I weighed 141 lbs and my body fat was at 27.9%. At the end I weighed in at 118 lbs with my body fat at 15.9%. I lost 7 inches on my waist, 2 inches around my thigh, and 4 inches around my hips.
Also I told some of you that I would post pictures when I got them from the gym. My before pictures are really embarassing so please don't judge!! ha It's way difficult for me to post these! I seriously wasn't going to post them but I know I promised some of you that I would. So here goes...
I just wanna thank everyone who helped and supported me throughout this process. Phil put up with a lot and kept me going when it got difficult. Courtney you were a lifesaver and I appreciated how you helped (you know what I mean lol). Chance, my trainer, had a HUGE impact on this and I couldn't have got here without him teaching me what to do. My family and friends are awesome and I love you all! Thanks! Now I need some new goals... anyone wanna run a half marathon with me this summer?! :)
We met at BYU-Idaho in January 2006. After 7 months of extreme flirting, we finally went on our first date. Sparks flew and we have been together ever since! We got marrried on August 31, 2007 in the Logan Temple. Kayden is our adorable baby boy that was born on August 5, 2009. We are loving our life together as a happy little family!