Nana and Pop-Pop came to spend Christmas with us and it was their first Christmas away from home! We felt very privileged they choose to spend it with us.
Sadly, my mom actually came down with pneumonia while she was here. So, she ended up spending most of her time on the couch observing. :(
Other than the pneumonia, Christmas was quite perfect.
Plus, we were in bed before midnight, Christmas miracle.
And we were on time for 9:00 am church Christmas Morning!!! Turns out getting to go to church on Christmas makes for a pretty great day.
I feel like this picture sums up the kids perfectly. :)
Miles- in constant motion
Macey- wondering how she got stuck with all these crazies
Ruby- screaming and jumping
Crew- distracted by the small object in his hand
Before we left for church we did stockings and santa presents.
I didn't get many pictures due to the chaos and constant movement of hyped up kids. But trust me, it was magical.
Nothing beats getting a real smile out of this girl. The long wished for Lea doll did it.
Ruby didn't put this baby down or take off her stethoscope. Cutest 2 year old ever.
Crew's favorite present was this pirate chest from Granny and Granddad.
You'll notice I got no pictures of Miles. It is because he was so entertaining opening presents, I only got video. :) #momfail
And it once again snowed on Christmas Eve!!! We are getting spoiled around here.
Magical Christmas snow with some of our favorite neighbors to end an amazing Christmas. Perfection. Day after Christmas
was just as it should be.
eating leftovers, putting legos together, playing with toys, sledding, and staying in pjs all day AGAIN.
And this girl sledding was kind of my favorite.
Pop-Pop got lots of runs in too.
And these 2 never got off this sled and I don't think they ever stopped smiling either.
We did get Nana out of the house to sit and watch us bowl later in the week
This girl allowed no one to help her while bowling. It lead to a few pinched fingers, but Miss Independent was quite the proficient bowler.
It was actually much more fun than I anticipated and Crew kind of made my entire day with his sweet bowling moves and glasses.
And then we left Nana with Ruby while the rest of us went snow shoeing
And then we got in some good sledding at the end.
Pop-Pop ended up getting to sleep in the hideout due to Nana being sick. We are pretty amazing hosts with top of the line accommodations.
It was a bit of a different visit, with my mom being so sick, but we so glad they were able to survive the traveling to be with us and that no one else got sick.
After my parents left Paul and I got to go snow shoeing
up Lambs Canyon.
It was beautiful and we didn't see a single sole on the trail. The only downside was the road was closed, so we had to hike 2 miles up the road to get to the trailhead.
This is me being annoyed about it. :) And yes, I have my sled on my pack. We like to be prepared for all conditions.
Utah is the best sometimes.
We couldn't find a babysitter for New Year's Eve
and it turned out to be the best thing ever.
We texted our neighbors to come over for a kid party from 7:30-8:30. :)
We had no food. But we did have a giant saran wrap ball with goodies, glow sticks, music, and noise makers. It was one of my better parties.
We did a count down, had a little dance party and our kids were fast asleep by 9:30. It was a great start to the New Year.
We ended break with a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese and the Puppy Barn.
Love Christmas Break!
Every year we get 3 days off in October and I usually go a bit crazy with our adventures. So, I tried to pace myself this year and just had one fun thing planned each day. Worked like a dream.Day One:
Made the kids do chores (insert screaming, whining, kicking) and then when they were done I braved the crowds and headed to a pumpkin patch.
I rarely make public appearances during fall break, as most of the state has the same days off and I don't enjoy large crowds. But, I was feeling brave and the weather was perfection.
No one got lost, the kids listened, no whining, and only one incident with our wheelbarrow falling over and our pumpkins rolling all over the parking lot when I was trying to load Crewby in the car.
I'd say it was a very successful trip. And yes, I was finding corn in the house for days, especially in the washing machine. Day Two:
Scarecrow Festival and Michelle's house (where she worked on my halloween costumes)
I was actually very impressed with the Scarecrow festival and we will be back next year for sure. Macey and Libby were the photographers and took pictures of EVERY SINGLE Scarecrow, so we could then vote for our favorite one.
Macey's favorite: Harry Potter
Crew's Favorite: Jack Skeleton
Miles' Favorite: All of them
Ruby's Favorite: Elsa.
The boys like pretending to be scarecrows.
We walked through the "I am the Light of the World" exhibit. it was very cool and of course only something you would find in Utah County. Crew broke out singing "Gethsemane"
when we found a sculpture of Christ praying in the garden. :)
At the end was the scared grove
and yes, Miles instantly ran to Joseph Smith and started hugging him.
Putting Michelle to work making a peter pan collar for my costume. Day Three:
Bowling at BYU with the Rensinks & getting our fridge delivered (we didn't have a fridge for 10 days. We lost all our food. it was very annoying and I am so grateful for modern day appliances.)
We had the bowling alley to ourselves. Boys on one lane and girls on the other. It was great. And Ruby impressed us all with her ability to pick up the ball with no help and put it up on the ramp thing. This girl is tough stuff.
It was great having the kids home for a few extra days, but I can't say I was sad to send them back. :)
We started off Christmas Break with attending Domo's swanky Christmas Party.
I love getting to dress up all fancy once a year.
I tried to get the kids fancy looking for the Sunday before Christmas and they were adorable.
They of course didn't cooperate for pictures, but believe me they were the cutest kids around.
We did lots of playing, which is pretty much what you should do over any break from school.
We took them to Nickel City for the first time and they fell in love.
And since Paul was off the whole break too, we made sure to get out and enjoy the snow too.
We tried taking the kids snowshoeing again.
This time Crew was awesome and Miles cried the entire time.
We tried to enjoy the scenery amidst the whining and crying.
We got a babysitter and finally got to go snow shoeing without the kids.
We let Alex come with us, only because he promised not to cry.
It was breathtaking.
And thanks to the decent down to the water fall I got a lot of laughing in too.
And who can resist making snow angles in untouched mountain snow?!
I always love New Years Eve.
It's a good excuse to eat good food, play games, laugh, and stay up late.
We played Mt. Dew Pong and Flip Cup (with Mt. Dew). :)
The boys also played egg roulette. Hilarious.
It was a great end to a pretty great year.
We had perfect weather for fall break this year and so we did something we've never done before in October...we want to the pond
It was actually Ruby's first time at this pond and she was loving life.
It helped that we had the whole place to ourselves and lots of friends to play with and give her snacks.
So glad Julianne and Gina are always up for a good time and didn't mind the extremely nasty water. Luckily none of the kids got sick. :)
Paul wanted to take the kids bowling
, but I just kept thinking how horrible it would be.
Confined space, heavy balls, changing kids shoes, and the crying if they lost...
Turns out I was wrong. It was a blast and the kids loved it.
Look at that little jump after knocking down some pins. Totally worth it. Other excitement included:Carousel RideKirsten
came out of storage
Emmie invited Macey over to play, so I was hoping that maybe she would want to take Kirsten with her, since Emmie loves American Girl Dolls. It worked, 4th time is the charm, she's in love with Kirsten. Movie Nights
And even some late night coding
It went by too fast, can't wait for the next school break.
Spring Break is over. We had fun. We stayed up late. We played hard. I am tired.
Spring Break is always a good practice run through for summer for me. You know, to see what I need to change to make sure our summer days run more smoothly. I learned I need a no TV/ipad rule until an entire list of things is done, I need to implement my ticket system again, and I actually need to force children and myself to do our chores so our house isn't in a constant state of disaster.
The weather kind of sucked for the most part, but it didn't stop us from playing hard.
I always have slight anxiety about going out to public places during spring break here, because the entire area had spring break at the same time and there are just a lot of kids in Utah and I don't like crowds.
We ventured to the Riverwoods the first day.
I felt like a boss, because I even got some shopping in at my favorite boutique with 4 children in tow and no one broke or stole anything and I didn't even have to yell at the boys.
As a reward for the 5 us, we all got blue bell icecream and french fries for lunch. And yes, I took my 4 kids to lunch in a public place alone, during actual lunch time. This is huge for me people.
On one of Miles' 3 bathroom trips
during our time at the Riverwoods, we spotted a ladybug. This made the hauling of children to the outside public bathroom much more worth it.
- We went to the Rec Center Pool with the Everetts.
My kids were in heaven with some of their favorite big kids to play with. And, the only tricky part for me was the locker room afterwards. It was much more difficult trying to keep them contained while everyone got dried and changed than I anticipated. I got a lot of sympathetic smiles during this 25 min ordeal. :)
- The highlight of the week was our slumber party with The Browns, they know how to have fun.
Michelle borrowed a bounce house for the basement and this proved to be very entertaining for all ages. Plus, it kept them from getting out every toy in the entire house.
We took them on a sweet walk to wear them out.
Had an egg hunt, baked and decorated cupcakes, made candy necklaces, did a treasure hunt, and watched a movie in the movie theatre room.
We even ventured out in public to the Bean Museum (where we had to stalk people for parking spaces) and then took all kids to Wendy's for dinner.
Crew and Liam cracked me up with their random conversations and antics. Ruby and Lottie finally got to have some real play time and I loved watching them crawl all over each other. And the girls kept reminiscing about going to St. George, you know, when the boys weren't there to bug them. :) Miles even had a blast, even though he kept complaining about doing too many girl things and having to sleep in a pink bed.
- We also got to go to the Zoo with some more friends. Miles was very happy that these friends were boys, as he'd had his fill of girls for the week. :)
There's a new baby orangoutang there that I could of watched all day, if it wasn't for boys that kept wandering off.
- For the first time since living here an icecream truck came into our parking lot!
I was in the basement doing laundry when I heard Miles outside screaming. I ran out to see what was going on, to find him running in circles screaming "ice cream, ice cream!" When that amount of enthusiasm is showed, there is no way I could turn ice cream down.
- To end spring break, we finally got some nicer weather to enjoy over the weekend with Paul.
Only 46 more days until Summer Vacation!!!!