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Sunday, October 31, 2010

A rainy Halloween

What a Halloween! After weeks of anticipation and preparation, Halloween got rained out. :( We were all ready to attend our church trunk or treat. I pulled out the camera to take some pictures and had about 3 minutes before the light drizzle turned into pouring rain. (Hence why the picture of me is in the garage.) They ended up moving our 3 ward trunk or treat inside-- talk about standing room only! It was absolutely insane so once we felt like we had a good candy supply we took off. By the time we got home, the rain had almost completely stopped, so we trick or treated to a couple of neighbors houses to end the night.

Gotta love trick or treating in Utah - every costume has to be modified for cold weather. I'm just glad Savannah wore the Tinkerbell costume I spent hours making. The day before she would have nothing to do with it!

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A month or so before Halloween I tried to convince Logan to be a sheriff again since his costume still fit. He agreed, so long as he was Sheriff Woody. He wanted a few modifications made to make it more Woody-ish, but I was saved from that by a friend that had a Woody costume we could borrow-- much more authentic and Logan was one happy cowboy. He especially loved his "Woody curl" that I had to gel and hairspray to death just to last 5 minutes. His best buddy was Buzz Lightyear so they were the perfect team.

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Last year I saw someone dress up as Juno for Halloween and thought if I was ever pregnant enough to be showing over Halloween I would try it. Jeff wimped out and wouldn't be my boyfriend, and without him I don't think many people even knew I had dressed up. Oh well, at least I was comfortable!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

First snow

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What is it about the first snowfall that is so magical? Logan woke me up this morning shouting, "Mommy! It's Christmas! I see snow!" No matter how many times I explain to him that Halloween AND Thanksgiving have to happen before Christmas, he still asks me everyday if it is getting close.

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His excitement is contagious, though, so even before breakfast both kids were dressed in snow gear and building a snowman. I love the first snow of the season because it is so clean and fresh. For the past few years, I have been a real grinch about winter. But this year I have loved fall, and am even looking forward to cooler weather. I suppose having something to look forward to in March helps.

P.S. The ongoing struggle with Savannah continues. It's such a rollercoaster with her because one minute she will be screaming and throwing a royal fit and the next she gives me a look like this and I just melt. How can you love a child so much yet be so consumed by frustration with them at the same time?

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Ready

Pumpkins have been carved, costumes have been sewn, candy has been bought. We're ready for Halloween, how about you?

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Friday, October 22, 2010

My girl

Savannah and I have had a lot of one-on-one time lately now that Logan spends so much time at preschool or playing at friends' houses. Although most of the time she is physically and mentally exhausting, it seems when it's just her and I we get along just fine. Maybe she just needs a little TLC.

Yesterday while she and I were home alone, I realized I hadn't heard from her in awhile. Usually this means she is playing in my make-up, so I headed straight for my bedroom to see what she was up to. This time she had gone for my jewelry box and had put on every single bracelet I own. When I asked what she was doing, she showed me her wrist and said, "Pretty!"

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I really do love Savannah to pieces, even if she is 10 times more difficult to parent than Logan has been. Since my last post, we've come to an understanding that she is going through an independent phase and I just need to let her try and do things herself. It takes a little longer for her to get dressed or fed or buckled in the car, but hey, at least I don't have to do everything for her anymore.

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On another note, I made this rug awhile back from leftover fabric scraps for Savannah's room. I kind of like it and it's making me reconsider the makeover I was going to do on her room.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Who are these kids?

Boy, have we been having FUN lately. (Sarcasm intended.) I don't know what's gotten into my kids, but just when I think I know how to handle them, they morph into kids that I swear I did not give birth to. I've decided that being a mom from 9 to 5 isn't bad. If it were just a typical job I could handle it. It's the 5 to 9 part that kills me.

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Savannah seems to have just realized that she's two, and therefore should be terrible. Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is a battle. She wants to do everything herself and bedtime is a nightmare. She whines and cries all the time-- just like she did for the first 18 months of her life. Ironically, I was just telling my mom the other day how I thought she had outgrown her difficult-ness and was finally a pleasant child. Ha!

Logan, in his defense, actually tries really hard to be good. But he makes the most amazing messes! I have completely given up any sort of cleaning because I just can't keep up with him. He always needs something--a drink, a snack, something off a high shelf, some toilet paper, to know how to spell a word--the list goes on and on. As I write this, he is asking for juice and a piece of bread. I usually have about 10 seconds before he will ask again if I don't get it right away; such is the patience of a 4-year-old. Oh, and he is also an incessant tattle-tale. Sometimes I have to put myself in time out just to get a few minutes of peace!

I have resolved not to complain so much, and obviously this post is not helping that resolution. But I want to remember the good and the bad. That way when I read this back in 6 months, I'll be able to put things in perspective and feel like we've made progress (hopefully). And to be honest, there are still good moments among the not-so-good. Like Savannah actually going pee in the potty three four (!) times this week (when we're not even technically potty training). And like Logan presenting me with a painting he had done by bowing. Where does he get this stuff? I wouldn't give him any tape, so he had taken other pieces of tape from old art projects to tape it up. At least he's resourceful.

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In closing, I need to state that all of these complaints have mostly surfaced in the last week. It is possible that this is a fleeting stage and it will all be over by next week. At least I can dream.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Full house

Our house has been full of visitors the past week or so. We love it when any family comes to visit, but this time we were extra lucky and got a double dose! First Jeff's sister, Amy, came with her family for a whirlwind 48 hour stay. Her four kids spent the day with us while their parents went to a wedding. My kids were in heaven having so many cousins to play with. Somehow during their short stay we also managed to squeeze in a photo shoot, picnic, and double birthday party for Jeff and his brother, James. We always love it when Amy comes to town and this time was no exception!

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I can't believe how old these two are! They were 1- and 2-years-old at our wedding, and it still surprises me to see that they have grown up more each time I see them!

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Hours after Amy and company left, my mom and sister-in-law, Jen, arrived. Jen brought her three kids, so Logan and Savannah were once again surrounded by cousins. We did lots of fun things during the week they were here: Museum of Paleontology, ice cream at BYU, Jumpin' Jacks, horseback riding, This is the Place, birthday dinner for my mom, more photo sessions, and lots of movie watching! My brother flew in on Friday, so we had 5 of my 6 siblings together for the weekend. It was such a treat and although I am physically exhausted from too much fun, I am glad our family makes the effort to spend time together, even though we live far apart.

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This little lamb had the sweetest face. It kept coming up and nuzzling my leg. Almost makes me want one.

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Poor Ruby wore her daddy out. :)

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I am pretty sure I have some of the cutest nieces and nephews in the world. Seriously. I don't usually like to self-promote on the family blog but you have to check out more from this session on my photo blog.

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