1 year!

     We made it a full year! What a crazy, fun, adventurous, sometimes long, amazing year it has been! In his first year Spencer made it to Niagra Falls, Palmyra, and Nauvoo. He had his first experiences camping in a tent and in a yurt, swimming, and road tripping. He has already been to 12 states Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. He has done a lot in his first year so I thought a little celebration was rightfully in order!
     I started planning and creating in August because I knew it would take 3 months to do everything I wanted, and I was right. I made him a "1" onesie to wear on his actual birthday, a pennant banner, a cut out number 1 with pictures from his first year, a table runner, and of course the cake!
     We had his cousins over and sang happy birthday and ate cake and I'd say it was a good birthday! However, since then his 5 days of being 1 have been really hard. At his 12 month check up they had to prick his toe, he got 4 shots, and the doctor ripped some tender skin apart. The next day while at a friends he touched the fireplace and burned the pads of all 4 fingers. He also got knocked over by the dog a few times and slipped in the shower. It's been a rough start but here's hoping for a great 2nd year! We love our one year old! (it's still weird to say that, I can't believe I have a 1 year old!)

12 months.

     On Sunday the 16 our baby turned 12 months old. I guess he's not really a baby anymore, more of a toddler with all the walking and "talking" he's doing!
     Spencer is getting to be so much fun to interact with! He likes to play alternative pee-a-boo and will jabber at you for hours if you'll listen. He likes to pretend talk on the phone (anything with buttons is a phone), he will eat anything and everything he can get his hands on (including chicken poop, unfortunately) the kid is a bottomless pit and I just can't keep him full!!
     He is STILL a terrible sleeper. He goes to bed between 8-9pm and is almost always awake by midnight. On rare occasion that he's not, he is for sure awake by 3am. We've tried everything the get him to sleep longer increments but to no avail. Sometimes we can go pat his back to get him back to sleep but usually not. Then he ends up in bed with me and can sleep until 8am! You'd think I'd be somewhat well rested but I am still exhausted! Maybe by his 2nd birthday he'll learn to sleep.
     Spencer really loves to play with shoes, he is always dragging someones shoe through the house. The boy LOVES LOVES LOVES to be outside and doesn't care one bit how cold it is, if he is naked, if its snowing, etc. If a door opens, he makes a break for it every time and then cries when it gets shut before he gets there. He likes to look out the window and I'm sure daydream about being out there! I look forward to the day when he doesn't want to put everything in his mouth so that I can enjoy taking him outside. ;)
     Opa is his favorite person. We can all stand in a circle around him and call him to try to get him to come to us and he will pick Opa every time, even if he stands far away and doesn't even call for Spence. They also like to go get the eggs together every day at lunch time. Spencer loves wearing his boots out there and carrying in an egg, he hasn't dropped one yet!
     He is definitely a momma's boy and I don't mind one bit! He is FINALLY starting to let me cuddle him from time to time. He still loves going for walks and I think he misses going for runs as much as I do! We love this boy and can't imagine life without him! We can't wait till we have our own space for him to destroy (hint: we made an offer on a house!) and to fill with pictures of him!
      And just for fun, guess who dressed the baby this day?!

The Elk Slayer.

     After getting lucky enough to shoot his first deer, Nate got double lucky and shot his first elk this year too! Again, I would mess up the stories and the details but here are the pictures and maybe on day I can convince him to write how it all went down...

     It took 2 days to get the elk off the mountain and Nate did tell me he was glad to be done hunting for the year!

St. George 10k

     On October 25, I ran my very first 10k! I happened to sign up for one in St. George because my friend Kelli had just moved there and I needed a good excuse to go visit her! It was a quick trip since Nate only had 2 days off work. We left Boise at 4pm and drove to Provo and got some ice cream with my little brother about 10pm and then jumped back in the car to finish the drive and arrived about 2am.
     The next day we did a little shopping, went to sushi, and then walked the race course. I had looked at the course previously and wanted to know more about the hill I'd have to climb. It was a pretty nice route on this path that followed a river until mile 4 which was a straight up hill! I was not prepared for any hills so even just walking it scared me a little bit. It was only a gain of about 315 ft but it still wore me out pushing a stroller and all. On race day Nate was awesome and met me at the bottom of the hill with a gatorade and ran up it with me. My time was 1:13:02 which wasn't my best but also wasn't my worst and I never did see another 10k runner pushing a stroller :)

     When we got back in the car Nate said, "you don't smell nearly as bad as you did after your 5k." He sure knows how to give a compliment!

**yes, I have more running clothes than this but I didn't want to take any chances so I wore the exact same clothes that I always do my best running in.


     To prepare for Halloween this year we ran in a costume run with some friends the week prior. I really enjoyed it (probably because I didn't have to push the stroller this time) and it was FREE and there were prizes!! What more could we ask for?!
     Nate and I dressed like the guys from Duck Dynasty to go with our little duck. Spencer was 3rd runner up in the men's costume division. But Nate was the grand champ! First he won one of the many little prizes, a pair of nice running socks. Then he won one of two overall grand prizes; an ipod shuffle, earbuds, a free entry into the turkey day 5k and 3 months free of rock my run!
     On the REAL Halloween I took Spencer trick or treating at the mall with a couple of my friends and their kids. It was fairly busy, but a lot of fun! Spencer didn't get it, but he had fun grabbing handfuls of candy and playing with each new piece he got! He decided he LOVES suckers and ate them almost immediately. When we got home I took him trick or treating at the neighbors and then kept him dressed up for a while to answer the door for all the kids that came. Can't wait to decide what we'll be next year!