Back to School

Nov 13, 2019
Paul and I got back from Florida and it was pure craziness as we tried to get ready for the first day of school.  We also had 3 different start dates this year. 

The main stress for Macey was the locker situation at school, but after practicing for about an hour before the first day, they got it down and were ready to go.  



We did our back to school dinner like always.



I just love how simple it is and that I do pretty much the same thing every year, so there's no stress involved.  Especially when I get back into town the night before.  


The excitement this year was these amazing pickles I found, they were the highlight of the meal.  :)  

There were WAY less tears than last year, it was mostly all smiles. 



Macey started first since she had 7th grade day at the Jr High. 



The bus ended up being late and they missed the entire first period.  Plus, Macey had some things she needed to fix on her schedule at the office when she got there.  But, she handled it like a champ and got her schedule settled all on her own.  This girl was more than ready to leave elementary school behind and couldn't wait to be reunited with some old friends from Suncrest.  



I've loved listening to all the Jr. High stories, so much more entertaining than elementary school stories.  Bus drama, boys that like them, the stress of remembering all their different locker numbers, and the chaos of the halls that were not represented accurately in movies they'd seen. :)  Macey could not love Jr. High more.  


Crew and Miles started next.


First day of 2nd Grade.
All smiles for this kid until about the 3rd week of school, where he realized that 2nd grade is a lot harder than 1st. :)  He's killing it though and got an amazing teacher and lots of awesome kids in his class.  



He had to include Fang in his paper doll project. :)  



first day of 4th grade. 



I tried and tried, but this kid would not cooperate for a picture.  He is not one to hide his emotions.  His morning was full of lots of yelling and throwing things, but we got out the door and once he saw his friends he ran right to class without me.  


The day went better than these pictures predict though. He got an amazing teacher, with a few friends in his class and came home smiling. 


Although we did have a massive anger explosion that night, where he ripped up all his hard earned money.  This kid.  



We took a picture on the 2nd day of school, it turned out much better. 


I know it's going to be a good school year, even if it kills me. 


Ruby and I then had our last week to ourselves before she started school.  

We had lots planned. 

Zoo Day with The Miners.



It was hot and busy, but a perfect way to spend one of our last days of freedom.  

Splash Pad with Michelle and Lottie.

Our last breakfast Date at Chickfila.



A few more lazy mornings, just the 2 of us and Fang.






Kindergarten Testing.



I wasn't exactly sure how'd she do.  We didn't even start working on letters and writing her name until the week before her test.  Can you tell she's my 4th kid? :)  I was happily surprised when she didn't do too bad (I was sitting across the room filling out paper work and spying).  



this was my favorite moment:

Mrs. B. : Count from 1 to 10.

Ruby:  1, 10

Mrs. B. : Say the numbers inbetween 1 and 10.

Ruby: 1, 7, 5, 2, 8..

Mrs. B. : Finish counting for me 1, 2, 3....

Ruby: 4, 5, 6, 7...

I was dying.  Poor kindergarten teachers.  


We had a princess movie party with Reagan. 


And then in the mist of it all she BROKE HER ARM and I didn't think it was broken, so I didn't take her in for like 4 days.  

She was running in the backyard, tripped, and her hand went between our tramp hole and the tramp. She only cried for a min, so I didn't think too much about it.  

That night she was still complaining, so I wrapped an ace bandage around it to make her feel better.  She went right to sleep and I chalked it up to her just being dramatic. 

She made me keep it wrapped during the next few days, but at night I would unwrap it when she was sleeping to see if she could remember what arm she hurt (she's crazy dramatic, so it's hard for me to trust her).  She did remember and then when I spied on her sunday getting dressed for church I could see her wince when she was putting her dress on.  So, the day before kindergarten started I took her in just for peace of mind, still not thinking it was broken.   


Broke 2 bones in her wrist.  Good thing about waiting so long is that the swelling was down and she could get her hard cast on right away.


When they were putting her cast on she looked at me and said, "This is the Best day of my entire life".  She kills me.  



Finally the much anticipated first day of Kindergarten came and it was only made better by the bright pink cast she got to sport.  





Pretty much the cutest, and pinkest, kindergartner around.  



She was a little  nervous since she didn't know anyone in her class and mad at me that I put her in AM Kindergarten, while Reagan was in PM Kindergarten with the same teacher.  

She had a great first day though, made new friends, and got to have a photo shoot with Reagan before it was her turn to head off for her first day of kindergarten.  


I was very successful in my 2 hours and 45 min of alone time.  

I read a book and organized my pantry.  




Then before I knew it, it was 12:00 and time to go pick her up.  

And we still had about 2 hours together before the big kids started getting home.  


While somedays I wish she was in all day kindergarten, I'm trying to soak her up as much as possible, because I know this is the end for me.  Next year they will ALL be gone ALL day and I will actually have to take up some hobbies or something.  











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March

May 18, 2019
March was mostly full of lots of broken arm drama. 


The trauma of it all, plus the horrendous rash that developed under his big cast, made for a very clingy 6 year old. 


and a 6 year old that could not fall asleep alone.





I tried to enjoy the cuddles, because I prayed once he felt better things would be back to normal.  




When we went from the big orange cast to the blue cast, we got to see the rash first hand. It was bad and I was glad I had tried to be patient during all the complaining about the very itchy arm, because I think I would of ripped my arm off.  

Life did get better once we were able to treat the worst of the rash and he was happy to have some movement back.

And the big day finally came!!  No more cast.  





And then he walked around with his hand in the claw for the next 24 hours.  



Hiking kept me sane during the stress of it all.

I even went solo hiking one friday because my entire hiking group ditched me.  but, my mental health desperately needed to get outside.  




It was as creepy as I thought it would be, but worth the risk. :)  

Luckily, i didn't have to brave the big bad mountains alone again.  


Even worth it in the freezing cold.  


We visited the aquarium. 


Went to soccer games.


Played lots of basketball on our new hoop.


Lots of sunny days on the trampoline. 



Ruby and I walked to school to volunteer in all sorts of crazy weather.


We went to The Bean Museum.  


Parks.  

And played with neighbor kids as much as possible.



Paul also had a birthday.  

The sun was out, so we headed to the park as soon as church got out and the kids treated Paul to some rides on the swing.



And The Tween hung out here for most of the time. :)  



He also had a little party with lots of video games and food. I got no pictures of the actual party, but this is him getting the basement set up for optimal Smash Brothers playing.  


In house updates:

I got myself an amazing patio chair.  


And we finally replaced the sunroom light and got pendents.  


And this girl is getting closer and closer to kindergarten.  

She is learning to write her name and couldn't be more proud. 








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NANa
March was a good month to get through this year. Poor Crew had a rough time and you did too getting him through it!! Hopefully never to be repeated. Nice updates to the house!

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February

Apr 26, 2019
The month started out with an amazing addition to the basement.  


It was awesome.  Kids were in heaven.  We knew there'd be an injury eventually, but this isn't quite what we foresaw.  





It ended up being a compound fracture, and since the bone came through the skin, he needed surgery.  It was also Macey's birthday.  



Crew and I left in quite a hurry when he came upstairs with his Harry Potter arm.  We left poor Macey and her friend in charge of 2 screaming and traumatized kids.  Luckily, Paul was able to come home and do cake and icecream once Crew got settled into surgery preop.  



He did awesome the entire day.  He broke it about 1:30 and he got out of surgery around 10:00.  




Waking up after surgery was a little rough and he kept yelling at the nurses to stop trying to kill him. :)  But, we eventually got him settled down and we got home just before midnight.  



I ended up keeping all the kids home from school the next day, as everyone was a bit tired and traumatized.  





Plus, Crew didn't mind the extra attention.  



Or presents and visits.  



He was super concerned about not getting any of Macey's birthday cake, Luckily the kids remembered to set a piece aside for him and he happily ate it for lunch.  



I had to keep Crew home with me all week.

We played lots of games and did lots of puzzles.  



and lots of cuddling on the couch. 



And luckily, his bff had him over for a calm playdate, because he was getting a bit stir crazy.



Then, we finally got the first hard cast on and we didn't have to be so stressed about him running around.  He was right back on the tramp, playing soccer, and running wild at recess.  


He freaked out when they took his arm out of the soft cast because he thought it would still be crooked.  He was happy as could be to see that it was nice and straight.  



They just put his hard cast on over the bandages from his surgery and just left the stitches and everything alone.  This turned out to haunt Crew (and us) later, as he then developed an insane rash because of it.  This made sleeping really hard and it was pretty heartbreaking to watch.  He couldn't fall asleep without one of us laying with him.  Luckily, it got better when he got his short cast in March.  



Other than Crew's arm, we didn't do much in February.

We went to Nickel City, as it was fairly cast friendly.



Miles and I made a cake for the Blue and Gold Scout dinner.



He's always bragging about how well I make a Kirby Cake, so that it what we had to do, even though it had nothing to do with the theme or scouts.  :)

Tajen came to play, always an exciting time. 



And of course Ruby and Reagan played non stop.





The weekend after Crew broke his arm, Paul and I headed to Vegas to visit Trina and TJ.  I went back and forth about leaving him (extreme mom guilt), but finally decided he would be fine and Holly could handle it all.  

So glad I did.  I have missed Trina and it was nice to get to see her face and not be stressed for 2 days. 




And she took me to a new Soda Shop. Trina knows what I love. 




There was of course Mom Hikes.  The main way I survive it all.



Plus, Paul and I even got out one Saturday morning and I took him on one of my favorite hikes.  Where I had extreme difficultly crossing the icy snow covered log. 



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angie
Crazy times! Poor Crew. That's a birthday Macey will always remember, sadly. Sorry you had to experience that! Harry Potter arm is right! It totally looked boneless in that picture. I bet it hurt a ton.

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