Ruby is 5!
Ruby turned 5.
This girl is crazy. She is strong willed, feisty, silly, cuddly, and wants to be in on the action ALL the time.
90% of the time she requests that someone lay with her for just a few minutes when she goes to bed. The night before her birthday, I volunteered. Got my last cuddles and selfie with my 4 year old Ruby.
We got her a playhouse for her birthday, it was much more time consuming to put together than we anticipated. Hopefully our (paul's) hard work will be worth it.
On her birthday she demanded lots of birthday cuddles from Fang. He is one patient puppy because she is about as rough as they come where animals are concerned.
She was super excited to go to preschool on her birthday.
And can i just say how much more I love my kids when they request a 9x13 cake instead of something crazy.
We had her birthday party the next day, where she did request cupcakes like Pinkalicious. Luckily, I convinced her to use pink gumballs instead of cherries.
So simple, even Ruby did most of the work.
Ruby planned an exciting menu of pickles, watermelon balls, pink goldfish, popcorn, cupcakes, and pink lemonade for her friends.
Ruby has the best friends, who also happen to have the best moms.
I just love all these cute kids so much, luckiest girl around.
Ruby is one of my most challenging kids. All my normal mom tricks don't work on her. Plus, I am just more tired with her than the other 3, so she ends up getting away with more, which only makes things worse.
Here's hoping 5 is our year to get things under control. but, whether that happens or not, I am going to enjoy this wild tornado of a child and all the loves and cuddles that she brings with her.
May: AKA Maycember
april: Part 2
A highlight of April is always getting the Washcloth bunnies that Nana Navasard makes. She makes enough for all the kids to take to school, which is a huge amount. They could not wait to hand them out before Easter.
We finally got to enjoy some sunshine.
And I got to do lots of reading in my new chair.
But, there was of course more snow.
But, it did not stop #momhike. We were wet though, like the wettest we'd been all year. Well worth it.
A highlight of the month for me was getting to see Ben Folds perform with the Utah Symphony. It was amazing, one of the best concerts I've ever been to. It'a always hard to beat live music, good friends, and no kids.
My parents came into town so they could see Macey's performance of Alice in Wonderland where she was the White Lily.
Once again, the Scera did an amazing job and Macey had a blast.
We were quite busy while my parents were here with Macey's rehearsals, Crew's talent show, teaching art at the elementary school, an art show and an orchestra concert. We still found lots of time to play though.
Enjoying Pop-Pop's famous milkshakes.
We taught Nana and Pop-Pop how to play sodapong.
Lots of playing outside.
We got to celebrate Ruby's birthday.
And the kids and Paul played hooky and we took a trip to the zoo.
It was a perfect zoo day.
Sun was shining, there was no whining and I was with my favorite people.
We lucked out and got an invite to the old neighborhood's egg hunt.
Always heaven to be back with some of our favorite people.
Before my parents left, we did something truly crazy. We each got a puppy!!!
We got the Tri-Colored- Fang. My parents got the Ruby Colored- Canyon.
They are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
It's just been puppy insanity ever since.
I'd been researching for a few months trying to figure out what breed would be best for us. I wanted a semi low energy, easy to train, friendly, little to no barking, and under 20 lbs.
Everyone really wanted a Pug, but I was worried about health issues and the farting and the snoring. So, I started looking at Puggles, but there weren't really any local breeders.
The Cavalier kept coming up in my research and Paul's boss actually had one, so we went to visit him before deciding.
Kids fell in love and I've semi regretted the decision ever since. :)
So, meet Fang, the newest member of our family.
He is the friendliest dog in the world and loves everyone and thinks everyone should love and cuddle him.
He fits right into our family and his trainer at puppy school said he is the craziest Cavalier she's ever met. Sounds about right for our house.
When I am regretting my decision, the only thing that keeps me going is how much these kids love this dog.
The rest of April then flew by in a blur of kids and puppy.
So, yes, we are those crazy dog people now.
April part 1: Spring Break
April was busy and fun and a bit insane.
The day after Crew got his cast off we headed down to Arches National Park.
Had to pick up our Jr. Ranger books first thing.
Started at Balance Rock.
Then to Sandstone Arch, where we were actually prepared with our bucket and shovels.
And then we ran into our good friends the Brown's.
We were also prepared and brought our projector for premium hotel movie viewing.
The next morning we headed out early to do Delicate Arch before the massive crowds hit.
It was still pretty busy, but not insane.
This was one of our first successful hikes where all the kids hiked without having to be carried and no whining.
Except when we reached the top, because this one is afraid of heights.
Macey, Miles and I braved the heights and crowds to get a closer look at Delicate Arch.
Ruby's fear of heights was soon forgotten when we spotted a lizard.
Next stop was Double Arch, where the kids were in heaven rock scrambling all around.
Our hotel was super awesome. We did lots of swimming and lots of eating of their delicious food.
We even ran into one of Crew's best friends at the Nacho bar after a swim session.
The next day we headed up to Vernal.
We went to the Dinosaur Museum down the street from our hotel.
Then after swimming some more, the kids had pizza in bed while watching a movie. This was of course their favorite part of the trip.
The next morning we headed to Dinosaur National Monument.
It was practically empty compared to Arches.
And was pretty insane getting to see the actual fossils up close and in the mountainside they were actually discovered in.
There were tons of awesome petroglyphs and pictoglyphs along the scenic highway to stop at.
We had lunch at Josie's cabin where the kids loved learning about Josie and imagining what it would be like to live in the wilderness alone.
I had one more hike planned, but that got vetoed as soon as the kids saw the river and we spent the rest of the day exploring, climbing and throwing rocks.
On our way back home we took a detour to this crazy place called Fantasy Canyon.
It felt like we were on another planet.
We were the only people there too, which was a little creepy. And then we got lost inside all the formations. But, after lots of butt sliding, scraped knees, and climbing, we found our way back to the car.
And headed back home very tired and very dirty. A successful spring break.
March was mostly full of lots of broken arm drama.
The trauma of it all, plus the horrendous rash that developed under his big cast, made for a very clingy 6 year old.
and a 6 year old that could not fall asleep alone.
I tried to enjoy the cuddles, because I prayed once he felt better things would be back to normal.
When we went from the big orange cast to the blue cast, we got to see the rash first hand. It was bad and I was glad I had tried to be patient during all the complaining about the very itchy arm, because I think I would of ripped my arm off.
Life did get better once we were able to treat the worst of the rash and he was happy to have some movement back.
And the big day finally came!! No more cast.
And then he walked around with his hand in the claw for the next 24 hours.
Hiking kept me sane during the stress of it all.
I even went solo hiking one friday because my entire hiking group ditched me. but, my mental health desperately needed to get outside.
It was as creepy as I thought it would be, but worth the risk. :)
Luckily, i didn't have to brave the big bad mountains alone again.
Even worth it in the freezing cold.
We visited the aquarium.
Went to soccer games.
Played lots of basketball on our new hoop.
Lots of sunny days on the trampoline.
Ruby and I walked to school to volunteer in all sorts of crazy weather.
We went to The Bean Museum.
And played with neighbor kids as much as possible.
Paul also had a birthday.
The sun was out, so we headed to the park as soon as church got out and the kids treated Paul to some rides on the swing.
And The Tween hung out here for most of the time. :)
He also had a little party with lots of video games and food. I got no pictures of the actual party, but this is him getting the basement set up for optimal Smash Brothers playing.
In house updates:
I got myself an amazing patio chair.
And we finally replaced the sunroom light and got pendents.
And this girl is getting closer and closer to kindergarten.
She is learning to write her name and couldn't be more proud.