MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES

Apr 5, 2017
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.

UTAH LAKE

While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.  



So, exploring we did.  


The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.


Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.  

It was kid heaven.  Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.  


And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot?   Well, mine do.  And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count. 

We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday. 

I foresee many more explorations taking place here.  




HANGTIME
 
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.


It was awesome.  Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out.  And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. 


YOGA WITH THE SHARKS

A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.


It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had.  We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards.  


DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING

Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.



It was amazing.  We got some sweet video.  We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :)  


SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.  

Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines.  Love me a good elementary program.  



We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:

BYU


FARM COUNTRY


THE POND


loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water. 

Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies. 


I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time.  

Fanny Packs are extremely useful.  I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket.   Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :)  

SOCCER

Spring soccer has started up again.  Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department.  But Miles hasn't minded one bit. 


ANTELOPE ISLAND




We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.  



We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.  


Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.  


There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in. 





Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids. 


It was a bit stressful for me though. :) 



And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie. 


Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.  



I'd say it was a very successful month around here.  




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nana
What fun times - I love reading about all of them. I really want to go to the mall and ride the animals. Shark Yoga is so cool but that sunburn is awful. Macey loves to perform and I wish I could hear her. Miles is doing so good at soccer and what a great group of hikers! I have never seen Ashley's husband before.

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march madness at home

Apr 4, 2017
March always comes just when we need it.  


I never realize how much pent up energy these kids have inside them until they are set free after winter.  

If the sun is out, these kids are out. Dinner is skipped many evenings, or shoveled into their mouths at a lightening pace, to get back outside.  


Never a shortage of friends or things to do. 




And I get to see my long lost friends too.  Life is good. 

Crewby keeps me busy during the day with constant fort building. 




I actually banned forts for April though, I'm a good mom like that.  Ruby loves to destroy them and Crew loves to scream and cry when this happens.  So, we are taking a break, before I completely loose it. :)   


We registered Crew for Kindergarten this month.  

I am not too happy about having him gone everyday next school year, but bless Utah and their half day kindergarten.  

Look at this stud, I am not quite ready to part with him. 
Although, he has been mastering the screaming fit lately, so I won't miss that. :) 

Lucky for me, I still get this crazy girl all to myself for a little longer.  

She is actually starting to play and pretend with her toys.  I love to watch.  

She also uses everything as a magic wand and is constantly turning me into Belle or Ruby.  


And look at this hair!  

And these best friends are just the cutest.  Ruby's life just wouldn't be the same if Ella didn't live across the grass from us.  


I often get asked if Ruby is still wild. The answer is "yes!"

There are a million stories I could share.  This particular picture though represents what happens the 1 time I forget to lock the closet door in her room.  

She was suppose to be napping, but she of course sensed my mistake and emptied all my more dangerous craft items all over her room. She left the paper, crayons, googly eyes, pom-poms, craft sticks, washable markers, and tape alone.

Instead she went for ALL the permanent markers, ink pads, and scissors.  She covered every item in her room, and her body of course, in ink.  Luckily her wardrobe is installed with self locking technology, otherwise I am sure all of her clothes would be covered in permanent marker as well.   

45 min in the bath and 45 min scrubbing her room and most of the marker is gone.  the palms of her hands and soles of her feet were pink for a week. And her bedframe is a lost cause.  Other than that, it didn't turn out too badly.
 
Once again, this is why we spend so much time outside. :) 

Crew learned to ride a two wheeler last year, but he isn't quite ready for real bike rides, due to the fact that he can't ride straight and either rides into fences or off the curb.  I find it a bit stressful. So, we have been doing lots of practicing in the Target parking lot.  

This particular day we ended up with a 3 bike pile up.  I think we need a little more work on the brakes.  

There's of course been lots of basketball watching.  M&M are very into this year and have kept very good tabs on their favorite teams.  


We bought Rogue One and these 3 LOVED it.  We sent them down to get their PJ's on and they all came up in their Star Wars gear.  


We pulled Miles' Battle Bots arena down from it's high shelve and it's been quite entertaining.  Ellie even got in on the action when she stopped by to visit.  


A highlight of every March is always Paul's Birthday.  

homemade chocolate cake with homemade frosting...only the best for this guy.  

He even got to come home from work early to play with us. And yes, notice another fort has been set up in the backyard. 




We then got a babysitter.  Watched some basketball at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Then played mini golf and video games.  I love birthdays.  






I also caught this cute leprechaun.  





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February...aka winter is almost over

Mar 2, 2017
We got a taste of spring in February and let me tell you, it was just what I needed to keep going. 


anytime it is above 45 out we have been trying to walk everywhere.  We've walked to Menchies, the library, parks, pet store, pokemon hunting, target (of course) and Corner Bakery.  



Only in utah. :)  

and Macey and I finally found her fence post!

Since the park was pretty empty, due to the snow on the ground, Paul and I actually got to try out some of the cooler features.  



I feel like I have finally made it to the good park ages!  Emily reminded me of how I used to hate the park, between Miles' ages of 1-5, and pretty much could not do the park without an extra adult (holly) with me.

It was a good reminder that Miles has gotten easier, although he still tends to be the most challenging of the 4.  Crewby combined is much easier than having a toddler Miles. And oh my goodness, I am glad I have forgotten how hard life was for me 3 years ago. :)    


Speaking of Miles, we bit the bullet and buzzed his head.  Something I said i would never do as a parent!!  


I was brought to this very hard decision due to his inability to get a haircut without wrestling, screaming, crying, and flinging himself on the ground.  So, we did it in the privacy of our own home instead.


Still sucked, but it was nice to not have other moms looking at me wondering what is wrong with my child and having the other 3 running free in a hair salon. 

At least we are good to go for awhile.  



Ruby also enjoys keeping me on my toes and likes to remind me that I am never in control, even if Miles is at school. :) 


This would be her room most days post-naptime.  Luckily, she is good at cleaning too.  


She is obsessed with makeup and can sense when I leave my bathroom door unlocked.  


Here she used my eyeshadow to fill her brows in.  


But, then she's just as cute as can be, so I keep her around. 





Love these best little friends.


On the days crew does not have preschool Crew announces to Ruby, "Ruby, I don't have school today! Aren't you so happy I get to stay home with you?" to which Ruby replies, "Crew-Crew, you my best friend".  



The kids have been playing with the neighbors any chance they get and Ruby was so happy to be back on her scooter.  One sunny day I counted 25 kids playing out front!  It's kid heaven around here.  

And when the snow is melted, the backyard once again becomes my favorite room of the house. 



February is always the month when I finally have a slight motivation to exercise more, eat more veggies, and pretty much start being less of a lazy bum.  Sunshine is good for the soul. 


Can't forget Valentine's Day!  

Paul and I put Ruby to bed, put a movie on for the other 3 and walked over to The Chocolate for some candle lit dessert.  Love having a fairly competent built in babysitter for quick trips out of the house.  



As always, I got to plan Macey's class party. I don't quite know what to do with the older kids. So, I made this minute-to-win-it game board and it was luckily a hit with the 4th graders.  






To get a real glimpse into my life, I needed to share this blurry picture.  

This would be me trying to get ready for the day while being attacked by some crazed super hero gone bad.  There's a reason I skip eyeliner and mascara most days.  There was also a zombie out of the shot, yelling "brains! brains!" and also attacking me.  

side note: favorite thing about Crew right now, every night he comes upstairs for extra kisses and then after I have given him about the 20th one, he looks at me and says, "ok, that's enough kisses for the night.  You can have more tomorrow." and then he heads back to bed. I about die every time. 

Other everyday happenings: 

Playdough.  I shared this pic on instagram because I feel like it represents their personalities perfectly.  Ruby screaming and throwing playdough, Miles growling and destroying his creations and Crew playing nicely making me a playdough pizza to eat. 

Jumping on mom and dad's bed. 


And a non everyday happening that needs to be documented. 

I was bathing Crewby, Macey was studying for knowledge bowl, so Miles was left to entertain himself (something he hates).  I would not allow electronics either.  I came upstairs to find this!  He had found this in my art cupboard and put it together all by himself.  Seriously, a miracle.  


and that about sums up the surface of February.  It much crazier and much more fun than it comes across on my blog. :)

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angie
I love this post! It's nice to get a taste of your life, makes me feel like we reached out and connected in a way. I seriously wish we lived closer! That park looks fun, but it also looks cold! I can see why you were the only family there. I love your posts on the sweet things your kids do, like Crew and Ruby being best friends when he's not at preschool. That's the best. And you got the challenges because you can not only handle them, but rock them. Seriously. You are such a rock star mom. You're doing so great!

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first one in double digits

Feb 23, 2017
I cannot believe we have reached the milestone of having a kid in the double digits.



Crazy.

The occasion has made me more sentimental than normal and has caused lots of reflection on years past.  

Macey has kind of always been the best.  


She was the best toddler.  Always dressing up, accessorizing, dancing, throwing parties...pretty much my entertainment. 


She has always been my best helper and side kick.  It was funny looking through her birthday pictures and seeing how obvious it was which ones I was sick and prego during. She has been through a lot with me.  Glad we are over that phase. :) 

and seriously, the change from 9 to 10?!? Part of it, I am sure, is because I have FINALLY let her keep her hair long. I am learning to relinquish control. slowly learning. 


Her birthday started like it always has...with donuts.  


Then it was all shopkins and Lea Accessories. Nana and Opa got her a real pearl necklace too and she was in love.  

Macey highly dislikes cake and loves mint icecream.  So, I tried my hand at a mint chocolate chip icecream cake.  She approved and I think we have found her new birthday request. 


She was not pleased Ruby wanted to help blow out the candles.   


She knew just where she wanted her party, Nickel City.


tickets, 

games, 


laser tag, 

lots of good friends, 


and prizes.

It is good to be Macey.  

Paul also took her and 2 friends (tajen and bree) to the BYU basketball game on her birthday.  He ignored my request though and took zero pictures.  Pictures or not, she said she had the best time ever! 

And I came across this picture from when Macey, Maddy and libby were little and could not resist a comparison.  

They've been friends the last 10 years and I hope it continues. 
and side note, I think we had more toys in our house when Macey was our only child, than we have now.



While I am sad she's growing up, I am also excited for what's ahead of her.  

She's intelligent, kind, compassionate, feisty, independent, and genuine.  

There are adventures ahead for this girl and I can't wait to share them with her.  





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Disneyland

Feb 5, 2017
Because of Emily's beautiful sister law, pictured here on the left, Macey and I got to go to Disneyland again!!


Macey made us stop at The World's Tallest Thermometer, since apparently it's a tradition now.  


I got to spend 11 hours in a car with this girl.  We listened to our roadtrip playlists, Matilda, and got lots of talking in.  Made up for the crazy LA traffic in the rain.  


We thought last year was pretty perfect.  Turns out this year was actual perfection.  

And the matching fanny packs and shirts were an amazing edition. 


but seriously, the fanny pack.  Life changing.  

There were no lines.  Like, no lines.  I guess that is what happens when it's suppose to rain, but actually doesn't. 

We rode the Gadget Coaster 6 times in a row, without getting off. 


Pure joy on these girls faces.  



And we got soaked on Splash Mountain, even with our ponchos.  



The girls only wanted to do the big rides this year and multiple times at that.  Macey's favorite Disneyland ride was Thunder Mountain (I think we rode it 4x's) and her favorite Californian adventure ride was Screamin' (4x's on this one too).  



We were pretty much constantly running from ride to ride, which means Emily and I might have each inhaled a corndog in a matter of 3 minutes.  





This was Macey's 4th trip to Disneyland and the first time we have ever seen her favorite princess.  Perfection I tell you.




Next day was spent bumming around and getting to play with Emily's girls that I don't get to see as often as I would like.  




Even though it was raining we still went to the beach.  






And then Macey and I headed back to reality and the snow. 





Emily is one of those people that always leaves you feeling better about yourself than you did before you were in her presence.  I forgot how much I love that about her. 


Spending time with my bff at the happiest place on earth was good for my soul.  


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