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

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Since You Only Turn Six Once

Feb 5, 2013
Like most things that happened last year, Macey's 5th birthday wasn't quite as exciting or fun as I would of liked it to be due to the lovely nausea of pregnancy. This year we made up for it.

It began with Macey having her first real friend birthday party. Lucky for me I decided to do it at Creativity Art Studio, since we were unexpectedly gone for over a week right before her birthday. It was heaven not having to clean and then have my house destroyed by a group of 5 and 6 year olds.

She couldn't of been happier to go to school on her birthday and loved getting to wear a crown all day. Plus, we brought in Fun Dips to share with her class.

After school we met Maddy and Libby at Chuck E Cheese.

She also had Hip-Hop that day and since we can't make homemade treats for school, she really wanted to make marshmallow pops for her dance friends. I obliged, since all I had to do was melt the chocolate for her.

The day then ended with her favorite meal of pancakes, opening presents and a carousel cake with rainbow sherbet ice cream cones.

All in all I'd say it was a good day. Or as Macey said, "That was the best, best, best, best, bestest birthday ever!" Love Birthdays and this girl.

Current Favorites:
Movie: Aladdin
Food: Donuts
Thing to do: Dance
Toy: Zhu Zhu Pets
Song: "So What" by Pink
Book:Princess books or My Father's Dragon
Thing to do at school: Have centers
Color: White
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What a Super fun birthday, it was all day long fun. Lucky girl thanks to an awesome Mom. I love this girl too!!!
Happy birthday Macey! What a cute cake. Did you actually pack all that fun into one day? Crazy! That's a week's worth, at least.
Nana and Opa
Looks like it was the best birthday ever! So glad she had an awesome day. We love you Macey!
That was definitely the best birthday ever!
So glad I got to be there to celebrate and eat that adorable carousel cake! :)

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Half a Year.

Dec 26, 2012
Life is good for Crew at 6 months. He is still a mellow, happy, and friendly baby. We (well, except Miles)just can't get enough of him.

-He has mastered the sit and prefers this position as he is less likely to get stepped on while sitting up.

-We finally fed him real food and he of course loves it. So far I've cut him off after an entire jar. As you can tell by his physique, this kid can eat.

-His hair is growing back.


-he is still just as cute as ever.

Photo Credit of the Good Pictures goes to Holly of hRob Photography, of course. She took these in less than 10 min on her dinning room table. Sometimes I don't know what we'd do without her.

Since I can't resist a baby comparison, here you go:

Macey (7 months):
26.25 inches
16 lbs 14 oz

27.5 inches
18 lbs 6 oz
head 44 cm

28 1/4 inches
19 lbs 9 oz
head 45.7 cm
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He is adorable and I also cannot get enough of him! I love the photo of him in his hat, so cute. I like the comparison and think at 6 months he and Macey look the most alike.
Crew is soooooooooooo cute, I cannot stand it!!
I love you guys. And I love crew. And he is the perfect mix of mace and miles!

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