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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

To laugh or cry? That is the question...

I could have a whole blog dedicated just to the funny things Logan says. Here's another good one.

The other morning Logan woke me up to tell me he was hungry and would like some breakfast. I groggily rolled over to face him, causing the covers to slip back just enough to reveal my swollen belly (the belly that my PJs don't exactly cover anymore). Logan gasped, then said loudly,

"Mom! I see your HUGE BODY!" 

You would have thought I had just turned into a green hairy monster, the way he reacted. In response, I rolled back over and told him to go get his own breakfast.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sometimes

"You're a good mom," Logan told me the other day. I was really surprised and flattered, as my children are not the complimentary type.

"Really?" I asked him, warmed to the core by my sweet boy.

"Well, sometimes. Like when you don't get mad and yell at us." And there goes the sweetness.

Oh well, at least I'm a good mom sometimes.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's what's for dinner

We brought home a cow last week. Well, half a cow, technically.

353 pounds of beef. I still am a little bit in awe every time I open our freezer.

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In those 353 pounds, we have 15 roasts, 80 steaks, and 87 lbs of ground beef. I figure that means that each month we will eat 1 or 2 roasts, have steaks 2 or 3 times, and go through 7-8 lbs of ground beef.

Thank you Bessie, or whatever your name was. It's going to be a good year for beef.


Sorry to all you vegetarians out there. But this right here is what it's all about. Mmm...

More than meets the eye

Yesterday, I took Logan to Target to spend his Christmas money. He chose Battle Blade Bumblebee, a Transformer. He wanted a "good" Transformer (Autobot) so that it could fight the "bad" Transformer (Decepticon) his grandma had bought for him while we were in California. While in the store, I noticed that Transformer toys have ratings telling you how difficult they are to manipulate from their vehicle stage to robot stage. The Decepticon Logan already had was rated "easy." Battle Blade Bumblebee was rated "advanced." I didn't think too much of it and it was a pretty cool looking toy so I let him buy it, despite the package rating.

24 hours later I have transformed and retransformed Bumblebee at least 10 times, and though it gets a little easier each time, it still takes me at least 15 minutes. The first time I had to find a video on You Tube showing me how to do it because the instructions weren't making sense. I know Logan won't figure it out on his own since even I struggle to maneuver the pieces in the right way, so I have now committed myself to being available whenever Logan wants to transform his Transformer. I can't blame anyone but myself, but I have to wonder, what was I thinking?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Somewhere warmer

As my birthday present this year, Jeff arranged for the kids and me to spend 10 days in San Diego at my parents' house. It was a wonderful, relaxing, carefree trip. We had no specific plans, we just decided what to do each day as it came. Truthfully, most of the time we just hung out at the house, working on projects or reading. All of my other siblings were either back at school or out of town, so we didn't even have to share Grandma and Grandpa. It was bliss and just what I needed.

It was cold for San Diego in January, but pleasant compares to what we left behind. So even though it wasn't swim suit weather, we spent one afternoon at the beach and had a blast.

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This is the best picture you are going to get of me for the next two months.


We also visited the Mormon Battalion Visitor's center with my brother, Dustin, and his wife, Ashley. We had a couple of potty incidents with Savannah while we were there, one of which involved poop on the sidewalk, but I'll have to save that story for another time.

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One night we tried our hand at crab bisque. I don't think we'll be making it again, but it was definitely an adventure working with whole crabs.

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This was the sunset one evening looking out from my parents' balcony. Although I don't know if I'll ever make it back to San Diego to live, it sure is nice to have family there to visit!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Questions

Logan has been very interested and curious about our new baby. It is fun to have a child that is old enough to share our anticipation and excitement, but I knew that one day I would have to answer the question every parent dreads. With less than two months to go, I thought I might have avoided it altogether, but yesterday, out of the blue, I was sideswiped.

Logan: Mom, how did baby sister get in your tummy?
Me: Um, well, uh... I have lots of eggs inside of me, and sometimes one of them grows into a baby.
Savannah: [interrupting in a scolding voice] No, Mommy! You no have eggs in a basket!
Logan: [ignoring Savannah] You have eggs?
Me: [worried that I have dug myself in a hole] Well, not eggs like we eat. They don't have a shell. They are special eggs that grow into babies.
Logan: Oh. [short pause] Did you know hot lava comes out of volcanoes?

I have never been so grateful for the short attention span of a 4-year-old in my life. Now if I could just find a good answer for the "How will the baby come out?" question.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas and more

It seems like I haven't had much to blog about lately (hence the scarcity of posts) but right now I feel like I have too much to blog about! I'll get to it all eventually, but for now I really need to get a post about Christmas up before I forget everything we did.

We stayed in Utah for Christmas this year, and though we initially weren't expecting them, last minute the Katschkes (Jeff's sister) were able to make a quick visit. They made it into town the afternoon of the 23rd, and that night we hired a set of babysitters to watch our 7 kids so we could all go to the temple together. It was the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit, and I couldn't think of a place I'd rather be with family. Later we were able to relax, play games, and sing Christmas carols at the piano. Being with family is my favorite part of Christmas, so I really loved this special day.

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For Christmas Eve, we loaded up the car and spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa Pendleton's house. Logan loved everything about Christmas this year, especially Santa. We ended up going to see Santa 5 times this year (most of which were unplanned) so Logan had lots of opportunities to tell him what he would like for Christmas.


Logan was very concerned that Grandma and Grandpa didn't have a fireplace, but we explained to him that Santa was magic and would find a way in. Here is Logan's letter to Santa and Santa's letter back.

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Christmas morning I was having trouble getting comfortable (baby is getting big!) and my tossing and turning was driving Jeff nuts. So at 7 am he got up and sat on Logan trying to wake him up. By 7:15 we were all upstairs ready to open presents. The theme this year was electronics; Jeff got an electric toothbrush, Grandpa and I each got a new phone, Logan got lots of movies, Savannah got a Tag Reader, and even my niece Avery got a laptop! Logan's favorite gifts were his Woody and Buzz action figures while Savannah's was her set of Disney princess dolls. I do have to admit, though, that Logan's best reaction ("You've got to be kidding me!") was to a coloring book. Hmmm.

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Later that afternoon, Jeff and Grandpa took the kids sledding in the backyard. They had a lot of fun but were out and back before I could come out to take some pictures. I guess the stamina of 2- and 4-year-olds just doesn't amount to much.

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The Monday after Christmas we had a family Christmas party full of food, games, and more presents.

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The highlight of the evening was a series of Minute to Win It games. Among others, we played:

Bounce the pencil into the jar.

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Roll the whiffle ball down the measuring tape into the cup.

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Get the cookie from your forehead to your mouth without your hands.

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Balance the candy canes on the line.

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It was a magical and family-filled Christmas, just the way I like it!