May: AKA Maycember

Jul 2, 2019
This was a crazy May, I was so glad we weren't moving like last year, I might not of made it through.  

Soccer ended.


Macey had her Scera Showcase.



It was so fun to have friends in other classes to watch too. 



Lots of volunteer hours at the kids school.  





Mom hikes.




Family Hikes.



There has been so much rain this spring and it's been fun getting to enjoy these green mountains for a little bit.  

Fang Craziness.



He had his first trip to the canyon for a bbq.



First experience with farm life at Wheeler Farms.






And he had his first surgery.



Plus, a million photo shoots where he showed off his adorableness.  






Any day that was not rainy, we were out enjoying the sunshine.  




And you really can never beat warm evenings in the neighborhood.  



We hit the neighborhood jackpot once again.  I hope these kids realize how lucky they are.  

Sunshine also meant we could do some yard work.  I have never seen a kid so excited to clean out window wells. 









I had an exciting day at the dentist with 3 kids in 3 different rooms getting 3 different cavities filled.  Ruby was a dream though and was stroking her hygienists face and telling her how pretty she was, so i spent my time running between the boys rooms and keeping them from punching the dentist. 



Miles earned his long anticipated late night with 3 of his best friends.  

Rainy days though are a great excuse to head up to the aquarium.  


Macey and I got to take a tour of the MTC with some of the girls in our ward, it was way cooler than I thought it be.  



In house news I got my built ins started and my front door finally installed.  





Then I had to patiently wait for them to get stained and painted.  




The biggest event of the month though was Crew having surgery to get the rods out of his during the last week of school.



I cannot even believe how easy this surgery was compared to the first. 


I was worried I'd have to go back to the recovery area after surgery like I did last time, but nope.  They wheeled him back into the room wide awake and telling jokes to his nurse. 



They even arranged all his special toys around him. And he happily drank an unlimited supply of slushies instead of yelling at the nurses that they were trying to kill him like last time. :)  


Showing off his lava rock a friend gave him at school.  



And we learned a few days later he really is allergic to iodine.  But, the rash was much more manageable not being under a cast for over a month. 




phew.  Still to come in May Ruby's birthday and the last day of school.  





 






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April part 1: Spring Break

Jun 10, 2019
April was busy and fun and a bit insane.

The day after Crew got his cast off we headed down to Arches National Park.



Had to pick up our Jr. Ranger books first thing.   



Started at Balance Rock.


Then to Sandstone Arch, where we were actually prepared with our bucket and shovels.






And then we ran into our good friends the Brown's. 



We were also prepared and brought our projector for premium hotel movie viewing.  


The next morning we headed out early to do Delicate Arch before the massive crowds hit. 



It was still pretty busy, but not insane. 


This was one of our first successful hikes where all the kids hiked without having to be carried and no whining. 

Except when we reached the top, because this one is afraid of heights. 








Macey, Miles and I braved the heights and crowds to get a closer look at Delicate Arch.  



Ruby's fear of heights was soon forgotten when we spotted a lizard.  





Next stop was Double Arch, where the kids were in heaven rock scrambling all around.  




Our hotel was super awesome. We did lots of swimming and lots of eating of their delicious food. 



We even ran into one of Crew's best friends at the Nacho bar after a swim session.



The next day we headed up to Vernal.



We went to the Dinosaur Museum down the street from our hotel.  




Then after swimming some more, the kids had pizza in bed while watching a movie. This was of course their favorite part of the trip.


The next morning we headed to Dinosaur National Monument. 



It was practically empty compared to Arches.  


And was pretty insane getting to see the actual fossils up close and in the mountainside they were actually discovered in.  


There were tons of awesome petroglyphs and pictoglyphs along the scenic highway to stop at. 




We had lunch at Josie's cabin where the kids loved learning about Josie and imagining what it would be like to live in the wilderness alone.  



I had one more hike planned, but that got vetoed as soon as the kids saw the river and we spent the rest of the day exploring, climbing and throwing rocks.  






On our way back home we took a detour to this crazy place called Fantasy Canyon.  



It felt like we were on another planet.



We were the only people there too, which was a little creepy.  And then we got lost inside all the formations.  But, after lots of butt sliding, scraped knees, and climbing, we found our way back to the car.  



And headed back home very tired and very dirty.  A successful spring break.  











  




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april

May 18, 2018
After Washington and Vegas, the main goal that first week was to get the house ready to list.  This meant lots of cleaning and keeping kids outside.   I also had a goal to enjoy our spring weather, before the hot temperatures arrived.  In other words, we were CRAZY busy.



First on the To-Do list was an Activity Days Recognition Night that Ashley and I were in charge of. 



We killed it.  And it felt amazing to have that behind me so I could focus on the stuff I really needed to do.  


Like take a walk by the river and throw lots of sticks in.  

And play at lots of different parks.  



And enjoy our favorite Shaved Ice stand, that opened within walking distance to our house!



Everyone was a bit stressed out after a crazy few weeks of house stuff and work stuff and kid stuff.  So, I made the executive decision that we needed "A Nature Fix", so we headed to the mountains instead of church. :) 


It was just what we needed. 


We took our time.  Explored the creek. 



Climbed trees and logs.  Made bridges. 

 Found secret trails.  Had a picnic. 
There was lots of "You Shall Not Pass!!" 

 And Ruby ended our hike in about the same manner she always does, covered in dirt. The true sign of a good time.  



I love seeing these kids in their element and watching what their curious minds come up with. 


I've been trying to do more adventuring with Ruby before we pick Crew up from kindergarten at noon.  

Love this weather and these friends.  

Macey finished up her Scera Youth Theatre class with her performance of The Phantom Toolbooth.  She was a demon and The Countess of Connotation.  


Then they had the SYT Review, where each class performed 2 of their songs.  She had a singing solo and a dance solo in this one. 




We also made sure to soak up lots of neighborhood time.  We will still get to hang out with all our friends here, since we aren't moving very far away.  But, it just won't be the same as having them all right out our front door.  








Plus, I will miss this tiny backyard too. 



Macey and Tajen spend lots of time using the Easy Bake Oven back here. 





Everyone is going to miss having Tajen around all the time.  


How cute are these 2?!?  It will be different living 4 blocks from him when we are all used to having his front door 30 feet from ours.  



And these best friends too.  You know it's a great Sunday when you get to share your seat with your BFF.  


tear.  Luckily I have 2 more weeks to soak it all in. 

Another highlight of the month was getting box seats at a Real Game.  Unlimited good food and good friends.  My favorite kind of evening. 



Now it's time to pack.  







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nana
You have been truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends & neighbors. They may not be right outside your front door but they are only around the corner and the kids are big enough now to be able to make this transition. I am sad to also not have all of these people outside your door when we come to visit.
Angie
I love the picture of Ruby between the front door and the screen door! LOL Your mom is right - your kids can bike back over now. That's a good perspective! You really did rock it with that backyard. You're like a HGTV star, how to make small spaces amazing.

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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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more may

Jun 16, 2017
May was a whirl of fun and chaos.  

Macey finished up the last of her Scera Performances.  

She had her dance recital with The Emmie's 

And then her Showteam Showcase, where all the acting classes performed 2 of their pieces.



Sunny, but not hot weather, was perfect for hitting up a few of our favorite spots before school was out. 




We love this part of the Provo River Trail.  It is usually pretty empty and there's a bunch of cool places to stop and explore. 


We had so much fun, we decided to go after school the next week, so all the kids could enjoy it. 



Didn't take into account how much higher the river would be!! It was crazy stressful, but our scare tactics worked (we told the kids they would most likely die if they fell in...which was the truth), so they kept their distance.  
At least the outing ended on a peaceful note feeding the horses in the parking lot, a safe distance from the raging river.  

Thanksgiving Point Gardens

We missed the tulip festival this year, but I didn't mind too much.



There were still a lot of tulips in bloom and barely any people.  

  

Farm Country

It was crazy busy with preschool field trips, so after 30 min we walked up to get some icecream.

Crew was not pleased to walk one block and pretty much screamed and whined the whole way.  

Until we got to the little gardens where he told me, "mom, I forgot how beautiful it was here."  No more crying after that.  


BYU


campus is one of my happy places. 

And if I enter the Cougareat, I cannot leave without a hot loaf of bread with honey butter.  Takes me back. :)  



It's pretty much just constant friends and playing around here when the sun is out. 

lots of bug catching

bike riding





park playing. 
eating


And I've even been allowing children inside!  This is not normal for me, but it's gone fairly well.

We've even attempted a few art projects.



Slime




and bug drawing (for a bug club meeting)

And just random shenanigans with our best neighbors.



Sometimes though we hideout and have lazy mornings and pretend we don't hear the knocks on our door. 



And this would be a typical Saturday morning around here.  These 2 playing video games in their underware.  Living the dream.  


Speaking of underware...Ruby earned a trip to Chuck E. Cheese for being potty trained.


And we squeezed in our last few errands together before everyone was out of school.

She seems so sweet and content in the shopping cart here, but not 5 min. later she determined I was taking too long and started throwing items out of my cart, biting my hands, throwing her shoes.  It's always an exciting time with Ruby.  

I actually had a great mother's day this year.  Thanks to these 4 and Paul.  


Got my picture.  Got to read.  And got to eat good food that I didn't make. 


We invited ourselves on the Rensink's date to "Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies".  



So fun!!  Good music and good company.  But, it reminded me how much I hate mosh pits and I am grateful for the security guard that Julianne and I spent much of our time cowering behind. 

And we've been trying to adopt a fairly minimalistic lifestyle around here, but I cannot get this girl on board!


here's hoping we can get it figured out this summer.  
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