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Monday, May 24, 2010

Fairy prince

Last week Logan was invited to a birthday party. A little girl's birthday party. A fairy birthday party. The birthday girl's mom warned me that there would mostly be little girls there, but I knew Logan wouldn't mind. His favorite color is pink, after all. Thursday afternoon, I dropped him off at the party. An hour and a half later, he came home wearing this.

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Oh boy, you should have seen the battle of wills when Daddy came home. The only way I could convince Logan to take off the wings and crown and donate them to his sister was to take a picture. So he could always remember what a pretty fairy he was.

Thanks and complaints

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Was it really just a few weeks ago we were having picnics on the deck and basking in the sun? Was it really just last week I sunburned my ears while weeding in the backyard? Was it really just Saturday we were golfing in sunshine? Then tell me, WHY IS IT SNOWING?

Come back, sun. I miss you.

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In other news, Jeff's grandpa just came out of surgery and is doing well. We weren't sure he'd make it, so I have lots to be thankful for, despite the snow.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Walking through Zion

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On the way back from our trip to Vegas, we stayed a night in St. George. The next morning we drove out to Zion National Park to do some hiking. The only other time I have been to Zion is when I hiked Angel's Landing 7 years ago with some college friends. That particular hike is not very kid friendly, so this time we opted for the Lower Emerald Pools trail. It was the perfect distance and difficulty for Logan and Savannah's little legs. They especially enjoyed climbing the rocks on the side of the trail. It was the perfect excursion for our family, especially since Jeff was so busy in Vegas that we hadn't spent much time with him until then.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vegas

Last week the kids and I tagged along with Jeff while he attended a trade show in Las Vegas. I really don't care for Vegas very much, yet I have visited it more than any other city. I especially hate taking my kids there with the smoke and the gambling and the "trading cards" littered across the sidewalks. But it was a chance to get away, and I wasn't about to say no to that.

Jeff worked hard to find me a hotel without a casino. We ended up at the Vdara, a brand new hotel right on the Strip. I was amazed at how different this hotel felt from others we had stayed in. It was quiet and clean, albeit a bit understaffed. Our room was amazing. We could see the Bellagio fountains out our windows, which is my favorite part of the Strip.

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While Jeff worked during the day, the kids and I entertained ourselves by exploring the greater Las Vegas area. One day we went to the Springs Preserve, a garden/museum/amphitheater/park dedicated to showing residents how to create a beautiful habitat in a desert environment. I was amazed at the color and variety of flowers and plants that could grow in the intense heat.

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More than anything, this quick trip made me excited for summertime. The heat was such a welcome change from the scattered rain and snow we've had at home. The hours we spent at the pool were heaven. I'm ready when you are, summer!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Party time

I was bound and determined to have a legitimate birthday party for Logan this year. I was going to go the whole nine yards: invitations, favors, cake, games and pinata. But then I found out that I would be hosting preschool the Friday before his birthday. And it just seemed too easy. So I caved and we had a simple party with his preschool friends. Next year, though, there WILL be tails and donkeys.

The letter of the day was "U," so we actually had an un-birthday party. All the kids got birthday hats and they each blew out candles in their own cupcakes (with umbrellas in them, because I needed something that started with a "u").

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On his actual birthday, I asked Logan what kind of cake he wanted. He said, "A dinosaur cake!" So I sent him to his toy box to dig up some dinosaurs. This is what we ended up with. It probably won't win any awards, but it made Logan happy and that was the goal.

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I learned him good

Today Logan brought this to show me. He did it all by himself, with no prompting or babysitting on my part. I was so proud. The most impressive part is the spacing. Usually he puts several inches in between each letter. *Tear*. I know I say this all the time, but my baby boy is growing up so fast! One day he'll be writing his name on the bottom of his toys and the next thing I know he'll be going to college. (We've been watching the preview for Toy Story 3 a LOT lately. It's made me a bit emotional.)

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