October: Chapter 1
October was a great month around here, as it should be.
Paul's work hours have been a bit crazy (nothing too new), but we took high advantage of our weekend hours to make up for not seeing him most of the week.
There was Touch a Truck
Free lunch. Prizes. And a ton of trucks for the kids to climb on and horns to honk.
They "drove" a city bus, explored the back of a vacuum truck, walked through an ambulance, watched how they use robots to find blockages in pipes, and got to see how big a stop light really is.
Orem is pretty much one of the coolest cities ever and all of the city workers were amazing and kind. Love supporting local events like this. The mountains
. One Saturday was spent exploring and seeing the changing leaves in the mountains.
It was perfection.
Everytime I cross a bridge I am always dealing with those pesky trolls under the bridge. Every. Single. Time.
We of course had to find our "secret spot", it's not quite as fun when you don't get to play in the water. But, I am just glad my kids have their traditions with our hikes and are really starting to love it.
One day I will make it past this meadow! But for now, this is always our stopping point.
It's a perfect place for hide and seek.
Seriously though, those trees, Utah really likes to show off sometimes.
We convinced Paul to come home at 5:00 on a Friday and we hurried over to the Children's Museum
We are hoping to send more cold evenings here and it's always better when Paul is there to entertain the kids.
And we can't forget our monthly cold weather trip to Scheel's
And Ruby finally wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel, so i got to go on my first ride. It was slightly terrifying, but i held it together for the kids. :)
Paul and I got tickets to listen to The Minimalists
It was awesome. It helped me refocus on what I love about living a minimalist lifestyle and reminded me that not all minimalism has to look the same. In the next few weeks I cleaned out my closet, craft drawers, kid's school files, linen closet and toys.
We are starting to see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is Sunday's
The amount of time we've had to take these 2 and Miles out to the hall has lessened drastically. They still all have to go out at least once, but it's not a constant struggle.
Getting Miles ready for church is still quite the process, with finding proper clothes and dealing with his screaming fits about going to church. But sometimes he gets his own row and all is right in the world again.
And this girl, I have to dress her cute to help me when the screaming comes. :)
We keep busy during the week with our normal things:Thanksgiving Point
We went right before the Scarecrow festival started. It was amazing, all the scarecrows were up, but no crowds and no bounce houses to deal with.
So much drawing
for these two.
Not used to having kids want to color and cut and draw, it's been pretty nice.
I got to go on Crew's first field trip to the Fire Station
One of my favorite field trips ever. I forgot how much I love kindergartners.
Crew skipped school and we went to Coconut Cove
with Lottie and Liam. It was perfection. Kids were so well entertained, Michelle and I actually got to sit and talk without too much interruption.
Errands with friends are always better.
We've been doing less electronic time around here and it is helping things to run much smoother.
I just have to survive that first 15 minutes of whining, screaming and crying (mostly Miles) until they figure out a better way to spend their time.
Love to see what they come up with.
And this girl, she likes to be ready for all situations. She can never leave the house empty handed, even if it's just out front to play with friends.
We also had a house divided when the Texans played The Seahawks.
This was our theme for September.
Macey did not think it was funny. :) #truth
The reality is it's pretty much chaos around here all the time, but usually it is the good chaos. Well, until 5:00 rolls around, then it's usually the bad kind.
Crew and Ruby are my constant companions and I am just trying to remind myself that they will never love me more than they do right now. So, I try to enjoy being constantly climbed on and talked to and followed. Luckily I still enforce quiet time to give me some time to recover.
And reading with this kindergartner is one of my favorite parts of my day.
The highlight of the month for Ruby was starting dance class
with Hailey and Izella.
She's been dying to have a teacher of her own ever since the kids went back to school. She was always asking me "What my teacher name? My teacher going to like me?" Her long awaited day came and she now has a teacher of her own, Miss Jenn.
She loves dance and I love watching her. I am also shocked by how calm she is in class, not what I expected. And after her first class she fell asleep on the way home (11:00 am), obviously there was a lot of pent up excitement.
One of the best parts though, is Ashley, Traci and I actually get to workout for 45 min during their class. It's one of the highlights of my week. September was full of friends.
Cora came to town to visit, so Macey got to spend almost 2 days with the Rensinks and we borrowed Peter for a late night.
bottom left pic: The Everett kids were locked out one afternoon and my kids were overjoyed to find them sitting on the grass out front. They instantly tackled them and forced them to play until Gina got home. :)
Funny story with this picture:
Ruby was napping, so I decided I'd take a nap. I told the kids they could play Wii and to stay inside. I woke up to 4 O'Neal kids playing the Wii with my 3 kids. One of the many reasons I have learned not to nap.
Trips to Thanksgiving Point
Paul always has to make a Ninja Warrior course on the playground for them and then has to be the announcer as they run it. #iseeyouBYU games
We got football season tickets this year. The season has been extremely disappointing, but the games are still fun.
And enjoying every moment of the cooler temps, before the cold actually comes.
face painting, balloon animals, carnival games, unlimited food trucks, blowups, train, unlimited popcorn & cotton candy
aka the best day of their lives
and they had a photographer there that captured some pretty awesome shots.
Chalk the Block
Macey had a blast helping out Emmie and Julianne with their Harry Potter themed spot, until they got rained out. She made me promise to sign up with them next year.
These were our 2 favorite entries. Link and Batman...no surprise there.
I could never get a picture of Ruby because she never stopped.
For one of our Activity Days this month I planned a little back to school party.
Love these cute girls.
And lastly, we replaced Macey's full bed with a twin.
It's been amazing, she had no floor space before and now she's been having non stop dance parties with her new found square footage. And she's loving the more tween look. Now to just get the walls decorated.
September was a great month. lots of warm sunshine to enjoy, friends to play with, and finally being back on a schedule!
Bear Lake is a lake with no bears but they do have famous raspberry shakes
We took our 2nd annual trip to Bear Lake with the Rensinks and Holly.
This was one of our rougher trips, due to many factors, but luckily not due to the amazing people we got to camp with. :)
The best part about looking back on the pictures though, is I remember more of the fun than I do the stress I was feeling. Time is a great thing sometimes.
It started out a little bit cold and rainy, but it didn't last long and we got to enjoy 2 days on our own private backyard beach.
The girls spent lots of time in the sand.
These 2 bff's spent lots of time on the kayak.
And everyone spent lots of time out in the water.
Everyone provided lots of entertainment trying tricks on the paddle boards we rented.
Julianne and I did some yoga on our turn, it was rather difficult and I think I spent more time in the water than on the board.
We at least both, kind of, nailed a warrior 1.
Crew faceplanted hard the first night. Luckily no stitches were needed, but he had some sweet road rash for a few weeks.
Ruby napped like a champ and gave me a chance to relax for a few moments each day.
The boys had to carry a sleeping Ruby up to camp while we got dinner prepped.
A funny moment...the kids were being annoying, so Brenden taught them how to play Kick the Can.
it was a good effort, but the boys and Ruby were all screaming and crying after 2 minutes. Typical. Good times.
Love these people and love them even more now that they've seen us at our worst and still want to be friends with us.
Back to school
I was ready for school to start this year, I actually felt a little guilty about it, but I got over that pretty fast.
Macey started 5th Grade
Miles 2nd Grade
And Crew Kindergarten!
We of course had our annual Back to School brown bag dinner.
I impressed the group with my amazing cake this year.
And yes, those are bubble gum squares on top. I know what they like.
I think this is one of their favorite traditions and it's one of the simplest for me. Win Win.
Love these kids.
Macey and Miles started a week before Crew.
Macey was all smiles, while Miles had a bit of anxiety.
Luckily, one of his neighborhood bff's, Penelope, is in his class this year. Made a huge difference and I didn't even have to go into the building with him. He just walked in with his class and didn't even look back. We have come along way!!
While the big kids were in school all day Crewby and I had big plans that included the new Orem Splash pad.
always amazes me how easy 2 kids are when you're used to 4.
After hours of playing, we raced home to make a special after school snack for M&M.
I was pretty impressed with myself, my kids don't get a pinterest worthy mom very often. :)
I was sitting at the table anxiously awaiting to hear all the details of the first day when they walked in. Everything went awesome and it's been awesome ever since.
I got about 10 min with them, until they were outside running around with all the neighbor kids. As it should be.
I still had a few days left with Crew until Kindergarten started, so we fit in a few more things.
First thing on his list, play date with Madden.
2nd, Sodalicious date with just mom.
This kid has been my favorite lately. He's funny, sweet, and as cute as they come. After his kindergarten assessment he had both teachers fighting over which one of them got to have him in their class. I will say, I am bit jealous of his teacher.
This kids day finally came and Ruby and I were a bit sad about it.
Ruby had to be in all his pictures and the ones where she isn't, she is on the side crying and screaming.
I about died over this encounter. Something about little kids with big backpacks and siblings holding hands. These 2 are the best of friends and Ruby is desperate to be like the big kids. She just refuses to stay little for me.
There were a few tears, but mostly smiles dropping Crew off for his first day. He loves school and is the best at making me read with him everyday.
And Costco with one kid!!! Obviously I don't know how to order food for 1 child though. :)
Life and time are a weird thing, can't believe I have 3 kids in school.
And bless half day kindergarten. An example of Crew's kindergarten cuteness:
He got a new teacher this week, so I asked him if he missed Mrs. Bauman. His response:"No, I didn't miss her. Because every time I felt sad about her not being here I just thought of her and it made me happy. I have a really big brain mom, so I can think of lots of memories of Mrs. Bauman".
Love these kids. Love their teachers. And love I get Ruby all to myself a little longer.
august part 1
We had a packed 3 weeks of August before school started with our farewell to summer activities. Children's Museum
This was actually our only visit all summer, I try to avoid Thanksgiving Point during the summer. Lemonade Stand
These 2 had been begging all summer to do their lemonade stand/toy sale. The stars finally aligned and I had the energy to assist. I think they used about 10 packages of koolaid and made a nice chunk of change that was immediately spent at Toys R Us.
Then the left over lemonade was passed to the neighbors over the fence. The kids exhibited some pretty good teamwork. Swimming at Gavin and Carmen's pool
They have the best neighborhood pool. Gets deep enough for diving, never too crowded and perfect company. Hiking
Ruby has fallen in love with Macey this summer and it makes my mama heart happy.
Utah kills me sometimes, can't believe this is in our backyard. We could even see our house from the peak.
More mom hikes. These might be the best girls nights I've ever had.
Hiked a few miles up the timp trail.
good for the soul. Especially the grouchy, stressed out, overwhelmed, mom soul. Eclipse Watching
It was actually cooler than I thought and so glad it happened before they went back to school, so i got to experience it with these guys. Soaking up our lazy neighborhood days and nights
Sometimes it gets so CRAZY out front. There's screaming, whining, fighting, lots of weapons...but then other times it's like this.
all ages playing legos together nicely for hours. Love these kids.
Last potluck and movie night to celebrate the closing of an awesome summer.
And sometimes, when I'm feeling really nice I let neighborhood kids inside and actually give them food. Date Nights
I love summer dates because we get to spend them outside!
Paul found this awesome biking ghost tour and we convinced Trina and TJ to do it with us.
The stories were kind of scary, but the scariest part was riding through the streets of provo without a light and on the very skinny tires of a road bike. Trina and I didn't know if we were going to survive, but it was all worth it in the end.
We celebrated our anniversary with brunch, since Paul had to work until about 10:30 that night.
Julianne and I took the girls to dinner and school shopping. These drinks were the highlight of the night.
they are getting old. We don't always play:
I took my last trip to Costco with 4 kids. We ate lunch there to celebrate.
They've spent a lot of chore time cleaning out our always trashed car.
And then Michelle invited us to go to St. George
with her and the kids.
It was nice to actually have some time to hang out with Michelle.
There was lots of swimming, game playing, eating and watching movies.
We went to an amazing park and enjoyed it until it got WAY too hot, which was about 10:45.
Our group shot of the trip:
The kids had an absolute blast, since they were all with some of their best friends, just like me. :)
We ended the trip with a visit to the St. George Temple and a melt down by Ruby.
I'm sure you've noticed Miles is missing from these pictures. I left Miles behind with Paul, he's been rough this summer for me and he doesn't have a friend that matches up like the other kids, so it worked out to leave him behind.
don't feel too bad for him. Paul took him to the waterslides, arcade, and lots of wii and movie time.
It was nice to have a break and he was thrilled to get to hang out with just Paul.
That's not even our entire month, that's just the first 3 weeks of August. Next post, Bear Lake and back to school!