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May 14, 2017
For the first time in motherhood I think I actually over scheduled us!! We had soccer, dance, karate, musical theater, track, ward party planning, potty training, sports camp, teacher appreciation, remodel, and then all the normal things! 

So, glad I already promised myself no summer camps for the kids!  I am already worn out.  


Sport Camp

This was Miles' 2nd year and can I tell you, huge difference! There was still some crying and whining before hand, but once we got there he was a champ.  

Last year I think he spent half the time on the wall or crying to me.  

It was good for me to see some improvement and that it really is worth pushing and forcing this kid to get out of his comfort zone.


The soccer season also finished!  Still haven't decided if we will do it again, I am tired. 


But once again, huge difference from last year.  

The one thing Miles was most excited about this month was his First Grade program at school.  


He practiced every day for weeks.  I had to make a playlist of the all the songs so he could practice in the car.  He rocked it.  

Macey lived at the Scera Theater towards the end of the month.  Between classes, rehearsals and the performances...it was a lot. 


Her Showteam Class did "The Jungle Book"  She was Kaa and a bumble bee.

And seriously, we have a tween on our hands.  


Georgia put hair extentions in her braid. :)


Two of her favorite things.  Listening to music and facetiming with Kaylin.  




I can already picture the teenage days ahead of us.  
 
Easter happened.  


neighborhood egg hunt was a success.  


as was easter in the middle of the remodel.  It at least gave us some new places to hide baskets. 


And Ruby got to wear my favorite dress from Macey's toddler days. 


I had to help plan the Spring Ward Party.  I'm not a big ward activity attendee, so this was a lot outside of my comfort zone.  

We decided on a Spring Fling Dance. 



I'd say it was a success. And my kids were just happy we finally let them go to a ward party. :)  
Other Exciting happenings around here:

Paul bought a nintendo switch.

It has been all Zelda and Mario Cart. 



Miles formed a Bug Club.  It has been hilarious.  He has them earning rewards based on how many bugs they've caught.  They even earned a party with treats and a movie.

Ruby and Crew have joined in on the bug hunting, although they are not official members of "The Bug Club".  

We made Teacher Appreciation Posters.  It was heaven not being in charge and only having to decorate 2 doors.  Macey and Miles have the absolute best teachers this year, so it was fun having an excuse to bring in their favorite treats and let them know how wonderful they are. 



The most exciting event this month (besides the remodel, which will be another post), was that I had the genius idea to potty train Ruby. 



It's gone about as well I expected. 


All the kids helped though, so that made it nice.  And Ruby even pooped while Miles was watching her and he wiped her bum, washed her hands, and gave her a sticker.  I was a bit shocked when I came downstairs to check on them.  Looks like Miles is more responsible that I give him credit for.  
She's pretty well potty trained.  But, she's stubborn and busy and has no desire to please.  Which means we still have accidents from time to time and I have to remind much more than I did any of the other kids.  



but I am seeing the light and just have to push through. 


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angie
I love the Bug Camp! And I would have totally loved going to a Spring Fling Dance! Great idea. Also, from your Bryce post - that place is gorgeous! It made me wish we were campers and were taking our kids to all these cool places you and Paul go to. Nice memories in the making...

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Wedding & easter craziness

Apr 18, 2016
The week before Easter my cousin Tara got married, which meant we got to enjoy that craziness of lots of family in town.  

Loved getting to hang out with these cousins of mine.  It was fun to catch up and reminisce.



We were the lucky ones too and got to have GiGi stay with us. 


The boys taught her how to play Smash Brothers.


We took her to Sodalicous, The Children's Museum, and Crew & Macey got her to play all sorts of games with them.  


We even taught her the fine art of Selfies, with the bride and groom in the background.  


The 2nd cousins also proved to have as much fun as us.  




The girls were cute.  


The boys were wild.  


After the sealing we all went out to lunch and ate lots of good food and got to take lots of good food home. 

The kids entertained themselves at the reception by chasing, tackling, going through the line at least 4 times, and of course by busting out some sweet dance moves at the end of the night.  




And all of Macey's dreams came true when she caught the bouquet.  




The next morning we lucked out and got to have the Rensink grandkids join our neighborhood egg hunt.  


It was a bit early after our partying the night before, but it was well worth hauling ourselves out of bed.  



and then everyone left and we enjoyed a nice quiet Easter Sunday. 


The kids each got a Beanie-Boo and a small amount of candy and they couldn't have been happier.  


And I got my Easter Picture, my only request of the day.  


Love Easter Sunday.  

And how cute is Crew in these Bunny Ears his sunbeam teacher made for him?  



Love these people of mine.  And I am so grateful for a Savior who was willing to sacrifice his life so they can be mine forever.  






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Nana
Now you understand how much I love all of you and that you get to be mine forever!! Glad you got to see so much family and have a fun time together. Love your family photo.
Holly
you gotta frame that funny Easter picture. seriously, so good!

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Easter

May 4, 2015
For the 2nd year in a row we got away without any questions or requests for dying eggs, so we skipped it (again).  Here's hoping we'll be able to get away with this for at least one more easter. :)  

We had our annual neighborhood egg hunt.  We seemed to have less kids this year and it was amazing.  


The kids were so fast, I really didn't catch any action shots, but believe me it was fun watching them search frantically.  






Love all these people.  


The Easter Bunny hid the baskets pretty well this year, so we had to give some clues for Macey and Miles to find theirs.


Ruby didn't seem to mind that the Easter Bunny brought her yogurt drops instead of candy, but in the end she was able to snatch just enough candy from the big kids to satisfy her cravings.  




We did our annual tripod easter family picture.  And it went about as good as it always does.  



I tried to get individual ones of each of the kids too, but M&M of course wouldn't cooperate.  

So, here are the good kids of the morning:


Since we didn't have anyone coming over for dinner on Easter, we decided we should take advantage of the perfect weather and go on a hike.  



We ventured to Big Cottonwood Canyon to hike to Donut Falls.  The week before we had hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon and the trails had been perfect, so the thought of tons of snow did not cross our minds.  Big Mistake.  This hike ended our good hiking streak.  



The first .75 miles were great and we were still in the dark as to what awaited ahead of us.    



The snow slowly started showing up, but we still had high hopes that everything would be fine.    


We put the kids on some snow free rocks to eat their snacks, while we ventured up a little bit to see how the trail looked.  


We decided they could handle it and it would be fun.  We were wrong. 



We ignored Miles' screams and ventured up the snowy/icey path in our shorts and keens.  There was lots of screaming, slipping, falling, crying, and laughing.  



At one point while trying to get Macey and Miles up a particularly icy and steep part of the trail, I slipped and hit my head fairly hard.  We went about another 500 feet after this before we saw sense and realized there was no way we were going to make it to donut falls on the ice with 4 little kids.  

So, we sadly turned around and had to face the slippery slope back down.  



At this point Miles was screaming and crying so much, I just picked him up and carried him to where the snow stopped to wait for Paul and the other 3 kids.  



It's going to be awhile until I am recovered enough to go hiking with these 4 again.  

Life lesson learned...Never go hiking on Easter.  


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nana
Looks like you had another fun neighbor Easter Egg hunt, you have the best neighbors! Love your family photos & hike in the snow. Miles & Ruby look so much alike.

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Easterness

May 2, 2014
Easter is one of my favorite holidays, I think because it's so low key and involves some of my most favorite foods (ham, jello eggs, & chocolate).  And not to mention new beginnings and the resurrection. :)

I planned to do a few Family Home Evenings on why we celebrate Easter, but my current state kind of got in the way.  Luckily the church released this awesome video, which we watched and talked about multiple times.



Gina and I organized our annual Neighborhood Egg Hunt.  I swear every year the kids multiply.  

This Year

4 Years Ago




Crazy, isn't it!  Luckily I don't mind the crazy crowds...most days. 

And could these 2 be any cuter?  They've pretty much been bff's since they were 2.



Crew was in heaven...he'd find an egg, eat the candy and then move on to the next one.  


Pretty sure they ate all their candy before we came inside. Which is the way I like it.  


I was tempted Easter Morning to make them wait until after church to find their baskets, since we had church at 9:00.  But, I realized that'd be pretty lame, so instead I just set my alarm for 30 min earlier than normal.  Totally worth it.


The favorite candy this year...little chocolate bunny.  Apparently the Easter Bunny had never brought them before.  

"ELMO!"


We even had a few minutes to spare before church and got a few pictures snapped.



Easter Dinner is probably my favorite holiday meal...but due to my nausea and tendency to puke, I had to keep it simple.  Meaning store bought dessert, no deviled eggs, only 2 flavors of Jello eggs, and Company Potatoes instead of mashed.  The short cuts worked and I was mostly able to enjoy it.  Plus, eating on the deck maybe it even better.



The poor kids didn't even get to dye easter eggs this year, but did they even ask or care?  Nope.  Thank goodness, because the last thing I needed was to feel mom guilt.  :)  





 
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Easterness

Apr 3, 2013
My neighbor Gina and I organized an egg hunt again this year, since the city ones are way too crazy for us. It's awesome to just walk out our front door and not have to fight the crowds.  It has become one of my favorite neighborhood traditions.  Love these people.  


Miles of course wouldn't stay behind the rope while we waited to start, I can only imagine the stress this would of caused the egg snatching parents at the city hunt.  




Everyone of course loved their Easter Baskets Sunday morning and I am pretty sure Miles ate most of his candy before we even left for church.  My theory is the sooner they eat it all the better. :)  


Macey got her first big lego set and was in heaven working on it all morning.


The Easter Bunny was a genius and got Miles a Bubble Gun, two of his favorite things in one.


We once again attempted to get pictures of everyone, maybe one day we will actually get all 3 kids together.  Poor Little Crew.




Matthew, Tessa, Tara, and Trina came over for dinner Sunday.  Pretty sure this was the most mellow holiday dinner I have ever hosted.  We even had time to go for a family bike ride while the ham cooked.  It was pretty great.  
         
            And can I say, I really love the view coming up our street.
                            Utah has its moments. 


And Macey was quite festive with her bunny shirt and helmet.


We of course had to stop and pick dandelions. 


Yay for spring!





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Nana and Opa
Love the family pic!
Sarah
You do live in such a great neighborhood! I love that you get together and do such fun things. And that picture of Crew in his shirt and tie....oh my. That is to die for! He is so adorable. You could win a baby contest with that picture!

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