Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easter Boys

Easter Boys

Ty- almost 6 years
Levi- 4 1/2 years
Shad- 2 years 
Benson- 3 months

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Lots of Green

Little Miss Anniston
Isn't my little niece beautiful??
WHY do all my cute little nieces live far away!!

My Grandpa Wengert came into town and it was so good to see him. As the years have gone on and it's been longer and longer since my grandma has been gone, it becomes further in between when I get to see him. It makes me realize how much I love this man and the legacy that he's created with his family.

I normally don't think twice about St. Patrick's Day but the boys came home from school talking about leprechauns and wearing green so it was fun to run by the dollar store and create a little excitement in the morning before school. They said they told their friends that our leprechaun named Lucky isn't naughty or makes messes- he cleans and only leaves green milk, gold coins and donuts. ;) I had cleaned the boys' room before they went to bed so it wouldn't take so long the next morning (they normally do it in the mornings but we had friends over that made it messy all over again) and so they were shocked and assumed Lucky cleaned it. Shad just liked having green milk and donuts- he could care less why ;)

Benson turned 3 months!!! It almost seemed overnight that he is no longer a newborn. He's starting to be content to lay on a blanket and look around or have a brother near talking to him. He's only waking up once in the night, around 1:30 am, for a bottle and then will stir around 4 am but usually go back to sleep with a pacifier. He's getting to be pretty predictable and fits right into our schedule. Today at the gym he had the biggest explosion diaper ever- I had to clean the back of his knee creases!!! He likes to not go for 2 days and then explode! And he waits until I'm at the gym!! He's smiley and talkative and I heard his first giggles a few days ago. This week he got weighed at a doctor's appointment and he was 14 lbs, 11 oz!! I've gotten out all 6 month clothes and he's wearing size 2 diapers. The only problem with this baby is that he much he allergic to wet wipes or diapers?? Is that possible? Ever since he was about 7 weeks old he's had a diaper rash on his thighs and diaper folds area from where the diaper rubs. I've tried everything and so far the only thing that keeps it at bay is Calmoseptine and water only to clean him- not the most convenient process!! But we just love this baby- he couldn't be more loved and it's so fun to see how much his older brothers completely adore him. 

Ty is officially reading chapter books. I'll catch him all the time carrying around his little book with his Star Wars bookmark sticking out. He especially likes to take his books in the car and read it out loud to the boys. :)

TJ and I got to go to the Provo City Center Temple Dedication by ourselves- Guy and Ruth watched them- and it was so nice! The dedication was wonderful and such amazing speakers. I loved the story one of them told about the 14 year old pioneer girl named Mary. There's a painting of her gathering berries in the temple and it'll be so neat to think of that when we see it. It was also interesting because the stake center that we went to had the sacrament after the dedication was over. I had never been to one like that and it was really memorable because it was so unique. 
We really are so thankful to have such supportive family close by and grandparents that love these boys so much.

The past two weeks has been so stressful/exciting/unsure as TJ had an interview with Revere Health here in Utah County for an Administrator in Training position. So many life decision to make and lots of adulting. Not sure of what's to come but hopefully this weekend will tell! Things are good and we're looking forward to the future and what it'll bring! 

P.S. Costco carts are the best. Seriously- where else can you fit all 4 kids, get samples and a good workout from pushing this thing all loaded up and then feed everyone dinner for a few bucks??  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Eggs

Dying easter eggs was quite entertaining this year. Ty and Levi loved it and took it very seriously, of course, but it was Shaddie that cracked me up. He dyed all 12 of his eggs yellow in like 5 minutes and as soon as they were all his "yellow eggs" he started eating them- shells and all! I enjoyed listening to the crunching sound so much I didn't even stop him. It was pretty amusing! He loved it and acted like it was completely normal.

Ty was SO excited for his Star Wars dying kit, Levi had Avengers and Shaddie had Paw Patrol. This was a VERY serious decision to make and they debated for days which one they wanted and who got what. :)

Shaddie 2 years old
Benson- 2 1/2 months old

Shaddie has to carry around his "yellows"- meaning any of the yellow IKEA bowl, plate, utensils- all day long!! And he refuses to eat off anything else as well. 

This past weekend was a big deal for Ty- he FINALLY got to see a REAL Star Wars movie!! And "not the netflix kid kind- the grown up one that Mom watched when she was little!" That's what he explained to people. :) For some reason, he has loved Star Wars for the past year or so and knows all the characters names and plot of the movie. I'm not even entirely sure how- I assume that his friends at school talk about and we read the Lego Star Wars book so I guess that's how? Anyways, I was impressed him and Levi watched the entire original movie from start to finish and was glued to the TV! 

Ty's Recent Sayings:

- Every day when I drop the boys off at school, I look through the door as I drive away and I can see Ty hug and kiss Levi on the cheek before he sends him to his classroom. The teachers all comment on it :) They also have to hold hands as they wait for me to pull up. 

- Ty was teaching him about his math homework and when Levi answered correctly Ty said, "You're getting it Levi! I'm so proud of you!" Haha.

Their first time playing Monopoly! 
Obviously, this weekend was a "big kid" weekend with this game and Star Wars movie :). I can remember many Sundays playing Monopoly with my dad and brothers so watching this made me smile!

Levi's Recent Sayings:

- "The best thing that I like when Benson is the cutest is when he's looking out the window."

- Levi came up to looking so sad and when I asked him what was wrong, he looked up with the saddest look and said, "Mom, I just wish I had 3 arms."

- I was taking a shower and called out to Levi to ask if Shad was okay. When he answered yes I asked Levi what was he doing and Levi replied, "just having fun."

- "Mom- I love to swim because it makes me cool."

- We were driving and I muttered out loud to a car that took my parking spot, "I was there first!" and Levi said, "What Mom? Ty doesn't' have burps?"

- Talking to Shaddie about getting run over by cars and he says, "I just don't want to be flattened. That would not be fun!"

- "If I were in a jet, I'd look out the window and say YIKES! That's a steep drop! I'm never leaving this!"

- Talking about Benson, "Look! He's using his claws to hold my finger."

- It just always makes me smile when he answers with "great" or "sure" when I ask him how he's doing or if he wants to do something instead of the usual "good" or "yes."

Monday, March 7, 2016

IEP and Cousins

This picture doesn't do it justice- he was literally arched over as far as he could go and deep asleep!

We gave Ruth this picture of her mom for her birthday. She was so touched and I think it turned out beautiful. Love good presents that mean so much.

The new Primary Presidency dropped this off last Sunday. The kids all wrote notes thanking us for our service- it was so sweet!! Levi's is the orange one at the bottom left that says I love you. :) 

Since Leap Day was on a Monday we made a time capsule for Family Night. We just filled out these papers I found on a blog and taped them shut inside of a shoe box. The boys thought it was so cool although they had a hard time understanding exactly what a time capsule is and connecting that to an extra day that comes every 4 years. :) Now just to remember four years from now.... it's so crazy to think what life will be like in 2020 yet it'll come so fast! Ty and Levi will be almost 9 and 10 and Shaddie and Benson will be 6 and 4!! Who knows where we'll be living??

10 weeks old

Ty's favorite thing to do in the morning after chores and practicing the piano and while Levi does his computer homework- read by the warm fire. :) I love seeing how much my kids LOVE to read. I'm glad that trait is getting instilled in them. Levi officially is reading as of February- like full-on reading books. I'm quite shocked actually because I haven't really worked with him and he just caught onto it himself. I think it's a combination of high quality preschool early on and being read to every night.

I thought this was sweet. TJ is so good to me.

Last Saturday we went to a U of U PMBA sponsored day at the Leonardo Museum in SLC. They provided lunch and free admission to the museum. The boys were having so much fun when suddenly the fire alarm went off and we all had to exit the building. So we left and went to the newly remodeled Church Museum that was close by. It was awesome and the kids loved it. Ty kept asking so many questions about church history things- it was funny.

Replica of Liberty Jail.

There were so many hands-on things for the kids to do. They even had an entire kids section upstairs with a lot of neat things for the kids to do. I was impressed.

Had to get a picture by President Ezra Taft Benson with little Benson. 

A replica of the podium in the conference center.

11 weeks old and starting to get a big belly!!

Cade and Benson on Cade's blessing day. 

Levi- 4
Shad- 2
Ty- 5
Benson- 2 months
Lawson- 2
Parker- 4
Cade- 2 months

My nephews are pretty adorable if I say so myself...

TJ and his Grandpa Hendriksen

Last Friday was a monumental day. I had an IEP meeting at the local elementary school for Ty since it has been 3 years since his original one (IEP: an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services). It's actually taken me since early December to get this meeting set up and all the assessments and evaluations since Ty goes to a private school and he hasn't been getting any services through Alpine School District. We finally had the actual IEP meeting last Friday and I was so curious for what the results would be. His last IEP identified him as needing resource special education for reading, writing, math and speech. That meant that in his 2 1/2 hours in kindergarten he'd get pulled out for all of those each week- missing the majority of class time and being labeled, in my opinion. That was one of the major reasons why we chose to not go to public school and have gone to a private school. 
Anyways, after all their assessments they've officially declared Ty not eligible for any services because he doesn't qualify- meaning he's too high functioning and is no longer recognized by the school district as a special needs child!!  He'll always have the autism diagnosis- that doesn't get changed by anything and you don't outgrow it- but he's learned to overcome and conquer it to be able to function well, abnormally well and way above average. He's in the 90th percentile for reading, writing, math and above average IQ score. They said he has a "brilliant component to him" and that ABA therapy has worked amazingly well for him. The entire meeting was full of praise and awe for him and his progress. They called it a payback day and a rewarding day for us parents. I admit I was holding back tears and several of them were blinking too.  :) They said they wished they had 100 Ty's in their special ed department and he's the perfect example to study and learn from. 

Needless to say I'm so proud of our Ty Ty. I also got this little note from his Kindergarten teacher on the same day. So it was definitely a good mom day! But I'm more grateful to Heavenly Father for leading us along step by step. Looking back to 2012, I feel as if I was like Nephi, not knowing before hand what I was doing or going or what would happen. But I literally felt guided by the Spirit and Heavenly Father one tiny step at a time and look to where it's led us. I'll be eternally grateful for His Hand in my Tyrell's life so early on. And I know this is just the beginning too. 

 Benson's little corner in our room.

The dirty van only adds to it all- I love my new bumper sticker! Normally I'm not one to have anything on our cars but this one describes how I feel about minivans perfectly.