Saturday, August 27, 2011

Quick update

I have at least 10 blog posts to write, but I am realistically looking at the next several weeks and realizing that I will not even have 5 minutes to sit down and write a single one. So as not to totally neglect the blog, here is a quick update of what we've been up to in the last few months. Detailed blog posts will hopefully follow soon.

  • We celebrated the 4th of July by hiking to a cross on the hill above my in-law's home.
  • I spent a weekend with some of my best girl friends by Scofield Lake.
  • We visited the Kennecott mines copper mines. The kids loved the bus ride and the huge trucks.
  • I won $100 from the city for having "clean" trashcans!
  • We spent a weekend at Fiesta Days in Spanish Fork over the 24th of July.
  • My sister-in-law and I organized and executed a 5K to raise money for a family member with leukemia.
  • I ran in the Hobble Creek half-marathon and beat my goal of 2 hours by finishing in 1:55:41.
  • Jeff started a new job at Praxair.
  • I went back to my old job temporarily at the LDS Church.
  • My cousin came to visit with her family. It was the first time I had seen them in over 4 years and we had so much fun catching up.
  • Isabelle learned to roll over and has succeeded in rubbing off nearly ALL the hair on the back of her head. She is still an angel baby.
  • Savannah developed separation anxiety when I went back to work and now refuses to go to Nursery, friend's homes, or let me leave to go anywhere.
  • Logan passed his Kindergarten testing (phew!) and will start Kindergarten next Tuesday.
  • I will start teaching a statistic class at BYU on Monday.
See you in a month when things settle down a bit!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

7 years

In October 2003, I met the man who is now my husband.

On July 16, 2004, we were sealed for time and all eternity in the San Diego temple.

We went on our honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico.

Our first year was blissful. We lived in San Dimas, CA for the first month, then moved back to Provo for another year of school.

We spent a summer in Richmond, VA, then back to Utah to finish school. In April 2006, we graduated from college, Logan joined our family, and we bought our first home, all within a week.

In 2007, we celebrated our 3rd anniversary, finished our basement, and I started this blog.

In 2008, we sold our townhome and bought a new house closer to Jeff's work. We also went from having a child to having children.

In 2009, we celebrated 5 years of marriage by going on a cruise.

In 2010, we returned to our honeymoon destination, Cancun.

And this year, we celebrated 7 years and another baby.

Our marriage and family has come a long way in 7 years, and this is just the tip of the iceberg! (I'm referencing our time together, not number of children. In that regard, the iceberg is just about fully exposed.) When I look back at the start of this journey together, I am amazed at how much has changed, and also how much is still the same. It has been a wild and crazy ride--and it will probably get more so as our kids get older--but I wouldn't change a minute of it. One day, I will document our 50 year anniversary, and these 7 short years will seem so fleeting, but for now they are by far the best years of my life.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Just over a month ago (yes, I am super behind in blogging), Savannah turned three. She begged and begged for a castle cake, and trying to be a good mom, I attempted to make her one. I found a simple looking cake made with ice cream cones and thought to myself, how hard could it be? Well, those of you who know me well know I am NOT a baker. I am not even much of a cook. So despite my best efforts to keep things simple and fail-proof even for a baking dummy like me, Savannah's cake was an epoch FAIL.


If you ignore the cake poking through the frosting and the lopsided cones and squint really hard, you might just see a slight resemblance to a castle. Then you might also notice that the entire cake is leaning to one side. But all of that might have been passable if it weren't for the back...


Wow. I am impressed anyone wanted to eat it after seeing that. If I had been graded on this cake I'm sure it would have received an F. Well, maybe a D- because Necco wafers are pretty awesome.

Of course none of that really mattered because the birthday girl thought it was just terrific. She showed her cake to everyone who came over that day and is still talking about it a month later. She even licked all the nasty strawberry frosting off one of the castle turrets.


I don't know how I got so lucky to have such a sweet little girl. She has the biggest personality I have even met in such a little body. She is so funny and loving and mischievous and creative. I love that I get to see her in both the little sister and big sister role. Savannah is a little firecracker and has us alternately red with frustration then red with laughter. One of her favorite phrases is, "You want a piece of me?" She loves to sing and will sing at the top of her lungs all day long.

Savannah is incredibly accident/sickness prone. In the weeks leading up to her birthday, she had a cough, fever, ear infection, huge plantar wart, allergies and horrible congestion. Then, to top it all off, she fell on her foot and wouldn't walk on it for two days. Weeks later, she was still limping on it. All this happened during the two months that we had horrible insurance, so I didn't want to go to the doctor if I could possibly avoid it. It got to the point where I would wake up in the morning and wonder what new symptom she would come down with that day. Thankfully, we were incredibly blessed and she was able to overcome everything without a single doctor's visit. Let's just say that every day is an adventure with sassy Savannah!


Savannah at 3 years: 28.5 lbs (33%), 36 inches (37%)