Tuesday, March 7, 2017



*my face after getting home from track & field practice today*

basically it took a lot of online training (so.many.videos. hahahah) to get coaching, cpr/first aid, & concussion certified...& then even more online things to become an official employee of the nebo school district...& add in some paperwork...aaaand officially since MONDAY (it seems like it's been longer than just two days, haha!) i have been coaching (after finishing everything & becoming official on friday!) & it. is. AWESOME. (:

basically every day after school now ---> the end of the school year (YAY!) i head to the ladies' room (i just realized we have a locker room that i could probably change in but never thought about it til this moment LOL oops) & transform from

MISS kron --------> COACH kron (:

& to be honest, i actually only lasted as "coach kron" for like two days, because today i already told my distance girls that they can call me sarah, hahah. just because (as my head coach mentioned) it can just help me to connect better with me girls so that they can feel comfortable talking to me/asking me about help on things. but hopefully they'll still call me coach occasionally. (;

the (AWESOME) head track coach said that he wants me floating around for the first month of track & spending time with each of the different coaches so that i can see the different elements of track & field (sprints, hurdles, middle distance, distance, jumps, & throws), & then after that he'll probably stick me with the distance girls for the season (YES - this is awesome because really my passion is wanting to be a girls' cross country coach come fall!).

monday = i was with the sprinters (with the head coach), but today (tuesday) = he put me with the distance (assistant head) coach. right when i showed up (they had already stretched/warmed up) he just said "40 minutes! go out & run!" i asked what he wanted me to do, since for the sprinters yesterday we just were inside watching them do drills & then stretched/did an ab workout/cooled down with them for all of practice. his response? "you can go out & run with them if you want!"


[[what?!?!? is this even real life!?]]

SOLD. (: (: (:

ps quick funny side note: when i first went out there today, i honestly felt like i was one of the kids on the team, haha! i'd never been a part of an organized running group (i only did sprinting events my one year in track & field in middle school a billion years ago, haha) & so i had to remind myself a couple of times i think that I AM A COACH HERE. NOT A STUDENT ATHLETE. hahah.

ANYWAY, it was basically 40 minutes of running bliss (thoughts in my brain: am i seriously getting paid to do this!?) - aka getting to run all around a beautiful city in beautiful weather for 40 minutes and get to know some awesome girls (and give solicited running advice!!!! ahhhh!!) & encourage them to push themselves and help them to be better runners in general --> AWESOME! it was a slower run than i'm used to - but i realized i didn't even care (and it was an extra workout for me to get to run back & forth between the pairs of girls running at different ability levels during the 40 minutes!).

basically, IT. WAS. AWESOME. when it gets to the end of the day & i am totally exhausted after teaching/being with students/etc. and i haven't slept a lot the night before or something (cough monday cough) i have to admit that i don't really look forward to staying after school for another 1 & 1/2 hours to keep being around students & being cheerful & happy & encouraging & all kinds of other awesome but sometimes exhausting things.

but truth be told, it's only been two days & I LOVE IT SO MUCH. once i get changed & into "coaching mode," it's like there's a whole new wave of energy that comes over me. being a coach is so gratifying (i think i'm using that word properly, haha!) in that i feel great & i can help my student athletes (!) feel awesome & improve, too! getting to run with them is just the icing on the cake (;


ps - my sister anna is awesome & talking to her tonight reminded me of one of my favorite quotes. it's been kind of an exhausting week (already...and it's only tuesday. LOL #sendhelp) but it's also been a great one. when all else fails, i know that what President Hinckley said is true. it really will all work out. (:

sigh. life can be exhausting. but it sure is beautiful. i am one happy #mrg. (: (: (: (: (:

Monday, March 6, 2017

running + teaching + temples + family = LOVE (& my life right now!).

*sigh* one of these days i might not be blogging just about the past anymore...

...but today is not one of those days (; february catch up time!

during february 1st - february 14th i...

*got in a lot of meal-prepping (breakfast burritos = MY NEW FAVORITE BREAKFAST. scrambled eggs + spinach + sausage + cheese all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla, stored in the freezer in individually wrapped plastic wrap; pop in the microwave in the AM for 2 minutes & i can easily eat it on my way to work with a glass of chocolate milk & a banana after :) #YUM

*hung out with my AWESOME ward family (aren't we cute!?)

& yes...you'd better believe that i demanded we take a silly photo #imthatgirl (;

*went to my second HEFY scouting tour stop ---> this time in salt lake city/holladay (with amigas liana & another girl friend to my left in the below photo).

*had JORDAN (amigo) come in & watch me teach/observe my students on my first day ever of teaching solo during student teaching (my mentor teacher was out sick)!

*saw this beautiful temple more than once & loved it every.single.time.

led a debate (the day jordan was visiting!) in my english 10 classes & it was AWESOME.

just a glimpse of what our boards look like (the english 10 one is to the left of the main board; the sports literature one is to the right):

*celebrated brynn knight's (amiga from the ward) bday at TUCANOS. i was silly and ate before we went...bad choice on my part. when you're paying for brazilian food, COME ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. lesson learned. (:

[from left to right: front row = andrew schwartz, jordan ramos & sadie anderson; middle row = abby nemeth, reyna vela, kevin belnap, brynn knight & i; back row = ben petersen & christian barfuss]

*CELEBRATED 5 WEEKS DONE OF STUDENT TEACHING! this is hilarious posting about now because in real time, i'm currently in week 10 LOL. that sure puts things into crazy perspective! #timeflies

*continued my #utahtempletour2017 with a trip to the bountiful utah temple with (L-->R) debbie smith, lexi rich, & mary riker (see recap HERE).

*went for an awesome 6-miler down to my favorite temple in the whole, wide world. & took lots of photos because i love it just that much. (: (: (:

6 miles babyyyyyyyy! the most i'd done in awhile & the weather was PERFECT. love me some runs like that. <3

*facetimed my favorite sisters for my famous tv news reporter/baker/chocolatier/sister anna's bday (:

*reflected on my goals (and how i only accomplished one...but that's better than 0, right? :)

*GOT MY TEMPLE DRESS BACK IN THE MAIL from the world's most AMAZING seamstress/mama ever! aka my mama (: didn't she do such a great job!? now i won't be tripping on it as much as i would have been without getting it altered by her...she's the best. (:

also, it wouldn't be a package from mama without all kinds of other amazing treats inside! makeup, chocolate, trail mix, pears...she knows me so well!! #SHEISSERIOUSLYTHEBEST <3 thanks mama! (: <3

*WENT RUNNING A BIT MORE. and it was seriously like the world's most gorgeous day outside. like, so gorgeous that i stopped my run midway through just to FaceTime my family & show them the pretty mountains (that you could hardly see via my iPhone camera, but i digress. it's the thought that counts, right? :)


i didn't even plan for it to be a triple threat kinda run, but i'm happy with it (: & my overall pace, too! 9:34 for an easy run is A-OK with me. (: & the sign language for "i love you" = three fingers in the air for three miles! get it? (;

*realized even more that my mentor teacher is just so awesome - she came up with this 'reading bingo' idea for kids to earn a cool prize from her for doing some extra reading - so neat!

more awesome teaching stuff to help my students understand how to write a thesis statement...seriously, why did no one ever teach me to write thesis statements this way (or was i not paying attention!?). also, my mentor teacher's incredible handwriting, everyone:

*kept loving my weight training class & running into a familiar face (just once!) - blake dowling (my sister's brother-in-law)!

& also was amazed by the class that follows mine with what they did for their workouts *__* - basically you spelled out your name & that's the workout that you did for the class! #soinsane #insanelyAWESOME #hurtssogood

*more teaching stuff...did i mention that my life is basically student teaching this entire semester? well, it is. (; ALSO WHY DID NO ONE EVER TEACH ME HOW TO WRITE A 5-PARAGRAPH ESSAY LIKE THIS!? seriously, i'm learning all the awesome tricks from my mentor teacher & it's kind of awesome.

*ran and ran and ran...it makes me happy to see at least three runs logged during these two weeks (; #returnoftheMRG, right?

((also it's hilarious to see my 3-mile run on the indoor track thanks to my Nike+ Run Club app LOL #allthescribbles #somanylaps #reasonswhyrunningonatrackdrivesmecrazy hahahaha))

*i procrastinated & stressed WAY. TOO. MUCH. over my FINAL FINAL EXAM EVER AT BYU - for my final "real" byu class, which was an independent study class, which was wonderful & american lit & i just was so scared for this final & didn't leave myself hardly any time to take it & felt like i failed it (or worse) as a result & that was just one of the roughest nights of my life...

my crazy, (with some kinda grease stain?) rushed notes & i crammed before going in to take my final...

[[spoiler alert -- I PASSED. and got an A- in the class overall. #ineedtolearntochillout hahahah]]

*continued my #utahtempletour2017 with a trip to the LOGAN temple [see recap HERE] where i saw some beautiful familiar faces! rachel olsen (now rachel olsen WATTS) who was a little greenie beehive way back when i was a youth leader at girl's camp many, many years ago...

& sister malyssa bedke met up with us for lunch after the temple session (she was too busy for the session, seeing a general authority or something... we forgive her ;). we served our missions together in recife, brazil! what a cute girl. this was a fun trip & session with (L--->R) kylie harthun, mary riker, & debbie smith.

*SAW SOME OF MY STUDENTS IN THE SFHS WINTER PLAY! 'the boys next door' was such a great show, my students are so talented, & i love them to pieces.

i was fancy enough to get reserved seating (mostly because i was afraid it'd sell out, haha!).

i went to see the show with my amigo andrew schwartz & it was seriously super well done - those kids are so talented! the stage/set was GORGEOUS & superhero/comic book-themed. also, they totally threw donuts into the crowd (part of the script, i feel like) during the show. and mostly, it was an incredibly story about "the superheroes in YOUR neighborhood" - aka about how wonderful and incredible people with special needs & disabilities are. what a beautiful message. love love love it!

*spent a good amount of time with these beautiful ladies, my new relief society presidency (new since the end of january/beginning of february, L--->R): dayna kirby (secretary), brianne smith (2nd counselor), me (president), & abby nemeth (1st counselor). they rock & are beautiful ladies inside & out!

*facetimed some of my FAVORITE people....


[[daddy/dk & annabelley]]


& spent some quality face-to-face time with some others that i also love (;

[[<--angelica | reyna-->]]

the first half of february was just all kinds of awesome. valentine's day was actually one of my favorite days this year & i just realized i don't think i took a single photo that day, HA. oops. basically i just decided (no boyfriend/husband/etc. yet!) to just love everyone around me & help them to feel loved...& i tried doing that through a number of different ways. & i felt just so, so good as a result. i definitely was feeling the love. charity = the pure love of Christ! if that doesn't bring you a dose full of joy, i'm not sure what will. (:

[[ps - note to self? i need to buy this book eventually. one of my friends, brennan sloan, has it & it looks awesome.]]

that's my february 1st-14th update! until next time.

xo. (:
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