Sunday, September 28, 2014

HO Pioneer!

 My kiddos got to go on a Pioneer trek the first of the summer. They had a blast and tonight they got to get their pictures and had a trek "family reunion." I took pictures of their pictures but you get the idea. They are so cute!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Run, You Chicken Fat, RUN!

So this last March, I ran my first 5k ever! It was so fun and I really felt accomplished. I was able to run everything except for about 2/10ths of a mile. It was the second half of the only big hill in the run. I did it 45 minutes. Which ment that I was able to run a 14 minute mile. Not fast by any stretch but I didn't walk, I ran. :)

Since then I haven't ran straight again like that. I have been working on my speed and trying to improve. But I hadn't tried anything else. So yesterday, I decided I need to know if I can run without stopping. 

Guess what?!?! I totally can! I ran 1.1 miles in about 15 minutes. I have to say it feels better. I have been consistently losing weight since July1st and running with 30lbs gone is so much easier. It felt really great. But I am still muscle sore. 

I found this great picture reference for stretching after a run. I have to work at that. I become on painful knot when I don't stretch, but sometimes it s hard to take the time. 

I really need the reference. I am excited to run. I finally found a buddy who runs slower, that I can keep up with. I'm excited to have a buddy. A buddy makes everything better. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Random Thoughts

        What is it about my brain that won't let me put on a bedspread/blanket/comforter upside down?
 I was making my bed tonight and had to stop in the middle of making
 it because I put it on "upside down". What makes it upside down anyway? Is it considered 
right-side up if you are standing at the end of the bed
 or laying in bed looking at your feet? Who's to say which way? 
The little person in my head say that if you stand at the bottom of the bed then the
 bottom of your blanket should be there too. 


Hello Ladies,

It is so amazing to me how much moments of time can be a real "tried and tested" part of our mortal experience. There is so much of this life that is just plain hard. We all have these times. They are different and distinct for each of us but we are common in that we all have to deal with trials, hardship, and pain. I spent a lot of time sitting and waiting in the hospital this week. Not sick or hurt myself but waiting for loved ones who were. With all that time to wait, I listened to others around me. Their fears for their loved ones, if they had a belief in God, or if they just had belief in their surgeon. I came to understand more fully what a wonderful gift I have.

I am blessed with the knowledge that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are true and living beings who know me intimately. They know what I can take, what I can't, and what I need to get though. I was reading Pres. Eyring's talk from last women's conference and he said this which I found utterly fascinating.

"You were tutored by Him before you came into this life. He helped you understand and accept that you would have trials, tests, and opportunities perfectly chosen just for you. You learned that our Father had a plan of happiness to get you safely through those trials and that you would help bring others safely through theirs.This plan is marked by covenants with God.
It is our free choice whether we make and keep those covenants. Only a few of His daughters have the opportunity in this life to even learn of those covenants. You are one of the favored few. You, dear sisters, each of you is daughter in the covenant."

I want to publicly thanks my Heavenly Father. He has blessed me beyond measure. Find those things he has blessed you with. Fill a journal, fill a jar, or just fill your heart with how much you are loved.

Stacie Catanzaro
CD'A 2nd Ward Relief Society President

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Where to start... Mom had her total knee replacement surgery on Tuesday. This is her Tuesday afternoon. You are up walking the same day and she's been going ever since. She has been home 3 days now, and 5 days pass surgery. It went really great, but Wednesday was the hardest day. Each day since had gotten better. Mom's a real trooper.
This Anna on Tuesday. She was ready to pop. I went over there for a bit to drop off stuff after leaving the hospital. On my way home from here, I got a phone call from Sam's football coach.
Sam had broken his arm and I needed to come grab him and take him to the ER. Poor guy not only had a broken forearm but had to have his jersey and bronco shirt cut off. He was not a happy camper. It is our first broken bone out of 16 years of having kids. Not too bad of a track record. :)
Sam ended up having to have a closed reduction surgery to set his arm. The only good thing about it all was that he got an adorable stuffed monkey. Sam loves those kinds of things.
I loved this picture. Since Sam broke his are and was out of school a couple of days, mom hadn't been released from her surgery, and Marc had to take Dad to Spokane for his pelvis appointment, Sam got to come hang out with me and Grammy. They were both on pain meds and had passed out.
Mom got released by about 5ish on Wednesday. And I got to head back Thursday morning because I was part of Anna's delivery team. That is the only good reason to have to go to the hospital. Having a healthy baby. Anna was a rock-star. She delivered Everett Wayne Marlatt at 2:15pm. He was 9lbs 9oz, 21 inches long. He's a cute chunk. It was such a special experience to actually see a baby be born.

I am avoiding the hospital like the plague right now. Mostly I am enjoying being not there. I'm not really home yet, as I spend my days with mom. She really is making good progress. Her third day was the hardest. Every day since has gotten a little better and a little better.

I am so grateful for my family and friends. There has been some wonderful meals brought our way that have been such a blessing. Thank You.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2 Things

Okay so I know that my hair color is solidly brown. There should be times when I should be blonde. So there are two things you should never do when driving.

1. Don't squirt yourself in the eye with a Slim and Sassy oil gel cap. You totally can't see were you are driving. You look like a maniac driving around on the road.

 2. Then don't put your fingers back in the other eye when you haven't cleaned your hands off for the said Slim and Sassy so that you can't see out of the other eye. Making you look like a maniac driving around the road.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Just 6 Months

I got the new pictures of the kids up on the wall yesterday. My sister in law, Meggs, took our pictures while they were here. It is amazing to me the growth that can happen in just 6 months. 
 The pictures that have the wood fence behind them are the old ones and the new ones have the plain shirts and trees. I think for me the most dramatic change is Al, but you have to tell me what you think.
 The kid's start school in just 4 days! So you'll be seeing these cuties again.
The same day that the kids start school, my mom also gets to get her first new knee. I am so excited for her. It will mean a lot more time there than I already spend but in the end, it will be so wonderful for her. She will get her second knee by October sometime. So by the first of the year, she is going to be a new woman. So wish me luck. ;)