Hiking Mt. Pisgah


mt pisgahLast week Ben and I finally got a chance to hike Mt. Pisgah. This was one of the only places in Eugene we had not had a chance to hike yet. We took one of the easier trails since we were just going for a leisurely hike.

mt pisgahJust getting started on our hike. This place is so beautiful. I have to say the hiking trails around Eugene will definitely be missed when we move back to Boise.

mt pisgahIt was such a beautiful day. The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze.

mt pisgahThis tree was a trip. I meant to take pictures from both side and forgot. It looked like the tree was a rickety old man in a see of green grass. But once you got around to the other side it turned into two rickety old men. The tree split right down the middle.

mt pisgahmt pisgahIf you like wild flowers Mt. Pisgah is the place to be. Because Mt. Pisgah is also an Arboretum, so there are beautiful flowers all over the place.

So this was by far one of the easier trails at Mt. Pisgah that we took this day. Our next plan for hiking Mt. Pisgah will be for one of the harder trails.

Where are some of your favorite places to hike?



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Moving Back to Boise

boise vs eugene

When I was 18 and fresh out of high school I moved to Boise, Id. to live with my Aunt and Uncle, and his daughter Tina. I was over living in Southern California and needed a change. So I packed my room up and had my wonderful supportive parents drive me the  12+ hours to my new home. I had visited Boise for about a month earlier in the Summer, and completely fell in love. I knew I belonged there and that Ontario, Ca. was no longer my home.

boise vs eugen

Fast forward approximately 2 1/2 years. Engaged and with a baby on the way, Ben and I had a big decision on our hands. With Ben’s parents moving from Boise to Eugene and my parents living down in California, we had to decide where to live. I thought it was very important for Xander to grow up around at least one set of grandparents. But neither of us was interested in moving to Eugene, so we decided that California was going to be our new home.

Almost immediately, we regretted moving. California is so much more chaotic than the laid back atmosphere of Boise. But because I love my parents and wanted to be near them we stayed in California.

boise vs eugene

Fast forward another 9 years and we finally get the opportunity to get out of California. The only problem was that it was to Eugene  and not Boise. Actually, when we first moved here we briefly lived in a small farming town called Brownsville, and let me tell you, country living is not my thing! Although it was one of the cutest places I’ve ever seen.

Anyway, we have been in Eugene, Or. for almost 6 years and I have to be honest I can’t wait to get out of here. Eugene is just not the place for me. I’m a pretty happy go lucky kind of girl that definitely sees the glass half full instead of half empty, but this town really drains the life out of you. Well, me. It drains the life out of me. I know so many wonderful people who absolutely love it here and will never leave. I mean, up until the day Oregon falls into the ocean these folks will be holding on to the edge trying to save it. I just don’t understand why.

boise vs eugeneIn the last year my attitude towards Eugene has just gotten worse. It’s really hard to enjoy living somewhere when you know you don’t belong there and should be living somewhere else. So this past November we finally decided it was time to move back to Boise, and I seriously couldn’t be happier! We will be making the big move at the beginning of August. Which for me can’t get here fast enough.

There are so many reasons to love Boise, but the number one reason for us is that our friends are in Boise. There is nothing worse than living in a city for more than 5 years and feeling like you really haven’t made more than a couple true, real friends. Sure we’ve met lots and lots of very nice people since moving here, but other than one particular couple, I wouldn’t consider most of them life long friends.

Friends are so important in adult life. Especially as Xander gets older and busier with his own life, we find ourselves wanting to spend more time with our friends. We have a very close group of friends in Boise that I have known for almost 20 years and Ben has known most of them since he was in high school. Here in Eugene we just don’t have that core group of friends, and we really miss that.

boise vs eugeneThe second reason for our move is the schools and more importantly the parent involvement in their child’s education. The schools here in Eugene are not awful, they could definitely be worse. But for a student like Xander who is soft spoken and average where grades are concerned, he can tend to be pushed to the side by teachers because there are kids who honestly need more help than he does or are accelerating faster than he is. And I know that we might find the same thing in Boise. But with smaller class sizes we are hoping he will get a little more teacher attention.

boise vs eugeneAnd our third reason for moving back to Boise is the weather. Growing up in Southern California where it was sunny almost everyday, you would think that I am naturally a sun worshiper, but I’m not. I burn very easily so I tend to avoid the sun. But when you live in a place that on average only gets 75 sunny days a year, the gloom starts to get to you. Boise on the other hand gets on average 205 sunny days a year. Now that is what I’m talking about. Just enough gloom and cheer for me. Plus all 4 seasons!!! Warm/hot Summers, chilly Fall, cold yet sunny Winter with just a little snow, and the most beautiful Spring season you have ever seen in your life.

I’m so excited, the process of getting everything in order for the big move has officially started. We are in the process of finding a place to rent, and thankfully Boise school district is an open enrollment district so Xander will be going to the same high school Ben went to. So that’s pretty cool.

Let the moving festivities begin!



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April Fitness Challenge Week 3

April Fitness ChallengeWoo, April Fitness Challenge Week 3 is OVER!! I have to admit, this week has been very hard for me to stay on track. I did miss a few days of the challenge and diet can always be better. My mom, who lives all the way in California has been in the hospital since this past Saturday. They originally thought she has minor stroke, but after several CAT scans and a few MRI’s they still don’t know what is wrong with her. So that has been weighing heavy on me this entire week.

Most days this week were pretty good. Although I thought I was eating a lot, my calories show that making the right snack decisions is the way to go, rather than grabbing the closest bag of chips. I did have one blow out day (Saturday), but I’m calling that a cheat day and that’s that.

April Fitness Challenge
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5
15 Squats 15 Squats 20 Squats 20 Squats Rest
20 Sec. Plank 25 Sec. Plank 30 Sec. Plank 35 Sec. Plank 40 Sec. Plank
10 V-Ups 10 V-Ups 15 V-Ups Rest 15 V-Ups
15 Push Ups 20 Push Ups 25 Push Ups 30 Push Ups 35 Push Ups
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
25 Squats 30 Squats 30 Squats 35 Squats 35 Squats Rest 40 Squats
45 Sec. Plank Rest 50 Sec. Plank 60 Sec Plank 70 Sec Plank 80 Sec Plank 90 Sec Plank
20 V-Ups 20 V-Ups Rest 25 V-Ups 25 V-Ups 30 V-Ups Rest
Rest 40 Push Ups 45 Push Ups 50 Push Ups 55 Push Ups 60 Push Ups Rest
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
40 Squats 45 Squats 45 Squats 50 Squats Rest 50 Squats 55 Squats
100 Sec Plank Rest 110 Sec Plank 120 Sec Plank 135 Sec Plank 150 Sec Plank 165 Sec Plank
30 V-Ups 35 V-Ups 35 V-Ups Rest 40 V-Ups 40 V-Ups 45 V-Ups
65 Push Ups 70 Push Ups 75 Push Ups 80 Push Ups 85 Push Ups Rest 90 Push Ups
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
55 Squats 60 Squats 60 Squats Rest 65 Squats 65 Squats 70 Squats
180 Sec Plank Rest 190 Sec Plank 200 Sec Plank 210 Sec Plank 230 Sec Plank 250 Sec Plank
Rest 50 V-Ups 55 V-Ups 60 V-Ups Rest 65 V-Ups 70 V-Ups
95 Push Ups 100 Push Ups 105 Push Ups 110 Push Ups 115 Push Ups 120 Push Ups 125 Push Ups
27 28 29 30
70 Squats 75 Squats Rest 75 Squats
270 Sec Plank Rest 300 Sec Plank 330 Sec Plank
75 V-Ups Rest 80 V-Ups 90 V-Ups
130 Push Ups 135 Push Ups 140 Push Ups 150 Push Ups

Moving on.

Here is this weeks daily calorie breakdown.

Saturday 4/12

Goal – 1592 (Cleaning burns calories too)

Calorie Intake – 2021 (Woops)

Over – 429

Sunday – 4/13

Goal – 1308

Calorie Intake – 1250

Under – 58

Monday – 4/14

Goal – 1200

Calorie Intake – 1200

Under/Over – 0 (Ayeah perfect day!)

Tuesday – 4/15

Goal – 1200

Calorie Intake – 1202

Over – 2 (Almost perfect)

Wednesday – 4/16

Goal – 2010 (Holla for hiking!)

Calorie Intake – 1420

Under – 590

Thursday 4/17

Goal – 1592

Calorie Intake – 1316

Under – 276

Friday – 4/18

Goal – 1200

Calorie Intake – 1195

Under – 5

Ok, so that wraps up this weeks fitness challenge. Although this week was rough with my mom still being in the hospital and not being able to be near her sucks. In the past I would have ran for the chips and salsa and drowned my sorrows in the biggest cup of coffee I could get my hands on. But instead, I stayed home where there are healthy snack option, and chowed down on some fruits and veggies.

I’ll see you all back here next week for the final week of the challenge plus a challenge format change. Stay tuned.



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