Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from the Price Family

Cyrus: Busy being Elders Quorum President, Working at Hanger, MBA student, wonderful husband and father. Was happy to finish his MBA program so that he can focus a little more on the other things that keep him busy.

Leanne: With sadness was recently released as Young Woman’s president but continues to enjoy being a photographer and a mother. Is happy for the break so that she can focus a little more on her 6 little ones that are growing up way too fast.

Marci: 7th grade. Enjoys being a teenager and we all enjoy her wonderful friends in our home. She is a wonderful student that enjoys playing the drums. She played Volleyball again this year and absolutely loves the sport.

Garrett: 6th grade. A happy, obedient boy who loves doing what is right. Has a very bright mind and also enjoys playing in the school band. He enjoyed playing football this year with many of his wonderful friends.

Chloe: 4th grade. Can always be found singing the latest songs at the top of her lungs. She has a great talent and loves sharing it with others. She too played Volleyball and has a wicked overhand serve.

Liam: 2nd grade. Loves school and loves reading. He also enjoyed playing baseball this year.

Grant: Kinder. Is happy to be in school like the rest of the gang. He seems to be following in their footsteps with good grades.

Charlotte: 3 years old. Loves being at home with her mom. She thinks she is as old as her older sisters and thinks Justin Beiber is sooooo cute. If you’re lucky, she’ll call you her best friend.

We are very blessed and give thanks for our Savior Jesus Christ. We know he lives and loves us. It is through him and his commandments that we can be truly happy.

We love you all.

Love,

The Price Family


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Goldilocks and his Disco Diva!

I had to post a few of our "last minute" costumes that we wore tonight... I have to say we are quite the pair! Cyrus won "best costume" and I won "sexiest"! Those of you who know either of us know that this is VERY unlike us! We had a great time at my friend Janet's tonight! Great party with great friends.
Man I love those golden locks!

(next post might include the kids in their costumes... Halloween really is about them right?)







Sunday, October 17, 2010

BIG ROCK TRIATHLON!

Cy, his sister Jill and I had a great day yesterday! We spent it competing in the Big Rock Triathlon. There were 120 participants in the Sprint Triathlon which is: 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike and then a 5K. I might add that one of the hardest parts was the 1/4 mile trek up the sand after we got out of the lake! My goal was to get under 1 hour 45 minutes but once I saw that trek I didn't think it was possible... I knew that my transition times would be high with that!
The swim went in waves. Cyrus' was 3 minutes ahead of mine. I competed with 22 other women but there were 250 people out in the water at the same time. The swim was a lot harder than I wanted it to be. The constant number of people trying to swim over top of me and drown me was rather uncomfortable. It's so hard to swim in a lake because I could get into NO momentum. Those boeys looked soooo far away I thought I'd never see the end. But once it came I had that trek up the sand to my bike. Once I got out of the water I had Grandma Price, Garrett, Liam, Chloe and a few other church friends there cheering me on. You have no idea how much it helped seeing my kids ran along side me the whole way up that beach. Finally made it to my bike, dusted off my feet, put on my clothes and shoes and I was off! (transition time 6 minutes 43 sec) Note to self for next time: Buy a bra that matches my swimsuit!
A 12 mile bike ride doesn't sound like much but it sure felt like it was going on forever. I had my iphone going and tracking my distance. BUT for some reason my GPS didn't work very well and it didn't calculate for 3 of the miles I went. The ride was pretty flat except for the last 1/2 mile. It was a steep hill that slowed me WAY down! BUT I kept pedaling and people kept passing me BUT eventually I made it to the top where a wonderful down hill was awaiting me! I could have coasted to my next transition point but I pedaled as fast as I could, parked my bike and I was off again. (transition time 41 sec)
At this point I didn't think I was going to accomplish my goal my plan was to hopefully finish under 2 hours. I was off running and it didn't feel too bad. My legs were tired and heavy but I was quickly able to get into my momentum of running. I kept telling myself, "ok, its just a normal Monday run now... keep up the pace!" So I ran and I actually passed about 5 or 6 people. The run was out and back so I kept seeing people running back. The thought of seeing Cyrus and passing him kept me going. I was about 1/4 mile from the half way mark and there he was! I was so happy to see him. He was going strong and was about 4 minutes ahead of me. I got to the turn around point and passed two other guys. I had my music coming out of my ipod because we weren't aloud to use headphones and I went to pass a guy (I should add, he was a 45 or so old man) and I told him he was doing great and asked him if he liked my music. I said... ok then, keep up! So we ran together most of the rest of the way. I few times he said he wanted to walk and I told him to keep going. We were running along and ahead of me I saw a man that looked a lot like my hubby! "OH NO.... that's my husband and his leg broke!" Cyrus' running leg had broken. The spring part broke and so he was walking w/o it. (That doesn't work very well) I ran by and asked if he needed anything, he said that someone was on the way back in a truck with his other leg so that at least he could finish the race! So, I kept on going. Once I saw that finish line I picked up the pace and was so anxious to be done. The timer said 1 hour 52 minutes. I was happy it was under two hours but kind of sad that I didn't make my goal!
It was such a feeling of accomplishment and I was so happy to have finished. It felt really good and it was soooo much FUN. As I was talking to my friends they mentioned that I had to subtract 9 minutes from the time that I read when I passed to line.

"REALLY! Then I did it! I finished in 1:43 minutes!"

That made me even happier! Cyrus was 5 minutes behind me finishing on his regular leg. I felt so bad that his leg gave way. His finish time was 1:48 with a broken leg. I like to say his finish time was 1:39 because that broken leg really put a wrench in things! But we both finished happy and are ready to do it again. I finished 4th in my class and 12 out of the women.
Who will join us next time?





Friday, September 10, 2010

New PR

I ran my 3 miles in 28.05 today! It was awesome. The funny thing is that I thought I was totally dragging! I was super happy! Now off to help at Grant's kindergarten. It's gonna be a good day!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Race Time!

We have been BUSY! But everyone is.... just wanted take a minute and update my blog.

I am training for two races at the moment! Hard to believe, but I am really quite excited. The first one takes place on the 25th of this month. The "bootcamp challenge" will be happening that day. About a month ago one of my friends asked if I was up to joining her and 4 others to this so called "bootcamp challenge". This will take place in San Diego: here is a quick description taken off the website:
The first and best! A fun and furious 3-mile course featuring obstacles used only by Marine Recruits at the Marine Recruit Depot. Get "encouragement" along the way at each obstacle by MCRD Drill Instructors. Compete as an individual or a member of a 3-person or 5-person team.
Great post-race party with plenty of music, food, drinks and beer, awards to the top 3 finishers in each category/age group, official race T-Shirts to all entrants. A very memorable day!
Register early!
A few things:
  • encouragement: I like how they put that in quotes! I'll imform you later about the "encouragement" I recieve from the drill instructors.
  • Free beer... not interested. BUT I walk home (or maybe hobble) with a brand new t-shirt.
  • The girls I am racing with are hard core marathon runners... Hope they don't mind pulling me along.
  • I'm super excited and nervous at the same time!

My team consists of Janet Sullivan, Dee Dee Kay Flores, Carmen Kaas and Amy Handel. They are all wonderful women that I really enjoy being around. It should be fun! We have been training with a Personal Trainer Kara Robison. She too is wonderful. I love her workouts. They kick my butt at times so well see if it helps out. I have also been running 3 or 4 times a week. I have improved my time for my 3 miles from 35 minutes (I know... that's really bad) to 30 minutes. I am really hopeing to be in the 29 minutes this week. It has consumed a lot of my time but I am really enjoying it.

The next race I am doing I get to do with Cyrus and his sister Jill. We are doing a sprint tri-athelon. 800 meter swim, 12 mile bike and a 5K run. I did one years ago and I am so glad I am doing another one. I have been swimming and biking to prepare for this one! Once the boot camp challenge is over I'll have 2 weeks to think about this one.

I love these challenges... it really helps to do these things with other people. It has reminded me alot of my time spent with Tina Richards when we were at the Uof U. I miss her... she was a fun workout partner to have.

I'll update again once I have finished!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ms. Charlotte had a Birthday!

Charly had a birthday!  It was a great day!  I've really enjoy this little one.  Maybe it is because I don't have another baby and so I'm enjoying every little thing this one does! She is doted over and spoiled by her siblings.  She is so happy and loves being a little girl dressed in pink looking like a princess.  She keeps telling people that she is turning 6 but i'm glad she's only 3.  She gets to spend the morning alone with mom now that Grant is in school.  She's very content and doesn't require a lot of attention and she's just a joy to take anywhere.   A few things about my Charlotte at age 3:
  • She loves to swim (she's a little fish... she's very good about wearing her life jacket and even gets a little upset when mom forgets to do up the wedgie strap)
  • She is fascinated with little big planet! (she loves the sack boy that mom made)
  • She calls me her best friend (unless someone else is asking her the question)
  • She loves watching TV... right now her favorite show to watch is Batman... last month it was Iron Man... I don't know what it is she likes about superheros... but she loves them.  It might be because she loves hanging out with her brothers.
  • She loves going to the park and is a brave little girl climbing to the tops of any playground.
  • She loves hanging out with her sisters and thinks she is there same age at times.
  • Her current best friends are: Kate Thomas and Eliza (lishi) Sims
  • She is a social butterfly.  Her nursery leader Sister Allen told me today that she is the calm one in Nursery and a very popular one.  She does love to PLAY!  But don't we all! 
Thanks to her daddy we have this cool video of her!

    Charly's 1095th day from Leanne Price on Vimeo.

    I love you little Charlotte Price!

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    Back to School brings Blessings!

    In more than one way! It's great to be back on a schedule and I think my kids are happy to be back in school as of day 2! Marci started 7th grade, Garrett 6th, Chloe 4th, Liam 2nd and Grant started Kindergarten. It was a fun first day of school. I walked with the little ones to the grade school but was soon left behind by Liam and Chloe. They seemed to know where they were going. Grant had started his walk out quite brisk but the closer we got to the school he seemed to slow it down. He never expresses concern and never said he was nervous but I could sense a little bit of it. We walked up and met his teacher Mrs. Kosch. He likes to say her name and thinks she is nice. There are many kids from the ward in his class so that is nice as well. The first day went smoothly and any nerves he might have had quickly went away.
    Monday night Cyrus prepared a great lesson for the kids. They are so blessed to have a daddy who is such a wonderful teacher. He taught them that we need to know about Jesus in order to do what he does and to be like him. He then went on to give them each a back to school blessing. Here are a list of a few things mentioned in the blessings in hopes that we will remember them.

    Marci:
    -You have a spirit of joy and happiness.
    - Find friends that will help you to be happy.
    - Also, help them to be better.
    - Listen to your teachers.
    - Have the courage to NOT follow others but to follow our Saviors example.
    - I bless you with a quick mind to do well on tests.
    - Bless you to enjoy band and learn quickly.
    - Follow the Lord, Work Hard and be kind and you will be filled with Happiness!


    Garrett: (garrett specifically asked for help with penmanship, organization and to be better in sports)
    -I want you to know that you are a special spirit. Heavenly Father loves you and you have set a great example.
    - Follow the things the Holy Ghost tells you even when it is difficult.
    - Always do the things that are right.
    -Bless you to do well in your school work.
    -Try hard to improve your penmanship, organization and to improve in sports.
    -I want you to know that these blessings aren't magic. You have to work hard, pray and excersize faith and you will be blessed.
    - Be around the right crowd and choose the right.
    -Always be aware and help others around you.
    Chloe:
    -I want you to know the Heavenly Father loves you.
    -He has given you gifts of being happy, friendly and kind. Always try and improve on these and help people around you be happy.
    -Always have a smile even when it might be difficult.
    -Look for those people that need your help.
    -Bless you to understand the teachers explanations and that they might be clear. The Holy Ghost will help you.
    -Always do what the Holy Ghost asks you to do.
    -Try to always make people feel better.
    -Develop your talents by working at them. The Holy Ghost will also help you with your singing and music.
    -Always be kind and include people and never make people feel bad.
    -Heavenly Father loves you and he is happy with you!
    Liam:
    -I bless you to understand the things your teacher teaches you.
    -I bless you that school will be easy for you and you will be successful.
    -Be modest and clean in the things you do.
    -Always Choose the Right and follow the Holy Ghost.
    -Never let people talk you into doing things that are wrong.
    -Find lonely kids and help them feel good.
    Grant:(his request was "I want the shortest blessing". He was last to go and was ready to move on to the next thing!)
    -I bless you to be happy.
    -To learn quickly.
    -Have an open mind.
    -The Holy Ghost will teach you all you need to know.
    -I bless you to be protected.
    -To like your teacher.
    -To find friends.
    -To enjoy school and come home and tell Mom all about it!
    -Do your homework and learn your responsibilities.

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    Friday, April 23, 2010

    If you need a good laugh... come hang out with this girl!



    I love my little Charly...
    Here are a few reasons why...
    1. Today I took Marci and Chloe and some friends to the Mall.... Not a place I go very often. Not my favorite spot... but Marci had some money saved up and wanted to purchase a new hat before our trip to New York. So me and 6 little girls all hopped in the van (the three boys got to stay home and play PlayStation as long as they took turns and didn't pee their pants) and headed to the Mall. The first store the girls hit was Claire's.... A girls best friend. Charly was in heaven. She could not believe all the Pretty necklaces and bracelets that sparkled and shined. Some even had cute kitties on them. NOW... the sales lady on the hand did not think she was as cute and kept asking us "can I help you with anything?"


    she then had to go potty... I love that she is potty trained and that she didn't give me a headache like her older brother Grant did.... The closest bathroom was through Macy's... so we walked in and her eyes were trying to take in every little detail... she loved the bright busy store with so many colors... BUT then we came upon some very unwanted guests. "the headless mannequins". She decided at this point that she wanted to go home. Lately... whenever she gets nervous she turns to me and says "I wanna go home"... She stopped and would not take another step. So there I was standing calling her to come but the headless man stood in between us therefore she would not move. So being the nice good mom that I am I picked her up and took her right up to where his head should have been... "no mom... I don't like that." But then there was another one... well... she got to see every mannequin up close and personal... It was rather funny. I think by the time we got out of the store she was okay with those crazy looking people.

    2. Charly is very different than my other children in that she gets scared of the unknown. The other day I took her down an elevator for the first time (not even realizing that it was her first time) and she got nervous even before the doors opened. She knew this was a ride she didn't want to take. But we took the elevator anyway... Since then we've gotten to take it a few other times and I think she actually likes it by now.

    3. She is my baby and therefore is labeled as "the princess". Its so hard when kids don't have another sibling to follow them because every little thing she does is "cute". Even when Dad was singing in the car the other day and she yelled out "STOP SINGING" Her eyes were turned down and everything... she was serious and expected Dad to listen.

    4. She loves to sing.... She knows most key words to the kids favorite songs right now like "DOWN", "Fire Burning", "You belong with me"... and i'm sure there are more!

    5. My three girls all have there rooms upstairs and the rest of us are on the main floor. It is so fun watching her with them. She thinks shes just as old as Marci, (as does Chloe)... I will find them quite often staying up talking, laughing, singing... as most sisters do... but the age difference is what cracks me up... 2, 9, and 12! They have a lot of fun together... hope that always continues. She does however think she is old enough to paint her toes. The other day I went up to Marci's room and found her covered in BLACK fingernail polish... it was poured all over the floor... and each toe was painted rather well. She had also poured it into to each cup of one of Marci's bras... Marci was not very happy... but of course... Charly's the princess so I thought it was rather funny! I know someday all these things shes doing AREN'T going to be near as funny but as for today, I'm enjoying them!

    6. Whenever she sees a heart... she calls it a "happy heart"... I love that... I hope her heart always stays happy!

    7. Today while I was editing pictures... I thought... that tub water has been on way to long... Charly was in the tub and I could hear her splashing and giggling but I thought it was time to turn the water off... THIS IS WHAT I FOUND... gotta love her!

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    FHE hike...



    one of my favorites from our Family Home Evening hike last night...







    We hiked up the mountain behind our house last night for FHE... we had a great time. Charly loved the hike b/c she was mostly in Dad's arms but I think she got a bigger thrill when she was able to slide down on her bottom. She giggled and giggled.

    The kids took the little camera and I took the big one... Garrett actually got some really cool shots. He took the silhouette shots and the snake shot (exept for the boy shot!).



    It was fun to get out and enjoy the dirt hills... I was not however a fan of the rattlesnake that was waiting for us at the top!

    Monday, April 19, 2010

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Cyrus Grant Price had a birthday!


    My little guy Grant had a birthday! April 7, 2005 I had a baby boy.

    I think he was a few weeks early... possibly 3... not really sure but I had to have my first c-section because of him. He was transverse therefore the doctor wanted to take him early. I was quite nervous to have a c-section and i wasn't emotionally prepared for it either. I look back and feel like I was quite a wreck at the time. We had moved to California a few months earlier and we were living in a 3 bedroom tiny apartment in the yuppyville "Aliso Viejo". Beautiful part of California but way too Posh for out little family from Idaho. I say little... but we would always get strange looks as we would walk into any store with our 5 children at the time. It's hard to believe I didn't have a babysitter back then... right now I can go anywhere and not have to load up ALL six kids everywhere I go... I think back and I never thought I'd see that day that I'd have a baby sitter... now I have two... almost three... time really does go back fast... I might even say it is speeding up every year. BUT... back to my baby boy. A c-section was hard. I remember Grant being SOOO small... he was 7.5 oz. Which to most people that would be a great size... but I was comparing him to his giant of a big brother that weighed in at 9.4. SO anyway, I remember feeling guilty for him being small and early... oh, the thoughts you have after having a baby. I remember not liking his wrikley legs and his arms. I wanted him to fatten up quickly!

    I was fortunate to have my mother there the day I delivered and she stayed for a few days after that... Mother's are wonderful to have around... especially after you have a baby. I even think she made me some homemade strawberry jam. Well... grandma had to leave early one morning but she left the car at the airport for another grandma to come see baby Grant and to take care of his mother! I love that I have two mothers that are so willing to care for me at any time!


    Something you may not know is that CYRUS GRANT PRICE was originally names NOAH GRANT PRICE. We had called him that even before he was born and after he was born for approximatly 2 weeks. We even blessed him as NOAH GRANT... But the post pregnancy hormones hit again... I was not happy with his name. I knew it needed to be changed so that he could have his daddy's name. I wasn't sure we would have another boy and I wanted one of them to have Cyrus' name. PLUS... I just didn't like the name NOAH... too many were poppping up everywhere. SO, I got online and researched what I needed to do. I thought it would be easy since he was only 2 weeks old... but it was then I figured out that NOTHING is easy in CALIFORNIA! I had to take action as if he were any other person... I had to leagally change his name. It was not any easy task nor was it cheap. It had to be printed in the newspaper and the poor little guy had to appear before a judge! CRAZY... but now he has an addendum to his birth certificate... he is officially CYRUS GRANT PRICE (well maybe not totally... this reminds me I still have to change his Social security number.. WUPS). I know the name NOAH would have been fine... but I he thinks its pretty cool to be named after his TOTALLY AWESOME DADDY!
    Grant eventually fattened up... I still don't think he has caught up to his cousin Lauren (who was born 2 weeks earlier... I believe she was a 9 pounder as well). But he is a very solid strong boy!


    When he was 19 months old we had to take him to the ER to get 19 stitches... this is where the visits start... I don't think it will end there either. He has since been back 2 other times for stitches... he's a tough one though! The other day I had to take him for his kindergarten check up and he said, " mom , do I have to get stitches again today? Because I really don't like getting stitches." He thinks that's all you do at the doctors office! He did however have to get 5 shots. He was not happy about that. I really thought he'd be fine. My other kids have cried a little before but nothing too serious... WELL... Grant was another story. He got his first one and screamed... until we got home basically. He was not happy. I said... "You were a tough boy!" and he said "no, mom, I was NOT a tough boy!" He makes me laugh all the time.
    I love this next picture of grant because he has the sweetest smile! He is so full of love that when ever I get close to him and smile... he can't stand it... he has to give me the BIGGEST HUG ever. Fortunately I get quite a few of those every day!

    Thought i'd list my top 10 favorite things about GRANT... now CYRUS... you have to add to this list please!

    1. He expresses his love very easily! "mom, I love you SOOOO much"
    2. He loves his brothers and is rarely seen with out Liam... they have such a bond that I know will stay throughout their lives.
    3. When he's sad and he doesn't get his way, he doesn't throw a fit or get mad... he just says "tarter sauce!"
    4. He's a very good Halo player.
    5. He can do a front flip on the trampoline and land on his feet!
    6. He says he can do backflips as well... but only in his head.
    7. His primary teachers tell me he's a very good boy and also very smart and that they'd take him any time... (I know, they have to tell me that... but I still like to hear that)
    8. He is not demanding at all... especially if there are cookies, candy, Liam or an xbox around!
    9. He loves to say prayers and participate as much as he can in Family Home Evening
    10. When I asked Grant what he wanted to be when he grows up he said, "When I am as big as you I can jump on the shed with no hands..." "and when I am as big as dad I want to teach people."
    me: "teach people what?"
    Grant: "to be good."

    Love you grant! Be good and always choose the right and someday, you'll be able to jump on the shed with NO HANDS!