May was insane. Insane.
There was the normal end of year school stuff.Dance Festival:
Lots of kindergarten fun
Kindergarten Program:Hope of America
she's sitting in that purple circle.
Suncrest always does common start the last week of school, which meant the kids could actually ride the bus
to and from school! Party.
There was beautiful weather
We had to say goodbye to some of our most favorite people. Trina and TJ
moved to Las Vegas. I shed many tears over the fact.
We had to soak up our last days in the neighborhood
And then our friends threw us a surprise going away dance party
These are my people and I have desperately missed having them right outside my front door. Mother's Day
, where as normal, they were not cooperative for my picture, but it was an amazing day anyways.
and i love getting to sport some of my homemade jewelry.
There was the packing
. Which I don't have any real pictures of. Turns out packing wasn't that bad. The unpacking was worse. :)
There was closing
on the new house, but not moving in right away because it wasn't actually done. We did at least get shelves up in the garage and curtain rods hung.
Then there was the actual moving
Kids were actually great unpackers. I didn't even come help them organize their rooms until at least a week after we moved in.
first dinner in the new house, Kid Cuisines. I might of been using their favorite foods to help them like the new house better. :)
And saying goodbye to our beloved Townhome, The Pink Palace.
Which of course deserves it's very own blog post.
last back yard movie night.
Final goodbye, to the finally clean and empty house.
And then school
got out on May 31st and I don't think I've sat down once since then. :)
first and last day of kindergarten.
I was actually surprised at how well this kid did in kindergarten, he killed it.
last day of 2nd and 5th grade.
This was a tricky year for Miles, but he was blessed with an amazing teacher who patiently took the time he needed. She listened to his worries and helped him work through it all. He was so excited to get the "Greatest Improvement" award. It was well earned and I am glad he knew what a big deal this was.
The kids were quite excited that I still remembered to do their last day of school buckets, they were worried I'd forget with the chaos of moving. I like these moments when I actually impress them with my mom skills. :)
Now we are just working on settling into the new house and getting used to just having each other around, instead of all our old neighborhood friends/family.
tiny table in our sunroom. :)
Ruby is four!
This was a weird birthday for me, because my baby is 4!
Not only am I already out of the baby phase, I am now out of the toddler phase too!! Don't quite know how I feel about that yet.
But, this child slows down for no one, so I am just trying to keep up and enjoy it.
Ruby is a funny mix of girly girl and wild child. She loves all things pink and princesses.
But, then she loves her potty jokes, shooting you with guns, playing monster, and wresting too. Every day ends with her looking completely disheveled and covered in dirt.
This is what the bathtub looks like after ruby has been bathed.
She highly dislikes it when I put her in dresses and always chooses sweats, t-shirts and her pink converse when I let her have complete control of her outfits.
Her favorite outfit: minnie shirt, pink shoes and crew's old sweats.
Ruby is one of the toughest and strongest kids I know. She will have an epic scooter crash and then hope right back up to finish her lap.
She will jump off the couch, miss her landing pad and just get back up and do it again. She is constantly covered in bruises and she rarely gives her injuries a chance to heal before the scabs get ripped off at the next crash.
Ruby loves her siblings, she loves her friends. Her favorite colors are pink and purple. She loves makeup and accessories . Nothing makes her happier than to have macey do her makeup, but don't even think about trying to do her hair. :)
She is one well loved child and soaked up all the attention on her birthday.
And screamed and whined when she didn't get it and then these 3 came running, she knows how to get them to work for her.
She requested a pink pony cake. She was pleased with what I came up with, even though it looked nothing like the ones Macey was showing her on pinterest. :)
Ruby, Macey and I matched for church, I just could't resist. :)
Then we had the O'neals and Rensinks over for cake and ice cream before Paul raced up to SLC for the Rockets vs Jazz game.
I love this fierce, independent, cuddly, and wild girl. She keeps life exciting and never allows me to get bored.
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.