Crew is 5!
This kid is a whole hand.
All he wanted for his birthday was a waterslide party with the neighbor kids.
Simplest party ever.
I was at the dollar store the morning of his party and thought about grabbing some balloons, but then I decided "nope", don't want to set the bar too high for myself.
Waterslide, water balloons, juice boxes and popsicles. No decorations, no candles, no snacks. Just lots of fun. It's my kind of party.
Paul pretty much provides the entertainment and had the most fun with the twins and tajen during the water fight.
The highlight of the party for Crew was Madden coming, his new bff.
These 2 are the cutest and so similar in personality, I love that Crew finally has a friend in the neighborhood to play with (Georgia babysits him).
This is typical Crew. All the other kids were having a water fight with Paul, so he took the opportunity to play on the slide without all the chaos.
On Crew's actual birthday we headed to Goblin Valley to stay at The Yurt.
Can't beat this background for presents and cake.
And yes, I brought the "4" candle instead of the "5". Mom fail. Luckily Crew didn't seem to mind and all the kids just laughed at me.
We got him Walkie Talkies. The real kind, not the kid kind. It was the best present ever.
They ran around the rest of the night. We heard lots of "Do you copy?"
and "Brother! Brother!"
and "I've captured her"
They gave each other call signs. Crew was Honey Badger
, Miles was Cobra
, and Macey was White Tiger
Best Friends: Liam and Madden
Favorite Game: Go Fish and Zelda
Favorite Book: The book with no pictures
Favorite Movie: Monsters Inc
Favorite Show: Yo Ki Watch
Favorite Things to do: play with friends
Favorite Superhero: Batman and Spiderman
Favorite Food: Hot Dogs
Crew is my sweet and sensitive child. He still loves hugs and cuddles and always wants me to carry and hold him. He also happens to have the ability to move slower than any child I have ever seen. Ruby still picks on him and he still doesn't fight back.
He is also very funny and always cracking jokes and using funny phrases. Currently he is obsessed with hot dogs and finds any excuse to bring them into conversation and pretends that everything tastes and smells like them. He thinks it's hilarious.
And this is the look I get every time he is about to attack me or do something silly.
He has this little red spot on his cheek and I was asking him to help me remember to ask the doctor about when we went to his well check.
His response: "Oh, it's ok mom. Some kids that are really cute just have these."
And according the Doctor it is called spider nevus. I like Crew's answer better. :)
Crew's favorite person is the whole world is Paul. He loves to go to Lowe's with him, play video games with him, watch Superhero Movies with him, and the highlight of his life was when Paul took off work early to take JUST Crew to see Lego Batman at the movie theatre.
He's an easy one to please, this kid.
And he is holding a worm, in case you are wondering why his hand looks like that. Typical.
Crew is the best. And I am so thankful for half day kindergarten, I am not ready to part with this kid for an entire school day. I've got to savor these little kid days as long as I can.
march madness at home
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.
September was a whirlwind of soccer (3 days a week), parks, neighbor kids,school projects, after school activities, and getting used to the ever increasing hectic lifestyle that is 4 kids.
Paul forced us out of bed on a Saturday morning to go see the sunrise in the mountains.
Ruby was the only one that didn't mind.
We got donuts afterwards, so the rest of us quickly forgave him.
I feel like it's been a non stop party around here with kids over to play 24/7.
I believe this was my most insane trip trip to target in recent memory. 3 boys and a Ruby is tough work while waiting in line to checkout.
it's even better when we get to have our friends stay for dinner too.
Another neighborhood water fight. This one proved slightly more violent than our one earlier in the summer and a few kids were hiding and crying by the end. :)
There has been constant soccer or football happening out front. And my kids now refer to this area as "The Soccer Field".
With the big kids at school all day, these boys rule the neighborhood until about 2:30.
and these 2 cute girls of course too.
When 2:30 hits, the kids throw their backpacks in the door, grab a snack, and head outside. I still drag them in most nights for dinner.
and when homework must be done, it is done outside whenever possible.
It's been nice having Macey and Miles both in school full day.
Crew, Ruby, and I have no trouble figuring out how to spend our time.
These 2 crack me up with their constant chatter in the backseat while we are running around during the day.
Ruby graduated from the stroller to her scooter for our canyon adventures.
love these mountains and that I still get to go on daytime adventures with these 2.
A few hours each week though we have to take Crew to preschool and it's just me and the tiny destroyer.
We found Macey's long lost diary key, that someone (Ruby) buried in the bottom on the aquafor jar. :)
Most days I do not know what to do with her, but at least I never get bored.
And really, they don't get much cuter.
Ruby and I even started running with some of our friends in the mornings while Crew is at preschool.
We are slowly feeling less and less like we are going to die each week.
Random hiighlights this month included:
Crazy Hair Day
the School carnival.
I was waiting in line with Miles for one of the bounce houses and he looked up at me and told me I could leave him alone with his friends and that I should go find some of my mom friends. :)
Activity Days fashion show.
Orem updated some of their parks and we've been taking advantage.
And these 2 are always up to something exciting.
And between all the chaos I finally read this book.
It's a new favorite and I've been trying to convince Macey to read it ever since.
BAck to school....Again
We have been back in the swing of things for a few weeks now and it's been going smoother than I anticipated.
This summer was quite crazy and for the first time ever
, I was actually a little bit happy for the kids to be back in school. Miles really wore me down this summer and having him in full day school has been quite refreshing.
We had our annual back to school dinner.
We got home from Bear Lake the day before school started, so I tried to get the kids to do Happy Meals for the back to school dinner. Shockingly, they refused, and wanted what we always have, brown bag lunches. Thank goodness I picked something simple from the beginning and didn't copy all those crazy pinterest people.
Macey was all excitement to go back to school, just like always.
She has an amazing teacher and Macey was very happy to find out her new teacher loves Harry Potter just like her.
I cannot believe she is in 4th grade. Like really, can not believe it. This should not be happening.
They did some assessments before school started and I was a bit nervous for Miles, remembering how horribly things went last year. This year was a huge improvement! While I was the only parent that actually had to go in with their first grader instead of waiting in the hall, he at least spoke and communicated with the teachers and they were as kind and patient as could be.
Miles told me he was only going to go to the first 2 days of school and the last 2 days. Luckily, he came home loving school and has gone back everyday since.
I'm not saying he goes happily everyday. It is still a battle most mornings to get the kid fed and ready, but we are getting there and I will not give up. Homework is another story and another battle that I don't always have the energy to fight. :)
Then there is Crew.
This kid has been dying to go to school His day finally came and it was all smiles and excitement. Ruby had to get in on his photo session.
He went into preschool as happy as could be, posed for a picture, and then went and read books with the rest of the kids. I didn't even know what to do with myself, it was the first time in a long time I wasn't actually needed. I didn't even break a sweat. What a difference from Miles.
The only issue we had at preschool drop off was Ruby thought she should get to ride in Crew's seat, since she's the big kid home with me now. So, after dragging a kicking and screaming Ruby into her seat, I actually was sweating and it felt like a normal school drop off for me. :)
These kids have the most amazing teachers this year and I am so grateful. You cannot replace a great teacher and I am thankful everyday for these teachers and the time and love they give these kids.
And I am so glad I get this crazy one all to myself for a few more years.
And, I need to report, this was the first year I did not cry sending the kids back to school! I am getting better at this letting go thing.
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.
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.