Novemenber

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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October: Chapter 1

Nov 11, 2017
October was a great month around here, as it should be.  

Paul's work hours have been a bit crazy (nothing too new), but we took high advantage of our weekend hours to make up for not seeing him most of the week.

There was Touch a Truck


Free lunch.  Prizes.  And a ton of trucks for the kids to climb on and horns to honk. 


They "drove" a city bus, explored the back of a vacuum truck, walked through an ambulance, watched how they use robots to find blockages in pipes, and got to see how big a stop light really is.  

Orem is pretty much one of the coolest cities ever and all of the city workers were amazing and kind.  Love supporting local events like this.  

The mountains. One Saturday was spent exploring and seeing the changing leaves in the mountains. 

It was perfection. 


Everytime I cross a bridge I am always dealing with those pesky trolls under the bridge.  Every. Single. Time.  



We of course had to find our "secret spot", it's not quite as fun when you don't get to play in the water.  But, I am just glad my kids have their traditions with our hikes and are really starting to love it.  



One day I will make it past this meadow! But for now, this is always our stopping point.  




It's a perfect place for hide and seek.  


Seriously though, those trees, Utah really likes to show off sometimes.  



We convinced Paul to come home at 5:00 on a Friday and we hurried over to the Children's Museum.  


We are hoping to send more cold evenings here and it's always better when Paul is there to entertain the kids.  

And we can't forget our monthly cold weather trip to Scheel's.


And Ruby finally wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel, so i got to go on my first ride.  It was slightly terrifying, but i held it together for the kids. :) 


Paul and I got tickets to listen to The Minimalists


It was awesome. It helped me refocus on what I love about living a minimalist lifestyle and reminded me that not all minimalism has to look the same.  In the next few weeks I cleaned out my closet, craft drawers, kid's school files, linen closet and toys. 

We are starting to see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is Sunday's for us.  


The amount of time we've had to take these 2 and Miles out to the hall has lessened drastically.  They still all have to go out at least once, but it's not a constant struggle.  

Getting Miles ready for church is still quite the process, with finding proper clothes and dealing with his screaming fits about going to church.  But sometimes he gets his own row and all is right in the world again.  

And this girl, I have to dress her cute to help me when the screaming comes. :) 



We keep busy during the week with our normal things:

Thanksgiving Point



We went right before the Scarecrow festival started.  It was amazing, all the scarecrows were up, but no crowds and no bounce houses to deal with.  


So much drawing and coloring for these two. 


Not used to having kids want to color and cut and draw, it's been pretty nice. 

I got to go on Crew's first field trip to the Fire Station.  

 

One of my favorite field trips ever.  I forgot how much I love kindergartners. 


Crew skipped school and we went to Coconut Cove with Lottie and Liam.  It was perfection.  Kids were so well entertained, Michelle and I actually got to sit and talk without too much interruption.  

Errands with friends are always better. 



We've been doing less electronic time around here and it is helping things to run much smoother.  


I just have to survive that first 15 minutes of whining, screaming and crying (mostly Miles) until they figure out a better way to spend their time.  


Love to see what they come up with.  

And this girl, she likes to be ready for all situations.  She can never leave the house empty handed, even if it's just out front to play with friends.  


We also had a house divided when the Texans played The Seahawks. 



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September

Oct 24, 2017
This was our theme for September.



Macey did not think it was funny. :) #truth

The reality is it's pretty much chaos around here all the time, but usually it is the good chaos.  Well, until 5:00 rolls around, then it's usually the bad kind.   


Crew and Ruby are my constant companions and I am just trying to remind myself that they will never love me more than they do right now.  So, I try to enjoy being constantly climbed on and talked to and followed. Luckily I still enforce quiet time to give me some time to recover. 


And reading with this kindergartner is one of my favorite parts of my day.   


The highlight of the month for Ruby was starting dance class with Hailey and Izella.


She's been dying to have a teacher of her own ever since the kids went back to school.  She was always asking me "What my teacher name?  My teacher going to like me?" Her long awaited day came and she now has a teacher of her own, Miss Jenn.  

She loves dance and I love watching her.  I am also shocked by how calm she is in class, not what I expected.  And after her first class she fell asleep on the way home (11:00 am), obviously there was a lot of pent up excitement. 


One of the best parts though, is Ashley, Traci and I actually get to workout for 45 min during their class.  It's one of the highlights of my week.  


September was full of friends. 


Cora came to town to visit, so Macey got to spend almost 2 days with the Rensinks and we borrowed Peter for a late night.  

bottom left pic: The Everett kids were locked out one afternoon and my kids were overjoyed to find them sitting on the grass out front.  They instantly tackled them and forced them to play until Gina got home.  :)


Funny story with this picture:
Ruby was napping, so I decided I'd take a nap.  I told the kids they could play Wii and to stay inside.  I woke up to 4 O'Neal kids playing the Wii with my 3 kids.  One of the many reasons I have learned not to nap.  

 
Trips to Thanksgiving Point





Park days

Paul always has to make a Ninja Warrior course on the playground for them and then has to be the announcer as they run it. #iseeyou





BYU games



We got football season tickets this year.  The season has been extremely disappointing, but the games are still fun.  


And enjoying every moment of the cooler temps, before the cold actually comes. 


Other Highlights: 

Domo Party




face painting, balloon animals, carnival games, unlimited food trucks, blowups, train, unlimited popcorn & cotton candy

aka the best day of their lives

and they had a photographer there that captured some pretty awesome shots. 



Chalk the Block


Macey had a blast helping out Emmie and Julianne with their Harry Potter themed spot, until they got rained out.  She made me promise to sign up with them next year.  



These were our 2 favorite entries. Link and Batman...no surprise there. 


Coconut Cove
I could never get a picture of Ruby because she never stopped.  


For one of our Activity Days this month I planned a little back to school party.


Love these cute girls. 

And lastly, we replaced Macey's full bed with a twin. 


It's been amazing, she had no floor space before and now she's been having non stop dance parties with her new found square footage. And she's loving the more tween look.  Now to just get the walls decorated.  


September was a great month.  lots of warm sunshine to enjoy, friends to play with, and finally being back on a schedule! 




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angie
Lucky activity day girls to have you as their leader! You Navasards are always having a party - I'd be exhausted all the time trying to fill your shoes. You're giving your kids a great life!

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Spring Break'in

May 15, 2017
Paul took 2 weeks off, with one of those weeks being over the kids spring break.  We took some time to play, Paul and Macey went to a tech conference in salt lake, and then Paul and I started our demo/remodel when the kids went back to school.  

Bryce Canyon/Kodachrome

Bryce was cold and muddy, but fun and beautiful as ever. 


We lost a few shoes in the mud and had a few slips, but all the mud dried by the end of the day and everyone we saw had dried mud covering their shoes and legs too. It was just part of the adventure. 


I am in awe of Byrce evertyime.  


kids were great hikers.






I really hope they remember all these adventures!





We camped at Kodachrome, which has turned into one of our favorite Utah places.  




Lots of exploring to do.  



Ruby just climbed right up this cliff without any trouble.  



The kids spent most of their time playing in this dry creek bed behind our campsite.  


Crew's is always the child who's legs get too tired.  I've gotten pretty good at carrying this beast of a child on my shoulders. 


and then we woke up to snow the next morning.  So, we packed up early and headed home.  Yes, I am wearing a beanie and 3 hoods.  Still cold and wet.  


enjoying a lovely camping breakfast.
Thank goodness for ipads in times like these.  Kept everyone busy and out of our way while we packed up in record time. I can't remember the last time my hands were so cold.  


Kids were so involved with their ipads we got to make a few stops along the way home. 





In the end it was all worth it and we eventually got everything dried out in our tiny backyard. 


Spring Break was pretty low key after that. 





We ate dinner in public.  Rare occasion, but it went fairly well.


Visited Thanksgiving Point


Pond with friends


And my porch constantly looked like this.



Paul took Macey to NG Conf in Salt Lake, where she again had the time of her life.  


The highlights were all the swag, swimming in the pool, eating all the awesome food and getting to meet the makers of her favorite Battle Bot, Witch Doctor. 


Miles is really hoping he can get things together to go next year. :)  


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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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angie
I heart NKOTB!

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