November 23, 2014


We got to visit our families in Washington this fall and absolutely loved the beautiful leaves and got our fill of cold weather! We went to Chuck-E-Cheese; attended the Columbia River temple with Roberts Parents; served at the Spokane Temple with my family doing grounds work; I made a temple dress with the help my mom and got a great sewing lesson; we celebrated Thanksgiving early and some birthdays; Robert and I went on a fancy date to see Intersteller on the IMAX (awesome!); and had a great time playing with family and being together. What an awesome visit to Washington!

 Me and Catcher out by the chickens at my parents house. Cutest picture ever if I do say so myself!

Me and my sister in law, Cari, hiked Badger mountain in the rain, cold and wicked wind! It was awesome!

Playing in the Fall leaves, me, Brady and Cari.
Badger mountain peak. 
Chuck E Cheese pizza is yummy, ehem, and of course the salad bar! Fun times playing games with Grandma Potter.
Brady swinging at Grandma Marilyn's house, even though it was freezing they wanted to play outside every day!
A date with Catcher, sitting in Santa's chair!
Raking the leaves at aunt Cari's house, and playing in them of course. Brady and Catcher.
Another ridiculously cute picture. Mom and Brady.
Went to the Columbia River temple with Roberts parents.

October 30, 2013

Summer of fun!

We had so much fun this summer traveling all around and visiting as many people as possible. We drove from AZ, then spent the weekend in Sam Diego, which was amazing and now I want a dream home on Coronado Island! Then we hit the road, and spent the night at a terrible and expensive motel 6 near Santa Barbara, CA. We continued driving along the beautiful coast of California loving the view of highway 1 and made it to San Francisco where we stayed with some old friends, the Hartel's who were in our ward in Provo. It was so fun to spontaneously visit them:) Then continuing along the coast it quickly got cloudy and the roads got progressively windey and it was slow going. We were making horrible time and decided we'd had enough if the coast and headed inland, bailing on our plans to go to the Redwoods :( We got a hotel for the night, got our brakes fixed (riding the breaks too much on those roads), and started getting exited again to get to Washington! What's a road trip with out some opposition right? The next day we made it to Oregon! We got to visit my old college roommate, Melody, and her family near Bend, Oregon. So fun! Then we stopped for a surprise quick visit in Richland, WA to my husbands family on or way to Spokane! And finally we made it!! We spent a week with my family in Spokane, and over a week with Robert's family in Richland, WA. What an amazing fun-filled summer!!! Here are some of the highlights:

Loving the beach in California!

Grama giving the boys a ride/bath behind the lawnmower. Too funny.

Riding the carousel in Riverfront park, Spokane.

These cousins had more fun than anyone!

Brady loved the Beach! (CA)

Playing horseshoes at my parents house.

Riverfront park

Riverfront park;)

Canoeing down the little Spokane River, so beautiful!! We've always wanted to do this together!

Playing superheros in Hastings:) Brady and Dylan.

Brady and Dylan climbing the trees together.

Riverfront park, Brady going down the big red wagon slide!

I got my fill of Crossfit with Marjorie Fox and Bri Thorpe in Spokane, so fun to see these girls!!

Family pic on our Canoe trip:)

I went golfing for the first time ever. I know right? My husband goes all the time, and I've never been! Fun day with Robert, Chris, and Ryan:)
More pics to come from Richland!:)

May 18, 2013

Brady's Joy School Graduation

That's right, Brady graduated from Joy school in his swim suit (he's a Potter)! Well it was a pool party/picnic so we showed up in our swim suits! We were the only ones who actually wore our swim suits for the graduation. Oh well! We were ready to hop in the pool!:)
 Getting ready for the 'ceremony' (Brady is on the right):
Brady, Jaren, Taylor, Lance, and Benjamin in the back row:
 Brady's special moment where they read his list of favorites. Here it is:
Favorite color: Golden
Best friend: Catcher
Favorite Sport: Golf
Favorite Movie: Scooby Doo
Favorite Song: I am a Child of God
Favorite Game: Monopoly
Favorite Food: Bacon
Favorite book: the singing book from Family night
Favorite drink: Root Beer
Favorite Holiday: Halloween (again...he's a Potter)
What he want's to be when he grows up: a Race Car Driver
What he brings to bed with him: Kipper the singing dog, and his Goon (thanks Grama Marilyn!)
 "Walking", and shaking Charlene's hand to receive his diploma:
 Getting his 'diploma':
 The Joy School Gruaduates!! David, Benjamin, Jaren, Lance, Taylor, and Brady:
Say, "Graduation!"...."GRADUATION!!!"
 We were so glad Brady was able to do joy school this year. He learned so much and best of all his writing skills really took off. When he started he would only scribble, and never really liked to color. Now he can write most of the letters and numbers, his name and has much more confidence in his writing and coloring! Plus he has some new great friends! And a plus for mom, I got 2 1/2 hours to myself twice a week! (HEAVEN!) Besides the days I had to teach, which really wasn't that bad and the time seemed to fly by on the days I'd teach. I recommend Joy school for anyone wanting to do something with their 3-4 year old before they go to official pre-school or Kindergarten. It was a great experience for us and best of all...FREE:) Some of the mom's already had the curriculum books and so we just shared:) It was great. But the books would be a great investment, I wouldn't mind having it to keep for my other kids! Thanks to Shauni, Lisa, Charlene, Lexy, and Corrine for letting us join Joy School 1/2 way through the year and for putting up with Brady and being patient with him:) I sure appreciated all your hard work and time you put into Joy school! I think Brady will really miss it!

April 20, 2013

Montour Reunion

We had the most wonderful little reunion in Arizona with our Dad's sisters Charlene and Kathlene and friend Darlene. Phillip's family was down for a visit and Charlene and Kathlene now live in AZ as well as us, so we all got together! We had a wonderful visit with tears, presents, pictures, lunch, swimming, stories, history, and babies! This week was my first time meeting my new niece Lola Fern (Fern after our Dad's mother). And Phillip's first time seeing Charlene in 20 years! I haven't seen Charlene in 10 years! We really wished the rest of the family could've come, but it was fairly last minute that we planned this get together. For most of our lives we have lived on opposite sides of the country and have seen each other only on rare occasion. So this was such a long awaited reunion and extra special to all be together. 
Charlene and Lola:
 Kathlene and Catcher:
 Kathlene, Catcher, Darlene, and Lola....babies!!!:
 Kathlene was so good to give Brady attention as the adults tried to talk and catch up. Here she is with Catcher and Brady:
 Phillip, Charlene, Lydia, Lola, Megan, Catcher, Kathlene and Brady
 And the silly faces:):
 Phillip, Kathlene, Charlene, and Me (I think Lola looks like Kathlene and Catcher looks like Charlene:))
Thank you to everyone for making the trip to Glendale, AZ so we could reunite!!! Montour LOVE!!!

January 03, 2013

Happy New Year!

What wonderful Holidays we had! I hope yours were as Merry and Bright as ours. Here is our Christmas Card:
We made Gingerbread houses! Here is Brady proudly standing by his:
 Me by my SWEET Gingerbread house:
 Brady and Catcher on Christmas Eve in their new matching jammies:)

 The day after Christmas we went to the Children's museum for free:) 

And Robert visited his family in Washington for a few days and for the New Year. Their tradition is going to the Spokane/TriCities hockey game on New Years Eve. I guess he wasn't cold enough already being in Washington (cold!) and at a hockey game, he also wanted a snowcone! His awesome nephew and niece, Justin & Joy:

I won't bore you with Christmas day videos, we filmed almost all day. Brady got a new Hot Wheels race track which he loves! and some other fun things. Robert returned the gifts I got him (I should learn by now). And he got me a nice set of new white dishes:) I guess I'll still have to save up for that Vitamix I wanted:) We missed Robert on New Years Eve, but Brady, Catcher and I celebrated with some Little Caesars and noise makers at 6 pm:) They were so cute!! I put them to bed at their normal bedtime, and then had some mommy time till 3am, WHAT?! Seriously I don't know why?! Why didn't I go to bed at 11pm or something? I talked to Robert on the phone at midnight his time, then he called me an hour later at my midnight...then I stayed up writing my new years resolutions and making a vision board for 2013! Robert got about 2 hours of sleep, woke up bright and early and flew home on New Years day, and needless to say, we have spent the last few days catching up on sleep. Sheesh. But we are happy to be together again, and enjoying the rest of Robert's Christmas break from school. 
I hope you all had a fun and safe new years! What are your New Years Resolutions?

November 28, 2012

More of what I've learned on Nutrition

Following the Insanity Meal plan: 
I was fairly strict on following the meal plan, which I really liked and it wasn't hard, and I definitely didn't feel like I was dieting! I was actually TRYING to get in enough calories each day considering how much I burned exercising and nursing. But I wasn't eating JUNK, I was eating healthy stuff; little to no sugar except natural sugars/fruit; protein with each of 5 small meals a day; lots of fiber; lots of veggies; all whole grains; and all meals are balanced with whole grains, lean protein, veggies, and healthy fat. I have learned a lot about nutrition. I honestly thought I knew a lot about nutrition before, but I had so many misconceptions about health. For example I thought all HOME-COOKED meals were healthy. WRONG!!! OMGosh. I loved to cook with cheddar cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, pasta, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, fried foods, white flour, sugar, fatty meats, etc. 
FATS. Lets talk about good fats and bad fats. We need fat....good fat. About 10%-20% of our calories should be from good fats. For example Unsaturated fats like Avocados, Nuts, Olive Oil, Seeds, Canola Oil and things with Omega 3 like Salmon, Flax, etc.  Ok let's talk about bad fats. Saturated fats and trans fats (which cause heart disease) are found in animal products (meat and eggs), high fat dairy (butter, cheese, anything other than non-fat milk and yogurt , coconut and palm oil (anything that solidifies when cooled). Not to mention all that yucky pre-packaged processed stuff! We should have less than 10% of these fats in our daily calories. Lowering fat intake will help lose weight. But we need to really control intake of those Saturated and trans fats for overall and heart health! I use the olive oil mayo if I used any at all on sandwiches or mixed with tuna. If I eat eggs I do the 3:1 ratio 3 egg whites and 1 egg yolk. I now drink skim-milk, eat non-fat greek yogurt, and if I use cheese I use mozzarella, not cheddar. I use Avocados on sandwiches and dijon mustard. I don't use heavy cream or butter in my cooking anymore, sour cream, cream cheese, or creamy sauces.  And when I eat salad I use Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar or a Vinaigrette. And I'm not even gonna talk about eating out, that's a whole different ball game.
Lets talk about FIBER. I didn't know anything about FIBER. I didn't know what had fiber in it!! Now that I am eating fiber all the time I realize what has it. PLANTS!!! Whole wheat, whole grains, cereal, vegetables, leafy greens, beans, legumes, fruits etc. I had never bought whole wheat english muffins or whole wheat tortillas before! Fiber helps you lose weight and helps digestion. My last week of Insanity I made some muffins. Whole wheat blueberry muffins with whole wheat flour, ground flax seed, and wheat germ in them. WHOA!! I swear that's what made me drop my last 3.5 lbs. in one week. Those things were packed with FIBER. Start reading the labels for will be amazed. 
Stay tuned for more on Sugar and Protien:) 

November 11, 2012

My Fitness Journey

  After my pregnancy I told my husband that I wanted to lose weight no matter what. I didn't care if I had to pay for a gym membership or whatever, I was determined to do it, whatever the cost. So I started looking around at gyms. YMCA was a little too...ghetto for me (at least the one here in phoenix) but still a good/cheap option, the other option was a club close by that we got a discount with through Robert's school, but they didn't take kids at the child care place under 2 years old. So that option went out the window. Then Beach Body came along. I knew I would lose the weight quicker than going to a gym every day. In the long run it would be cheaper. And I would have a support group, which I knew would be the most valuable part. I couldn't have done it with out my challenge group. So it was a no brainer. I bought the Insanity program and ordered Shakeology-the Healthiest meal of the day, for one month.  
I have always been skeptical about those people when you see their before and after pics. I honestly believed they were two different people and it was all a scam. Well who knows about them, but I have seen it work for ME and it was honestly miraculous to me. I couldn't believe how fast my body changed week to week. After my first week I started noticing changes. On average each week I lost about 1-2 lbs. doing the Insanity program through Beach Body and following the meal plan. I never missed a day working out. 6 days a week, 60 days. Each work out the first month was about 40 min and the second month some of the work outs go up to 60 minutes. 
 Let me tell you of the condition I was in before starting this program. I had had a baby 2 months earlier. I started out that pregnancy still with all my baby weight from my first pregnancy, about 30 lbs. I exercised on and off moderately but never enough to lose weight. In the 3 years between my kids, I never really lost weight, although I tried little things, nothing ever made an impact. During my pregnancy I stayed active, and ate healthy trying not to over eat like most pregnant girls do thinking and rationalizing "I'm eating for two!" So although with my pregnancy I gained about 31 lbs total, after I had the baby I was only about 5 lbs. more than before I got pregnant. Ok so here's my weight over the last 5 years: 120 when I got married, 164 at 7 months pregnant with baby #1 (Brady was 2 months early), 145/150 after baby #1 (Brady), 181 at 9 months pregnant with #2 (Catcher),  155 after baby #2, 130 now 4 months after baby #2. I still would like to get down to 120/125, so I'm not done yet:) But I went from a size 4, to a size 12, then 14, now back down to a size 4!!!! It is a miracle.
Anyway the a couple weeks before I started Insanity I started "working up to it". I knew Insanity would be tough and I couldn't start "cold turkey". I started lifting weights, running a little on the treadmill every day etc. little things to get my body slightly in shape before my Insanity challenge pack arrived in the mail. Regardless, my first day of Insanity was TOUGH! I think I almost passed out. literally. But I kept going. By week 2 I wasn't feeling like I would pass out anymore. By week 3 I felt like I could actually keep up pretty well. Week 5 was recovery week. Which meant an easier work out every day focusing more on muscle development. I got comfortable with that and then BOOM, week 6 killed me!!!! It was like I started all over again! I couldn't keep up, 60 minutes was a LONG work out for me! I wanted to give up and be done with 30 minutes still left! BUT I pushed through. I didn't think, I just kept getting up every morning, putting on my work out clothes and shoes, and pushing play. I just tried to keep up and do my best, pushing a little more each week. My consistent results are what kept me going. My challenge group kept me going. And the knowledge that my goal was so close...those size 4 pants, kept me going. And I am so proud to say that one week after I finished Insanity, I wore those size 4 pants in our family pictures, and I didn't think I would be able to only one week earlier. 
Stay tuned for more on what I learned about Nutrition in following my meal plan.... 

November 05, 2012

Before and After Insanity

Here are my Before and After pics!! I lost a total of 18 lbs. and 18 inches!!! 7 inches alone off my waist! And I couldn't have done it with out Beach Body, Insanity's Shaun T., Shakeology, Carson Carothers, Melody Anthony, Brittany Marlatt, Laura Sample, Robert Potter my wonderful husband and wonderfully patient children Brady and Catcher:) I feel amazing mind/body and spirit, I feel healthy, I have more energy and muscle and wearing size 6 again feels amazing! I had my second baby 4 1/2 months ago and I'm still nursing and going strong. After Catcher was born I was a size 14 and 148 lbs. Now I'm 130 lbs and still working on fitting into size 4, maybe in a few more weeks:) Thank you everyone for your support!!

 Before in my bathing suit

After in my bathing suit