Thursday, August 28, 2008

This is the stack that Logan built

Too cute for words. Logan loves to find his construction hat and wear it around the house.

Logan has always had this fascination with stacking things and he usually stacks all his dishes when he is finished eating. One night during dinner we looked over and this was his creation.

Cheesing for the picture.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Bridal Veil Falls

We went to Bridal Veil falls, and it was as beautiful as ever. Logan loves the water and I hadn't planned on letting him get in, but I decided it would be worth wet shoes and socks. He absolutely loved it! We walked back and forth across the rocks about 10 times and just kept giggling and laughing and looking at Josh. He also loved picking up rocks and then tossing them back into the water.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

17 months . . . Him?

When people ask how old Logan is, I have started saying 17 months recently, because he turns 17 months on Saturday. 17 months. That seems so old. He is changing so quickly. Lately . . . . . .

*He knocks on doors and things with his whole fist. He especially loves to shut a door and knock, and then wait for you to knock back. He will wait for a surprisingly long time. He also loves knocking on the bathroom door while people are in there, I think Josh taught him that one.

*He loves to play with anything and everything that isn't a toy. He especially loves kitchen utensils. He empties the drawers he can reach all the time. Lately he has been finding Josh's ipod and of course continuing to wake up the computer by pressing the keyboard or mouse. He will even wiggle the mouse around.

*He is discovering what his body can do. He will sit on the floor and slowly lay himself down over and over and over again. He also loves to lay himself down in the bathtub.

*He mimics everything we do. And it keeps us pretty entertained.

*He loves to open drawers and he loves to hide things in places they don't belong. If we are ever missing anything we have to search in the least likely spots or hot spots Logan generally puts things.

*He is fearless when it comes to the dark. Every once in a while we accidentally leave the bathroom door open and he will go in there and shut the door, there are no windows and it is pitch black with the door closed. He will do his knocking game, and when we open the door he just smiles and laughs.

*He loves to climb and run.

*He loves books, and will bring book after book to have us read, or want us to read the same book over and over and over again.

*With his new-found realization that he has control over his world in some aspects also comes frustration (for both the child and the parents) at times when we won't let him do things.

*We have communication! It doesn't always work exactly how we would have hoped, but he does understand a lot. He also understands that even though we say "No" he still is able to choose whether or not to listen. Soon I hope he will be able to reason with. He is doing lots of signs and if you say, "Logan can you say . . . " He makes a valiant effort to repeat what you said, and it is fun to hear the new words he says. His little "Please, more" makes my heart melt and I can't help but give him what he wants a lot of the time.

He loves to get the broom and "sweep"

He loves hiding himself in Josh's closet!

He says "Cheese" when you take pictures of him.

Black or Pinto beans? Most definitely black.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Taggity Tag

This was just a little tag from Vhari--

A = ADVOCATE FOR: Children and Early Childhood Education
B = BEST FEATURE: My feet, especially right after I give myself a pedicure ☺
C= COULDN'T DO WITHOUT: Josh and Logan
D = DREAMS AND DESIRES: Perfection, being organized, a house with a white picket fence, the usual
E = ESSENTIAL ITEM: my purse (credit card, library card, phone)
G= GOOD AT: I think I am a pretty good singer ☺
H = HAVE NEVER TRIED: Scuba diving, that might be fun, literally swimming with the fishes
I = IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS: Let it sit in the bank and say, “Ha, look how rich we are.”
L = LITTLE KNOWN FACT: I was in a band in college
M = MEMORABLE MOMENT: Josh proposing, and being completely surprised.
N = NEVER AGAIN WILL I: Have to date anyone but Josh ☺
O = OCCASIONAL INDULGENCE: Chocolate, on chocolate, on chocolate and Tiny Spicy Chicken (not together)
P= PERSON I MOST ADMIRE: Irving B. Harris, Philanthropist for children’s welfare and Becky Bailey
Q = QUOTE: “I am a Child of God”
R = REASON TO SMILE: My crazy son
S = SORRY ABOUT: Having too high of expectations for myself
T = TAG SOME FRIENDS: Chrissy, Karen, and Sheri
U = UNINTERESTED IN: Anything creepy or scary
V = VERY SCARED OF: I can’t handle scary movies or TV shows, they mess with my brain
W = WORST HABIT: My inhibitions and anxieties that prevent from doing things I should or could
X = X MARKS MY IDEAL VACATION SPOT: Hawaii sounds pretty nice
Y = YESTERYEAR DECADE OF CHOICE: I love the current decade and have never been happier!

I was also tagged by Sheri (way too long ago, but I figure I had better do her tag, since I tagged her!), and here's what you do.
Pick up the nearest book (one with at least 123 pages)
Open to page 123
Find the 5th sentence
Post the next 3 sentences
Tag 5 people (or as many as you'd like)

The closest book is Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, put out by the NAEYC, edited by Sue Bredekamp and Carol Copple.

p. 123
The following examples, which are by no means exhaustive, contrast appropriate, excellent practices in settings for children 3 through 5 years of age with inappropriate, less effective practices. The aim is not to issue a prescriptive set of practices but to encourage educators to reflect on their practice. We remain convinced that people construct an understanding of a concept from considering both positive and negative examples.

I am just tagging Chrissy!

Monday, August 4, 2008

BYU Women's Football Clinic

Josh is an avid BYU football fan. I had watched a few BYU football games myself before I met him, but it wasn't until after Josh and I were engaged and Josh took the time and patience to explain the game that I really started to enjoy watching football. I will never forget watching John Beck throw the ball to Johnny Harline in the final seconds of the game two seasons ago for BYU to win against Utah. It was the most exciting game I have ever seen.

Women watch football differently than men though, and BYU has caught onto this. For the last 4 years they have held Women's Football clinic, and this year I was able to go. It is geared toward women and helping us get excited about the football season in our own way.

It began with a football player lead tour. My tour guides were G Pittman and J. J. Di Luigi. We got to see the inside of the locker room, the press box, and other places around the stadium. Then we listened to Bronco and he answered questions. The players also answered questions, which was interesting, because I like knowing the details about the players and seeing them as real people, not just a number and a football helmet. One interesting detail was that Dennis Pitta and Max Hall recently became brothers-in-law, because Dennis just married Max's wife's sister. I like knowing things like where the players are from, why they came to BYU, and other fun things like that.

We then went to the field and they had six different little drills laid out. I participated in all of them! They included tackling the sled, learned different defensive poses, passing the ball, running with the ball, and other various football-type drills. The players and coaches administered the drills and it was surprisingly fun (I never was into athletics myself, I prefer to watch).

It was finished with a high-light video from last year and a goodie bag that contained this year's poster, the 2008 BYU Football guide, T-shirt, a football facts pamphlet, and a helmet sticker. Honestly, I loved it and I got some fun picture souvenieers!

J. J. Di Luigi

Harvey Unga

Dallas Reynolds

And of course, Bronco, who was very, very nice. He had a line of people waiting to see him and he asked each person's name.

Krista and I in the stadium. Thanks for the invite Krista!


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