The month started out with an amazing addition to the basement.
It was awesome. Kids were in heaven. We knew there'd be an injury eventually, but this isn't quite what we foresaw.
It ended up being a compound fracture, and since the bone came through the skin, he needed surgery. It was also Macey's birthday.
Crew and I left in quite a hurry when he came upstairs with his Harry Potter arm. We left poor Macey and her friend in charge of 2 screaming and traumatized kids. Luckily, Paul was able to come home and do cake and icecream once Crew got settled into surgery preop.
He did awesome the entire day. He broke it about 1:30 and he got out of surgery around 10:00.
Waking up after surgery was a little rough and he kept yelling at the nurses to stop trying to kill him. :) But, we eventually got him settled down and we got home just before midnight.
I ended up keeping all the kids home from school the next day, as everyone was a bit tired and traumatized.
Plus, Crew didn't mind the extra attention.
Or presents and visits.
He was super concerned about not getting any of Macey's birthday cake, Luckily the kids remembered to set a piece aside for him and he happily ate it for lunch.
I had to keep Crew home with me all week.
We played lots of games and did lots of puzzles.
and lots of cuddling on the couch.
And luckily, his bff had him over for a calm playdate, because he was getting a bit stir crazy.
Then, we finally got the first hard cast on and we didn't have to be so stressed about him running around. He was right back on the tramp, playing soccer, and running wild at recess.
He freaked out when they took his arm out of the soft cast because he thought it would still be crooked. He was happy as could be to see that it was nice and straight.
They just put his hard cast on over the bandages from his surgery and just left the stitches and everything alone. This turned out to haunt Crew (and us) later, as he then developed an insane rash because of it. This made sleeping really hard and it was pretty heartbreaking to watch. He couldn't fall asleep without one of us laying with him. Luckily, it got better when he got his short cast in March.
Other than Crew's arm, we didn't do much in February.
We went to Nickel City, as it was fairly cast friendly.
Miles and I made a cake for the Blue and Gold Scout dinner.
He's always bragging about how well I make a Kirby Cake, so that it what we had to do, even though it had nothing to do with the theme or scouts. :)
Tajen came to play, always an exciting time.
And of course Ruby and Reagan played non stop.
The weekend after Crew broke his arm, Paul and I headed to Vegas to visit Trina and TJ. I went back and forth about leaving him (extreme mom guilt), but finally decided he would be fine and Holly could handle it all.
So glad I did. I have missed Trina and it was nice to get to see her face and not be stressed for 2 days.
And she took me to a new Soda Shop. Trina knows what I love.
There was of course Mom Hikes. The main way I survive it all.
Plus, Paul and I even got out one Saturday morning and I took him on one of my favorite hikes. Where I had extreme difficultly crossing the icy snow covered log.
She is 12
The big event for Macey's 12th birthday was a trip to Harry Potter at Universal in California.
These cousin BFF's could not of been happier.
Yep, Brianne and I are pretty awesome moms.
Before the excitement of Universal, there was swimming, food, and City Walk.
The big day did not disappoint.
I think we rode the forbidden journey 5 times. The hippogriff roller coaster 6 times. Drank 2 butter beers each. Had lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Watched the frog choir. And performed numerous spells around the park.
Then it was a sad goodbye at the Las Vegas Airpot until August.
A perfect trip.
Real life hit fast though, as on our drive home from the airport the car blew a tire.
Macey stayed calmed though while on the side of the freeway and proved she is a good person to have with you when crap happens.
the party continued though.
Macey had a late night, where they made harry potter wands and watched the first harry potter movie.
Her birthday BYU game with Tajen and Emmie.
And then we finally made it to the actual day.
Which was interrupted, 15 min after school, by Crew breaking his arm and having to have surgery.
So, Macey spent the rest of her day babysitting traumatized kids.
Luckily, Paul made it home in time for cake and ice cream with The Everetts and Rensinks, while Crew and I are were at the hospital. Thank goodness I had made her cake that morning. :)
Not a birthday she will probably ever forget.
Macey is the best. She is kind, smart, sensitive, funny, and an awesome explorer. I could not of handpicked a better first child. Everyday I am grateful I got this girl to be mine. Now, I just need some extra help to survive these upcoming teenage years well.
February was a drastic improvement upon January, thank goodness!!!
We got snow!
Probably my favorite Saturday morning of the year thus far:
No one else was on the trail. The snow makes everything beautiful and muffles all sound. Heaven.
And even some sunshine.
Afternoons are always better when they want to play outside after school.
I was forced to go on the 2nd grade field trip to The Museum of Natural Curiosity, as no other parents had signed up to go.
Always a thrilling time.
Sometimes I make dinners I want, knowing that no one else will eat them. This minestrone soup being one of them. This is Paul's crazy busy season, so he isn't ever home for dinner, so I was prepared to face 4 whining kids just so I could eat this yummy soup.
Instead it was lots of laughs as everyone did their required "Thank you bite". Luckily, some of neighbor moms came and scooped some out, so I didn't have an entire crockpot full of soup leftover.
Miles and Crew were home "sick" on the same day. It actually worked out great. They played mario kart and mine craft most of the day together. At dinner that night they actually wanted to sit by each other (Miles will usually only sit by an adult or Macey) and then even made up their own "best brother secret handshake". Glad they got some bonding time in.
The kids favorite outing this month was a trip to the mall to ride the animals.
There were a few crazy drivers, but luckily the mall shoppers were light on their feet and no one got ran over.
Other things I want to remember:
- Ruby wanted to match me with our "kitty vests" for church.
- Crew is always wanting to do science experiments.
baking soda, food coloring and vinegar...always seems to do the trick.
- After hours of hard work Macey finished her 750 piece cat puzzle.
We have never owned a puzzle with more than 45 pieces, so this was quite the undertaking and was so proud of herself when she was done!
- Cub Scouts. Don't know how I feel about it yet, but when Miles wants to go we go. When he doesn't want to we don't. :)
- Macey took Tajen and Carmen to a BYU game.
puzzles, puppets and Crew painting a portrait of Ruby. :) Sometimes I don't know what I'm going to do when we loose Crew to all day school next year.
Not that I will be bored or anything with this one to entertain me.
- Mario Kart with TJ
Way better than January!
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.