march madness at home

Apr 4, 2017
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.  

Tags: neighborhoodrubycrewmarchpaulbirthdayforts

Share Your Thoughts

first one in double digits

Feb 23, 2017
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.



laser tag, 

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.  

Tags: maceybirthday10February

Share Your Thoughts

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.  

Tags: milesbirthdayseven
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?

Share Your Thoughts


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.  

Tags: crewbirthday4
Nana and opa
He is a carbon copy of his Pop Pop! Love this little cutie!
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.

Share Your Thoughts

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:


emptying and destroying things 
playing outside

following the boys around

mickey mouse
playing in Macey's room
watching home videos

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.  

Tags: Ruby2birthday
I love Ruby's enthusiasm & spirit. She is full of life and trying to take after all the big kids. Happy Birthday Ruby!
Man, she's a cutie! What a great personality packed into that little body!

Share Your Thoughts