February...aka winter is almost over
We got a taste of spring in February and let me tell you, it was just what I needed to keep going.
anytime it is above 45 out we have been trying to walk everywhere. We've walked to Menchies, the library, parks, pet store, pokemon hunting, target (of course) and Corner Bakery.
Only in utah. :)
and Macey and I finally found her fence post!
Since the park was pretty empty, due to the snow on the ground, Paul and I actually got to try out some of the cooler features.
I feel like I have finally made it to the good park ages! Emily reminded me of how I used to hate the park, between Miles' ages of 1-5, and pretty much could not do the park without an extra adult (holly) with me.
It was a good reminder that Miles has
gotten easier, although he still tends to be the most challenging of the 4. Crewby combined is much easier than having a toddler Miles. And oh my goodness, I am glad I have forgotten how hard life was for me 3 years ago. :)
Speaking of Miles, we bit the bullet and buzzed his head. Something I said i would never do as a parent!!
I was brought to this very hard decision due to his inability to get a haircut without wrestling, screaming, crying, and flinging himself on the ground. So, we did it in the privacy of our own home instead.
Still sucked, but it was nice to not have other moms looking at me wondering what is wrong with my child and having the other 3 running free in a hair salon.
At least we are good to go for awhile.
Ruby also enjoys keeping me on my toes and likes to remind me that I am never in control, even if Miles is at school. :)
This would be her room most days post-naptime. Luckily, she is good at cleaning too.
She is obsessed with makeup and can sense when I leave my bathroom door unlocked.
Here she used my eyeshadow to fill her brows in.
But, then she's just as cute as can be, so I keep her around.
Love these best little friends.
On the days crew does not have preschool Crew announces to Ruby, "Ruby, I don't have school today! Aren't you so happy I get to stay home with you?"
to which Ruby replies, "Crew-Crew, you my best friend"
The kids have been playing with the neighbors any chance they get and Ruby was so happy to be back on her scooter. One sunny day I counted 25 kids playing out front! It's kid heaven around here.
And when the snow is melted, the backyard once again becomes my favorite room of the house.
February is always the month when I finally have a slight motivation to exercise more, eat more veggies, and pretty much start being less of a lazy bum. Sunshine is good for the soul.
Can't forget Valentine's Day!
Paul and I put Ruby to bed, put a movie on for the other 3 and walked over to The Chocolate for some candle lit dessert. Love having a fairly competent built in babysitter for quick trips out of the house.
As always, I got to plan Macey's class party. I don't quite know what to do with the older kids. So, I made this minute-to-win-it game board and it was luckily a hit with the 4th graders.
To get a real glimpse into my life, I needed to share this blurry picture.
This would be me trying to get ready for the day while being attacked by some crazed super hero gone bad. There's a reason I skip eyeliner and mascara most days. There was also a zombie out of the shot, yelling "brains! brains!" and also attacking me. side note:
favorite thing about Crew right now, every night he comes upstairs for extra kisses and then after I have given him about the 20th one, he looks at me and says, "ok, that's enough kisses for the night. You can have more tomorrow." and then he heads back to bed. I about die every time.
Other everyday happenings: Playdough.
I shared this pic on instagram because I feel like it represents their personalities perfectly. Ruby screaming and throwing playdough, Miles growling and destroying his creations and Crew playing nicely making me a playdough pizza to eat.
Jumping on mom and dad's bed.
And a non everyday happening that needs to be documented.
I was bathing Crewby, Macey was studying for knowledge bowl, so Miles was left to entertain himself (something he hates). I would not allow electronics either. I came upstairs to find this! He had found this in my art cupboard and put it together all by himself. Seriously, a miracle.
and that about sums up the surface of February. It much crazier and much more fun than it comes across on my blog. :)
first one in double digits
I cannot believe we have reached the milestone of having a kid in the double digits.
The occasion has made me more sentimental than normal and has caused lots of reflection on years past.
Macey has kind of always been the best.
She was the best toddler. Always dressing up, accessorizing, dancing, throwing parties...pretty much my entertainment.
She has always been my best helper and side kick. It was funny looking through her birthday pictures and seeing how obvious it was which ones I was sick and prego during. She has been through a lot with me. Glad we are over that phase. :)
and seriously, the change from 9 to 10?!? Part of it, I am sure, is because I have FINALLY let her keep her hair long. I am learning to relinquish control. slowly learning.
Her birthday started like it always has...with donuts.
Then it was all shopkins and Lea Accessories. Nana and Opa got her a real pearl necklace too and she was in love.
Macey highly dislikes cake and loves mint icecream. So, I tried my hand at a mint chocolate chip icecream cake. She approved and I think we have found her new birthday request.
She was not pleased Ruby wanted to help blow out the candles.
She knew just where she wanted her party, Nickel City.
lots of good friends,
and prizes.It is good to be Macey.
Paul also took her and 2 friends (tajen and bree) to the BYU basketball game on her birthday. He ignored my request though and took zero pictures. Pictures or not, she said she had the best time ever!
And I came across this picture from when Macey, Maddy and libby were little and could not resist a comparison.
They've been friends the last 10 years and I hope it continues.
and side note, I think we had more toys in our house when Macey was our only child, than we have now.
While I am sad she's growing up, I am also excited for what's ahead of her.
She's intelligent, kind, compassionate, feisty, independent, and genuine.
There are adventures ahead for this girl and I can't wait to share them with her.
I ALWAYS think life will slow down after Christmas and I will do things like clean my house and organize my closet and read a book...but, as usual, that did not happen. So once again, my faithful readers, you get a mammoth post, since I don't want to forget the details of our little family.
Macey got braces.
Julianne and I threw Tara a bridal shower.
I planned Miles' class Valentine party, this was my favorite station.
Crew tried out all my games before hand so I could see how things would actually go with all the crazy kindergartners.
The beginning of February was ROUGH weather wise.
First, I got back from California and had to run errands in the snow.
Then a nasty inversion settled in and would not leave. Meaning the kids had to stay indoors, which meant indoor recess at school too. This equaled a lot of craziness and pent up energy.
We tried to keep things under control with lots of game playing, moving the Wii to the boys room (best decision ever), doing a manageable amount of crafting, hanging out with Peter & Julianne, visiting the Dinosaur Museum, and eating lots of good food.
And how grown up are these boys, eating their lunch and playing Monopoly Junior. :)
Paul's dreams as a dad did begin to come true, thanks to lots of time stuck indoors, as the kids have actually become fairly competent at video games.
daily group hug. No one likes to get left out.
We could no longer take the inversion, and for our sanity, we decided to skip church and head up to SLC to the Children't Museum.
The kids were running wild and it was perfect.
Their favorite part was the helicopter and hospital. It was hilarious watching them take x-rays of each other and trying to figure out how to talk on a real telephone.
The inversion cleared up and we have been soaking up as much sunshine as possible.
We hit up the zoo.
The scooter bandits reunited.
Ruby has been running wild outside, enjoying her freedom and sometimes needs to grab a little rest in between activities.
And we have been spending hours everyday out front with our neighbors.
There's lots of super hero action, star wars, and battling.
roller skating and mud pie making.
chasing and playing in, what is hopefully, the last of the melted snow.
And I have spent HOURS in the sunshine talking with some of my favorite ladies. Heaven.
We have also renewed our love of our tiny backyard.
The moment Ruby finishes her breakfast she is at the back door crying "Side! Side! Side!" until one of us unlocks the door and she can escape to her retreat.
Crew and Ruby spend hours out here each day playing ball, sneaking snacks, yelling at neighbors through the fence, and seeing how many toys they can get out there. In other thrilling February News:
Ruby wore pigtails for the first time. Adorable.
Crew and Ruby are becoming bff's. Ruby still bullies Crew a bit, but there is usually more laughing than crying involved.
Macey put all her roller skating practice to work at the Roller Rink and the Ice Skating Rink. I think she was happy to see all her hard work pay off.
Ruby went to her first BYU basketball game.
It was a horrible idea on our part.
She did get a few min in of adorable cheering and dancing, which got put on the jumbotron. Sadly, Miles was cut out of the shot and this was his reaction. I guess that's what happens when you're used to getting on there every game you come to.
Lastly, Macey and I got the chance to do a special Bride and Sealing Room tour at the Provo City Center Temple
with other women in our ward.
It was so awesome to get to go inside this temple again and with so many people we love.
I loved seeing all my activity day girls there too and it made me so happy that Macey gets to be friends with these awesome girls.
I know this is something these girls will remember and strive for.
To the end the month we got to enjoy our last basketball game of the season.
Phew. That was a tiring month.
For the first time in 18 months I am finally
starting to feel like myself and am coming out of the depression and anxiety that has been my constant companion for the last year.
As a result, February has been pretty great. Even with me getting bronchitis and a sinus infection and Macey and Ruby getting the strep virus. :)
Like most of the west, we've been having a mild winter. While we desperately miss our normal snow fall, we are not going to sit inside and pout when there is sunshine to be enjoyed.
Ruby has been tasting/eating lots of dirt, leaves and grass. I tell myself it's good for her, right? :)
Elsa is rarely left out when the kids venture over to the park. I hear she likes the swings and slide the best.
The neighborhood kids are obsessed with playing cops and robbers and ghosts in the graveyard. There is always lots of shooting, sword fighting, and wrestling going on. Even though it is a tad violent, I'm just glad they've found a game to play where everyone is welcome and included.
With my sometimes limited watching of the boys while outside, they've of course been getting into trouble too. This time Miles decided to smash an entire bag of chocolate hearts all over a neighbor's porch. Good thing I heard kids yelling at him, so I went out to investigate. 30 min of scrubbing later, he had most of the chocolate removed.
I love it when I can convince the boys to take a scooter ride around the neighborhood.
Notice how Paul is riding Macey's bike? She was throwing some sort of fit (a common occurrence) and refused to ride. So, Paul hopped on while she slowly sulked the rest of the way home.
Poor Ruby spends lots of time looking out the screen door and window, as she's stuck inside with me while I try to get as much done as I possibly can while the boys are occupied.
Crew has replaced Macey as my constant talker and is always cracking me up.
He has even found a better way to converse with me while I'm preparing food. He pulls the chair over to "order up" and stands on it, so he's in my direct vision while I chop and mix. It's hilarious and exhausting at the same time.
He (we) have decided he is done with naps, so every once in awhile he'll stop to cuddle with me and even fall asleep for a few min. I obviously love it.
Even though the kid never climbed out of his crib, crazy I know! We made the switch to the bottom bunk and he is in heaven.
Like all 2 year olds, he loves to make messes for me and pushes his boundaries as much as possible.
He's also obsessed with taking pictures with my phone and every once in awhile I get a picture that isn't of his forehead or my legs.
Like every month, we've made about a million visits to Thanksgiving Point.
And I just had to document the row of Mini Vans at Farm Country...only in Utah.
We also took the kids to Gameworks in SLC for the first time, it was a blast.
Miles has been slightly more manageable this month, then a normal February, due to the fact that he's been able to run around outside most days.
I registered him for kindergarten and kind of freaked out about it. but, like I was reminded, he still has 6 months of growing to do before he enters public school and I pray there's a lot of growth and self control learned in that time. :)
He even earned a trip to one of his favorite places, the pet store, to check out the snakes.
Miles is still the best at watching and playing with Ruby.
But, Macey has taken a sudden interest in her and I have hope that she will be able to help me chase her around this summer.
And she loves to match her, so I of course have to oblige.
Ruby is at such a content age right now, where she's just happy to be left free to crawl around and get into things as she desires.
Being the youngest of 4 though, she has also learned very quickly how to defend herself. Be it with a sword, hands, mouth, or feet.
I have learned that Macey thrives with one on one time.
She gets to stay up an hour later than the other 3 and this is where I usually enjoy her the most. This night she was telling me how when she grows up she is going to live next door to me, so I won't miss her too much and then I'll have her babies to cuddle. Sounds absolutely perfect to me.
Michelle and I took our girls to see Pinkalicious at the Scera Theater. It was random and funny, the girls loved it, but I think I laughed the most.
Another way I cope with the craziness that is my 4 kids, is consistent nights out with Paul.
We had our last BYU basketball home game of the season though, so now we will have to think of something else to do with our babysitter time.
Paul also surprised me with VIP tickets to one of my favorite bands, Motion City Soundtrack.
One of the best nights I've had in a long time.
I loved getting to meet and talk with them, along with hearing a private acoustic set, that we got to enjoy with just the 10 other VIPs.
Just what I needed to feel more like my old self again.
So, yay for me learning that it's ok to have bad days and for trying to find the good moments, no matter how small they may seem at the time. And for learning to listen to Elsa's advice and to just "let it go".
The best thing about this month was the sun started shinning! If the sun was out, so were we.
I also fell in love, again, with our tiny backyard. If it isn't raining or snowing Crew is happily playing basketball or just making a mess back there. I love knowing he can't get into any real trouble and I can actually get things done without having to watch him.
I finally got to go for walks. The gym and I haven't liked each other very much lately, so it was a nice change. I was even nice one day and walked to the park with a friend to let the kids play. No jackets required.
Crew is still trying to remember how to properly enter and exit the cars, though. It was a long winter.
Shockingly, my desire to move has greatly lessened. :)
Holly and I even took a break from our normal Friday Dinosaur Museum outing and took the boys to Farm Country. Everyone was happy for the change. Plus, Crew greatly increased his vocabulary after our visit. He now says horse, cow, moo, and neigh.
Miles has been really good at making sure we do his Talking Time (his speech preschool) homework. He really has improved so much and said the "k" sound for the first time
last week. His speech teacher was screaming and hugging him and I had to work very hard to hold the tears back. He is so proud of himself too and has been showing off his new found skill to everyone.
We took a quick trip to Vegas to meet up with the Bartlett's. I was dying to meet Maybelle and she lived up to her pictures...cutest and best baby around.
We enjoyed the sun and the company. Although, I always question why in the world I want to travel with 3 crazy kids during the trip, but, afterwards, no regrets. :)
We took the kids to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. It's the only predatory based aquarium, so naturally Miles was in heaven. It was the highlight of the trip for everyone. *Not pictured, we met up with our old college friends Rich and Jeanine. So fun to catch up after 10 years.
We finally took the kids to Classic Skating for Maceys school's family night. I loved watching Macey hang out with all her friends, first graders are just too cute.
Holly and I did Macey's Class Valentine Party. Planning these parties has been one of my favorite things about this year.
This kid got a haircut. They cut off way more than I told them too, but I love it and have no fear about it growing back curly and crazy.
We still think Crew is the cutest kid around, even when he is constantly getting into trouble. Nothing is safe anymore.
Crew is also working on becoming Paul's favorite child. He is the only one that likes hamburgers, he's obsessed with basketball, and video games. Crew can often be found turning on the espn app on the apple tv and then sitting back and watching a little basketball. I always know when he's done this because I hear him screaming "ball! ball! ball!".
This month's goal was getting my books out of boxes and finding homes for them all. Goal accomplished, although I still haven't figured out what to do with them in the boy's room.
We went to our last BYU homegame of the season. While I will miss the games, I am looking forward to doing something else with my Saturday nights. Pregnancy Update:
This time last pregnancy I was on bedrest and had been to the hospital about a dozen times already. This time everything is looking great, what a difference it makes!
I am still nauseous and throwing up, but am able to accomplish what needs to get done, nothing extra though. :)
Besides, cleaning bathrooms beats bedrest most days.
And the crockpot usually ends up in the garage by the end of the day.
I'm still struggling with the no Dr. Pepper
thing. And the fact that my throat is still
bleeding just as much as it was before, hasn't helped. We will see if I can keep it up. My throat really won't get a chance to heal until this is all over anyways and some days are just hard.
Other proof I am feeling slightly better...Michelle and I took our kids out in public. Usually on our playdates, I lay on the couch while the kids run around crazy.
There was only one mishap, where Crew ran behind the counter to see what the workers were doing. Other than that, they were perfect angels.
Here's hoping for one more snow and then lots of sunshine in March!