Sunday, September 26, 2021

September 2021 - COVID hits

Richard and Megan came and stayed with us for Labor Day weekend and we had a blast at Splash Summit, hiking to Donut Falls, and playing with cousins.  

The week after that Kyle started feeling sick.  He had a fever, body aches, and chills.  I got the same thing 2 days later and we tested positive for COVID.  I was sick for 2-3 days and then had a bad headache and congestion for another few days after that, but Kyle was hit hard.  He had a fever on and off for 9 days and was feeling miserable.  He lost 20 pounds in that week.  Todd and Jason gave him a blessing on day 10.  Because we both had it and couldn't isolate from the kids, they had a 3 week quarantine from school.  We busted out all the craft supplies, puzzles, and games, and ordered some new toys and crafts from Amazon.  We also did contactless Walmart pick up for the first time, which is pretty dang convenient.  The kids did a good job having to stay home for that long.  I did have one morning conference call while working from home where I came out after and found baby Nathan playing in a giant puddle of milk on top of the table.  The kids left the milk out from breakfast and he happily climbed on top of the table, knocked it over, and had the time of his life playing in it while it dripped down the table and onto the floor.

We got the kids tested to see if they could go back to school.  The lab emailed the results and they were all negative, but then the Health Department called later that day and said that the email results were wrong and Alexa and Tyler were actually positive.  Baby Nathan had a fever for a couple of days, but he also cut two molars so we're not sure if he was sick or just miserable.  None of the other kids had any symptoms.  

I was called into the Young Women's Presidency in our ward, which is exciting.  I love working with the youth.

August 2021 - Nathan is 1!

Alexa, Tyler, and Tad have all started soccer.  This is Tad's first year (finally old enough) and he is loving it. He scored 3 goals in his first game! Another kid on his team started kicking the ball towards the other goal (you know, because they're all 5) and Tad chased him screaming at the top of his lungs, "That's the wrong way! Stop! Stopppp!! Turn around!"  They had a break shortly thereafter and the coach pulled that kid aside to quietly remind him which way to go and Tad ran over to their private conversation and wanted to make sure the coach knew he tried to get the kid to stop haha.  He feels all the strong feelings about soccer.  And pretty much everything else in life. Kyle started an incentive during baseball season that if the kids get a hit they get a slurpie, so now in soccer if they get a goal they earn a slurpie, too. Tad is sufficiently motivated to say the least. 

Alexa and Tyler are currently really into rollerblading.  It's the cool thing to do with friends after school.  They're blown away that Kyle and I know how to rollerblade and that we did it as kids, too.  He and I went to a skate park for our one-on-one date this month.  If he's not rollerblading Tyler is busy trading Pokemon cards.  

Baby Nathan started walking and was starting to take several steps over a week or two but then stopped and decided crawling is the way to go.  He turned 1 and he is so much fun!  He has the brightest blue eyes, is still HUGE, loves to dance to Bluey and Raining tacos, laugh at his brothers (mostly Tad), and eat all the things.  He gets into everything and loves to unload the dishwasher and climb on top of the kitchen table.  Alexa and Tad wanted to decorate his strawberry birthday cake, so they did the frosting and added lots of sprinkles and blueberries :).  We got him a baby swing and he looooves it.  We all take turns pushing him and he's in heaven.  At 12 months he is 27 lbs (98%), 34 inches (100%), and his head is 48 cm (94%).  

Video of Nathan dancing to Raining Tacos:
The kids took Nathan around the house as "King Baby:"

The kids are back in school.  Alexa is in 5th, Tyler in 3rd, Tad is with the big kids in kindergarten, and Liam started preschool.  I thought Liam would have a massive breakdown but he walked right in and said "Bye, Mom!" with an excited smile.  I miss all the fun and play of summer, but it's nice to get back into a routine.  The one negative is that Tad is in afternoon kindergarten and Liam in morning preschool, so they miss having a buddy to play with. 

I tried surfing behind a boat for the first time and it was really fun!  It was a new experience with our sales team from work.  I was pleasantly surprised to get up on the first try but I definitely had a few epic wipeouts after that.

Kyle and I went on a date and Todd and Melissa stayed with the kids.  They held boxing mania while we were gone.  Videos linked below--

Kyle made a deal with Alexa and Tyler that if they each read 5,000 pages over the summer we would take them to Lagoon.  They did not disappoint and we had a blast spending the last day of summer there together.

Other shenanigans:

Kyle had fun getting special sets of Duplos and Legos and then building them with each kid for their one-on-one dates this month, Tad and Liam got to see Paw Patrol at the movie theater, Liam threw up at the Ludlow BBQ because he was spinning too fast in a swing, we had fun walking and biking on the Jordan River trail, and we rented a mini excavator to dig up our yard and start running utilities to the outbuilding.  We had to do a public notice and hearing with City Council and it all went well so now we have the green light from Lehi City to move forward on turning our outbuilding into a secondary dwelling.

July 2021 - Swingle Family Reunion

For the 4th of July Kyle smoked ribs and we hosted a little neighborhood BBQ.  It was fun to be able to get together and visit with the Statens, Beagleys, and Kollers.

We held our first Swingle family reunion this month in southern Utah.  Emily planned it all and did an amazing job.  We did a fun hike to a rock tunnel, went boating, 4 wheeling, did a drum circle, relay races, eating contest, lots of games, and a talent show.  One of the games was to tape candy to t-shirts and have all the cousins chase the person wearing the shirt to pull the candy off.  Marmie was the host for the little kids, so they grabbed all her candy and then gave her big hugs.  It was adorable.  Sara wore the candy shirt for the middle age group, and Kyle wore it for the teenagers.  For the talent show our family lip synced to It's Raining Tacos.  Tad was super into it but Liam held on to me, screaming and crying, for the whole song.  Tyler helped Marmie with magic tricks and thought it was sooo cool.  He's been obsessed with magic and Marmie ever since.  Their stage names were Francis and Melva.  The eating contest escalated from cheeto puffs to dried bugs, sardines, and cat food.  The Lunas were the undisputed champions.  During the reunion we earned tickets for different events and got to buy stuff at a family store at the end.

Tyler and Tad are great at making baby Nathan laugh.  I caught it a couple of times on video--

Alexa was excited to get her first pair of contacts, especially for sports.  She's growing up with her pierced ears and contacts :).

And other nonsense...

I caught the kids pretending to be pioneers together and living in "the olden days" :)

Funny stories:

Playing a game where you have to name 3 things in that category within 5 seconds:

Artists. Tyler: Bob Ross, I literally don't know any others. Me: What about Picasso? Tyler: Nope, never heard of him. That sounds like pistachio. 

Rappers. Tyler and Alexa: ooh, snickers! No, ziplock! Me: no, like the singers. Like rap music. Tyler: Twix!