She is 12
The big event for Macey's 12th birthday was a trip to Harry Potter at Universal in California.
These cousin BFF's could not of been happier.
Yep, Brianne and I are pretty awesome moms.
Before the excitement of Universal, there was swimming, food, and City Walk.
The big day did not disappoint.
I think we rode the forbidden journey 5 times. The hippogriff roller coaster 6 times. Drank 2 butter beers each. Had lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Watched the frog choir. And performed numerous spells around the park.
Then it was a sad goodbye at the Las Vegas Airpot until August.
A perfect trip.
Real life hit fast though, as on our drive home from the airport the car blew a tire.
Macey stayed calmed though while on the side of the freeway and proved she is a good person to have with you when crap happens.
the party continued though.
Macey had a late night, where they made harry potter wands and watched the first harry potter movie.
Her birthday BYU game with Tajen and Emmie.
And then we finally made it to the actual day.
Which was interrupted, 15 min after school, by Crew breaking his arm and having to have surgery.
So, Macey spent the rest of her day babysitting traumatized kids.
Luckily, Paul made it home in time for cake and ice cream with The Everetts and Rensinks, while Crew and I are were at the hospital. Thank goodness I had made her cake that morning. :)
Not a birthday she will probably ever forget.
Macey is the best. She is kind, smart, sensitive, funny, and an awesome explorer. I could not of handpicked a better first child. Everyday I am grateful I got this girl to be mine. Now, I just need some extra help to survive these upcoming teenage years well.
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.
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
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
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
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.
We survived January!!
I actually think January's have gotten easier for me to handle or I just have more realistic expectations. :)
We got to enjoy lots of snow this month.
snow fort building
And Paul stepped in to help Macey build and after a few nights work him and Macey had the coolest igloo on the block.
and we course had many outings to get us out of the house and some more space to run around. Getting out in the winter is how I survive.
Moana (again)! And this goes on record as the first movie Ruby has made it through. It was a small miracle.
I checked the kids out early and went to the Children's Museum. It was empty and wonderful.
Too many trips to the toys at the mall ( we are desperate for free places to run around). And Ruby, loves to kiss all the frogs there. :)
At Menchies Miles showed off his fact family and story map skills.
And the best date night of the month was an outing with the Lake Jackson Crew to Chom Burger and a deserted nickel arcade.
The biggest hit this month was a box that our new chair for the living came in.
We kept it for a week at least and it was constantly in use.
Crew and Ruby call each other best friends and it makes my mama heart about burst. They love to take turns pushing each other in the shopping cart. Ruby pushes one way, then she says to Crew, "your turn!" And Crew hops out of the cart to let Ruby climb in and they repeat over and over again.
Most things that come out of Ruby's mouth are very entertaining these days. She's full of advice too. From telling me not to poop while in the shower, to telling me not to lick the floor before she cleans it, and constantly telling us we are sick and need to visit "Dr. Ruby's room".
She also knows all the lyrics to the Frozen soundtrack.
And this kid is about as cute as they come (still).
I got a new wallet and Crew quickly took possession of my old one and didn't put it down for at least a week.
Killing it at his Karate Show Case.
We are in full swing with OT. It has been much more difficult than I anticipated. A few of my favorite quotes from his therapist: "You must be tired", "I can't wait to hear what his psychologist thinks", "how do you do homework with him?", and "You are in this for long haul". :)
Now you might be thinking about now, "Wow, Kelsey is really killing it. She rocked January. How does she manage these crazy kids and still look so good?"
I will tell you the secret to my success this month...I hired a nanny for a few days each week.
It's the beautiful blonde in this pic.
It allowed me to do so many things I've been putting off, without taking advantage of my friends to watch my kids and ease my guilt.
I went to the dentist
for the first time in 6 years and then got my cavities
filled, all with no stress of how my kids were behaving or that it was taking much longer than I anticipated. I got a facial
! I went to parent teacher conferences
kid free. Got to go to Miles' OT appointments
without the stress of juggling the other kids. Went to the eye doctor
and got my first pair of glasses since 2010. I did TONS of PTA
stuff. Got to go to lunch
kid free a few times.
And with Katie's help kids have gotten bathed in a timely manner, Miles' homework has gotten done, house has been kept clean, and I got dinner on the table most days this month! We will miss Katie when she leaves on her mission next week.
Don't worry, it's still chaotic around here.
I've just been able to handle it a little better.
The Rest of September
I always think I'm going to be devastated when school starts and summer comes to an end, but Utah's fall always has a way of reminding me that I love it too.
We said our final goodbyes to the pool.
and enjoyed our last outdoor movie.
and we haven't looked back since.
I didn't think I'd love afternoon kindergarten like I do, but we've got our schedule down and I am loving it.
We play all morning and run our errands. Then Ruby naps while Miles is at school and I get my introverted extrovert time. Meaning, I lock myself in my house and am lazy, in order to recover from my busy and usually social mornings.
Miles is doing better than I expected just a month into school.
Which meant I no longer had an excuse to put off potty training Crew.
It clicked after 2 long days and we've been pretty good ever since.
And this is his typical look anymore. Always some type of injury.
Ruby is pretty much the reason I still get nothing done around the house and is my entertainment for most of the day.
She can never resist a good tackling opportunity.
She is constantly on the table and is always trying to steal the boys' lunch.
She wore her first baby pony tail this month.
And she loves to run around with her neighbor BFF, Ella.
The kids are pretty much outside from when they get home from the bus until dinnertime.
Love all these kids and the moms I never get pictures of.
Lucky for us, Peter has afternoon school too, so the scooter bandits have plenty of time to explore together.
The weather has been perfect for park hopping.
Playing outside at the Children's Museum.
September always brings with it Chalk the Block.
The School Carnival.
And plenty of hiking.
We made M&M skip school to go exploring in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
We attempted to hike to Donut Falls in the spring, but there was too much snow on the trail for us to make it and it was pretty much a disaster.
Glad we tried again.
Can't wait till I can do it when the kids are bigger and we can actually climb up and see the "donut hole".
Utah Mountains never disappoint, though.
For labor day, I wanted to have a picnic in a secluded meadow, as I was sick of most people.
Brenden came through, finding us the perfect spot. It was our kids biggest hike to date and there was quite a bit of elevation gain, but it was so worth not seeing a single person on the trail and getting to have an entire mountain meadow to ourselves.
Seriously, these views. Makes the whining much more bearable.
Julianne and I made sure to recover and have a little nap while the boys took the kids off to explore, once we reached the meadow.
Love where we live.