I felt a bit guilty about how happy I felt as all the kids went back to school after break. I got over the guilt pretty fast though. :)
One of the biggest, and most dramatic, things that started in January was Basketball with Miles.
This kid loves basketball and was dying to play. I dropped him off at practice and prayed for the best. 10 min later I got a phone call that Miles was in the corner crying and wouldn't respond to anyone. so, I ran back over to the school. The next 3 practices went much the same.
Luckily, he loved the games, and through many conversations and worst case scenarios, we made it through the season. The last game he even attempted a few baskets, got some rebounds, passed the ball, and did some defense.
While it turned out to be one of the more stressful parts of my January/February, I am glad we powered through and it turned out to be a positive experience for him in the end. And he can't wait to play next season.
The kids have not played in the snow here like they did at the Town Houses. I think it's because there isn't always a constant flow of children coming and going to help you build your forts.
So, we invited the Johnson's over and the kids actually played in the snow for hours.
Still lots of trampoline jumping. Snow or sunshine.
A highlight was going to the Jazz game with The Everett's. Good friends, good food and no kids. Pretty perfect evening.
Completed my first real french braid. Macey was pleased with my effort.
We have yet to have to use our snow shoes this winter, but our spikes have proved very useful.
Battle Creek has become one of my favorites!
Hiking in the snow really is the best and helps me to appreciate and enjoy the snow and cold more.
Gets me through things like shoveling our massive driveway in the morning.
We read The Magic Art of Tidying Up a few years ago. But, the netflix show finally convinced me to fold my socks in the Kondo Method. :)
I don't know why it took me 3 years.
And I'm finally teaching Ruby the Mario Kondo Method (I taught the other 3 when Ruby was a baby).
She's getting pretty good.
Other Ruby Happenings:
Non stop dressing up and Barbie playing.
If she sees you sit down or talk to another child, she comes running over demanding to be cuddled.
She's been teaching Crew the fine art of finger sucking.
She is a social butterfly and is always requesting to play with her friends.
we got lucky this month and got to hang out with Roman and Izella a few times.
And she got to go to Hailey's Unicorn themed birthday party.
I don't even know what I'm going to do when she starts kindergarten next school year.
Other January Happenings:
We completed Macey's most complicated puzzle yet! There was a few days where I didn't know if we were going to be able to do it, but we pushed through, and it was well worth the effort.
Miles requests soup every day for dinner and eats bowlful after bowlful when I do make it. Sometimes he even licks the pot.
and we of course have been taking advantage of our aquarium pass.
Phew, another January behind us.
are quickly becoming my most favorite thing of the week.
fresh air, exercise and chatting with friends.
Plus, I get to buy some new hiking gear, like these waterproof boots.
I hope I can do Mom Hikes for the rest of my life. It is good for the soul.
Paul got Domo's courtside suite tickets to The Harlem Globe Trotters
Macey and Miles each brought a friend.
And the kids (and us) were loving The Suite Life.
Lots of screaming, giggling, and eating as much food as possible.
It was a pretty perfect Saturday.
We continued to enjoy our backyard
It's been non stop on the tramp. I really did not think it would be so popular.
Some more pics of the finished project.
And thanks to our heat lamp, we've still been enjoying our firepit.
We had the Primary Program
I didn't get a pic of the kids, but they looked adorable and did a great job. Miles has to keep things exciting though and was a mess for weeks leading up to it and especially the day of (why I didn't get a pic). He ended up singing some of the songs and only came back down to me 3 times during the program.
One time was to give me his broken shoe. And then he returned to his seat with 1 flip flop on. :)
My Freshman Roommate Angie
and her family stopped by for a visit.
So fun to catch up and get to know her cute kids.
I love getting together with old friends!!Thanksgiving
this year was amazing. Maybe one of our best ones yet.
Prep was incredibly easy.
Even Macey & Mies helped out and put this awesome fruit tray together without any help from me.
I had a craft.
Food was awesome and I didn't have to cook the turkey (thanks brenden).
And then we ended the night with seeing a movie.
Where Julianne and I embarrassed the kids with our turkey headbands.
We also witnessed a miracle this month. Miles crafted
He made this center piece for his birthday celebration.
He worked for hours. I was so shocked. Never in his life as he ever done a craft when not forced. It was a very relaxing evening for the rest of us as he worked away.
Holly took our family pictures
My nightmares are made up of things like family pictures. We tried to make it as painless as possible and just did it at the house, which was amazing. Still a slightly painful experience, but worth it in the end.
Notice Miles is in shorts. This kid. At least he was willing to be in frame. :)
We took lots of trips to the aquarium
Where Miles continues to impress the workers with his vast knowledge of all things aquarium related.
My favorite moment of the month was putting up our Christmas tree.
My most favorite tradition is the kids ornament collections.
They are a bit obsessed with them too.
And this girl. Sometimes I want her to stay 4 forever.
A highlight of the month was Nana and Opa's visit
We took them to a pumpkin patch.
Went to Just Add Chocolate.
and introduced them to our favorite game, Soda Pong.
We enjoyed our new backyard
as much as possible and the last of the sunny warm weather with the neighbor kids.
There has not been a day that has gone by where the tramp has not been jumped on. Rain, shine, or snow.
My new favorite view:
Always so much 4 square.
The boys had a new favorite game this month, Mario Party. It was hilarious and they entertained themselves for hours on their homemade board of books.
A few days a week Ruby and I took a scooter ride around the neighborhood to look at all the spooky houses. This one being her favorite.
We carved pumpkins
in perfect fall weather on our driveway.
We went to our ward halloween party
Ruby wanted to be a Witch Belle. And would only allow Ashley to do her makeup.
Paul and Macey went to a Dad/Daughter activity
Crew had some major dental work
We learned how to make cinnamon rolls
in our new kitchen!
Ruby and I got to run errands with some of our favorite friends
. Peter got baptized
and we got to hang out with our favorite 2nd cousins.
Ruby and I took about a million selfies
These 2 continue to be the cutest and craziest siblings around.
Ruby always comes up with stylish outfits for preschool.
And Friday Mom Hikes
. These have become the highlight of my week.
We ended the month with a quite mellow Halloween, I didn't even know what to do with myself since I wasn't running around like crazy person.
Normally, I am in charge of multiple parties. This year I ran one station at Crew's class party. I didn't even break a sweat.
There was of course the Halloween Parade.
All other years I've had to check everyone out as soon as the parade is over to head to Domo. Luckily, Domo decided to save money and NOT do their Halloween party this year. We actually had a relaxing few hours at home before we went Trick - or - Treating.
We still did our normal trick or treating route and we discovered that almost everyone from new neighborhood also trick or treats in our old neighborhood. :)
Always a good haul.
Macey organized her candy into baggies. ha, she does not get this from me.
Another successful October in the books.
Nana comes to town
Nana wanted a "vacation", so what better place to come than a tiny house filled with 4 crazy kids for the weekend. :)
She was just here for the weekend, so there were only a few must do items.
1. Teach Nana how to play Pokemon Go
2. Visit the Puppy Barn
3. Play LOTS of games
4. Go on a hike to see the changing leaves.
The kids favorite part of the hike was hiding in the tall grass and jumping out and scaring us. They could of played this game for hours.
Love me some wide open spaces.
Nana claims we didn't wear her out too much, but we made sure to keep her going with daily trips to Sodalicious.
Can't wait for the next visit.