Macey is 9. 9!?!
I cannot believe this girl is 9
She is one of my most favorite people, ever.
Macey is kind, generous, smart, hard working, and fun loving.
She loves to read, hang out with her friends, play games, dance, sing, and talk.
This birthday was a breeze, since we had been to California the week before.
She couldn't even think of anything she wanted for her birthday. Luckily, the boys and I know her well, so she was very pleased with the few things we picked out for her.
Palace Pet Legos and little live pets. Such an easy child to please (sometimes).
Miles, Crew and Ruby are all obsessed with Macey and flip out when they get to spend any time with her. Miles has a hard time sharing her, but she is good about playing games with Crew and letting Ruby in her room from time to time. I could not of asked for a better first kid.
Don't be fooled though, this girl is full of attitude too.
This is her telling me I misinterpreted her cake request. :)
We lucked out and there was a BYU game that night. So, after a gourmet meal of crockpot mac & cheese, strawberries and birthday cake, we were off.
There was only one person she wanted to bring and that was Tajen.
These two have been bff's since their toddler days.
I love their relationship and the sweet and fun sides they bring out in each other. best friends forever.
Macey always breaks out her sweet dance moves during timeouts, but did not appreciate me photographing her.
I love this girl. I love that she wants to hang out with me. I love that she wants to be inclusive of everyone. I love that she wants to be good and helps me to be better. I love that she is a good friend. I love that she makes our house a better place.
Still can't believe I have a nine year old!!
November can and went way too fast, well most days at least.
Remember when you were a kid and it seemed a lifetime between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas? I guess it makes me officially old, time is going by too fast sometimes.
We lucked out and got one perfect leaf jumping
day in before the snow hit and it got too cold.
I love it when the kids start to do something fun outside and then the other kids notice and slowly start trickling outdoors to play.
It got even more exciting when Paul joined the fun and made a giant leaf pile that the kids took turns hiding in and scaring people, before they could no longer contain the urge to jump in it.
We got a good hour of leaf jumping in before the metal rakes came out and I deemed it too dangerous for my kids to continue to be outside. :)
The valley got it's first snow
Which meant Paul got off work early and we went sledding with the Rensinks at our new favorite mountain sledding hill.
Nothing like a first snow.
And it was our first sledding experience, post kids, where someone didn't cry.
It was a sledding miracle, which I don't foresee being repeated. Miles
has decided he wants to be a scientist
. Which means he is always doing some sort of experiment.
Whether it be figuring out how to get cars into Ruby's crib. Or mixing things like mouth wash, toothpaste, and soap together to see what he can create. Or putting random toys or food items in the freezer to see what happens.
It's been messy and exciting around here to say the least.
I got to experience quite an exciting day this month too. Nothing terrible happened, just lots of super annoying things.
It started with Crew peeing his pants in the Carl's Jr. playplace and discovering this by the fact that it dripped onto the table where Julianne and I had just placed our drinks. I then had the walk of shame to go tell the workers what happened.
The "Pee Ball" and the table we were originally sitting at :)
Then when leaving the parking lot I got in an accident, which caused me to be late for kindergarten drop off. After returning home Crew had a poop accident. In order to get that cleaned up I put Ruby down for a nap. When she woke up 2 hours later I discovered she had removed her clothing and dirty diaper, and had flung poop all over the room. I seriously could not stop laughing. There were a few other things that happened that day, but I think I've already tried to block this day from my memory. The joys of motherhood.
This was me when I got to sit down for the first time that day at 8:00, it took me another 30 min to convince myself to get back up and tackle the war zone that was my house.
Luckily most of our days and outings are "boring" compared to that.
And I am even willing to attempt to take them swimming without Paul. The locker room afterwards always attempts to break me down, but we are getting better.
And sometimes I have energy left over at the end of the day to babysit neighbor kids and feed them dinner too.
And then there's this girl.
She of course has her moments, but when I really need her, she's there. Whether it be doing her homework without having to be asked, helping with dinner, cleaning with me after the little kids go to bed, and even seen here typing a talk for church without any assistance from me. bless this helpful and independent 8 year old.
Ruby is still getting into everything and stealing everyone's stuff.
And Crew is always walking around with some sort of injury.
But these 2 are playing together more and more each day. and I am sad they only have a few more weeks in nursery together before Crew moves up to Sunbeams.
Paul and Steve took Macey and Ethan on their first overnight backpacking trip up to Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon.
The hike was just over 2 miles in and an elevation gain of 1,450 feet.
Macey was so excited that she was big enough to carry all her own stuff (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes, gear...everything for her). I don't think she was as excited about it half way through the hike, but she did it and I was impressed.
I was a bit, ok a lot, nervous about bears.
So, Paul got bear spray, taught Macey what to do if they saw one, bought a bear can, and made sure to set up their kitchen up away from their tents. He's a good husband to ease my fears like that. :)
It happened to be the coldest weekend since summer, there was frost everywhere when they woke up, but they both slept totally fine (I would not of slept at all).
Macey gave it 2 thumbs up and said it was just as fun as Disneyland and given the choice between the two she doesn't know which she would choose.
Her favorite part was climbing around on these rocks, which is her own personal heaven. She of course ripped her pants in the process.
Things Paul wants to remember about their trip:
- unsuccessful fishing, Macey still loved it.
- He told Macey not to go in the water, she did and then was freezing cause her shoes were wet. She had to wear his socks and still did some pouting about it.
Back to School
These 2 have been back in school for a few weeks now and I am finally starting to adjust.
We did our annual back to school brown lunch bag dinner. Miles loved being one of the special kids. :)
Macey was all excitement for the start of 3rd grade
She DID NOT want me to drive her to school, she wanted to ride the bus. But I won, and got to drive her. Although I was instructed no pictures. :)
I was proud of myself for not crying after drop off, but that doesn't mean I wasn't devastated to loose my mini BFF.
This girl is growing up and is rocking 3rd grade already.
Now onto Miles.
He had his kindergarten assessment during Macey's first week of school. It was anything but smooth. There was crying, hiding, screaming, throwing of objects and a refusal to follow directions. Pretty much it was horrible.
The good thing is, after that circus act, they at least gave me the teacher I wanted him to have. :) And things have been mostly on the up from there.
Miles had lots of nervousness and excitement about the first day.
I was preparing myself for an all out wrestling match to get him to stay. But he did awesome and surprised me with how brave he was.
Not only did he get the best teacher, he also got some good friends in his class, which has made it so much easier on both of us.
I didn't shed any tears until the drive back home, which was a vast improvement from Macey's first day of kindergarten!
While he's had a few episodes in class, he has a great teacher who is willing to work with him and knows how capable he actually is.
Macey picks him up everyday after school and Mrs. Lee said she's never seen a brother love his sister like Miles loves Macey. :)
I am thankful for wonderful teachers who love, teach, and take care of my kids when I can't be with them.
School's out for summer
It has been an amazing school year for these two.
Let's start with Miles
. This kid has loved every minute of preschool. Last year he always talked about how Miss Karli was his best friend, but this year, he actually made friends in his class!! Although Miss Karli was still in the top five. :)
He pretty much had the best preschool teacher ever and I'm sure I'll be calling her next year crying and asking for advice. She's just one of those teachers that was able to see Miles for who he really was and was able to work with and motivate him in the most positive way possible.
I seriously almost cried at the parent teacher conference having to say goodbye to her and having the fear that he might not be as lucky in the teacher department next year.
We are also devastated to be done with Talking Time.
Miles' speech has come so far from when we started almost 2 years ago. Once again he had some of the best teachers ever and I will miss them. They never got frustrated with him and just worked and worked to find out the best way to motivate and get him to perform at his full potential.
He is so ready for kindergarten thanks to these 3 amazing teachers and is always talking about how he needs to read and do his homework this summer cause he's going to be a kindergartner. :)
I have tons of anxiety about how he will do next year in a public school setting, but I've already met with the principal to discuss his needs and I really feel like they are willing to work with us! But really, who couldn't love this kid?!?
I CANNOT believe Macey
will be a third grader! I of course shed a few tears after dropping her off on the last day of second grade.
She has grown so much this year, made lots of new friends, kept her love for school and already misses it, one week into summer. Plus, the clothes she wore on the first day of school don't even fit her anymore. :(
I'm am over joyed to have her home with me for the whole summer though and I guess I'll just have to make sure we have lots of fun, so she won't miss her school friends too much.
I also have to document some of things I did for Teacher Appreciation Week. It was a crazy couple weeks getting ready, but I think it all turned out and I hope the teachers felt the love.
We celebrated school getting out by meeting some of our friends at our favorite park (meaning no swings) on the last day of school.
And then ended the day with our first neighborhood movie night.
it's a good thing I love summer so much, or I might still be crying over the fact that these kids won't stop growing.