After going through all the pictures I took in October I now know why I am so completely exhausted...holy crap we did a lot.
October in Utah is one of my favorite months though (it almost rivals June).
We took the kids to hike The Y.
I was the only one who had done it before and I had forgotten how incredibly steep it is.
1,000 feet of elevation gain in 1 mile. that's a lot for little legs and
even longer ones too.
The kids did amazing and M&M ran most of the way up (after complaining and crying the entire drive to the trailhead).
As always, Paul and Ruby were best hiking buddies.
We are soaking up the sunshine until the cold weather hits.
Lots of playing on the deck for these 2 while I try to get a few things done in the house.
It's crazy how much I miss this tiny space when the snow comes.
And who can resist getting to play in the rain?! And yes, he has pants on, he's just rolled them up. :)
This is Ruby bossing the big kids around and telling them not to touch her toys.
Every once in awhile Crewby gets lucky and I take them somewhere fun, instead of just running errands while the big kid are at school
Checking out the new toys at the mall
and swimming at the rec center.
And when I'm feeling very generous I pull out the paints and playdough.
And then I am reminded why I prefer to do things outside of our house.
M&M obviously get a little upset when we do things that are too
fun while they are at school, so we make sure to include them from time to time.
Thanksgiving Point usually does the trick.
Especially when it's with The Brown's.
We have about a million pictures with this dinosaur, that can no longer be seen since we have so many kids now and they are all so big.
We picked the perfect Saturday to go to The Museum of Natural Curiosity.
Ruby parked herself in the Vet Clinic and had it all to herself for probably 30 min. And we didn't even loose anyone in the Jungle. New record.
Pretty sure everyone else was busy at Cornbelly's.
Ruby and I have still been running with Traci a few times a week. Her and Hailey like to ride together to pass the time and we rotate pushing that beast of a double stroller.
Macey has been working on her cooking skills this month. And it is starting to become very helpful.
First, she made us cookies and then when I was at the boys karate class, she preheated the oven and put dinner in for me. Sometimes it's not so bad that these kids grow up.
Sharing her cookies with the neighbors.
We had a girls night with some of our favorites.
Dinner at Corner Bakery, a 1 hour play, and we wore our matching leopard print booties. Perfection.
One of the more exciting things that happened this month was Miles graduating from Speech!
This kid has been rocking first grade and is working so hard (that does not mean there still isn't lots of screaming and tears) .
I cried at his IEP when they told me he tested out. Mostly I was crying because Miles has had a team of people at his side since he was 6 months old! It is a very strange feeling to be out on our own and I just have this deep gratitude for all these amazing programs and people who have helped to get us to this point.
In case you were wondering if Ruby has calmed down, she has not. In fact, things have only gotten crazier when it comes to her.
yes, she's cute. And it's fun to see her start to use more imaginative play. She always makes sure I never go hungry and is constantly "cookin" me things in her kitchen.
But, don't let this fool you.
The moment my back is turned she's flushing things down the toilet, climbing on things, dumping things, hitting kids, breaking child locks, and drawing on any surface that should not be drawn on.
The hardest thing this month has been the fact that she forced our hand and we had to move her out of the crib.
This means no more naps, early rising, terrorizing of the boys at night, and emptying everything in their room every single night.
I am barely holding on by the end of most days. I am still not used to not getting a break from her to eat my lunch in piece or shower or just stare at the walls in silence. I miss nap time.
Luckily, she has fallen asleep a few times this month, so I have been able to eat a snack without her trying to steal it from me.
Her current favorite book is Alice the Fairy. I think there's a lot of resemblance between Alice and Ruby. and luckily, it's one of the books I don't mind reading every single day.
Low point of the month was when Macey asked me, "if it wasn't for Ruby would you be so grouchy?" :)
I did have one glorious afternoon this month where I got my hair cut & colored. I even had time to read some of my book club book.
And yes, my amazing hairstylist made cat ears on me while my color set. It's the little things.
phew. That's our October in a nutshell.
BAck to school....Again
We have been back in the swing of things for a few weeks now and it's been going smoother than I anticipated.
This summer was quite crazy and for the first time ever
, I was actually a little bit happy for the kids to be back in school. Miles really wore me down this summer and having him in full day school has been quite refreshing.
We had our annual back to school dinner.
We got home from Bear Lake the day before school started, so I tried to get the kids to do Happy Meals for the back to school dinner. Shockingly, they refused, and wanted what we always have, brown bag lunches. Thank goodness I picked something simple from the beginning and didn't copy all those crazy pinterest people.
Macey was all excitement to go back to school, just like always.
She has an amazing teacher and Macey was very happy to find out her new teacher loves Harry Potter just like her.
I cannot believe she is in 4th grade. Like really, can not believe it. This should not be happening.
They did some assessments before school started and I was a bit nervous for Miles, remembering how horribly things went last year. This year was a huge improvement! While I was the only parent that actually had to go in with their first grader instead of waiting in the hall, he at least spoke and communicated with the teachers and they were as kind and patient as could be.
Miles told me he was only going to go to the first 2 days of school and the last 2 days. Luckily, he came home loving school and has gone back everyday since.
I'm not saying he goes happily everyday. It is still a battle most mornings to get the kid fed and ready, but we are getting there and I will not give up. Homework is another story and another battle that I don't always have the energy to fight. :)
Then there is Crew.
This kid has been dying to go to school His day finally came and it was all smiles and excitement. Ruby had to get in on his photo session.
He went into preschool as happy as could be, posed for a picture, and then went and read books with the rest of the kids. I didn't even know what to do with myself, it was the first time in a long time I wasn't actually needed. I didn't even break a sweat. What a difference from Miles.
The only issue we had at preschool drop off was Ruby thought she should get to ride in Crew's seat, since she's the big kid home with me now. So, after dragging a kicking and screaming Ruby into her seat, I actually was sweating and it felt like a normal school drop off for me. :)
These kids have the most amazing teachers this year and I am so grateful. You cannot replace a great teacher and I am thankful everyday for these teachers and the time and love they give these kids.
And I am so glad I get this crazy one all to myself for a few more years.
And, I need to report, this was the first year I did not cry sending the kids back to school! I am getting better at this letting go thing.
Schools out for summer
Miles did it! He made it through kindergarten and did pretty awesome too!
He of course had his moments. You know where I had to drag him into his classroom kicking and screaming. But, then the kids would cheer and chant his name, Mrs. Lee would put her arm around him and tempt him with smelly stickers and getting to try a hard book, and I would turn and run out the door while he was distracted.
I do not know what we would of done without Mrs. Lee. She pushed him, motivated him, left him alone when he needed to be, saw his potential and most importantly, loved this kid deeply.
first day of kindergarten vs last day
She told me he is one of her all time favorites and will never forget him. I might of shed a tear. This kid has just been blessed with amazing teachers and we all pray it will continue into 1st grade. :)
Macey was also blessed with an awesome teacher, who told me she wished she had 20 Macey's in her class.
first day of 3rd grade vs last day
Macey had a pretty rough class this year and would get frustrated by their lack of listening and respect they showed her teacher. One night she asked me, "Why don't they want to learn? Don't they know how lucky they are to get to go to school?" :)
Despite her constant frustration with the loudness of her class, she had a great year and it was good for her to learn how to work and deal with kids that were hard for her.
And like always, she still cried on the last day of school, because she is just going to miss all her friends so much. :)
We did our normal end of school stuff.
And met our friends at the park, like we always do.
And I brought cookies and drinks from Sodalicious to celebrate!
We have a lot of kids!
It's crazy to think we've been through 4 school years together!!
We met dropping our kids off for the first day of kindergarten and they both tried to make me feel better about crying. :)
Can't believe we are done with another school year and how much these 2 have grown.
Glad I get the summer to hang out with them!
November can and went way too fast, well most days at least.
Remember when you were a kid and it seemed a lifetime between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas? I guess it makes me officially old, time is going by too fast sometimes.
We lucked out and got one perfect leaf jumping
day in before the snow hit and it got too cold.
I love it when the kids start to do something fun outside and then the other kids notice and slowly start trickling outdoors to play.
It got even more exciting when Paul joined the fun and made a giant leaf pile that the kids took turns hiding in and scaring people, before they could no longer contain the urge to jump in it.
We got a good hour of leaf jumping in before the metal rakes came out and I deemed it too dangerous for my kids to continue to be outside. :)
The valley got it's first snow
Which meant Paul got off work early and we went sledding with the Rensinks at our new favorite mountain sledding hill.
Nothing like a first snow.
And it was our first sledding experience, post kids, where someone didn't cry.
It was a sledding miracle, which I don't foresee being repeated. Miles
has decided he wants to be a scientist
. Which means he is always doing some sort of experiment.
Whether it be figuring out how to get cars into Ruby's crib. Or mixing things like mouth wash, toothpaste, and soap together to see what he can create. Or putting random toys or food items in the freezer to see what happens.
It's been messy and exciting around here to say the least.
I got to experience quite an exciting day this month too. Nothing terrible happened, just lots of super annoying things.
It started with Crew peeing his pants in the Carl's Jr. playplace and discovering this by the fact that it dripped onto the table where Julianne and I had just placed our drinks. I then had the walk of shame to go tell the workers what happened.
The "Pee Ball" and the table we were originally sitting at :)
Then when leaving the parking lot I got in an accident, which caused me to be late for kindergarten drop off. After returning home Crew had a poop accident. In order to get that cleaned up I put Ruby down for a nap. When she woke up 2 hours later I discovered she had removed her clothing and dirty diaper, and had flung poop all over the room. I seriously could not stop laughing. There were a few other things that happened that day, but I think I've already tried to block this day from my memory. The joys of motherhood.
This was me when I got to sit down for the first time that day at 8:00, it took me another 30 min to convince myself to get back up and tackle the war zone that was my house.
Luckily most of our days and outings are "boring" compared to that.
And I am even willing to attempt to take them swimming without Paul. The locker room afterwards always attempts to break me down, but we are getting better.
And sometimes I have energy left over at the end of the day to babysit neighbor kids and feed them dinner too.
And then there's this girl.
She of course has her moments, but when I really need her, she's there. Whether it be doing her homework without having to be asked, helping with dinner, cleaning with me after the little kids go to bed, and even seen here typing a talk for church without any assistance from me. bless this helpful and independent 8 year old.
Ruby is still getting into everything and stealing everyone's stuff.
And Crew is always walking around with some sort of injury.
But these 2 are playing together more and more each day. and I am sad they only have a few more weeks in nursery together before Crew moves up to Sunbeams.
Miles is 6.
This kid has never been more excited about anything in his life than his birthday this year.
He started counting down the moment it was October 1st.
Once the day before his birthday hit, he could not contain his excitement. He went door to door to tell everyone it was his birthday and to ask if they got him a present (we obviously had a little talk about this). :)
He did not fall asleep until about 11:00 and kept trying to come upstairs to check out my progress on the birthday decorating.
He is quite happy to be 6.
He requested blueberry and chocolate zucchini muffins for breakfast. blue cupcakes, and bean & bacon soup for dinner. Requests granted.
We had some friends over for a birthday lunch and a play date. The kid was in heaven. And couldn't stop running around and grinning.
He also got to go to the BYU game with one of his bff's Penelope.
He is loving kindergarten and is surprising me with how hard he is working and how his reading is starting to click.
Somedays are still a struggle to get him to go, but usually the moment he sees Mrs. Lee he forgets about his fits and starts running toward his room.
A happy moment for me was last week when he wasn't wanting to go and was standing outside the car whining at me. When the kids in his class noticed him not coming, they all started waving and yelling his name. Made my mom heart happy, because there is no one I worry more about than Miles. I am so thankful for awesome & accepting teachers and friends.
Some of Miles' favorite things are Kangaroo zoo, blueberries, BYU, playing outside with his friends, and dinosaurs.
His best friends are Parker, Emily, Peter, Ricardo, Penelope, Lauren and Riley.