I felt a bit guilty about how happy I felt as all the kids went back to school after break. I got over the guilt pretty fast though. :)
One of the biggest, and most dramatic, things that started in January was Basketball with Miles.
This kid loves basketball and was dying to play. I dropped him off at practice and prayed for the best. 10 min later I got a phone call that Miles was in the corner crying and wouldn't respond to anyone. so, I ran back over to the school. The next 3 practices went much the same.
Luckily, he loved the games, and through many conversations and worst case scenarios, we made it through the season. The last game he even attempted a few baskets, got some rebounds, passed the ball, and did some defense.
While it turned out to be one of the more stressful parts of my January/February, I am glad we powered through and it turned out to be a positive experience for him in the end. And he can't wait to play next season.
The kids have not played in the snow here like they did at the Town Houses. I think it's because there isn't always a constant flow of children coming and going to help you build your forts.
So, we invited the Johnson's over and the kids actually played in the snow for hours.
Still lots of trampoline jumping. Snow or sunshine.
A highlight was going to the Jazz game with The Everett's. Good friends, good food and no kids. Pretty perfect evening.
Completed my first real french braid. Macey was pleased with my effort.
We have yet to have to use our snow shoes this winter, but our spikes have proved very useful.
Battle Creek has become one of my favorites!
Hiking in the snow really is the best and helps me to appreciate and enjoy the snow and cold more.
Gets me through things like shoveling our massive driveway in the morning.
We read The Magic Art of Tidying Up a few years ago. But, the netflix show finally convinced me to fold my socks in the Kondo Method. :)
I don't know why it took me 3 years.
And I'm finally teaching Ruby the Mario Kondo Method (I taught the other 3 when Ruby was a baby).
She's getting pretty good.
Other Ruby Happenings:
Non stop dressing up and Barbie playing.
If she sees you sit down or talk to another child, she comes running over demanding to be cuddled.
She's been teaching Crew the fine art of finger sucking.
She is a social butterfly and is always requesting to play with her friends.
we got lucky this month and got to hang out with Roman and Izella a few times.
And she got to go to Hailey's Unicorn themed birthday party.
I don't even know what I'm going to do when she starts kindergarten next school year.
Other January Happenings:
We completed Macey's most complicated puzzle yet! There was a few days where I didn't know if we were going to be able to do it, but we pushed through, and it was well worth the effort.
Miles requests soup every day for dinner and eats bowlful after bowlful when I do make it. Sometimes he even licks the pot.
and we of course have been taking advantage of our aquarium pass.
Phew, another January behind us.
December Part 2
Christmas Break was amazing and relaxing and very lazy.
Our first Christmas Miracle happened when all kids wore the clothes I picked out for them and then smiled for this picture.
2nd Christmas Miracle was that all kids loved their Christmas Jammies. My kids are very picky with PJ's and we often have at least one kid pouting about the PJ's I picked out.
Not this year. And The kids maybe changed out of their Onesie PJ's 3 times total all of break. That is Christmas Break perfection right there.
Christmas Eve was another late night, but well worth the effort.
Patiently waiting for us to say "go" at 6:30 am Christmas morning.
Santa brought Pop-A-Shot
We all had sore arms from playing so much.
Ruby asked Santa for makeup and jewelry. She was quite pleased with her haul.
Miles is hard to please, but totally worth it when you actually figure out what this kids wants.
The rest of the morning was spent playing with toys, shooting baskets, and playing video games.
The Rensinks came over for dinner Christmas Day. It might of been the most relaxing Christmas ever.
The only pics I got was playing Holiday Soda Pong.
To recover from the festivities we went on a hike the next morning.
Tajen came over for a late night. And shocker, Macey wanted to play soda pong.
More proof my kids pretty much lived in their onesies, unless I was washing then.
Paul and I did our annual New Year's Eve hike.
It was beautiful.
We had the O'Neal's over for New Years Eve.
and surprise...We played Soda Pong!
Everyone loved it.
and it's not New Years Eve without a crazy dance party.
Then we had a few more lazy days until school started again!!
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.