|Some of the volunteers at the service project|
|Leaders at the service project|
The next item I mentioned was that I got to work with a doctor in Ogden who specializes in Nutritional Medicine. I shared some of my research with him on the nutrition of freeze dried produce opposed to grocery store "fresh," canned, or frozen. He was very familiar with the nutrition of freeze dried foods because he works mostly in the supplement industry, and many vitamin and dietary supplements are actually made from freeze dried fruits and vegetables. I never knew. Anyway, he gave a fantastic presentation about the nutritional differences and health benefits of Thrive foods in addition to the other convenience and cost savings benefits associated. There's more information about general benefits that we've now posted on our website here and more information specific to health here. It was a great presentation, and convention was a huge success overall. Side note: if you want to meet my crazy bosses, here's a phone video of their ridiculous made-up performance the last night to One Direction.
Another great thing during April was that we got to have both sets of grandparents out here! Grandma and Grandpa Sweeny came out first and we got to celebrate Granny's 98th birthday together. She let Alexa blow out her candles and then they cuddled and watched Shrek together. I love that witty, spunky, incredibly generous woman--I have admired her since I was a little girl and still want to grow up to be just like her! Dad had to run off to go receive an amazing award (Internet2 President's Leadership Award) in Denver--so proud of him! I just googled his name to find the link again and a whole list of articles, links and tweets showed up. Impressive. Mom was sooo, sooo incredibly helpful and wonderful to watch the kids during the above-mentioned convention insanity. Thank you!!!
Marmie and Grandpa came out the week after convention and we had so much fun (and Kyle put them to work)! They were here over Easter, so we got to play, go to the new Aquarium in Draper, have 2 Easter egg hunts with the kids; and Kyle enlisted their help in building a massive retaining wall, redoing sprinklers and aerating our backyard. Phew.
The first Easter egg hunt we took Alexa to on Saturday was insane! They brought 10,000 (!!!) eggs and had them in a huge field basically every 3-6 inches from each other. They gave the 0-3 year olds a 20 second head start (ha). Alexa bent down to pick up *one* egg, and by the time she reached down to pick up a second there were none within 200 yards in any direction. Vultures, I tell you. I was stunned. I did a complete 360 and couldn't believe that they were gone so quickly!! Needless to say, I think we'll go back to that Easter party next year for the fun bounce houses, face painting and cotton candy, but we'll leave before the hunt starts because holy cow! I much preferred the one in our front yard :).
|Celebrating Marmie's birthday|
Tyler is now an avid climber and loves climbing up the closed toilet into the bathroom sink, or up onto the kitchen chairs and onto the table, etc. You get the picture. He has discovered climbing and will never go back.
The last piece of BIG news for our family is that I was offered a new position at work last week. I was taken by surprise when the owners pulled me aside and offered me double my current salary if I would take the position they created for me to develop our company strategy. I will be in the office full time, so Kyle has put in his notice and will stay home with the kids being an amazing Mr. Mom. The first day I was gone he busted out the sprinkler and threw a party with the kids :). It was a hard adjustment to be gone all day for the first couple of days, but it's getting easier with time. Tyler had a really hard time and would go ballistic the minute I walked through the door every day--there were many days where he was in his high chair eating and I would walk in, so he immediately started screaming and trying to claw his way out of the high chair to get to me. I miss those cute kids when I'm gone all day, but we're figuring it out so that we can play some in the morning, have lunch together some during the week, and hopefully have me home earlier in the evening to have more time together before the munchkins are off to bed. Love them! So, that's our April in a nutshell. Happy May!