Around Here


So many things going on here.

I'll sum up. 


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Easter was simple and quiet. 

We didn't do any big egg hunts this year and we didn't emphasize the bunny at all. We dyed eggs and had baskets but other than that it was mostly about being together and reflecting on our Savior's love. It was kind of perfect and more what I wish all holiday's were like. I roasted my first ham, we had scalloped chipotle sweet potatoes, a huge salad, fresh rosemary focaccia, and finally angel food cake for dessert. It was all so amazing. 

Whole 30.


On April 22, I started the Whole 30. It was 2 days after Easter when I felt absolutely sick after eating all the left over homemade Angel Food Cake for breakfast, snack, lunch, after school snack, and dinner on Monday. I'm only slightly exaggerating. It was insanely good and I legitimately could not keep myself from it.





So I went to Costco and loaded up on veggies, fruit, and high quality protein then hid all the candy in the house in attempt to reset my entire system - things have not been good and balanced since, oh, Halloween. Stupid sugar.

It's working though and it's working well. I feel pretty similar to how I did with the Sugar Cleanse that I did at this exact same time last year. I have consistent energy, am sleeping very well, and am still putting up a very good fight with my sugar dragon.

More to come on this, but if you want the nitty gritty form the source you can check out the official W30 website. 


On Earth Day the company that Easy works for gives away all the compost they have compiled from headquarters for the year to their employees. 

Pretty much the best gift ever!  

I took a huge bin and put it in the back of the van to fill up my raised beds. It was sooooo stinky and sweaty and I loved every second of it!


About a week later the weather was soooo nice with overnight temps in the high forties so I decided it was time to plant.

I got everything together, the drip set up, a couple of bags of garden soil to add in and seeds + a few starters. A few days ago the first little seeds (beets) sprouted and then…


Lots and lots of spring snow with temps dropping into the 20's. Damn you Colorado!

I was so fretful you would think it was my child out there in the cold. We have tarped it overnight, then as it's gotten even colder we have strung Christmas lights along the soil and under the tarps just to be sure I wouldn't loose anything. And you know what? It totally has worked. One more night and I think we will be in the clear. Yay!



At the beginning of May, Easy and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary. 

Isn't that crazy?

My marriage is something that I am continually grateful for. Easy is an amazing provider, father, and partner. He and I balance each other out and we have grown together in ways that I could have never imagined when we first were married.

I am grateful every day for him and am so proud of all that we have accomplished together. 

Cinco de Mayo


We decided this year to wedge a little Cinco de Mayo party in again. It's been hit or miss for a few years and since I was itching to cook up some Carne Asada on our new (to us) grill we planned a small get together with friends. 

It was a great success!

Mother's Day


Mother's Day morning I slept in as last as I could (which isn't very late at all lately) then was greeted at the bottom of the stairs by 4 very eager little girls.

They led me to the couch where they crowned me and piled all sort of homemade cards, flowers, goodies on my lap, and a warm healthy breakfast. 


It's kinda hard to treat a person on W30 so they did the best they could with 10+ Larabars!! and some food for thought.


Mother's Day Sunday is one of my very favorite days for church.

I feel so honored and uplifted thinking about my own mothering experiences and how my mom nurtured me so well. I honor Easy's mother and think of how I wish cancer hadn't cut her mothering short. I admire my grandmother's, my brother's wives, my dear friends, E's sisters, and even my own girls knowing that they will make fantastic strong, thoughtful, attentive mothers someday.

My heart bursts as I desire to do better and fill my home with more motherly love. 


I feel like mother's should be honored on Mother's Day, but I personally don't really desire to be doted on all day nor do I demand my family to be a slave to me.

I decided a few years ago that on Mother's Day I would be more present with my kids and make an honest effort to enjoy every bit of their wonderful personalities. After church we made cookies together and they each had a part in it - measuring, stirring, scooping, then finally tasting. 

A few days later Ava was distraught that I hadn't tried a single cookie. She said, "Mom, when are you going to be done with this 30 thing? You need to have a cookie!" Haha! 



Monday morning I got up and crammed a bit for my Statistics final then went and took it. I don't know if I really did that well, but I have been carrying an A all semester so I frankly didn't care. I just wanted it finished.

And finish I did. 




My half marathon training has been going really really well even though every Saturday I panic at the thought of the runs getting longer. 

I'm getting faster though and am so much stronger from when I did Ragnar that it's pretty exciting! In just a month I'll be pounding a 13 mile trail in Portland, OR with my buddies. So fun! 


You know, it's true what they say. 

For years I thought that things would eventually get easier with having kids - that as they grew it would be easier. That I would eventually be able to keep a better house, have time to read, get a pedicure, maybe even take a nap, or go back to work. I thought that having them little was the hardest part - and it absolutely is incredibly hard having little ones. 

But it doesn't get easier. It gets busier. I'm not changing as many diapers, or breastfeeding, or wiping as many faces as I used to be, but I am running, running, running and putting out emotional fires all day long. I have to try really hard to give my little 2 the attention that I gave my older 2 when they were home because I feel like I'm in so many different places now - where before I was just here. Home. 

That being said we are just 10 days away from summer break and I. Can't. Wait. 

I want all my girls home. 

I want them to run and play together all day long. I am sooooo sick of math, reading papers, spelling tests, making lunches, hurrying them out the door. I want the pool, and novels, bike rides, picnics in the back yard, and farmer's markets, and hikes, and lakes, and camping. 

10 more days Hayley. You can do it. 

10 more. 


Tai said...

Which run are you doing in Portland (I live in Portland!) PDX is such an awesome running town, and even though I've just barely moved up to 10k distances, there's so many great longer races I'd like to work up towards!

Matthew said...

I'm sick of math too.

Hayley said...

Tai - We are doing the Bald Peak Half :)

AshDaBell said...

Great update, I love the pictures! I can't wait to see what kind of fun things you do when the kids are out of school, I'll be jealous. I wish i could just quit my job and spend all summer at your house playing with you and the girls!

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