Oct 9, 2016
September was a whirlwind of soccer (3 days a week), parks, neighbor kids,school projects, after school activities, and getting used to the ever increasing hectic lifestyle that is 4 kids.  

Paul forced us out of bed on a Saturday morning to go see the sunrise in the mountains.  

Ruby was the only one that didn't mind.  

We got donuts afterwards, so the rest of us quickly forgave him. 

I feel like it's been a non stop party around here with kids over to play 24/7.

I believe this was my most insane trip trip to target in recent memory.  3 boys and a Ruby is tough work while waiting in line to checkout.  

it's even better when we get to have our friends stay for dinner too.  

Another neighborhood water fight.  This one proved slightly more violent than our one earlier in the summer and a few kids were hiding and crying by the end. :)  

There has been constant soccer or football happening out front.  And my kids now refer to this area as "The Soccer Field".  

With the big kids at school all day, these boys rule the neighborhood until about 2:30.  

and these 2 cute girls of course too.  

When 2:30 hits, the kids throw their backpacks in the door, grab a snack, and head outside.  I still drag them in most nights for dinner.  

and when homework must be done, it is done outside whenever possible. 
It's been nice having Macey and Miles both in school full day.  

Crew, Ruby, and I have no trouble figuring out how to spend our time. 

These 2 crack me up with their constant chatter in the backseat while we are running around during the day. 

Ruby graduated from the stroller to her scooter for our canyon adventures.  

love these mountains and that I still get to go on daytime adventures with these 2.  

A few hours each week though we have to take Crew to preschool and it's just me and the tiny destroyer.  

We found Macey's long lost diary key, that someone (Ruby) buried in the bottom on the aquafor jar. :)  

Most days I do not know what to do with her, but at least I never get bored.  

And really, they don't get much cuter. 

Ruby and I even started running with some of our friends in the mornings while Crew is at preschool.  

We are slowly feeling less and less like we are going to die each week.  

Random hiighlights this month included:

Crazy Hair Day

the School carnival.  

I was waiting in line with Miles for one of the bounce houses and he looked up at me and told me I could leave him alone with his friends and that I should go find some of my mom friends. :)  

Activity Days fashion show. 

Orem updated some of their parks and we've been taking advantage. 

And these 2 are always up to something exciting.  

And between all the chaos I finally read this book. 

It's a new favorite and I've been trying to convince Macey to read it ever since.  

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What a whirlwind of a month. Just so you know unfortunately it never slows down. Even now I am waiting for that. Enjoy your time with Crew & Ruby all to soon then will be in school too. I Love them all!!

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BAck to school....Again

Sep 13, 2016
We have been back in the swing of things for a few weeks now and it's been going smoother than I anticipated.  

This summer was quite crazy and for the first time ever, I was actually a little bit happy for the kids to be back in school.  Miles really wore me down this summer and having him in full day school has been quite refreshing.  

We had our annual back to school dinner.  

We got home from Bear Lake the day before school started, so I tried to get the kids to do Happy Meals for the back to school dinner.  Shockingly, they refused, and wanted what we always have, brown bag lunches.  Thank goodness I picked something simple from the beginning and didn't copy all those crazy pinterest people.  

Macey was all excitement to go back to school, just like always.

She has an amazing teacher and Macey was very happy to find out her new teacher loves Harry Potter just like her.  

 I cannot believe she is in 4th grade.  Like really, can not believe it.  This should not be happening. 

They did some assessments before school started and I was a bit nervous for Miles, remembering how horribly things went last year.  This year was a huge improvement! While I was the only parent that actually had to go in with their first grader instead of waiting in the hall,  he at least spoke and communicated with the teachers and they were as kind and patient as could be.  

Miles told me he was only going to go to the first 2 days of school and the last 2 days.  Luckily, he came home loving school and has gone back everyday since.  

I'm not saying he goes happily everyday.  It is still a battle most mornings to get the kid fed and ready, but we are getting there and I will not give up.  Homework is another story and another battle that I don't always have the energy to fight. :) 

Then there is Crew.  

This kid has been dying to go to school  His day finally came and it was all smiles and excitement.  Ruby had to get in on his photo session.  

He went into preschool as happy as could be, posed for a picture, and then went and read books with the rest of the kids.  I didn't even know what to do with myself, it was the first time in a long time I wasn't actually needed. I didn't even break a sweat. What a difference from Miles.  

The only issue we had at preschool drop off was Ruby thought she should get to ride in Crew's seat, since she's the big kid home with me now. So, after dragging a kicking and screaming Ruby into her seat, I actually was sweating and it felt like a normal school drop off for me. :)  

These kids have the most amazing teachers this year and I am so grateful.  You cannot replace a great teacher and I am thankful everyday for these teachers and the time and love they give these kids.

And I am so glad I get this crazy one all to myself for a few more years.

And, I need to report, this was the first year I did not cry sending the kids back to school!  I am getting better at this letting go thing.  

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Yay, back to school! They are going to have a great year with their wonderful teachers. I love that Macey's favorite color has remained white since she was little.
haha, I love Miles' goal for the year :)

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life with 2 year old ruby

Sep 8, 2016
Ruby has been so crazy and fun this month, she deserves her own post.  

The moment my back is turned, this girl gets into something.  

Whether it is stealing a watermelon rind out of the garbage can.  

Or causing some sort of mischief in the bathroom.    

Here she is telling me "Go Outside.  Outside!"  It's hard to keep anything stocked in our freezer.  waffles, toaster strudels, chocolate chips, popsicles, name it, she will eat it.  yes, we have tried to lock our freezer, she just keeps breaking it.  Luckily, the lock on our pantry has worked, so i haven't had to worry about her climbing up those shelves and getting cereal everywhere ALL the time.  

She loves to cook us things in her kitchen.

Left over items from her lunch and dinner can often be found in her fridge, sink, oven or microwave.  

Ruby loves to play with her friends and baby dolls.  

I love when her and Ella see each other across the grass and run in for a hug.  

She also locked us out of the house and terrorized it while I had to run around to hop the backfence to get in. 

She keeps me on my toes and is the reason I never get anything done.  

She also has become a neighborhood bully of sorts and tends to push, hit and tackle whenever she feels so inclined.  I do not think I have ever put a child in timeout as much as I have had to with her.  

While she most definitely has a wild and rebellious side, there is a sweet side to her too.  Anytime she meets anyone new she instantly calls them her friend.  She loves to greet the neighborhood moms and thinks they all want to hug and hold her.  She is constantly asking me for a huggle and wraps her arms tight around my neck and says "I love you, mama".  She is very polite and never forgets to say "please" and "thank you".  The most exciting thing that she has accomplished this month though is, she is actually keeping her clothes and diaper on during naps and bedtime, so no more taping her diaper on!!!!!

We love this 2 year old Ruby.  

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Ruby has the best spirited personality. She gives you a run for your money & brings so much joy. Love how she loves her friends. Can't wait to see her.

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Sep 8, 2016
And just like that, August is behind us, and we are back in the full swing of craziness.  

We tried to suck out every last ounce of summer before school started and even a little bit more after. :)

It's crazy to think we were able to fit so much in with the Stephen's visit and our camping trip to Bear Lake, but there is just too much summer fun to be had.  

- We got the waterslide out one more time for the big kids. 

it was quite crazy, as usual. 

Then, once they were all back in school, we had a toddler party.  

It was pure heaven.  

We had five 2 year old girls and they just played and played. We dreamed about what life would be like if we didn't have boys...we decided we could handle many afternoons just like this one.  There was no sword fighting, wrestling, hitting, attempts to knock the slide over.  

I can't remember the last time (if ever) I witnessed a play date so serene.  

I think Ruby logged the most slides down the water slide and this was her face everytime she came out. :)  

These boys were there too, but they just entertained themselves and we didn't see much of them. 

It was pretty much a perfect afternoon, sitting in the shade talking with my friends while our children actually played nicely and quietly.  

- Ashley graduated from college, so we had to have a dance party to celebrate.

It was an absolute blast.  We impressed all the kids with our sweet moves.  And we are already looking for an excuse to have another one.  

- We made our last Splash Pad and Pond visits.  

- The boys both learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels, but for some reason I only have a picture of Crew documented.  

- We did an end of summer backyard clean up and the kids picked weeds for the first time. They loved it. 

- Had a much needed girls night with some of my favorites. 

It's always the best when you're laughing so hard you cry.  

-Miles started soccer and is doing amazing!

and by amazing, I don't mean he's scoring tons of goals.  

I mean, he is participating, having fun, trying, and not throwing fits!!!!

He also thinks he belongs to the Everett family, so he can often be found photo bombing their family pictures. 

And he has also convinced Ellie to take him almost every Sunday to Riverwoods to catch Pokemon.  

We have one happy 6 year old around here.  

And I've been keeping busy with these 2 while the big kids are at school all day.  

Next up, back to school pics.  Only a few weeks late. :)  

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The Stephens (finally) come to utah!

Aug 31, 2016
One of the biggest highlights of the summer was having the Stephens come visit in August.  

Seeing their cousins twice in the same summer has never happened before.


Sleeping arrangements were tight, but the kids did not mind one bit.  And these 2 pairs of best cousins were inseparable.  

Lauren is the only person EVER allowed to join Miles' solitary breakfast on the deck.  

Brianne of course had to go back to BYU and show her girls around.

And yes, it was weird being back with 7 kids in tow.  Feels like it was just yesterday that Brianne was tutoring me in the Talmage building for a calculus test. 

And these 2 dreamed about being roommates at BYU together in the future.

We also went to Salt Lake and did a bunch of touristy stuff, until I was too tired, and then we left the Stephens to finish off the touristy stuff alone.  

Then there was swimming at the pool, inflatable waterslide and of course hanging out with the neighbor kids.

The girls took to the neighborhood lifestyle quite quickly. 

and even the neighbor kids were sad to see them go, but not as sad as us.  

the classic neighborhood send off.  

It was nice to have the Stephens all to ourselves, hopefully we can convince them of another Utah vacation soon!! 

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I love so much that you could all be together. Cousins are the best! Sisters too! The kids are so cute and I'm not even prejudice.

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