Saturday, September 24, 2016

Warriors and Yankees

T-ball has started! These boys are playing in the Hays Youth Baseball league and are loving it. Ty's on the Warriors and Levi is on the Yankees. At first I thought things were a little too intense for 5 and 6 year olds- twice a week practice and they needed certain color belt, socks, their bat and helmets- but now I'm super impressed and glad we're doing it. The coaches are so dedicated and there are 4-5 coaches at each practice/game so these boys are really getting some one on one high quality time. 

I think Ty has the 'speed genes.' He really is super fast and possibly the fastest kid on his team. It's definitely his strength. I literally cannot wait to get him into track when he's older!!! 











9 Months

 9 MONTHS!

This crazy kid is now 9 months old! And he wants to be and go everywhere and can't yet. He's very good at the army crawl on his belly but it hasn't clicked to used hands and knees. Benson LOVES the water and gets so mad when I get him out of the bath or swimming pool. He also loves his momma (and is extremely attached- like won't even go to dad), his bottle and running in his walker. He loves walking around the house while we hold onto his hands. No teeth yet but manages to eat any and all table food that he can, especially chicken nuggets with sauce, mac and cheese and cookies! Wearing all 18 months clothes and loves to snuggle momma. He's trying to pull himself up to stand but with our current lack of furniture he doesn't have much space to practice. :) 

Length: 29 inches = 77th percentile
Weight: 21 lbs 12 oz. = 83rd percentile
Head Circ: 47 cm = 94th percentile

I thought he was my biggest baby by far so I was surprised at his weight- he is SO heavy!! But Ty was 22 lbs 2 oz at 9 months so really, he's the same as Ty (his twin, from what people say all the time). 




This was only ONE oreo!!



Last week I got to go to the San Antonio Temple!! I LOVE it!! It's a small temple and I had to schedule a time for an endowment session because it fills up quickly. It was the most unique session that I've ever been to because I was the total minority- only a few people were english that didn't need headphones. The drive up wasn't too bad and I feel so lucky to have this temple close to us! I'm not sure how often we'd be able to make it up to Dallas or over to Houston.

 

Levi is really into being a cowboy and listening to cowboy music (country). He even had to call Poppa to talk to a real cowboy and ask him cowboy questions. He had to show us all how cowboys nap.

 
Levi's Recent Sayings:
- "I have a friend named Dustin but I call him 'Bro.'"

Shad's Recent Sayings:
- He has a pair of Air Jordan basketball shorts. Last time he wore them he kept saying, "Michael Jordan! Just like our Jordy Poo!"
- On our daily drives to school we pass a HOA swimming pool for Plum Creek. Without fail every single time we pass it, I wait for Shad to say, "That might be fun!"
- Randomly, Shad came up to me and said, "Poppa doesn't have any hair. It's all gone!"





These two are funny- Shad loves to tell Bens to take him for a ride and Bens will take off running. It's actually quite impressive how fast they go. Benson is freakishly strong!



Look who I ran into!! President Todd Polley  who was in the Tucson North Stake presidency during my teenage years. He is now the Mission President of the San Antonio mission. I was so excited when I heard they got the call because I knew we were moving so close by! They just started in July. He saw me from far off and tracked down my husband to ask him if his wife was from Tucson. It was really good to see him. He was probably one of the most influential male stake leaders of my youth. One of my best memories of him was at Girls Camp. We got into a pinecone fight on the 4th year hike and instead of telling us to stop he joined right in and didn't show us girls any mercy. He worked for the FBI so he was always super strong and he threw those pinecones as HARD as he could. It was awesome. Anyways, I enjoyed seeing him again and look forward to seeing his sweet wife as well.


These big dark eyes melt me :)


Bens' favorite thing to do- drinking the bath water. He spends half his bath time hunched over like this. 


Friday, September 16, 2016

Jordan's Farewell


Last weekend we made a CRAZY quick trip to Arizona for Jordan's farewell- just a 26+ hour drive, no big deal. We left at 2:30 pm on Friday after work/school and got into Marana pretty late. Then we enjoyed all day Saturday there and then left around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon and drove through the night. We got to our house at 5:30 am!! It was awful, horrible, never-want-to-do-it-again drive but it an awesome trip, SO worth it and I'm sure we will do it again, ha! Jordan gave an amazing talk and Ty and Levi both sang in the youth choir with the big kids. We worked on the EFY medley song for 2 weeks prior and they had it down perfectly. It was so cute watching them up there sing their little hearts out, looking like tiny little missionaries. Brought tears to my eyes and made the trip worth it. Plus I loved the example to my boys- both boys were very into everything Australia, looking at pictures and asking Jordy all about mission-related things. So good for them. They love her so much and will miss them but I'm grateful they'll be able to send cards, letters and mention her in their daily prayers. There couldn't be a stronger example to teach and prepare them for their own missions someday.


We only took the very basics since it was such a short trip and it was crazy trying to get ready, pack and out the door. With school and my school and TJ's work, things are just very hectic. So the only thing I packed for them to do was a 50 cent giant coloring book and a new pack of crayons that were a quarter. Gave them that along with a cookie sheet as a desk and that entertained them for hours. They also LOVED watching me color pictures for them- they liked that more than themselves doing it. Every few seconds they'd ask to see it and were SO impressed by my coloring skills!! If you ever need an ego lifted, just color with my boys. 


TJ and I decided the only way to get through this crazy of a trip was to use the boys' sleeping time to our advantage. We purposely drove as much as possible during the night. In that sense, it was awesome. SO much better than driving during the day. But then that meant us, trying to stay awake. Not fun. On the way there we drank a case of Dr. Pepper knock-off brand from HEB (Dr. B) and neither of us are big soda drinkers. By the time we got to Sierra Vista we both had to go to the bathroom but didn't want to stop the van since the kids wake up if it stops. So we took turns going as the other person slowly kept driving around the parking lot. Once we were done I just kept driving since we were so close to home and TJ had driven the whole way so far. Neither of us had slept because we had to keep the other person awake and with the infant carseat you can't lean back- which means no comfortable position to sleep in anyways. So we were driving and just talking trying to make it through the last hour when suddenly out of NO WHERE a giant, adult, pink, domestic, farm PIG is running across the road!!! Not a javelina, but a giant HOG. We didn't see it until it was next to the driver's front tire and it was literally for less than a second that it was in view and then it was gone. We both gasped in disbelief- it was over so quick we both weren't even sure if it really happened. If TJ hadn't of seen it I probably would've doubted myself- it was that freaky weird and quick. I seriously think it was inches away from our car- I wouldn't be surprised if we nicked it's tail or something. My heart was pounding and I was just washed over with immense gratitude for our protection. If we would've hit that thing there would've been extensive damage to our vehicle and to us- I'm sure of it. This thing had to weigh a good 500 solid pounds and I'm sure it would've gone up to the windshield (our brand new one that we had just paid lots of money for) hitting us in the face or flipped our van- it seriously would've been so bad and I'm just grateful for the power of prayer because I know there were many prayers for our safe travel. 

On the way home there weren't any pigs but two huge bloody noses and Shad kept crying which would make Benson cry. They kept going back and forth for hours. Then the awfulness of staying awake. TJ and I each took 5 hour energy drinks at different times and that helped a ton. But it was still so hard. We got home, took a 45 min. nap, got the older boys to school (they slept the entire time) and came home and all 4 of us slept until 9:30. It took a few days to recover!

Saturday morning swimming with the Beau Beau.

Shaddie and Beau have gotten to be good friends, even if Shaddie is always calling her a baby because she "doesn't wear underwear."





The day before we left we were finishing up Alma in our Book of Mormon reading (big deal- it's taken us forever to get through it). Ty's favorite scripture hero is Teancum. He thinks he is just the coolest war hero and saves the day every time. Well, we were reading Alma 62 where Teancum gets killed after murdering the wicked Lamanite king and as I was reading I look up to see Ty sobbing because "my hero has died!!" I tried really hard not to laugh or smile- it was just so cute! After a lot of explaining that he's in heaven and that all the scripture heroes are dead because it was from a long time ago, we're much better and can talk about Teancum without tears. This boy can be so tender-hearted sometimes! Especially when it comes to spiritual things :)


President and Sister Ludwig and Julie and her kids were in town this same weekend and they heard it was Jordan's farewell so they came!! It was so good to see them!! Pres. and Sister Ludwig are off to South Africa on another mission- so exciting!

Both boys start Tball with Hays County- at first I thought it seemed a little intense but now it's awesome. Each team has 4-5 coaches so these boys are getting amazing coaching. Plus they have practices 2 days a week. I absolutely love the feel of small town baseball parks. Brings back a ton of nostalgic memories from growing up at Marana Park.

Every night I find that Levi has moved up to Ty's top bunk and they are snuggling- very close and sweaty and clammy- ughhh!! :)




I took the sister missionaries to their district meeting in Lockhart last week. It was so fun to be around missionaries and to be needed by them! We thought the GPS was wrong because it was telling us we were here but we didn't see an LDS chapel. Eventually we realized there wasn't one-  the branch here met in this quirky little strip mall. It was so neat to go inside and see and refreshing to be outside of the 'bubble' and in the real world again- I love it!


Bens and Shaddie are to starting to play and interact. I'm SO glad they have each other especially since Ty and Lev are so close. Even though my dream would completely come true if I had a daughter someday, I love having 2 groups of boys. It's perfect and of course Benson needed to be a boy. :)


Levi's class read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and came home wearing this- why are kindergartners just the cutest??!! 


While at home, I came across this picture. I've seen it before of course but I just love it. My Grandma Wengert looks so pretty and Tyrell is so tiny and fragile. This symbolizes the help that is coming from the other side on a constant basis. It brings feelings of reassurance and calm.

These boys have fun at Grandma's house because it's full of GIRL toys- something we don't have and none of our Utah cousins have. Benson barely fit in this doll stroller. We also end up watching Frozen 2, 3 or 10 times every trip because Beau is still obsessed. Shad is always muttering "Go away, Anna" and "Okay, fine" at the most random moments, causing us all to burst out laughing.

Australia Brisbane Mission 

Jordan is going to the same mission my Grandpa Allen went to in the 1950's except it was South Australia Mission back then. That little koala bear is one he brought home over 50 years ago.


Nice photobomb, Jake!

Benson and Gigi- 8 1/2 months old

Another major reason why we took the crazyquick AZ trip is so we could get a family picture. The last one is already missing 5 people. We went out to the ranch for it. We were dying in sweat but afterwards the sun was setting and it had cooled down- it was just the gorgeous desert beauty all around us. A bunch of us, including TJ and all my boys, loaded into the back of my dad's truck to check on the cows. It was crazy bumpy and not safe and kids seemed to be jumping out of their seats with each bump. TJ was holding onto me as I held Benson and was clinging to Dallin on the other side of me as we sat on the toolbox in the back. All the grandkids were on a wood bench we used for pictures. It was a moment that brought back childhood memories and made me so glad my boys were experiencing it. It also made the entire trip worth it and was a memory I never want to forget.   



Benson kills me in this picture- so gross!!! I love sending snapchats of the kids to TJ and Jordan- just fun to say hi and that they care.

I'm eating super strict and working out every day to try to loose the last 10-15 lbs. I give myself one year to get completely back down and the year mark is fastly approaching. When I'm doing my workout during the day, Benson gets whatever will make him happy and keep him situated so I can get through it!! Yummy soggy cheerios, tortilla and vanilla pudding cup!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Reading and Football


I feel like we're starting to settle into a good routine around here. I've been waking up at 4:45 am to go workout before making breakfast and getting the boys off to school. It's sooo nice to have TJ take them on his way to work. They are gone from 7am- 3 pm. During that time we do errands if needed in the morning and then I do homework during glorious naptime. After school if the boys hurry and do their chores and homework, we go swimming for about 30-45 min. I'm really surprised at how much better little swimmers they've become by the daily swimming! They are getting braver and Levi decided he's done with his floaties. Ty loves his flippers and swims everywhere. Even though apartment living is hard (third floor, being quiet and not running around/making noise) the pool helps make it all do-able. Plus, this is all temporary. What's also so nice is that after swimming is dinner time and then bedtime- there's no time at all for TV. It stays off all week from Sunday to Friday which I think is so good. The days are going by quickly!

Last Monday we played Candyland for our FHE game. The boys thought it was soooo fun. We also had a lesson on pornography. I wasn't sure how it would go but it ended up being one of our best lessons we've had. We watched the little 5 minute video put out by the church- all 3 boys were silent during the entire time and watched intently. Then we were able to have a serious but light-hearted, matter-of-fact discussion about it. I love how the church gives us so much to teach our kids with and that these types of lessons don't have to be filled with dread or so much negativity. 


These boys LOVE to read- I often have to tell them to STOP reading. Ty has read the entire Magic Treehouse series in about 3 weeks. Levi is starting on them on. They love to lay out all their books in order and see which few they still need to collect. Grandma  Wengert often sends a surprise package in the mail with one of the few they still need- Ty will read it within the hour. :)



This kid's favorite place to be. He is so big now, he takes up my entire lap. He's wearing 18
month clothes. Don't mind my sweats on under my dress before church. 


Labor Day was a pretty relaxing for us- we're so busy during the week that it's pretty enjoyable to just relax a bit and stay home. The boys were so excited to wake up and watch the Texas Longhorns college football game. I was actually quite shocked that Ty watched the entire 3 hour game that went into double overtime! He was so into it and I have no idea what brought it on! I had to keep reminding him we still like AZ Wildcats too ;) We celebrated them winning by going to HEB and finding a Longhorns shirt on sale for $8- he was ecstatic and the boys already decided how they would share it :) All day long I kept hearing, "Hook 'em Horns!"

You can see our lovely living arrangement- folding tables and chairs, no couch and one reclining chair :) We make it work!


Levi's Recent Sayings:

- Justification for wanting a snack: "Mom, I have a small tummy. And when I go potty, my food goes out and it makes me hungry again. I really did eat my food.  I did! I just don't know why but I'm hungry so can I have a snack?"
- "LOOK! A smoking man!!! But it doesn't mean he's a bad person, it just means he doesn't know the gospel."
- "I just don't know why babies are SO amazing."
- "Our T-ball team is called the hankies." (Yankees)
- Levi told me they painted at school. When I asked him what he painted he said, very matter-of-factly, "Beautiful things."



I'm actually enjoying having this kid at home all to myself while the older boys are at school. He's grown up a lot these past few months and it's fun to have conversations and be able to reason with him. He's turning into a good, sweet little boy.



Shad's Recent Sayings:

-"Momma yo!" means Mom, Look! Yo = Look
- Poor Shad is constantly wanting his shoes on since Benson flies along in his walker at crazy speeds and jams into your feet. Shad is always walking by sidestepping the walker or running away from him.
- We were working on his shapes when I asked him what the triangle was. He said, "temple!" Now he's always saying he loves triangles and temples.
- When I asked him what he wanted for lunch he replied, "Bubble Gum."


This was at 10 am. This is the problem with having all 3 boys sleep together- Ty wakes up too early and wakes the other boys up. Poor kid just fell asleep like this while having a snack. Or maybe praying?? :)

The boys all had dentist appointments which meant Shaddie had his first one. He did so good even though he had me hold his hand the whole time. He felt so grown up and big to be with the boys.