26 Weeks!


I can’t believe how fast and slow time is going. That’s life though isn’t is?

Baby boy is continuing to grow healthy and strong. His kicks and movements are definitely becoming stronger. Zak and Maddie both got to feel him kicking this week. I’m not sure if Zak’s shocked face was a good or bad thing but it was exciting to share that moment with him.

One of my favorite things has become watching my ever-growing belly at night when he is most active. It’s strange and yet extremely calming. Please tell me other people did/do this?

Sleep is becoming ever more eluding 😦 The baby is really active but it’s more the discomfort from the day that keeps me up at night. I try and keep a routine and there are so many pillows every where but sleep always feels so distant. I consider this training for when baby boy is actually here. But I’ve almost finished my Netflix show (Gilmore Girls) so any suggestions?

I’ve learned pregnancy brain is a real thing (sort of)! The feminist in me believed this was some made up concept from disgruntled husbands/partners. I figured they were looking to blame annoying behavior on something. But really, I have done so many weird and totally dumb things in the last few weeks. I keep forgetting names of common items (microwave, driveway), getting dates mixed up, putting milk in the cupboard; it’s becoming a real problem.

The other real development this week has been back pain. Never in my life have I experienced this so I offer my sympathies to those who deal with this on a regular basis. I sit at a desk job and usually by 2 PM I am squirming in  my chair to find a comfortable position. I have noticed that running helps me as it warms my muscles up but I can’t run all day now can I? Any suggestions or remedies?

I am still running 4-5 days a week and logging 20-25 miles per week. I was given the greatest gift this week…a maternity tank top! It is glorious! It covers me and is so comfortable! Thanks so much Sammie! As long as I can keep plugging away at the miles, I’ll be sporting this tank!

Overall though, I still feel really good and very blessed. On to the next week!

PS I went to publish and forget to put in a picture of Boston. This is him enjoying all the snow we received this winter.


23 Weeks and the Baby is a …

Baby bump at 23 weeks! Boston is always stealing the show.

file_000-20I was hoping to write weekly or biweekly updates to my pregnancy (for my benefit and memories) but that clearly hasn’t happened. #firstmomfail  But I quickly learned that the pregnancy process ebbs and flows so quickly, you really just do your best to keep up and anything extra was simply that…extra.

I’ve had several people ask how I’ve been feeling and how are things going. So a quick update on weeks 1-23…things have been pretty good. When you wait so long to finally get pregnant, you try not to complain about actually being pregnant. You feel guilty because this is what you wanted after all. But really, I have been very blessed and not had too many pesky symptoms.

Don’t kill me when I confess that I really didn’t have morning sickness. I attribute this to all of the hormonal treatments leading up to this point that have continually asked my body to be changing hormone levels all the time. (This is probably not true, but I found comfort in it.)

I did however experience extreme fatigue. Never in my life have I been so tired as I was in the first trimester. I was actually sleeping at night (first time ever in my life). I would take a quick nap at my work desk (sorry boss). I would walk to the train (stopping at Temple Square to use the bathroom –thanks again Sisters!) and sleep on my way home. Once home, all I wanted to do was sleep. Even after all that sleep I was still exhausted! It was during this time I took about 5 weeks off of running. I tried to walk for an hour on the treadmill but this was usually more wishful thinking than anything.

Starting at 13 weeks I began running again–and feeling like myself again. I have minor aches/pains/discomforts but when I run, it all goes away. I’m not running fast or far but I am running. I have no great pictures though because all my running has been done inside. We’ve had a brutal winter and I simply don’t trust myself to not fall on the snow/ice. So picture me on my treadmill, watching the Today show, with the AC blowing directly on me–and that’s how I’ve been running. 🙂

16 weeks is when I felt the baby for the first–and it was not a magical moment. I was so excited to experience this and had heard it was such a special moment. However, the baby would roll and I immediately felt so sick! I would get up and walk around to get the baby to stop rolling. Don’t worry, now I really do enjoy feeling the baby kick and move. We also found out the gender of the baby at 16 weeks.


17 weeks I remember not being a favorite. This week for some reason was way more difficult. Lots of aches and new pains. No sleep due to my hips aching all night long. I had nausea off and on. It was a tough week and I remember being glad it was over so I could move forward.

I was able to go to Disney World with my sisters, Zak, and Maddie at 20-21 weeks. We had a 7 day hopper pass and 3 “rest” days. I was fairly nervous about how I would do and how much I would slow the group down. But it went really well! I got sick my first day at the park when it got hot (apparently a stark difference from the 10 degree Utah weather we left behind) but once I learned I needed to hydrate earlier prior to the heat and eat ice chips (or let’s be honest, a Dole Whip) to cool down, I felt great!  I also learned the fastest way to     every.single.bathroom in all 4 parks! So if you’re ever in need, I’m your girl.


Upon coming home from Florida, I got the Utah cold that has been around all winter. In a nutshell, it was awful and I’m so glad to be on the up and up from it. Once I felt better, I started running to help break up the congestion which I hear stays forever! But again, returning to running makes me feel like myself–not an ever growing belly, pregnant lady. 🙂

This Boss comforting me during my cold. Such a snuggly pup!


I’m still wearing my normal jeans/pants but switched to some maternity shirts around week 21. I will probably have to break down soon here and get some maternity pants. I had read several articles that talked about the moment you “pop” and it happened in Florida. I woke up one morning and looked down and thought, “Where did that come from?!” There is no denying now that I’m pregnant and not just the person who ate too much during the holidays.

And probably the only reason you’re still reading…the baby’s gender!

Gender reveal brought to you from the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.


Baby Sroufe is a boy!!! We are beyond excited. Mike thought the baby was a girl and I thought it was a boy. Mom intuition for the win!


We made cupcakes and filled them with a blue colored frosting and shared them with loved ones.

As luck would have it, we had a name all picked out for a girl so naturally we’re having a boy. We’ve learned that naming a child is hard! It’s a big deal but we’re slowly narrowing the options down and will eventually decide on one.

We’re super excited! Baby boy is growing big and healthy. We can’t wait to meet him in person!


Any advice for having and raising a boy?

Any advice for the remainder of pregnancy? This is all new territory to me.





Camping Trip! Part 2: Cascade Springs and a Little Bit of Luck

As part of our trip we visited Cascade Springs. It was just a short drive on the ATV’s down the road to the trail head. Again, no worries, the baby and Boston got a ride in the Jeep with Mike.

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I’ve never been here so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was gorgeous!

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A sign told us 7.5 million gallons of water pass through the springs every day! Every day!

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I’m not sure why I thought it was a good idea to bring the dog other than we couldn’t leave him back at camp by himself. He made it about .02 seconds before jumping into the first pool we came to. Oops! I didn’t take a picture because I was too busy being judged by the people who saw this. 🙂

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They had a paved trail that created a loop system that you could walk on to the various pools. It really was beautiful. We forgot a carrier for the baby so he got carted on a hip for the journey. I don’t think he cared one bit about being cuddled the whole time.

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As we were leaving, Maddie decided to cross the river on the logs–not on the bridge like a normal person. Zak was a good big brother and showed her how it was done. Maddie made it about .08 seconds before she fell off the log into the river.

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She made a quick recovery and said, “No, I can do this.” Ok baby girl–even when you’re soaking wet, we’ll still love you.

Now, don’t let this baby’s cuteness fool you. He can be a real stinker–literally. Ok, so he’s basically the perfect baby. Eats, sleeps, and is happy all the time but sometimes he can render grown adults helpless. Now this story is a little graphic and not for the faint of heart –myself included here.

On the first night we noticed a little stinky stink and couldn’t blame the dog since he wasn’t around so it had to be the baby. Since Mike and Nicole were busy I thought I’d be helpful and offer my diaper changing services. I started unraveling the layers of clothes and made my way to the diaper to discover, yup he’s poopy. I took a deep breath and reminded myself that I could do this. I started cleaning the baby only to realize the poop was everywhere! Poop up his back. Poop down his legs. So much poop! He’s also at the stage where he doesn’t like sitting still to get a diaper change so before I knew it I was holding up a poopy baby and cried out–in giggles–for help. The giggles hit fast, like a puma, and I couldn’t see due to the tears streaming down my face. Help came and Mike kicked me out of the process. He said I wasn’t helpful and just smearing not cleaning. Let it be known that Mike will handle parenthood better than I will. And Nicole’s a champ after having raised two babies.

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I got the giggles over the baby a second time. We nicknamed him the “beat-boxing-baby”. He went on a two minute string of beat boxing type sounds and it was epic! The kids got a career. I took a short video of it but the blog won’t let me post it…maybe it’s time to upgrade.

While watching the Olympics tonight a lady bug landed on Mike. I really hope it’s good luck. We could use some luck this week.

Uh, Mike…it’s a lady bug…they bring good luck no need to be afraid.


That’s better. Happy face 🙂

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And a daily dose of cuddling with Boston who is not loving all the Olympic watching. Mom and Dad on the couch means no long walk for him. Sorry buddy–we’ll get back to normal in another week.


Anyone want to walk my dog?!

Favorite camping spots?

Annual Camping Trip + 4 Wheelers Part 1

We had our family camp out this past weekend and it was awesome! By family I mean my sister and the kids, Boston, Mike, and my other nephew (he’s the cutest baby!)

We went to a place called Little Deer Creek Campground. The trip started off a little rough as there was a bad accident up Provo Canyon and it took us 45 minutes to get a few miles up the canyon. I literally could have ran faster than we drove. But when you’ve got this tongue in your face, how can you complain? Ok, I complained.

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We’ve never been to this campground before but we went because rumor had it they had awesome ATV trails. However, we may have underestimated the road conditions to get there. It was a dirt road, paved road (sort of) and extremely rocky dirt road. With each bumpy mile I was more impressed with my sister’s minivan which also made the journey.

We saw our first sign of wildlife…running right in front of us. Boston went crazy over the deer. He was already hanging out the window but tried to climb out to go meet his would-be friend Bambi.

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We got settled into camp Friday night and we were all hungry so dinner was served…not! We had planned pita pizza pockets (a great camping meal I learned from a friend) however, we didn’t have a lighter or matches. We had a lighter that sort of sparked. We were going to settle with ham and cheese sandwiches when we realized we didn’t have bread. Things were going well 🙂 Then I remembered we had gasoline! Mike poured some on the wood and paper towel, got a spark from his lighter and boom! A big blazing ball of fire…pizza was served.

We sat and chatted around the fire until it died out. We showed the kids some of the constellations we could find. Then we tried to sleep. Mike and I had the baby and the dog in the tent with us. I’ll sum it up by saying my FitBit told me I slept 2 hours and 55 minutes that night. The baby was pretty great. He was up once to eat some food and back to bed. The dog however…he struggles when he’s excited and wants to play (think Ana here “the sky is awake so I am awake”). He made it until about 3:30 AM when he decided he was done sleeping. Thankfully Mike was up at 6 with both the dog and the baby. He’s the best!

Saturday morning Nicole, the kids, and Mike headed out for their first ride. No worries, the baby didn’t go. He’s such a smiley baby!

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I stayed back with the sleeping baby and pup. This was my view from the tent.

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They came back from their ride boasting about an incredible view so I was not going to miss out. Mike took me up the trail to check out this view. This is overlooking Heber Valley.

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We went a little further up the road and met a family whose vehicle had a flat tire. They didn’t have a jack to raise up their Land Rover so we graciously helped out. We rode back to camp to get a jack they could use but not without leaving my little adventure buddy behind. This little girl was always willing to go out on the 4 wheelers.

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She got a little impatient (no surprise there) but we explained that we help people who need help when we can. After changing their flat tire, they learned their spare also had a flat. Oh no! We felt terrible for them. They were great people and the situation was just unfortunate. We saw them later in the day and found out they got new tires.  Yea!

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Did I mention the view we had from up here? This is overlooking Deer Creek Reservoir.


It was a fantastic day full of adventure as Onix and Brutus took us over miles of rocky trails.

On a different note, my workout consisted of a 20 minute HIIT leg workout followed by 30 minutes of sprints on the treadmill which watching the Olympics! Nothing can inspire you more while sprinting than watching people achieving their dreams.

Any favorite ATV trails?

What was your workout today?


Rock Climbing and Running

We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints…are you singing this yet?! Aka we’re Mormons! We have gotten many opportunities to serve in our Church but by far our favorite callings are with the youth. I think this is because we’re still pretty much kids ourselves except we have big kid jobs and pay bills.

I get to serve with the Young Women in my ward and it’s my favorite! These girls have touched my heart and changed my life is ways I never thought possible. They teach me a ton and in return I try to teach them some things along the way too. Things like, you can do the things you didn’t think you could even if you’re scared. We’ve started a tradition and once a year we go rock climbing. This year was our third year going to a local place called Hansen Mountaineering.

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This is a great place to go because we can rent the whole facility, they provide the equipment and they take such good care of us.


They have redone the wall since we were there last (a year ago) but I managed to make it up one of the easier walls. Which by the way was not easy at all! I figured that I work out and watch American Ninja Warrior I’ll basically own the place however, that wall put me in my place.

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Where I really excel though is repelling! I love to repel! Sure you have to work up the nerve to climb the ladder and then throw those nerves over a wall and upside down. But I love the thrill of it and showing off a little. I gotta prove I’m cool, ya know?

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This is my friend Marie. She’s awesome! And the only adult I’ve gotten to go do the high repel with me. She also went upside because she’s cool like that. She also made me stay up on the wall until I reached the top even after I wanted to quit. She’s the best!


I want to share one last experience from the night. We had a young women join us who is visiting her grandparents that live in our ward. She really wanted to go off the lower repel but was terrified and I mean TERRIFIED! It took her two tries to climb up the ladder because she was so nervous. The guy from the store helped hook her in the belay device and walked her through the process of getting over the edge. And she looked terrified…did I mention that yet? After much coaxing and positive talk, she was able to push through her fear (Marie proved her worth here as she helped talk the girl through it) and slowly get down the wall and I doubt I’ll forget the relief that flooded her face when her feet touched the ground. She was so proud of herself and she should be. She faced her fear and kicked it in the face. It was awesome! That is just one of the many reasons I love working with the youth. It’s such a great experience to see them facing fears and conquering them then gaining confidence.

Don’t we look legit?!

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Even though I was sore and tired, I woke up this morning and decided an outside run was in order. It’s been crazy hot in the mornings here but today was only in the mid 70’s when I decided to go run. I ran from my office to Liberty Park; it’s 4.5 miles roundtrip. This route is one of my favorites because it’s populated with lots of runners/walkers/skaters, beautiful scenery, and a natural spring that I can snag a drink from along the way.

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One of my other reasons I love this park is all the dog walkers! So many breeds and sizes with responsible owners. As a dog owner and runner this is a big deal to me. I love dogs but really I love well behaved dogs. And as the owner of a crazy, energetic pup, I totally understand how much work goes in to training your dog to be socially appropriate. But it’s totally worth it! It’s also a work in progress and they learn and forget just like we do. (I realize there are no dogs in the picture below…I’m still working on the “I’m taking a creepy picture of you and your dog” photos). Maybe next time 🙂

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A little inspiration for all you runners and non-runners alike!


I always feel bad when I go running without Boss so I made sure we gave him a good walk tonight. He’s such a happy pup! Apparently the aliens are coming through the TV or the claw has chosen him–I’m not sure which.

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Anyone else love American Ninja Warrior? 

What experience have you had that showed yourself you could do something awesome?

The Boston Files: Meet Boston!

Meet our favorite pup Boston!


We didn’t quite understand the adventure we were starting when we decided to get a puppy but we’ve enjoyed having him join our family. Like all good family members, he has multiple nicknames. Boss. Boss-man. Dog. Jerk. Puppy. Buddy. Bubba. Bostonian. Just to name a few. 🙂 Look at those eyes!

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Boston is a pure-bred chocolate lab. He came to our family as a wee pup at 8 weeks old. Isn’t he the cutest?! Every time we look at his puppy pictures we start thinking we need to get another one…until we remember all the lost clothing, furniture, kitchen items, dignity as you run around the neighborhood chasing a puppy…you get the idea.  But he sure was fun; even Maddie loved him at this stage!

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You can expect to see random pictures of Boston all over the blog. He’s got such a fun loving personality — yes we talk about him as if he’s our child. He’s spoiled and we know it. And he knows it.


He’s currently 2 years old and weighs in at a whopping 80 pounds! He still, and probably always will, believe he’s a lap dog.


He loves his people and hates being separated from us. He can often be found sitting on our deck or in the windowsill looking out the window waiting for the people to return.


This pup loves riding in the Jeep! Look how little he was! Yes, he still has ginormous paws.

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One of his new favorite habits is to find a stinky sock after we get out of bed and gently chew on it — usually Mike’s  because I don’t have stinky socks:) He has crazy amounts of energy. We do our best to exercise him so he’ll go sleepy sleepy at night.

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He’s a great retriever, loves playing catch.fetch, and takes tug-of-war very seriously–like rip-your-arm-out-of-your-shoulder serious.


Despite all the embarrassing moments we’ve had, we wouldn’t trade him for anything. We love our Boston. Mostly, we love his snuggles and kisses..again with the Sneak Attack!


Any pet owners personify their pets? 

How do you exercise your dog to get out all their energy?


The Running Miles: TIMP Half Marathon

This past Saturday, July 30, 2016 I ran the TIMP half marathon. It was exciting/beautiful/hot and like all races anxiety inducing.  It’s the first time I have run this course and it didn’t disappoint. American Fork Canyon is breath taking especially with the sun rising!

I was too busy standing in the porta-potty lines to catch a photo at the starting line. I love the beginning of races because they are so full of energy and optimism. I didn’t have a goal pace/time (I haven’t been training) so I just wanted to run based on how I felt.


I didn’t know it at the starting line but I packed my fast legs! I love it when those guys show up. I use the term fast but I quickly learned when doing long-distance racing the term “fast” is completely relative. What’s fast or slow to me is completely different for everyone–this is one thing I love about racing. It’s never about beating other racers, it’s about beating myself and proving to myself that I can get better, faster, and conquer the mental demons.

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Since I didn’t have any long training runs under my belt, I didn’t have great expectations. I found myself being pessimistically optimistic. My mantra –the phrase I kept repeating to myself– was “You know you’re going to tank, so make it as far as you can before you die”. Optimistic right? Each mile that I didn’t tank/die/hate running fueled the next one. It was AMAZING!

We came out of the canyon around mile 7 which left 5 ish miles to the finish line.  I felt strong and in control. I had several thoughts at this point. “The sun is coming out soon and you want to be done before it bakes your skin” or “They’ve got creamies at the finish line and you need to get there before they run out”. All great motivating factors if you ask me. But the best motivator of all was knowing that I was doing it–I was racing strong, fueling smart, and this whole muscle memory thing really is a thing. My body was responding to things I was asking it to do.


At mile 11.5 ish I started getting a major side stitch. I figured the lack of training and coming down the canyon fast was catching up to me. But I told myself to keep going because I had come so far and didn’t want to quit. I finished with an official time of 1:59:51! Sub 2! Thank goodness for a nice kick at the end–thanks to my track coach who taught me this life skill. This isn’t a PR for me but I’m very happy with the outcome of the race.

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Check out that medal! It’s huge! Zak and Maddie were convinced I won first place because it was gold–like a good aunt, I didn’t correct them 🙂 PS the Olympics are just around the corner!! Yea!!

Be prepared for some pictures of Boston in each post doing what Boston does best–being himself! We love this dog and his goofy personality.


Here’s us in the Jeep with the pup. He loves when Zak sits in the middle so he can use him as his personal head rest. If you can’t tell, Zak loves it too 🙂


The Sneak Attack! Works every time Boss!

Anyone else run a race that went way better than expected?

Any animal owners who secretly love the sneak attack?