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Today Lindsay stood on the scale and it said 60.2 lbs. After over a year and a half of struggles for her she is now within one pound of where she was when she got sick. I am so happy! SHE is so happy! It was kind of funny that it happened on the day she was drinking her last Pedia Sure drink, like it was meant to be. She has grown a few inches in that time so she still looks skinny, but it is refreshing to know that it’s a HEALTHY skinny. We’ve tried really hard not to focus on the weight part of things this past year and a half, but on being healthy, and I hope it rubbed off the right way on her. I pray that this means the end of this trial for her and that we can finally move on.

Yay for 60!

I love being a dad. It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. And one of the highlights of my time as a father happened last week, when Logan and I celebrated his sixth birthday by taking a road trip to Arizona to spend a week watching Spring Training baseball and just being together. That kid is so blasted fun, and I know it was a week that neither of us will ever forget.

On Sunday, the day after his birthday, we hopped in the car right after church and started our road trip — aka, the “carty” (because it’s a party in the car). That drive was when I started to realize that I don’t just like being with Logan because I’m his dad, I genuinely enjoy his company and think he is just one of the funnest people in the world. This picture sums up the drive pretty nicely (it’s a little blurry because I was, ya know, driving a car at the time):

In case you can’t tell, he’s watching a movie on the iPad, holding an orange soda in his left hand and a bottle of water in his right hand, and drinking a cup of root beer he has wedged between his arm and his chest. Oh, and he’s wearing one of my shirts because he was cold.

The two of us went to four games together: Angels vs. A’s in Phoenix on Monday, Dodgers vs. Padres in Peoria on Tuesday, Team Mexico vs. Dodgers in Glendale on Wednesday, and Rangers vs. Dodgers in Glendale on Thursday. The Tuesday game was the only one we stayed for all nine innings, because that was the only day that some clouds gave us some respite from the sun. The other days, we generally lasted six or seven innings.

Because Spring Training tickets are a lot more affordable than regular season tickets, we splurged and bought front-row seats for all four games. The coolest was the game against the Padres, where we sat behind home plate and ended up about ten feet from the Dodgers’ on-deck circle. Logan thought it was pretty cool to be that close to Matt Kemp (and Logan’s daddy might have liked it, too).

After every game, we would head back to the hotel, get our swim trunks on, and spend some time in the swimming pool. Then we’d go to dinner somewhere fun, and wrap up the evening with a trip to the hotel gym and then some homework.

Some other highlights of our time together:

On Monday, one of the security guards working on the field came over and gave Logan a game ball. He said one of the A’s’ players had asked him to give it to Logan because he could tell Logan was going to be a great baseball player.

All four games, we sat next to really nice people who treated Logan like a prince. The first game, I ran out of cash (not knowing that the concessions stands at Phoenix Municipal Stadium don’t take cards), and a cool older man from Seattle took Logan upstairs to get some ice cream. It was one of MANY ice cream treats Logan had that week.

Logan has his first several Dodger Dogs.

Logan had a blast playing photographer at the games, and he actually took some pretty great pictures.

The dude got a kick out of the fact that there’s a Major Leaguer named Logan:

Breakfast at Denny’s most mornings is every kid’s dream, I think. (Not pictured: the root beer I got in trouble for letting him drink for breakfast):

Logan also got his first Dodger hat and a couple Dodger shirts:

The players were cool, but we were less than 100 feet from Vin Scully!

On our fourth day, Logan finally got his first autograph, from Dodgers’ first-base coach (and former second baseman) Davey Lopes:

On Friday, Beth and the other two kids flew into town for a quick weekend visit. That night, we went to Chase Field for the United States’ first game of the World Baseball Classic, taking on the same Mexico team we had seen play the Dodgers a couple days earlier. It was basically a home game for Mexico — I’d estimate that 80% of the fans were rooting for the Mexican team — but it was a very fun environment to watch a game. There was a guy in the stands who is apparently famous, but I have no idea who he was. I just know that a ton of Mexican fans were getting their pictures taken with him. Here he is:

I used the panorama feature on my phone to take a picture of the stadium:

Then we spent Saturday visiting with cousins:

Sunday morning, we had breakfast at the hotel, did a little more visiting, and then headed home. Logan and I drove again (and I only got pulled over once!), and Beth and the other two kiddos flew home.

It was an amazing week, and like I said, it was one that neither Logan nor I will ever forget. I am so blessed to be his daddy, and I am so thankful that he and I got to share this experience.

What??? How is that even possible?? How is it that my little man who still loves to pretend to be a puppy, and still loves to cuddle, and still loves blankies be 6 already? Time is a cruel thing, yet such a happy thing.

Logan has always been a joy to have around. He lives to play with friends, to be outside, to ride his bike, and to play with Lindsay and Ryan. He loves Kindergarten and has made lots of new friends there. He loves his teacher, Mrs. Milner, and she absolutely adores him. She told us once that if she could have an entire class of Logan’s she’d be a teacher forever.

He has one of the most genuine smiles and he only uses it when he’s genuinely happy. I love how his eyes smile when his mouth does. I love his giggle. I love that when you help him wash his feet in the tub he laughs and laughs because it tickles so much. I love how much he loves being a big brother to Ryan, but also loves being a “little” brother to Lindsay. He is quickly catching up to her in height. He has become an excellent reader and I’m so proud of him for all of his hard work to get to this point.

For his birthday this year we played laser tag in our backyard. On New Year’s Eve, we went to the Provo Mall with Grandma and Grandpa Madsen for this party thing and they had laser tag there. Logan and Lindsay really enjoyed playing it and so I grabbed one of their cards when we walked away. I went to the website and saw that they bring the laser tag to you, wherever you want to play. I asked Logan if he’d want to do that for his birthday and he said, “YES!!!” So, I set it all up and we were all set.

He invited 10 friends, so there were 12 with him and Lindsay. The guy, named Josh, brought some pop-up tents to set up as obstacles to hide behind and things and they got started. He brought all different kinds of guns, explained the rules, and let them loose. It was fun to watch them running around the yard shooting at each other. Logan had a blast and that’s all that matters. Afterwards we opened presents and had cake. Grandma Snider was here visiting for the weekend to see little Summer so she got to be here for the party. Grandma and Grandpa Madsen stopped by at the end of the party for cake. We loved having all three of them here with us.

The day was spent being together and celebrating Logan’s day. The weather was perfect. Everything was perfect. We love you so much Logan!

A license plate for his bike.

New game for his DS.

Reading his card from G-ma and G-pa Madsen.

Bow and arrows from Lindsay. This has been a huge hit!

His first real baseball bat. The look on his face says it all!

Pitching machine!!

A net to catch the balls that he hits and feeds them back into the pitching machine.

A batting helmet and gloves from Hannah to complete the look!

I got some some glow sticks to stick in the cake to be lasers. I thought it was super cool!

We got an email from Lindsay’s teacher, Mrs. Clegg a few weeks ago informing us that she had been chosen to receive the Student of the Month Award for February. The theme was Heroes and Mrs. Clegg said that Lindsay is most definitely one. She got this award two years ago in Kindergarten for her bake sale. We were proud of her then and we are proud of her now. She is an amazing girl with a big heart and she very much deserves this award. It was a total surprise to her. Mrs. Clegg didn’t want her to know about it until it came time for it at the assembly. She was shocked and oh so cute up there with her award.

In the last picture, the kid standing in front of Lindsay who is more in focus is in Logan’s Kindergarten class. He is at least 4-5 inches taller than Logan. The two kids next to him are both in Kindergarten, too. He is crazy tall!

We are so proud of you Lindsay Lou! We love you!

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