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.
We had the best kind of visitors this month...Grandparents.
The kids were in heaven with willing game players and book readers. And of course getting to cruise around Target in their preferred way.
The kids introduced Nana and Opa to Museum of Natural Curiosity.
We got together with the Lake Jackson people and Ruby and Wren were thrilled to get to hang out multiple times this month.
This is only one of Ruby and Wren's matching outfits. They obviously have good style.
A highlight of the week...Christmas number 1.
The kids were pretty sad when Nana and Opa left to go home. Luckily they only had to survive a week before my parents came into town.
It was my mom's birthday while they were here, so I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to throw her a surprise Cookie Monster Birthday Party.
The kids were so excited to surprise Nana when she walked in from the airport.
It was a pretty awesome party and we were all quite happy we finally got to spend a birthday with her.
Nana and Pop-Pop of course wanted to see The Museum of Natural Curiosity too, and we did not object to going again.
Having 4 adults for 4 kids, made it so I could actually follow Macey around and see what she loves to do there.
Her favorite is falling through this tower of ropes, it's pretty crazy to watch how fast she comes down.
We of course had to have a "hang like a sloth" competition.
Once again, I did not get to participate, as I was carrying a baby. Perhaps someday.
Crew spent lots of time sword fighting with Pop-Pop. I'm sure he's got some bruises to show for it, as Crew is quite the intense swordsmen.
My mom and I did a lot of shopping and I got to introduce her to the awesomeness that is Anthropology. On the way up we stopped to play at Scheels.
We had big plans to introduce my parents to some of our new favorite food places, but the stomach bug hit. This obviously put a damper on some of our plans.
Luckily, we were still able to take them to Cubby's, although we will have to go back on their next visit, so my mom can more fully enjoy the wonderfulness of their food.
The kid also got to experience Christmas #2, with their first visit to Build-A-Bear.
They loved it and all 3 animals have been constant companions since.
And Macey surprised Nana and Pop-Pop with self portraits made from Perler Beads. It is a specialty of hers.
And that is why I think November wins for The Navasard Children's favorite month of the year.