Thursday, August 21, 2008

Just a Little Weird

I have a strange daughter. I love her. She is amazing. But, she has some very weird quirks. For her, things have to be done a certain way and arranged a certain way. If she sees something tipped over (bikes, shopping carts, etc.) she gets very, very concerned, sometimes to the point of distressed tears; if things are not arranged just right exactly where they go, she gets very upset; if something does not do what she wants it to do, she gets very frustrated. (Yes, many of you, especially my family, are laughing because that kinda sounds like me...) On this particular night, she wanted her bath towel to stay wrapped around her after she was dried off. I kept tucking it in and it kept coming open and she was getting more and more upset that she couldn't get it to stay. She was thrilled though when Travis brilliantly solved the problem by wrapping a belt around her middle. Unfortunately, it worked too well - after taking some pictures we had another fit to deal with when she didn't want to take it off to get ready for bed!

She sort of looks like a little ninja.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Goats, Horses, and Bears, Oh My!

It's that time of year again! The state fair is in town, and along with it came blazing hot weather. (Is late August really the best time of year for a fair in Sacramento??) We decided to go the day it opened, not really thinking through the fact that on a 107 degree day it would still be 99 degrees at 6:00 pm. There were animals there though and people dressed up in costumes (two of her favorite things!) so Savannah didn't seem to mind the heat at all.

Our first stop was the petting zoo where she ran in waving her arms and laughing excitedly. Unfortunately, as soon as she ran in, all of the hungry goats hoping for some food ran excitedly over to her. Our little animal lover freaked out just a little when she was mobbed by six goats towering over her head. After a few minutes of us carrying her around, she got over it and just started treating the goats like Bailey; she has had lots of practice pushing away a goat-sized animal who's trying to get her food. The deer in this picture was a little hungry too - he kept trying to eat our shirts!

I guess when you're under 3 feet tall a mob of goats can be pretty scary!

It didn't take long though before she was down and running...

When we took a break in the shade, Savannah couldn't quite figure out how to get her footsies to reach,

so she got a little help from Daddy.

Another thing about the fair Savannah loved was the fact that there were bears everywhere. She made sure she pointed out every bear on every trash can, flag, ticket, map, sign... So, of course she had to take a ride on the famous golden bears (I'm sure there's many pictures of my sister and I sitting on these bears at fairs past!) She thought it was hilarious that this one was wearing a hat!

Afterwards, she kissed his nose and both his eyes! What love!

Last year, Savannah was barely too young to go on the pony rides, but this year there was no stopping her. She absolutely loved it and probably would have ridden around in a circle for hours!

What a cute little cowgirl! Do I sense summer horse camp in her future?

Throughout the evening, we made several trips to the somewhat cool exhibit buildings where Savannah kicked Travis out of the hammock seat and then had to be dragged kicking and screaming out of it so we could move on.

After dinner and 10 minutes of the half-filled Smashmouth concert (you know you've bottomed out as a band when nobody even goes to see you for free!) the heat had sapped every ounce of our energy and we headed home. Savannah had an absolute blast so we'll probably go back on a cooler day; stay tuned for Fair Day #2!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lake Tahoe

The weekend before last we got to spend a couple relaxing days in Tahoe City; my aunt and uncle rented a cabin up there and invited us to come stay with them (thanks Linda and Craig!). My grandma and cousin were there with them and my parents came and stayed the same night we did. Savannah had tons of fun with everyone and claimed everyone’s focus, as she always does.

Travis found these sunglasses for Savannah on the beach - she liked them but she was a little upset, no, that was understatement, she was very upset about the sand getting in her shoes. She refused to walk and just sat in the chair crying inconsolably and desperately saying "Oh no!" "Oh no!" and "Off!" "Off!" So, our time at the lake got off to a rough start but, after we moved up on to the grass away from the sand, things got much better...until Travis came back from the water with sand on his feet..
I can't ever imagine where she got these obsessively clean tendencies...

It turns out that hiking was much more to Savannah's liking than playing in the messy sand, especially when she didn't have to do any of the work! She cried when the hike was over and didn't want to get out of the backpack.

We took lunch break by a stream and Savannah and Grandpa Steve had fun throwing rocks in the water.

Three generation in one picture - Great Grandma Eleanor, Grandma Karen and Grandpa Steve, and Savannah and I.

Awww. How cute!

Monday, August 4, 2008

I wish I was a computer geek

I officially hate technology. Because I am way too much of a perfectionist just to use Blogger's basic settings, I have spent the last couple days messing with templates, custom colors, and HTML codes, which, by the way, look like complete gibberish. I am very proud of the few things I was able to do, but there were many more attempts that failed than ones that worked and I have stared at this stupid computer in frustration until my eyes went blurry. Travis always tells me that nobody will ever notice the anal things that bother me, but I notice them and they drive me completely insane. I hate the fact that it is so complicated just to center text (which I finally figured out how to do, and amazingly it worked - I was thrilled!) This is probably the first time I've ever had this thought, but I wish I knew more about all this crazy computer stuff. I remember this guy in junior high who was the quiet nerdy type and was really into computers (for the mid-90's, that was a big deal). He wasn't terribly popular, but a couple years ago I heard that he was working for a big tech company making close to six figures. Hmmm, I bet he knows how to change the alignment of pictures...

Friday, August 1, 2008

I give in!

Okay, I've finally done it. I've given in to peer pressure and I now have a blog. I held out for quite a while, but finally I got to the point of, "everybody else is doing it. Maybe I should too?" and so here we are... I can't promise any deep thoughts (it's been oh, about 22 months since I've really had time for many of those) and I can't promise I'll post very often. I have a feeling this blog is mostly going to consist of pictures and captions punctuated with a few paragraphs here and there. But it will serve its purpose - letting you have a sneak peak into our life, the exciting, the mundane, and everything in between. Who knows, maybe it'll turn into more, and I'll get a thrill out of riding on this crazy bandwagon I've just jumped onto!