Monday, October 26, 2015

September 2015 - Spanish preschool, first haircut, and the chickens start laying eggs!

Alexa started preschool and she loves it.  We found a Spanish immersion school and she's doing great.  The best part is that she comes home and teaches new words to Tyler and sings him songs in Spanish.  It makes me so happy.
 Here are some videos of Tyler counting to 10 and praying in Spanish. I will have to take some Alexa Spanish videos to post next month!

Translation of his prayer:
Padre Celestial, gracias por esta comida. Bendicenos con salud y fuerza.  Te amamos.  En el nombre de Jesucristo, amen.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this food.  Bless us with health and strength.  We love you.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

In other news, Miss Alexa got her first official haircut at 4 1/2 years old!  We chopped an entire 1/2 inch off, maybe.  Just to even up the front and back.  What a cutie.  She still has baby hair--very fine and thin, but oh so pretty.
Alexa also got to go wedding dress shopping with Chelsea.  I think it was the happiest day of her life!  Here's a picture of her trying on a dress with Chelsea.

Alexa the Diva
Our chickens have started laying eggs!  We get 1-2/day from our 5 hens.  We also bought 4 new baby chicks and they sadly all died.  One escaped while we were in St. George, at least one was taken by a neighbor's cat, and between the cat and Roxy we found the other 2 dead in the back yard.  Our back neighbor said he throws rocks at the cat whenever he sees it go in our yard.  We are bummed that none of them made it.  The kids loved to hold them and carry them around the yard, and they love to go feed the big hens scraps from our compost or find bugs for them (especially worms!).  I am somewhat relieved that the big hens can now hold their own and the cats and Roxy completely leave them alone besides Roxy occasionally chasing them around the yard just to get them to freak out and try to fly.
Our first two eggs 
Kyle and I got to dress up and go to a charity gala for work because Thrive was being recognized for some of our humanitarian projects over the last year.  It was really neat to be a part of the event and hear some of the stories about the impact that our work is having on the lives of different families and communities.  I threaten the owners of Thrive that they can't ever take humanitarian work out of my job description.  I feel blessed to be a part of it and am grateful to work for people who believe so strongly in giving back and helping others to prosper, be self-sufficient, and educated in order to help generations succeed.

One final story that made me laugh--Tyler and I were reading a lift-the-flap book about otters and it asked what the otter likes to eat (hiding under the flap).  Tyler's response to the question was "a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!"

Sunday, October 25, 2015

August 2015 - Tates in Utah, baby Roman arrives, and Tyler's potty training adventures

Kyle took both kids on our Ward father sons campout and they loved it.  They got to roast s'mores and sleep in a tent and have the time of their lives.  

The kids also finished up their swim lessons this month.  Alexa did really well and Tyler has somewhat of a love-hate relationship with swimming.  He gets excited to go and then cries every lesson, but is doing well at floating on his own.

It's been fun to have the kids play together all day and run around with Roxy and the chickens in the backyard.   

We were excited to welcome more family to Utah in August when Emily and Jered moved out!  It is so wonderful to have more siblings and cousins close by.
We also got to welcome cute baby Roman to the family this month.  He's pretty dang adorable.

Tyler started potty training and he's a natural.  He caught on by the end of the first day.  When I asked if he was done going to the bathroom yet he said, "No. Be patient!"  And then "I did it!" after pooping in the toilet while flexing his arms and smiling excitedly.  We are still working on making it through the night, so both kids have been sleeping on bare mattresses with beach towels for weeks.

We sold our scooter and Alexa cried.  They look like little bobbleheads with those big helmets riding around the neighborhood with Daddy.

Granny called and said she missed us and was lonely, so we immediately planned a sleepover party for the next day.  She is so cute to read books with the kids and they like to give her a foot massage and paint her toes in return.  Her smile while the kids are in front of her with their toes on display is my favorite.

Video of Gran Gran reading to the kids:

Lastly, the kids are on a Super Why kick and love to run around with capes and pretend to be superheroes who spell words all day.  It's pretty great.