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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Love her

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Two years ago today, Savannah Ruth joined our family. I remember worrying before she was born that I couldn't possibly love another child as much as I loved Logan. No worries there. I love both my kids so much. They bring joy to my life each and every day.

Savannah is a spunky and sassy little woman. From day 1 she has masterfully manipulated us with both her screams and her smiles. She loves to be held and I love to hold her (most of the time). Often when sitting on my lap she'll twist around to look at me and give me her sweet, simple smile. It melts my heart every time.

Savannah is a miniature mommy. She always has a baby doll with her and knows just how to take care of it. She wants to do whatever I am doing, which is both flattering and annoying. She also wants to do anything Logan does. If only she would want to be potty trained like him...

Savannah's favorites include Tinkerbell, shoes, sweets, juice, waffles, balls, her blankie, her doll, and the Princess and the Frog. My favorites include HER. I couldn't imagine my life without her. Happy birthday, baby!

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Daddy's Day

In case you missed it, Father's Day was last Sunday. We celebrated with dinner and a movie (Toy Story 3) the night before, and dinner with the folks on Sunday. Jeff wanted an iPad, but I wasn't about to chase one down or pay the $$ for it. He got a wheelbarrow instead so he can finish his yard projects. It's only fair since he got me a vacuum for Mother's Day a few years ago.

We wrapped up the evening with a Skype call to my parents. Video conferencing is amazing. It was so fun to sit and chat with my parents as though we were there with them.

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, especially this one!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cancun = long post + lots of pictures

Three weeks ago Jeff and I went on a fabulous trip to Cancun. We traded the kids in for some adult company, and I couldn't have asked for better friends to make the trip with. We saw all the sights but still spent plenty of time relaxing and doing a lot of nothing. It was everything I hoped for and more (minus one small incident with a time share presentation which I won't go into).

Cancun is a special place to us for several reasons. Jeff served his mission on the Yucatan peninsula, including Cancun, so the people there are dear to him. We also spent our honeymoon in Cancun, so it represents the start of our life together. Jeff has maintained contact with one family in particular from the area, and it just so happens their daughter, Vicki, worked at the hotel we stayed in! Vicki was the perfect hostess and made what would have been a good vacation even better. The next time she visits I am planning on setting her up with my brother. :-)

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My favorite part of the trip was visiting the Mayan ruins at Tulum. On our honeymoon we went to the ruins at Chichen Itza and that was my favorite part then as well. I love learning about the history and the people that lived there. Tulum was really beautiful because it sat right on the cliffs. We also requested an LDS tourguide to give us the "Mormon version" of the tour. He helped us see how the ruins might fit in to the American history we learn in the Book of Mormon. If you ever are planning on visiting any ruins in the Cancun area, be sure to visit helamantours.com to get in touch with some excellent tour guides.

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One of the things Vicki did for us was to arrange a lobster dinner cruise. We had a hard time finding the dock and thought we had missed the boat. When we did find it, we took off running towards the boat and were almost there before we noticed all the people sitting on the shore, waiting for the same dinner cruise we were. I guess we gave them something to chuckle about as we sheepishly headed back to check in and wait our turn to board. Despite the eventful beginning, the cruise was beautiful and romantic, albeit a bit crowded. The better to make new friends, I say.

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(Sorry, MarKey. I know you said I couldn't put any pictures of you on the blog, but this one is too cute not to include.)

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We also spent a day at Xcaret, a cross between a theme park, a zoo, and a waterpark. We snorkled in cenotes (underground rivers), had an interesting lunch at a seafood buffet (octopus, anyone?), took naps in hammocks, saw all sorts of exotic wildlife (including two jaguars getting frisky), and watched a LONG show about the history of Mexico.

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(Side note: this backpack is Jeff's from college. Even then he always wore it with all the straps done up. Seeing him with it on takes me back to when we were dating. Just one of the many things that made me fall in love with him.)

One night we met up with our local friends to go see a movie. They took us to an awesome movie theater with extra wide leather reclining seats. Throughout the movie, waiters would come around to bring you concessions, but they had much, much more than just popcorn and candy. Jeff thinks we should copy the idea here. I am not entirely opposed.

This post is getting long, I know, but I just have to include a couple pictures of our hotel room. Jeff's brother loaned us his time share to get this two room suite. (Thanks James!) We each had our own room and bathroom, and we shared a living room with a kitchenette. We even had our own private pool on the balcony. It was spacious and air conditioned (!), which was just perfect for our situation.

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I really am not exaggerating when I say this trip was awesome. Going with friends was just the ticket. I don't think we'll ever travel alone again. I would love to do this same trip with the kids sometime, but getting away without them made for a much more relaxing week. Thank you, thank you to everyone who helped with our kids while we were away!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Accident

On Tuesday our van was hit while I was driving with the kids. In retrospect, it could have been so much worse than it was. We are all fine, which is the most important part. Each time I look closely at the damage, I shudder to think what could have been. We were hit on the passenger side, so Logan had a front row view of the oncoming truck. His door was bent in about 8 inches. A few more inches and his arm would have been the next thing to make contact.

Here are my poor drawings to try and depict the accident. I was heading east on a through street, the truck that hit us (an F150) was waiting at a stop sign to turn left. Another car (in red) was turning right, blocking the line of sight between the F150 and I. The rest is history.

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Here are some pictures of the damage.

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The silver lining is that I get a new car out of the deal, which we had wanted anyway. We even had a buyer lined up for this one, but obviously that is not going to happen now. Of all ironies, the person that was going to buy our van needed it because theirs had just been totaled. What are the chances?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Before and after

We just got back from an amazing trip to Mexico which I shall blog about shortly, but for now, I need to post some before and after pictures from my hair cut this morning. I have said it before, but just to reiterate: if you think the before is better than the after, keep it to yourself!

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