After Washington and Vegas, the main goal that first week was to get the house ready to list. This meant lots of cleaning and keeping kids outside. I also had a goal to enjoy our spring weather, before the hot temperatures arrived. In other words, we were CRAZY busy.
First on the To-Do list was an Activity Days Recognition Night that Ashley and I were in charge of.
We killed it. And it felt amazing to have that behind me so I could focus on the stuff I really needed to do.
Like take a walk by the river and throw lots of sticks in.
And play at lots of different parks.
And enjoy our favorite Shaved Ice stand, that opened within walking distance to our house!
Everyone was a bit stressed out after a crazy few weeks of house stuff and work stuff and kid stuff. So, I made the executive decision that we needed "A Nature Fix", so we headed to the mountains instead of church. :)
It was just what we needed.
We took our time. Explored the creek.
Climbed trees and logs. Made bridges.
Found secret trails. Had a picnic.
There was lots of "You Shall Not Pass!!"
And Ruby ended our hike in about the same manner she always does, covered in dirt. The true sign of a good time.
I love seeing these kids in their element and watching what their curious minds come up with.
I've been trying to do more adventuring with Ruby before we pick Crew up from kindergarten at noon.
Love this weather and these friends.
Macey finished up her Scera Youth Theatre class with her performance of The Phantom Toolbooth. She was a demon and The Countess of Connotation.
Then they had the SYT Review, where each class performed 2 of their songs. She had a singing solo and a dance solo in this one.
We also made sure to soak up lots of neighborhood time. We will still get to hang out with all our friends here, since we aren't moving very far away. But, it just won't be the same as having them all right out our front door.
Plus, I will miss this tiny backyard too.
Macey and Tajen spend lots of time using the Easy Bake Oven back here.
Everyone is going to miss having Tajen around all the time.
How cute are these 2?!? It will be different living 4 blocks from him when we are all used to having his front door 30 feet from ours.
And these best friends too. You know it's a great Sunday when you get to share your seat with your BFF.
tear. Luckily I have 2 more weeks to soak it all in.
Another highlight of the month was getting box seats at a Real Game. Unlimited good food and good friends. My favorite kind of evening.
Now it's time to pack.
Viva Las Vegas
To celebrate knowing each other half of our lives we decided a trip to Vegas was in order.
First day in our apartment soph year, Aug 2001.
I was a bit overwhelmed with selling our current house, building our new house, just getting back from Washington, and dealing with everyday kid (Miles) things. So, these amazing ladies just let me show up.
I planned nothing. I made no choices (other than New York New York roller coaster)
. I didn't get an uber once. I didn't even have to drive or navigate. They pretty much let me be dead weight and it was just what I needed.
These are my people and I am grateful everyday I got to go through college with them. Words can't even express what I feel for these 3 and how I will be forever grateful they were put in my path.
We ate amazing food and did lots of people watching.
We sat poolside.
We choose the strenuous hike for the first time in 11 years, since we didn't have kids with us.
It was a blast. Lots of climbing, slipping, and laughing. We even lost the trail for awhile.
But, we climbed to higher ground and figured it out. We are pretty Bad-A like that.
I never thought Las Vegas could be beautiful. I was wrong.
Never a dull moment with this group.
After our hiking we got thai massages. One of the crazier things I've done. :) We haven't stopped laughing about it and pretty much it just bonded us even more.
We had tickets to see Celine. Sadly, she cancelled her show. Backstreet Boys weren't performing on the night we could go. So, naturally we ended up at Penn and Teller.
I still can't figure out how they did any of those tricks up on stage. It was impressive.
My one requested activity was to ride the New York, New York roller coaster.
So good for the soul to have a little terror mixed in with screaming and laughter with some of your favorite people.
Here's Emily and I riding it back in 2002. We still make the same terrified faces.
Another throw back to mine and Emily's first time to Vegas together in February 2002 when we were 19.
Still BFF's 18 years later.
Another highlight for me was having uninterrupted time to talk with Michelle on our drive to and from Vegas. When we get together we usually have 4-8 children running all around us, so it's hard to get a complete sentence in. We also got to listen to the old CD mixes we burned, on Michelle's beloved CD burner, in college. Best of times.
It's been 18 years. Lots of moves between us. Even more kids. We've had different life experiences and we have a variety of views on a variety of topics. Yet through it all, we have been able to remain close.
It's a privilege to be able to surround myself with these strong women who are passionate about the life they are living. I pray everyday my kids make friends like these when they go to college.
March is normally one of my favorite months in Utah, this year though the weather didn't live up to my expectations! We had lots of sunny days, just cold. After winter though, we had to get outside, even if it was colder than normal.
you can't tell in the pic, but we went to the park on a super windy day. Perfect for kite flying.
Julianne and I took the kids on a scooter ride up the canyon.
We underestimated the amount of snow that would be on the trail. Made for some adventurous scootering, lots of wet shoes and socks, and some crying.
A big storm was suppose to come in, so we were excited to go snowshoeing with Kacie and Blaine. The expected storm didn't come, so it was more of ice walking. Entertaining none the less.
No parents volunteered to go with Miles' class to the zoo. The weather forcast was horrible, one of the 2nd grade teachers even backed out. I did not want to go at all.
We lucked out though, the storm didn't come and we had the whole zoo to ourselves. So glad I let myself be guilted into going, this time.
Ruby and I ventured out a few scooter rides this month.
She is always entertaining company and often has to stop to peek through people's fences.
Plus, she doesn't mind when I sport my fanny pack.
Ruby also finished up her 2nd dance class this month.
They were adorable and it was always the highlight of both our weeks. Ruby got to dance and play outside the rec center. And I got to workout and chat with my friends.
We are missing dance already.
Seriously, 3 year olds in dance are kind of my favorite thing ever.
Another moment when she just looked too big for me to handle.
Just getting ready for bed all by herself.
So much neighborhood kickball this winter.
So glad our favorite place to spend sunny afternoons is right out our front door.
Kids have also been dying to go fishing and have been practicing casting over the fence into Jeff's backyard. :)
Paul had a birthday, it was thrilling.
Macey did knowledge bowl for the first time. These kids are smart, they knew way more than i did!
A big highlight of the month was Crew loosing his first tooth.
Even though he's getting giant, at least he still needs some cuddles from time to time.
February was a drastic improvement upon January, thank goodness!!!
We got snow!
Probably my favorite Saturday morning of the year thus far:
No one else was on the trail. The snow makes everything beautiful and muffles all sound. Heaven.
And even some sunshine.
Afternoons are always better when they want to play outside after school.
I was forced to go on the 2nd grade field trip to The Museum of Natural Curiosity, as no other parents had signed up to go.
Always a thrilling time.
Sometimes I make dinners I want, knowing that no one else will eat them. This minestrone soup being one of them. This is Paul's crazy busy season, so he isn't ever home for dinner, so I was prepared to face 4 whining kids just so I could eat this yummy soup.
Instead it was lots of laughs as everyone did their required "Thank you bite". Luckily, some of neighbor moms came and scooped some out, so I didn't have an entire crockpot full of soup leftover.
Miles and Crew were home "sick" on the same day. It actually worked out great. They played mario kart and mine craft most of the day together. At dinner that night they actually wanted to sit by each other (Miles will usually only sit by an adult or Macey) and then even made up their own "best brother secret handshake". Glad they got some bonding time in.
The kids favorite outing this month was a trip to the mall to ride the animals.
There were a few crazy drivers, but luckily the mall shoppers were light on their feet and no one got ran over.
Other things I want to remember:
- Ruby wanted to match me with our "kitty vests" for church.
- Crew is always wanting to do science experiments.
baking soda, food coloring and vinegar...always seems to do the trick.
- After hours of hard work Macey finished her 750 piece cat puzzle.
We have never owned a puzzle with more than 45 pieces, so this was quite the undertaking and was so proud of herself when she was done!
- Cub Scouts. Don't know how I feel about it yet, but when Miles wants to go we go. When he doesn't want to we don't. :)
- Macey took Tajen and Carmen to a BYU game.
puzzles, puppets and Crew painting a portrait of Ruby. :) Sometimes I don't know what I'm going to do when we loose Crew to all day school next year.
Not that I will be bored or anything with this one to entertain me.
- Mario Kart with TJ
Way better than January!