BYU Football

Yesterday marked the blessed day of the beginning of another BYU Football season.  For Chase, it was the beginning of his favorite time of year - football season.  When the end of August starts to roll around, Chase can't contain his excitement.  It's a pretty bad addiction.  Not only is he obsessed with college football (as if that isn't enough games to watch), he doesn't want to miss a NFL game either.  Oh boy... My weekends are about to change.

Yesterday we went to BYU's first game of the season.  We go every year.  When we first started going, I didn't know a dang thing about football - even though I cheered in high school and one year in college.  You would think that you would learn a few things when you are right on the sidelines for a few years, but apparently I was too busy with my hurkeys!  Anyway, the first year that I went with Chase to all the games I was most excited when the cheerleaders or Cougarettes rotated in front of us.  I finally had something to watch!  Also, in that first season I looked at Chase and said, "Why are they getting so many 1st downs every time?  Don't you have to get 4 downs and THEN start over with the first?"  It was then that he questioned what high school/college cheerleaders really do on the sidelines.

But, now that Chase and I are on our 3rd season since we've been dating/married, there is starting to be a little change inside of me.  Ought oh....Don't get me wrong.  I am nowhere near the same commitment level as Chase.  But, yesterday as I was driving to the stadium I was excited.  I think I just might be starting to bleed blue.


Hobble Creek Half Marathon

I did it!  I can't believe that I actually trained for this thing and showed up and ran yesterday.  It was actually so much fun.  I know, 13.1 miles doesn't usually sound like my definition of fun, but it was so awesome to finish that race!  Jacque and I decided  about half way through May that we were going to do it, and we both finished!  Congrats to us!  Poor Jacque rolled her ankle at mile 2!  But, she was a trooper and ran another 11 miles on that weak little ankle.

It was a pretty intense morning - especially for a nursing mother.  I had to wake up at 4:00am!  Now, that is early.  I woke up and got ready for the race.  Then, I had to wake Jax up and feed him.  Hobble Creek Canyon is about 45 minutes from my house so, I had to leave pretty early to be there to load the buses at 5:30am.  We were shuttled up to the starting line by school buses.  I found Jacque (and my cousin Amy) up at the starting line.  Then, like 2 minutes before the race even started, Jacque and I got separated - understandable with over 1200 runners!  So, we didn't even get to run one step together!

It was pretty hard, I will admit that.  My goal was just to finish.  But, at about mile 8 I decided mid-race that I wasn't going to walk.  I made a new goal in the middle of the run.  And, I am proud to say that I achieved that goal.  I ran the entire 13.1 miles!  Not a single walk break.  I finished in 2 hours and 7 minutes.  My legs and knees KILL!!  But, it was totally worth it.


Pine View

This weekend the WHOLE Holmstead family went up to Pine View Reservoir in Ogden.  Katie and Tim and Amber and Lynn were all in town.  Par-tay!
Nick in his bandana and shades, Lynn with a Dew, Roen butt naked.....just the usual.
My dad went down while playing a competitive game of tennis.  This elbow blood is just some of the proof that Kurt's still got it! 
Jax and Uncle Lynn.
Jaxer at the lake.

Jax vs. Red Vine

Chase decided to give Jax a red vine when we were up at Pine View.  Oh my...
So innocent, yet so red...
How can you not give in to a smile like this?
Yes, it did stain Jax's face the next day.



Jax officially has 2 teeth.  You can see them creeping up a little in this smile.
A much better shot of the chompers.  These suckers are SHARP!!
Jax is getting SO close to being able to totally sit up alone.  You have to be right by him cause he tips over after about 30 seconds, but he is almost a sitter!!


6 Month Dr. Appointment

Our little baby is getting a little large for the baby scale...

I took Jax to his 6 month Dr. appointment today.  One thing is for sure, he is a big boy.   He is 29 1/4 inches long.  On the growth chart that is off the graph!  The highest graph line is 97th percentile, and Jax is above that.  He is a tall boy.  He weighs 19 pounds 12.5 ounces - 75th percentile.

Jax had to get 4 shots today.  After the first shot he just looked at me - no crying.  He just looked at me like, "What the heck was that mom?!"  Then, he cried for the next three shots.  After he was done, I picked him up and he relaxed.  Then, he looked at the nurse who gave him his shots and gave her a big smile.  She was like, "Wow!  I don't get smiles after shots very often."  Jax is so cute.  That is just so typical of his personality.


Happy Half Birthday Jax

Jax is 6 months old today.  I seriously can't believe it!  Six months and four days ago (my due date), I honestly didn't think I would survive another day.  I felt huge, uncomfortable, unable to sleep, and just plain mad that it was my due date and my little baby didn't want to come yet.  My mom always reminds me of the day before I had Jax if I ever mention that I already want another baby - I was laying on a chair at her house about ready to snap!  I was 3 days over and day four past the due date was just a few hours away.  That is one night that I would love to forget.

My life has changed SO much in the last 6 months.  I think that while I was pregnant I just focused too much on how huge I was getting to really realize what was about to come.  When I thought about having Jax, I just thought about all the little newborns I had held.  For some reason, I never really gave much thought to actually taking care of a baby.  I was quite shocked at how much work it was!  It is a full-time job! 

After about 2 weeks I think I started to get a mild case of postpartum depression, but it didn't last that long.  I think it came on when Chase and I were talking about our "new" life one day.  We were driving somewhere and he said, "I LOVE Jax so much and am so happy that we have him, but isn't it kinda sad that it's not just me and you anymore?"  It kinda made me a little bit sad to that think that the days of just me and Chase were over.  I didn't really get too worked up about it, but that night as I was going to sleep I couldn't help but cry a little as I said goodbye to that.

Although I felt sad for a little while, I have never been more happy than I have been in the last 6 months.  Just last week I had a conversation with my mother-in-law that made me understand my feelings a little bit more.  We were talking about how it is so hard to close chapters of our lives.  It is such an emotional thing to say goodbye to a chapter in our life that we have loved so much.  But, as I talked to her about this, she said something that really made me understand why I felt a little sad while deep down I was happier than I have ever been.  She said that it is hard to close chapters in our lives.  But, the awesome thing about life is that there are an endless amount of chapters.  When one chapter ends, there is another that immediately follows.

I have been thinking about that a lot, and it makes me so happy.  While it was a little hard to close the chapter of just me and Chase, starting the new parenting chapter has been even more exciting than I could have ever imagined.  Jax has made our lives so much better.  It just feels like I have more purpose now.  As this new chapter of our lives is just beginning, I already want to add to it!  Jax is just too cute to not want to have more like him.  I am crazy, but would love nothing more than to get pregnant again! :)  
Jax is so strong now!  Check out that neck action!  He is officially a master of the "creep".  I guess this is the stage that comes before full-blown crawling.  He rolls onto his tummy, raises his little bum in the air and scoots forward.  It is so cute.  I made the mistake of leaving him on my bed one day and found him barely hanging on just 2 minutes later.  Gotta keep an eye on those creepers!!
Here is the creep in action!


Skye and Paul's Wedding

On August 1st Skye and Paul got married in the Mt. Timpanogos temple.  It was so awesome.  The wedding dinner and reception were incredible.  My mother-in-law, Jana, is amazing at putting events together.  As a former wedding planner she made this the ultimate dream wedding!