Friday, August 11, 2017

Week with Mamita

While TJ's mom was here we went bowling, to the Riverwalk, ate at Rainforest Cafe (to my boys' delight), explored the Tower of America (too expensive to ride to the top ;), ate Colombian food and celebrated TJ turning 33 on August 6th! We also bought a car- ughhhh. Our car that we bought right as we got married finally gave up the ghost and died for good. It needed a new engine and wasn't worth it. It was definitely a tender mercy that it died right as TJ went out of town for a week and that Ruth was here for us to go car shopping several times without kids. It's a 2009 Toyota Corolla with a lot of miles on it but we got a good deal on it and we're crossing our fingers it's like all the other Toyotas that Wengerts have had and it'll go to 300k+ miles! And we can't get away from the color grey apparently.... ;)

My boys LOVED bowling- it was actually so fun to see all of them get so excited! Benson would try to jump up and down and clap his hands! And he only wanted the red ball. After the first game, Bens and Shad were done and bored though. But Ty and Lev could've gone on and on. They looked so cute in their bowling shoes too ;)

We went to Sea World with Carrie and Danielle and their kids. Levi's new dream is to be selected as the child to feed a fish to the orcas so we sat close to where they chose the kids last time. No such luck and it meant we were on the 2nd row of the splash zone. Both little boys fell asleep on me and I didn't have time to move before the 55 degree water hit us! ha! Poor little boys woke right up!! What a mean mom to have them woken up like that!

We drove down to Kyle for Mrs. Sparks' Class Reunion party! She is amazing! She had about 50-60 people over and kids were yelling and running everywhere!! They were in heaven! Her daughter is having health problems and her and her husband are going out of the country the next day yet she still took the time to throw us a party, provide food and make a cute little treat for her kids that say "OWL always love you"- she seriously has made such a difference in our lives! Not sure how any teacher at our new school could ever top our experience at Negley with Mrs. Sparks!

I watched my friend, Marsha Hunter's kids so I had 8 kids under the age of 8, with 7 boys and 1 little girl! It was a little crazy!! Poor Marsha is almost 9 months pregnant with #5 and the gender is a surprise! I'm so excited for them!

Our "new" car!

I found this little orphan child taking a shower in my bathroom ;) He has some sort of towel thingy that is supposed to dry water off you quicker but he was using it for "playing in the rain."

New Baby Cousin and Mamita

Ginger and Curtiss had the perfect little addition to finish up their cute little family of 3 boys!

Gracie Dawn Smith
7/27/17 at 8:07 pm
6 lbs, 13 oz

It's so fun to have another sweet little niece and definitely need more on the Hendriksen side! My boys think she is adorable!

Since Gracie has been born the boys keep seeing cute girl stuff and asking if we can buy it for our little sister someday, haha. When I told them Ginger had her, Levi said, "Awwww NO FAIR!!" :)

Ruth came to visit for a week! It was nice having her here and we did a lot of fun things! We did Sea World again and it was even better this time because the orca shows were open! We sat super close and so fun to see them up close. The park was not busy at all so it was neat to do a lot and see things super up close.

I had two work meetings on different days so I took Ty with me to one of them on Monday and Levi with me on Tuesday. We did lunch before and got some good one-on-one time. Ruth was adamant about walking to the park in the crazy heat and humidity instead of me dropping them off, haha, but they looked so cute walking as I drove away with Ty. Levi had his snake stuffed animal wrapped around the wagon so he could hang on :)

Levi went with me to my occupational nurse appointment for all my immunizations and drug testing. He thought it was very interesting that they were checking for cavities when I did the saliva drug test :) I'm really grateful for this job and am actually excited to start. I feel the Lord's hand in it and directed towards it. Out of the 25 or so jobs I applied this was only the second interview I was offered and the first one I didn't end up going to because I couldn't find a baby-sitter and didn't feel good about it (it was home health anyways).  I feel excited about working for Christus Health- everyone has been so kind and welcoming, like more than normal or more than I every experience with all my years at IHC. I'm ready for this change. 

Benson loves watching the shows and acts like a big boy just sitting there watching. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sea World

TJ was gone last week out of town so I decided we'd finally go to Sea World to help pass the time. We finished the Book of Mormon after reading it every morning for 3 years so we decided this would be our family reward. Plus, I had free season passes for Benson, Shad and Levi since we are SA residents now. The boys loved it and it's definitely a perk of living in this huge city. 

These pictures are blurry but it's so hard to catch Benson's REAL smiles- they are so cute that I just wish he'd do it on a regular basis instead of scowling at the world!! :)