December part 1
December couldn't of started off more perfect. A snow storm came!!
We were quite excited and hit up our favorite sledding spot with our neighbors.
We visited the aquarium some more.
Mom hikes are still going strong and keeping me sane.
Like every December there were about a million performances.
Crew had his first grade program.
Macey's orchestra class had a little performance. I was quite impressed with what they had learned with 90 min a week for a few months.
Michelle and I took the girls to see The Christmas Carol at the Hale Center Theatre.
Macey had her Scera Youth Theatre Christmas Review.
They did a great job, as always.
And Ruby had her Christmas dance Recital.
which was just 30 min of pure cuteness.
Doing dance with these friends has been one of our favorite things.
they get to hang out and run around together and Traci, Ashley and I get to workout and chat. It was a win-win all around.
Ruby, was very specific with her flower choice for after her performance.
I passed the test.
Ruby is as strong willed as ever.
She decided she didn't want to go to preschool one morning, but my sanity depended on her going. So, I had to drag her to the car kicking and screaming. I tripped over an out of place stool in the garage and since I was carrying Ruby and was terrified of her hitting her head on the cement garage floor, I cradled her body and tore mine up in the process.
Luckily I had a really thick sweater on and yes, I went to preschool drop off with blood dripping down my arm. This injury was not going to be in vain. :)
She is a not stop drawer, my first one. I cannot keep my scratch paper stocked. My favorite is that she alway includes belly buttons on her people.
We visited Santa.
It was all going very smoothly.
And then Santa asked Miles if he's been being good. Miles then started crying and ran away down the hallway of the mall.
Through my amazing terrorist negotiation skills, I convinced him to just sit by Santa. I was not requiring any smiling or talking. This is what we got.
won't be a Santa visit we will be forgetting anytime soon.
My parents came to visit this month and go to enjoy some of the above chaos with us.
We also took them to Just Add Chocolate.
Made sugar cookies.
We got to help in Miles' insanely over the top Polar Express Day at school.
Introduced them to Dave and Busters.
Played lots of games.
Had a mini Christmas
And decorated one gingerbread house. I thought about branching out and buying multiple, but all kids were content with decorating their one side, so we are sticking with one house. :)
Always a good visit.
Paul and I also threw our first real party at the new house. I didn't get any pictures. But, I did get a picture of my sweet outfit.
Obviously the party was a huge success.
The kids were sad we made them go to bed and they missed out on the festivities, so we played another round of Soda Pong with them the next day. it's a family favorite.
My cousin Matthew and his family came into town, so had fun meeting up with them a few times.
We hadn't seen them since they moved away when Crew was a newborn and it was so fun to meet their kids!
and we thought about taking our Trampoline down for the winter, but are glad we didn't because it has been jumped on pretty much every day. Rain or shine.
Next up Christmas break Festivities.
MIles is 9
Miles turned 9!!
He killed his birthday photo shoot and needed no direction from me. :)
This has probably been one of the hardest years for Miles with all the changes he's been through. But, I have been so impressed with how hard he's willing to work (even if it's after days of yelling and screaming) and how well he's been doing at making new friends. He's killing it, even if he doesn't think he is.
Plus, we've actually been getting some real diagnoses this year. I feel like we have a soild IEP in place and I feel like we have a really good team of professionals behind us to help guide us through it all.
Miles requested Chick fil a for breakfast. done.
All he wanted this year was money to buy a game for the switch.
So, he was thrilled when the cash kept rolling in.
there was of course Pokemon stuff in there too.
We got him an aquarium pass, since he doesn't actually play with toys and is obsessed with all things animal related.
After school we picked up Paul from work and spent the rest of his birthday checking out the aquarium. Turned out to be a perfect present for him.
We had the Rensinks and Everetts over for Cake and Icecream.
Plugging his ears while we sing him "Happy Birthday", but still loving it.
A highlight for him was Adi was home for the break and we didn't tell him. He was so excited when she came in with the rest of her family and he made sure he saved her a seat right next to him. :)
Miles loves The Switch, dinosaurs, Pokemon, Dog Man Books, BYU, all things ocean related and soup & salad.
He loves riding his bike around the neighborhood and setting up play dates with his friends.
His current favorite sport is Basketball and he is excited to start playing in January.
Words cannot express how I feel about this kid. I am fiercely protective of him and am always willing to go to battle for him in whatever form that might be. No kid has taught me more than him.
He is fiercely loyal, loving, funny, cuddly, and just one of my favorite kids ever.
are quickly becoming my most favorite thing of the week.
fresh air, exercise and chatting with friends.
Plus, I get to buy some new hiking gear, like these waterproof boots.
I hope I can do Mom Hikes for the rest of my life. It is good for the soul.
Paul got Domo's courtside suite tickets to The Harlem Globe Trotters
Macey and Miles each brought a friend.
And the kids (and us) were loving The Suite Life.
Lots of screaming, giggling, and eating as much food as possible.
It was a pretty perfect Saturday.
We continued to enjoy our backyard
It's been non stop on the tramp. I really did not think it would be so popular.
Some more pics of the finished project.
And thanks to our heat lamp, we've still been enjoying our firepit.
We had the Primary Program
I didn't get a pic of the kids, but they looked adorable and did a great job. Miles has to keep things exciting though and was a mess for weeks leading up to it and especially the day of (why I didn't get a pic). He ended up singing some of the songs and only came back down to me 3 times during the program.
One time was to give me his broken shoe. And then he returned to his seat with 1 flip flop on. :)
My Freshman Roommate Angie
and her family stopped by for a visit.
So fun to catch up and get to know her cute kids.
I love getting together with old friends!!Thanksgiving
this year was amazing. Maybe one of our best ones yet.
Prep was incredibly easy.
Even Macey & Mies helped out and put this awesome fruit tray together without any help from me.
I had a craft.
Food was awesome and I didn't have to cook the turkey (thanks brenden).
And then we ended the night with seeing a movie.
Where Julianne and I embarrassed the kids with our turkey headbands.
We also witnessed a miracle this month. Miles crafted
He made this center piece for his birthday celebration.
He worked for hours. I was so shocked. Never in his life as he ever done a craft when not forced. It was a very relaxing evening for the rest of us as he worked away.
Holly took our family pictures
My nightmares are made up of things like family pictures. We tried to make it as painless as possible and just did it at the house, which was amazing. Still a slightly painful experience, but worth it in the end.
Notice Miles is in shorts. This kid. At least he was willing to be in frame. :)
We took lots of trips to the aquarium
Where Miles continues to impress the workers with his vast knowledge of all things aquarium related.
My favorite moment of the month was putting up our Christmas tree.
My most favorite tradition is the kids ornament collections.
They are a bit obsessed with them too.
And this girl. Sometimes I want her to stay 4 forever.
A highlight of the month was Nana and Opa's visit
We took them to a pumpkin patch.
Went to Just Add Chocolate.
and introduced them to our favorite game, Soda Pong.
We enjoyed our new backyard
as much as possible and the last of the sunny warm weather with the neighbor kids.
There has not been a day that has gone by where the tramp has not been jumped on. Rain, shine, or snow.
My new favorite view:
Always so much 4 square.
The boys had a new favorite game this month, Mario Party. It was hilarious and they entertained themselves for hours on their homemade board of books.
A few days a week Ruby and I took a scooter ride around the neighborhood to look at all the spooky houses. This one being her favorite.
We carved pumpkins
in perfect fall weather on our driveway.
We went to our ward halloween party
Ruby wanted to be a Witch Belle. And would only allow Ashley to do her makeup.
Paul and Macey went to a Dad/Daughter activity
Crew had some major dental work
We learned how to make cinnamon rolls
in our new kitchen!
Ruby and I got to run errands with some of our favorite friends
. Peter got baptized
and we got to hang out with our favorite 2nd cousins.
Ruby and I took about a million selfies
These 2 continue to be the cutest and craziest siblings around.
Ruby always comes up with stylish outfits for preschool.
And Friday Mom Hikes
. These have become the highlight of my week.
We ended the month with a quite mellow Halloween, I didn't even know what to do with myself since I wasn't running around like crazy person.
Normally, I am in charge of multiple parties. This year I ran one station at Crew's class party. I didn't even break a sweat.
There was of course the Halloween Parade.
All other years I've had to check everyone out as soon as the parade is over to head to Domo. Luckily, Domo decided to save money and NOT do their Halloween party this year. We actually had a relaxing few hours at home before we went Trick - or - Treating.
We still did our normal trick or treating route and we discovered that almost everyone from new neighborhood also trick or treats in our old neighborhood. :)
Always a good haul.
Macey organized her candy into baggies. ha, she does not get this from me.
Another successful October in the books.
The Main Event for September was Nana and Pop-Pop's visit
They pulled into the new house just as neighborhood outdoor movie was starting.
Not only were they seeing the house for the first time, but they got to meet a lot of our new neighbor's too.
Although, I know even they missed our old neighbors.
Crew had his first soccer game.
We took them to Provo Beach Resort.
Up to Big Springs.
And there was of course lots of book reading and game playing.
Then we headed down south and introduced them to one of our favorite places, Dead Horse Point.
I think they enjoyed #yurtlife.
Miles could not wait to go mountain biking with Pop-Pop
Watching the mountain bikers from the yurt deck going off on their big ride.
Miles even had a big crash into some prickly pear and still went out riding the next morning.
Nana and I stayed back and played many thrilling games of Spot It and Go Fish with Crewby.
There was of course lots of hiking and exploring.
We were so happy we got to show Nana and Pop-Pop one of our favorite Utah places.
This trip I learned I cannot jump high and Paul can.
And we actually got a family pic!
I'd say that was a successful trip.
The rest of the month was spent mostly hanging around the house and neighborhood.
Can't beat 70 degree days!!
There is constant games of 4-square in the driveway.
Ruby is learning to ride a 2-wheeler
This was my driveway one night when I was headed to yoga.
I called Paul over to herd all children out of the way. He entertained them with yoga poses, so I could safely backout.
We are really settling into and loving this new neighborhood, but that doesn't mean there still aren't tears shed about missing our old neighborhood and school.
Macey was having a particularly rough week missing all her old friends, so we had Tajen over for a late night. It helped fill the hole in her heart (and all of ours too).
We are glad all our friends are still close by.
My parents brought me my old desk my grandpa made. Macey has put it to good use and I love seeing it in her room.
One of the most exciting events for me this month was getting to join the elite "Mom Hiking Group"
Ruby's preschool schedule was made to fit around dance with friends and this hiking group. Our friday hikes are just as amazing as I dreamt they would be.
Ruby and I are slowly figuring out this curly hair thing. We both were having a good hair day at the same time, so we had to document the occasion.
We also finished our backyard this month. But, that deserves a photo dump post of it's very own.