A week of early mornings

This was one of the most busy weeks of the year for me at work and that led to kind of a crazy family week too. I was busy almost every morning this week with our annual NI Week conference. I had to be at work super early in the morning to catch the bus downtown to see the keynotes at 8:30 in the morning. This time they actually talked about the product that I’ve been working on for the last several years and that was nice. I had hoped it would get more attention but it didn’t. At least we didn’t have to keep our mouths shut about it this year!

Adam's product I've worked on for the last 5 years was announced at NI week this week.
Adam’s product he’s worked on for the last 5 years was announced at NI week this week.

We’ve had an interesting week with food. James is a bit of a picky eater. When he likes what he has, he eats like a champ. When he doesn’t like it, it’s a tantrum fest to try to get him to eat. He has an issue with textures. He doesn’t like anything that isn’t a perfectly smooth puree or something that he can pick up with his fingers. We tried homemade green beans and broccoli this week and he didn’t like either. Eliza still eats anything you put in front of her. Sometimes she likes to steal the attention from James by asking us to “help her.” Basically this means that she wants us to feed her and she doesn’t want to feed herself anymore.

James was so hungry that he tried to eat the oven one night while dinner was still cooking.
James was so hungry that he tried to eat the oven one night while dinner was still cooking.
Eliza helped mommy make pizza. She loved poking the crust.
Eliza helped mommy make pizza. She loved poking the crust.

On Wednesday we were invited to Lydia’s (Eliza’s friend) birthday party. We went over to our friends’ house and had cake and ice cream. They played some kid games like Duck-Duck-Goose and London Bridge. Eliza didn’t get it at all and just wanted daddy to hold her. When they got out the balloons and bubbles everything was better. She loves blowing bubbles and she’s still asking to sleep with her purple balloon that she got from the party. We’re glad that she has such a good little friend in Lydia. They get to play a lot and get along pretty well.

Eliza loved the bubbles at her friend's birthday party.
Eliza loved the bubbles at her friend’s birthday party.

On Friday we had a bunch of kids over before dinner while their parents were out doing missionary work or going to the temple. It was fun to have a house full of kids! Eliza and daddy were at the pool before and we had a great time. She loves swimming. This week at the pool she found a noodle that another girl had left in the water and we borrowed it. She liked holding it and kicking her way around the pool. She’s not super fast but she’s getting the hang of it.

Eliza and James playing on mommy and daddy's bed on Sunday morning.
Eliza and James playing on mommy and daddy’s bed on Sunday morning.
Eliza helped James read the scriptures while mommy was preparing dinner.
Eliza helped James read the scriptures while mommy was preparing dinner.

On Saturday we were also busy. In the morning Eliza helped Daddy mow the lawn. Last time we tried this she was super afraid of the mower but this time she kept on wanting to help push. She would get a pair of gloves from the garage and then come ask if she could help. She would hold on to the handle and push with me all over the lawn. When we got to the back yard she got bored of that and decided to ride her bike instead.

Eliza helped daddy mow the lawn this week. She actually pushed the mower for the entire side of the house and then got distracted by her bike.
Eliza helped daddy mow the lawn this week. She actually pushed the mower for the entire side of the house and then got distracted by her bike.

Also on Saturday we had our mini block party. We decided it was a success. We had three families come. Our next-door neighbors came and two families from the other end of the street. Two of them have kids around Eliza’s age and it was fun to see them get comfortable with each other and start playing. We pulled our grill around to the front and put up some shade and just grilled some meat. People that came brought meat and some sides to share. It was pretty low key but we got to meet some people and had a good time.

Eliza wearing daddy's boots. She had one on backwards before this and walked halfway across the room before she realized.
Eliza wearing daddy’s boots. She had one on backwards before this and walked halfway across the room before she realized.
James is just as cute as can be.
James is just as cute as can be.

On Monday, Sarah took dinner to a lady that she visit teaches that had recently moved out of the ward. She took her a lasagna (that was delicious by the way). She thought that she was just going to be there for just a few minutes to drop off the dish but she ended up getting to stay and talk for a while. It has been fun to see her interact with this lady and become her friend. Sarah and her companion have been one of the few contacts this family has had with the church and they have been diligent in reaching out to them and have built a good friendship with this sister.

Eliza got her chair out and was reading outloud to herself.
Eliza got her chair out and was reading outloud to herself.
Eliza made this Lego tower all by herself.
Eliza made this Lego tower all by herself.

Spring arrives in Central Texas

Spring, with all it’s crazy swings in weather, has arrived in central Texas. Our daffodils are blooming and it’s getting to the point where we have started running our ceiling fans again during the day.

Eliza looking at our daffodils
Eliza looking at our daffodils

Eliza has been her usual chipper self this week. She is a girly girl and likes to twirl around and around in the family room. She is getting supper close to being able to jump!. She has started to interact with James more now that we’re leaving him on the floor. She’s only kicked him in the head a few times but she’s learning to be careful with him. She’s started to be a bit more picky in her eating. We have to make sure that we feed her small pieces of the meal and don’t load her plate up all at once. She usually does great with her vegetables but then has trouble with the main course. We went to some friends house this week for pi day. They have a big dog. Eliza loved the dog. She chased it around the back yard and was fearless when it came up and licked her on the hands. She also had a great time playing on their slide. She had to wait her turn with the other kids that were there and she did a good job. She did really well going to nursery today. She actually was asking me about it after Sacrament Meeting was finished and she didn’t cry at all.

Eliza loves her pizza. She can eat a whole slice no problem.
Eliza loves her pizza. She can eat a whole slice no problem.
Eliza and Adam building a tower from duplos.
Eliza and Adam building a tower from duplos.
Eliza jumping
Eliza jumping

James is a sweetheart of course. He is a super calm kid. He’ll just sit there and be perfectly content. . . until he isn’t anymore. When he wants something he lets you know real fast but for the most part he’s happy. He likes to watch everything that Eliza does.

James is often content to sit on the couch and watch us.
James is often content to sit on the couch and watch us.
Eliza climbed up on the couch to comfort James by holding his hand.
Eliza climbed up on the couch to comfort James by holding his hand.

 

We dragged both of the kids out shopping this Saturday. We don’t usually do that. Lately I’ve just been doing the grocery shopping but we decided to try it. We were at WalMart getting stuff for our camp trip and Eliza was in the cart basket and James was in his carseat. I felt like we were lugging around a huge cart! She liked riding in the cart but we had to keep reminding her to not open things. She really wanted a doughnut at the grocery store so we let her pick one out.

Eliza dressed him up
Eliza dressed him up
James zonked on the floor
James zonked on the floor

We’ve gotten several donations of kids clothes from people in our ward this week. Sarah has had to sort it all out and wash it. Sarah also made a yummy chocolate chip cookie pie for pi day.

Sarah and I finally got to go on a real date this week. It’s been a long time since we got out together and it was fun. We went for dinner to celebrate her graduation from BYU. She graduated a long time ago now but we just hadn’t gotten around to going out to celebrate. We went to dinner and then came home and crashed.

We’re planning a trip to Utah in April and  perhaps the largest part of that preparation has been shopping for a new car. We only have one car currently, our little Mitsubishi, and are needing something bigger to get us comfortably to Utah. We don’t think we can make it for the three weeks that we’re planning on being there in our little car. We test drove a few Mazda5’s last week but they were way too small for me to drive. We found a Honda Pilot this week that we think will work. It is a 2007 and only has 67,000 miles on it. We haven’t been able to go look at it yet because the air bag inflator is on recall and they won’t let us drive it until it is fixed. They don’t even know how long it’s going to take because the part is back-ordered. It may be done this week. . . it may be done next month. We just have to wait. One salesman is being super pushy (and I think a bit dishonest) and keeps on telling us that it’s going to be ready “tomorrow” but the other guy keeps saying that they don’t know. Used car sales people. . . bleh.

I took a whirlwind trip to Utah this week for a work event at BYU. Every spring we do an event called NI Leaders where we talk with select engineering and computer science students about how to be a leader, how to get hired, and how to drive innovation. I had invited a distinguished engineer that has mentored me at NI to come and speak about innovation. He had accepted and so I hosted him this week. I got to take him around Temple Square and have lunch there. He had lots of questions, mostly about minutia, but it was a fun trip. I flew in at noon on Thursday and left at 7:00 in the morning on Friday. Talk about a quick trip. I did get to stop by the house for a few minutes but mostly it was just a crazy trip.