Monday, December 19, 2016

November 2016 - Seattle

The highlight this month was driving to Seattle to see Grandma and Grandpa Sweeny on their mission.  Tyler and Tad ended up with hand, foot, and mouth and had some miserable nights, but we were so happy to be together.

Day 1: We got to the Seattle Institute right as Grandma was finishing her last class, so it was fun to see her teach and meet some of the students.  She immediately grabbed Tad for a good cuddle.  Then we saw some of the University of Washington campus and visited a fun history museum in the rain.

Day 2: We took the kids to Canada!  We went to the beautiful Capilano Suspension Bridge Park outside of Vancouver, where we explored a temperate rain forest.  They have suspension bridges between the canopies of trees, so you're walking from tree to tree about 100 feet off the ground.  

Day 3: We celebrated Thanksgiving at Mom and Dad's apartment.  We went outside to play and blow bubbles, went to the Sheraton Hotel to see their gingerbread house display, and to the Institute to play hide and seek, charades, Jenga, pool, foosball, and ping pong.

Day 4: We ran around downtown Seattle and saw the Space Needle, Pike Place, rode the Giant Ferris Wheel, and played at the zoo park.  The kids had a blast feeding french fries to the seagulls at the pier.

Other highlights of November--

Alexa did a great job on her Primary church program this month.  She sang loudly and wasn't shy at all ;).

Here is a short video of our favorite song she sang during the program, titled Gethsemane.

Kyle was invited to join a friend for a corporate flag football tournament at the BYU practice fields and now Alexa tells everyone her dad plays on the BYU football team.  Haha.  It was freezing cold, but we had lots of fun cheering him on.

We usually do family movie night on Fridays and decided to show the kids the original Star Wars movies.  We have some Star Wars books so they know most of the characters.  They have been talking "like Chewbacca" and it's absolutely hilarious.  Thankfully, I was able to capture it on video.

We had a great visit from Kurt & Romy this month.  Romy's visa went through so they will be married in a few weeks!  Alexa loves to follow Romy around and try on all of her clothes and jewelry.  Romy calls Alexa her little princess and has taught her a few words in German.

The kids helped rake all of the leaves in the backyard and had a blast jumping in the pile.  Tad was not content to watch from his blanket and joined right in on the fun.

Our silly kids keep us on our toes and laughing all the time.  Pictures below from Tyler the super hero pinching all evil that comes our way, a lion he drew at my office, preparing for his future with glasses, lots of naked peaches in the bath tub, practicing writing letters on my computer, enticing Tad up the stairs with his karate belt, and other fun.