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.
march madness at home
March always comes just when we need it.
I never realize how much pent up energy these kids have inside them until they are set free after winter.
If the sun is out, these kids are out. Dinner is skipped many evenings, or shoveled into their mouths at a lightening pace, to get back outside.
Never a shortage of friends or things to do.
And I get to see my long lost friends too. Life is good.
Crewby keeps me busy during the day with constant fort building.
I actually banned forts for April though, I'm a good mom like that. Ruby loves to destroy them and Crew loves to scream and cry when this happens. So, we are taking a break, before I completely loose it. :)
We registered Crew for Kindergarten this month.
I am not too happy about having him gone everyday next school year, but bless Utah and their half day kindergarten.
Look at this stud, I am not quite ready to part with him.
Although, he has been mastering the screaming fit lately, so I won't miss that. :)
Lucky for me, I still get this crazy girl all to myself for a little longer.
She is actually starting to play and pretend with her toys. I love to watch.
She also uses everything as a magic wand and is constantly turning me into Belle or Ruby.
And look at this hair!
And these best friends are just the cutest. Ruby's life just wouldn't be the same if Ella didn't live across the grass from us.
I often get asked if Ruby is still wild. The answer is "yes!"
There are a million stories I could share. This particular picture though represents what happens the 1 time I forget to lock the closet door in her room.
She was suppose to be napping, but she of course sensed my mistake and emptied all my more dangerous craft items all over her room. She left the paper, crayons, googly eyes, pom-poms, craft sticks, washable markers, and tape alone.
Instead she went for ALL the permanent markers, ink pads, and scissors. She covered every item in her room, and her body of course, in ink. Luckily her wardrobe is installed with self locking technology, otherwise I am sure all of her clothes would be covered in permanent marker as well.
45 min in the bath and 45 min scrubbing her room and most of the marker is gone. the palms of her hands and soles of her feet were pink for a week. And her bedframe is a lost cause. Other than that, it didn't turn out too badly.
Once again, this is why we spend so much time outside. :)
Crew learned to ride a two wheeler last year, but he isn't quite ready for real bike rides, due to the fact that he can't ride straight and either rides into fences or off the curb. I find it a bit stressful. So, we have been doing lots of practicing in the Target parking lot.
This particular day we ended up with a 3 bike pile up. I think we need a little more work on the brakes.
There's of course been lots of basketball watching. M&M are very into this year and have kept very good tabs on their favorite teams.
We bought Rogue One and these 3 LOVED it. We sent them down to get their PJ's on and they all came up in their Star Wars gear.
We pulled Miles' Battle Bots arena down from it's high shelve and it's been quite entertaining. Ellie even got in on the action when she stopped by to visit.
A highlight of every March is always Paul's Birthday.
homemade chocolate cake with homemade frosting...only the best for this guy.
He even got to come home from work early to play with us. And yes, notice another fort has been set up in the backyard.
We then got a babysitter. Watched some basketball at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then played mini golf and video games. I love birthdays.
I also caught this cute leprechaun.
first one in double digits
I cannot believe we have reached the milestone of having a kid in the double digits.
The occasion has made me more sentimental than normal and has caused lots of reflection on years past.
Macey has kind of always been the best.
She was the best toddler. Always dressing up, accessorizing, dancing, throwing parties...pretty much my entertainment.
She has always been my best helper and side kick. It was funny looking through her birthday pictures and seeing how obvious it was which ones I was sick and prego during. She has been through a lot with me. Glad we are over that phase. :)
and seriously, the change from 9 to 10?!? Part of it, I am sure, is because I have FINALLY let her keep her hair long. I am learning to relinquish control. slowly learning.
Her birthday started like it always has...with donuts.
Then it was all shopkins and Lea Accessories. Nana and Opa got her a real pearl necklace too and she was in love.
Macey highly dislikes cake and loves mint icecream. So, I tried my hand at a mint chocolate chip icecream cake. She approved and I think we have found her new birthday request.
She was not pleased Ruby wanted to help blow out the candles.
She knew just where she wanted her party, Nickel City.
lots of good friends,
and prizes.It is good to be Macey.
Paul also took her and 2 friends (tajen and bree) to the BYU basketball game on her birthday. He ignored my request though and took zero pictures. Pictures or not, she said she had the best time ever!
And I came across this picture from when Macey, Maddy and libby were little and could not resist a comparison.
They've been friends the last 10 years and I hope it continues.
and side note, I think we had more toys in our house when Macey was our only child, than we have now.
While I am sad she's growing up, I am also excited for what's ahead of her.
She's intelligent, kind, compassionate, feisty, independent, and genuine.
There are adventures ahead for this girl and I can't wait to share them with her.