Back to School

Oct 26, 2018
We had our annual Back to School Dinner. 



Brown bag lunches, like always.  Easiest tradition ever and one of of the kid's favorite.  The best kind.  



There were LOTS of tears the night before school started.  Especially for the 6th grader.  Change is hard.  I was worried the morning would be rough, but they luckily got it out the night before and it was mostly smiles.



First day of 6th grade!!!  


In Utah 6th grade is still in elementary school, so we moved this poor girl away from her friends that she has had since kindergarten for her last year in elementary school.

It was heart breaking.  She is always my child that cannot wait to go back to school and this was the first time ever she wasn't. It was a weird feeling for her and hard to wrap her head around. 

So, I bought her this amazing Ravenclaw backpack to help make up for it. :)


First Day of 3rd Grade



I have been shocked, and pleasantly surprised, with how well this kid handled the move to the new house and now starting at a new school.  

I requested some kids he already knew to be in his class and we had met with his new teacher a few times last school year and had a few school tours with the principal this summer.  It paid off, big time.  Not that it's been easy, it just hasn't been the all out screaming and rolling on the ground situation that I imagined it would be.  

Plus, while we were in the midst of sobbing and comforting kids the night before school started, I got a text from his beloved 2nd grade teacher. 

She texted to wish Miles a great first day of school and to tell him that she loves him and knew he'd do great at his new school. 


His little face lite right up and he settled down and went to sleep after that.  I then went in my room and cried and wondered why in the world we decided to move. :)  

First day of First Grade:



of all the kids, Crew has adjusted going to all day school from half day kindergarten the best.  He is just loving it.  And I am jealous of his teacher.  


I underestimated the amazingness that is living 1 block from the school.



Life changing and the main thing that makes me know I made the right decision not to stay at Suncrest.  




It has been hard switching schools.  Hard on the kids and really hard on me.  I miss knowing ALL the teachers, the staff, and the kids.  I miss all the teachers knowing my family and all of kids names, even Ruby.  And I really missed having my friends to talk to on first day of school drop off, plus we missed the party Suncrest would have on the first day of school, OES' welcome was pretty lame. :)   



We are learning change is good though and that we are so lucky to get to know more amazing friends and teachers.  Although, we still do like to go back to Suncrest and hug and visit some our old beloved teachers.  It makes my heart hurt sometimes, but our new school is pretty awesome too and it is growing on us.  



I didn't have time to be sad though, Ruby had big plans for our day together. 

I don't think she missed them at all. :)


We celebrated an awesome first day of school with some of our old and bestest friends from Suncrest, by going to a splash pad.  


And then Ruby started preschool the next day.  



She loves it, even though she still cries almost everyday at drop off. 


Paul thought it'd be a good idea to go out to breakfast after we dropped Ruby off. I just wanted to go home and cry in private.  


Paul's not familiar with my first day of school routine. :)  


I am grateful for amazing teachers, staff, and new friends that are helping to make this another amazing school year.  







This was the only pic I could get of Ruby. 


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nana
The kids are doing so great and so are you!! Love Ruby's photo by the garage, she can only hold still for so long. My favorite is that Macey and Crew's best summer memories were coming to Nana & Pop Pop's!!!!
angie
I love Ruby's garage run-away picture! I can't wait to meet her IRL. I am over here sympathizing with you. It's great to get a big yard and a beautiful new house, but there are definitely trade-offs. For years now, I've been looking forward to Todd's military retirement - and our supposed move to Utah afterwards. But lately I've been just loving our ward (finally!) and feeling super comfortable at my kids' school. Like you said, knowing all the teachers, and everyone on campus knowing our family, and all my kids' names. It's a great feeling, and I've realized I don't necessarily want to give that up. Also, we've got great weather out here. We just do. It's, like, 20 degrees warmer here now than it is at my mom's house in Utah right now. So I'm feeling a little nuts for daydreaming about moving away. Anyway, I'm just saying your regrets/things you're missing/whatever are totally normal and I love you. Also, I thought it was really funny how you explained about Paul not understanding your first day of school cry tradition. Ha!

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Ruby is 3.

May 17, 2017
Three. 3?!



Favorites:

Show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Color: Pink
Best Friends: Roman and Izella
Favorite Toys: Baby dolls, dr. Kit, princess figures
Favorite Princess: Belle
Favorite Drink: Chocolate Milk
Favorite Food: Cereal (but she's not picky yet, she eats almost anything)
Books: How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon, Baby lit fairy books, Alice the Fairy


Ruby loves all things girly, but is not girly at all.  it's pretty funny.  She loves all things pink and princesses, but has no idea how to be soft with anything.  Almost every toy she owns is broken or dented.  her baby dolls are about as dirty as she gets by the end of each day.  



Her favorite pastime is to beat up on Crew.  She has a very hard time sharing her toys and is not afraid to get down and dirty to get it back, which is why she beats Crew up a lot.  

This is what I got when I told her to smile

She loves to go to the park and play outside with Izella and Roman.  She is always watching for her friends outside and wants to go out as soon as she spots ANYONE (neighborhood dogs included).  



She still sucks her two fingers and rubs her belly button when she's tired.  


She does not like to get her hair done.  To be contained.  Or told what to do.  Thus, she still has a lock on her door.   


But, she does like to do what the big kids are doing.  So, that is at least helpful at after dinner chore time.  Not so helpful when the other 3 are climbing rocks, jumping into the pool, or climbing on the tops of very tall slides.  

She was very spoiled on her birthday and she loved every moment of it. 


Minnie Mouse pancakes, as requested. 

Lots of pink princess presents.  


And hugs all around.  


I think the favorite part of her day was that all the kids wanted to play with her and her new toys.  




She still refers to Crew as "Crew-Crew", makes my heart happy.  


In typical Ruby fashion most of her toys have already had to be repaired (stroller, minnie couch, and princess tent). 



There are so many things I want to remember about her at this stage and then so many things I hope to forget too. :)  


She's spicy, sassy, loud, cuddly, friendly, opinionated, strong, playful and very loveable.  


This girl runs the house and no one seems to mind too much.  She was meant to to be the baby of this family and we all love our Wild Ruby.  


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Schools out for summer

Jun 6, 2016
Miles did it! He made it through kindergarten and did pretty awesome too!  



He of course had his moments.  You know where I had to drag him into his classroom kicking and screaming.  But, then the kids would cheer and chant his name, Mrs. Lee would put her arm around him and tempt him with smelly stickers and getting to try a hard book, and I would turn and run out the door while he was distracted.  
 


I do not know what we would of done without Mrs. Lee.  She pushed him, motivated him, left him alone when he needed to be, saw his potential and most importantly, loved this kid deeply.  

first day of kindergarten vs last day


She told me he is one of her all time favorites and will never forget him.  I might of shed a tear.  This kid has just been blessed with amazing teachers and we all pray it will continue into 1st grade.  :)


Macey was also blessed with an awesome teacher, who told me she wished she had 20 Macey's in her class.  


first day of 3rd grade vs last day


Macey had a pretty rough class this year and would get frustrated by their lack of listening and respect they showed her teacher.  One night she asked me, "Why don't they want to learn? Don't they know how lucky they are to get to go to school?"  :)  



Despite her constant frustration with the loudness of her class, she had a great year and it was good for her to learn how to work and deal with kids that were hard for her.  



And like always, she still cried on the last day of school, because she is just going to miss all her friends so much. :)


We did our normal end of school stuff.


And met our friends at the park, like we always do.  


And I brought cookies and drinks from Sodalicious to celebrate!


We have a lot of kids!

It's crazy to think we've been through 4 school years together!! 

We met dropping our kids off for the first day of kindergarten and they both tried to make me feel better about crying.  :)  



Can't believe we are done with another school year and how much these 2 have grown.  

Glad I get the summer to hang out with them!  




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Yes, he is really 35 now.

Apr 14, 2016
Paul was a bit sad about getting older, so we made sure to celebrate in style.  


Paul is not a fan of sharing his birthday with St. Patrick's Day, so we made sure to get the leprechaun business out of the way first thing.  


Then it was onto breakfast meats and presents.  


The real excitement came though that weekend where we celebrated where every 35 year old dreams...Nickel City


Pizza, video games, friendly competition, laughter, good friends, and laser tag.  




It doesn't get much better.  And I realized I am much too out of shape to play a 15 min. laser tag game. :)  


This getting old thing really isn't that bad after all.  




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angie
I love the autographed photographs of Paul on the guests' plates! That's hilarious.

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Back to School

Sep 8, 2015
These 2 have been back in school for a few weeks now and I am finally starting to adjust.  


We did our annual back to school brown lunch bag dinner.  Miles loved being one of the special kids. :)




Macey was all excitement for the start of 3rd grade.  


She DID NOT want me to drive her to school, she wanted to ride the bus.  But I won, and got to drive her.  Although I was instructed no pictures.  :)


I was proud of myself for not crying after drop off, but that doesn't mean I wasn't devastated to loose my mini BFF.  


This girl is growing up and is rocking 3rd grade already.  


love her.  


Now onto Miles.  


He had his kindergarten assessment during Macey's first week of school.  It was anything but smooth.  There was crying, hiding, screaming, throwing of objects and a refusal to follow directions.  Pretty much it was horrible.  


The good thing is, after that circus act, they at least gave me the teacher I wanted him to have. :)  And things have been mostly on the up from there.    

Miles had lots of nervousness and excitement about the first day.  


I was preparing myself for an all out wrestling match to get him to stay.  But he did awesome and surprised me with how brave he was.     


Not only did he get the best teacher, he also got some good friends in his class, which has made it so much easier on both of us.  


I didn't shed any tears until the drive back home, which was a vast improvement from Macey's first day of kindergarten!



While he's had a few episodes in class, he has a great teacher who is willing to work with him and knows how capable he actually is.  


Macey picks him up everyday after school and Mrs. Lee said she's never seen a brother love his sister like Miles loves Macey. :)


I am thankful for wonderful teachers who love, teach, and take care of my kids when I can't be with them.  



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nana
How did they get so big? Miles smile for his school picture is so him, love it. Macey loving all holidays except your favorite Halloween. =) Macey looks so grown up. Mrs. Lee is right Miles love his sister. Love these kids!!
andrea
This is so sweet, Kelsey. You are such a good record keeper. I wish I would have asked my kids those questions every year!! I love how much Miles loves Macey. Too sweet! Macey looks so tall too :)
angie
You just exude good mothering to me. The way you talk about, love and worry about your kids, the pride you show in them... it's inspiring, Kelsey.

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