Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dad of the Year Award

I have to nominate Alan for the Dad of the Year Award. I don't know if an award like this actually exists, but if it does, Alan's name should definitely be in the running. We had our primary program today in our ward. I teach the Sunbeams, so I was up front helping there. Alan on the meantime was able to contain our two little boys, help them go up to sing at the right time, and take care of them throughout all of Sacrament meeting. This might not seem like a big deal, but usually this is a challenge for both of us each Sunday. Either our children were easy on him this week, or he is just a super dad, I tend to think he is just amazing. I love you honey, thank you!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Moma and Paps's Visit

We had a great weekend with Moma and Papa, here are some of the highlights:

We visited a train station in the town of West Texas where we tasted some Czech delicacies and some made up Czech delicacies.
We hung out at the park.
We went to the Maybourne children's museum where Jacob and Samuel got to drive Moma and Papa around in a fire truck and a school bus.

Moma is giving Jacob a lesson in cooking at the museum.

We played some computer games and did a lot of reading.

Uncle Tracy and Aunt Glenda and the crew came all the way from Dallas to spend a couple of hours with us and to have some bbq. The kids really loved seeing some cousins! Thanks for coming, it was a lot of fun.

Thank you Moma and Papa for your visit, we love you guys!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What we've been up to

Well, I just realized it has been a while since I blogged, I guess I am not good at keeping up with this. Here are some things we have been doing. Alan attended a conference in Houston where he was able to have some interviews for internships, which was exciting. The boys have finally felt better after a bought with fever which kept them sick over conference and into the week. I have been busily working on getting the boys Halloween outfits finished (finally finished today, hooray) and getting the house in order for Moma and Papa's visit (the boys are very excited.) Other than that, we have gone to the zoo, to the children's museum, and to a local outlet mall where I got a bunch of clothes for the boys for next year for $1.59 a pop, I was so excited.

Here are some pictures of some things going on in our lives:

The boys are sitting at the table now, no more highchair trays for them. However, every morning the local farms' roosters and hens go out and about into the neighborhood crowing and scaring our boys, this generally happens while they are eating breakfast. I usually can mask the sound with tv news or music, but usually once during the morning the roosters crow right next to the window the boys eat breakfast at, here are the boys hapily eating without any roosters in sight. Every morning we wake up to the boys saying, "no hear rooster in the morning." They hate their morning wake up call, but, they do love to watch them.

The boys all ready to go before our early morning walk. Every morning the boys and I meet up with the local ladies on the block to walk around the block. We have up to seven ladies and their kids, it is a lot of fun.

Samuel and Jacob love laundry day. They love helping mommy do laundry, but they especially love to play with the laundry baskets which are finally empty on laundry day.
One of the boys favorite things to do is to make towers and to build houses with their blocks. Here are the boys in action.

Like I mentioned earlier I have been busy making Halloween costumes for the boys, they are going to be dinosaurs, here are the boys trying their costumes out.

I don't have a lot of pictures of myself with my boys, so I made Alan take this one so that I could let them know that yes I really was around when they were little.
For Family Home Evening this week we had a lesson on good things and bad things that make us happy or sad, I used this apple tree Moma made us (thank you Mom) to show how we can be good apples. The boys loved it and were so excited to pick apples and to have a turn.
Because Alan was home a lot this week we ended up having a lot of down time, and so the boys sometimes didn't get dressed until later in the day, here are the boys eating lunch still in their jammies. Jacob thought it was hilarious to take the cheese out of his grilled cheese sandwhich, and to stick it on his head, later Samuel followed suit. They sure can entertain each other.

And that is what we have been up to!