May was a whirl of fun and chaos.
Macey finished up the last of her Scera Performances.
She had her dance recital with The Emmie's
And then her Showteam Showcase, where all the acting classes performed 2 of their pieces.
Sunny, but not hot weather, was perfect for hitting up a few of our favorite spots before school was out.
We love this part of the Provo River Trail. It is usually pretty empty and there's a bunch of cool places to stop and explore.
We had so much fun, we decided to go after school the next week, so all the kids could enjoy it.
Didn't take into account how much higher the river would be!! It was crazy stressful, but our scare tactics worked (we told the kids they would most likely die if they fell in...which was the truth), so they kept their distance.
At least the outing ended on a peaceful note feeding the horses in the parking lot, a safe distance from the raging river. Thanksgiving Point Gardens
We missed the tulip festival this year, but I didn't mind too much.
There were still a lot of tulips in bloom and barely any people. Farm Country
It was crazy busy with preschool field trips, so after 30 min we walked up to get some icecream.
Crew was not pleased to walk one block and pretty much screamed and whined the whole way.
Until we got to the little gardens where he told me, "mom, I forgot how beautiful it was here." No more crying after that. BYU
campus is one of my happy places.
And if I enter the Cougareat, I cannot leave without a hot loaf of bread with honey butter. Takes me back. :)
It's pretty much just constant friends and playing around here when the sun is out.
lots of bug catching
. bike ridingpark playing. eating
And I've even been allowing children inside! This is not normal for me, but it's gone fairly well.
We've even attempted a few art projects.
and bug drawing (for a bug club meeting)
And just random shenanigans with our best neighbors.
Sometimes though we hideout and have lazy mornings and pretend we don't hear the knocks on our door.
And this would be a typical Saturday morning around here. These 2 playing video games in their underware. Living the dream.
Speaking of underware...Ruby earned a trip to Chuck E. Cheese for being potty trained.
And we squeezed in our last few errands together before everyone was out of school.
She seems so sweet and content in the shopping cart here, but not 5 min. later she determined I was taking too long and started throwing items out of my cart, biting my hands, throwing her shoes. It's always an exciting time with Ruby.
I actually had a great mother's day this year. Thanks to these 4 and Paul.
Got my picture. Got to read. And got to eat good food that I didn't make.
We invited ourselves on the Rensink's date to "Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies".
So fun!! Good music and good company. But, it reminded me how much I hate mosh pits and I am grateful for the security guard that Julianne and I spent much of our time cowering behind.
And we've been trying to adopt a fairly minimalistic lifestyle around here, but I cannot get this girl on board!
here's hoping we can get it figured out this summer.
MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.UTAH LAKE
While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.
So, exploring we did.
The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.
Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.
It was kid heaven. Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.
And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot? Well, mine do. And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count.
We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday.
I foresee many more explorations taking place here. HANGTIME
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.
It was awesome. Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out. And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. YOGA WITH THE SHARKS
A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.
It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had. We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards. DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING
Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.
It was amazing. We got some sweet video. We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :) SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.
Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines. Love me a good elementary program.
We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:BYUFARM COUNTRYTHE POND
loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water.
Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies.
I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time. Fanny Packs
are extremely useful. I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket. Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :) SOCCER
Spring soccer has started up again. Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department. But Miles hasn't minded one bit.
We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.
We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.
Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.
There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in.
Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids.
It was a bit stressful for me though. :)
And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie.
Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.
I'd say it was a very successful month around here.
Since we are almost to February, I figure I need to document our December before it is too distant a memory.
December was a happy blur of parties, playing, concerts, christmas prep, basketball games, and endless traditions.
Macey performed 2 songs in the Scera Christmas Concert. She even had a solo. I was too busy actually watching the show to get any pictures, but here's a post performance shot with the boys.
And the best part about taking classes at the local theatre is the $2 kid snack packs. Helped them make it through about half the acts.
She also had her first Elementary choir concert.
Crew also rocked his first Preschool concert.
doesn't get much cuter than a bunch of 4 year olds trying to sing songs together.
We got to cheer on BYU at lots of games.
Ringing the victory bell with Cosmo in his Santa Costume. Dream come true.
We lucked out and got 4 of Paul's bosses courtside seats.
dinner, unlimited snacks, amazing view. These kids are getting spoiled.
Paul took a Friday off and we did a quick snow shoe trip while Crew was at Preschool.
turns out Ruby is a bit too heavy for the carrier, but too small for small shoes.
Then Crew happily got to help Paul put up our lights and blow ups. It will be a sad day when this takes more than an hour. :)
Kids favorite tradition was once again getting their new ornaments for the tree.
Crew: North Pole
Ruby: Sweet treats
My favorite tradition is always torturing them with a trip to see Santa.
Ruby was not pleased and for the first time in her entire life clung to her stroller and did not want to get out. Being the good mom I am, I pried those fingers off and handed her over to the stranger with the big beard.
The boys were super into Santa this year and waited in line for 30 min to talk to him again
at the Riverwoods.
We love visiting the Riverwoods during Christmas.
lots of "baking".
We of course went to the Domo Christmas Party. AKA, the only time we get dressed up all year.
School seemed to go FOREVER this year, the 4th grade teachers were smart and took the kids on a field trip to the dinosaur museum.
I love getting to go on field trips and getting to know their friends better and seeing them in their element.
Paul and I took advantage of our babysitters being out of school by going to a morning showing of Rogue One. Can't beat the heaters on those recliners. and it was the best breakfast I have had in a long time. :)
We of course had our lazy moments too.
and I throughly enjoyed Sodalicious' chocolate cookie with peppermint frosting. Tasted just like Christmas.
3 seasons in 1
In November we got a little bit of every type of weather, it was perfection.
Gotta love after Halloween clearance. Picked up this sweet Kylo helmet for $2! And notice the tank top and shorts...in November!
We had a few glorious weeks in the 60's and even low 70's.
We pretty much made the kids live outside, since we didn't know how long it would last. And we didn't even eat dinner or do homework on most of the those days, because I just could not bare the thought of making them come inside when there were friends and sunshine to be enjoyed.
Very slowly the leaves started falling and we got to have many jumping sessions.
These kids are well trained and instantly form a line once the pile is ready and there are always "pile keepers" who will build the pile back up before the next kid can jump. :)
There was lots of burying of kids in the leaf pile and then videoing them in slow motion jumping out. It was highly entertaining.
Michelle and I ventured to BYU.
Always fun to be on campus, especially when it's with one of my favorite Roomies.
We wanted to stand in the quad and yell at all the students to enjoy this time, they will never get it back, soak it all in!!! But instead, we probably just convinced them not to have children too soon.
notice, my shoeless child in November, in a public place, in bare feet. Good parenting right there. It's all about survival.
And lucky for us the weather held until we were able to make it Orem's new All Together Playground. I have a thing with crowds, especially at playgrounds.
It was awesome. We were only able to find the boy's fence posts, so we will go back once the snow melts to find Macey and Ruby's.
Then finally, the last few days of November, we got our long awaited snow! It's no fun playing outside when it's cold, unless there is snow on the ground.
The first snow day there was about 20 kids playing out front! I would of gotten a picture, but I had 6 kids out there (we had 2 school friends over) and that kept me quite busy with dressing, undressing, fixing gloves, throwing snow balls and distributing hot chocolate.
Macey and Carmen's Snow Caterpillar
And even the snow couldn't keep Ruby from doing her chore of taking the garbage to the dumpster.
Bring on Winter, I might actually be ready for you this year.
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. :)