Sunday, May 15, 2016

Parents and Kids Fun

This week was fun
And we tried to do more with our kids.
More than just bathing and dressing them.
Oh and feeding them.

We tried to spend one on one time  with them,
Which we hope to continue to do.
We will see how long we can keep it up.


This is what Adam thought of his experience:
I got to enjoy a father and son night with Jake. It was so refreshing and nice to spend time with one of my kids one on one and to be able to learn about them better and familiarize myself with their own personality without other personalities at homcollidinwith theirs. 

We went to eat at IHOP and went to the park after. Jake loves pancakes so much and really likes scrambled eggs. I love his smile when he gets excited about the little things, it makes me want to forget about all of my worries. His smile makes me want to sit and watch him for hours. He makes me laugh inside about how particular he is trying to eat the cut up pancakes that I cut for him, trying to keep them from getting into the syrup, which he had strawberry and regular; however he only ate the regular because he didn't like the strawberry even though he wanted to try it. His particular tendencies remind me of me and how I, in some way, have rubbed off on him. It makes me wonder if I can continue to try and rub off on him in good ways as much as I can.

Here is what Jodi thought of her experience:

I had a lot to of fun with Ali. We went to IHOP too and afterwards we went to a play that the homeschooling group here put on. It was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I was afraid it might be too scary for her, but if she got scared she just closed her eyes. During the scene when the lion is killed she closed her eyes, and I told her what was happening and how it was symbolic of the atonement. I had a hard time not crying. She's growing up fast, and the time we have to teach her seems short. I hope she can grow to have a strong testimony of our Savior and His love for us. She talked about it for days beforehand and afterwards, so I'd call it a success. 
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jake is 3!

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Jake turned 3!


He had a great birthday with his family,
and got some awesome gifts.

Rescue Bots Transformers!





Planes Chutes and Ladders!


And
Cards with Money!


He had a cupcake "cake"
with trains on it.






He liked helping decorate it too.

 

 


Ali,
like a good big sister,
was also very excited for Jake's birthday,
and she was also
excited for new toys.


Last Saturday the kids got to go to
Build and Grow
at Lowe's Home Improvement
and they made
Bird Feeders.

Ali is sporting her goggles
that she got.


Nate is growing and
is now able to pick up small finger foods
like puffs and goldfish.
He's nine months old now and getting his 3rd tooth on the bottom.
He refuses to crawl...
just demands that we hold him or hold his hands while he stands.


Adam has been having some knee pain...
well for quite some time,
like years.
He finally decided to go have it looked at.

The orthopedic doctor recommended an MRI,
which is scheduled April 21.
So we will see what the verdict is.


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Spring is here

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Welcome Spring!

Much has happened since our last post. Nate has grown up a lot.  

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 He is eating more
And is wanting to move more. 
He is rolling and rocks some on all 4's
When you put him on all 4's,
But
He has not mastered how to get onto all 4's
On his own.

Grandpa and Grandma Westenhofer
Came one weekend as well.
During our 8th anniversary
So that Mommy and Daddy could have time to go on a date...
Ice skating! 
In Amarillo, TX.

Adam broke out his old ice skates.
It has been a long time since
He has done jumps and was sore afterwards.
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We ate at some good places like,
Malcolm's Ice Cream and Food
Yummy!

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The kids also got to do some
Glow in the dark putt putt in Amarillo.


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 Grandpa and Grandma Glenn came to visit.
We went putt putt golfing
For FHE when they were here.

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(Nate was sleeping in the stroller close by when we took the picture.)
So no we didn't leave him at home :)

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Big news...
Adam was accepted into
The University of Utah
Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program!

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It covers therapy best practices, theory, and research
And is an online distance education program.
It will be another 4 years of school for us.

 Happy Spring!
We hope the best for all our friends and family.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas Time!

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We are so excited for Christmas!

We got to start off our Christmas
as always with
St. Nick Day.

The kids opened their stockings
happy to see all that St. Nick brought them.

What do you do to "give" this holiday season?






We also got to go to a nativity exhibit
in Lubbock, TX.

All of the nativities were beautiful,
but here were two things that were really cool.


This arch is made up of little cut out hand prints.
The children from this area in our church
did acts of service throughout the year.
Their service is written on the hands.


They then took them and made a mosaic.



An artist from Lubbock, TX
made this piece.
It was my favorite because it's
rare to see depictions 
of how Joseph felt being
the earthly father to
Christ.


 Nate has been more and more happy
with each passing day.


On Friday, Dec. 12th
we had our church Christmas potluck.
It was so much fun to visit with
friends
and
Santa.



Ali talked with Santa and
told him how she wanted pretty bracelets.


She has grown up so much.

Here is Ali's first time with 
Santa while she was still in the NICU.



Jake just stared at him.

We hope you have a great
Christmas.

Make sure you play
a lot.


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Wedding and Family

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For Thanksgiving
we got to go back to
Alabama
for a wedding
and
to visit with family.

We managed to get very little photos
with our family
this time.




Once again
the kids did not care
to take any pictures.

So here is our 
wonderful family photo
after the wedding.



Here is a picture of
the bride and groom and most of the cousins.


A great picture of
all of Jodi's family
except for one sister that was not able to make it.


Ali dancing happily and the only picture with proof that she was happy that day.




Though Ali would not allow me to take a picture
she did go dance during the reception.


Ali talking with the groom,
her cousin.


We love the views in Alabama.


Ali and Jake watching the Macy's parade.


In other news,
the house we are renting
had to have all of the water lines
replaced.

So when we returned from our Alabama trip
it was still getting finished.

Luckily we only had to go
one day without running water.




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