december part 1
The gathering of snow clothes is always the most stressful part of a snowy day. Luckily, I figured out before it was too late that Ruby needed some new winter clothes for walking to school, here she is happily modeling what I picked out.
Since Trina and TJ didn't make it for Thanksgiving, they sent the kids a package to help ease the sadness. Kids of course loved every little thing Trina picked out for them.
I felt like we didn't have as many performances as normal this December and it was weird. Part of that I suppose is because it's the first time since 2nd grade that Macey hasn't done The Scera classes.
The 3 little kids did have a Christmas concert at school, but I took no pictures. You'll just have to believe me it was adorable.
Ruby had a little dance recital.
And Macey had an Orchestra Concert.
and that was it. No stress at all.
I blew up a potato in the microwave. Everyone found it very entertaining. Except me, because i had to clean it up and then had no dinner. :)
Fang is still living his best life.
Finally got him his first pup cup from Sodalicious. He's hooked and now loves Sodalicious as much as the rest of us.
Got a car wash between snow storms and the kids thought this was pretty hilarious.
Ruby got Student of the month for November. They take their pic and get to have a catered lunch with the principal. She loved every minute. And she really has worked her little kindergarten butt off and earned it.
She came into kindergarten a lot behind and has worked hard to pay attention and try when things are tricky. And most importantly, she is kind and respectful.
Finally found the perfect Christmas puzzle for us. We sadly lost 3 pieces in the process of putting it together and everyone is blaming Fang.
We took the little kids to Starwars (Macey went with her friends). Miles and I waited in the hall for the previews to be over. They are always too loud and intense and scary for this one. Who knew the previews for Starwars lasted 30 min!!
Macey threw a wild and crazy Christmas party for her friends.
I love these new friends she's made since our move.
Our main goal for this holiday season was trying to find a way to serve our community and get our kids involved. Plus, buy our kids less. And we finally did it. We only got each kid one present and there were just fine with it.
We decided to adopt some families in our area through United Way.
It was a bit stressful shopping for an entire Christmas for 3 other families, in addition to ours. But, all worth it in the end and we were able to find the things on the kid's lists.
The kids were a bit nervous when we started delivering the presents to the families. but, it was good for them to talk with these moms and see families in different circumstances than ours, but that these families were still kind and nice. Plus, all the families had a little treat for the kids, like hot chocolate or brownies and they just thought that was the nicest thing ever. We will for sure be doing it again next year.
Nana and Pop-Pop came out to visit.
- We had a gingerbread making competition. boys vs girls.
The boys gingerbread house had gingerbread men pooping. machine guns. they wrote Die in frosting on the roof. It was hilarious and wild.
these kids are never boring.
We went to 2 BYU basketball games when they were here.
We went to Christmas in Color again.
It was pure chaos in the car switching kids in and out of the sun roof, but we did it and no one got hurt.
I took my dad hiking.
It was so fun to share something I love with him.
We made Nana's dreams come true by taking her ride the animals at the mall.
We did our Early Christmas.
The Nerf guns they got the boys were huge hits.
And everyone had a chance to wear their Christmas best.
Next up...Christmas Break.
December part 1
December couldn't of started off more perfect. A snow storm came!!
We were quite excited and hit up our favorite sledding spot with our neighbors.
We visited the aquarium some more.
Mom hikes are still going strong and keeping me sane.
Like every December there were about a million performances.
Crew had his first grade program.
Macey's orchestra class had a little performance. I was quite impressed with what they had learned with 90 min a week for a few months.
Michelle and I took the girls to see The Christmas Carol at the Hale Center Theatre.
Macey had her Scera Youth Theatre Christmas Review.
They did a great job, as always.
And Ruby had her Christmas dance Recital.
which was just 30 min of pure cuteness.
Doing dance with these friends has been one of our favorite things.
they get to hang out and run around together and Traci, Ashley and I get to workout and chat. It was a win-win all around.
Ruby, was very specific with her flower choice for after her performance.
I passed the test.
Ruby is as strong willed as ever.
She decided she didn't want to go to preschool one morning, but my sanity depended on her going. So, I had to drag her to the car kicking and screaming. I tripped over an out of place stool in the garage and since I was carrying Ruby and was terrified of her hitting her head on the cement garage floor, I cradled her body and tore mine up in the process.
Luckily I had a really thick sweater on and yes, I went to preschool drop off with blood dripping down my arm. This injury was not going to be in vain. :)
She is a not stop drawer, my first one. I cannot keep my scratch paper stocked. My favorite is that she alway includes belly buttons on her people.
We visited Santa.
It was all going very smoothly.
And then Santa asked Miles if he's been being good. Miles then started crying and ran away down the hallway of the mall.
Through my amazing terrorist negotiation skills, I convinced him to just sit by Santa. I was not requiring any smiling or talking. This is what we got.
won't be a Santa visit we will be forgetting anytime soon.
My parents came to visit this month and go to enjoy some of the above chaos with us.
We also took them to Just Add Chocolate.
Made sugar cookies.
We got to help in Miles' insanely over the top Polar Express Day at school.
Introduced them to Dave and Busters.
Played lots of games.
Had a mini Christmas
And decorated one gingerbread house. I thought about branching out and buying multiple, but all kids were content with decorating their one side, so we are sticking with one house. :)
Always a good visit.
Paul and I also threw our first real party at the new house. I didn't get any pictures. But, I did get a picture of my sweet outfit.
Obviously the party was a huge success.
The kids were sad we made them go to bed and they missed out on the festivities, so we played another round of Soda Pong with them the next day. it's a family favorite.
My cousin Matthew and his family came into town, so had fun meeting up with them a few times.
We hadn't seen them since they moved away when Crew was a newborn and it was so fun to meet their kids!
and we thought about taking our Trampoline down for the winter, but are glad we didn't because it has been jumped on pretty much every day. Rain or shine.
Next up Christmas break Festivities.
Some of December
We had grandparents at our house for 17 of the 31
days this month, talk about lucky kids. This also meant Macey, Miles, and Crew shared a room for 17 days this month...this equaled some very tired children as they get a little crazy when there's 3 of them in there.
My parents visit was go, go, go. baptism, dance recital, Macey's winter showcase, ninja class, and so much more. Ruby's Recital
Ruby was tired and a bit sick on the day of her recital. She screamed the entire time we got ready and then for the 30 min before her show started. Luckily her teacher came and grabbed her from me about 10 min to curtain call, Ruby went right to her and then she let Traci put her costume pieces on in their waiting room. It was a Christmas miracle.
And so worth it, because it was about the cutest 3 year old dance recital I have ever seen.
Ruby loved taking dance with 2 of her (and my) best friends and Miss Jenn was worshiped by these 3 little girls. Can't wait for dance to start again next week. And I was so glad my parents actually got to see it, these are the things they usually have to miss. Macey's Winter Showcase
I am so glad we found the Scera musical theatre class. This girl loves to perform and I love how organized and amazing all the staff is.
We of course squeezed in lots of game time, a visit to the children's museum, a walk to see the lights at City Center, Christmas Movies, and a drive through World of Color.
these 4 spent most of their time at the magic shop learning all sorts of magic tricks and secrets. Love it when it's empty.
We also took Nana to Nickel City to celebrate her birthday, since we missed her party.
In between visits we -
Saw Star Wars the day before it opened, Paul always knows the right people.
Went to lots of BYU games.
Domo Christmas Party. Best one yet. Meaning it was the shortest one yet.
Crew got student of the month.
I seriously die over this kids cuteness every day.
Macey is in full blown tween mode.
And yes, that is my choker from the early 2000's and my old ugly sweater t-shirt she is wearing.
Ruby has a new thing where she puts every toy she owns in her bed at night and then somehow finds a place to sleep in there.
Then we got to do Kindergarten and 5th grade Christmas Parties.
I think Macey's class party was one of my best yet, not to brag. :)
And then it was onto more Christmas Breaking and hanging out with Nana and Opa.
More of December
Paul's parents came a few days before the kids got out for school, they got to enjoy all the Christmas Break Craziness with us.
We started out break with decorating sugar cookies.
Opa was just as talented as the kids.
I thought about doing a more involved gingerbread house, but glad I stuck with the preassembled one from costco. Not a single complaint about one house for the whole family to decorate.
And check out Crew's tongue. True concentration mode.
A trip to see Santa.
After church we had to trek up the canyon to find some snow.
Still wasn't very much and not the most ideal sledding conditions, but we had a blast and it got out some of that Christmas Eve energy.
matching bucky shirts!
I did not get a picture of the kids in their pj's before bed Christmas Eve, but there was plenty of time Christmas morning, since Miles woke up the entire house at 5:30 am.
We tried to stay pretty simple with Christmas this year and for the first time I think we actually did it. And the kids did not seem to mind one bit.
I loved watching them open their presents from Santa. Part of me always wishes I could have a 3 and 5 year old at Christmas time.
Video games for Miles, Batman tank for Crew, Princesses for Ruby, and it was all Ravenclaw stuff this year for Macey.
Crew played non-stop with his batman tank and loved shooting everyone with the batwings. So, glad Santa didn't bring him what he asked for. :)
We have had NO snow this season, but Utah was extra kind to us this year and it snowed Christmas Eve.
It wasn't tons, but it was perfect for making Frosty.
Ruby might of made us all hold hands with the snowman and sing "Frosty the Snowman". :)
Then it was off to our favorite Utah Family's house for Christmas Dinner.
We were pretty depressed about the lack of snow, as our snowshoes have been mocking us just hanging in the garage.
We had to get out, so we went for a winter hike to Stewart Falls instead. No snowshoes needed.
Paul packed our ultra light chairs, so we enjoyed some relaxing time sipping some hot cocoa and enjoying the view.
The weather was even nice enough for a family bike ride to the park. Crew was the cutest, and slowest, bike rider around. I think it's time for him to move up bike sizes.
New Years Eve.
We invited the rensinks over for fried food and yummy appetizers.
We even pulled out the disco ball, the sign of a true party around here.
The highlight was Soda Pong. We each bought 3 gross and 3 good sodas. The kids were obsessed and want to play it all parties now. :)
Then at 9:30 we had our count down and kids were asleep by 10:00. It was the best kind of New Year's Eve.
Love these party animals.
Can't believe 2017 is behind us!! But, happy to be onto new adventures and trying to gain some control over my crazy bunch.
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.