Back to School

Nov 13, 2019
Paul and I got back from Florida and it was pure craziness as we tried to get ready for the first day of school.  We also had 3 different start dates this year. 

The main stress for Macey was the locker situation at school, but after practicing for about an hour before the first day, they got it down and were ready to go.  



We did our back to school dinner like always.



I just love how simple it is and that I do pretty much the same thing every year, so there's no stress involved.  Especially when I get back into town the night before.  


The excitement this year was these amazing pickles I found, they were the highlight of the meal.  :)  

There were WAY less tears than last year, it was mostly all smiles. 



Macey started first since she had 7th grade day at the Jr High. 



The bus ended up being late and they missed the entire first period.  Plus, Macey had some things she needed to fix on her schedule at the office when she got there.  But, she handled it like a champ and got her schedule settled all on her own.  This girl was more than ready to leave elementary school behind and couldn't wait to be reunited with some old friends from Suncrest.  



I've loved listening to all the Jr. High stories, so much more entertaining than elementary school stories.  Bus drama, boys that like them, the stress of remembering all their different locker numbers, and the chaos of the halls that were not represented accurately in movies they'd seen. :)  Macey could not love Jr. High more.  


Crew and Miles started next.


First day of 2nd Grade.
All smiles for this kid until about the 3rd week of school, where he realized that 2nd grade is a lot harder than 1st. :)  He's killing it though and got an amazing teacher and lots of awesome kids in his class.  



He had to include Fang in his paper doll project. :)  



first day of 4th grade. 



I tried and tried, but this kid would not cooperate for a picture.  He is not one to hide his emotions.  His morning was full of lots of yelling and throwing things, but we got out the door and once he saw his friends he ran right to class without me.  


The day went better than these pictures predict though. He got an amazing teacher, with a few friends in his class and came home smiling. 


Although we did have a massive anger explosion that night, where he ripped up all his hard earned money.  This kid.  



We took a picture on the 2nd day of school, it turned out much better. 


I know it's going to be a good school year, even if it kills me. 


Ruby and I then had our last week to ourselves before she started school.  

We had lots planned. 

Zoo Day with The Miners.



It was hot and busy, but a perfect way to spend one of our last days of freedom.  

Splash Pad with Michelle and Lottie.

Our last breakfast Date at Chickfila.



A few more lazy mornings, just the 2 of us and Fang.






Kindergarten Testing.



I wasn't exactly sure how'd she do.  We didn't even start working on letters and writing her name until the week before her test.  Can you tell she's my 4th kid? :)  I was happily surprised when she didn't do too bad (I was sitting across the room filling out paper work and spying).  



this was my favorite moment:

Mrs. B. : Count from 1 to 10.

Ruby:  1, 10

Mrs. B. : Say the numbers inbetween 1 and 10.

Ruby: 1, 7, 5, 2, 8..

Mrs. B. : Finish counting for me 1, 2, 3....

Ruby: 4, 5, 6, 7...

I was dying.  Poor kindergarten teachers.  


We had a princess movie party with Reagan. 


And then in the mist of it all she BROKE HER ARM and I didn't think it was broken, so I didn't take her in for like 4 days.  

She was running in the backyard, tripped, and her hand went between our tramp hole and the tramp. She only cried for a min, so I didn't think too much about it.  

That night she was still complaining, so I wrapped an ace bandage around it to make her feel better.  She went right to sleep and I chalked it up to her just being dramatic. 

She made me keep it wrapped during the next few days, but at night I would unwrap it when she was sleeping to see if she could remember what arm she hurt (she's crazy dramatic, so it's hard for me to trust her).  She did remember and then when I spied on her sunday getting dressed for church I could see her wince when she was putting her dress on.  So, the day before kindergarten started I took her in just for peace of mind, still not thinking it was broken.   


Broke 2 bones in her wrist.  Good thing about waiting so long is that the swelling was down and she could get her hard cast on right away.


When they were putting her cast on she looked at me and said, "This is the Best day of my entire life".  She kills me.  



Finally the much anticipated first day of Kindergarten came and it was only made better by the bright pink cast she got to sport.  





Pretty much the cutest, and pinkest, kindergartner around.  



She was a little  nervous since she didn't know anyone in her class and mad at me that I put her in AM Kindergarten, while Reagan was in PM Kindergarten with the same teacher.  

She had a great first day though, made new friends, and got to have a photo shoot with Reagan before it was her turn to head off for her first day of kindergarten.  


I was very successful in my 2 hours and 45 min of alone time.  

I read a book and organized my pantry.  




Then before I knew it, it was 12:00 and time to go pick her up.  

And we still had about 2 hours together before the big kids started getting home.  


While somedays I wish she was in all day kindergarten, I'm trying to soak her up as much as possible, because I know this is the end for me.  Next year they will ALL be gone ALL day and I will actually have to take up some hobbies or something.  











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angie
I LOVE the plants you have in your living room and on your front porch. Cute place! That kind of freaks me out that a kid could have a broken arm and you don't know it. Don't bones jut out? I guess not always ... Todd hurt his wrist last weekend at the skate park (lol) and won't do anything about it. Said this morning it still hurts. What if it's broken, too?!?!?!

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Crew is 7!

Jul 15, 2019
Crew turned 7!?!


This kid loves Pokemon, riding his bike, playing Mario Party, reading, Fang, and Battle Bots.

I did his birthday party at Classic Skating the day after school got out, which was over 2 weeks early.  It was amazing.  Friends were still in town, the place wasn't busy, and the chaos of summer hadn't set upon us yet. 



I have turned down every kid that has asked for a party at Classic Skating, but Crew broke me down and convinced me to get the biggest party package.  
Turned out to be awesome.

Lots of video games.



Pizza and icecream.


Ticket Blaster.


Skating and Lazer tag.



Bounce Houses.


And donuts and presents.


Plus, we got to have Holly as our party helper.


And Michelle kept things under control at the skating rink.



He was very kind to me on his actual birthday and easy to please.  



Gummy Pizza and diet coke with mentos made for a happy 7 year old. 






My last cuddle and selfie with my 6 year old crew.  


My first selfie with 7 year old Crew.  



I love this boy.  I cannot believe he is growing up so fast.  Good thing I am still his favorite person, I have to relish the position while I can.  






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The Most wonderful time of the year

Dec 29, 2014
December has been a good month, other than the flu, but we are recovered now, so all is forgotten.  


I cannot remember a December where we spent so much time outside.  


The boys ate an entire box of popsicles this month too...unheard of around here.

  

Michelle and I were planning to take the kids to the Dinosaur Museum, but we just couldn't pass up on one of our last Farm Country outings until next spring.  

 
My current level of saneness can be attributed to an extra month of getting to walk barefoot in the grass.  It is good for the soul. 

Miles has had a rough time in primary the last little while, so we baked and decorated sugar cookies to take around to his teachers.  You know, to remind them that there is a sweet boy hiding behind all the craziness.  

And he pretty much has the perfect bike for delivering cookies anyways.  

We also decorated a prebuilt gingerbread house, it was awesome.  


Paul took M&M to Lowe's to build Christmas Trains.  Despite their faces in this picture, they loved it and can't wait to go again. 



Like every year, the kids favorite Christmas thing we did was the the lights at Thanksgiving Point.  It's one of my favorites too, since they just can't contain their excitement.   


Miles made some Gingerbread Men.  Which of course turned into "fighting men".  Typical.  

The one child who I wasn't worried about bugging the tree and presents, was the only one who could not resist the temptation. 


While we are on the topic of Ruby...She turned 7 Months!!


She's been pretty close to perfect this month.  Just happy and content to sit, play, roll around, and put everything in her mouth.  She has finally mastered the sit too and loves the new vantage point.  


Crew now refers to Ruby as his best friend and it makes me happy.  


Our favorite Mexican Restaurant just opened a few blocks away and we have already been multiple times, as I have yet to find my motivation to cook dinner.  Plus, our kids have shockingly been somewhat manageable out in public as of late.  


Here's a typical morning scene...Paul ready to go to work, but having a hard time actually getting out the door.  

Best part of Christmas Break though has been having Macey home! 

She has taken to reading Miles stories and entries from her diary.  It's hilarious and I love listening in.  


Mrs. Claus came to Talking Time and read about each kid from her Magic Book.  It was awesome and Miles ate it up.  

There has also been lots of singing and dancing to Christmas Songs around here.  Crew actually does a pretty good rendition of Jingle Bells and I will miss it.  


And once a year Paul and I get dressed up and go to his fancy work parties.  While it's fun to get all dolled up, it reminds me why I don't get dressed up more often...it takes way too much time. :)


Pretty sad December is almost behind us.  
  
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And she's 7.

Feb 10, 2014
Macey decided to turn 7, so I guess I'll have to learn to deal with it. 



She of course had the best day ever and I was actually happy she was at school most of the day, so I didn't have to do any entertaining in my current state. :)

We of course started the day with a birthday donut and we scored big with the  zebra print "7" balloon.  



She is pretty much the easiest girl to please these days and was in love with all her girly presents. 



I've never been to school on my birthday, but according to Macey it is awesome. As an added bonus we brought donuts to share with her adorable classmates.  



When Paul got home from work we went to Provo Beach Resort.  Macey has turned into the ticket queen and with no help from us won 300 tickets, which she happily cashed in for some pretty sweet prizes.



The highlight of the night though was when Paul got her 2 stuffed animals on one turn with the claw!  Being the awesome girl she is...when Crew started crying because Paul didn't win one on his turn, Macey immediately gave him one of hers.  No prompting needed.  


She went easy on me with her cake request this year, and just wanted Frozen cupcakes: white cake, silver wrappers, light blue frosting, and white sprinkles to be exact.  Luckily at 4:00 on her birthday, I remembered to actually make them. 




There really is just too much to say about how wonderful this girl is.  


I'm pretty happy she came first in our family, because this girl is one of the best big sisters around.  And there really is no one on the planet that can handle Miles better than her.  She is the Miles' Whisperer. He waits and waits and waits for her to come home from school, then eat her snack and do her homework...and then without fail she runs downstairs and plays with him.

 
I really don't know how we'd survive without her.  

Macey's Current Favorites

Movie: Frozen
Food: Ice Cream
Thing to Do: play with my princess barbies, dance, and sing
Toy: Frozen Dolls
Song: "Let it Go" and "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera 
Book: Frozen Chapter Book and Princess Books
Thing to Do at School: READ
Color: White

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nana
How can she be 7? She is so much fun, full of personality and what an amazing big sister. We love our Macey and don't know what we would do with her either. Sure wish I could just give her a big bear/Nana hug!
nana and Opa
We are so proud of Macey.It fills my heart with joy to watch her grow onto such a sweet big sister. We love you Macey!

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