Ruby's birthday!

Jun 30, 2020
Ruby was our first kid quarantine birthday, so we did our best to make her day special without all the things she really wanted (big party and taking a treat to school).  

Luckily Erin also had a kid with a May quarantine birthday and we had already been discussing when/how to allow our kids to start playing together again since Utah had been in Orange for about week at this point.  

So, we settled on meeting in a field at a park, where we would bring Milo 4 presents and they would bring Ruby 4 presents and it would almost feel like a real birthday party.  

Worked like a charm and we had 2 very happy birthday kids at the end.  

Plus, it was one of the first times they had run free with friends since March 18th.  Love how the simple things are so much more appreciated now.  

Since I still had a little pink hair dye left and I didn't get her's as dark as Macey's, I promised the night before her birthday I would dye it pink again. 

Made for an extra happy birthday girl.

It was a day full of all things pink.

Funny thing about Ruby, she loves baby dolls.  She also loves to destroy things.  So, as gifts over the years she has received doll beds, strollers, furniture, and many, many baby dolls.  All of these previous doll things have been broken and destroyed by the crazy child above.  Once again she requested a new baby doll, doll bed, and stroller for her b'day.  We discussed what has happened with the previous 3 strollers, 2 beds, and 4 baby dolls, but she promised now that she was turning 6 she would take better care of things.  So, we took the risk and it was a baby doll filled birthday (almost 2 months down and everything is still intact). 

We spent the afternoon at the park riding her new scooter and eating Happy Meals.  

Dinner was all her favorites: spaghetti, watermelon, corn on the cob, and raspberry creme soda.  

And of course a pink (with some purple) cake.  

and I just had to get a picture of Crew's amazing hair with his b'day hat on. 

Ruby also got to be the first child to enter a store, because I had no idea what LOL thing it was that she was describing to me that she wanted to get with her birthday money.  And I did not want to deal with the wrath of Ruby when I brought home the wrong item, so we did a quick run to the store where she wasn't allowed to touch anything or get out of the cart.  She loved it.  

We love this feisty pink loving girl.  She loves fiercely and is a good friend who always tries to include everyone. Ruby loves to be in on all the action and can never sit still for long.  She's growing up a bit too fast, just like the rest of them, but I am trying to enjoy it instead of always getting frustrated with her crazy ways. :)  

Love this girl. 

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I love Ruby's pink hair. And I have to say, you don't report her being as cray-cray as you used to. She's probably growing up or something ... Super cool that she's taking care of her baby dolls this time around!

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Last Day of School!

Jul 11, 2019
Our first year at a new school is done and can be counted as a success.  The kids made so many great new friends. They got awesome teachers.  And we learned how to navigate a new school, with new traditions.  An added bonus, I even made some new friends.  Not like my Suncrest friends, but there's potential. :)

First and last day of 6th grade

Macey joined Student Council and had a blast with it, this alone made the move to the new school worth it.  Mr. Hodson found ways to challenge her and his love for The Jazz only helped Macey to love The Rockets more.  To say she's excited for Jr. High would be an understatement.  Moving to a new school for her last year of elementary school was hard.  Probably the hardest thing she's had to face yet.  But, she killed it and is now only excited to start Jr. High next year.  

I actually missed 6th grade graduation because it was the same day as Crew's surgery.  Luckily, Paul could go and get some pictures for me.  Plus, they got these awesome diplomas.

First and last day of 3rd grade

This year was a struggle.  A huge struggle.  Miles pushed through, his teacher pushed through, and I learned to become more assertive in a new environment.  

We got Miles an IEP for speech and OT.  With his IEP we were able to get him a lot of the accommodations he needed to be more successful in a school setting.  His teacher and I didn't always see eye to eye, but she loved him and wanted him to succeed, so together we were able to find the way to do that.  

Miles won the award for greatest improvement, which was awesome, because I doubt there was a 3rd grader that worked harder than him.  It meant a lot to him, and me, that he was recognized for all the hard work he put in.  And I pray her remembers what the results can be when he actually tries.  

First and last day of 1st Grade

And it was not planned for the boys to wear the same shirt, they are just their favorite shirts. :)  

Crew killed first grade.  He made so many great new friends.  His teacher said he was pretty quiet the first half of the year, but he slowly came out of his shell and was making everyone laugh by the end. He won the award for "Always follows school rules".  Sounds about right. :)  

I got to volunteer in his class each week and I taught an art lesson once a month, so it was fun to get to know all the kids in his class a lot better. 

It was hard for me to move schools too, because I knew all the kids at Suncrest so well and would have so many cute kids hugging me every time I walked into school.  Even though the kids at our new school don't need me quite the same as they did at Suncrest, I have hopes I will get to know all of them too.  

And the last year these 3 will be together.  It's been nice.  

First Day of School

Last Day of School

First and Last Day of Preschool

Ruby cried everyday I dropped her off September-December.  It was torture, but right when i was about to give up, she decided she loved school and ran in happily after that.  

Her preschool was awesome.  They played outside everyday for 45 min.  They had fish, she ate breakfast there, so much creative play, and 3 amazing teachers.  Sad to be done with preschool.  

We had our annual back to school celebration.

Silly String.  

Park, Pizza, and Popsicles with friends. 

And we had a neighborhood BBQ.

All the 12 year old girls that live in our neighborhood.  

I also made each kid a binder this year to help us stay more organized and keep my house cleaner.  We started the day school got out, work hard play hard.  Praying it works. 

Here's hoping next school year is easier than this school year. :)  

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Awesome job everyone at navigating your 1st year at your new school. It's a hard thing to do and you all rocked it. Thank goodness Miles has you to advocate for him! Everyone grew up so much and I got such a kick out of the boys wearing the same shirt first and last day or school, very funny. Next year will be even better and Ruby will get to join the fun.

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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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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!!!!
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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Aug 16, 2018
My Baby Crew-Crew is 6 years old. 

I can't even believe it.  

He should still be 2.

Or at least 4.  

He is still the sweetest, cuddliest, funniest kid around. 

He loves all things Pokemon, legos and weapons related.  

He is the best big brother to Ruby and I hope one day she realizes what a lucky girl she is to have him.  

His birthday requests were simple, like always. 

donuts for breakfast. 

Pokemon cupcakes.

a Pokemon birthday party.  

Which really was just a Pokemon themed playdate with 2 of his best friends, followed by a trip to Menchies.  

It's always fun to watch Crew get to be the center of attention, it doesn't happen very often and he soaks it up.  

Pokemon lego building with Macey and Pokemon battling with Miles made for one happy birthday boy. 

and then salmon and homemade fries for dinner.  

Frying the fries for the birthday boy in our beautiful backyard.  

He tells me he will always come visit me when he grows up and that he will never be too old to hug and kiss me and that I am his favorite person in the whole world. Really, I don't know what I did to get this kid, but I am glad he's mine.  

I love this boy more than words can express.  He is pretty much the best of the best.  

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He sounds like a total sweetheart.

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6 months!!

Nov 25, 2014
Not only do I now I have a 5 year old Miles, Ruby decided to up and turn 6 months on me!!  

Weight: 19 lbs 6 oz 89%
Length: 28.3 inches 98%

I cannot believe she is 6 months and I am starting to freak out that I am not enjoying my last baby days as much as I should!!

photo credit goes to hrob photos

She continues to be an amazing sleeper, although she never sleeps while I am holding her anymore.  But, the moment I gave her to one of my friends during church, she was out like a light.  Little stinker.

She practices sitting almost every day and is starting to make some progress, she's got a lot of body to hold up though. :)  

Ruby is a mover. She is not a fan of sitting still or being quiet.  The Dr. even commented at her appointment how busy she is.  I was just glad he reassured me, that yes, she does not sit still and it's not just me being dramatic. :)

Ruby loves to be in on the action.

Notice how she stole Miles' pencil right out of his hand during homework time.  

I tried to take some 6 month pictures of her, but she could not stop watching what the boys were doing to focus at the task on hand.  

Ruby loves to grab things; toys, hair, earrings, noses, heads, feet...whatever she can reach she will yank and grab.  The boys think it's hilarious to put their faces right up to Ruby so she mauls them.  Macey does not.  

And can we talk about those cheeks for a second?  Love them. 

She also loves food.  And probably wishes I took the time to feed her real food more often.  

Crew also loves to eat some of her baby food when I feed her.  Usually he loves them, but that was not the case with the green beans. After he had his first taste, he just started yelling "This not good! Put it in de garbage!!"  It was hilarious.  

I have very few clothing items that all 4 of my kids have worn, these PJ's are one of the few things they've all gotten to wear!  tear. 

This would be Crew on the left and Ruby on the right.  I'm too lazy to find pics of the other in them, but I know they are there somewhere.  

We are of course loving this baby and it is fun to see her tiny personality come out, even if that means she has to grow up faster than she should.  

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Just love our precious Ruby Doo! So happy for you that she's such a good baby.

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