MIles is 9

Jan 7, 2019
Miles turned 9!!


He killed his birthday photo shoot and needed no direction from me. :)



This has probably been one of the hardest years for Miles with all the changes he's been through.  But, I have been so impressed with how hard he's willing to work (even if it's after days of yelling and screaming) and how well he's been doing at making new friends.  He's killing it, even if he doesn't think he is.  

Plus, we've actually been getting some real diagnoses this year.  I feel like we have a soild IEP in place and I feel like we have a really good team of professionals behind us to help guide us through it all.  


Birthday Morning: 

Miles requested Chick fil a for breakfast.  done.  


All he wanted this year was money to buy a game for the switch.  

So, he was thrilled when the cash kept rolling in. 


there was of course Pokemon stuff in there too.  


We got him an aquarium pass, since he doesn't actually play with toys and is obsessed with all things animal related.  



After school we picked up Paul from work and spent the rest of his birthday checking out the aquarium.  Turned out to be a perfect present for him.  


We had the Rensinks and Everetts over for Cake and Icecream. 



Plugging his ears while we sing him "Happy Birthday", but still loving it.  




A highlight for him was Adi was home for the break and we didn't tell him. He was so excited when she came in with the rest of her family and he made sure he saved her a seat right next to him. :)


Miles loves The Switch, dinosaurs, Pokemon, Dog Man Books, BYU, all things ocean related and soup & salad.  

He loves riding his bike around the neighborhood and setting up play dates with his friends.  



His current favorite sport is Basketball and he is excited to start playing in January.  




Words cannot express how I feel about this kid.  I am fiercely protective of him and am always willing to go to battle for him in whatever form that might be. No kid has taught me more than him.

He is fiercely loyal, loving, funny, cuddly, and just one of my favorite kids ever.  

 










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nana
Miles is such a sweet, loving, caring young man and I love him bunches!! He has rocked the moved to the new house and school. So glad he has you as his mom!!

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November

Jan 5, 2019
Mom Hikes are quickly becoming my most favorite thing of the week.



fresh air, exercise and chatting with friends.  


Plus, I get to buy some new hiking gear, like these waterproof boots.  



I hope I can do Mom Hikes for the rest of my life.  It is good for the soul.  


Paul got Domo's courtside suite tickets to The Harlem Globe Trotters

 Macey and Miles each brought a friend.



And the kids (and us) were loving The Suite Life.  


Lots of screaming, giggling, and eating as much food as possible.  


It was a pretty perfect Saturday.  


We continued to enjoy our backyard.




It's been non stop on the tramp.  I really did not think it would be so popular. 


Some more pics of the finished project.




 
And thanks to our heat lamp, we've still been enjoying our firepit.



We had the Primary Program this month.

I didn't get a pic of the kids, but they looked adorable and did a great job.  Miles has to keep things exciting though and was a mess for weeks leading up to it and especially the day of (why I didn't get a pic).  He ended up singing some of the songs and only came back down to me 3 times during the program. 

One time was to give me his broken shoe.  And then he returned to his seat with 1 flip flop on.   :) 




My Freshman Roommate Angie and her family stopped by for a visit.    


So fun to catch up and get to know her cute kids.  


I love getting together with old friends!!


Thanksgiving this year was amazing.  Maybe one of our best ones yet.  




Prep was incredibly easy.



Even Macey & Mies helped out and put this awesome fruit tray together without any help from me. 


  



I had a craft.



Food was awesome and I didn't have to cook the turkey (thanks brenden).  



And then we ended the night with seeing a movie. 



Where Julianne and I embarrassed the kids with our turkey headbands.  


Perfection.  


We also witnessed a miracle this month.  Miles crafted.  




He made this center piece for his birthday celebration.  


He worked for hours.  I was so shocked.  Never in his life as he ever done a craft when not forced.  It was a very relaxing evening for the rest of us as he worked away.  


Holly took our family pictures!

My nightmares are made up of things like family pictures.  We tried to make it as painless as possible and just did it at the house, which was amazing.  Still a slightly painful experience, but worth it in the end.  



Notice Miles is in shorts. This kid.  At least he was willing to be in frame. :) 

We took lots of trips to the aquarium.



Where Miles continues to impress the workers with his vast knowledge of all things aquarium related.  


My favorite moment of the month was putting up our Christmas tree.  


My most favorite tradition is the kids ornament collections.  


They are a bit obsessed with them too.  




And this girl.  Sometimes I want her to stay 4 forever.  



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nana
So happy you get to do mom hikes I hope you get to do them forever! Your backyard turned out wonderful. You guys always loved getting our your ornaments every year too they are the best!

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November

Dec 9, 2017
The theme for November was sick.  Macey started on Halloween and it passed through everyone and is still lingering a bit even into December ( I am currently on my 2nd round of antibiotics), luckily though there was no puking involved.   It's the little things.  
Ruby's Temp got to 104.8, it was a bit stressful for a moment, but some popsicles from Gina helped to ease the worry.  And it was kind of nice having a calm Ruby to watch movies with for a few days.  


Being sick didn't keep kids from finishing off their Halloween candy in record time though.  


We worked on a few things around the house.  

I purged the linen closet, again, 3 grocery bags of trash.  Always amazes me how much things pile up and how much more I dislike clutter now that I've felt the feeling of living with less.  


Paul had to replace the basement tub surround and recaulk our shower.  We also decided to repaint our bathroom cabinets while we were at it. 




Due to sickness we spent a lot more time around the house than normal. 

I probably only got fully ready a handful of times this month.  Luckily my personal photographer, Ruby, documented one of the 5 times I was dressed in real clothes with makeup on. 


She is always underfoot and constantly requests selfies. :) 



and is always requesting we look at her and say "Cheese"  



There was lots of games, book reading and I even pulled out the littlest petshops to keep us all entertained.  
 
 


Miles has been VERY difficult lately, but every once in awhile he gives me a moment like this, so I keep him around a little longer. 


Also lots of wrestling, running around, and screaming. 


Paul is a much better playmate than I am.  

We did get a perfect leave jumping day before all the leaves got cleaned up. 



Thank goodness for Ruby's dance class at the Rec Center that got me to the gym twice a week to workout with Ashley and Traci.

Traci captured this amazing pic of me showing off my new found skill...a backbend. 


We were so ready for Thanksgiving Break!!

And Crew's teacher brought a turkey to recess. :)



park with The Brown's

Bowling at BYU



It was one of my favorite Thanksgivings EVER.  

First, we met our friends at the park while our turkey's cooked. 


It was amazing and something I could get used too.  

I nailed "The Feast" this year and the kids were excited and actually hung out and chatted and ate lots of food.  



I let every kid request one item.  Mac & Cheese, deviled eggs, yogurt jello, and ham.  Paul's favorites were there too.  

We had friends over for Turkey Bingo and pie.





And then enjoyed the leftovers for days. 




Thanksgiving Perfection.  

We started our Christmas festivities with a trip to The Riverwoods


Notice the boys have shorts on?!? Warmest November ever.  


Then Black Friday we did our, now tradition, hike. 


hiking beats shopping any day.

Other Exciting November Happenings:

-BYU basketball games started.


- Ruby went to Sharing Time for the first time and loved helping with singing time.


- Macey called Brenden "her uncle" in her job application paper for school. 



- I am an official Walmart Online Grocery Pickup shopper. I have tried every store by my house that does pickup and Walmart is the winner.  Pretty much the only store I ever step foot in now is Target and it's heaven.



- Christmas Decorating began


The kids favorite tradition is still collecting their ornaments. 
Macey- Snowman, Miles- Transportation, Crew- North Pole, Ruby- Sweet Treats



Now onto the excitement that is December.  




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Nana
Glad everyone is better for the most part, now if you could just get better. Thanksgiving dinner looked yummy and your dishes are so pretty! Ruby is going to be a Sunbeam - crazy! You look so cute in your BYU hat.

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November update

Dec 11, 2016
Macey:  

- Student of the month at school 
- Got teeth pulled like a champ

she was hilarious on the laughing gas.  singing songs, telling stories.  highly entertaining stuff


We had to take lots of pictures of her teeth.  It was the first time she'd actually seen a real tooth with a big root on it.  Exciting. 

- Went to nicklecity with just Paul and I 


- Since our oven broke (We replaced our fridge this month too), she has really been cooking and trying to learn the buttons and things on our new one, so she can cook independently again.  I think she's almost comfortable enough with it.  She was probably the most upset by the fact that our oven broke. :) 

Miles:

- Turned 7, see previous post
- Still rocking school
- Finally got him an official diagnoses of Sensory Processing Disorder, so we have many appointments ahead of us, that will hopefully make our day to day lives easier.  

- is actually starting to like and play with Crew more consistently!  


Makes my momma heart happy.  

Crew: 

- Killing it at preschool. Loves everything about it. Sings me all the songs and reads me all his little books.  Miss Karli tells me he is a star student and I am not surprised one bit about this piece of info.

- I had to cut this sweet boy's curls.  I was sad about it, but man he grew like 2 years overnight.  



Luckily he let me put it in a pony tail before he got it cut. :)


Crew and Ruby are pretty good playmates during the day while M&M are at school.  


One morning Ruby walked downstairs with her hair actually done and he ran up to her and gave her a big kiss saying "Ruby, you look so pretty today!"  


Ruby does take advantage of his sweetness though and can often be found stealing his food, putting him in timeout, dragging him down the stairs and tackling him.  

We are working on it. :)  

Ruby: 

My phone is pretty much full of pictures of this girl because she cannot be left alone and we are together 24/7.


At least she's a cute and entertaining sidekick.

- Ruby is a social butterfly and is constantly talking about her friends and wanting to have play dates. 


Whenever she sees other toddlers while we are out running errands she calls them "my friends" and usually yells "bye, friend" when moving past them in the aisles.  

- She is a pretty poor cooking assistant, but does sing me songs from time to time while I prepare dinner.  This night it was her favorite "Let it go". 


Like I said, I am never alone.  



Which is why this is the state of my house most days. 



 - Ruby still loves babies and dressing up


Thank goodness I find her so cute!!  

She did give us a scare one Sunday morning while we were getting ready for church.  I was in the basement getting kids ready and Paul was upstairs getting a different kid ready, we both assumed Ruby was with the other.  Turns out she was out front playing alone, in her diaper.  Luckily our neighbors are all amazing and when she knocked on the Everett's door they let her in, fed her cereal and texted me that they had her.  Thank goodness she loves it here so much she didn't wander far!  

Due to Ruby we actually did ANOTHER room switch in our 1200 square foot house.  



Once Ruby started climbing out of her crib, no one was getting any sleep, so something had to be done.  

Thank goodness we had done Kon Mari earlier in the year or it would of been a much bigger undertaking.  

We ended up settling on moving Ruby up to the office.  Which meant we had to move out all my bookcases and thousands of books and the computer.  Plus, all our door knobs now have locks on them and keys hanging above the doors.  We might actually be Ruby proofed now.  



We are all situated and it has been amazing.  Everyone is sleeping again and people are much happier.  No more Ruby waking up the entire house at 4:00am.

Paul and Macey love having the computer downstairs too and are already planning Macey's coding school lessons they are going to do together.  

 

And seriously, getting these 4 to church on time or even at all!?!  Let's say I think we deserve a medal every time we manage it. 


And did I mention Paul went to Texas to visit his family?  


He had a blast spending time with his siblings and parents, eating good food, and going to see the Texans play.  






And we survived here.  Always makes me feel like a rockstar when we survive well with Paul gone, plus he was having fun, so it was worth it. :)  

phew, that is the end of the November highlights.  Now onto some holiday baking.  





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Thankyou Thanksgiving

Dec 3, 2016
It was a typical Thanksgiving around here.  Good food, good friends, turkey bingo, and a few random "thanksgiving orphans" who joined us for the festivities.  

I started the day though, in a way I NEVER thought I would.  By running a 4 mile race?!?   



Traci and I decided we needed a goal to work towards and to get us through running on those rainy cold mornings. So, Earn Your Turkey race it was.


Ruby and I waiting for Traci at the trailhead one rainy morning


We rewarded ourselves with breakfast at kneaders the first time we ran 3 miles! 



Turned out to be surprisingly fun and not freezing.  


I think it was about 27 degrees out when we headed to the race at 7:45 am.


Paul even hauled all the kids to see me cross the finish line.  That might have actually been harder than running 4 mies.  


It actually was a great start to the day.   Then it was straight home to get the turkey in the oven.  


I felt very little stress this year getting everything prepped.  I think it was partly due to my morning run and that this is about the 10th time I've hosted Thanksgiving, but mostly it was because Ruby was locked in her room playing and then she actually took a nap. :)  


We were too busy eating food to get a group shot with everyone, but luckily Paul remembered after Turkey Bingo.  So, you get the idea.  


My Thanksgiving Highlights

- Katie's homemade rolls
- 1:1 person to pie ratio
- That Nic appreciated his fabulous prize of New Kids on the Block trading     cards
- Ham
- Our new oven came in time

Perfection.  


I think one of Paul's highlights was the amazing leftovers he got to enjoy. 




  
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