Paul and I got back from Florida and it was pure craziness as we tried to get ready for the first day of school. We also had 3 different start dates this year.
The main stress for Macey was the locker situation at school, but after practicing for about an hour before the first day, they got it down and were ready to go.
We did our back to school dinner like always.
I just love how simple it is and that I do pretty much the same thing every year, so there's no stress involved. Especially when I get back into town the night before.
The excitement this year was these amazing pickles I found, they were the highlight of the meal. :)
There were WAY less tears than last year, it was mostly all smiles. Macey
started first since she had 7th grade
day at the Jr High.
The bus ended up being late and they missed the entire first period. Plus, Macey had some things she needed to fix on her schedule at the office when she got there. But, she handled it like a champ and got her schedule settled all on her own. This girl was more than ready to leave elementary school behind and couldn't wait to be reunited with some old friends from Suncrest.
I've loved listening to all the Jr. High stories, so much more entertaining than elementary school stories. Bus drama, boys that like them, the stress of remembering all their different locker numbers, and the chaos of the halls that were not represented accurately in movies they'd seen. :) Macey could not love Jr. High more.
Crew and Miles started next.First day of 2nd Grade.
All smiles for this kid until about the 3rd week of school, where he realized that 2nd grade is a lot harder than 1st. :) He's killing it though and got an amazing teacher and lots of awesome kids in his class.
He had to include Fang in his paper doll project. :) first day of 4th grade.
I tried and tried, but this kid would not cooperate for a picture. He is not one to hide his emotions. His morning was full of lots of yelling and throwing things, but we got out the door and once he saw his friends he ran right to class without me.
The day went better than these pictures predict though. He got an amazing teacher, with a few friends in his class and came home smiling.
Although we did have a massive anger explosion that night, where he ripped up all his hard earned money. This kid.
We took a picture on the 2nd day of school, it turned out much better.
I know it's going to be a good school year, even if it kills me.
Ruby and I then had our last week to ourselves before she started school.
We had lots planned. Zoo Day
with The Miners.
It was hot and busy, but a perfect way to spend one of our last days of freedom. Splash Pad
with Michelle and Lottie.
Our last breakfast Date at Chickfila
A few more lazy mornings
, just the 2 of us and Fang.Kindergarten Testing
I wasn't exactly sure how'd she do. We didn't even start working on letters and writing her name until the week before her test. Can you tell she's my 4th kid? :) I was happily surprised when she didn't do too bad (I was sitting across the room filling out paper work and spying). this was my favorite moment:
Mrs. B. : Count from 1 to 10.
Ruby: 1, 10
Mrs. B. : Say the numbers inbetween 1 and 10.
Ruby: 1, 7, 5, 2, 8..
Mrs. B. : Finish counting for me 1, 2, 3....
Ruby: 4, 5, 6, 7...
I was dying. Poor kindergarten teachers.
We had a princess movie party with Reagan.
And then in the mist of it all she BROKE HER ARM
and I didn't think it was broken, so I didn't take her in for like 4 days.
She was running in the backyard, tripped, and her hand went between our tramp hole and the tramp. She only cried for a min, so I didn't think too much about it.
That night she was still complaining, so I wrapped an ace bandage around it to make her feel better. She went right to sleep and I chalked it up to her just being dramatic.
She made me keep it wrapped during the next few days, but at night I would unwrap it when she was sleeping to see if she could remember what arm she hurt (she's crazy dramatic, so it's hard for me to trust her). She did remember and then when I spied on her sunday getting dressed for church I could see her wince when she was putting her dress on. So, the day before kindergarten started I took her in just for peace of mind, still not thinking it was broken.
Broke 2 bones in her wrist. Good thing about waiting so long is that the swelling was down and she could get her hard cast on right away.
When they were putting her cast on she looked at me and said, "This is the Best day of my entire life". She kills me.
Finally the much anticipated first day of Kindergarten
came and it was only made better by the bright pink cast she got to sport.
Pretty much the cutest, and pinkest, kindergartner around.
She was a little nervous since she didn't know anyone in her class and mad at me that I put her in AM Kindergarten, while Reagan was in PM Kindergarten with the same teacher.
She had a great first day though, made new friends, and got to have a photo shoot with Reagan before it was her turn to head off for her first day of kindergarten.
I was very successful in my 2 hours and 45 min of alone time.
I read a book and organized my pantry.
Then before I knew it, it was 12:00 and time to go pick her up.
And we still had about 2 hours together before the big kids started getting home.
While somedays I wish she was in all day kindergarten, I'm trying to soak her up as much as possible, because I know this is the end for me. Next year they will ALL be gone ALL day and I will actually have to take up some hobbies or something.
Whenever August hits I start to feel the pressure to squeeze every last ounce of fun and adventure out of summer. But, at the same time I am exhausted of having children around me 24/7 and of sand and wet towels and neighbor kids and kids asking for food ALL the time, but then I remember this fact and we power through. :)
Macey spent the first week of the month at Clear Creek.
She went with one of her bff's Carmen, who ended up getting the stomach flu and had to come home and then thankfully made it back up before the end of the week.
It was an emotional week here for me, as I didn't know how she was doing up there alone. Worried she was sick, worried she wouldn't make any friends.
Luckily, they sent us an email each night with pictures from the day and I would scour them for Macey's smiling face.
It all ended well, Macey had an amazing time, made a bunch of new friends, and it was good practice for me to let her out into the world alone. And you cannot beat a week in the mountains surrounded by this.
An experience I hope she never forgets.
And a friend I hope she keeps forever.
We did our last trips to the pond
this particular day Crew entertained himself with garbage others had left behind. Kids a genius.
This is for sure one of my Utah summer happy places.
Weather finally cooled off enough that we could venture to parks
in the morning.
I tortured these 6 by making them walk the few blocks to the park.
Popsicles waiting at home was the only thing that got them through.
We finally got to check out our new school's playground
. It passed the test and the kids approved.
So many scooter rides
around the neighborhood.
So many board games
Paul hates Chalk the Block
and I love it, so my homeless looking children and I ventured over and left Paul at home.
Paul and I also celebrated our 15th anniversary
?!? Time is a weird thing. We are not old enough to be married for 15 years, but here we are.
We went all out and celebrated at Dave and Busters in SLC. We ate greasy food, played lots of video games and bought the kids prizes with our hard earned tickets. A quite romantic 15 year anniversary. :)
There were a few items left undone on our Summer To-Do List that we needed to check off.
- Late night with Penelope
End of summer outdoor neighborhood movie.
and of course some more trips to the mountains.
kids better appreciate these amazing summers they get to experience. :)
I have officially moved passed my summer mourning period and have come to accept and, possibly, love this back to schoolness.
One of the best things about school starting up, is some of our favorite places are much less chaotic and much more manageable.
I still of course loose Miles from time to time, but it's much easier to find him now.
With less people we've been able to discover some new favorite things at The Museum of Natural Curiosity
. Such as the bank tube delivery thing in Kidopolis.
And Crew actually gets to hang out in the baby water area, as it is no longer full of babies.
I am LOVING the variety of weather that has accompanied September
We've still had plenty of hot
But even more perfect 70 degree
days, where can actually play at the park and in our backyard without feeling like we will die of heat exhaustion.
And there's really nothing better than having all my kids in one place! Yep, I'm old.
Now that it isn't 100 degrees out in the evening, we've been letting Crew go on real scooter rides. He cracks me up cruising with the big kids and actually doing a decent job of staying with M&M.
And we've of course soaked up our beginning of fall storms
One particularly rainy day we headed up to one of our favorite places to get out some energy.
Crew got to ride the ferris wheel for the first time and he loved it. I loved how he yelled "hi" and waved at me everytime they passed.
I also took just Macey and Miles to Chalk The Block
at The Riverwoods. It was shockingly much easier to maneuver the crowds without a stroller and a bolting toddler.
And seriously those mountains, I really have grown to love them.
They of course had to get their hair chalked!
We've been busy with lots of back to school
activities. M&M's favorite being Macey's school carnival. We started with all 6 of us there, but Crew was being less than cooperative (meaning completely awful). So, Paul took the littles home, while I stayed with the more manageable 2 of the moment.
Speaking of school, this girl is LOVING 2nd grade
She is pretty much the perfect older sister and loves playing the part. Heavenly Father knew what he was doing giving her to me first.
I went out to read a book on the porch one evening and I caught Macey spinning and singing in the grass. Made me happy to see she isn't grown up, just yet. Miles
has even been more enjoyable since school started.
It's been fun getting to hang out with just him during naptime.
And with Macey gone, he continues to step up his big brother game.
There is never a dull moment with him.
We are back in full swing with Talking Time
. I am the "mean" mom that won't do the cutting or tracing for their kid. As a result, Miles has noticed that his art projects look drastically different from his classmates. He now refers to them as Monsters. For example, here is Monster Pete the Cat. It's pretty funny.Crew
continues to keep me on my toes, like a 2 year old should. We are in full swing terrible twos around here. Lots of whining, crying, temper tantrums, and mischievousness. Like I always say, it's a good thing he's cute.
And then there's Ruby
. I don't know how much longer it will last, but man, this girl is pretty close to perfect.
It has become very difficult for me to drag myself out of bed each morning to start my day. But she makes her part easy. Every morning when I go to get her up, she lights up the moment you walk in. There's no whining or crying, even though she hasn't eaten in 12 hours. Only smiling and cooing.
Once again Heavenly Father knew what he was doing giving me this baby last.
While most days I feel like I am barely surviving, I have been trying to soak in those little happy moments to get me through.
Like when all 4 are laughing and playing together for those 45 seconds. And the realization that they are all mine!
And stolen moments with Paul. Like this post school drop off breakfast, after some long work days.
And the fact that my desire to do projects is slowly
returning! PTA teacher birthday presents.
Now I've got to get busy on Halloween Costumes