Paul took 2 weeks off, with one of those weeks being over the kids spring break. We took some time to play, Paul and Macey went to a tech conference in salt lake, and then Paul and I started our demo/remodel when the kids went back to school. Bryce Canyon/Kodachrome
Bryce was cold and muddy, but fun and beautiful as ever.
We lost a few shoes in the mud and had a few slips, but all the mud dried by the end of the day and everyone we saw had dried mud covering their shoes and legs too. It was just part of the adventure.
I am in awe of Byrce evertyime.
kids were great hikers.
I really hope they remember all these adventures!
We camped at Kodachrome, which has turned into one of our favorite Utah places.
Lots of exploring to do.
Ruby just climbed right up this cliff without any trouble.
The kids spent most of their time playing in this dry creek bed behind our campsite.
Crew's is always the child who's legs get too tired. I've gotten pretty good at carrying this beast of a child on my shoulders.
and then we woke up to snow the next morning. So, we packed up early and headed home. Yes, I am wearing a beanie and 3 hoods. Still cold and wet.
enjoying a lovely camping breakfast.
Thank goodness for ipads in times like these. Kept everyone busy and out of our way while we packed up in record time. I can't remember the last time my hands were so cold.
Kids were so involved with their ipads we got to make a few stops along the way home.
In the end it was all worth it and we eventually got everything dried out in our tiny backyard.
Spring Break was pretty low key after that.
We ate dinner in public. Rare occasion, but it went fairly well.
Visited Thanksgiving Point
Pond with friends
And my porch constantly looked like this.
Paul took Macey to NG Conf in Salt Lake, where she again had the time of her life.
The highlights were all the swag, swimming in the pool, eating all the awesome food and getting to meet the makers of her favorite Battle Bot, Witch Doctor.
Miles is really hoping he can get things together to go next year. :)
For the first time in motherhood I think I actually over scheduled us!! We had soccer, dance, karate, musical theater, track, ward party planning, potty training, sports camp, teacher appreciation, remodel, and then all the normal things!
So, glad I already promised myself no summer camps for the kids! I am already worn out. Sport Camp
This was Miles' 2nd year and can I tell you, huge difference! There was still some crying and whining before hand, but once we got there he was a champ.
Last year I think he spent half the time on the wall or crying to me.
It was good for me to see some improvement and that it really is worth pushing and forcing this kid to get out of his comfort zone.
season also finished! Still haven't decided if we will do it again, I am tired.
But once again, huge difference from last year.
The one thing Miles was most excited about this month was his First Grade program
He practiced every day for weeks. I had to make a playlist of the all the songs so he could practice in the car. He rocked it.
Macey lived at the Scera Theater
towards the end of the month. Between classes, rehearsals and the performances...it was a lot.
Her Showteam Class did "The Jungle Book" She was Kaa and a bumble bee.
And seriously, we have a tween
on our hands.
Georgia put hair extentions in her braid. :)
Two of her favorite things. Listening to music and facetiming with Kaylin.
I can already picture the teenage days ahead of us. Easter
neighborhood egg hunt was a success.
as was easter in the middle of the remodel. It at least gave us some new places to hide baskets.
And Ruby got to wear my favorite dress from Macey's toddler days.
I had to help plan the Spring Ward Party
. I'm not a big ward activity attendee, so this was a lot outside of my comfort zone.
We decided on a Spring Fling Dance.
I'd say it was a success. And my kids were just happy we finally let them go to a ward party. :)
Other Exciting happenings around here:
Paul bought a nintendo switch
It has been all Zelda and Mario Cart.
Miles formed a Bug Club
. It has been hilarious. He has them earning rewards based on how many bugs they've caught. They even earned a party with treats and a movie.
Ruby and Crew have joined in on the bug hunting, although they are not official members of "The Bug Club".
We made Teacher Appreciation
Posters. It was heaven not being in charge and only having to decorate 2 doors. Macey and Miles have the absolute best teachers this year, so it was fun having an excuse to bring in their favorite treats and let them know how wonderful they are.
The most exciting event this month (besides the remodel, which will be another post), was that I had the genius idea to potty train
It's gone about as well I expected.
All the kids helped though, so that made it nice. And Ruby even pooped while Miles was watching her and he wiped her bum, washed her hands, and gave her a sticker. I was a bit shocked when I came downstairs to check on them. Looks like Miles is more responsible that I give him credit for.
She's pretty well potty trained. But, she's stubborn and busy and has no desire to please. Which means we still have accidents from time to time and I have to remind much more than I did any of the other kids.
but I am seeing the light and just have to push through.
MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.UTAH LAKE
While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.
So, exploring we did.
The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.
Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.
It was kid heaven. Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.
And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot? Well, mine do. And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count.
We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday.
I foresee many more explorations taking place here. HANGTIME
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.
It was awesome. Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out. And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. YOGA WITH THE SHARKS
A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.
It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had. We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards. DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING
Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.
It was amazing. We got some sweet video. We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :) SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.
Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines. Love me a good elementary program.
We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:BYUFARM COUNTRYTHE POND
loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water.
Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies.
I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time. Fanny Packs
are extremely useful. I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket. Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :) SOCCER
Spring soccer has started up again. Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department. But Miles hasn't minded one bit.
We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.
We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.
Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.
There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in.
Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids.
It was a bit stressful for me though. :)
And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie.
Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.
I'd say it was a very successful month around here.
march madness at home
March always comes just when we need it.
I never realize how much pent up energy these kids have inside them until they are set free after winter.
If the sun is out, these kids are out. Dinner is skipped many evenings, or shoveled into their mouths at a lightening pace, to get back outside.
Never a shortage of friends or things to do.
And I get to see my long lost friends too. Life is good.
Crewby keeps me busy during the day with constant fort building.
I actually banned forts for April though, I'm a good mom like that. Ruby loves to destroy them and Crew loves to scream and cry when this happens. So, we are taking a break, before I completely loose it. :)
We registered Crew for Kindergarten this month.
I am not too happy about having him gone everyday next school year, but bless Utah and their half day kindergarten.
Look at this stud, I am not quite ready to part with him.
Although, he has been mastering the screaming fit lately, so I won't miss that. :)
Lucky for me, I still get this crazy girl all to myself for a little longer.
She is actually starting to play and pretend with her toys. I love to watch.
She also uses everything as a magic wand and is constantly turning me into Belle or Ruby.
And look at this hair!
And these best friends are just the cutest. Ruby's life just wouldn't be the same if Ella didn't live across the grass from us.
I often get asked if Ruby is still wild. The answer is "yes!"
There are a million stories I could share. This particular picture though represents what happens the 1 time I forget to lock the closet door in her room.
She was suppose to be napping, but she of course sensed my mistake and emptied all my more dangerous craft items all over her room. She left the paper, crayons, googly eyes, pom-poms, craft sticks, washable markers, and tape alone.
Instead she went for ALL the permanent markers, ink pads, and scissors. She covered every item in her room, and her body of course, in ink. Luckily her wardrobe is installed with self locking technology, otherwise I am sure all of her clothes would be covered in permanent marker as well.
45 min in the bath and 45 min scrubbing her room and most of the marker is gone. the palms of her hands and soles of her feet were pink for a week. And her bedframe is a lost cause. Other than that, it didn't turn out too badly.
Once again, this is why we spend so much time outside. :)
Crew learned to ride a two wheeler last year, but he isn't quite ready for real bike rides, due to the fact that he can't ride straight and either rides into fences or off the curb. I find it a bit stressful. So, we have been doing lots of practicing in the Target parking lot.
This particular day we ended up with a 3 bike pile up. I think we need a little more work on the brakes.
There's of course been lots of basketball watching. M&M are very into this year and have kept very good tabs on their favorite teams.
We bought Rogue One and these 3 LOVED it. We sent them down to get their PJ's on and they all came up in their Star Wars gear.
We pulled Miles' Battle Bots arena down from it's high shelve and it's been quite entertaining. Ellie even got in on the action when she stopped by to visit.
A highlight of every March is always Paul's Birthday.
homemade chocolate cake with homemade frosting...only the best for this guy.
He even got to come home from work early to play with us. And yes, notice another fort has been set up in the backyard.
We then got a babysitter. Watched some basketball at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then played mini golf and video games. I love birthdays.
I also caught this cute leprechaun.
February...aka winter is almost over
We got a taste of spring in February and let me tell you, it was just what I needed to keep going.
anytime it is above 45 out we have been trying to walk everywhere. We've walked to Menchies, the library, parks, pet store, pokemon hunting, target (of course) and Corner Bakery.
Only in utah. :)
and Macey and I finally found her fence post!
Since the park was pretty empty, due to the snow on the ground, Paul and I actually got to try out some of the cooler features.
I feel like I have finally made it to the good park ages! Emily reminded me of how I used to hate the park, between Miles' ages of 1-5, and pretty much could not do the park without an extra adult (holly) with me.
It was a good reminder that Miles has
gotten easier, although he still tends to be the most challenging of the 4. Crewby combined is much easier than having a toddler Miles. And oh my goodness, I am glad I have forgotten how hard life was for me 3 years ago. :)
Speaking of Miles, we bit the bullet and buzzed his head. Something I said i would never do as a parent!!
I was brought to this very hard decision due to his inability to get a haircut without wrestling, screaming, crying, and flinging himself on the ground. So, we did it in the privacy of our own home instead.
Still sucked, but it was nice to not have other moms looking at me wondering what is wrong with my child and having the other 3 running free in a hair salon.
At least we are good to go for awhile.
Ruby also enjoys keeping me on my toes and likes to remind me that I am never in control, even if Miles is at school. :)
This would be her room most days post-naptime. Luckily, she is good at cleaning too.
She is obsessed with makeup and can sense when I leave my bathroom door unlocked.
Here she used my eyeshadow to fill her brows in.
But, then she's just as cute as can be, so I keep her around.
Love these best little friends.
On the days crew does not have preschool Crew announces to Ruby, "Ruby, I don't have school today! Aren't you so happy I get to stay home with you?"
to which Ruby replies, "Crew-Crew, you my best friend"
The kids have been playing with the neighbors any chance they get and Ruby was so happy to be back on her scooter. One sunny day I counted 25 kids playing out front! It's kid heaven around here.
And when the snow is melted, the backyard once again becomes my favorite room of the house.
February is always the month when I finally have a slight motivation to exercise more, eat more veggies, and pretty much start being less of a lazy bum. Sunshine is good for the soul.
Can't forget Valentine's Day!
Paul and I put Ruby to bed, put a movie on for the other 3 and walked over to The Chocolate for some candle lit dessert. Love having a fairly competent built in babysitter for quick trips out of the house.
As always, I got to plan Macey's class party. I don't quite know what to do with the older kids. So, I made this minute-to-win-it game board and it was luckily a hit with the 4th graders.
To get a real glimpse into my life, I needed to share this blurry picture.
This would be me trying to get ready for the day while being attacked by some crazed super hero gone bad. There's a reason I skip eyeliner and mascara most days. There was also a zombie out of the shot, yelling "brains! brains!" and also attacking me. side note:
favorite thing about Crew right now, every night he comes upstairs for extra kisses and then after I have given him about the 20th one, he looks at me and says, "ok, that's enough kisses for the night. You can have more tomorrow." and then he heads back to bed. I about die every time.
Other everyday happenings: Playdough.
I shared this pic on instagram because I feel like it represents their personalities perfectly. Ruby screaming and throwing playdough, Miles growling and destroying his creations and Crew playing nicely making me a playdough pizza to eat.
Jumping on mom and dad's bed.
And a non everyday happening that needs to be documented.
I was bathing Crewby, Macey was studying for knowledge bowl, so Miles was left to entertain himself (something he hates). I would not allow electronics either. I came upstairs to find this! He had found this in my art cupboard and put it together all by himself. Seriously, a miracle.
and that about sums up the surface of February. It much crazier and much more fun than it comes across on my blog. :)