Eliza’s 3rd Birthday

Three years ago this week Eliza joined our family! Our lives were forever changed for the better as we welcomed this sweet, spunky, little girl into our home and into our hearts. We have loved watching her grow up these last three years and this week we had a great time celebrating her birthday.

Eliza on her birthday standing by her completed birthday chain.
Eliza on her birthday standing by her completed birthday chain.

She has been looking forward to her special day as only a three-year-old can. Sarah made her a paper chain that she’s been removing links from every day for the last few weeks to see how close she is to her birthday. It has been so fun having her so excited.

Playing with playdoh on her birthday
Playing with playdoh on her birthday
Playing with shaving cream
Playing with shaving cream

We tried to make her birthday a special day for her. She started off her day going to the doctor for her checkup. This was actually something that she was really excited about. She loves the doctor these days and likes to play doctor with us at home. She is in great health. 99th percentile for height and right on par for everything else. She’s one tall girl.

Eliza and Daddy building her bed.
Eliza and Daddy building her bed.
First time in the new bed.
First time in the new bed.

Before her party at night, she had a fun-filled day at home. She got to play with play-doh and shaving cream on the table and mommy let her watch a movie too. On my way home from work I stopped and picked up the bed frame that we got for her for her birthday. The mattress was delivered right before I got home too so while mommy was finishing up the last bits of dinner, Eliza and I went and built her bed. It was so fun for me (and for her) to build it together. She said, “It’s like building a really tall tower from blocks!” She loves her new bed and has been sleeping in it really well.

Eliza requested tortellini for dinner (which we accidentally forgot to buy so I had to run to get some at the last minute). If you know her at all you know that she loves pasta and tortellini is her favorite.

Opening her presents.
Opening her presents.
Giving mommy a checkup.
Giving mommy a checkup.
Ready to sing Happy Birthday
Ready to sing Happy Birthday

After dinner we had her little birthday party. Thank you everyone that sent her presents. She loved everything. The books, the water toys, the ballet clothes, the kaboodle, and the doctor kit. She has been wearing her ballet clothes all week and reading her books in bed. She has been playing with her doctor kit almost non stop and will give all of us checkups and then ask us to giver her one too. James and she will take turns giving checkups to each other with Eliza coaching James on the right way to do it.

Blowing out the candles
Blowing out the candles
Helping mommy fold the wash clothes.
Helping mommy fold the wash clothes.

Eliza is a great helper around the house and this week we started asking her to help us unload the dishes every day. It is her job to unload the utensils and put them in the drawer. She loves to help (most of the time) and it is fun to have her working with us.

James modeling his clothes for the family picture.
James modeling his clothes for the family picture.

The rest of the week was pretty standard. Sarah took the kids on a walk around our little trail this week. We are so grateful to live in such a beautiful area. We love it here and are grateful for everything we have been blessed with.

Eliza being a balerina
Eliza being a balerina
Sarah taking the kids on a walk
Sarah taking the kids on a walk

I decided this week to interview with a company here in Austin that is doing some cool work on a new many-core chip. I interview with them on Monday and we’ll see if anything comes of that.

Our  beautiful neighborhood
Our beautiful neighborhood

Sarah and I went to the temple yesterday too. We got to do a full session which was awesome because we haven’t done that in a while. I’m grateful for Sarah’s help in making sure that we get to the temple every month. It has blessed our lives.

Breaking Rain

So this was supposed to be our normal week after all of our traveling and travel recovery. We were even going to get back into the mode of exercising. All of that came crashing down when Sarah’s bathroom drawer crashed down on her big toe and fractured it in at least three places. It hurt so so bad. I’ve never seen Sarah in such pain as she was Monday morning (and I’ve seen her give birth twice). We got the kids up really quick and went over to the urgent care to have it looked at. After the x-rays came back sure enough it was broken. We got a boot for her and went home to setup an appointment with an orthopedic doctor for later in the day. I stayed home from work that day so Sarah could stay off the foot and not have to do anything. We went to the orthopedic in the afternoon and luckily one of our good friends was able to watch the kids so they weren’t wreaking havoc on the doctor’s office. The doctor was really nice and after relieving some pressure in her toe he told us to come back in 3 weeks to have it looked at again. Sarah was in considerable pain the rest of that day.

Eliza and James waiting for mommy to see the doctor at the urgent care.
Eliza and James waiting for mommy to see the doctor at the urgent care.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we took it easy at home. We had a lot of rain those days. On Tuesday I got to take Eliza to her swimming lesson which was a lot of fun for me. It was pretty cold that morning but she was excited to show me how she could swim all around in the pool. She has started doing a really good job. Her teacher offered to give her an extra week of lessons because she is so close to getting over the hill to swimming without support. It is fun to see her work at something and get better at it.

Eliza and James had a lot of time to play inside this week with all the rain and because Sarah wasn’t up to getting out very much with her toe. They played with the Legos a lot and built all sorts of fun things. Eliza is a great little builder and has a great imagination. She makes farms, ovens, airplanes, trains and all sorts of other things. James started picking up on how to build things this week too and he has started to make his own little creations also. He loves doing whatever Eliza does.

Eliza making a duplo farm.
Eliza making a duplo farm.
Eliza made this tower taller than she is.
Eliza made this tower taller than she is.
James is building things.
James is building things.

Friday started to get crazy again. Sarah’s toe had some swelling from bleeding under her nail (don’t worry no pictures of this) and we had to get her back into the doctor so they could drain it and remove pressure on her toe. The problem was that the doctor wasn’t available until the afternoon and I had a scout camp to get to. Sarah was amazing and got the kids to swimming lessons and visiting teaching in the morning all by herself and then drove to the doctor where I met her. I took the kids back home and grabbed my camping gear and then went to the church to meet the scouts. Sarah met me there again and took the kids home. She was super tired and just crashed that night while I was camping.

The pink fairy!
The pink fairy!
Milk and scriptures at the end of a long day.
Milk and scriptures at the end of a long day.

We camped with the scouts at Granger Lake which is about 20 minutes north of our house. Because of all the rain this week the lake had risen considerably and the trail was completely covered after about the first mile. We had to bush-wack our way around for a while until we found another path. The boys were planning on doing wilderness survival where they have to stay in a shelter that they make overnight. I’m not sure if what they “made” really counts as a shelter, more like a scout sandwich on tarps, but they did stay in it overnight. We had a good time and the boys were happy that they did a hard thing. After I got back from camping, I went straight over to help a brother in the ward move 2 tons (literally) of rock and dirt to his back yard for his garden. After all that, I came home and mowed and trimmed our yard and took Eliza grocery shopping. I was exhausted and Sarah and I both just crashed Saturday night.

I love spending time with the scouts. Backpacking is one of my favorite things to do with them.
I love spending time with the scouts. Backpacking is one of my favorite things to do with them.
Eliza and James watching daddy mow the lawn.
Eliza and James watching daddy mow the lawn.

Church was great today. We just got to attend our classes and be rejuvenated. Here’s to hoping that we have a somewhat “normal” week next week!