April surprisingly flew by.
And since I am with the kids 24/7 I have a million pics to document our daily activities.
There didn't seem to be much of a middle ground, either we were deliriously happy to be home and spending time together, so grateful for everything we have. Or depressed and angry with no motivation and at each other's throats. Such seems to be the life of quarantine. School:
a highlight of the month was the teacher parade.
We love and miss these teachers desperately.
There might of been a few tears shed, but mostly there was happy smiles and yelling, as some of our most beloved people drove by.
And I have realized how much I count these teachers and staff as my friends and I miss getting to talk and laugh with them a few days each week. Not to mention what I know these kids are missing out on and now they instead get me glaring over their shoulders to write their dang essay instead of the amazing, kind, loving, and patient teachers they all had.
2 children have been very difficult to do homeschool with and 2 have been much easier. I am sure everyone knows who falls where.
Miles spends the first half of his day raging about how he can't do anything and then most days pulls through and gets it done, no problem.
Ruby is just non-stop all over the place. We got a good solid 3 weeks of homeschool in and then it was hit and miss after that.
This is me every single day since March 18th.
Here she is with a story she wrote about Fang, opening up a gift bag her teacher dropped off (highlight of her month), Drawing a portrait of Fang (she puts him in "place" and then moves him all over to get the proper angles), and lastly Olaf is a common homeschool companion.
Crew sits down every morning and just goes through his daily assignments like a boss.
I have no pictures of Macey doing her school work, because the other 3 kept me so busy running between them, I never even had to give her a glance. And if she did have issues (which she did from time to time), we just waited until the other kids were in bed and Paul was done working to help.
Kitchen helper of the day still going strong and hopefully added some learning to the days where I could get nothing else out of these kids. The long hours between school and bedtime:
We spent a solid week delivering bunnies around to our friends, it proved to be an amazing way to pass some long afternoons and get some miles in on our bikes. Thank you Nana Navasard!!
The girls and I took an entire afternoon to dye our hair. It made those after 2:00 hours fly by.
Are you even in quarantine if you don't do something drastic to your hair?
There was a fly over of fighter jets. It was a very exciting few minutes. So grateful for the all the people trying to keep these kids entertained and happy. Crew found a nice comfy seat while waiting.
I tried my hand at custom doormats. It was fun and I'm always trying to find new sayings to put on my next one.
Kids have been getting in on the craft action too, when I have the patience to let them pull it out.
So many games. We had to buy new games, since Paul and I could no longer mentally handle playing the games we already had. We got Ticket to Ride, Dominion, and Carcassonne.
We can often be found at the school, but never on the playground equipment. :) Ruby likes to look in her classroom window. And we've had so many good kite flying days.
The kids have pretty much turned into wild animals who always wear their pajamas and never comb their hair.
so many scraped knees, elbows, and toes that almost need stitches.
The absolute best part about quarantine has been that these kids have become best friends again. No neighbor kids, nothing else going on.
Crew and Miles have always had a complicated relationship. This has been nothing but good for the 2 of them. They have bonded over Animal Crossing, Beanie Boos, Pokemon, and basketball. They are constantly coming up with new ways to entertain themselves and I have loved watching it.
And these 2. I feel like Macey has gotten to extend her childhood out just a little bit longer. She spends her days organizing games, producing movies, breaking up fights, and hosting dance parties with her siblings.
I pray this is the main thing they remember about this crazy time.
And even though Paul is working extremely crazy hours, he still takes the time to make us some awesome breakfasts. Always a great way to start these crazy long days.
Constant trips to Sodalicious to keep ourselves fueled. Fang has also developed an addiction.
We've tried to be really good with social distancing, but sometimes you just need to talk to your friends in person.
trying out our new masks and catching up with some favorite neighbors.
Sometimes a driveway car chat does the trick too.
Of all the kids Macey has had the hardest time with the social aspect of this and these small interactions helped her push through some very hard days. Grateful for good friends.
And one evening this group of long lost friends got together and very were patient with me constantly coming out to check that they were keeping 6 ft apart. :)
And I of course have had my share of social distancing meetups that have kept me sane through all of this.
I have learned about a million things during all this, one of the main ones being, my village is huge and amazing and I am glad I am not in this all alone.
I hiked and hiked and hiked.
Macey found my old orange BYU sweatshirt from college that was a perfect fit.
And sometimes Crew looses patience with Ruby and kicks her out to go live in the closet under the stairs. Surprisingly she listened and hauled all her stuff down there.
It finally got warm enough to play in the water!!
and life got much better after that.
We had a fun filled day with a bounce house. We were sad we couldn't invite any friends over to play with us, but these kids managed to have a blast together. Weekend Warriors
We have still been trying to take advantage of our weekends together, since everything is more fun when Paul can hang out with us. And it's been nice going back to simple things, like finding ways to entertain ourselves without spending money, since there's no where to go and spend it.
Picnics and baseball in the mountains.
Scooter Gang Rides
Everyone took many turns down the hill to get their tricks just right.
Lots of Bocce Ball.
This has become a new family favorite and has yet to involve yelling, crying, quitting, or bad all around sportsmanship. A miracle of a game.
Gerald is extra exciting. And these 3 had a blast camping out in him in the backyard, while we were suppose to be camping in Snow Canyon for Spring Break.
Lots of bikerides! Paul finally got me this sweet helmet, since we have now ventured out of our 1 mile neighborhood radius and can be found riding in bike lanes on actual streets. #safetyfirst
I couldn't be more proud of my flower pots (my boxwood trees didn't survive the winter). Makes me happy every time I go on my porch and they are still alive and growing!!
Turns out S'Mores at the fire pit without friends is almost as fun and not nearly as stressful.
And a few times Paul and I have abandoned kids at home on a Saturday morning to hike.
Easter is one of our bigger holidays with big egg hunts and lots of friends over for dinner.
Everyone was a little sad the night before, but luckily nothing is ever boring with this group and it turned out to be an amazing holiday together.
My parents sent us this Easter Sack Race game.
It was amazing and entertaining and extremely exhausting. Made me realize that I am in the worst shape of the 6 of us.
Paul's parents sent confetti eggs, which is always messy and entertaining.
And I was able to find everything I needed for dinner and baskets.
And our backyard proved to be a great place to have an egg hunt.
And i still got my porch picture!!
Plus, it was a million times easier because I didn't have to get everyone in church clothes and hair combed for church.
It is going to be a harsh reality when I actually have to get this group in church attending shape. One thing I have not missed for one single moment is getting everyone ready and out the door for church. :)
It was an amazing day, where I wasn't stressed, and I just got to enjoy the holiday with the people I love most and talk at our own pace about our Savior and all he has done and is doing for us.
We also played The Newlywed Game with my family over Zoom. It was super fun and Paul and I were the big losers and realized we should spend our quarantine time getting to know each other better. :)
And that is kind of what our quarantine days looked like for the month of April, but with lots more crying and yelling and swearing and stress eating.
Don't want anyone getting the wrong idea out there.
Typical weekly grocery haul minus all the soda that is stored in the garage.
april: Part 2
A highlight of April is always getting the Washcloth bunnies that Nana Navasard makes. She makes enough for all the kids to take to school, which is a huge amount. They could not wait to hand them out before Easter.
We finally got to enjoy some sunshine.
And I got to do lots of reading in my new chair.
But, there was of course more snow.
But, it did not stop #momhike. We were wet though, like the wettest we'd been all year. Well worth it.
A highlight of the month for me was getting to see Ben Folds perform with the Utah Symphony. It was amazing, one of the best concerts I've ever been to. It'a always hard to beat live music, good friends, and no kids.
My parents came into town so they could see Macey's performance of Alice in Wonderland where she was the White Lily.
Once again, the Scera did an amazing job and Macey had a blast.
We were quite busy while my parents were here with Macey's rehearsals, Crew's talent show, teaching art at the elementary school, an art show and an orchestra concert. We still found lots of time to play though.
Enjoying Pop-Pop's famous milkshakes.
We taught Nana and Pop-Pop how to play sodapong.
Lots of playing outside.
We got to celebrate Ruby's birthday.
And the kids and Paul played hooky and we took a trip to the zoo.
It was a perfect zoo day.
Sun was shining, there was no whining and I was with my favorite people.
We lucked out and got an invite to the old neighborhood's egg hunt.
Always heaven to be back with some of our favorite people.
Before my parents left, we did something truly crazy. We each got a puppy!!!
We got the Tri-Colored- Fang. My parents got the Ruby Colored- Canyon.
They are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
It's just been puppy insanity ever since.
I'd been researching for a few months trying to figure out what breed would be best for us. I wanted a semi low energy, easy to train, friendly, little to no barking, and under 20 lbs.
Everyone really wanted a Pug, but I was worried about health issues and the farting and the snoring. So, I started looking at Puggles, but there weren't really any local breeders.
The Cavalier kept coming up in my research and Paul's boss actually had one, so we went to visit him before deciding.
Kids fell in love and I've semi regretted the decision ever since. :)
So, meet Fang, the newest member of our family.
He is the friendliest dog in the world and loves everyone and thinks everyone should love and cuddle him.
He fits right into our family and his trainer at puppy school said he is the craziest Cavalier she's ever met. Sounds about right for our house.
When I am regretting my decision, the only thing that keeps me going is how much these kids love this dog.
The rest of April then flew by in a blur of kids and puppy.
So, yes, we are those crazy dog people now.
We got a little bit of everything in April. Rain, snow, and sunshine. No complaints from me, I love a little variety. Which means we also got to do and go on all sorts of adventures.
After we went to Bryce with my parents, we mostly just hung out around the house, went shopping, and put Pop-Pop to work on little projects.
It was perfection.
We stayed home for spring break
this year, while most of our friends went out of town.
Miles had a tearful goodbye with Peter at the park the Friday before break started. He didn't know if he would survive the entire week without his bff.
Luckily, he did. :)
We started off the break by taking a day trip out to Antelope Island
It has become one of our favorite places.
One of their favorite things to do is climb around on rocks, so Buffalo Point is pretty much heaven to them.
And for the first time we actually ventured into the Great Salt Lake.
It did not disappoint. Macey, Crew, and Ruby could of stayed for hours.
Miles, on the other hand, did not like the salt getting in all his cuts and scratches and spent a good amount of time crying and complaining.
Once he settled down though, he had fun playing in the sand. Crew informed us that he likes "the beach with houses better". aka texas. :)
Once everyone dried off, we were all covered in white...there is a lot of salt in that lake!
The only other place we ventured was City Creek
, so I could do a little shopping at Anthropologie and Sephora.
Why, I did that when I had to have all these kids in tow is beyond me? But, it turned out to be a success. And you really can't beat the view at City Creek.
The rest of the time was spend hanging out at home.
We've been reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up", so I did a lot of decluttering and organizing while the kids kept themselves busy.
It's always nice to have Macey around to help keep them entertained.
Plus, she is the best train track builder around.
We released Macey's butterflies.
Watching these butterflies go through their life cycle was awesome. The kids were sad to say goodbye to Late Larry (we released him 2 days after the others), Miles Junior, and the other 3 butterflies, whose names I can't remember. :)
Crew was a bit upset one morning, because even though it was spring break, I still wouldn't let him have popsicles for breakfast.
And what's spring break without hanging out with our favorite neighbors.
Love these people.
So, even though it was a bit lonely without some of our bff's in town, I know it was a successful spring break because every night the kids feet were black. Always the sign of a good day.
This month the kids started to remember that they actually do like hiking
There's always tears and whining when we load up them up to go, but usually the moment we are in the mountains they are just happy to be free.
And they actually get along and help each other!
We even took the Everett's up one weekend to make S'mores.
The kids loved showing them some of their favorite spots.
Can't beat hiking with your best friend.
And this rare moment was also captured. These mountains have been good to us this spring.
We also took the kids kicking and screaming to the tulip festival.
Like always, Paul and I were right, and they ended up having a great time.
In the spring there never seems to be a shortage of kids
Makes the afternoons pass much more quickly when there's friends to keep you entertained.
We also got the pleasure of going to the Temple with 2 of our favorite people.
Holly at the Payson Temple.
Trina at the Draper Temple.
And Jenni and I got to throw a very fun filled bridal shower for Trina.
To end the month Macey had her long awaited Musical, Aladdin: A Tale Told Inside Out.
She played Magic Carpet. She had a few lines, acted in many scenes, got to sing at the microphone and danced in 4 or 5 dances. She LOVED it.
Although the weight of her costume pulling on her neck got to her by the end of the 2nd performance. Hence the face. :)
Love this family of mine and all the adventures we get to share.
I love spring in Utah, you never know what kind of weather you will get.
It wouldn't be April in Utah without at least one snow storm and this April did not disappoint.
Crew requested to go outside and fight the snow. It made for a pretty entertaining morning.
Mostly though, we've enjoyed perfect spring weather.
Our deck pretty much adds another room to our house in the spring and I am grateful for the extra square footage to spread out in.
We've had, what Paul considers, an ugly picnic table back there. So, he decided to build the kids a new one.
It is WAY cuter, he was right.
We moved "the ugly" table to front, for the neighbor kids to enjoy and it's been a great addition out there.
Speaking of out front, you should never venture there without a weapon on hand. I often have to keep a sword on my back, as I never know when I will be attacked by zombies or mario kart drivers or children jumping out of bushes. Luckily Ruby is so cute, no one ever wants to attack her.
We are still enjoying our park days
, but each time I get to sit on my blanket and chat less and less due to that stinkin' cute walking baby of mine.
Maybe she will be park ready by fall, we shall see.
Speaking of Ruby, she is into everything
She can sense a door that has been left open an inch, has learned how to open the wipes container and already knows which cupboards have broken child locks.
I currently still find it adorable and endearing...we will see how long that lasts. But, really I like them better this way, life is much more interesting.
Other highlights of the month include The Tulip Festival
with good friends.
It's hard to beat perfect weather, room for crazy kids to run, and being surrounded by gorgeous flowers.
- GiGi's visit
- Ruby's first day in nursery
(I was subbing, she's not quite big enough yet).
- And Macey and Miles are finally competent enough drivers on Mario Kart
, that there is very little crying and screaming anymore!
I'd say it was a very successful April.