Cougars

This is such a hard thing to write about given the current state of things with BYU football.  But back in September, we were all pretty excited about BYU football so we took the kids to an afternoon game.  It was blistering hot.  We were all melting.  Jack ended up with heat stroke of some kind and threw up everywhere.  Sorry other people in the stands!  Thankfully Grandpa saved the day and found us some unused seats in the shade.  It was a much better game after we moved.  The kids loved the game after that even little Lukester!  And the Cougs were victorious which at this point is a distant memory.  Oh BYU Football…you always let me down!

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Birthday Girl

Our Sophie lady is 4!  She is growing into the most wonderful little girl.  She is so fun to be around and makes friends where ever she goes.  She is happy to play with anyone at the park.  I love her friendliness.  She does get a little bossy especially with Jack.  She’s already practicing her mothering skills!  She is a funny girl often making comments that crack me up.  She also has a shy side and sometimes avoids the limelight.  She is super sensitive especially when she gets in trouble.  It often leads to her running out the room in tears or burying her head in the couch to hide.  Oh girls…  She still takes a nap during the day when she is not at preschool.  But it is affecting her ability to fall asleep at night so we often have a little visitor upstairs asking for a drink, a kiss, a hug or the infamous “Mommy I need to tell you something.”  She also tends to be in our room a few times per week in the night asking for us to fix her blankies.  It is making me so tired!  She is a great lady.  She excels in all she does and we are so proud of her.

Stats at 4 years:

41.5 inches tall (77%)

37.2 lbs. (85%)

We had a small Cinderella party at our house in the morning.  For lunch we went to Chick Fil-A per her request.  That night we went to Texas Roadhouse to celebrate Grandpa’s birthday which is the day before.  And when we got home we opened more presents and had more cake.  It was a fun, busy day for our cute lady-loo.

The next series of photos are funny.  I wanted to get a picture of everyone so all the girls lined up.  But Ellia was not having it.   So we took the photo without her.  As soon as we were done and everyone went on there way to play, Ellia went and stood by the wall all by herself.  It was too funny.  She just needed her space!

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Lake Powell

The last weekend in August we headed to Lake Powell with the Bishopric from our old ward.  Way before we moved away, the Bishopric started planning this trip to Lake Powell and they were nice enough to still invite us even though Dan was no longer part of the group.  I had never been there before and Dan loves it so we decided it was worth the long journey.  And it did not disappoint!  The kids loved every second of playing in the water and sand all day long.  And it was super fun to be with some of our old friends again.  Nothing makes me feel more sad about moving then when we are with old friends.  It just feels so comfortable and like we belong with all these people that we love so much.  I just have to keep reminding myself that, in time, we will feel that way about our new neighbors.  We played games and ate lots of good food.  We laughed lots and lots too.  Thank you so much Ostler’s for having us.  I hope they think of us next year if they do it again!

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School!

On August 26th our Jack started Kindergarten.  And he has been loving it ever since.  He was not anxious at all on the actual day.  We walked him up to school, took a few pictures, waited until the bell rang and off he went.   Kindergarten is only “half-day” here which really means from 9:15-12 so it is not too long at all.  In fact, in some ways it is not long enough.  I barely can squeak an errand in before its time to go pick him up.  He is really excelling at school despite being way ahead (his teacher gave us the option of starting him in 1st grade during his pre-assessment before school started).  He loves going to PE and library each week.  And he loves doing buddy reading with his 4th grade buddy.  They started a chapter book together last week!  He has made some cute new friends and is loving Mrs. Story.  He’s an awesome boy!

The following Tuesday on Sept. 2nd Sophie started preschool.  She is going 2 days/week to Mrs. King.  We loved Mrs. King last year with Jack so we make the drive to Draper to take her.  She, too, loves school so much.  She is getting really good at writing her letters and recognizing a handful of sight words.  She loves to color.  I am constantly finding new drawings mostly of rainbows, flowers and our family.  She is sweet lady.

 

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August Days

Here is my collection of August photos…

It rained so much in August.  It seems like almost every day there was a big soaking thunderstorm.  And it even turned chilly one morning to the point where the kids wanted jackets and pants.  Please don’t let this be a sign of things to come…

We went swimming at Brooke’s pool one day.  We had a little pizza party for Grandma’s birthday.  Sophie developed a crazy fear of the water this summer.  It is pretty sad.  We are hoping that she can conquer her fears since we just started a round of swimming lessons last week.

This boy started to kneel up to things.  He is highly motivated to get to food where ever it can be found.  He wants to eat all day, every day.  It is exhausting.

I took the kids to the Ogden Temple Open House.  It was pretty special.  And they were such sweet kids.  It was a long tour (about an hour), going up and down stairs, in and out of rooms, with lots of other people.  But they did great.  Sophie loved the sparkly lights and asked when we could get those in our house.  I thought it was pretty neat to be in God’s house with my babies.  We followed it up with a lunch at Zaxby’s!  Can’t go wrong with that!

I took the kids to the zoo one morning so we could see the new exhibits.  They are cool but I’m not sure it was worth the front part of the zoo being torn up for the last 2 years.   But at least the train was reopened.  That is the kids favorite part anyway.

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