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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tired buns

Even at three, Savannah still needs a nap every day. If I don't catch her tired signals in time, she will take matters into her own hands and find some random spot to fall asleep in. I've found her asleep on the floor, her window seat, the kitchen counter, and sometimes even in her bed (shocking). But when I found her passed out and bottom-less on the bathroom floor, I knew she had reached a new level of tired. Apparently putting her underwear and shorts back on after going to the bathroom was just too much effort.


Just for the record, I did get her fully dressed before moving her to a more comfortable napping spot. I'm not that negligent.

Monday, June 27, 2011

There and back again

At the end of May we took a quick trip to visit family in San Diego. The kids and I drove out first, then Jeff met us a few days later. I was a little nervous about making the drive alone, but my kids are avid movie watchers so a good supply of DVDs kept us well entertained. There was one instance where Savannah needed a bathroom pronto and I wasn't sure we were going to make it, but some quick maneuvering got us to a McDonalds in the nick of time. I am thinking of patenting the awesome pulley system I designed to hand things to Logan in the back seat. I wish I would have taken a picture; it was pure awesomeness. It took us 12 hours to make the typically 10-hour drive, but all things considered it went really well.

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While there, we did what we do best: hang out with family. We barbequed, swam, played at the park, watched movies, played games, and enjoyed being with each other. My mom agreed to brave Legoland with me, making Logan's day year. Legos and Star Wars top his list of current obsessions, so the fact that Legoland had a special Star Wars theme going on just about put him in seventh heaven. 

The weather was gorgeous in San Diego (usually in May and June it is permanently overcast) and I was able to start my half-marathon training while I was there. Despite the hilly terrain, there isn't much that beats running with ocean views. It was definitely just what the doctor ordered.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gracie's Gang

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About 2 months ago, Jeff's cousin's daughter, Gracie, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, we have stood together as a family and watched while Gracie, still 4 months shy of her second birthday, has endured the grueling and traumatic first phase of treatment. It has been heartbreaking to watch Gracie suffer things at such a tender age that most adults will never have to endure. Her parents have been incredible through it all; they are amazing examples of faith and peace in the face of adversity. You can read more about Gracie's journey here.

Shortly after Gracie's diagnosis, Jeff's sister and I had the idea to organize a 5K to support Gracie. It has been a bumpy road getting all the approvals and pieces together to make the race official, but now that everything is in place I couldn't be more excited! Now the time has come to petition you, my blogging friends, to come and support Gracie in the Gracie's Gang 5K that will be held on August 13. It will begin at Sharon Park in Orem, UT at 9 am. Here is the link to the registration. Adult runners are $25 and children (12 and under) are $15. We are making some awesome t-shirts so if for no other reason, come run to get a shirt! We want this to be a family friendly race so bring your spouse, push the kids in a stroller, and/or encourage your older kids to run with you!

I have never organized anything this big before, and I really, really want it to be a success. Please, please help our cause and come run with us! You won't regret it!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New do

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Do you see that? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is a pony tail in my 2-month-old baby's hair. I probably could have done this on day one in the hospital, but I've been wary of pulling on her tender head. Finally I couldn't resist the temptation any longer. I had to try, just to see if I could. Turns out I can.

Coming soon: french braids.

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Quick trip

A while back the kids and I tagged along with Jeff while he went to St. George to play in a golf tournament. I love visiting St. George in the Spring; it reminds me what is in store just around the corner. It was a quick trip, but we soaked up the sun every minute that we could. Someone had recommended this splash park downtown. We will definitely make a point to visit again on future trips. We even came back the next day--equipped with swim suits that time--and played again. The icing on the cake was Isabelle, who gave us her first 12-hour night while we were there. Seriously, she is the perfect baby. :)

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Friends and tulips

I have a problem. I have the best intentions to get on here and update my blog, but I can't begin blogging without first reading all of your blogs first. And by the time I get through reading all of your clever/hilarious/informative posts, my time at the computer is up and I have to get on with my day. Yes, I know I could cut back on the 170+ blogs I subscribe to through Google Reader, but instead I'm just going to ask if y'all wouldn't mind holding back on your postings for a few weeks so I can get caught up?

Yeah, I didn't think you would agree to that. Ok, well I'll try to make some progress anyway. Here goes.

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Back in April, the kids and I went to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point with some of our best buddies. The weather was beautiful (a rarity this Spring) and our timing was perfect. It seemed every tulip in the 55-acre gardens was blooming. We spent almost two hours wandering the grounds and finished off the day with hot mini-donuts. My favorite part was a true-to-scale solar system set up in the middle of the gardens. In case you didn't know, the sun is REALLY BIG. I have never really comprehended how big until I saw it next to the other planets. I have wanted to go to the Tulip Festival since I came to Utah nine years ago, and I'm so glad it didn't disappoint.

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Not sure what's with the faces here. Apparently I was the only one having fun.

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I have to mention our friends that came with us. I met Jen and her family shortly after moving into our home three years ago. We were both expecting baby girls within weeks of each other, and our boys became immediate playmates. Since then, our kids have played together at least twice a week and are now the best friends a 5- and 2-year-old could hope for. I have Jen to thank for getting me into running, though she is way too much of a superstar for me to ever keep up with her.

In January, Jen's husband left for basic training with the National Guard. In the months that she was alone at home with her kids, I never once heard her complain. She is an amazing example of selflessness, service and endurance. Her husband just returned home and I am so happy for them to be together again.

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