Nana and Pop-pop finally come to play in the summer!

Jul 4, 2017
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.  



Obviously naturals.  


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!

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October

Nov 6, 2016
After going through all the pictures I took in October I now know why I am so completely exhausted...holy crap we did a lot.  

October in Utah is one of my favorite months though (it almost rivals June).

We took the kids to hike The Y.  

I was the only one who had done it before and I had forgotten how incredibly steep it is.  


1,000 feet of elevation gain in 1 mile.  that's a lot for little legs and
even longer ones too.  



The kids did amazing and M&M ran most of the way up (after complaining and crying the entire drive to the trailhead).  

As always, Paul and Ruby were best hiking buddies.  


We are soaking up the sunshine until the cold weather hits.

Lots of playing on the deck for these 2 while I try to get a few things done in the house.  


It's crazy how much I miss this tiny space when the snow comes.  


And who can resist getting to play in the rain?!  And yes, he has pants on, he's just rolled them up. :)  

This is Ruby bossing the big kids around and telling them not to touch her toys.  


Every once in awhile Crewby gets lucky and I take them somewhere fun, instead of just running errands while the big kid are at school  


Checking out the new toys at the mall

Krispy Kreme


and swimming at the rec center.  


And when I'm feeling very generous I pull out the paints and playdough.  

And then I am reminded why I prefer to do things outside of our house. 


M&M obviously get a little upset when we do things that are too fun while they are at school, so we make sure to include them from time to time.  

Thanksgiving Point usually does the trick.


Especially when it's with The Brown's.  


We have about a million pictures with this dinosaur, that can no longer be seen since we have so many kids now and they are all so big. 


We picked the perfect Saturday to go to The Museum of Natural Curiosity.  


Ruby parked herself in the Vet Clinic and had it all to herself for probably 30 min.  And we didn't even loose anyone in the Jungle.  New record.  


Pretty sure everyone else was busy at Cornbelly's.  



Ruby and I have still been running with Traci a few times a week.  Her and Hailey like to ride together to pass the time and we rotate pushing that beast of a double stroller. 




Macey has been working on her cooking skills this month.  And it is starting to become very helpful.  



First, she made us cookies and then when I was at the boys karate class, she preheated the oven and put dinner in for me.  Sometimes it's not so bad that these kids grow up.  

Sharing her cookies with the neighbors.



We had a girls night with some of our favorites.  



Dinner at Corner Bakery, a 1 hour play, and we wore our matching leopard print booties. Perfection.  


One of the more exciting things that happened this month was Miles graduating from Speech!



This kid has been rocking first grade and is working so hard (that does not mean there still isn't lots of screaming and tears) .  

I cried at his IEP when they told me he tested out.  Mostly I was crying because Miles has had a team of people at his side since he was 6 months old! It is a very strange feeling to be out on our own and I just have this deep gratitude for all these amazing programs and people who have helped to get us to this point.  

In case you were wondering if Ruby has calmed down, she has not.  In fact, things have only gotten crazier when it comes to her.  


yes, she's cute.  And it's fun to see her start to use more imaginative play. She always makes sure I never go hungry and is constantly "cookin" me things in her kitchen.   

But, don't let this fool you.  


The moment my back is turned she's flushing things down the toilet, climbing on things, dumping things, hitting kids, breaking child locks, and drawing on any surface that should not be drawn on.  

The hardest thing this month has been the fact that she forced our hand and we had to move her out of the crib.  


This means no more naps, early rising, terrorizing of the boys at night, and emptying everything in their room every single night.  


I am barely holding on by the end of most days.  I am still not used to not getting a break from her to eat my lunch in piece or shower or just stare at the walls in silence.  I miss nap time.  

Luckily, she has fallen asleep a few times this month, so I have been able to eat a snack without her trying to steal it from me.  


Her current favorite book is Alice the Fairy.  I think there's a lot of resemblance between Alice and Ruby.  and luckily, it's one of the books I don't mind reading every single day.  

Low point of the month was when Macey asked me,  "if it wasn't for Ruby would you be so grouchy?"  :)  

I did have one glorious afternoon this month where I got my hair cut & colored.  I even had time to read some of my book club book.


And yes, my amazing hairstylist made cat ears on me while my color set. It's the little things. 

phew. That's our October in a nutshell.   





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April Showers

May 4, 2016
We got a little bit of everything in April.  Rain, snow, and sunshine.  No complaints from me, I love a little variety.  Which means we also got to do and go on all sorts of adventures.  

After we went to Bryce with my parents, we mostly just hung out around the house, went shopping, and put Pop-Pop to work on little projects.  

It was perfection.  



We stayed home for spring break this year, while most of our friends went out of town.  

Miles had a tearful goodbye with Peter at the park the Friday before break started.  He didn't know if he would survive the entire week without his bff.  

Luckily, he did. :)

We started off the break by taking a day trip out to Antelope Island.  


It has become one of our favorite places.  


One of their favorite things to do is climb around on rocks, so Buffalo Point is pretty much heaven to them.  



And for the first time we actually ventured into the Great Salt Lake.  


It did not disappoint.  Macey, Crew, and Ruby could of stayed for hours.  
Miles, on the other hand, did not like the salt getting in all his cuts and scratches and spent a good amount of time crying and complaining.  

Once he settled down though, he had fun playing in the sand.  Crew informed us that he likes "the beach with houses better". aka texas. :)  


Once everyone dried off, we were all covered in white...there is a lot of salt in that lake!  

The only other place we ventured was City Creek, so I could do a little shopping at Anthropologie and Sephora.  


Why, I did that when I had to have all these kids in tow is beyond me?  But, it turned out to be a success.  And you really can't beat the view at City Creek.  




The rest of the time was spend hanging out at home.

We've been reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up", so I did a lot of decluttering and organizing while the kids kept themselves busy.  


It's always nice to have Macey around to help keep them entertained. 


Plus, she is the best train track builder around.  



We released Macey's butterflies.  

Watching these butterflies go through their life cycle was awesome.  The kids were sad to say goodbye to Late Larry (we released him 2 days after the others), Miles Junior, and the other 3 butterflies, whose names I can't remember. :)


Crew was a bit upset one morning, because even though it was spring break, I still wouldn't let him have popsicles for breakfast. 

And what's spring break without hanging out with our favorite neighbors.  

Love these people.  


So, even though it was a bit lonely without some of our bff's in town, I know it was a successful spring break because every night the kids feet were black.  Always the sign of a good day.  
This month the kids started to remember that they actually do like hiking


There's always tears and whining when we load up them up to go, but usually the moment we are in the mountains they are just happy to be free.  


And they actually get along and help each other!


We even took the Everett's up one weekend to make S'mores.  

The kids loved showing them some of their favorite spots. 

Can't beat hiking with your best friend.  

And this rare moment was also captured.  These mountains have been good to us this spring.  


We also took the kids kicking and screaming to the tulip festival. 


Like always, Paul and I were right, and they ended up having a great time.  


In the spring there never seems to be a shortage of kids running around. 


Makes the afternoons pass much more quickly when there's friends to keep you entertained.  

We also got the pleasure of going to the Temple with 2 of our favorite people.  

Holly at the Payson Temple. 



Trina at the Draper Temple.  

And Jenni and I got to throw a very fun filled bridal shower for Trina.  


To end the month Macey had her long awaited Musical, Aladdin: A Tale Told Inside Out.  


She played Magic Carpet.  She had a few lines, acted in many scenes, got to sing at the microphone and danced in 4 or 5 dances.  She LOVED it.  


Although the weight of her costume pulling on her neck got to her by the end of the 2nd performance. Hence the face. :)  



Love this family of mine and all the adventures we get to share.  









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angie
What would you guys do without the mountains? It seems like you spend time there at least once a week, year-round!
nana
So many precious memories. Miles & Crew holding hands is just the best. Miles and Peter hugging is so cute. I wish I had been able to document the 3 of you kids growing up.

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bryce Adventures

Apr 27, 2016
My parents came to visit, so we decided to explore a part of Utah none of us had been before.  

Byrce Canyon.  


Holy Crap.  Might be my new fav. National Park.


It was amazing to hike down into the canyon and see all the changes in the landscape.  




There were tons of places to climb around and play.



Crew liked to make his own Hoodoos every time we took a break. 


The kids were awesome hikers and there was actually very little complaining once we got started.  




And I could not stop taking pictures.  It was just too perfect.  




Even the hike back out wasn't too bad.  


And Raffy joined us for the first time.  He loved it.  And that is Thor's hammer behind my head, a favorite part of the hike for the boys.  



(it wasn't as cold as this picture makes it look.  Ruby would not allow Paul to put his hood down.)


The 2nd day we checked out The Grand Escalante Staircase at Kodachrome State Park.  



I think the kids liked this place even more than Byrce.  



There was barely anyone there and just open space to explore.  


They loved climbing and playing on the slick rock.  

 


One reason I love hiking is the kids can be as loud and crazy as safety allows. They get to be free and I don't have to stress about the glances of other moms wondering why I can't keep my kids under control. :)  


I think Ruby liked it better here too, as she didn't have to be in the hiking backpack quite as much.  



Crew was a little worn out, due to all the hiking the day before. So, on the last hike of the trip Pop-Pop and I had to take turns carrying him.  



To me it seemed like a mix of Bryce, Zion, and Arches.


Perfection.


 We already are making plans to check out some different areas of Grand Escalante.  

I really do love Utah. 




Tags: Brycenational parkgrand escalantehikingutahoutdoors
Holly
Take me with you next time, I won't wine I promise ;)
Nana
I loved it! So beautiful & fun. The kids did great. I am ready to check out more areas.
angie
Heaven! If you're going to hike, that's a pretty awesome spot to do it at. Super cool that your parents went with you.

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The Rest of September

Oct 11, 2015
I always think I'm going to be devastated when school starts and summer comes to an end, but Utah's fall always has a way of reminding me that I love it too.  

We said our final goodbyes to the pool. 


and enjoyed our last outdoor movie.  




and we haven't looked back since. 



I didn't think I'd love afternoon kindergarten like I do, but we've got our schedule down and I am loving it.



 We play all morning and run our errands.  Then Ruby naps while Miles is at school and I get my introverted extrovert time.  Meaning, I lock myself in my house and am lazy, in order to recover from my busy and usually social mornings.  

Miles is doing better than I expected just a month into school.  




Which meant I no longer had an excuse to put off potty training Crew. 

It clicked after 2 long days and we've been pretty good ever since.  


And this is his typical look anymore.  Always some type of injury.  


Ruby is pretty much the reason I still get nothing done around the house and is my entertainment for most of the day.  


She can never resist a good tackling opportunity.
She is constantly on the table and is always trying to steal the boys' lunch.  



She wore her first baby pony tail this month.  


And she loves to run around with her neighbor BFF, Ella.  




The kids are pretty much outside from when they get home from the bus until dinnertime.  
Love all these kids and the moms I never get pictures of. 



Lucky for us, Peter has afternoon school too, so the scooter bandits have plenty of time to explore together.  



The weather has been perfect for park hopping.  

Playing outside at the Children's Museum.  



September always brings with it Chalk the Block.


The School Carnival.


And plenty of hiking.  


We made M&M skip school to go exploring in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  


We attempted to hike to Donut Falls in the spring, but there was too much snow on the trail for us to make it and it was pretty much a disaster. 


Glad we tried again.  


Can't wait till I can do it when the kids are bigger and we can actually climb up and see the "donut hole".  

Utah Mountains never disappoint, though.  



For labor day, I wanted to have a picnic in a secluded meadow, as I was sick of most people.

Brenden came through, finding us the perfect spot.  It was our kids biggest hike to date and there was quite a bit of elevation gain, but it was so worth not seeing a single person on the trail and getting to have an entire mountain meadow to ourselves.  

Seriously, these views.  Makes the whining much more bearable.  


Julianne and I made sure to recover and have a little nap while the boys took the kids off to explore, once we reached the meadow.  





Love where we live.  














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Nana and opa
Great pics! Glad y'all have outdoor kids! Paul and his brother and sister were also outdoor kids.
angie
So pretty! Nothing beats Utah in the fall. I can't wait to see your October pictures! Does Paul have a selfie stick, or is his arm really long enough to capture that group shot? I'm impressed.

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