Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Levi turns 6!!

Wow, that feels weird to write!

Who are your closest friends? Liesel at school

What are some talents you have? hopping on one foot, spinning around and clapping while nodding my head at the same time. Going down poles at the playground. Obeying, giving hugs and kisses to you. Having running races. 

What activities do you like to do with your family? going on dates to Chuck E. Cheese with mom and dad, going to different places like downtown, work in the garden, eat dinner and talk with y'all 

What makes you happy? when y'all give me hugs and kisses, when you give me kindness coins and obedience coins, when we go on dates. 

What makes you sad? if y'all died, if the garden got wrecked,

Favorite color? I have two... green and blue. 

Food? Salad with ranch dressing

Sport? basketball

Book? Ozzy and Mac (he reads it with a LeapFrog pen) 

TV show? Wallykazaam (seriously... I don't think he has watched this show in months. In reality he very much loves Ben 10... he plays Ben 10 with Tatum every day, his b-day present request list was comprised of all Ben 10 toys, this is the main show he asks to watch, etc.)

Movie? Barnyard (some cartoon movie on Netflix that is pretty comical) 

Game on iPad: Disney Infinity

Song to sing? I don't have a favorite song.

What do you like best about school? Math

Day of the week? Saturday 

What did you get for your birthday this year? A razor scooter, Ben 10 Spidermonkey costume, ultimatrix, voice changer toy, Ben 10 gun, Grandpa Max car, 2 sets of Star Wars Legos, lots of Legos from Mom and Dad

When I grow up I want to be a "like a regular dad." (This is a dad like our dad... just to clarify;)

My goal for this year is to go to Disneyland.

Something new I want to learn when I am 6 is how to to cut someone's hair. 

Anything else? No.

This year Levi wanted to have a Lego party, so we had some of his school and church friends over to the house to play various games with Legos. It was really fun and he was gifted many new Lego sets, so we haven't seen much of Levi since then as he's been holed up in the school room playing with them all since then ;) 

Levi, 
You are such a sweet, thoughtful and smart kiddo. You are so mature for your age which sometimes throws your Dad and I for a loop :) You have been learning to present your side of an argument, which is fine except we need to teach you better about how to do that respectfully and tactfully! You loved kindergarten this year and excelled in every area. It's a joy to watch you learn to read as this will unlock many worlds of imagination for you! You are developing a faith in Jesus and genuinely love and care for others. You are still a great helper around the house and a leader for your siblings and classmates in many areas. It has been fun cheering you on as you tackled new sports this past year... some you liked (basketball) and some you didn't (golf), but either way you stuck with it and had a good attitude. Your dad and I are your biggest cheerleaders. We love you to pieces and are so thankful that God placed you in our family. We pray that you will continue to grow in love for God and through that a heart of service towards others will also be nurtured. Love, Mom

Monday, July 6, 2015

More March

Ty and I took a short trip to Little Rock, Arkansas at the end of March. Ty had to go for business, so we went the weekend before his meeting and enjoyed some time together without the kids!
The first day we drove out to Hot Springs and enjoyed some food and drink on their main strip, followed by a trip to a bath house where we received the royal treatment. There was still snow on the ground when we landed, which was a treat for me since I haven't seen snow in about 5 years. But it warmed up quickly and we enjoyed some sunny days while on vacation! 

That night we headed back into Little Rock and attended a New Moon festival at a local park. It was so much fun! Here we are kissing in front of the new moon. The festival had several stations along a candlelit hiking trail... each station was a different country where you could stop and buy food and drink from that country, experience music and entertainment from that land or make crafts, etc. It was very family friendly, but fun too for those without kids (us on this particular night!). This kind of thing in Austin would have been jam packed, but in LR was really enjoyable and relaxing to not walk in a sea of people. 

We visited the Clinton Presidential Museum! It was a great place and we learned a lot. I know that all Presidential museums make their guy out to be a champ, but Clinton really did a ton for this country and abroad. I've always been a fan of his politics and visiting here reinforced much of that. 

Replica of the Oval Office

We took a whisky brewery tour. Some pretty strong stuff! Not our favorite tour but a nice place to spend a rainy afternoon :) 

We toured Central High School, the school where the Little Rock Nine were the black first students to be integrated into a public school. It was sobering to see what these brave young students underwent to make great strides for equality for a people who were (and continue to be) kept in unequal positions. This was probably the most impactful part of our trip. The tour guide had some culturally relevant social commentary, including that the architecture on the outside of this school is an example of institutional/systemic racism that many of us are unaware of -a new level of racism I've just started learning about. I've been moved lately to pray that God will use his people to bring love and understanding and justice to those who still live life having started on a different rung of the social ladder simply because of the color of their skin. Even though segregation ended 50 years ago, there is still much self-imposed segregation in our country, in my life, in my church, etc. I hope to see greater strides taken to change this in the remainder of my lifetime and am committing to doing my part to help.

My mom and I toured the kids museum at Heifer International Headquarters. I would love to bring my kids here someday and teach them about how people live in developing nations and the struggles and successes they have found in their lands through the help of organizations like Heifer. (They started by giving cattle and chickens to villages, which then bolstered their economy.) 

Ty and I stayed a few nights at the Capitol Hotel. They had this enormous elevator that was said to be built by President Grant for he and his horse to be taken to his room! There is a lot of history at this hotel! It was fun to stay here, but now I think I'm over staying at fancy places and will opt instead for a normal hotel in the future and to save the dollar bills for other fun adventures :) 


My mom lives outside of LR, so we went to her house one day for a delicious brunch (thanks Mom!). Then she came to LR one day to have dinner with us at a farm-to-table restaurant we found. It was good food and good company. I'm glad we were finally able to see your stomping grounds after all these years of you living in Arkansas! This was a great trip!! It is always nice to get away with Ty and, especially with young kids, I am in need of a break every once in a while. The kids were lucky enough to stay with Grandad and Grandma while we were gone... their Christmas present to us all. Thank you guys SO much for the gift. It truly was priceless! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

March

The boys got to dress up like cowboys for Western Day at school. 

YeeHaw


Granny Rae sent a fun fireman water hose for Levi's birthday. This will be much loved this summer! 

Ty 's birthday treat for me. He knows me so well. 

Plus, I love Ty's sense of humor and creativity. When we first started dating in college, his 9 year old brother couldn't remember my name or maybe he just thought it was funny, but he would call me "Carrots." 

Zoe hanging out at one of the boys basketball games. 

A little dirt never hurt anyone.

Levi loves the dirt! Here are the kids helping prepare our garden. 

We have spent many hours our here preparing the soil in this bed that has been full of weeds for many years. 

The kids have been so helpful out here (and Ty for tilling the weeds out and pouring all the compost on top). 

Another trip to Wheatsville. This time with all of the kids. Not sure we will do that again anytime soon. Lots of chaos ensued with all 4 having a shopping cart ;) 

We took the kids to the Austin Fair one night. They had a blast on the rides and keep asking to go back. 

Zoe and I on the carousel.

Colt worked all trimester long on his body project. It turned out great and he received the highest mark for it, an E. He learned about each body part represented, wrote a few sentences about each one in his best handwriting, colored the body part and assembled them on the board. Then he got his hair cut and glued it on the body to make it look like him. :)

Levi was excited to see Hazel at Westover one day. We love anytime we can get together with Eliza and Hazel! 

The boys had a recital at their piano teacher's house. I am so proud of their hard work to learn this instrument and hope it benefits them in the long haul. 

I love 

these 

silly

kiddos! 

February

We found this new grocery store, Wheatsville Coop, that has little kid shopping carts. Zoe loves coming here now. She does really great pushing the cart around the store, until we get to the cracker aisle. Then she abandons her cart to grab a box of crackers and won't let go of them until we get to the checkout, which leaves me pushing this tiny cart around till then :)

One day Zoe spilt her milk on the floor. She immediately dropped to her hands and knees and started to lick it up!! It was so hilarious. She got mad at Molly for joining her. 

We busted out the potty to begin pre-potty training... just introducing it to her and letting her become curious about it. 

This is the picture of Levi I took for his evite birthday invitation. He's so handsome!

Levi and Colt are both playing basketball this year. We've seen a definite improvement in both of them over the course of the season. It's fun watching them learn new things. Colt is out shooting baskets in the driveway almost every afternoon. He always tries really hard to master something when he knows he can do better. I love that quality about him! 


Tatum is playing soccer for the first time. She hadn't had any practices before her first game (they kept getting rained out), so we dropped by the field in the literally freezing weather so I could briefly explain the game to her. She was so excited to be on the field that she didn't want to leave even though Zoe and Levi promptly gave up and returned to the car. More on her season in next months' post :)

Daddy Daughter Date

Our church hosts an annual Daddy Daughter Date that Ty took Tatum on this year. She apparently didn't want to dance with Ty though, only with her friend London :)



January

Zoe loves playing in my makeup bag... she just needs to learn how to apply it. 

Tatum's friend, Ryla, spent the night. Both of their first sleepovers. The girls had so much fun! 

They put on makeup, played dress up, dressed up their Build-A-Bears,

Slept in the tent

Talked and talked

Then walked hand in hand the next morning

into Eliza's birthday party!

Happy 4th Birthday to Eliza!! She had a rockin' party at The Thinkery where the kids all made glittery gel play dough. It was so fun!

My Grandma Goldie passed away so we went to Tulsa for the funeral. It also ended up being a big family reunion. I hadn't seen many of this side of the family in 20 years! It was so great to catch up, meet their spouses and kids and remember our wonderful Grandma's life. 

Goldie's great grandchildren

Amy fixed Zoe's hair into braids for the first time. It was great to hang out with her and Andrew in Tulsa.

Axel and Zoe were both tuckered out after the funeral. Alethea and I were so glad the Rogers clan could meet our kids. We hate that we've been apart from them for so many years and hope to change that in the future.

Zoe got her first haircut!

She loved it! I am always so thankful for her sunny disposition and some maturity that comes with being a 4th child and always watching her older siblings, then trying to copy them. 

Zoe was a bit unsure about the bow they put in at the end though :) 

All of our pets (minus Molly). Colt got an ant farm for Christmas from Aunt Chez and Uncle Cody. Then we ordered caterpillars for Levi's butterfly tent. We also have a beta fish that the kids have named Baymax (a character from the movie Big Hero 6). 

I ran the 3M half marathon this month. The kids went with me to the Bob Bullock museum to pick up my race packet. They loved the big star out front and wanted to take pictures. 

Zoe has started to be interested in babies. She has been lugging this baby doll with us around town and getting all sorts of oohs and ahhs from the older ladies at the store. I always get an earful of, "Enjoy this age while it lasts. She'll be grown before you know it!" I'm trying to cherish all the moments... thus catching up on the blog to write some of it down.