Monday, November 21, 2016

Davis is FOUR!

Look how old Davis is!
For his birthday party, we invited his friends from our preschool group and his Sunbeam class. Having seven four-year-olds at your house is an adventure!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the Thomas cake:

 This was the crew that came:
Yesterday, we had a smaller party with just our family and Grandma and Grandpa and Great-Grandma and Grandpa. It was definitely a success.

I didn't get a picture, but after opening presents, Davis put on his new snow boots and new gloves and worked with his new tools. He was very happy doing his "Davis-land" things.

Things I want to remember about Davis turning four:
  • He LOVES his little sister and is (usually) the best brother for her. They like to sing and dance together, watch movies together, and mostly play together. He can seriously get Reagan to do things that I can't even get her to do sometimes.
  • He is NOT motivated by food. Ever. There are so many better things to do with his time than to eat.
  • He LOVES doing crafts with me, and loves to break out the crayons and draw.
  • He also loves anything to do with trains. Last night, he mentioned something about couplings while opening a present. Great-grandma was impressed, but I explained that if you watch shows and play with trains CONSTANTLY, it's part of your lingo.
  • He can't wear his socks for any longer than just in the morning. If they are still on right before his quiet time, they come right off for the rest of the day.
  • He is very rigid about his rules of daily life. He ears basically the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. He is pretty particular about where things go sometimes.
  • He loves to help me or his dad do anything. He also loves to feel like he is fixing things around the house, and loves opportunities to use his tools to do so. He like to feel helpful and big.
Oh, how we love this boy!! He has let me know that he is done growing, which I always hope is really the case!

Becoming a citizen

In the United States, becoming a citizen is a BIG DEAL! My good friend immigrated from Mexico, and after a long time here, a U.S.-born husband and two kids, she was FINALLY able to become a citizen! She went to Boise with her family for her final test, and found out that she PASSED and that the next ceremony was in exactly a week! Unfortunately, her husband could not take the trip to Boise with her again so soon. At first, she thought that she would just go up by herself and was trying to figure out who would watch her kids. I told her that she needed me to come so I could take her picture and give her hugs (and watch her kids). So, Marcela and I packed up four kids in my van and drove to Boise! When we got there, we checked into our hotel, and went foraging for food. Originally, we were going to take the kids to a movie, but they were having way to much fun at Chick-fil-a, as you can tell by the socks strewn all over. So, no movie. Ah, well.
That night was an adventure. Our boys slept together in Davis's sleeping bag. The girls wanted to sleep together (mostly Bri. Reagan had no idea what was going on) but that didn't work out. Reagan ended up switching between her sleeping bag and bed with me a bunch of times before finally falling asleep, and then throughout the night as well.

The next morning was the big ceremony. We got there, and there was no sitting room available any more. Fortunately, we were told that there were toys at the back of the room, so we basically hung out there during the ceremony.

It was a very cool experience. There were 34 people from 15 different countries, and the whole room said the Pledge of Allegiance together, which was fairly moving regarding the circumstances. A role call of countries was called out, and there were people from Egypt, Iraq, New Zealand, Argentina Brazil, the UK, and many other countries as well. Then all of the new citizens stood and repeated the oath of allegiance together.

After the oath was repeated, everyone received documentation that they were now citizens of the United States. Then, a video was played with the president welcoming everyone into the country, and then another video with a moving rendition of "America the Beautiful." After that, many pictures and hugs were taken and given.

This one is a representation of our craziness:
Anyway, it was an awesome experience and I'm so glad that I was able to go with Marcela. Afterwards, we celebrated the experience and her birthday at Tucano's. I have to admit that my eyes did leak a little bit. Somehow, I did not expect to get emotional about it, but it was a really cool experience that I will never forget!

Friday, October 28, 2016

We love the fall

Because it means

Pumpkin patches

Helping Daddy rake the leaves . . . or just playing in the leaves while Daddy rakes them.

And Daddy's work Halloween parties with friends

Preschool at the Pumpkin Patch

We do a mother-led preschool every week, and one week, we decided to go on a fieldtrip to the pumpkin patch. It was a lot of fun to ride the train, and pick out pumpkins. It was not a lot of fun to have Davis get lost for a few minutes, but thankfully, we found him again and no one got hurt.

BYU game

The weekend after we got home, we went to the BYU homecoming game with my parents. We were only there for the first half of the game, so we missed the exciting part. But Davis thought it was pretty cool to go to a football game with Grandma and Grandpa, and especially enjoyed looking through the binoculars.
On our way back to the car, Chris ran ahead of us to go get the car, and we walked. Davis was pretty sure that we were lost, and even though I assured him that we were okay, he was not convinced. Finally, Daddy showed up, and he completely lost it. :(

NYC & Disney Cruise Day 10

For the last day, we were tired. We just figured getting to the airport would be our adventure for the day. Luckily, we didn't have the delay that we had on the way there, and kids were fairly reasonable, so it was quite uneventful. Except for one incident.

This was the carnage after Reagan threw a major fit on our last flight. She was tired, and she knew that she wanted to sit with Daddy, but there were not enough oxygen masks on his side of the plane, so it was not possible until after takeoff. She threw such a fit that everyone on the flight was miserable, and the stewardess finally told us to switch kids because she couldn't handle it any more. My parents were a few rows in front of us, and would look at us every now and then to see if we were having fun. :)

NYC & Disney Cruise Day 9

We were dropped off back in New York City at the crack of dawn. We had to have our bags out the night before, and then we ate breakfast at 6:30 in the morning, and they kicked us off the ship early early. We got a taxi to our hotel and dropped off our stuff. We had decided to hop on the City Sightseeing tour, because it appeared to have the most fun places to see. Big mistake. Our first guide made off-color jokes and sexual innuendoes at every possible point.
We got off at Grant's Tomb. Another bus was supposed to come 15 minutes later, but it didn't show up for at least an hour. When we got on, the tour guide said something about how she appreciated the driver making the bus work even though it was broken.
Outside of Yankee Stadium, our bus broke down. Like it couldn't go any more. We stayed on the bus for a while, hoping it would be able to start again, but finally decided that we were tired, hot, and wanted to go back to the hotel.

 So we hopped on the subway at the station right by the stadium, and found a fast subway that would take us back to the hotel. And one of the other subways on the line broke down, so we had to spend over twice the amount of time first allotted to get back and stop at every single stop between Times Square and Yankee Stadium. Reagan fell asleep on the subway.
We got back and got the stroller for the kids. Davis fell asleep while we were foraging for food. We finally found nourishment, and went back to the hotel to try and take a nap. It worked for Grandma and Grandpa, but Davis and Reagan had already slept, so they wanted to play with Mom and Dad instead of letting us sleep.

After a slight recovery, we went back out to Times Square and met up with one of my friends from Study Abroad in London. She's living with her husband in New Jersey, and we haven't seen each other in years, so it was fun to get together.