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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Baby Avery

Meet our newest niece! Avery Lyn Pendleton was born this afternoon after a long morning of labor. Katy is such a trooper and went through a lot to get this little girl here, but both mom and baby are doing well. This sweet thing is already very much loved and I can't wait to get my hands on her for a real photo shoot! Isn't she adorable?

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Wind and water

Last weekend we crashed my in-laws' ward party at Yuba Lake. I forgot the camera (which is probably a good thing considering water, sand, electronics, and I don't mix) so you'll just have to imagine my super-model body in a swimsuit. (On second thought, don't picture me in a swimsuit. That's just weird.)

Savannah immediately sat near the shore and made some mud pies. Dirt and sand are two of her favorite foods, so needless to say she was in heaven. Logan thought the water was great (thank you, swim lessons) and spent the day running in and out of the wake. Jeff and I eagerly anticipated our turn on the boat. Jeff was determined to get up on a wake board (he's only ever tried one other time without success) and I was excited to try again (it's been 6 years since the last time I went boating). We both had our chance, and one of us succeeded. I don't want to rub it in so I guess I'll leave it at that.

Now we are suffering the consequences of playing too hard. We both have been walking around like 80-year-olds for the past three days. Every single muscle in my body is sore, including some I didn't know I had. Before this weekend, I had thought a week on the lake sounded like a great idea. Now I'm not sure if I'd survive it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Every kid should have a picture like this

Evert night after dinner, I ask Jeff, "Dishes or bath?" Without fail, he always give the kids their bath, and I always do the dishes. I think this is what it means to be "equally yoked." I don't particularly enjoying baths, and he hates doing the dishes. The kids also like it better when Jeff bathes them because he makes bath time fun. For instance, the other night Jeff was turning Savannah into a dinosaur. (At least, that's what Logan told me.) Here are just a sampling of all the dinosaur hair-do's they came up with.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Name that movie

Based on recent conversations, can you guess what movie Logan has watched lately?

Logan: Mom, where's my suit?
Mom: I don't know.
Logan: Where's my suit?
Mom: I don't know, Logan. What suit?
Logan: Where's. My. Super. Suit?!

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Logan: Nana-- shut. up.
Mom: Logan, please don't say that. We don't talk like that.
Logan: Why?
Mom: Because it's not nice.
Logan: Oh, only incredible girl say that?

Yup, you guessed it. It's The Incredibles. At least, I think it's The Incredibles. We don't actually own the movie, and I'm still not sure where he saw it, but I think it's safe to say he's seen it. Now, when he puts on his Superman PJs (complete with cape) I say, "Are you Super Logan?"

Then he says, "Yup! I'm incredible!"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A homemade slip n' slide

A few weeks ago (back when it was hot... the way summer is supposed to be... not like this overcast business we're having now), we built a slip n' slide. I had some leftover plastic from my garden, so combined with a few tent stakes and a sprinkler, we were ready to go. Logan was having a hard time figuring out the running-sliding transition, so we'd just grab him by the foot and drag him along. Not bad for some makeshift fun!

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Friday, August 7, 2009

One for the munchkins

It seems like it's been awhile since I've posted any good picture of the kids. Ironic, since--let's be honest here--this blog is really all about them. Savannah is really making it difficult to take pictures of her lately; she is so fast I can hardly keep her in the viewfinder, much less in focus. Logan, on the other hand, is starting to feel neglected and jumps in front of the camera every chance he gets.

Regardless, I think they're pretty cute.

But I'm their mom, so I'm not sure if that opinion means anything.

Judge for yourself.

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O Pioneers!

The week after our anniversary camping trip, we decided to venture up the same canyon to hike the Hot Pots. The Hot Pots (aka Fifth Water) are hot springs that pool to make natural jacuzzis. We went early in the morning on Pioneer Day (leaving at 5:45 am) so we could be back for the parade at 9. Going early ended up working in our favor, as we had the entire place to ourselves.

There was a waterfall at the top that you could climb behind and stick your head through. If you look carefully, you can see Jeff's head poking through the water. Too bad there isn't audio with this picture. His screams in response to the cold water were classic.

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If only the whole place hadn't smelled so strongly of sulfur, it would have truly been paradise. In some spots, the water was too hot to step in, while right next to it the river water was freezing! There were some pools a little ways down river that were just right.

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We had to book it back down to try and make the parade, but we could have spent hours just playing alongside the trail.

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We finally made it back and joined the rest of the family just in time for the first float to come around the corner. About halfway through the parade, Savannah fell and scraped her head on the sidewalk. She spent the rest of the day with a band aid on her forehead. I thought she looked so funny.

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I love Pioneer Day. We never did much to celebrate it growing up in California, but now it is one of my favorite holidays. It is always a laid back event with lots of food, family, and fun. It is the epitome of summer: hot weather, rodeos, city festivities, watermelon and corn on the cob, fireworks, swimming... who could ask for more?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Destruct-o-matics

I'm not sure what has gotten into my children lately, but it seems they are going through a break-and-destroy phase. Here are just some of the things I have dealt with lately.

1. A few weeks ago I found Savannah playing with her toys in the toilet. As I was fishing them out, I noticed something else sitting at the bottom of the porcelain bowl: my cell phone.

2. A day or two later I cut Logan's hair. I was pretty proud of the job I did and impressed by how well he tolerated the clippers. Later that day I noticed a few jagged lines across the top of his head. I knew I hadn't done it, so I began investigating. Sure enough, I found the clippers on the bathroom counter with hair all over the floor. Logan now has a buzz.

3. Yesterday Savannah was playing quietly in the kitchen. I was busy working so I wasn't paying attention to what she was doing. By the time I thought to check on her, she had found the can I put drained grease in. She had discovered that if you poke your fingers through the top, hardened layer, you can get to the liquid stuff and smear it all over the carpet. Joy.

4. Today Logan was playing with some building toys and thought it was funny to stick the long, skinny pipes in his mouth. At least, it was funny until he stuck it in too far, made himself gag, and threw up his snack of strawberries all over the floor. Incidentally, it was the same spot of carpet that Savannah had smeared grease into the day before.

But then I have moments like this, that make it all worth it.

Logan: Mommy, you done working?
Me: No, not yet, buddy.
Logan: Yes, you done working. You want to make me lunch.
Me: Ok, buddy. Just a minute.
Logan: Mommy, I'm hungry!
Me: Go play for a few more minutes.
Logan: No. I just need you to hold me right now.

And so I did.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

5 years down, an eternity to go

This month Jeff and I celebrated our fifth anniversary. Technically, we already celebrated when we went on a cruise last month, but it seemed wrong not to do SOMETHING on our actual anniversary. Our budget had been spent, but we thought hard and came up with something that cost us no more than a few bug bites: camping.

We dropped off the kids then drove up Diamond Fork Canyon, looking for an empty site. Once we found one, I went to work setting up the tent while Jeff utilized his scouting skills and built a fire.


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Other than the dozen or so scouts down the road, the area was peaceful and beautiful. We used the nearby stream to wash our dishes, and I felt like a kid blowing all the ginormous dandelions around. Now if only we had remembered flashlights and pillows...

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I'm so glad that I married my best friend. It makes it so easy to go and do fun things like this when you don't have to look very far for someone to go with you. I am so lucky to be married to such a great guy, who has seen me through all our ups and downs in the past five years. Being married to me is no picnic, but Jeff has been there on my good days and my bad, always the constant in our relationship. I love him and I'm proud of him and I can't wait to celebrate many more anniversaries.

And in honor of our anniversary, I've posted a new chapter on How I Met Your Father. This may or may not be the last post on that blog, I haven't decided yet. Where do you end the story of how we met, and begin the story of how we lived?

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