- Henry had his adneoids removed and ear tubes put on on November 1st. A hearing test showed that his hearing was diminished because of fluid not draining in his ears. I think he's finally recovered and everyone is sleeping through the night again.

- Henry is showing his stubborn side when it comes to potty training. He knows how to do everything in the bathroom, he knows the feeling of #1 and #2 and he uses the potty when he feels like it....BUT... if he doesn't want to then its wet undies. He just doesn't care to go and it is getting super frustrating. 

- Hazel learned her first trophy! Her last soccer game is tomorrow. Things clicked for her after she scored her first goal a few weeks ago. Now she is eager to play and have action with the ball.

-Brice and I are finishing up a short training cycle for a half marathon on Thanksgiving. 

- We joined the YMCA on a trial period and let me tell you- sending my kids to child-watch for an hour has been wonderful for all of us. We have all done a lot better with a little separation. 

- It's been cold most days so I needed to get everyone prepared with warmer clothes. That's been fun! The kids clothes are so fun to buy- cute sweaters and skinny jeans. Brice asked for new shorts.

- Hazel has been reading through the big book from Grandma and Grandpa Johnson for all of Brice's childhood stories. She loves hearing about Brice as a kid and all the naughty things he was upto. 


 

:: hazel ::

1. Asked me if " we're the little toys that God plays with?"'
2.  loves building a zoo with the duplos.
3. I cannot get her to pay attention at soccer practice. She is always sitting in the dirt or daydreaming.
4. Can't get her to stop picking her nose either.
5. loves asking Brice to tell her how things are made.
6. She has been throwing some emotional tantrums the last few weeks. #helpme


:: henry ::

1. is talking more and more! Hes got those 'p" and 'm' and 'b" sounds down!
2. his favorite thing to say is "poo-poo head."
3. he's spending more time in time out because of it.
4. This week he said bell peppers and tomatoes were yummy.
5. still picks up any stick he finds. They're usually fire hoses or guns now.
6. instead of saying dog he says "arf-arf"

:: brice ::

1. has lost 10 pounds since July.
2. is pretty disappointed in BYU football, but is still watching every game.
3. loves steam rolling and playing rough with the kids when he gets home from work.
4. only driving to Ft. Worth once a week now.
5. is always looking at running shoes online.
6. He's always been a night owl but a couple times a week he's in bed by 10:00 now and says he feels so much better!

:: breann ::

1. saving my money for some furniture upgrades.
2. not currently teaching pilates.
3. wanting to take more pictures again... and be in some with my kids.
4. still using my iphone5. its so old at this point but I'm using it until it crashes. Why are iphones so darn expensive now?
5. daydreaming of a new apartment or house. So ready for a new space.
6. released from my calling #yay


Hazel turned five last week. She has been asking to go camping and fishing so we spent two nights at Beaver Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. It was fun and just what we needed.
The kids were great hikers and explorers. Each night after getting clean and ready for bed we would drive around the campground looking for deer. Hazel thought that was the best.
We went fishing, swimming in the lake, hiking, played on the playgrounds, rode an old train, roasted smore's and generally just enjoyed getting a little dirty. 

It's hard to believe Hazel is already five. She is so bright and curious. Every night she asks Brice to tell her how "something" is made. She knows all about the food chain, photosynthesis, how materials are made, and how honeybees make honey. She can add numbers and  is learning sight words. 

She is loving ballet and tolerating soccer. She is a collector of treasures also know as trash, a weekly visitor to the library, and a really good climber. She still loves animals and wants to pet every dog we see. She can do flips on the straight bars and climb on top of the monkey bars at the park. She is really good at bossing Henry around so that he plays out what she wants.

Hazel at five years old is emotional and demanding. She prays sincere prayers and loves being told stories. Her favorite things to watch right now our animal documentaries or PJ Masks. She loves reserving books at the library and greets our librarian with a hug every time. 

Hazel makes our family laugh and is full of energy. She and I are not getting along sometimes but man when I look at her potential I just feel so blessed for a healthy child with so many interests.
We love you Hazel! 
We got as close as we could to a beach to celebrate Labor Day this year. About an hour away is Lewisville Lake and it was great. Lots of people, sand, and warm, shallow water. It was fun to see Hazel and Henry dig in the sand and make their first sandcastles. 
We came home and made our favorite summer meal- grilled veggies and chicken kabobs, cous-cous salad, and pitas with hummus. This summer has been good to us! 




I really haven't found a good time to sit down each day and let my fingers type, but it is so nice to look back on previous experiences and adventures and relive them, so I will keep trying. 
It's 8:45 pm and I just finished vacuuming and still haven't eaten dinner so I'm making tonight's post quick, but it's filled with little things to remember.

- I finally got a fiddle leaf fig plant. If you've ever looked through my Pinterest you know it's been high on my love list but they usually run a $100/ piece which just doesn't seem right right now. Well today Home Depot and smaller ones for $15. I called Brice, replanted it, and have been loving on it since.


- I joined Rover (a dog walking app) and am making $15 for every 30 minute walk  I take with someone else's dog. The kids love it and it's easy and nice to be paid to be out walking.
https://www.rover.com/

- It's a big bummer Hazel has to wait another year for Kindergarten. I wouldn't want to send her to the school we're zoned for- but she is ready and eager and so am I for a little break. I'm sure this time next year I will be so sad that it's time- but right now I need some time not answering 1000 questions an hour.

- Everyday Hazel asks how something is made, or why the laws are the way they are, or what certain occupations do all day. I need to get a little more prepared and do some professional visits and let her learn hands on.

- Henry has swimmer's ear- which is no surprise with how often we are in the pool, splash pad, or bathtub. Brice was rolling around with him on the floor the other morning (before we knew about his ear) and I guess he bonked Henry's sensitive ear just right because he cried and cried for 10 minutes. It was so sad.

- Brice worked for two weeks straight to build a website so you could figure out your best TV options to watch the sports game you we're interested in. Well guess what- he's making some money on it now... $9 and counting! Pass it on...

- 25 diapers left and I'm ready to give potty training a chance again. He's still pooping on the potty everyday so we didn't lose it all.

- I thought for sure we would have moved this summer, but since we didn't I've got a few projects to freshen up our apartment. Brice is happy to make some sawdust.

- Hazel is signed up for soccer this fall. It's one practice and one game each week for 7 weeks. 
She's mostly excited about having a coach and cleats. 
:: hazel ::

1. has figured out how to snap and she's so proud when its loud enough for us all to hear.
2. We spent the week babysitting and she has loved singing to baby Nate.
3. Mostly she just sings "you're a cute and chubby baby, yes you are..." 
4. still practices ballet at home but always closes her eyes.
5. loves listening to the Trolls soundtrack
6. needs new workbooks and quiet time activities.

:: henry ::

1. I've woken up once this week to Henry opening granola bars in bed with scissors and another day with the loaf of bread in his bed. 
2. I guess he is growing. 
3. He is mimicking everything Hazel does- pretend play and naughty things.
4. We took a break from potty training so I can regroup but he still goes poop every time on the potty.
5. Loves using sticks as fire hoses. 
6. Lost his pair of salt waters somewhere between getting out the front door and into the car. Seriously though, that's like 20 steps and I cannot find them anywhere.
7. practicing spelling his name and recognizing letters.