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
- Our new oven came in time
I think one of Paul's highlights was the amazing leftovers he got to enjoy.
3 seasons in 1
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.
Miles is 7
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.
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
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.
I LOVE Halloween.
Alligator, Cat, Rey, Charizard, Minnie Mouse, and Bulbasaur
Candy, parties, dressing up, and trick-or-treating are just some of the reasons.
We started out the festivities with our annual neighborhood carnival.
I never let the kids wear their actual halloween costumes, as they always end up spilling something. So, I send them to the dress up tubs. Crew was Chewbacca, Miles Dino rider, Ruby Minnie Mouse, and Macey wore an old ballet costume I wore in the nutcracker with Kirsten in a matching dress (my mom of course made them. She's got mad skills). And I had to include a picture of Emery in her adorable old lady costume. She was the cutest thing ever.
Next up was Fright Fest.
It was our turn to host. We decided to play a Mormon drinking game.
We got a bunch of different sodas. Some gross (peanut butter, bacon, hot wing sauce), some good (rootbeer, butter beer, horchata) and LOTS in between.
It was highly entertaining and after sampling all of them I deemed the worst ones to be Peanut Butter, cucumber, and bacon. The only one that was actually good was the rootbeer.
The kids actually got us to carve pumpkins this year. it is not a favorite activity of mine, but it got done and we had some very happy kids. And no one loved their Jack 'O Lantern more than Crew.
Next Halloween Festivity was a party at Paul's bosses house.
Marty McFly and his mom Lorraine from back to the future. And Eleven and Dustin from Stranger Things.
As always the party was very impressive. Party buses, food trucks, even better portable bathrooms than last year, light up dance floor, and tons of amazingly creative costumes.
Love a good party.
FINALLY, we made it to the actual day.
We were up bright and early getting kids in costume for school.
Then there was the Halloween Parade.
Miles was just smiling and waving away. And yes, his costume is too small. I had a tough time with my amazon orders this Halloween. :) Luckily, he was the happiest pokemon around.
Crew wanted to dress up for the Halloween Parade too (we skipped his preschool party, there was no way to fit it in). He loved that all the kids in the parade knew who he was and were waving at him and talking about his sweet costume.
But seriously, have you ever seen a cuter bulbasaur?
Then I ran home grabbed my supplies and came back to do Macey's class Halloween party.
I love getting to see her in her element and chatting with all the kids.
Next stop was the Domo Halloween extravaganza.
It was amazing this year. So organized. They had a map for everyone, arrows on the ground of which direction to walk, crossing guards, and themed buildings. I just loved it.
Paul's building was Harry Potter. They gave out gummy frogs, bertie botts beans, and chocolate coins. And a real owl, because this is Domo afterall.
The Sorting Hat put Macey in Slitherin, she was not too pleased.
I actually didn't take a single picture because it was still so crazy, luckily Paul snapped these ones before it got crazy.
And now we have finally made it to the main event.
Trick or Treating.
I was so happy with how Ruby's costume turned out and it was probably the easiest one I have attempted yet. Plus, she loved it and wanted nothing more than to be Minnie. Makes my mama heart happy.
I don't sew, but I do love hot glueing and taping a good costume together.
And I was so proud of the pokemon ball pumpkins I made the boys too.
I love trick or treating in our neighborhood and seeing all our friends.
We had a crazy, but awesome, group this year and I had a few moments of stress, but overall it was pretty much perfection.
then we finally got to the candy sorting.
Can you tell what Crew's favorite candy is?!?
and that finally is a wrap on Halloween. Yes, this is why I am exhausted.