Thursday, November 02, 2017

Wendy Mae: 6 years!

My sweet Wendy Mae is 6! Wendy is my love bug. She loves to love and be loved. Since she was tiny she's thought of everyone as her mommy. She loves to snuggle and almost always a snuggle fixes everything that's wrong. She's full of big hugs, hard high-fives, and doesn't know her own strength so sometimes her love turns into owies for the love receiver. She's the biggest of most of her friends and can lift all of them. I know that because when she sees a friend she gets so excited that she runs straight at them (even though they know what's about to happen and they yell, "No Wendy! No Wendy! No Wendy!") and wraps her arms around them, lifting them off the ground and hugging as hard as she can. This one has lots of love to give.

Behind that strong exterior is a super soft soul. She's always been sensitive. Harsh words hurt her more than most and she internalizes everything said and not said. I think that's why I always call her "Sweet Wendy" because she has such a sweet, soft little heart. She's the first to give what she has to make someone happy. Some people, cough Jane, use that to their advantage and I try to protect her from it but then she usually gets mad at me because she truly wants to make them happy and doesn't care that she won't have whatever she had anymore. Making people happy means a lot to her.

 She's my best helper. I could give her twice as many chores as Jane and she won't complain a bit. I think she finds pride in being able to accomplish the things I ask her to. Also, I think she likes to mentally see that she's better than Jane by doing things and not complaining. Like, when I brush her hair. I can tell sometimes that it's uncomfortable but she's only complained twice (unlike Jane who throws a tantrum EVERY TIME). The look on her face and breathing is like she's saying in her mind, "You're better than Jane, don't cry like she does." I don't know if this is a good thing but she sure can own whatever she's doing. She's a genius at making beds and feels a sense of pride when she does it. I always tell her, "You made this bed!? No way! It looks like I made it!", and I'm totally not exaggerating. She's also a really great helper with Logan. She won't wipe his nose but she does everything else. When I mowed the lawn this summer she would put him in the stroller and walk him around and play with him without me even asking so I could get my job done. I love being able to depend on her and she's only SIX!

Honestly I feel like she's been 14 for the last 3 years. That's probably why I mistakingly treat her like she's older than she is most of the time which isn't fair to her but she has an old soul. She's rarely immature. If this is what child Wendy is like, I'm scared to see what she'll be like as a real teenager. She has always cared about how she looks, what others think and wants to do big kid things. However, she loves baby dolls so maybe there's a child in her somewhere.

Ever since she was in a wedding back in April, she has come leaps and bounds braveness-wise. She'll talk to people and answer their questions, pay for things with her own money (instead of me doing it for her), go up on stage for primary stuff, say prayers in front of strangers, basically everything now! I'm beyond proud of her. Today she even went up in front of her class at school and said the pledge of allegiance all on her own. I can't even believe this is the same girl from a year ago who I almost started anxiety therapy for.

For a long time she wanted to be a ballerina teacher when she grows up but lately she's been saying she wants to be a rockstar. Talk about change in braveness! She LOVES to dance and sing and has got the attitude to be a rockstar 100%. Scary but I can totally see that in her future.

Her favorite foods: She only eats carrots with hummus, loves salad, Kind bars, apples (should have put that first), cooked broccoli and jam sandwiches. She likes the idea of kids meals but only gets chicken nuggets and then throws a fit about eating them because she doesn't like them. She also always asks for noodles (with just parmesan cheese) but doesn't really love it. Some food she really doesn't like: Most pastries or baked breakfast things, chicken pot pie, lasagna, pizza, macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese. She's a hard one to please but at least she likes her veggies.  

Lately she is obsessed with drawing and writing letters. With drawing she usually draws them for me and writes "Wendy Mom" with a heart on them. She loves to draw her with me or just me and give them to me. She's such a sweetheart. Today she came into my room with a notebook and pen, waiter style, and said, "Excuse me, do you have any words in here for me to write?" I couldn't believe it! I pointed her to the bookshelf and she copied some of the words off the books for a while. She has had the hardest time learning her letters and sounds but she's almost got all her letters figured out (sounds are another issue) and is now obsessed with writing. I LOVE it! She has the neatest handwriting for a six year old too. Like I said above, she likes to be perfect in everything she does so she puts forth real effort.

Her and Boston share a room and they do such a good job together. Wendy falls asleep in about 2 minutes after we leave the room. Boston is a different story but I'm proud of him for letting her sleep and not pestering her or keeping her awake. She usually wakes up at about 10 or 11pm to use the bathroom. One night she scared the life out of me. I was walking through the dark house after just turning off a light and I was trying to turn on the flashlight on my phone but kept hitting the wrong button when all of a sudden something stomach hight had wrapped arms around me. I seriously almost screamed! I realized it was Wendy and asked her if she needed to go to the bathroom. I took her and then brought her back to bed. It took me a good 10 minutes to calm my heart down. Gah!

Wendy Bendy, you are awesome. You are so different than any of your siblings and I love YOU. You're starting to love your own things and become who you are. I hope I can be a better mom to you with each day that passes before it's too late. You deserve the best and I try again every day to be who you need. I love your snuggles and when you act crazy. I love that you always want me to do your hair and paint your nails. Also, you have such a beautiful smile.

Your daddy loves you and gushes over you any time I bring up your name. When I see you and Jane play together my heart gets so happy. You guys fight a lot (usually not your fault) so when you play pretend with each other for more than 10 minutes, it's a big deal to me. I always tell you two that you are the only sisters you'll ever have so I hope you become best friends one day. Boston cries and misses you SO much when you go to school. "Nooooo! I gonna miss Wendy!" Though you two basically pretend each other don't exist, he notices when you're gone. You've been more hands off Logan the last few months, which we are grateful about, but I love the little mom you are to him. We are so proud of you and all you're learning and what you are becoming. Love you Wenders! Happy birthday munchkin!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

BYU Homecoming 2017

BYU may be ridiculously terrible this year but we still love 'em. We met up with family at our usual spot in Provo to watch the Homecoming parade this morning. My brother Joshua and sister Anna got to join us this year and they made it even more fun than last year. I could hear Joshua's voice going horser and horser with every float that passed. Here are some photos from the parade:

A rare family photo:

BYU!

Logan ate THE WHOLE TIME. You'd think I never feed him. My favorite Logan moment was seeing him share Grandma's donut:

Bossy Boy! We were both parade survivors. A young man threw a candy that hit him smack in the face and a young woman threw a Snickers smack into the top of my head when I was leaning down to help Boston collect candy. It hurt SO bad but at least it was a Snickers. She felt bad and everyone on the float was laughing in disbelief so I held it up and said, "Thanks! I love Snickers!"

Brief moment of Grandpa and Wendy together. We love living near grandparents!

Jane found that blue tinsel on the road. She said she saved it after being run over and didn't let go of it the whole time. 

Brandt and his little girlies:

We love parades! We especially love parades that give out amazing candy! Yay for the good stuff and not just Fruities and taffy!

After the parade, we went to Target to get paid to get flu shots. That's where Joshua met a super foxy lady.

Love at first sight.

Once we got home, the boys went down for naps, and we went to Costco while Brandt stayed home and cleaned the house (best husband) to prep for a get-together we had that night with our old West Jordan pals. I love our old friends, I love that we have a house big enough to easily host them all and I love that Joshua and Anna could join us. Such a fun-filled Saturday!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Women's Conference

I'd been looking forward to taking Jane to Women's Conference once she turned 8 and I tried to get tickets to the session at the conference center like I had the two previous conferences but this time our ward didn't get tickets so we decided to have her first time be the beginning of a tradition where we go to a "fancy" dinner and then go to the stake center to watch it.

 I knew she'd like Olive Garden because she loves breadsticks and noodles so we went there for dinner. She made friends with everyone in the lobby while we waited 30 minutes and even tried the sample of shrimp which she got to have a second sample of because she befriended the waitress.

Her doll is 8, apparently, so she got to join us. My favorite was when the waiter said, "I'll be your server tonight." and Jane responded, "Our servant!?" He was really awesome and went along with her calling him our servant. She even talked him into an extra order of breadsticks and lemonade for the road.

I can't wait till Wendy gets to come and all us girls can go together!

She did surprisingly well sitting for the session. She drew a little and laid in my lap a little. I love her.

While we were gone, Brandt was home with the kids and did dinner/bedtime duty there. He said he jokingly put Logan in Wendy's bed to see how he'd react and Logan LOVED it! He didn't move a muscle for 5 minutes. Brandt went and grabbed his phone for a picture because these two are just too cute. He'll never be grow up and need a big bed right? He's gonna stay this little forever?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bowling Date

While Brandt and Jane were at Lagoon, I used that opportunity to take Wendy on a date. My brother Joshua was in town so we dropped the boys off at Grandma's house for naps and headed to the bowling alley with Wendy. She's been asking to go for ages so she was really excited. 

I showed her how to put her fingers in the balls just once and she did it so perfectly the whole time. I love her perfectionist self.

It was actually really nice having Joshua there because we had a moment on his turn for Wendy and I to sit together and laugh or chat while he bowled.

She did pretty good for it being her first time (with bumpers of course). She got quite a few spares.

 Taking time for selfies!

We had so much fun bowling! I loved it as a kid so I hope to take my kids occasionally so they love it too. One of my favorite memories when I was little was bowling on a summer league while my mom bowled on an adult league and also when we went bowling on New Year's Eve as a family when I was a teen. I'll never forget asking my dad if we could get nachos to share (sure he'd say no) and he told us we could all get our own. My mind was (and still is) blown.

A date isn't complete unless you get dessert so we went to Menchies for some frozen yogurt.

Since it was just her and none of the other kids I let her do everything herself and pick whatever she wanted. It's fun spoiling them one on one.

And a couple pictures from the park later that day with Uncle Joshua and Logan. I just thought this picture was so funny. Logan just chilling there.

Burying babies in woodchips is fun. I highly recommend it.

What a fun day that was!

Jane and Dad Go To Lagoon!

 Earlier this summer I used two of our four Lagoon tickets to take Jane on a date one Saturday. Today, Brandt used the other two to take her on a date with him. It was so fun getting the pictures sent to me throughout the day. It was obvious they were having a blast. I'm really happy they were able to spend some time one on one because Jane can be overwhelming day to day. One on one she is insanely fun and it's always a party. I'm glad he got to see that side of her. Here are the pictures they took:










Thursday, September 07, 2017

Boston Knight: 1st Day of Preschool

 I almost didn't sign Boston up for preschool. I didn't think he'd need it this year and it costs so much in Utah vs Chicago but I saw that the rec center had it while I was signing the girls up for swim lessons so I thought I'd sign him up so he had something to do too. I'm so glad I did, he loves it! Here are some pictures from his first day:


He was so excited on his first day. He was a teensy bit nervous at first but I think Wendy and I distracted him enough and once he saw the different tables of toys he was all about it.

He loves having his own back pack. I bought this one for him like a year ago just waiting for him to start school to give it to him. It's so Boston so I patted myself on the back.

Oh those brown eyes.

Oh that adorable smile.

Wendy has afternoon kindergarten so it's just her and Logan while Boss is at school.

We miss that little turkey while he's at school!

Luckily it's only two days a week. Perfect for a three year old.

He's getting so good at identifying colors and his favorite color is "the same as my boots, gween". He's also tracing his name every day and can now recognize it when having to choose between his and another name.

Here is where he was both excited and nervous. I told him I'd pick him up when he was done playing with the toys and he felt better about it. I love picking him up from school because he never sees me right away so I get to see his big surprised face and hear him scream, "Momma!" as he runs to me with big, open arms. It's the best.

 He had a great first day. I love this boy!