Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Cabin & Zions

Since we didn't take a summer vacation this year, we decided to take an early fall vacation instead! Friday morning we headed down to the cabin for a LONG weekend. We swung by my Grandparent Yoder's house on our way into town and briefly visited with them.

Logan loved playing peak a boo with Great-Grandpa Yoder, visiting with the cats, and exploring their stuff. He loves checking out new stuff, and there was an abundance of new stuff to see. We didn't stay too long though, because Grandma had a cold and wasn't feeling well.

We then headed up to the cabin and spent a relaxing night picking apples, making dinner, and falling asleep to the Two Towers. Dave worries far too much, so it was really nice for him to get to just unwind for once.

The neighbors always seem to have different animals every time we go down. Usually there are horses, but there have been sheep too. This time they had goats. Tons of goats. Logan loved visiting the goats. He would walk over to the door and point outside until we took him outside to visit. Any time we were outside this trip he insisted on saying hi to the goats.

Saturday we headed into Zions and hiked the narrows! Logan had the time of his life. We hiked in a few miles, ate some snacks, then turned around and hiked back. We didn't let Logan play in the water until the end, but he LOVED it when we did. He loved the rocks, splashing around in the water, and the sand. He rubbed the sand everywhere.

Sunday we had a more casual day. We slept in, cooked a big breakfast, and drove into Hurricane to play at the park/splash pad. Logan loved the water (as always). When we got there, we were the only kids there. Logan would play at one area, then walk over to another area, then back to the first, then over to the third area. He was back and forth for about an hour! We had to take warm up breaks where we wrapped him in a towel and swung on the swings. He would stay in the water all day if we would let him.

Monday we did a few more hikes in Zions (Emerald Pools, Overlook, and Weeping Rock). They were fun ones. Logan mostly had a good time, especially flirting on the bus with everyone. We got back to the cabin exhausted, so we picked up a pizza for dinner and topped it off with an ice cream from Dairy Queen. Something about being in Zions requires a trip to Dairy Queen. It's the only time we go!

We headed home Tuesday morning, unpacked and got ready for the rest of the week. It was a nice break, but we're glad to be home again! It's always nice to get away, but it's great to be back in your own bed.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pizza Friday and Stake Conference

Last week flew by! I started a sewing blog a few weeks ago and have been working hard to get everything in place. It's called A Sassy Seamstress and I'll constantly post on my sewing projects on this blog. I plan to focus on Quilting, Alterations, and Fun Projects. Check it out! I have a few posts up already.

Logan's been transitioning to regular food over the past few months and has been loving most of it! Friday we had pizza and he just went to town eating it with us. He made a mess, but ate half a piece (which is a lot for a little guy). 

He also has been loving cow milk too. He's drinking twice as much has he did when I started weaning him, so he's doing well on that account.

Saturday was the adult session of Stake Conference. Grandma Linda came over and watched Logan so we could attend. It was a great meeting. One of the counselors from our new mission spoke about missionary work.

Right before the meeting we spoke with one of our ward missionaries, and it turns out our across the street neighbor (that we referred to the missionaries) are now taking the lessons! The house has about 10 Vietnamese family members living in the house. Right now only one of the family is meeting with the missionaries, but you never know what will happen!

Sunday Conference went fabulously. Logan played with his toys and sat through the 2 hour meeting without too much fussing. There were some greatly inspiring talks that made Dave and I think about what we can be doing better.

It's cooled down here and we've really been enjoying the weather. Logan and I go on a walk every morning and swing by the Elementary School to play on the playground. He's been learning to swing on his own. I keep a hand on his back and gently push him, and he's got great balance. Soon he should be doing it on his own! He's getting to be so big!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Our Smart Little Guy

Logan's been learning so many things lately! A few weeks ago he took his first steps, and now he will take about 8 steps from Dave to me (or vice versa). He's really wobbly and doesn't have the confidence to do it without our encouragement, but he's on his way!

When he does really good he gets so excited and jumps which causes him to fall over. He even will cheer for himself and clap sometimes. It's too cute to see his excitement.

We've been doing some minor repairs around the house, and Logan's been so helpful. If we put any tool down he immediately picks it up and imitates what we were doing with it. Cute when he's waving the stud finder across the wall, but scary when he grabs the drill, sticks a screw on the end and tries to make it run!

We found the best way to curb his eagerness is to give him a pile of something and ask him to hand it to us (like screws). It doesn't even have to be useful things, as long as he feels like he is involved in the project.

He has also started wanting to help me with my sewing. I was on the kitchen floor pinning a halloween runner I've been working on, and he wanted to hand me the safety pins. It got scary when I saw him pick up a strait pin and stick it in his mouth (just like mom does... :{). But he wants to be involved, and that's what's important.

Logan's been loving brushing his teeth lately too. When he turned 6 months I started putting him on my lap and brushing my teeth while he was given his toothbrush to chew on. Now he puts his toothbrush in his mouth, makes a humming noise (imitating my electric toothbrush), and shakes his head side to side. I don't think he can figure out how to make his hand move like that, so he  moves his head.

He now insists on flossing with me after too. He grabs a piece of floss in his hands, bites down on it and moves the floss from side to side. No teeth are involved, but it's just to cute to watch. What a little observant boy we have!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Painting, Weening & Naked Time

It's been a crazy week! I spent all nap time last week scraping the poles of our carport so we could spend Labor Day repainting them. Our house didn't have gutters when we moved in (we've since replaced them), so many of the carport poles had water damage. Last year I chose to ignore the peeling paint (being pregnant), but this year I decided if we wanted the poles to last another 5 years, we're going to have to do something about it.

Monday we primed and painted the poles, and today I did the final coat of paint. We also repainted around the side door, and it looks tons better. I'm so glad to be done! Dave now wants to paint the whole house, but I'm in no need to rush that project. I'd be ok repainting the trim around the front door, but that won't take a ton of work.

We've finally got Logan' weened from being swaddled! It's been a week now, and he's loving bedtime now. Also we weened Logan to cow's milk. It's been a transitional time, but Logan's dealing with it well.

Sunday we had three baby blessings to attend. One for my brother's daughter Sarah, and two for Dave's sister's twins. It was crazy running from Sandy to Centerville to Kaysville and home. It was busy, but we were glad to be able to see everyone's blessing.

Monday we had an interesting nap... Dave put Logan down for his nap normally. We heard him giggling, but just assumed he was playing with his stuffed animal toys before falling to sleep. Well, when Logan woke up crying we went in to find him completely naked! He'd figured out how to take off his clothes and diaper, little punk! So he's been in overalls ever since. I'm hoping he'll forget or something so we don't have daily naked time!