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Friday, July 29, 2011

I love to see the temple

(I'm having trouble coming up with blog title posts that aren't songs from the children's song book. I think I've been in primary too long.)

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A few weeks ago we were able to meet my brother, Matt, in Salt Lake while he was here for a work trip. He chose temple square as the meeting place so he could have an interesting subject to test out his new camera on. Matt and I both have a photography fetish, so when we get together we almost always end up shooting together. However, my camera quickly lost interest in the temple and found new subjects (namely, my kids). Not that the temple isn't beautiful-- they were just being so funny. Despite the dozens of pictures we took in that hour, I didn't end up with a single one of Matt. Go figure.

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First picture of all three kids that has semi-turned out! And it only took 4 months to get it.

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Poor Savannah had horrible allergies for several weeks this spring/summer. Her eyes were super red for days on end. Thankfully, they seemed to clear up on their own, which was a real blessing because we've had some really crummy insurance this summer and I've been avoiding the doctor's office as much as possible.

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Thanks, Matt, for the fun evening! Come visit again soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Oh, what do you do in the summertime?

As much as I complain about the challenges of rearing children, there is nothing I would rather do than spend time with my family. Especially when we are doing something fun. I can see why parents spoil their children: a happy child is so much more fun to be around. This summer we have been taking advantage of some unexpected free time to do lots of things together as a family. Here is just a sample of what we've been up to.

Hiking the Grotto
Ever since I heard about this short, but pretty hike, I've wanted to go as a family. One day we just woke up and decided to go. (We're very spontaneous like that; we never plan anything.) I realized just minutes before we left that we didn't have a carrier for Isabelle, so I started calling everyone I could think of to find one we could borrow. I didn't have any luck, so Jeff ran into Shopko on our way out to buy one. I've owned a cheap infant carrier before and hated it, so I was a little skeptical of buying another less-than-reputed brand. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, with what Jeff picked out. It was the same brand as the one we had before, but everything ties instead of buckles. Isabelle loved it and it didn't hurt my back or shoulders at all! Score!

The hike was beautiful. Savannah and Logan loved crossing the river on log bridges. The actual grotto was small, but we had it entirely to ourselves to play in. We made such fun memories and will definitely go back again.

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T-ball
I signed Logan up for a city t-ball team as a last-minute decision. I was hesitant to try another sport with Logan because soccer had just about done us in. T-ball turned out to be a nice change of pace from soccer (fewer games and a shorter season) to my relief. We need to work on Logan's form (he is always trying to run like Dash from The Incredibles) and his swing (it generally took him about 3 tries to hit the ball off the tee), but he loved playing and I even enjoyed watching his games. I will definitely encourage baseball over soccer in the coming years, something I never thought I would say 5 years ago.

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Preparing to "run like Dash."


Lagoon
A few weeks ago our stake had "Lagoon Day." As of the night before we had decided not to go, but when all our neighbors were packing up to leave that morning, it just sounded too fun not to join them. Our kids are total roller coaster junkies, and Lagoon did not disappoint them. Logan was just upset that he wasn't tall enough to go on the really big rides. It cracks us up how quickly he will jump at the chance to go on tall, fast roller coasters but won't even think about riding his bike without training wheels. He also loves water slides (we've been taking advantage of our season passes to our local water park) and will go down the big slides by himself. Crazy kid!

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And lest you think I've forgotten her, here is a picture of the happiest baby on earth, who goes along with all our activities and never complains EVER. Ok, well, mostly never.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Censoring

The other day I was watching a movie while I fed Isabelle. Logan had wandered in and was watching parts of it with me. When one particularly vulgar scene came on, I paused the movie and told Logan to go play.

"Why?" he asked.
"Because there are some bad words in this movie and I don't want you to hear them."

"Why not?"
"Because then you'll learn them and say them."
"Oh, only you say those words?"
"No, I don't say them either."
"Then why are you watching the movie?"

Touchè.

Parenting was sure a lot easier when my kids understood less.