Feb 3, 2015
January proved to not be as dreary as I anticipated.  With 2 trips to break it up and more sunshine than normal, we ended up surviving quite well.  

Ruby got her first underdog from Miles and seemed to enjoy it.  

Due to the lack of snow this month, the boys have taken to playing in the lovely snow piles in the parking lot.  
Due to a variety of factors, sunshine included, I have finally begun to come out of my funk.  As a result I've been trying to play with Crew more while Miles is at preschool.  You know,  instead of sticking him in front of the TV or banning him to the basement the entire time so I can get things done in peace.  

It's been pretty hilarious and I have discovered he's a whiz at puzzles and dominos.  

And instead of doing all fun things while Crew is napping, we've decided it's time to include him from time to time, when my sanity can take it.  

Like every month, we made multiple trips to Thanksgiving Point.  

Every time we go to Museum of Natural Curiosity we discover something new. This time it was a tunnel between 2 exhibits and Ruby's new love of the water table.  

We even pulled Guitar Hero out of retirement for a few evenings.  

Ruby continues to be the most content and easy baby, and often the only reason I survive most days.  

She loves to crawl around exploring, while keeping an eye out for any cereal or shoes that have been left laying around.  

Ruby has yet to meet a baby food she doesn't like.  

She also has the best frown!

Crew has taken to reading her books and it is quite entertaining to watch.  

She also loves to spend time with her fellow baby friends and thus far has been a very gracious host.  

Yes, I am slightly obsessed with this chunky curious girl.  

Miles though is obsessed with these Who Would Win books.  He was thrilled beyond belief to finally find a captive audience in Tajen and that I actually allowed him to take them outside.  

Macey and Kaylin had their first facetime chat and it was hilarious.  I can't wait for them to have more.  

Macey also had her baptism photo shoot. tear.  

She was hilarious the entire time, cracking Holly and I up with her comments and observations. It's become less rare to see the true Macey when other people are around and this was one of those moments where she was her true self and we loved it.  

In total randomness we found these amazing magnets at Target and could not pass them up.  

To celebrate surviving January well, we took the kids to dinner in public! It did not prove to be a total disaster, so I will count that as a success.  

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I love Ruby in a headband! It's adorable.
In my book January was amazing since it included WA. Love Crew reading to Ruby! How fun that Kaylin & Macey FaceTime I bet it is hilarious, love the magnets on the 2 of them. Looks like January was a hit.

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January Wrap-Up

Feb 5, 2014
We survived Jaunary and I am so happy it's over...it's always the month I dread the most each year.

The best thing about Jaunary though is I am still continuing to feel better, not good, but better.  I was cleaning, shopping, socializing, and even going to the gym.  Sadly though, I over did it, and the last week of the month I was back to feeling horrible again.  Here's hoping I can find a better balance this month.

With feeling better though I was actually able to interact with my kids.

Paul was shocked to come home and find that I had baked and was sane enough to have help from the kids.  

Miles has found a love of games, although he still doesn't like to follow the rules.

I went with him on his field trip to Texas Roadhouse.  He LOVED it and was dying to take Macey there so he could show her all the stuff he learned.  

We had a moment of poor judgement and took all the kids there for dinner one night.  While Miles was thrilled about it...we were reminded the moment we sat down of why we always get babysitters.  Real restaurants with kids are never worth it.

Miles also continues to be the healthy eater of the house and chooses humus and pitta chips over potato chips and cupcakes every time.  It has started wearing off on Crew too, and he now says "hu hu" for humus.  What one year old says "humus"?

Macey put her performing skills to work and choreographed and performed at the first grade talent show.  I was worried, really worried, about how it would turn out.  She didn't want to have specific moves planned out, she just wanted to move how the music made her feel.  Luckily, she listened to reason and came up with moves for each part and it actually came together quite nicely.  

She had a blast and her classmates loved her music choice..."Let it Go".  

This kid has been reeking havoc at every turn.

He has become extremely loud and we are working on using words instead of just screaming at us to get what he wants.  So far we are starting to get the basics down...more, up, mom, dad, all done, drink.  The problem is getting him to remember to use them.

He has become obsessed with guns and shooting people.   

He is also obsessed with Paul and pretty much wants nothing to do with me if he is around.

This was a particularly bad night for him.  Paul came home from work, grabbed Miles and left for the BYU basketball game.  Poor little Crew was running behind them, coat and shoes in hand.  Luckily I was able to ease his pain with the iPad.

He also wants to be a big kid and was very mad at me when I tried to give him a sippy cup at Pizza Pie.  He was screaming and throwing food.  Paul had a genius idea and stuck his sippy in the cup the kids were using and he then happily picked it up and started drinking. Babies. 

They are still loving their classes at The Little Gym and it is the highlight of the week for both of them.  There is just something about the way they run these classes that keeps my kids smiling the entire time. Even Macey, who gets frustrated extremely easy, has happily been working on cartwheels even though they are really hard for her.  Love it.   

I also finally felt well enough to pull out my chapter books and let Macey pick some.  She has been dying to read real chapter books and has just been waiting on me to get my act together. She's already flown through 2 and we are starting book 3 this week.  I love it.  And I love that I have boxes and boxes for her pick from.  Gotta love first graders.

Miles has been having huge issues with Crew at mealtimes.  He freaks out when Crew's face is messy from eating. He finally found a solution for his problem and uses cereal boxes to block his view, it has made our house slightly more under control at mealtimes.

More proof I am feeling better...crafts!

I made this Jr. Yahtzee game for Macey's class Valentine Party.  Plus, no help from pinterst, which is rare for me these days.

I am still in survival mode and have to apologize to my kids every night for being so grouchy, but at least it's looking like I might get to avoid bed rest this pregnancy!  A grouchy semi functioning me, is better than me being in the hospital or stuck on the couch, right?  :)
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Yay, a posting! I've been dying to catch up on you. So glad you've been feeling (mostly) somewhat batter and can get some fun stuff done. Your kids are so cute. I'm way in love with Crew's curly hair. My favorite part: Crew crying at the back door when the other boys went to the game without him. I could so see him frantically running to get his gear and try to go with them. I felt the heartbreak of getting to the door just as it clicked shut. So sad. I'm glad you got a picture of it and that you were able to comfort him with some good ol' electronic love.
I love your posts so much and like Angie am always waiting for a new one. Glad you made it through January. Thank goodness Miles figured out a way to deal with Crew at meals, I can just hear him. Love Macey and her performances and poor little Crew that is the saddest moment every being left behind poor little guy. At least you now have moments when you can do a few things. Hang in there!
haha miles and the cereal boxes, what a great idea!

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The Last Few Weeks According to my Phone

Jan 12, 2012
January has turned out not to be as crappy as it usually is, or that I feared it would be.

A few things have helped this. The first being, it hasn't been freezing outside. We've managed to play outside most days and even made a few trips to the park.

The second thing that has greatly helped January be bearable, and even slightly enjoyable, is that I can somewhat function now. I still feel nauseous and I still throw up (though not as often). My nausea is at the point where Zofran actually makes a bit difference and I can usually accomplish 1 or 2 things a day.

A few examples:
We went to La Jolla Groves for lunch and I did not throw up in the restaurant.

I signed Macey up for gymnastics to help get out all her pent up energy.

I actually baked last week! While it was just a boxed cake mix, Macey couldn't of been happier.

I'm still pretty burnt out by the time 3:00 rolls around, but now that I"m not as nauseous, I can actually read books while I lounge on the couch!

The remainder of my phone purge:

Our late afternoons usually consist of Macey and Miles dancing while I lay on the couch and play DJ:

Miles has had lots of big falls so far this month, but only one slight concussion. :)

Lastly, the thing that has been keeping us the most busy is that Miles qualified (again) for Kids on the Move. This time for a speech delay. It looks like it could be partially due to under developed oral motor skills, so part of the therapy is using straws. This is way easier than physical therapy thus far.

yes, he is rocking sweet bed head.

Here's hoping the rest of January proves to be as good, perhaps even with a little snow thrown in.

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I'm glad to hear you're feeling slightly better. Hopefully you will continue to feel even better. I'm glad you've been able to get out of the house. I love the picture of Miles with the straw!
I'm glad you are feeling at least a little bit better. I still remember eating at La Jolla Groves, it was some of the best food. Did I tell you that Nie Nie and her husband came in and ate while we were there. By the way have you noticed that all my comments are always in hot pink. lol PS why is it that you never get together whenever all those ladies in Provo have a Bellingham Stake reunion?!

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