Ruby is four!

Jun 19, 2018
This was a weird birthday for me, because my baby is 4!



Not only am I already out of the baby phase, I am now out of the toddler phase too!! Don't quite know how I feel about that yet.  




But, this child slows down for no one, so I am just trying to keep up and enjoy it.  



Ruby is a funny mix of girly girl and wild child.  She loves all things pink and princesses. 



But, then she loves her potty jokes, shooting you with guns, playing monster, and wresting too. Every day ends with her looking completely disheveled and covered in dirt.  


This is what the bathtub looks like after ruby has been bathed.  


She highly dislikes it when I put her in dresses and always chooses sweats, t-shirts and her pink converse when I let her have complete control of her outfits.  


Her favorite outfit: minnie shirt, pink shoes and crew's old sweats. 


Ruby is one of the toughest and strongest kids I know.  She will have an epic scooter crash and then hope right back up to finish her lap. 



She will jump off the couch, miss her landing pad and just get back up and do it again.  She is constantly covered in bruises and she rarely gives her injuries a chance to heal before the scabs get ripped off at the next crash.  



Ruby loves her siblings, she loves her friends.  Her favorite colors are pink and purple.  She loves makeup and accessories .  Nothing makes her happier than to have macey do her makeup, but don't even think about trying to do her hair. :) 

She is one well loved child and soaked up all the attention on her birthday. 


 And screamed and whined when she didn't get it and then these 3 came running, she knows how to get them to work for her.  




She requested a pink pony cake.  She was pleased with what I came up with, even though it looked nothing like the ones Macey was showing her on pinterest. :) 



Ruby, Macey and I matched for church, I just could't resist.  :)



Then we had the O'neals and Rensinks over for cake and ice cream before Paul raced up to SLC for the Rockets vs Jazz game.  




I love this fierce, independent, cuddly, and wild girl.  She keeps life exciting and never allows me to get bored.  





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nana
I cannot believe that Ruby is 4! She was just born!! She is certainly all the mix that you said a wild princess for sure and I love the fierceness about her and how loving she is. She is adored by all, Happy Birthday Ruby!

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March Madness

Apr 19, 2018
March is normally one of my favorite months in Utah, this year though the weather didn't live up to my expectations!  We had lots of sunny days, just cold.   After winter though, we had to get outside, even if it was colder than normal.   


you can't tell in the pic, but we went to the park on a super windy day. Perfect for kite flying. 


Julianne and I took the kids on a scooter ride up the canyon.



We underestimated the amount of snow that would be on the trail.  Made for some adventurous scootering, lots of wet shoes and socks, and some crying.  



A big storm was suppose to come in, so we were excited to go snowshoeing with Kacie and Blaine.  The expected storm didn't come, so it was more of ice walking.  Entertaining none the less. 



No parents volunteered to go with Miles' class to the zoo.  The weather forcast was horrible, one of the 2nd grade teachers even backed out.  I did not want to go at all.  


We lucked out though, the storm didn't come and we had the whole zoo to ourselves.  So glad I let myself be guilted into going, this time.  


Ruby and I ventured out a few scooter rides this month.



She is always entertaining company and often has to stop to peek through people's fences. 



Plus, she doesn't mind when I sport my fanny pack.  

Ruby also finished up her 2nd dance class this month.



They were adorable and it was always the highlight of both our weeks.  Ruby got to dance and play outside the rec center.  And I got to workout and chat with my friends. 


 We are missing dance already.  


Seriously, 3 year olds in dance are kind of my favorite thing ever.  


Another moment when she just looked too big for me to handle.  


Just getting ready for bed all by herself.  

So much neighborhood kickball this winter. 




So glad our favorite place to spend sunny afternoons is right out our front door.    



Kids have also been dying to go fishing and have been practicing casting over the fence into Jeff's backyard. :) 

Paul had a birthday, it was thrilling.  



Macey did knowledge bowl for the first time.  These kids are smart, they knew way more than i did!  

A big highlight of the month was Crew loosing his first tooth.


Even though he's getting giant, at least he still needs some cuddles from time to time.  





 

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Nana
Loved hearing about March! There were a lot of fun adventures. Everyone is growing so fast.

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She is 11

Feb 23, 2018
Macey turned 11 this month.



I still cannot believe we  have a tween.  I can believe it because she acts like one all the time, but I just cannot accept that we have gotten this old.  



Macey has always been my best sidekick and fellow adventurer.  




Glad this hasn't changed much.  



And I hope it never changes, especially as we are creeping towards the unknown and scary territory of teenage years.  

Macey's birthday fell on Super Bowl Sunday this year, which was fun, because she was actually born on Super Bowl Sunday.  We got to the hospital right as the Super Bowl was starting and she was born right when it was over.  It was fun to reminisce with her about the day she was born.  



Started with donuts.




and dinner was her favorites of homemade Mac & Cheese, homemade fries and wings.  



Trina and TJ came over to help us celebrate, Trina captured this perfect picture of Macey with her Oreo Cheesecake for me. I for sure wasn't this cute when I was 11.  



Since we did a big party last year, we kept it simple this year.  



We did a last min. pizza and movie get together.  $5 luxury seats to see The Greatest Showman.  



funny, but scary, story.  Macey was being super silly and entertaining her friends.  Macey can be so quiet and reserved, that I highly encourage her crazy silly to come out.  So, she was sucking helium out of balloons to show her friends how your voice changes.  Kids were dying laughing and she was loving it.  Then she sucked in too much helium and passed out!  Luckily she was not freaked out and thought it was funny, so then all her friends thought it was funny and life lesson learned.  You need oxygen.  

Kids loved the luxury seats and I spent most of the movie glancing over at Macey to make sure she was still conscious. :)



Macey loves all things Harry Potter and Ravenclaw. 


Favorite color is still white.  Wants to be a robotics engineer or the CFO of a company (they just went to Jr. Achievement City in SLC and she was the CFO of a University and LOVED it).  Loves school, loves her friends, loves to listen to music on her touch, loves to sing and dance, and loves to read. 

While I still miss this girl: 


I am finding I am enjoying tween life too.  


(Watching Anne of Green Gables together while doing an insane cat puzzle) 




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nana
How can she be this old?!? I love all the photos of you & Macey together. So fun to see her with her friends. Happy Birthday Macey! I love that her favorite color is still white!

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Miles is Great and 8.

Dec 15, 2017
It happened again.  Kids not listening to me and growing.  

Fancy pics of just Miles are courtesy of the talented hrob photos


We did a lot of celebrating, as you only turn 8 once.  



Friend party at Coconut Cove.



it was birthday party perfection.

I pretty much nailed the requested Kirby cake. 



I didn't get a lot of pictures of them in the play structure.  But, they had a blast and were not stop.  The highlight for me, was playing tag and hide and go seek with Miles and his friends.  Plus, the slide races.  Gotta love a good slide race.  


He really has some great friends. 
And he surprised me with what a gracious host he was.  Hugging and screaming about each new friend that arrived.  And sincerely telling them "thank you" for the present, even if I knew it was something he didn't actually like.  It's good for me to see that perhaps his social skills aren't as lacking as I think they are. :)  


Birthday BYU game with Gavin



Family Presents 






Birthday Dinner

He requested campbells Bean and Bacon soup.  Every once in awhile Miles does try to make my life easier.  My favorite birthday dinner yet. 



Homemade cake #2, I don't think I have ever made 2 cakes for anyones birthday before.  Only for this kid.



Pie Face



And then there were the special target trips with Holly and L.E.  This is one well loved kid. 

 

The big celebration with turning 8 though, happened a few weeks later when he got baptized.  




There was lots of stress and preparation beforehand. 



Would he actually go in the water?  Would he let people put their hands on his head to confirm him? Would he be able to handle all the attention?  Would I be able to get his church clothes on him after?  Would he wear the weird feeling jumpsuit?





 Miles was very excited about getting baptized, so I had faith he would go through with it.  I just had to patiently push through the screaming and crying before hand.  



All the prep paid off though and the day was perfection (other than pictures, but there was no way I was pushing pictures with this kid).  



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He did not sit still and spent most of the time bouncing in his chair, under his chair or wandering around the room greeting people. Typical.   



It really was perfection and I know Heavenly Father was aware of Miles in this moment and his struggles and that the Holy Ghost was with him and comforting him.  


Best primary teachers in the ENTIRE world right here.  



Nothing has ever been easy with Miles and every single thing we do is a struggle.  It is these moments though that help me realize how far we have come and that the effort is well worth it.  

Some of my favorite things about Miles at 8:

- How much he loves chapter books and wants so bad to read them.

- That I am catching him more and more being kind and helpful to Crew.  I also love that they are bonding over video games and he will put down his remote and actually help Crew sometimes!  #miracle

- We have a special kiss we do every night and he does not go to bed without doing it.  

- Watching him play at recess with his friends while I wait to pick up Crew and getting to see that true, real smile. 



Love this boy.  






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nana
Miles did Excellent at his Baptism! He listened to the talks really well and going in the water and being confirmed. Miles is such a sweet boy who really loves everyone and wants to do his best. Happy 8th Miles. I love you!!!
ANGIE
Love it all! It's awesome to see Miles' progress and also to observe how detailed of a mom you are, Kels. You are really in tune with each of your kids' strengths and abilities and it's a lovely thing to learn from.

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San Francisco

Jul 13, 2017
Paul asked if I wanted to go to San Francisco for my 35th birthday and tears immediately welled up in my eyes.  A birthday trip with just Paul is seriously all I've ever wanted.  



My only request was that I be free of any decision making responsibility.  It was pure heaven.

We flew first class, it was my first time and it was awesome.  We only took Uber Black.  And he got us a hotel right in the heart of Union Square. Not to be overly dramatic, but it was possibly the best weekend of my life thus far.


We ate lots of brunch. 



Stood in lots of lines.

And I was not mentally prepared for how cold it actually was, especially at night. 

Walked miles upon miles each day.



And those hills are just crazy.  I could not get over them.



We walked through China Town, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, fisherman's wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Mission District and everywhere in between.  



Amazing views everywhere.  

We went to the top of Coit Tower excited that the day was so clear and we'd be able to see Golden Gate Bridge 



Nope.  Completely covered in fog with clear skies everywhere else. :)  



Our To-Do List included:

ride a cable car.


We beat the insane lines by riding back to our hotel from Fisherman's Wharf at 11:00. 



It was slightly more scary than I thought it would be going up and down those hills.  


It was cold too, so everyone wanted to ride inside



There was no way i was riding anywhere but hanging off the side. 




China Town.



Shop in Union Square.  

We lucked out and it was pride weekend.  So much fun.  


Lombard Street.



We walked down it during the day and it was so crazy busy!  Our friend Alex drove us down it on the night of my birthday and there wasn't a sole there.  


and

Eat lots of good food. 




Alex introduced us to Off the Grid, San Francisco's food trucks.  it was amazing.  

It also happened to be on my birthday and they had party hats!!



I really wanted donuts, but the line at the donut food truck was super long, so Alex took us to his favorite donut shop, Bob's.  So good.  Then he took us to this amazing park, with awesome toys and no kids in our way.  So we got to slide and swing our hearts out.  



My top 2 things we did were rocket boat and a night segway tour through the city.  

Rocket Boat Tour:

Paul and I bought our tickets and walked right on before the boat left the dock.  



This meant we got seats toward the back.



AKA The Splash Zone.



People of front were dry as could be and we were all just back there screaming and getting smacked with salt water at every turn.  



It was so fun.  There's just something about screaming and laughing that is good for you.

The boat did stop and let us soak in the amazing views and snap a few pictures without fear of losing our phones overboard.  

Segway Tour.

We saw these super nerdy looking people cruising through the city on their segways and it just called to us.  



We knew we had to do it.  



We choose the night tour that started in Fisherman's Wharf.



After 10 min of training they stuck us out on the mean streets of San Francisco, but after 5 min we were all pros, well at least Paul and I.  The old people in our group were another story. :)








We all had ear pieces in where we could hear our guide and it was super cool to learn so much history about the city.  



And the drunk people obviously loved us.  Nothing like blending in with the locals. 



Then it was time to throw our backpacks on (my first time packing light, I pretty much killed it) and head home.

Much needed trip away.  Can't wait for more like this. 



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angie
Sounds amazing! Crazy but we haven't been to the city in years. I'm hoping to take a girls trip out there in a couple of weeks and would love your ideas of what to do! Ha ha. That segway tour is calling to me.... I remember when we first moved out here, seeing some people totally biff it on those. So funny. And our first weekend in SF was the Pride festival, too. Straight from BYU, we were like, What have we gotten ourselves into? lol

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