April

May 20, 2020
April surprisingly flew by.

And since I am with the kids 24/7 I have a million pics to document our daily activities.  



There didn't seem to be much of a middle ground, either we were deliriously happy to be home and spending time together, so grateful for everything we have.  Or depressed and angry with no motivation and at each other's throats.  Such seems to be the life of quarantine.  

School:  

a highlight of the month was the teacher parade.  

We love and miss these teachers desperately.  

There might of been a few tears shed, but mostly there was happy smiles and yelling, as some of our most beloved people drove by.  

And I have realized how much I count these teachers and staff as my friends and I miss getting to talk and laugh with them a few days each week. Not to mention what I know these kids are missing out on and now they instead get me glaring over their shoulders to write their dang essay instead of the amazing, kind, loving, and patient teachers they all had.   


2 children have been very difficult to do homeschool with and 2 have been much easier.  I am sure everyone knows who falls where.  


Miles spends the first half of his day raging about how he can't do anything and then most days pulls through and gets it done, no problem.  

Ruby is just non-stop all over the place.  We got a good solid 3 weeks of homeschool in and then it was hit and miss after that.  

This is me every single day since March 18th.  


Here she is with a story she wrote about Fang, opening up a gift bag her teacher dropped off (highlight of her month), Drawing a portrait of Fang (she puts him in "place" and then moves him all over to get the proper angles), and lastly Olaf is a common homeschool companion.  

Crew sits down every morning and just goes through his daily assignments like a boss. 



I have no pictures of Macey doing her school work, because the other 3 kept me so busy running between them, I never even had to give her a glance.  And if she did have issues (which she did from time to time), we just waited until the other kids were in bed and Paul was done working to help.  

Kitchen helper of the day still going strong and hopefully added some learning to the days where I could get nothing else out of these kids.  



The long hours between school and bedtime: 


We spent a solid week delivering bunnies around to our friends, it proved to be an amazing way to pass some long afternoons and get some miles in on our bikes.  Thank you Nana Navasard!!




The girls and I took an entire afternoon to dye our hair.  It made those after 2:00 hours fly by.  



Are you even in quarantine if you don't do something drastic to your hair? 


There was a fly over of fighter jets.  It was a very exciting few minutes.  So grateful for the all the people trying to keep these kids entertained and happy. Crew found a nice comfy seat while waiting.  




I tried my hand at custom doormats.  It was fun and I'm always trying to find new sayings to put on my next one.  

Kids have been getting in on the craft action too, when I have the patience to let them pull it out.  


So many games.  We had to buy new games, since Paul and I could no longer mentally handle playing the games we already had.  We got Ticket to Ride, Dominion, and Carcassonne.  


We can often be found at the school, but never on the playground equipment. :)  Ruby likes to look in her classroom window.  And we've had so many good kite flying days.  


The kids have pretty much turned into wild animals who always wear their pajamas and never comb their hair.  

so many scraped knees, elbows, and toes that almost need stitches.  


The absolute best part about quarantine has been that these kids have become best friends again.  No neighbor kids, nothing else going on.  

Crew and Miles have always had a complicated relationship.  This has been nothing but good for the 2 of them.  They have bonded over Animal Crossing, Beanie Boos, Pokemon, and basketball.  They are constantly coming up with new ways to entertain themselves and I have loved watching it.  



And these 2.  I feel like Macey has gotten to extend her childhood out just a little bit longer.  She spends her days organizing games, producing movies, breaking up fights, and hosting dance parties with her siblings.  


I pray this is the main thing they remember about this crazy time. 


And even though Paul is working extremely crazy hours, he still takes the time to make us some awesome breakfasts.  Always a great way to start these crazy long days.  


Constant trips to Sodalicious to keep ourselves fueled.  Fang has also developed an addiction.  

We've tried to be really good with social distancing, but sometimes you just need to talk to your friends in person. 

trying out our new masks and catching up with some favorite neighbors.  


Sometimes a driveway car chat does the trick too.  


Of all the kids Macey has had the hardest time with the social aspect of this and these small interactions helped her push through some very hard days.  Grateful for good friends.  

And one evening this group of long lost friends got together and very were patient with me constantly coming out to check that they were keeping 6 ft apart. :)  

And I of course have had my share of social distancing meetups that have kept me sane through all of this. 

I have learned about a million things during all this, one of the main ones being,  my village is huge and amazing and I am glad I am not in this all alone.  

I hiked and hiked and hiked.  


Macey found my old orange BYU sweatshirt from college that was a perfect fit.  



And sometimes Crew looses patience with Ruby and kicks her out to go live in the closet under the stairs.  Surprisingly she listened and hauled all her stuff down there.  



It finally got warm enough to play in the water!!

and life got much better after that.  









We had a fun filled day with a bounce house. We were sad we couldn't invite any friends over to play with us, but these kids managed to have a blast together.  



Weekend Warriors

We have still been trying to take advantage of our weekends together, since everything is more fun when Paul can hang out with us.  And it's been nice going back to simple things, like finding ways to entertain ourselves without spending money, since there's no where to go and spend it.  

Picnics and baseball in the mountains.  

Scooter Gang Rides

Murdock Trail. 

 And BYU. 


Everyone took many turns down the hill to get their tricks just right.  



Lots of Bocce Ball. 
This has become a new family favorite and has yet to involve yelling, crying, quitting, or bad all around sportsmanship.  A miracle of a game.  

Gerald is extra exciting.  And these 3 had a blast camping out in him in the backyard, while we were suppose to be camping in Snow Canyon for Spring Break.  


Lots of bikerides!  Paul finally got me this sweet helmet, since we have now ventured out of our 1 mile neighborhood radius and can be found riding in bike lanes on actual streets.  #safetyfirst 



Yard Work!!!


I couldn't be more proud of my flower pots (my boxwood trees didn't survive the winter).  Makes me happy every time I go on my porch and they are still alive and growing!!
Turns out S'Mores at the fire pit without friends is almost as fun and not nearly as stressful. 


And a few times Paul and I have abandoned kids at home on a Saturday morning to hike.  


Easter Happened. 

Easter is one of our bigger holidays with big egg hunts and lots of friends over for dinner.  

Everyone was a little sad the night before, but luckily nothing is ever boring with this group and it turned out to be an amazing holiday together.  

My parents sent us this Easter Sack Race game.  



It was amazing and entertaining and extremely exhausting.  Made me realize that I am in the worst shape of the 6 of us.  

Paul's parents sent confetti eggs, which is always messy and entertaining.  



And I was able to find everything I needed for dinner and baskets. 



And our backyard proved to be a great place to have an egg hunt.  


And i still got my porch picture!!


Plus, it was a million times easier because I didn't have to get everyone in church clothes and hair combed for church. 

It is going to be a harsh reality when I actually have to get this group in church attending shape.  One thing I have not missed for one single moment is getting everyone ready and out the door for church. :)  

It was an amazing day, where I wasn't stressed, and I just got to enjoy the holiday with the people I love most and talk at our own pace about our Savior and all he has done and is doing for us.  

We also played The Newlywed Game with my family over Zoom.  It was super fun and Paul and I were the big losers and realized we should spend our quarantine time getting to know each other better. :) 




And that is kind of what our quarantine days looked like for the month of April, but with lots more crying and yelling and swearing and stress eating. 
Don't want anyone getting the wrong idea out there.  
Typical weekly grocery haul minus all the soda that is stored in the garage. 





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angie
Your planter boxes by the front door are breathtaking! I LOVE all the color and am very impressed with the arrangement. It looks terrific! I wish I could look at plants at the nursery and visualize how they would all come together like that, but sadly, that is not a talent of mine. At least, not yet! I should keep trying, because wow, yours looks SO GOOD!

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Washington

May 11, 2018
The kids and I got to fly to Washington for spring break.

I had not flown alone with these 4 since Ruby was one.  Let me say, it was a breeze compared to previous flights alone with these 4.  This getting older thing isn't always so bad.  

Having a Nintendo Switch didn't hurt either.  


The point of the trip was to hang out with cousins, grandparents, great grandmas and more cousins.  We accomplished all of the above.  



I don't think these kids fought at all, they were in heaven.  




Meeting our newest cousin, Baby Jack, was an obvious highlight. 


Pop-Pop saved Christopher's old powerwheel.  It was a huge hit. 




We went to Marine park to find crabs.






Always entertaining.  



There was always lots of screaming and excitement when a large rock got turned over and the crabs starting scurrying in all directions.  




Always in the search for a tree to climb.  



We got to celebrate Easter with everyone.  





You can't beat Grandma B.'s backyard for an Easter Egg Hunt.  





Touch Tank is always a must visit Bellingham location.



Lots of Northwest Parks.


Utah parks don't quite have views like this.  






Or quite so many trees. :) 


And of course walks on the trails around my parents house. 


It was good to be back home, I think it was my longest absence yet.  My soul needed a little pacific northwest.  


and a lot of family time too.  


Glad they don't mind when we invade their space with our chaos.  







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nana
We are so happy to have you invade your space with your chaos! Feel free to do it more often!! We had the best time having all of the grandkids together and they are so cute together, Nothing is better than family. Can't beat the water and the views either. Love you and thanks for bringing your kids to visit.

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april

May 14, 2017
For the first time in motherhood I think I actually over scheduled us!! We had soccer, dance, karate, musical theater, track, ward party planning, potty training, sports camp, teacher appreciation, remodel, and then all the normal things! 

So, glad I already promised myself no summer camps for the kids!  I am already worn out.  


Sport Camp

This was Miles' 2nd year and can I tell you, huge difference! There was still some crying and whining before hand, but once we got there he was a champ.  

Last year I think he spent half the time on the wall or crying to me.  

It was good for me to see some improvement and that it really is worth pushing and forcing this kid to get out of his comfort zone.


The soccer season also finished!  Still haven't decided if we will do it again, I am tired. 


But once again, huge difference from last year.  

The one thing Miles was most excited about this month was his First Grade program at school.  


He practiced every day for weeks.  I had to make a playlist of the all the songs so he could practice in the car.  He rocked it.  

Macey lived at the Scera Theater towards the end of the month.  Between classes, rehearsals and the performances...it was a lot. 


Her Showteam Class did "The Jungle Book"  She was Kaa and a bumble bee.

And seriously, we have a tween on our hands.  


Georgia put hair extentions in her braid. :)


Two of her favorite things.  Listening to music and facetiming with Kaylin.  




I can already picture the teenage days ahead of us.  
 
Easter happened.  


neighborhood egg hunt was a success.  


as was easter in the middle of the remodel.  It at least gave us some new places to hide baskets. 


And Ruby got to wear my favorite dress from Macey's toddler days. 


I had to help plan the Spring Ward Party.  I'm not a big ward activity attendee, so this was a lot outside of my comfort zone.  

We decided on a Spring Fling Dance. 



I'd say it was a success. And my kids were just happy we finally let them go to a ward party. :)  
Other Exciting happenings around here:

Paul bought a nintendo switch.

It has been all Zelda and Mario Cart. 



Miles formed a Bug Club.  It has been hilarious.  He has them earning rewards based on how many bugs they've caught.  They even earned a party with treats and a movie.

Ruby and Crew have joined in on the bug hunting, although they are not official members of "The Bug Club".  

We made Teacher Appreciation Posters.  It was heaven not being in charge and only having to decorate 2 doors.  Macey and Miles have the absolute best teachers this year, so it was fun having an excuse to bring in their favorite treats and let them know how wonderful they are. 



The most exciting event this month (besides the remodel, which will be another post), was that I had the genius idea to potty train Ruby. 



It's gone about as well I expected. 


All the kids helped though, so that made it nice.  And Ruby even pooped while Miles was watching her and he wiped her bum, washed her hands, and gave her a sticker.  I was a bit shocked when I came downstairs to check on them.  Looks like Miles is more responsible that I give him credit for.  
She's pretty well potty trained.  But, she's stubborn and busy and has no desire to please.  Which means we still have accidents from time to time and I have to remind much more than I did any of the other kids.  



but I am seeing the light and just have to push through. 


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angie
I love the Bug Camp! And I would have totally loved going to a Spring Fling Dance! Great idea. Also, from your Bryce post - that place is gorgeous! It made me wish we were campers and were taking our kids to all these cool places you and Paul go to. Nice memories in the making...

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Wedding & easter craziness

Apr 18, 2016
The week before Easter my cousin Tara got married, which meant we got to enjoy that craziness of lots of family in town.  

Loved getting to hang out with these cousins of mine.  It was fun to catch up and reminisce.



We were the lucky ones too and got to have GiGi stay with us. 


The boys taught her how to play Smash Brothers.


We took her to Sodalicous, The Children's Museum, and Crew & Macey got her to play all sorts of games with them.  


We even taught her the fine art of Selfies, with the bride and groom in the background.  


The 2nd cousins also proved to have as much fun as us.  




The girls were cute.  


The boys were wild.  


After the sealing we all went out to lunch and ate lots of good food and got to take lots of good food home. 

The kids entertained themselves at the reception by chasing, tackling, going through the line at least 4 times, and of course by busting out some sweet dance moves at the end of the night.  




And all of Macey's dreams came true when she caught the bouquet.  




The next morning we lucked out and got to have the Rensink grandkids join our neighborhood egg hunt.  


It was a bit early after our partying the night before, but it was well worth hauling ourselves out of bed.  



and then everyone left and we enjoyed a nice quiet Easter Sunday. 


The kids each got a Beanie-Boo and a small amount of candy and they couldn't have been happier.  


And I got my Easter Picture, my only request of the day.  


Love Easter Sunday.  

And how cute is Crew in these Bunny Ears his sunbeam teacher made for him?  



Love these people of mine.  And I am so grateful for a Savior who was willing to sacrifice his life so they can be mine forever.  






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Nana
Now you understand how much I love all of you and that you get to be mine forever!! Glad you got to see so much family and have a fun time together. Love your family photo.
Holly
you gotta frame that funny Easter picture. seriously, so good!

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Easter

May 4, 2015
For the 2nd year in a row we got away without any questions or requests for dying eggs, so we skipped it (again).  Here's hoping we'll be able to get away with this for at least one more easter. :)  

We had our annual neighborhood egg hunt.  We seemed to have less kids this year and it was amazing.  


The kids were so fast, I really didn't catch any action shots, but believe me it was fun watching them search frantically.  






Love all these people.  


The Easter Bunny hid the baskets pretty well this year, so we had to give some clues for Macey and Miles to find theirs.


Ruby didn't seem to mind that the Easter Bunny brought her yogurt drops instead of candy, but in the end she was able to snatch just enough candy from the big kids to satisfy her cravings.  




We did our annual tripod easter family picture.  And it went about as good as it always does.  



I tried to get individual ones of each of the kids too, but M&M of course wouldn't cooperate.  

So, here are the good kids of the morning:


Since we didn't have anyone coming over for dinner on Easter, we decided we should take advantage of the perfect weather and go on a hike.  



We ventured to Big Cottonwood Canyon to hike to Donut Falls.  The week before we had hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon and the trails had been perfect, so the thought of tons of snow did not cross our minds.  Big Mistake.  This hike ended our good hiking streak.  



The first .75 miles were great and we were still in the dark as to what awaited ahead of us.    



The snow slowly started showing up, but we still had high hopes that everything would be fine.    


We put the kids on some snow free rocks to eat their snacks, while we ventured up a little bit to see how the trail looked.  


We decided they could handle it and it would be fun.  We were wrong. 



We ignored Miles' screams and ventured up the snowy/icey path in our shorts and keens.  There was lots of screaming, slipping, falling, crying, and laughing.  



At one point while trying to get Macey and Miles up a particularly icy and steep part of the trail, I slipped and hit my head fairly hard.  We went about another 500 feet after this before we saw sense and realized there was no way we were going to make it to donut falls on the ice with 4 little kids.  

So, we sadly turned around and had to face the slippery slope back down.  



At this point Miles was screaming and crying so much, I just picked him up and carried him to where the snow stopped to wait for Paul and the other 3 kids.  



It's going to be awhile until I am recovered enough to go hiking with these 4 again.  

Life lesson learned...Never go hiking on Easter.  


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nana
Looks like you had another fun neighbor Easter Egg hunt, you have the best neighbors! Love your family photos & hike in the snow. Miles & Ruby look so much alike.

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