End of School

Jun 16, 2017
The kids had a blast the last few weeks of school.

I got to go with the 1st grade to the zoo.

I even got to sit by one of my best friends on the bus ride.


I got the cutest group of Miles' friends and it has been my favorite field trip I've gotten to go on by far. 



I just love these little first graders.  



This stud finished Preschool.  






I don't know if either of us are ready for him to start kindergarten, but I know he's going to rock it.  I just don't want to part with him everyday.



M&M had field day, soak your teacher, dance festival, and the 4th grade did an entire Harry Potter themed week. Good times.  



We had the best teachers ever, again!  



As you know I was terrified about first grade with Miles...terrified.  But Mrs. Allen was the absolute perfect fit for this kid.  When I would talk to her about Miles related things, she'd just look at me like I was crazy, because that was not the Miles she saw in class. :)  She was soft spoken, kind, fun, positive, and patient.  I told her I'd send his 2nd grade teacher to her for tips.  

Macey lucked out again and got Mrs. Tingey.  The year was filled with awesome science experiments and all things Harry Potter.  She really help Macey expand her love of reading and learning.  We are so sad she's moving and won't be at our school anymore. 



If next year goes half as well as this year, it will be a good year. :)  And yes, I'm a bit heartbroken over the fact that these 2 will be 2nd and 5th graders next year.  It just doesn't seem real.

We did our normal last day of school things.  Went to the park with some of our favorite friends and then had our first neighborhood movie night of the summer.  



And Macey's summer bucket list made my heart happy.  


- Go to Pearrygin
- Read and watch all the Harry Potters
- Go backpacking
- Go camping
- Go hiking

We've done something right and this is a bucket list I can get behind.  

Life doesn't get much better than summer days with these guys.  
 
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Disneyland

Feb 5, 2017
Because of Emily's beautiful sister law, pictured here on the left, Macey and I got to go to Disneyland again!!


Macey made us stop at The World's Tallest Thermometer, since apparently it's a tradition now.  


I got to spend 11 hours in a car with this girl.  We listened to our roadtrip playlists, Matilda, and got lots of talking in.  Made up for the crazy LA traffic in the rain.  


We thought last year was pretty perfect.  Turns out this year was actual perfection.  

And the matching fanny packs and shirts were an amazing edition. 


but seriously, the fanny pack.  Life changing.  

There were no lines.  Like, no lines.  I guess that is what happens when it's suppose to rain, but actually doesn't. 

We rode the Gadget Coaster 6 times in a row, without getting off. 


Pure joy on these girls faces.  



And we got soaked on Splash Mountain, even with our ponchos.  



The girls only wanted to do the big rides this year and multiple times at that.  Macey's favorite Disneyland ride was Thunder Mountain (I think we rode it 4x's) and her favorite Californian adventure ride was Screamin' (4x's on this one too).  



We were pretty much constantly running from ride to ride, which means Emily and I might have each inhaled a corndog in a matter of 3 minutes.  





This was Macey's 4th trip to Disneyland and the first time we have ever seen her favorite princess.  Perfection I tell you.




Next day was spent bumming around and getting to play with Emily's girls that I don't get to see as often as I would like.  




Even though it was raining we still went to the beach.  






And then Macey and I headed back to reality and the snow. 





Emily is one of those people that always leaves you feeling better about yourself than you did before you were in her presence.  I forgot how much I love that about her. 


Spending time with my bff at the happiest place on earth was good for my soul.  


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4th of july

Aug 12, 2016
We started off the month with celebrating the 4th.  







I've been wanting to do a neighborhood bike parade for years and this year I actually decided to go for it.  

the kids and I of course had to paint shirts for the festivities.


The pre parade line up, listening to my extensive directions.  :) 

It was an absolute blast.


Everyone got so into it, which always makes it more fun.  


Paul was an amazing drum major and made sure the kids kept a parade appropriate pace.  


These kids could not of been cuter.  




We of course had to have a post parade drink run.



On the actual 4th we took our water slide to Rensinks to play and eat.  


Then it was back home to get ready for fireworkds with the neighbors.  



It's always hard to pass the last hour before it's dark enough to start the real stuff.  

We entertained them with the lame fountains.


The boys got all the ariels organized according their coolness factor.  


And we did some dancing while waiting for the last of the light to leave. 

I love the 4th of July!!!



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nana
Love the parade and Paul was such an awesome drum major.

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Crew-Crew

Jul 31, 2016
Crew turned 4!  



Crew loves to play outside with his friends, swim, ride his scooter, play games, and eat. 






He is cuddly, sweet, sensitive, friendly, and loud.  



Crew posing with a pic of Pop-Pop




He loves all his siblings and friends.  He is happiest when he is playing with them.  





He told me he is going to stay 4 forever and I feel pretty good about that.


We had a neighborhood birthday party when we got back from Washington.  


We did our waterslide.  


Silly String


and the water balloon launcher.

 



He loved all the attention and getting presents from his friends.  


 
We sometimes joke that he was meant to be the baby of a family.  
Due to the amount of attention he demands and the amount of screaming and crying he produces.  But, man we love this kid.  






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Nana and opa
He is a carbon copy of his Pop Pop! Love this little cutie!
nana
I love how sweet Crew is. It's so funny how much he looks like Pop Pop. I'm so happy he has chosen to stay 4.

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4 months

Sep 8, 2014
Why does every baby have to grow up quicker than the one before?!

I want to just freeze her at this age for a few more months, you know, before she starts moving and getting into things!



4 month stats:
weight: 17 lbs 11 oz  95%
length: 25 1/2 inches  87%



Shockingly, her growth has slightly slowed down and Crew wins for our biggest 4 month old. 


Ruby's biggest accomplishment this past month includes rolling from her back to tummy.  When she first started doing it a month ago, I was hoping it was a fluke. But, nope, she's a rolling master.  



She has zero interest in a pacifier, but is still obsessed with finger sucking.
  
She is still sleeping a consistent 11 hours at night and I make sure to thank her every morning at 8:15 when I get her out of bed.  Don't worry though, she rarely cries in the morning, when I peek in to check on her she's usually just laying in her bed looking around and smiling.  



Ruby continues to be an extremely content baby, and as such, she has pretty much become the favorite around here.  



Everyone has accomplished the task of getting her to laugh this past month.  But, I am pretty sure Miles wins for most laughs gotten.  


As you can tell, this girl is just loving life and we are loving her.  



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angie
I think you've turned into a baby person. :) I'm thrilled and relieved for you that Ruby sleeps 11 hours at night. That's awesome! And probably the #1 ticket to make you able to survive four kids, right? For me, at least, losing the sleep is killer. She's adorable! Is she starting to look more like Paul? She's darker than your others, I think. What a cute, chubby little doll.
Nana
She is adorable in every way! What a sweet happy baby. I love to see how all the kids love her so much especially Miles - the baby hater. Crew's 4 month picture really looks like he was the biggest at that age. I wonder if she will end up with the dark hair and eyes, maybe some curls too. She is so cute and I wish I could hold her and make her laugh!
embo
yah i agree with angie! i think you are turning into a baby person! only took 4 tries, haha, remember how you would say (years ago in college), "babies terrify me". she seems so sweet and quite the chunky legs. a sweet baby is nourishing for a mama's soul, that much i know!
nana and opa
She is so precious! I just want to squeeze her so hard! She looks so cuddly. Give her bunches of kisses from us!

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