Sophie is 4!!

Sophie had a birthday, shout HOORAY!

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Sophie turned 4 on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  We all love her so much and are so happy she is part of our family.  She keeps us on our toes and is constantly entertaining us with song and dance!  Those that know Sophie will not be surprised by the photos of her new “clapping” shoes and a new dress-up.  The dress-up is a little “Marie Antoinette”, so when Sophie tried it on she wasn’t convinced it was beautiful because of the style of sleeve.  We laughed because we know she LOVES her Disney Princess dress-ups and this “french” style was a little different.  She still likes it and wore it all around the house for a few hours.

I was so excited when I found a package of 5 dress-up shoes (which Sophie calls “clapping” shoes because of the sound they make) for 5 euros.  She was so excited when she saw all 5 pair of shoes!  Her little 4 year old dreams came true!

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Jack Turns 6!

Happy Birthday Jack!  We can’t believe Jack is already 6!  Austin was reflecting yesterday, January 28th, upon Jack’s birth and the last 6 years with him as his little brother.  Time does go by so quickly!

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Jack invited 3 of his good friends from school to share in his birthday celebration.  Mattias, Nathan, and Hector came.  I was so excited to have these cute french children in our home and I was more surprised at how well behaved they were.  The children were all very mild tempered, even though they were cracking jokes and being silly little boys!  They all sat politely around the table, ate their food while engaging in conversation.  None of the boys got up from the table until they were told they could.  They politely and excitedly watched as Jack opened his presents.  Their excitement FOR Jack was incredible!  I was very impressed with their manners.  I don’t think I have ever experienced this with children in the States.  Don’t get me wrong, American children are polite, but they can be more hyper and spoiled.  It was a very interesting observation for me.  Aaron and I both noticed it and commented on how pleasant it was to have these 4 boys all playing together.  The French children were so content with swinging on the swing set, playing a few games, etc. They did not need anything over stimulating, which is what a lot of Americans usually plan and feel obligated to do.  It was a very relaxed atmosphere, which was so different from birthday parties in the States.  It might be, too, that I have not thrown a 6 year old party in a long time.  I am used to the older children that require a little more imagination, planning and execution.

Whatever the case is, it was a wonderful relaxing afternoon for Jack’s birthday!  He chose the menu:  ham and butter sandwiches on baguette, carrots, pringles, schwepps, pickles, yogurts and finally “death by chocolate” for his dessert of choice.  Jack really wanted a power ranger theme but Aaron and I could not find anything party related in the stores here.  The closest thing we found was mutant ninja turtles.  Jack was thrilled and thought it was all cool.  We love that boy!!!  He had a smile from ear to ear all day!

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I was in heaven as I eavesdropped on Jack playing and talking with his friends in French.  I was floored because he doesn’t speak very much French at home and we have been worried that he isn’t speak much at school.  BUT, I was shocked listening to him carry on conversations, saying french expressions, just talking like french was his native tongue!  I had a prayer of gratitude in my heart for this amazing opportunity our family is having!  I felt like I needed to pinch myself to see if it was all real.  It was and is exciting for me!

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I am including all the photos we took because I want to remember these moments for a long time!!

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Nathan, Jack, Hector and Mattias

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Happy Birthday Tristan!

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Tristan turned 12 on December 27, 2014.  This was a special birthday for him because he received the Aaronic Priesthood in our Church.  This is a big responsibility for a young man, but I know he will honor this sacred Priesthood and the duties that come with it. Tristan is a very smart, fun and loving 12 year old.  We love him so much and we were so excited to see him pass the sacrament for the first time!  Tristan was so anxious to be able to do this.  The Bishop of our ward was out of town and then Aaron was out of town, so it took a few weeks for Tristan to receive the Priesthood.  It is awesome to have 3 young men who try so hard to be good!

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Since Tristan received roller blades for Christmas, he wanted to go to the skate park for a portion of his birthday.  Tristan requested we go to Subway for his birthday and then to a movie!  The boys had been asking for months to be able to go to Subway, but we have always steered them away from it.  We can get subway any day of the week in the States, so naturally we want to enjoy what is french!  But, since it was Tristan’s birthday request we took him.  He seemed to enjoy it so much, as well as the other children.

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These are a few photos from the wet skate park.  It decided to rain on Tristan’s birthday! :(

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After a day filled with fun birthday activities, we headed home for some “death by chocolate”!  Tristan’s birthday dessert of choice!  Everyone says it is 100% better here because of the french pot de crêmes, chantilly (whip cream), and fondant du chocolat (similar to brownies).  After singing and dessert, Tristan opened his cool presents!  We are so grateful to have Tristan in our lives.  His smile melts me as a mother!

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We love you Tristan!