November update

Dec 11, 2016
Macey:  

- Student of the month at school 
- Got teeth pulled like a champ

she was hilarious on the laughing gas.  singing songs, telling stories.  highly entertaining stuff


We had to take lots of pictures of her teeth.  It was the first time she'd actually seen a real tooth with a big root on it.  Exciting. 

- Went to nicklecity with just Paul and I 


- Since our oven broke (We replaced our fridge this month too), she has really been cooking and trying to learn the buttons and things on our new one, so she can cook independently again.  I think she's almost comfortable enough with it.  She was probably the most upset by the fact that our oven broke. :) 

Miles:

- Turned 7, see previous post
- Still rocking school
- Finally got him an official diagnoses of Sensory Processing Disorder, so we have many appointments ahead of us, that will hopefully make our day to day lives easier.  

- is actually starting to like and play with Crew more consistently!  


Makes my momma heart happy.  

Crew: 

- Killing it at preschool. Loves everything about it. Sings me all the songs and reads me all his little books.  Miss Karli tells me he is a star student and I am not surprised one bit about this piece of info.

- I had to cut this sweet boy's curls.  I was sad about it, but man he grew like 2 years overnight.  



Luckily he let me put it in a pony tail before he got it cut. :)


Crew and Ruby are pretty good playmates during the day while M&M are at school.  


One morning Ruby walked downstairs with her hair actually done and he ran up to her and gave her a big kiss saying "Ruby, you look so pretty today!"  


Ruby does take advantage of his sweetness though and can often be found stealing his food, putting him in timeout, dragging him down the stairs and tackling him.  

We are working on it. :)  

Ruby: 

My phone is pretty much full of pictures of this girl because she cannot be left alone and we are together 24/7.


At least she's a cute and entertaining sidekick.

- Ruby is a social butterfly and is constantly talking about her friends and wanting to have play dates. 


Whenever she sees other toddlers while we are out running errands she calls them "my friends" and usually yells "bye, friend" when moving past them in the aisles.  

- She is a pretty poor cooking assistant, but does sing me songs from time to time while I prepare dinner.  This night it was her favorite "Let it go". 


Like I said, I am never alone.  



Which is why this is the state of my house most days. 



 - Ruby still loves babies and dressing up


Thank goodness I find her so cute!!  

She did give us a scare one Sunday morning while we were getting ready for church.  I was in the basement getting kids ready and Paul was upstairs getting a different kid ready, we both assumed Ruby was with the other.  Turns out she was out front playing alone, in her diaper.  Luckily our neighbors are all amazing and when she knocked on the Everett's door they let her in, fed her cereal and texted me that they had her.  Thank goodness she loves it here so much she didn't wander far!  

Due to Ruby we actually did ANOTHER room switch in our 1200 square foot house.  



Once Ruby started climbing out of her crib, no one was getting any sleep, so something had to be done.  

Thank goodness we had done Kon Mari earlier in the year or it would of been a much bigger undertaking.  

We ended up settling on moving Ruby up to the office.  Which meant we had to move out all my bookcases and thousands of books and the computer.  Plus, all our door knobs now have locks on them and keys hanging above the doors.  We might actually be Ruby proofed now.  



We are all situated and it has been amazing.  Everyone is sleeping again and people are much happier.  No more Ruby waking up the entire house at 4:00am.

Paul and Macey love having the computer downstairs too and are already planning Macey's coding school lessons they are going to do together.  

 

And seriously, getting these 4 to church on time or even at all!?!  Let's say I think we deserve a medal every time we manage it. 


And did I mention Paul went to Texas to visit his family?  


He had a blast spending time with his siblings and parents, eating good food, and going to see the Texans play.  






And we survived here.  Always makes me feel like a rockstar when we survive well with Paul gone, plus he was having fun, so it was worth it. :)  

phew, that is the end of the November highlights.  Now onto some holiday baking.  





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Thankyou Thanksgiving

Dec 3, 2016
It was a typical Thanksgiving around here.  Good food, good friends, turkey bingo, and a few random "thanksgiving orphans" who joined us for the festivities.  

I started the day though, in a way I NEVER thought I would.  By running a 4 mile race?!?   



Traci and I decided we needed a goal to work towards and to get us through running on those rainy cold mornings. So, Earn Your Turkey race it was.


Ruby and I waiting for Traci at the trailhead one rainy morning


We rewarded ourselves with breakfast at kneaders the first time we ran 3 miles! 



Turned out to be surprisingly fun and not freezing.  


I think it was about 27 degrees out when we headed to the race at 7:45 am.


Paul even hauled all the kids to see me cross the finish line.  That might have actually been harder than running 4 mies.  


It actually was a great start to the day.   Then it was straight home to get the turkey in the oven.  


I felt very little stress this year getting everything prepped.  I think it was partly due to my morning run and that this is about the 10th time I've hosted Thanksgiving, but mostly it was because Ruby was locked in her room playing and then she actually took a nap. :)  


We were too busy eating food to get a group shot with everyone, but luckily Paul remembered after Turkey Bingo.  So, you get the idea.  


My Thanksgiving Highlights

- Katie's homemade rolls
- 1:1 person to pie ratio
- That Nic appreciated his fabulous prize of New Kids on the Block trading     cards
- Ham
- Our new oven came in time

Perfection.  


I think one of Paul's highlights was the amazing leftovers he got to enjoy. 




  
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3 seasons in 1

Dec 2, 2016
In November we got a little bit of every type of weather, it was perfection. 


Gotta love after Halloween clearance.  Picked up this sweet Kylo helmet for $2! And notice the tank top and shorts...in November!



We had a few glorious weeks in the 60's and even low 70's.  



We pretty much made the kids live outside, since we didn't know how long it would last. And we didn't even eat dinner or do homework on most of the those days, because I just could not bare the thought of making them come inside when there were friends and sunshine to be enjoyed. 


Very slowly the leaves started falling and we got to have many jumping sessions.  

These kids are well trained and instantly form a line once the pile is ready and there are always "pile keepers" who will build the pile back up before the next kid can jump. :)  





There was lots of burying of kids in the leaf pile and then videoing them in slow motion jumping out.  It was highly entertaining.  


Michelle and I ventured to BYU. 


Always fun to be on campus, especially when it's with one of my favorite Roomies.  


We wanted to stand in the quad and yell at all the students to enjoy this time, they will never get it back, soak it all in!!! But instead, we probably just convinced them not to have children too soon.  

notice, my shoeless child in November, in a public place, in bare feet.  Good parenting right there.  It's all about survival.  


And lucky for us the weather held until we were able to make it Orem's new All Together Playground.  I have a thing with crowds, especially at playgrounds.  


It was awesome.  We were only able to find the boy's fence posts, so we will go back once the snow melts to find Macey and Ruby's.  






Then finally, the last few days of November, we got our long awaited snow! It's no fun playing outside when it's cold, unless there is snow on the ground.



The first snow day there was about 20 kids playing out front! I would of gotten a picture, but I had 6 kids out there (we had 2 school friends over) and that kept me quite busy with dressing, undressing, fixing gloves, throwing snow balls and distributing hot chocolate. 


Macey and Carmen's Snow Caterpillar 



And even the snow couldn't keep Ruby from doing her chore of taking the garbage to the dumpster.  


Bring on Winter, I might actually be ready for you this year.  






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Miles is 7

Dec 1, 2016
I cannot believe it, but this kid turned 7. 



He is wild, opinionated, loving, full of animal facts, in constant movement, and loves school.  



Miles' favorite things to do are to play with Macey, go pokemon hunting with Ellie, and play with all his neighborhood friends. 


Ellie crocheted him this pokeball hat for his birthday, since they go pokemon hunting together almost every Sunday. 


Miles' best friends are Peter, Penelope, Jakey, Cope, Macey, Sammy, and Gavin


Miles loves math and doing the monkey bars at recess.  


I was trying to get away with no birthday party (again), but Miles wore me down.  So, I sent out a last minute text to the  neighborhood moms, took a trip to the party store, and we were in business.  Easiest Party to plan EVER!  


And seriously look at these cupcakes, the kids could not of been happier and Macey even decorated them for me.  





I love a good "pinterest party", but it was evident that it so not worth taking the time and money to go all out.  Although I am grateful for the people on pinterest that did all the work of making the printables I used for the activities!!!! 



The favorite game was Pokemon hunting.  I hid pokemon around the house and each kid had a pokedex where they marked off the ones they found.  Quietest and longest party game I've ever done.  It was amazing.  And then when the big kids had found all the pokemon, they helped the younger kids.  

Birthday requests were simple.  

Krispy Kreme for breakfast.


Pokemon cards and any bad guys for presents.

No good guys for this kid, bad guys only.  Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Storm Troopers, Venom...he wants nothing to do with super heros. :)  


favorite present this year was Darth Vader from Grandma B.  It even went to show and tell at school.  

And then McDonalds and BYU basketball game with Peter.  




I love this kid, and while he makes my life a bit crazy and unpredictable, he kind of is the best.  


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So cute! Thanks for the shout out for simple birthday parties. It feels like we can't even do those anymore, the photographic competition is so fierce. But it's really all about hanging out with friends and eating cake, right?

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October

Nov 6, 2016
After going through all the pictures I took in October I now know why I am so completely exhausted...holy crap we did a lot.  

October in Utah is one of my favorite months though (it almost rivals June).

We took the kids to hike The Y.  

I was the only one who had done it before and I had forgotten how incredibly steep it is.  


1,000 feet of elevation gain in 1 mile.  that's a lot for little legs and
even longer ones too.  



The kids did amazing and M&M ran most of the way up (after complaining and crying the entire drive to the trailhead).  

As always, Paul and Ruby were best hiking buddies.  


We are soaking up the sunshine until the cold weather hits.

Lots of playing on the deck for these 2 while I try to get a few things done in the house.  


It's crazy how much I miss this tiny space when the snow comes.  


And who can resist getting to play in the rain?!  And yes, he has pants on, he's just rolled them up. :)  

This is Ruby bossing the big kids around and telling them not to touch her toys.  


Every once in awhile Crewby gets lucky and I take them somewhere fun, instead of just running errands while the big kid are at school  


Checking out the new toys at the mall

Krispy Kreme


and swimming at the rec center.  


And when I'm feeling very generous I pull out the paints and playdough.  

And then I am reminded why I prefer to do things outside of our house. 


M&M obviously get a little upset when we do things that are too fun while they are at school, so we make sure to include them from time to time.  

Thanksgiving Point usually does the trick.


Especially when it's with The Brown's.  


We have about a million pictures with this dinosaur, that can no longer be seen since we have so many kids now and they are all so big. 


We picked the perfect Saturday to go to The Museum of Natural Curiosity.  


Ruby parked herself in the Vet Clinic and had it all to herself for probably 30 min.  And we didn't even loose anyone in the Jungle.  New record.  


Pretty sure everyone else was busy at Cornbelly's.  



Ruby and I have still been running with Traci a few times a week.  Her and Hailey like to ride together to pass the time and we rotate pushing that beast of a double stroller. 




Macey has been working on her cooking skills this month.  And it is starting to become very helpful.  



First, she made us cookies and then when I was at the boys karate class, she preheated the oven and put dinner in for me.  Sometimes it's not so bad that these kids grow up.  

Sharing her cookies with the neighbors.



We had a girls night with some of our favorites.  



Dinner at Corner Bakery, a 1 hour play, and we wore our matching leopard print booties. Perfection.  


One of the more exciting things that happened this month was Miles graduating from Speech!



This kid has been rocking first grade and is working so hard (that does not mean there still isn't lots of screaming and tears) .  

I cried at his IEP when they told me he tested out.  Mostly I was crying because Miles has had a team of people at his side since he was 6 months old! It is a very strange feeling to be out on our own and I just have this deep gratitude for all these amazing programs and people who have helped to get us to this point.  

In case you were wondering if Ruby has calmed down, she has not.  In fact, things have only gotten crazier when it comes to her.  


yes, she's cute.  And it's fun to see her start to use more imaginative play. She always makes sure I never go hungry and is constantly "cookin" me things in her kitchen.   

But, don't let this fool you.  


The moment my back is turned she's flushing things down the toilet, climbing on things, dumping things, hitting kids, breaking child locks, and drawing on any surface that should not be drawn on.  

The hardest thing this month has been the fact that she forced our hand and we had to move her out of the crib.  


This means no more naps, early rising, terrorizing of the boys at night, and emptying everything in their room every single night.  


I am barely holding on by the end of most days.  I am still not used to not getting a break from her to eat my lunch in piece or shower or just stare at the walls in silence.  I miss nap time.  

Luckily, she has fallen asleep a few times this month, so I have been able to eat a snack without her trying to steal it from me.  


Her current favorite book is Alice the Fairy.  I think there's a lot of resemblance between Alice and Ruby.  and luckily, it's one of the books I don't mind reading every single day.  

Low point of the month was when Macey asked me,  "if it wasn't for Ruby would you be so grouchy?"  :)  

I did have one glorious afternoon this month where I got my hair cut & colored.  I even had time to read some of my book club book.


And yes, my amazing hairstylist made cat ears on me while my color set. It's the little things. 

phew. That's our October in a nutshell.   





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