After Washington and Vegas, the main goal that first week was to get the house ready to list. This meant lots of cleaning and keeping kids outside. I also had a goal to enjoy our spring weather, before the hot temperatures arrived. In other words, we were CRAZY busy.
First on the To-Do list was an Activity Days Recognition Night that Ashley and I were in charge of.
We killed it. And it felt amazing to have that behind me so I could focus on the stuff I really needed to do.
Like take a walk by the river and throw lots of sticks in.
And play at lots of different parks.
And enjoy our favorite Shaved Ice stand, that opened within walking distance to our house!
Everyone was a bit stressed out after a crazy few weeks of house stuff and work stuff and kid stuff. So, I made the executive decision that we needed "A Nature Fix", so we headed to the mountains instead of church. :)
It was just what we needed.
We took our time. Explored the creek.
Climbed trees and logs. Made bridges.
Found secret trails. Had a picnic.
There was lots of "You Shall Not Pass!!"
And Ruby ended our hike in about the same manner she always does, covered in dirt. The true sign of a good time.
I love seeing these kids in their element and watching what their curious minds come up with.
I've been trying to do more adventuring with Ruby before we pick Crew up from kindergarten at noon.
Love this weather and these friends.
Macey finished up her Scera Youth Theatre class with her performance of The Phantom Toolbooth. She was a demon and The Countess of Connotation.
Then they had the SYT Review, where each class performed 2 of their songs. She had a singing solo and a dance solo in this one.
We also made sure to soak up lots of neighborhood time. We will still get to hang out with all our friends here, since we aren't moving very far away. But, it just won't be the same as having them all right out our front door.
Plus, I will miss this tiny backyard too.
Macey and Tajen spend lots of time using the Easy Bake Oven back here.
Everyone is going to miss having Tajen around all the time.
How cute are these 2?!? It will be different living 4 blocks from him when we are all used to having his front door 30 feet from ours.
And these best friends too. You know it's a great Sunday when you get to share your seat with your BFF.
tear. Luckily I have 2 more weeks to soak it all in.
Another highlight of the month was getting box seats at a Real Game. Unlimited good food and good friends. My favorite kind of evening.
Now it's time to pack.
March is normally one of my favorite months in Utah, this year though the weather didn't live up to my expectations! We had lots of sunny days, just cold. After winter though, we had to get outside, even if it was colder than normal.
you can't tell in the pic, but we went to the park on a super windy day. Perfect for kite flying.
Julianne and I took the kids on a scooter ride up the canyon.
We underestimated the amount of snow that would be on the trail. Made for some adventurous scootering, lots of wet shoes and socks, and some crying.
A big storm was suppose to come in, so we were excited to go snowshoeing with Kacie and Blaine. The expected storm didn't come, so it was more of ice walking. Entertaining none the less.
No parents volunteered to go with Miles' class to the zoo. The weather forcast was horrible, one of the 2nd grade teachers even backed out. I did not want to go at all.
We lucked out though, the storm didn't come and we had the whole zoo to ourselves. So glad I let myself be guilted into going, this time.
Ruby and I ventured out a few scooter rides this month.
She is always entertaining company and often has to stop to peek through people's fences.
Plus, she doesn't mind when I sport my fanny pack.
Ruby also finished up her 2nd dance class this month.
They were adorable and it was always the highlight of both our weeks. Ruby got to dance and play outside the rec center. And I got to workout and chat with my friends.
We are missing dance already.
Seriously, 3 year olds in dance are kind of my favorite thing ever.
Another moment when she just looked too big for me to handle.
Just getting ready for bed all by herself.
So much neighborhood kickball this winter.
So glad our favorite place to spend sunny afternoons is right out our front door.
Kids have also been dying to go fishing and have been practicing casting over the fence into Jeff's backyard. :)
Paul had a birthday, it was thrilling.
Macey did knowledge bowl for the first time. These kids are smart, they knew way more than i did!
A big highlight of the month was Crew loosing his first tooth.
Even though he's getting giant, at least he still needs some cuddles from time to time.
October Chapter 2: Fall Break
For fall break this year we headed south with all of northern utah, luckily most of Northern Utah was headed to St. George and not to our destination, so we missed the crazy traffic.
We scored another Yurt reservation and are in love with this style of "camping".
The heater was an added bonus in the morning too.
Our Yurt was in Deadhorse Point State Park.
There were amazing Mountain Bike trails right outside our door. Paul, Macey and Miles had a blast riding on them and it was all M&M wanted to do.
Waiting for my mountain bikers to come back.
We promised Crewby we'd be back to ride through the sand and on the slick rocks when they had bigger bikes.
We did let them explore the trails around our Yurt though.
Deadhorse State Park was amazing!
Spectacular views in every direction. And a 2,000 foot drop in every direction.
We got to watch the sunset, a safe distance back from the edge. Beautiful.
One of those moments I hope they remember.
And we found a mini pride rock.
Crew is rafiki and notice how Macey and Miles are bowing to baby Simba. :)
Lots of hiking and lots of view points.
My favorite hike of the trip was in the state park, Basin Overlook.
No one on the trail but us and we could get right to the edge of an amazing view point.
We planted the kids a safe distance from the edge with a snack and Paul and I went in for a closer look.
Really gets the blood flowing and I won't even get that close to the edge.
We spent a day in Canyonlands, which is just down the road, at the Island in the Sky section.
And for the first time all 4 kids actually completed their Jr. Ranger books and loved it! Usually they get bored and toss them in the garbage after 1 hike.
MESA ARCH was a huge hit.
We saw tons of wildlife and these kids were amazing at spotting lizards.
Overall I would say this was the kids best hiking trip we've had
I don't think anyone even complained about all the hiking. #miracle
Notice my hand in this picutre...I am sure I am telling Macey to stay away from the edge for about the 100th time.
Crew and I still held our spot in the back, but we weren't as far behind the other 4 as on other trips.
The cliffs weren't actually as stressful as I thought they'd be. It helped we weren't with other families, so our kids weren't running around and being crazier than normal. They stuck together and listened when we showed them which rock or bush they were not allowed to pass. :)
Paul and I ventured to the edge a few times. Terrifying looking over that edge and seeing the canyon floor 2,000 feet below.
I think the kids favorite hike was Whale Rock.
essentially you just follow a trail to this giant rock that looks like a whale and then you just get to run and explore all over.
Always an amazing view at snack time.
Turns out Ruby is a bit afraid of heights when she's tired, so I had to carry her around on the "whale" and back down to the trail.
This girl was in her element, no fear here.
Always have to dab when you're on an awesome trail and there are prickly pears around.
We live in an amazing place and I am so grateful we get to explore a small piece of it.
These are the things I want my kids to remember from their childhood. Not the stuff, but the adventures and the way they felt taking in these amazing places.
august part 1
We had a packed 3 weeks of August before school started with our farewell to summer activities. Children's Museum
This was actually our only visit all summer, I try to avoid Thanksgiving Point during the summer. Lemonade Stand
These 2 had been begging all summer to do their lemonade stand/toy sale. The stars finally aligned and I had the energy to assist. I think they used about 10 packages of koolaid and made a nice chunk of change that was immediately spent at Toys R Us.
Then the left over lemonade was passed to the neighbors over the fence. The kids exhibited some pretty good teamwork. Swimming at Gavin and Carmen's pool
They have the best neighborhood pool. Gets deep enough for diving, never too crowded and perfect company. Hiking
Ruby has fallen in love with Macey this summer and it makes my mama heart happy.
Utah kills me sometimes, can't believe this is in our backyard. We could even see our house from the peak.
More mom hikes. These might be the best girls nights I've ever had.
Hiked a few miles up the timp trail.
good for the soul. Especially the grouchy, stressed out, overwhelmed, mom soul. Eclipse Watching
It was actually cooler than I thought and so glad it happened before they went back to school, so i got to experience it with these guys. Soaking up our lazy neighborhood days and nights
Sometimes it gets so CRAZY out front. There's screaming, whining, fighting, lots of weapons...but then other times it's like this.
all ages playing legos together nicely for hours. Love these kids.
Last potluck and movie night to celebrate the closing of an awesome summer.
And sometimes, when I'm feeling really nice I let neighborhood kids inside and actually give them food. Date Nights
I love summer dates because we get to spend them outside!
Paul found this awesome biking ghost tour and we convinced Trina and TJ to do it with us.
The stories were kind of scary, but the scariest part was riding through the streets of provo without a light and on the very skinny tires of a road bike. Trina and I didn't know if we were going to survive, but it was all worth it in the end.
We celebrated our anniversary with brunch, since Paul had to work until about 10:30 that night.
Julianne and I took the girls to dinner and school shopping. These drinks were the highlight of the night.
they are getting old. We don't always play:
I took my last trip to Costco with 4 kids. We ate lunch there to celebrate.
They've spent a lot of chore time cleaning out our always trashed car.
And then Michelle invited us to go to St. George
with her and the kids.
It was nice to actually have some time to hang out with Michelle.
There was lots of swimming, game playing, eating and watching movies.
We went to an amazing park and enjoyed it until it got WAY too hot, which was about 10:45.
Our group shot of the trip:
The kids had an absolute blast, since they were all with some of their best friends, just like me. :)
We ended the trip with a visit to the St. George Temple and a melt down by Ruby.
I'm sure you've noticed Miles is missing from these pictures. I left Miles behind with Paul, he's been rough this summer for me and he doesn't have a friend that matches up like the other kids, so it worked out to leave him behind.
don't feel too bad for him. Paul took him to the waterslides, arcade, and lots of wii and movie time.
It was nice to have a break and he was thrilled to get to hang out with just Paul.
That's not even our entire month, that's just the first 3 weeks of August. Next post, Bear Lake and back to school!
Nana and Pop-pop finally come to play in the summer!
Nana and Pop-Pop came out to visit right when the kids got out of school.
So, they got to enjoy our first week of summer festivities with us.
We took them to get Shave Ice.
We took them swimming at the pool.
And this was M&M's first time to do the drop slide. I was very impressed. There was no way you'd catch me doing this at 7 and 10 years old!
It was great having 3 adults and 4 kids. We spent a lot of time at the waterslides.
We did a neighborhood trip to the pond, where Nana & Pop-Pop tried their best to hide in the shade.
Got out our waterslide.
Found a new hike to do.
It was beautiful and not crowded, which was crazy since it was Memorial Day.
And then we enjoyed a little mountain picnic.
Debz and I did a little modeling session wearing LuLaRoe Clothes for her new business.
We celebrated the June Birthday's.
Crew loved his new fishing pole from nana and pop-pop.
There was also lots of time spent playing games and hanging around the house (board games, basketball, kickball, book reading, playing monster...)
And of course put Pop-Pop to work around the house.
It was a fun filled week and it was the first time they've been able to come in the summer time. It was heaven not having to be doing the normal schedule of school and after school activities. Plus, the weather was perfection!
Best first week of summer ever!