Miles is 7

Dec 1, 2016
I cannot believe it, but this kid turned 7. 



He is wild, opinionated, loving, full of animal facts, in constant movement, and loves school.  



Miles' favorite things to do are to play with Macey, go pokemon hunting with Ellie, and play with all his neighborhood friends. 


Ellie crocheted him this pokeball hat for his birthday, since they go pokemon hunting together almost every Sunday. 


Miles' best friends are Peter, Penelope, Jakey, Cope, Macey, Sammy, and Gavin


Miles loves math and doing the monkey bars at recess.  


I was trying to get away with no birthday party (again), but Miles wore me down.  So, I sent out a last minute text to the  neighborhood moms, took a trip to the party store, and we were in business.  Easiest Party to plan EVER!  


And seriously look at these cupcakes, the kids could not of been happier and Macey even decorated them for me.  





I love a good "pinterest party", but it was evident that it so not worth taking the time and money to go all out.  Although I am grateful for the people on pinterest that did all the work of making the printables I used for the activities!!!! 



The favorite game was Pokemon hunting.  I hid pokemon around the house and each kid had a pokedex where they marked off the ones they found.  Quietest and longest party game I've ever done.  It was amazing.  And then when the big kids had found all the pokemon, they helped the younger kids.  

Birthday requests were simple.  

Krispy Kreme for breakfast.


Pokemon cards and any bad guys for presents.

No good guys for this kid, bad guys only.  Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Storm Troopers, Venom...he wants nothing to do with super heros. :)  


favorite present this year was Darth Vader from Grandma B.  It even went to show and tell at school.  

And then McDonalds and BYU basketball game with Peter.  




I love this kid, and while he makes my life a bit crazy and unpredictable, he kind of is the best.  


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angie
So cute! Thanks for the shout out for simple birthday parties. It feels like we can't even do those anymore, the photographic competition is so fierce. But it's really all about hanging out with friends and eating cake, right?

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Crew-Crew

Jul 31, 2016
Crew turned 4!  



Crew loves to play outside with his friends, swim, ride his scooter, play games, and eat. 






He is cuddly, sweet, sensitive, friendly, and loud.  



Crew posing with a pic of Pop-Pop




He loves all his siblings and friends.  He is happiest when he is playing with them.  





He told me he is going to stay 4 forever and I feel pretty good about that.


We had a neighborhood birthday party when we got back from Washington.  


We did our waterslide.  


Silly String


and the water balloon launcher.

 



He loved all the attention and getting presents from his friends.  


 
We sometimes joke that he was meant to be the baby of a family.  
Due to the amount of attention he demands and the amount of screaming and crying he produces.  But, man we love this kid.  






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Nana and opa
He is a carbon copy of his Pop Pop! Love this little cutie!
nana
I love how sweet Crew is. It's so funny how much he looks like Pop Pop. I'm so happy he has chosen to stay 4.

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Ruby Rue

May 12, 2016
My baby is 2.



Sometimes I want my sweet, quiet baby back.



But, she's just so cute and busy, I don't usually have time to dwell on days past for too long.  



She is a very typical toddler, in that, she is busy, loud, opinionated, moody, cute, and cuddly.


She is gets into the most trouble of any of my 2 year olds.  




She has already figured out how to break through the door knob and cupboard child locks.  She can sense if a crayon, pencil or pen is within reach and will color on as many surfaces as possible until she is caught.  She removes her pjs and diaper much more often than I would prefer.

 If the doors are not locked, she will escape outside the moment your back is turned.  Each day she gets closer to being able to unlock the doors herself too.  Ruby has been banned from getting a drink at Sodalicious, because she ALWAYS eats the cup.  



If she is mad, she will throw whatever is in reach at you.  She is constantly beating up on Crew.  




She also broke the fridge and freezer childlock and is constantly being caught eating stolen frozen waffles and toaster strudles.  

Some of her most used phrases are: 

hungry, eat
no, me do it
what color is dis?
where (insert any family member name) at?
drinky, chocolate milk


Some of my favorite things about Ruby at 2 are:

- How she calls herself "My Baby"
- when she tightly wraps her arms around my neck for a hug


- she will  tell long, elborate stories about her day and I can just catch a few works like swing, miles, crew, peter, ella, scooter, park, doggie, kitty
- her concern for where everyone is


- if i am on the phone she tries to grab it from me and says "Me see nana!"
- she knows all the neighbor kids names and is always talking about what they are doing when we are outside. 
- her crazy hair and how long it actually is


- how much she loves dolls, Macey despised dolls, so it's been so fun to get all these new toys


- She likes things in their proper place
- How she sucks her fingers and plays with her belly button when she's tired. 





Ruby's Favorite Things:

coloring
eating

emptying and destroying things 
playing outside







swinging
following the boys around


mickey mouse
playing in Macey's room
watching home videos

candy
baby dolls
riding her scooter
looking and talking about the instagram posters behind her high chair



Ruby didn't quite get the birthday thing, but the other kids loved picking out presents for her at the dollar store and helping her with all things birthday related.  



Everytime we cut a piece of cake she would say "oh, poor kitty" 






Between her, and those other 3 kids, I find myself collapsing on the couch out of sheer exhaustion each night.  But man, she's worth it.  



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Nana
I love Ruby's enthusiasm & spirit. She is full of life and trying to take after all the big kids. Happy Birthday Ruby!
angie
Man, she's a cutie! What a great personality packed into that little body!

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Yes, he is really 35 now.

Apr 14, 2016
Paul was a bit sad about getting older, so we made sure to celebrate in style.  


Paul is not a fan of sharing his birthday with St. Patrick's Day, so we made sure to get the leprechaun business out of the way first thing.  


Then it was onto breakfast meats and presents.  


The real excitement came though that weekend where we celebrated where every 35 year old dreams...Nickel City


Pizza, video games, friendly competition, laughter, good friends, and laser tag.  




It doesn't get much better.  And I realized I am much too out of shape to play a 15 min. laser tag game. :)  


This getting old thing really isn't that bad after all.  




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angie
I love the autographed photographs of Paul on the guests' plates! That's hilarious.

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Macey is 9. 9!?!

Feb 16, 2016
I cannot believe this girl is 9!!!!


She is one of my most favorite people, ever.  

Macey is kind, generous, smart, hard working, and fun loving.  


She loves to read, hang out with her friends, play games, dance, sing, and talk.  



This birthday was a breeze, since we had been to California the week before. 


She couldn't even think of anything she wanted for her birthday.  Luckily, the boys and I know her well, so she was very pleased with the few things we picked out for her.  


Palace Pet Legos and little live pets.  Such an easy child to please (sometimes).


Miles, Crew and Ruby are all obsessed with Macey and flip out when they get to spend any time with her.  Miles has a hard time sharing her, but she is good about playing games with Crew and letting Ruby in her room from time to time.  I could not of asked for a better first kid.  


Don't be fooled though, this girl is full of attitude too.  

This is her telling me I misinterpreted her cake request. :) 


We lucked out and there was a BYU game that night.  So, after a gourmet meal of crockpot mac & cheese, strawberries and birthday cake, we were off.  


There was only one person she wanted to bring and that was Tajen.
 
These two have been bff's since their toddler days.   


I love their relationship and the sweet and fun sides they bring out in each other. best friends forever.  

Macey always breaks out her sweet dance moves during timeouts, but did not appreciate me photographing her.  

I love this girl.  I love that she wants to hang out with me.  I love that she wants to be inclusive of everyone.  I love that she wants to be good and helps me to be better.  I love that she is a good friend.  I love that she makes our house a better place.  


Still can't believe I have a nine year old!!




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angie
You make me want to try harder to have a strong friendship component in my relationships with my kids. Its awesome to see you and Macey taking selfies and it sounds like you're really close. That's so cool.

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