Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Biker Boy Turns Eight

Our big event this week was Landon’s 8th birthday. He received presents that relate to his current loves: Bikes and LEGO. We feel so grateful to have been blessed with this energetic, bright, and enthusiastic young man in our lives, and we look forward to another year of wild adventure!

Last week was a bit slower, and that can be good. This week, on the other hand, was not quite as slow, and all of our appointments and activities kept us on our toes.

A week or so ago Mike thought it would be a good idea to try and fix his scratched glasses with some DIY methods. The result was a big thumbs down. Let's just say that toothpaste and baking soda do not clear glasses make. With his glasses that don’t work so well anymore in hand, the four of us went with Mike to pick out new glasses. Now we are just waiting for Costco to call that they are in. Soon Mike’s eyes will be very happy to see clearly.

Wednesday took Hallie and Eliza to Underwood Family Farms for the yearly preschool pumpkin patch field trip. Eliza counted down the days to the trip and asked every day if this was the day to go to the pumpkin patch. It was a warm morning, and there were quite a few kids from our school as well as others. We invited our fun friend Cami and her two cute boys Jett and Dax. Hallie wasn’t willing to pay for every single thing to do in the farm, and Eliza’s response to that was, “Is there anything funner to do?”


We celebrated Landon’s big day on Friday with presents in the morning: A couple of LEGO Ninjago sets and a new bike Hallie found for a steal of a deal and which we had kept hidden from both kids. He occupied himself the rest of the day (after school, of course—although we did let him out early) with favorite activities of gymnastics and BMX. The school had its annual Jog-A-Thon, and he ran 21 laps in about 20 minutes. Not too shabby! Friends and family wished him birthday greetings throughout the day.

After getting back from Freedom Park, we had cake and sang Happy Birthday too. All in all, he called it his “best birthday ever!”

On Saturday, the kids got up bright and early (ugg) to put together Landon’s new toys. They enlisted Dad in the cause, and, after completing construction, ninjas battled ghost warriors in the family room. 

Later on, Mom and Dad left the kiddos with a babysitter and went to the temple to join a family in our ward who were going for their first time. It was so nice to see so many people from the ward in the session to support this great family. Hallie almost missed the session when she realized she did not have one of her slippers. Mike was able to persuade the workers to not start the session until Hallie was there, and everyone was grateful the officiators waited for her.

Coming home from the temple, Mike got a Tommy’s craving. Must have been a throwback to memories of going on Tommy’s runs after doing temple baptisms. Anyway, after we got home, he and Eliza went on a run for our family dinner. Tasty food, but something not to be eaten often.

Sunday we had church, and after church we are going to be spending our time talking about Landon’s baptism which is coming up and going over his new Cub Scout handbook. In the evening Landon and Hallie joined the Stake Christmas Choirs. We have been told by several people that Landon loves to raise his hand in Primary to participate during music time. Hopefully he will enjoy this experience.

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