may part 1 - snow canyon & school ends

Jul 1, 2020
May is normally an insane month with lots of performances, soccer games, field trips, volunteer hours at school, and non stop playing in the sunshine.  

Crew drew this pic of Covid-19 - "I hate C19" 

This May was a bit different, but I can't say I missed the craziness too much.  Covid has taught me so much, main one being I do not miss the extra things and having to be places. I just miss spending time with my people and adventuring. Luckily, we were able to slowly introduce some socializing and adventuring back in May.  And May still turned out to be an awesome party.  



We started out May with a trip to Snow Canyon.  We originally had planned to go Spring Break, but the park was closed to us.  The moment the park opened up to people outside of the county it resides in we snagged a reservation. 

Scooter and Gerald all hooked up and ready to go. 

We had to snap a picture because everything we own is apparently a perfectly coordinated grey.  

and Covid bonus, we could leave on a friday afternoon because Paul works from home now and Gerald makes it so much easier to pack! 

It felt amazing to get out and explore somewhere new.  And to kind of forget about Covid for a few days.  


We barely saw any people.  
 


All the hikes were shortish, little elevation gain, and non stop rock scrambling.  Perfect for Navasard Kids. 


Plus, slot canyons and lava tubes to hide from the sun in were an added bonus.  


After each trip with Gerald we add to our list of what we need to make the next trip better, this time we almost had it perfect.  

Gerlad is now well stocked with games.  The favorites being Mexican Train, bocce, and Kube.  

and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our gourmet camping meals.  



One thing we discovered that we need to bring on every trip though, even when there's no water in sight, is bath towels. These kids were covered head to toe in sand and had to share one towel between all 4 of them. 


We started wrapping up school.  In reality though, Miles and Ruby were done with school work before May even hit.  Macey and Crew pushed through until the end though, with very minimal help from me.  


Here's a typical Kindergarten day and a day where, once again, I could get Ruby to do zero work. 

We tried to fill our time with some other learning activities that were masquerading as playing. 


We did manage to get in a few rounds of sight word bingo during the month.

She still passed kindergarten though and I am praying every day for all of next years first grade teachers.  :) 




I tortured Miles by making him do at least 20 min of school work each day, often with a Sodalicious in hand.  

It only took 3 days to get him to pick a quote about hope, type it up and pose for this picture for a Hope Squad slideshow.  I have always been impressed with Miles' teachers, but now I know they are miracle workers and I do not posses the same powers as them.  



Crew on the other hand finished every single assignment, often while babysitting Ruby's babies.  




Macey finished 7th grade with a 4.0, so I had to take her to Sodalicious to celebrate.  

One thing I learned during online learning is I am a horrible personal assistant and my kids barely made any of their zoom meetings.  Luckily, they caught on fast to this and learned to keep track of their own schedules.  

But, this was how I felt every time I was in the room during one of their meetings.  



I kept myself sane during the last weeks of online learning by organizing. 

Spice Cupboard: 



Pantry: 



Art Cupboard: 





And not pictured, kid's closets.  

Also, thanks to homeschooling, I was finally able to settle on what table I wanted in the sunroom. I ended up getting a table that was a foot shorter than I originally wanted, because I realized I wanted more space between the door and the table for kids to run in and out.  #benefitsofhomeschool 



The long awaited reverse parade finally arrived and we finally could stop feeling guilty about already living our best summer life. 



It was fun riding our bikes through so we could talk to our beloved teachers a little bit better. 


Miles of course wouldn't stop for a picture with Miss R.

I am still mourning that these 3 didn't get to finish the school year with some of the most amazing teachers we've ever had.  



But we were past tears at this point and ready to party and put this school year behind us.  

The kids were worried I wouldn't do our normal "Welcome to Summer" stuff, but I pulled through.  

Since we couldn't do our normal last day of school stuff, I rented the kids the same blowup we got at spring break.  But this time we turned the water on and invited friends over in shifts for a fun filled day.  


We also did a Welcome to Summer picnic with The Rensinks up the canyon.



These might be my favorite first and last day of school pictures yet. The hair, the bathing suits...everything.  

Macey 7th Grade



Miles 4th Grade



Crew 2nd Grade


Ruby Kindergarten





I could not be more proud of these kids though. Life has been crazy and stressful and they have desperately missed school and friends, but they did it and hopefully came out stronger than they were when all this started.  


Tags: covidsnow canyonmayend of school
angie
I'm so jealous of Gerald! Every time you post about him, I tell Todd we need one of our own. Someday ...

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