She is 11
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)
Miles is Great and 8.
It happened again. Kids not listening to me and growing.
Fancy pics of just Miles are courtesy of the talented hrob photo
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crew is 5!
This kid is a whole hand.
All he wanted for his birthday was a waterslide party with the neighbor kids.
Simplest party ever.
I was at the dollar store the morning of his party and thought about grabbing some balloons, but then I decided "nope", don't want to set the bar too high for myself.
Waterslide, water balloons, juice boxes and popsicles. No decorations, no candles, no snacks. Just lots of fun. It's my kind of party.
Paul pretty much provides the entertainment and had the most fun with the twins and tajen during the water fight.
The highlight of the party for Crew was Madden coming, his new bff.
These 2 are the cutest and so similar in personality, I love that Crew finally has a friend in the neighborhood to play with (Georgia babysits him).
This is typical Crew. All the other kids were having a water fight with Paul, so he took the opportunity to play on the slide without all the chaos.
On Crew's actual birthday we headed to Goblin Valley to stay at The Yurt.
Can't beat this background for presents and cake.
And yes, I brought the "4" candle instead of the "5". Mom fail. Luckily Crew didn't seem to mind and all the kids just laughed at me.
We got him Walkie Talkies. The real kind, not the kid kind. It was the best present ever.
They ran around the rest of the night. We heard lots of "Do you copy?"
and "Brother! Brother!"
and "I've captured her"
They gave each other call signs. Crew was Honey Badger
, Miles was Cobra
, and Macey was White Tiger
Best Friends: Liam and Madden
Favorite Game: Go Fish and Zelda
Favorite Book: The book with no pictures
Favorite Movie: Monsters Inc
Favorite Show: Yo Ki Watch
Favorite Things to do: play with friends
Favorite Superhero: Batman and Spiderman
Favorite Food: Hot Dogs
Crew is my sweet and sensitive child. He still loves hugs and cuddles and always wants me to carry and hold him. He also happens to have the ability to move slower than any child I have ever seen. Ruby still picks on him and he still doesn't fight back.
He is also very funny and always cracking jokes and using funny phrases. Currently he is obsessed with hot dogs and finds any excuse to bring them into conversation and pretends that everything tastes and smells like them. He thinks it's hilarious.
And this is the look I get every time he is about to attack me or do something silly.
He has this little red spot on his cheek and I was asking him to help me remember to ask the doctor about when we went to his well check.
His response: "Oh, it's ok mom. Some kids that are really cute just have these."
And according the Doctor it is called spider nevus. I like Crew's answer better. :)
Crew's favorite person is the whole world is Paul. He loves to go to Lowe's with him, play video games with him, watch Superhero Movies with him, and the highlight of his life was when Paul took off work early to take JUST Crew to see Lego Batman at the movie theatre.
He's an easy one to please, this kid.
And he is holding a worm, in case you are wondering why his hand looks like that. Typical.
Crew is the best. And I am so thankful for half day kindergarten, I am not ready to part with this kid for an entire school day. I've got to savor these little kid days as long as I can.
Ruby is 3.
: Mickey Mouse ClubhouseColor
: PinkBest Friends
: Roman and IzellaFavorite Toys:
Baby dolls, dr. Kit, princess figuresFavorite Princess:
Chocolate MilkFavorite Food:
Cereal (but she's not picky yet, she eats almost anything)Books:
How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon, Baby lit fairy books, Alice the Fairy
Ruby loves all things girly, but is not girly at all. it's pretty funny. She loves all things pink and princesses, but has no idea how to be soft with anything. Almost every toy she owns is broken or dented. her baby dolls are about as dirty as she gets by the end of each day.
Her favorite pastime is to beat up on Crew. She has a very hard time sharing her toys and is not afraid to get down and dirty to get it back, which is why she beats Crew up a lot.
This is what I got when I told her to smile.
She loves to go to the park and play outside with Izella and Roman. She is always watching for her friends outside and wants to go out as soon as she spots ANYONE (neighborhood dogs included).
She still sucks her two fingers and rubs her belly button when she's tired.
She does not like to get her hair done. To be contained. Or told what to do. Thus, she still has a lock on her door.
But, she does like to do what the big kids are doing. So, that is at least helpful at after dinner chore time. Not so helpful when the other 3 are climbing rocks, jumping into the pool, or climbing on the tops of very tall slides.
She was very spoiled on her birthday and she loved every moment of it.
Minnie Mouse pancakes, as requested.
Lots of pink princess presents.
And hugs all around.
I think the favorite part of her day was that all the kids wanted to play with her and her new toys.
She still refers to Crew as "Crew-Crew", makes my heart happy.
In typical Ruby fashion most of her toys have already had to be repaired (stroller, minnie couch, and princess tent).
There are so many things I want to remember about her at this stage and then so many things I hope to forget too. :)
She's spicy, sassy, loud, cuddly, friendly, opinionated, strong, playful and very loveable.
This girl runs the house and no one seems to mind too much. She was meant to to be the baby of this family and we all love our Wild Ruby.