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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Flag football

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Logan chose to play flag football this fall instead of soccer. I feel like a broken record when it comes to sports: "Not very good, but had a lot of fun, blah, blah, blah." Logan learned a ton this season about the rules and strategy of football, much to his father's delight, but had a hard time implementing those things on the field. He learned how to play with a mouth guard, as well as how to lose a mouth guard nearly every single game. He now knows more about football positions than I do, and I actually watch a fair amount of football (for a girl).

I feel a little guilty posting these next pictures as they show Logan getting his flag pulled, but I love how intense all these 6- and 7-year-olds look. We only saw one girl on any of the teams all season, and she was a head taller and a ton faster than anyone on our team. So it's really not as bad as it sounds to say Logan had his flag pulled by a girl.

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All the coaches of YMCA sports are parent volunteers, so some seasons we get luckier than others. We had great coaches for both kids this fall. It took us half the season to find out that this coach is a member of our church, just a few blocks outside of our ward (congregation) boundary. It's a small Mormon world.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Halloween 2012

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Ever since last Halloween, Logan has been asking to be an Angry Bird. I kept waiting for him to change his mind, but he never did. I contemplated making us all Angry Bird costumes (with pig costumes for Jeff and I), but I gave in when I saw the store bought version for $20. Logan loved it and thought it was so much fun to walk around making obnoxious bird noises. He also tried to make himself a life sized slingshot, but we couldn't round up the supplies in time. Maybe next year.

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Savannah took awhile to make up her mind (in true Savannah fashion) and ultimately settled on a witch. Again, I was thrilled to find an inexpensive but cute costume at the store. If I never have to make another Halloween costume again it will be too soon. The broom was an afterthought but made the outfit, in my opinion.

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Isabelle got her pick from the hand-me-down box in storage. Since we had ended up dressing up twice (crazy that it was ONLY twice), she was a ladybug one night and Nemo another.

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Halloween was a little bit crazy this year since we moved the week before, but we made the most of it and got to see lots of friends through ward parties and driveway potlucks. It was the perfect opportunity to get to know our new neighbors, and we made sure to visit them all. Two months later I am finally cleaning out our Halloween candy. Some of it made it's way into the Christmas candy, but most made it's way into the trash.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Card

I had hoped to blog about Halloween before I blogged about Christmas, but I can't let this week pass by without wishing the blog world a Merry Christmas! I will still try to keep my updates as chronologically as possible, but today will be the exception. Here is our digital Christmas card. We hope you all are having a wonderful season and wish you all the best!

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It's been an exciting and eventful year at the Pendleton house. It all began in January with a move to Oklahoma. The wind, tornadoes, humidity and extreme heat have been an adjustment, but we love it here and are very happy. We now have two in school--Logan (6) is in 1st grade and Savannah (4) is in all-day Pre-K. Carly has mixed feelings about only having one child at home for 8 hours every day, but the kids are doing great in school and are loving every minute of it. Isabelle (1) misses her siblings during the day, but passes the time playing with dolls and singing every song she knows. Jeff celebrated his one-year mark with Imagine Learning (educational software company) and is thrilled with his career change. Our lives are unpredictable and chaotic, but we wouldn't change a thing!

Merry Christmas! We hope this finds you well and wish you all the best in the upcoming year.

Love,
the Pendletons 
Jeff, Carly, Logan, Savannah, and Isabelle

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chester's Party Barn

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The week before Halloween, we went to Chester's Party Barn for family home evening. I don't know why, but I really don't like the name Chester. I can't seem to disassociate it with "creepy" and "perverse." Weird, I know, but I had a hard time accepting that this was just a fun place for kids and families. Well, my fears were unjustified and we actually had a good time, even if the 3 miles of dirt roads to get there had me wondering.

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Aside from the typical fall farm activities (corn maze, pony ride, pumpkin patch, hay ride, etc.), we also watched several "punkin chunkins." It was pretty fun and fairly impressive to see how far the pumpkins would go. Between the pumpkins we picked up at Chester's (we each got to pick one) and the pumpkins the kids got at school, we ended up with a whole bench full of tiny pumpkins. Not one of them seemed big enough to carve, so we just left them whole. After Halloween came and went, the kids asked me when we were going to carve their pumpkins. I didn't have the heart to say, "Never," so I just put them off until they forgot about it and I could sneak the pumpkins into the trash.

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Chester's also claimed to have the world's largest ant farm. We certainly couldn't pass that up. After witnessing the recording holding ant farm, all I can say is that if that is as good as it gets, I don't know why anyone would ever get into farming ants.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

When life gives you fog...

Fall break coincided with a work trip for Jeff to Arkansas, so naturally we decided to tag along. For the first few days, the kids and I entertained ourselves while Jeff met with his customers.

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I had read about the Talimena scenic drive connecting western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma and convinced Jeff to come home via that route when his work was done. The night before we were to begin the drive home it poured. I wasn't even sure we would make it to our starting point. We were worried the drive would be pointless in a downpour, but the next morning it cleared up so off we went. As soon as we started on the scenic drive, the fog rolled in so thick we could hardly make out the road 20 feet ahead of us. So much for the "scenic" part. We could see just enough to know that it would be breathtaking if we could only see it.

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To be honest, it was a long and tense drive because Jeff had tried to talk me out of it due to inclement weather and I had insisted. The fog proved him right, and though he tried not to rub it in, I was in a bad mood. Luckily for our marriage, the fog started to break up about 3/4 of the way through the 54-mile drive. To make it up to me, Jeff pulled off near a trail head and we spent an hour or so exploring.

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Can you see the stick bug?

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I had fun testing out the new panoramic feature on my phone.

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Ack, I can't believe our entire drive would have had views like this if it weren't for the fog. I honestly didn't know Oklahoma had anything even close to this. This is not what it looks like where we live. :)

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The leaves were just starting to turn.

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After making it through the drive, we headed over to Robber's Cave, the assumed hideout of famous robbers like Jesse James. The short trail to the cave was the perfect length for little legs. I would love to come back and camp sometime to really get time to explore the area.

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Despite the crummy weather, we ended up making some fun memories. Next time we will try to time it a little better. Also, along the way we learned that you can mine your own diamonds in Arkansas! That's been added to my bucket list now, too.

Post-it

While we were packing up the old house, we found a giant post-it note pad. It kept the kids distracted and out of the way while we packed. It's so nice when they all get along.

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Moving week

After finding out we needed to find a new place to live in August, the search for a home has consumed every waking moment. It was beginning to affect my homemaking abilities (read: no homemade dinners for weeks on end and little to no cleaning) and Jeff's focus at work, so we were so grateful and relieved when we finally found a place and moving week came and went. This was the least stressful of all our moves (maybe we're finally getting this moving thing figured out). We spent a week shuttling boxes in our minivan, then finished the move with a one day rental truck to move the big things. I was able to unpack as I went, which helped us feel settled much sooner than we would have otherwise. We are really enjoying our new place and all the other consequential new things (schools, neighbors, ward, amenities, etc.). Our landlord is great--he fixed things without me having to ask--and I am hopeful that we will be able to stay here until we decide on a more permanent situation. In no particular order, here are some fun photos (most from my phone) documenting our moving week.

Savannah's last week at her old school. I had really hoped we could find a house that would let us stay at this school. We loved her teacher and we loved that her best friend, Sydney, was in her class. Each day that I dropped these girls off, they would run into school holding hands. Luckily, we have still been able to get together frequently with our old friends and neighbors since the move.

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Isabelle loved hanging out with me while I loaded the car. She thought each new load of boxes was her personal fort.

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Savannah has other ideas of what to do with the boxes.

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Those who know us well won't be surprised that the TV was hung and hooked up before anything else was moved over (the internet was a close second). It worked out well, though, to entertain the kids while we unloaded and unpacked.

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The disaster that waited for us once everything was moved in.

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Same view, after everything is put away. I love the open layout of this house. I have been waiting 5 years to have a great room!

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All the products we used to get the smoke/stale smell out of the house. It took all of them plus a few more, but our house is now smoke free!

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It was a long week and we were anxious to get some much needed rest at the end of it.

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Home sweet home. At least for the next 12 months.

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