Tuesday, September 9, 2014


August was a really wet month for Utah. We got about double out usual rainfall. With the exception of being drenched while watching a Real soccer game, I loved it! I really do like rain. I like to jog in slow, steady drizzles. I like to go for walks in the rain and when there is a good downpour, I like to open my front door and watch it. I like to listen to it pound onto the pavement. If there is thunder and lightning, it is even more of a treat! So far, September has started off rainy as well - YAY!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

McKayla's first meet

McKayla was really nervous for her first collegiate cross-country meet. She knew where she fit in on the Riverton High team (she was ALWAYS their top female runner) but she had no idea how she stacked up against her UVU (Utah Valley University) teammates. Last Saturday she had the opportunity to find out! She had her first meet at Utah State University against USU, Westminster, and University of Wyoming. Wyoming killed all over teams taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th. McKayla's teammate, Darian Sharp, took 5th and McKayla took 7th! I was really proud of her and thought she'd done great! She was 9 seconds behind Darian but only half a second ahead of her teammate and captain, Ivie Gonsalves so it was a close race. Her coach never says much but I can't imagine that he is not excited about this freshman!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shan is 17!

Shanley Marie Morgan is 17 years old today. Yep, my baby girl is 17 and a junior in high school. Crazy! Even crazier is the fact that she should have been a senior and would have been had she come anywhere close to her due date! She was 2 1/2 weeks past her due date. I am NOT kidding! Part of that was my fault, I begged the doctor not to induce me. I wanted her to come on her own so badly. Finally, the doctor said we couldn't wait any longer and he induced me. I had tried EVERYTHING to make her come on her own - teas, cod liver oil, jumping on the trampoline, etc. No dice. On the good side, other than Alec, she was my shortest labor and I was able to give birth to her with no drugs - totally natural! Shanley was a very easy baby. She really didn't fuss and was so un-demanding that sometimes I would set her on the floor, get busy and forget about her, only to discover later that she'd just fallen asleep wherever I'd left her. Maybe that is why she was such a daddy's girl! She sure did love her daddy (and still does). Shanley is my most easy-going and funny child. She has such a great personality! She has always been really beautiful. She was always tall for her age and is still tall today. Shanley loves to dance, to hang out with friends, to eat, to watch TV/movies, to listen to music, and to be on social media. She is game to try new things - she's done soccer, softball, lacrosse, dance, cheer, cross-country, and track. Her younger cousins really adore her and hang all over her when we get together especially Ben and Kari's children. She is super giving and loving. She is patient with Alec. I am so glad to have Shanley as a daughter!