Big news is that Alexa now sleeps in a bunk bed! And she is the best daughter in the world!! I was really nervous to take her out of the crib because it helps us maintain control for going to bed on time and taking good naps. Oh, and because I've heard horror stories from so many parents! But she is amazing! We talked to her about staying on her pillow and there's been one morning in the last 6 weeks that she was out of bed after a nap or in the morning--and it was because she was standing at the edge of her bed quietly reading a book. One time. I was also really worried that she would fall out in her sleep because she's a spazzy sleeper, but when the bed rail we bought didn't work with the mattress we have, and the pool noodle trick on Pinterest didn't work (delete that pin if you have it -- totally doesn't work!), we just crossed our fingers and went for it. She does love to play with her blinds, but stays in bed like a champ.
|She looks so little in her huge new bed! Her animals all sleep on top. I found these polka dot full sheets at DI for $1 and did a sewing experiment to turn them into fitted twin sheets. It worked!|
Kyle was in between semesters for two weeks in August so we had a mini stay-cation from school and it was wonderful!! We went to the splash pad, the county fair, ate lunch together as a family, and were just together more in general...loved it.
|holding bunnies at the fair|
|she was begging us to ride the ponies for days after the fair|
That awesome little Alexa girl keeps making us laugh with all of her fun conversations these days. Here are some I'll share with you.
--Answered her purple phone this week "Hello, I'm with Jenny and Kyle."
--"How was at work?" (she asks me every single day when I get home and it's so stinking cute! And she always calls it "at work." And runs up to give me a hug when I walk in the door so she can ask me.)
--"Good job drinking, mommy!" (when I got a drink of water this afternoon)
--"You're so strong, dad!" (while he's working out)
--"Oww! Geez! What did you do that for?!" (Today when she ran into Tyler's swing and it came back and hit her in the head. Kyle was dying.)
--"Holy freak!"(repeating Kyle)
--"Good to see you! Have a nice day!" (what she says to everyone when we're leaving, or when someone is leaving our house)
--We've been talking about Jesus while we wait for the sacrament on Sunday, and she just said today, "Jesus loves dogs; and Jesus loves to play with toys; and Jesus made yummy flowers for me; and Jesus made sheep, horsies, and cows for me." So random and fantastic.
|Kyle put her to bed in one of my t-shirts. Such a cutie|
She is doing great at praying and has even said a couple of prayers by herself! She helped her bunny say the Family Home Evening prayer last week and it was adorable. She folded his stubby little arms and said thank you that we could finish dinner all gone and that we could play. Then she had to change his diaper because he had a poo poo :). Bunny and puppy frequently need diaper changes and have to go down for naps.
|She has started closing her eyes for prayers and always looks like this :)|
|She looks like a Sweeny!|
|So. Cute. I love that smile.|
|Riding shotgun with me this week for two blocks through our neighborhood--she was in Alexa heaven|
Alexa is a great big sister and loves to help out around the house by putting her dishes in the sink, putting her laundry away, etc. I'm not joking when I say we have the best daughter in the world. Here she is feeding Tyler breakfast (she begged!) while I was exercising. Granted, I had to hose him down afterwards, but it was totally worth it.
Tyler continues to melt us with his smile and awesome personality. He's a great baby. Just turned 7 months old today! He's really scooting around the room these days--mostly army crawling, but he does get up into crawling position all the time to hang out and rock back and forth. We have to laugh because he often scoots his way off the carpet and onto the hardwood floor, but because he drools so much he gets stuck on the slippery hardwood and can't keep scooting and cries. I can't help but crack up that he's trapped in a puddle of his own drool and therefore crying. It happens frequently and makes me smile every time.
|That's not where I left you!!|
|Beard Boy here has been eating solid food so much better lately. He's now downing lots of mush at every meal.|
We've started trying to go to this big field next to our house on Sundays to let Roxy run around and hang out as a family. It's been really, really nice to get out of the house and just be together in the beautiful weather. I love it!
Tyler has the most adorable little laugh. I used him as a weight for a tricep exercise a couple weeks ago and he giggled the whole time. And here's a video of him giggling with Kyle today--
Lastly, Kyle and Todd (thank you!) built this entire awning yesterday! Roofing and all. I was seriously impressed. Kyle has been wanting to do this for a while because we have a false drain in the patio that freezes and floods the house in the winter, so he's hoping to discourage that by not having the snow melt down there and freeze over the drain this winter. They did an awesome job.