Saturday, April 26, 2008

Samara's 2nd Birthday

We celebrated Samara's 2nd birthday in Richmond with my older brother's family and his in-laws. We went down to see my nephew's baptism and since everybody was down there we decided to have one giant birthday party for all the April birthday babies. We had a wonderful time grilling outside, playing volleyball, and wiping pounds of pollen off of our cars (seriously, it was gross.)

Back in the summer of 2006 Logan fell in love with grandma Gilbert's dog Sophie. He had been scared of dogs before then but his perception of dogs changed greatly after becoming best friends with Sophie. Somewhere between that summer in '06 and now he has acquired an extreme fear of dogs. Rory's in-laws brought a little dog over to the birthday party and Logan ran for his life screaming and crying when the dog would get near him. The dog was one of those super cute and friendly dogs that just wanted to play with everybody. It became quite an event rescuing Logan from the dog whenever it wanted to play with him. I ended up carrying Logan around but I made sure to stay close to the dog so Logan would see that it just wanted to play. To make this long story short, Logan ended up loving the dog at the end of the day. He was petting it, playing with it, and in the end he was sad he had to say bye to the dog.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Logan's First Soccer Game - Finally

With no rain in sight, Logan finally had his first soccer game. The league had to switch school fields since the original field wasn't draining properly.

For the first half hour the whole league practiced different soccer skills like toe touches and foundations. Then they played the games for the next half hour. The teams are pretty much 5 on 5 and there are no goalies (when kids gets get tired they can just walk off and rest then jump back in whenever). The soccer fields are nice and small so that the kids don't get too tired just running from one side to the other. There's no official score keeping and the usual line is that the teams "tied", but this time they really did.

Logan was really excited to finally be playing and would gallop up and down the field instead of running normally. He was a little timid when it came to getting the ball when it was surrounded by a lot of other players. As usual with 5 year olds there were plenty of distracted players but no one was picking flowers yet (I'm still waiting for that.)

Here's a video of the first two minutes of the game. Logan is number 10. You can hear grandma, grandpa, and even Samara cheering Logan on!



Saturday, April 12, 2008

#3

Tiffany and I are expecting our third child!

We're not sure of the sex yet as Tiffany is only a little over 2 months pregnant. The due date is November 12th so we've got a long way to go. We want 4 kids after everything is said and done and after having a boy first then a girl, I'll be perfectly happy with whatever sex the next two turn out to be. Seeing how much more of a handful Samara has been compared to Logan, Tiffany says she hopes the next two are both boys!

Unfortunately, Tiffany has been hit early with the pregnancy sickness again. She was sick for months on end with the first two and we don't expect anything different this time around. Considering how miserable Tiffany's pregnancies are, I'd love to have twins now and get two for the price of one and be done with everything. Twins do run in her side of the family!!

Grandpa's Birthday

We drove up to Maryland to hang out with my folks today. Dad's birthday is this coming week so we celebrated his birthday today by having the traditional grilled burger feast. We hadn't planned on heading up there this morning but it turned out to be the absolute perfect day to go. Mom and Dad have the best house and yard for warm breezy summer days. There's plenty of room to run around both inside and outside, birds are always chirping in the trees next to the house, the bamboo wind chimes ring in the breeze, the East and West facing front and back yards make for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and Mom and Dad are always so welcoming and friendly.

As we were driving there we passed Centennial Park where we saw someone flying a kite. We thought about it and remembered that mom had a kite somewhere in her house. It took a little time but we eventually found the kite, some string, and had the kite flight worthy. The only other time we tried flying kites with Logan we had a kite that just wouldn't fly no matter what, so we were a little skeptical that this cheaper looking kite would work. It turned out to be the perfect kite and we flew it for a couple hours. Later on in the day when the sun was setting an awesome cloud front rolled in making for some great photos.

It was the epitome of a perfect spring day.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Big Girl Bed

After watching Samara nearly climb up and over the side of her crib we decided it was time to take the front of the crib off so she could come and go as she pleased. When we did this with Logan he was a perfect little angel and never left his bed at night. With Samara though, we knew we were going struggle with her everynight. She just doesn't listen to us. When we try to to tell her not to do something that she wants to do, she'll usually give us this little sly smirk as if to say "I don't care what you tell me, I'm still going to do it!"

To make a long story short, the first night I probably sent Samara back to bed close to ten times. She was just way too excited with her new freedom to stay in bed. I woke up the next morning interested to see where she actually ended up sleeping and found her curled in the fettle position on the floor! Too precious!

Just two nights ago I was going through the same battle with Samara. Early in the morning she walked into our room and climbed into bed with us. A little while later she left our room and Tiffany swears she saw Samara go back into her own room. When I finally woke up for good at 4:30 I checked their room to make sure she was there. She wasn't. I went back into our room, scanned the bed, only saw Tiffany, then woke her up wondering if she knew where Samara was. Tiffany immediately jumped out of bed. We checked the other room upstairs, it was empty, so we headed downstairs. There she was, sitting on the couch in the dark at 4:30 in the morning, greeting us with a smile. What she was doing we'll never know. Lil' stinker.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Photographed by Logan


Logan has been taking a lot of pictures with the old digital camera that we gave him. It always fascinates me to see what he deems photograph worthy. No surprise that he took so many photographs of himself...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Paintball


All of the schools around here were closed today so a group of youth from church decided to have the first paintball game of the season. I volunteered to help drive them out there and be the adult leader of the gang (they reeeally had to twist my arm). We drove out to some beautiful property where we had open fields and forests to play in however we wanted. It has been raining the past couple of days and was drizzling today so the ground was soaked and our feet quickly became that way as well.

I bought my paintball gun about 5 years ago when we lived in Utah and I went I used to go paintballing frequently with my friends out there. To make a long story short I never actually got to use my gun because we moved to Maryland while my gun was being held in customs for a couple of months. So I've had this gun for 5 years and aside from shooting it a couple of times in the backyard I've never actually used it. Fortunately, the gun works very well and I can start to feel like all that money spent on it was justified.

My favorite moment of the trip was when we played a game called "Uncle" where you can keep shooting someone until they cry out "Uncle" or something similar. I decided to go all out and charged a team of 3 people, putting my gun on fully automatic in the process. I kept moving to avoid being completely surrounded but ended up standing in the middle of an open field with a flurry of paintballs screaming my way from three different directions. I did my best to return fire, cycling through the "enemies" one at a time but I knew I was in over my head. I quickly ran out of paint and had to yell "Uncle!". We grouped up and laughed at the chaos of it all. During the whole fight I got pelted at least a dozen times including a great shot directly to the back of my head and one that hit my mask but somehow resulted in all the paint flying directly into my mouth. The taste of paintballs is absolutely horrendous in case you're wondering. We had a blast and I can't wait to go again.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Logan's First Soccer Game Canceled

We were all excited to go to Logan's first soccer game today. We arrived at the field along with about 6 other families and waited for the coaches to arrive. After waiting a while someone was able to check their email to discover the game was canceled due to the cold wind and soggy conditions. I'm not sure who was more bummed, myself or Logan. We played around anyways on an awesome artificial turf field (which unfortunately wasn't the field we would've played the game on) and I promised to put some pictures up on the blog.