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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Primary Talent Show

Our Primary puts on a talent show every year.
Zoe and Tate had the opportunity to share the talents they are working so hard on.

Tate wasn't nervous at all!

Zoe was nervous but once she got into the music she forgot about it.
I am so proud of both of them.  They put a lot of time in practicing.

My Primary Presidency and I have all of these funny sayings about "High Five a Tiger", "Jazz Hands", and putting on our "Tiger Makeup" that get us through difficult times. This is our theme song and here we are getting our groove on. It was much more therapeutic for us to do than to watch. At least we had fun!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's a boy!

I just realized that I haven't posted anything about our soon to be new little one.  Ben and I have always planned on having 4 kiddos before I turn 35.  I turn 35 in September.  We just made it!

This is our fist picture of the newest peanut to grace our family.  This was taken at about 12 weeks.
We took our whole family to the ultra sound.  Tate and Grey got pretty bored but Zoe was anxiously awaiting the news about the sex of the baby.  She was desperately hoping to even out the male to female ratio in our house.  When the ultra sound tech said "Congratulations! It's a boy."  I glanced up at Zoe who was seated near my head and she said, "What did she just say?"  I repeated, "She said it's a boy."  Zoe looked up at the tech very seriously and said, "Can you check again please."  Thankfully the ultra sound tech was a patient woman and obliged her.  It was so obvious that even Zoe could see that it was a boy.  Then she started to cry. 
Zoe has come around to the idea of being the only girl.  I think having her own room and plenty of mommy daughter dates sweetened the deal.

Tate couldn't be happier.  He just says "Boys win mom!"

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Taterootie toot turns 6!

Tate recently turned 6 years old even though he promised me at the age of 4 that he would never get older than 5.  He totally broke his promise!

When we were planning his party I asked Tate who he would like to invite and he started naming names.  I had to rush to grab a piece of paper to write them down and by the time he was finished there where 22 kids names on the list.  He named from memory 22 kids names!  I was so shocked!  And freaked out because how do you plan a party in the winter for 22 kids where you can't go outside?!

Tate decided he wanted a pajama movie party.  Okay so maybe that would be do-able.  We tried to get him to pair down the list but he was afraid that someone would get their feelings hurt so he couldn't bring himself to pick anyone to take off of the list.  In the end we let him invite them all hoping that some would not be able to come.  We ended up with 19 kids.

Our friend Tina helped with the transitions by keeping the kiddos occupied.

Thank goodness Tina was there because we where completely unprepared for the level of energy of that many 5-6 year olds.  She came up with this great game to help with presents on the spot.  A couple of kids got bonked but it helped keep them busy.

One benefit of having lots of kids at your party is the presents.  Tate got double the presents on his birthday than he did at Christmas.

Tate currently does not like cake so he chose to have sundae's and fruit for his birthday.

Here are some of the many things we love about Tate:

1.  He is very friendly and wants to be friends with everyone
2.  He is super smart, by October he had completed the kindergarten reading curriculum and just kept going.  Last I heard he was on 4th grade.

3.  He is very organized.  He is the guy you want with you to clean up he puts everything in it's place.

4.  He usually has a great attitude and completes his chores, practice and homework with enthusiasm.

5.  He is a great brother, he even helps Grey go potty!

6.  He loves to laugh and his laugh is infectious!

Here he is with some of his stash.  Probably 80% Star Wars.  He was a happy guy.
Man that was an exhausting party!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Zoe Plays Viola

Zoe decided she would like to try to learn the viola this year in her school Orchestra.  It has been a challenge for her but she really enjoys it!

Here are some clips from her very first concert.