Sunday, December 6, 2015

Piano Recital and Nativity

Ty had his first piano recital, along with me being the teacher and putting on a piano recital! We held it at Stonehenge skilled nursing facility so the old people could listen and the kids could give some service as well. Ty played "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and then him and I played "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" as a duet. He did awesome for being 5 years old and was so proud! He memorized his songs and played so well. The other 4 kids did awesome too- it was neat to see all their hard work pay off and to be their teacher. I started teaching in September and now have 7 students so it's nice to be able to do something from home and make a little extra money. Ruth and my grandparents came down for it- poor TJ had class that he couldn't miss so we recorded it. Lexi watched Shad so it was nice for me and the older boys to enjoy it. 

 TJ's siblings and spouses had a date night for Christmas and it was so fun!! We ate at Longhorn Steakhouse and then played games after. It was nice to be able to spend time together without kids!! We missed Mandie/Adam who had to work and Vannessa/Blake who are in Florida.

37 weeks- hopefully the last picture we'll take of both of us being pregnant at the same time and one of us will be out of misery soon!!

This year for Christmas we've been really trying to focus on the true meaning of Christmas with the boys. Having a Christmas baby has really hit home this year and makes it more of a constant reminder- I feel for Mary!! :) We went to a live Nativity production in PG last Sunday and the boys loved it. They had a life-like Bethlehem set up before that the kids could experience what life was like back then with dancing, games, weaving, pottery making, and writing in their language. It was pretty impressive and fun for us all to experience.


The boys completed a sticker chart for sleeping in their own beds all night, not having accidents and staying in bed/their room until 6:30 am. I was actually quite surprised at how well it worked!! They earned new jammies as their prizes and were very proud. 

Both boys wrote their own letters to Santa- I just helped spell out words. I was surprised Levi did it all by himself!! He's progressed a ton since the beginning of preschool this year.

Ty's letter to Santa:
1. Legos
2. Star Wars toy
3. New Books
4. Art Kit
5. Miles from Tomorrowland jacket

Levi's letter to Santa:
1. Tigee's Mom & Dad
2. Batman legos
3. (More) Legos
4. Books
5. Paw Patrol jacket

- The only thing that threw me for a loop was Tigee's mom and dad. Tigee is his stuffed animal tiger that goes everywhere with him. It's apart of our family. He picked it out at the Tucson Desert Museum when my mom took the boys there and has been in love with it ever since. Now suddenly he wants the mom and dad to Tigee. Hmmm.... he says Santa can get them in Africa. 

Came across this gem... haha. TJ and Spencer Sorensen in high school. Nice hair boys!

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