goblin Valley

Jul 5, 2017
We took the kids to Goblin Valley.  It was amazing.  Like we were on another planet.  The kids kept asking if this really was still Utah.

There are about 100 pictures to follow, you have been warned if you want to turn back now. This is the only place I am recording my children's childhood, so i pack in the photos


It was our first road trip with The Switch.  Perfection.  Kids filled the entire time with Zelda and Mario Kart.  




We had never been and heard it was the perfect place for little kids.






All recommendations were correct.  It was amazing and you can't beat a rock playground to explore.  
  


It was HOT.  Like just over 100 degrees. 









The kids were rockstars, drank tons of water and took breaks in whatever shade could be found.  


At one point we couldn't find Miles.  He was hiding in the shade of 3 hoodoos and refused to come out for fear he would not find shade ever again.  



Crew and I are always bringing up the rear. He is the slowest hiker in history.






To make the trip even awesomer Paul reserved a yurt in the campground there.  


Kids were in love and want to sell our house right away to move in forever.


Chasing lizards


It didn't hurt that it had an AC unit, so we took advantage and took a break while we waited for it to cool down a little bit.  

  

Then the rest of the day was spent exploring around The Yurt.  





So much time was spent watching the red ants and seeing how long it took them to take beef jerky back to their holes.  They were seriously amazing.  



Surreal right? 


Hours upon hours were spent out here.  

This chair was quite popular.  


After we put Crewby to bed we got to climb even higher.  


The highlight for me was seeing the stars that night.  We let M&M stay up and it worked out perfect we had just been to the planetarium.  Seriously, I don't even remember seeing a night sky like we did.  Something I hope they remember.  

That was just day 1.  

On to day 2. 

Another 100 degree day in the desert.  This was the first time all the kids finished their entire bladders of water.  



We hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon.  This was the entrance.  It was a good sign that this was going to be pretty amazing.  



There was lots of breaks and lots of hiding in shade. 




But once we hit the narrow part of the slot canyon we could not keep up with these kids. 



It was so surreal.  And kids had a blast running around and climbing up the walls of the canyon. 



Luckily we got there early and it wasn't too busy, because it's a bit tricky to pass in there.  We did get to see and meet people from all over the world though.  It was cool for the kids to see how lucky they are to live so close to such cool places.  




Best people to explore new places with. 



Can't beat a few days completely disconnected from everything and getting to be out in this beautiful world Heavenly Father has given us.  It's good for the soul.  



Tags: goblin valleyyurt lifejuneslot canyon
angie
Wow, totally surreal. There's no way your kids won't remember that trip forever. Super cool. Makes me want to go so bad - but when it's not 100 degrees outside!

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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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January

Feb 4, 2017
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. 





Sledding








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.  


Dinosaur Museum

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.


Puppy Barn


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.  



Tags: januarysnowOTbox

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The Rest of September

Oct 11, 2015
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.  














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Nana and opa
Great pics! Glad y'all have outdoor kids! Paul and his brother and sister were also outdoor kids.
angie
So pretty! Nothing beats Utah in the fall. I can't wait to see your October pictures! Does Paul have a selfie stick, or is his arm really long enough to capture that group shot? I'm impressed.

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Weekend warriors

Apr 2, 2015
Some of the pluses of our little town home are the non-existence of yard work and my ability to clean our limited living space during the week.  This usually leaves us lots of time to play on the weekends.  

This month I feel like we spent that free time very wisely.  


-We took the kids to the indoor city pool.



The highlights were waiting to get dumped on by the bucket and the big water slide.  

- We went to the zoo for the first time in over a year.  The kids couldn't of been more excited and it did not disappoint.
Trina and TJ met us there, which made for a pretty amazing adult:kid ratio.


We lucked out and a worker was feeding the giraffes right next to us.  Macey was in Giraffe heaven.  


Ruby's favorite part was the carousel.  She laughed and waved her arms in excitement the entire time.  In normal Crew fashion, he cried about how he was scared until it started and then he loved it.  



Ruby kept giving Crew hugs in the stroller and I tried not to die from the cuteness of it.  

And, like always, all 4 kids poised perfect for a picture to remember our trip by. :)


- We ventured to Antelope Island one Sunday after church.  I've mostly only heard horror stories of the gnats, so we wanted to get there before it got too warm and they all hatched.  


We even saw real bison, which was of course quite thrilling.  



We ended up with pretty good timing, as on the drive to the island, there were black tornados of gnats on both sides of the road.  But once we were on the island, we got to enjoy the awesome scenery nearly gnat free.  



Our kids happy place is climbing around on rocks, so Buffalo Point was like heaven to them.  


And notice Ruby's smile and arm flapping?  This is what she does the entire time, she's a born hiker.  

We've also been trying to get selfies of us at all the cool places we venture.  


We're obviously naturals. 


After about 45 min of climbing around, we had to pull them away to go check out the sand before it got dark.  


The sand was crazy.  While it wasn't technically "white sand" it was both white and sandy, so we will call it white sand, even though it was more like salt sand.  


I wish we had time to walk all the way to the water!


We then had to drag them away from playing in the sand prematurely too, as we had a long drive home and school in the morning.  


- As this March proved to have nearly perfect weather, we had to venture out hiking again.  This time to Little Cottonwood Canyon.


We ended up on Bells Canyon Trail by mistake, but lucky for us, it proved to be a good mistake to make.  


This was also Crew's first solo hiking day and he rocked it.  He would not let anyone help or hold his hand, he kept yelling "let go of me!  I do it myself!"  


We then found Lisa Falls a little further up the road and this proved to be the highlight of the day.  


A waterfall, blue skys, a creek, and lots of rocks to climb on.  Perfection.  


Crew and I spent most of our time throwing one rock into the creek.  I threw the rock, Crew would find it and bring it back to me... repeat 1,000 times.  


Can't wait to find a new (easy) place to hike this weekend.  





Tags: marchswimminghikingzooantelope islandlittle cottonwood canyon
angie
Ruby is so cute - I can't stand it! Hugs in the stroller, flapping arms while hiking. When can I just meet that chica?! I love the family selfies! What a great idea. Way easier than trying to get someone else to take a good family photo while you're out and about. And they're turning out! You're finding success in your family pictures after all!
Holly
Selfie sticks are $10 at Joann's I'm JUST SAYIN' ;)

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