Park Days, Story Time, Cookies, & Baby Kisses


Some highlights of November 11-17th, 2013 include:

+ I went to my friend Mindy’s yoga class at Miramont. I love going to her classes. She is a great teacher! I went to the class where you use weights while doing yoga. I am always working on my chaturanga. Good stuff.

+ FHE: Lesson & BB. I call Breaking Bad, BB.  It is a crazy show! Kevin & I are in the 3rd season! I really want to watch it now…

+ I started putting up a few Christmas decorations. I decided not to put up the tree mainly because of Kevin’s negative & Grinchy influence haha. We will be going on some trips so it won’t be up & enjoyed that long. Also, I don’t really know where we will put it with our new bookshelf & rearranged furniture… AND I know Ryder would love to take off the ornaments, throw them, & shake the tree haha! Next year for that! I did get out the Elf on a Shelf book & elf :) Our elf still needs a name so we are working on that. I can’t wait to have Ryder look for the elf each morning! So fun!

+ I went to the dentist which was good. Getting a teeth cleaning is always good AND… NO CAVITIES! I haven’t had any my whole life…thus far ;) I hope I keep it up, haha.

+ I took Ryder to story time after the gym. He again, loves story time & the songs they sing every once in awhile. He is such a little attention seeker. He loves to try to run in the front of the room, wave his hands, & smile real big. It cracks me up.

+ I got a massage! They are the best. However, it hasn’t really helped my mysterious back stuff going on which is why I went to get one. It is SO ANNOYUING! I don’t really know what to do with it. My rheumatologist isn’t for sure of what it is other than the fact he thinks it is ‘soft tissue.’ The spine specialist was like “Well, I am not going to operate on you” sooo he wasn’t helpful. He didn’t try to help me out. The massage therapist said it could be a connective tissue adhesion?? No clue on that haha. I am hoping time will help it heal. Knock on wood…

+ Kevin went on a day business trip to Chicago. Meanwhile, Ryder & I went to the gym (I biked) & after nap time, I took him to the park. He had fun running around & playing on slides & whatnot. I love to take him to the park! We then went to a Relief Society Dinner (early Christmas dinner/program) & Ryder hung out in the nursery. It was A ZOO! There were so many kids in the nursery & mid-way through the program, I realized I heard Ryder crying. I quickly went to the hallway & he was crying. I am so proud I know my son’s cry lol. He kept seeing moms coming in & out checking on their kids & got sad when I didn’t come in. So I decided to take him home & ditch the last 15 minutes because it was his bedtime. I had a good time though & the food was good. They had a variety of soups & Texas Roadhouse donated their yummy rolls for the event so that was ah-mazing.

+ Kevin went out of town on a business trip to Arizona from November 15th to the 17th.

+ I went on a little visit with the Relief Society President to a new girl in our ward, Trisha. We had a good little visit. She is awesome & Ryder had fun playing with her girls.

+ I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies & they were AMAZING. I ate so many the same day I made them. Then our friends Bekah Wilkey & Carmen came over & Ryder & Carmen played. Carmen is such a sweetie. She is obsessed with kissing AND she kept kissing Ryder! It was hysterical (photo above).

+ I worked on & finished my 1st Relief Society lesson plan! I had handouts printed for each Sister. I found them on some website which was awesome. I spent so much time preparing it was getting out of control. I also survived teaching my 1st lesson!!! So, Kevin’s flight from Arizona got in like 5 minutes before church was starting so that was perfect timing. He couldn’t get a flight the evening before but needed to be there to watch Ryder while I taught Relief Society so this was the best he could get. I was hoping if he couldn’t that my parents could watch him while in sacrament (since their ward overlaps ours) but they were in Utah that weekend. Kevin made it in time for me to finish up all the lose ends, prepare, & teach my lesson. I was pretty nervous but once I started it was fine. I realized I had prepared a ton more material than I needed. I originally had finished it earlier in the week, timed it with me talking/reading what other people would read, & it ended up at 30 minutes & I had 45 minutes to fill so I added A TON more. I should have just stopped my lesson then but my biggest concern was being in the lesson & then realizing I didn’t have enough material & would have to say something awkward or end ridiculously early. It all worked out in the end though. I cut out a bunch of stuff which was a little awkward because I feel like it didn’t flow how I wanted it to, but obviously had to happen because class was ending... I felt like my lesson was a little random since I realized how little time I had & was like “Oh, ummm. yeah, just trying to figure out what to cut out” HAHA. I am just glad it is over :) I honestly feel like the hardest part about teaching Relief Society is the planning/preparing! The teaching part wasn’t too bad but the timing was a little tricky. So glad I’m done!!! (I was a sub…but we will see if I get asked again…lol…hope not!)

Hope you have a good rest of your weekend!



Story Time, a Colorado Eagles Hockey game, + More


What shenanigans went down between Monday, November 4th until Sunday, November 10th, 2013:

+ Ryder & I joined Gwen & her little girl Valencia & cousin (& son Harley) for story time at the Council Tree Library. Ryder LOVES story time! He really loves the songs in between the stories & dances to them. It is so cute. Ryder also loves to run around waving his arms & trying to be the center of attention ha. I saw my friend Lori Croft & her kids there & one of my friends’ who I grew up with, Kyle House’s older sister & kids. That was neat.

+ FHE: This week I planned the lesson & the lesson was to read my Relief Society lesson haha annnd ask Kevin for tips on teaching it! He is the best at teaching in church. I am jealous. He is also super smart when it comes to church stuff. He rocks. He was definitely SUPER helpful. I got a good start on my lesson :)

+ Ryder got his 2nd flu shot at the pediatrician! He is all immunized against the flu this season! Yes! Then afterwards, we went to Babies ‘r’ Us & Target quickly for a few things.

+ Ryder & I joined the Relief Society Presidency for lunch at Panera (I’m the Secretary). Basically, I had a church meeting if you are not LDS :) It was a good lunch & Ryder did pretty well considering we stayed kind of a long time. Can never get enough of their Chicken Napa Salad Sandwich & Broccoli Cheddar soup!

+ We went on a last minute double date with Paul & Jocelyne Heinzen to a Colorado Eagles hockey game. Kevin texted me one afternoon, “Hey do you want to go to an Eagles game tonight?” He got the tickets free from work. I quickly checked to see if I could put Ryder to sleep at my parents before we left & they were going to be home so it worked out. I put Ryder to sleep at 6:30 & we left their house & got to the game a few minutes past 7 pm. The gamed started at 7 & we even saw the very beginning. So it worked out perfectly. It was the Heinzen’s first time to an Eagles game so that was fun. I got Dipp’n Dots which is something I cannot refuse whenever I go to their games haha. Jocelyne got pineapple ice-cream I think. I guess that is something you crave when pregnant, since she is lol. It was a fun last minute date night!

+ After my workout on Thursday, Ryder & I ran to King Soopers to grab a few groceries for dinner that evening. We ended up seeing my old 3rd grade teacher at Werner Elementary! I had just put the groceries in the car & buckled Ryder up, & was about to run off & ditch the cart somewhere/where they are supposed to go when my old teacher was like “Where do you put the carts?” & was kind of looking around. I was like “Oh I guess all the way over there” so we put our carts back & I was like “Is your last name Burkhart?” & she was like “Yes” & I was like “you taught me at Werner” haha. So that was cool. She taught Kelsi, Patrick, Zach, but not Hunter. So she taught 4/5 Gormley kids! She then came over to meet Ryder which was cool. OH another cool thing about getting groceries this day, which is usually pretty mundane, was that an employee gave Ryder a balloon for free. Ryder was babbling, pointing, & very excited about the balloon he saw & so the guy offered it. He was SO PUMPED. It is funny how something so simple like a balloon can bring so much joy to a little boy!

+ I made stuffed peppers that were delicious. They included: brown rice, avocado, diced tomatoes, black beans, & shredded cheddar cheese on top. SO good.

+ We had the Sister Missionaries over for dinner. I made the best sweet pork ever! I put Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, & a can of salsa in the crockpot (with like 2/3 lb. crock pot pork). I had tortillas, lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, Mexican rice, corn, black beans, sour cream, & cornbread muffins. I made mine into a salad but some made theirs into burritos. Also, we had chips & salsa. It was SO GOOD. We also ate that sweet pork for like the next 5 days lol. The Sister Missionaries in our ward are fun & cool so we had a good night.

+ One afternoon, Ryder & I went to visit dad & Kevin at work – Zephyr. We checked out the knits & got a few for the cold weather. Kevin kept an eye on Ryder for a few minutes while my dad & I put stickers on the sticker wall there. There is a whole stairway that we are covering in stickers. We have been working on it for YEARS. I remember doing it in high school. It has made big progress but we still have space to cover with stickers haha. I cannot wait to reveal it someday. I need to go back & put more stickers up!

+ Our Friday night consisted of leftover sweet pork & watching a movie Kevin rented, After Earth. It was…interesting haha.

+ I took Kevin to the gym with me, on Saturday, & he loved it. I wish we could workout together more often. I have a bunch of free passes so I will be taking him on Saturdays when he is in town. After, he returned a bunch of random equipment (electric saw things, etc.) he used for our home/kitchen renovation project. We borrowed a trailer from my dad so that took a bit of time. It cleared up some space in the garage which I am always a fan of! We watched the BYU vs. Wisconsin football game…and I worked on my Relief Society lesson. It was an interesting Saturday!

+ We went to church & Ryder became obsessed with the water fountains. I wonder how much water the church wastes because kids love to push & watch the water come out! Don’t worry, I don’t let him do that for very long at all. But he loves it & is always running towards it. After Ryder took a nap, we all snuggled together. Usually Ryder isn’t a big snuggler, but sometimes after a nap he will :) I got out the Christmas d├ęcor…and I can’t remember what else went down.

It was another busy, fun week. Nothing too crazy happened! And with that said…I am now officially caught up until last week…which is amazing. I cannot remember the last time I’ve been this close to being caught up :) Have a good Tuesday!