Tuesday, October 30, 2007

So Much for Nursery

Just as an update: Logan did NOT do well in Nursery this week. He cried the whole time, even when I came back in and sat with him. He was so traumatized that he cried when I dropped him off at the babysitter's on Monday (which he NEVER cries over). If anyone has any suggestions, I will try just about anything.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Nursery At Last!

This Sunday was Logan's first day in Nursery. Oh happy day! Jeff and I both walked him to his Nursery like two kids about to see what Santa brought them for Christmas. Since Logan has been born, I've had callings that keep me busy second and third hour, so Jeff has carried the brunt of babysitting in Church. But the last 2 months Jeff has been teaching primary so I've been the sole referee during those long second and third blocks. In our ward, Nurseries are grouped by age (there are four nurseries total). So the poor Nursery workers in Logan's nursery (a newlywed couple) have to deal with a brand new Nursery-goer every few weeks.

Logan was tenative at first, but he soon found a ball and proceeded to pelt the other kids with it. The husband of the newlywed nursery couple brought out some bubbles which caught Logan's attention as well. Despite all best efforts, however, each time I tried to sneak out the door Logan would come running after me, crying and sniffling, snot streaming down his upper lip. Finally, I asked Sister Mangum (that's the wife's name) if she would mind if I let him cry it out for a bit. She actually looked relieved at the suggestion. So I left. I peeked through the window every 20 minutes or so for the next hour, and though he was being held most of the time, he wasn't crying after the first few minutes. Hooray! Jeff would probably call him a baby and tell him to toughen up, but I feel that all in all, it was a very successful first child's first day of Nursery!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fleeting Fall

Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler, and the holidays are just around the corner. Having never really experienced season changes growing up in San Diego, I absolutely adore Utah's spring and fall. There are benefits to summer and winter as well, but there is something about the two transition seasons that is so relieving after the excruciating heat of summer or the bitter cold of winter.

Now that I've just placed the autumn season on an alter, I have to admit there is one part I am not so fond of: Halloween. I'll apologize in advance to all the Halloween lovers, but I am just not a huge fan of it. The spooky black and orange decorations, the haunted house ads on the radio, the plethora of cheaply made costumes... I'd almost rather just do away with Halloween. But having a child around to relive the seasonal thrills through does make it worth while. I did have fun finding a costume for him (though it was cheap, it is not cheaply made) and I certainly had fun watching him at the pumpkin patch.

We took Logan to the pumpkin patch last week. Jeff shook his head at me the whole time we were there. I insisted we go, even though it had rained all that morning and it was terribly muddy. We went to a patch in Springville and (prepare yourself for a laugh) I was amazed to find it was an actual patch! I mean, the pumpkins were right there, on the vines! You could actually walk around the muddy field and pick (literally) a muddy pumpkin right out of the mud! I had never seen such a sight! For all you who are as astonished as I, here are pictures to prove it:

Yes, Logan, that is a pumpkin.

Almost as cool as the fact that the pumpkins were on vines, the patch had a mini maze made of hay. Logan had a blast walking through it. Jeff had an even better time chasing him down when he'd get lost.

The only problem with Fall in Utah is it is over too quickly. I woke up this morning to a white blanket of snow covering the ground. I guess now I'll just have to keep reminding myself that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. Now those are some holidays I can get into!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Logan looks more like Dad!