MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.UTAH LAKE
While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.
So, exploring we did.
The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.
Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.
It was kid heaven. Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.
And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot? Well, mine do. And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count.
We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday.
I foresee many more explorations taking place here. HANGTIME
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.
It was awesome. Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out. And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. YOGA WITH THE SHARKS
A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.
It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had. We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards. DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING
Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.
It was amazing. We got some sweet video. We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :) SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.
Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines. Love me a good elementary program.
We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:BYUFARM COUNTRYTHE POND
loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water.
Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies.
I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time. Fanny Packs
are extremely useful. I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket. Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :) SOCCER
Spring soccer has started up again. Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department. But Miles hasn't minded one bit.
We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.
We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.
Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.
There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in.
Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids.
It was a bit stressful for me though. :)
And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie.
Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.
I'd say it was a very successful month around here.
march madness at home
March always comes just when we need it.
I never realize how much pent up energy these kids have inside them until they are set free after winter.
If the sun is out, these kids are out. Dinner is skipped many evenings, or shoveled into their mouths at a lightening pace, to get back outside.
Never a shortage of friends or things to do.
And I get to see my long lost friends too. Life is good.
Crewby keeps me busy during the day with constant fort building.
I actually banned forts for April though, I'm a good mom like that. Ruby loves to destroy them and Crew loves to scream and cry when this happens. So, we are taking a break, before I completely loose it. :)
We registered Crew for Kindergarten this month.
I am not too happy about having him gone everyday next school year, but bless Utah and their half day kindergarten.
Look at this stud, I am not quite ready to part with him.
Although, he has been mastering the screaming fit lately, so I won't miss that. :)
Lucky for me, I still get this crazy girl all to myself for a little longer.
She is actually starting to play and pretend with her toys. I love to watch.
She also uses everything as a magic wand and is constantly turning me into Belle or Ruby.
And look at this hair!
And these best friends are just the cutest. Ruby's life just wouldn't be the same if Ella didn't live across the grass from us.
I often get asked if Ruby is still wild. The answer is "yes!"
There are a million stories I could share. This particular picture though represents what happens the 1 time I forget to lock the closet door in her room.
She was suppose to be napping, but she of course sensed my mistake and emptied all my more dangerous craft items all over her room. She left the paper, crayons, googly eyes, pom-poms, craft sticks, washable markers, and tape alone.
Instead she went for ALL the permanent markers, ink pads, and scissors. She covered every item in her room, and her body of course, in ink. Luckily her wardrobe is installed with self locking technology, otherwise I am sure all of her clothes would be covered in permanent marker as well.
45 min in the bath and 45 min scrubbing her room and most of the marker is gone. the palms of her hands and soles of her feet were pink for a week. And her bedframe is a lost cause. Other than that, it didn't turn out too badly.
Once again, this is why we spend so much time outside. :)
Crew learned to ride a two wheeler last year, but he isn't quite ready for real bike rides, due to the fact that he can't ride straight and either rides into fences or off the curb. I find it a bit stressful. So, we have been doing lots of practicing in the Target parking lot.
This particular day we ended up with a 3 bike pile up. I think we need a little more work on the brakes.
There's of course been lots of basketball watching. M&M are very into this year and have kept very good tabs on their favorite teams.
We bought Rogue One and these 3 LOVED it. We sent them down to get their PJ's on and they all came up in their Star Wars gear.
We pulled Miles' Battle Bots arena down from it's high shelve and it's been quite entertaining. Ellie even got in on the action when she stopped by to visit.
A highlight of every March is always Paul's Birthday.
homemade chocolate cake with homemade frosting...only the best for this guy.
He even got to come home from work early to play with us. And yes, notice another fort has been set up in the backyard.
We then got a babysitter. Watched some basketball at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then played mini golf and video games. I love birthdays.
I also caught this cute leprechaun.
The coming of March means everyone is outside as much as possible.
I love sitting in the sun, chatting with my friends, and seeing what games the kids come up with.
Thus far the most popular activities this spring seem to be races, soccer, tree climbing, and roller skating.
Spring time out front is the best because the kids are so excited to see everyone again, that they all play so nicely together.
And I love watching these baby friends.
Ruby is getting quite proficient on her scooter and we have let her venture outside the circle a few times.
If we try to assist or steer her away from falling off the curb she yells "No Help, No Help!".
Gina sent me this picture the other day. That would be my kids at her door.
There's a reason we install screen doors around here...it's to keep these crazy kids from wandering into your house. :) I am sure they were begging for a bag of cereal.
Ruby and Crew also spend hours playing in the back and this is usually what it looks like at the end of the day.
We have started up our Friday park days again and I have almost reached a perfect park stage with my kids (again).
This is really the only park picture I have because I am usually too busy actually getting to talk with my friends. Heaven.
The first time it hit 70 we headed up the canyon with the scooter gang. Always an adventure with this group.
The coming of March also means the end of BYU basketball games. We LOVED having 4 season tickets this year and the kids are already talking about what games they want to go to next season.
Julianne and I also ventured onto to campus with all the kids.
I don't know what it is, but I just love watching my kids run around campus.
Makes my heart happy to see them loving the places where I have so many awesome memories.
A big highlight of March was taking the kids to see Frozen on Ice with the Brown's.
Like most things Disney does it was amazing and even kept Crew and Miles entertained.
Ruby has gotten extra crazy this month and is in full blown tornado toddler mode.
She has figured out how to open doors and continues to break the child lock on the fridge. As a result, she is constantly helping herself to a variety of snacks and getting into rooms she shouldn't.
Crew and Ruby are also becoming quite the pair and they like to keep me on my toes.
Our favorite worker at Chick-fil-a made a very accurate comment about Ruby the other day, "she is just as crazy as her hair".
Speaking of her hair, it is getting super long, but you can't tell because it is so crazy curly. And yes, I cannot keep this child clean.
To help cope with the craziness that is this child I think March holds the record for most visits to Sodalicious. :)
Miles also helps to keep Sodalicious in business with his antics at Kindergarten drop off. Luckily, we've got our system down and I have learned to lock the doors the moment he exits the vehicle and to only crack
the window when he wants to try and convince me to let him back in (he has been known to climb through car windows that have been rolled down too far).
Luckily, I know he loves school, and the moment he sees his teacher he usually runs right over.
And then Crew, Ruby and I are off to Sodalicious, again. :)
March once again proved to be up there with my favorite months in Utah, even with such a mild winter, there is just something about spring.
There were of course many afternoons spent at Thanksgiving Point.
Seeing all the baby animals at Farm Country is always a highlight of our spring.
Since Paul works late every Tuesday and Thursday night, Holly and I hauled the 4 of them there as soon as Macey was out of school.
Late afternoons always have way less people, which means I can keep my sanity for much longer than when we visit during the day. We even had the zipline to ourselves for a few min...it was a miracle.
The favorite activity of this trip, besides the always popular jungle area, was the movie making station.
As planned, we wore them out and all 4 kids were sound asleep by 7:30.
- This month I have forced the kids to spend countless hours outside.
Sometimes though, they really just want to play the ipad. :)
Luckily, they are usually able to find ways to entertain themselves or friends to play with.
With all the kids coming out of their winter hiding, Pokemon Card trading is back in full force and Miles could not be happier about that fact.
Ruby has been doing lots of walking practice out front with her Mickey Car. She even completed her first lap a few weeks ago.
She is still stuck inside more than she would like, though.
- The deck has also gained back it's popularity. There have been many meals eaten out there and the deck dance parties are back.
and one day, I even had enough patience to let them paint back there! It's crazy what the sun can do to you. :)
- We are currently in a good park phase, as I am no longer completely terrified of Crew falling off of everything and Ruby is still content to crawl around on the blanket eating leaves.
As such, I've been trying to take the boys as much as possible, before we enter back into the dreaded toddler park stage... Where I can no longer sit on my blanket and chat with my friends.
- We even hooked up the bike trailer and took Ruby for her first cruise around the neighborhood, she was obviously impressed.
- Macey has been busy in 2nd grade. She's been plowing through the chapter books and loves sharing all she's been learning at school with anyone who will listen.
She wrote a report and made a diorama for the 2nd grade animal fair. I learned all sorts of new and interesting facts about Giraffes. For example, giraffes can run faster than a race horse, but only for a short distance or a baby knows who it's mom is by her spots.
She just seems to have grown up a lot this year and it's exciting and sad at the same time.
She won a respect award at school and is even learning how to put her lipgloss on with the boys running chaotically around her.
- A highlight of the month for me was gong to see Cinderella with some of our friends. Macey and I both pretty much loved everything about it.
- She has also developed a true love of legos this month and tries to sneak upstairs as often as she can to work in peace.
- I love this picture...notice the difference in the way their Pokemon Cards are organized. :)
- Crew and Miles are also becoming friends!!!!!!
While they still spend most of their days screaming at one another, there are moments when their friendship shows through. Like how Miles is always talking Crew into doing naughty things or when they sword fight together outside or play pirates in their bunk beds. There is hope for these 2 yet.
- Crew is constantly making me laugh or want to pull out my hair, there isn't much middle ground with this kid.
Here he is with one of his best friends Liam, never a dull moment.
- Miles is starting to figure out how I work and is now constantly trying to bribe me with Dr. Pepper. For example in this picture he is promising to get me a Dr. Pepper if I will download a new game on the ipad for him.
- Paul also had a birthday. The kids made amazing decorations and I actually got him a present this year, so it was a vast improvement from his last birthday.
And that completes the novel for March.
Some of the pluses of our little town home are the non-existence of yard work and my ability to clean our limited living space during the week. This usually leaves us lots of time to play on the weekends.
This month I feel like we spent that free time very wisely.
-We took the kids to the indoor city pool.
The highlights were waiting to get dumped on by the bucket and the big water slide.
- We went to the zoo
for the first time in over a year. The kids couldn't of been more excited and it did not disappoint
Trina and TJ met us there, which made for a pretty amazing adult:kid ratio.
We lucked out and a worker was feeding the giraffes right next to us. Macey was in Giraffe heaven.
Ruby's favorite part was the carousel. She laughed and waved her arms in excitement the entire time. In normal Crew fashion, he cried about how he was scared until it started and then he loved it.
Ruby kept giving Crew hugs in the stroller and I tried not to die from the cuteness of it.
And, like always, all 4 kids poised perfect for a picture to remember our trip by. :)
- We ventured to Antelope Island
one Sunday after church. I've mostly only heard horror stories of the gnats, so we wanted to get there before it got too warm and they all hatched.
We even saw real bison, which was of course quite thrilling.
We ended up with pretty good timing, as on the drive to the island, there were black tornados of gnats on both sides of the road. But once we were on the island, we got to enjoy the awesome scenery nearly gnat free.
Our kids happy place is climbing around on rocks, so Buffalo Point was like heaven to them.
And notice Ruby's smile and arm flapping? This is what she does the entire time, she's a born hiker.
We've also been trying to get selfies of us at all the cool places we venture.
We're obviously naturals.
After about 45 min of climbing around, we had to pull them away to go check out the sand before it got dark.
The sand was crazy. While it wasn't technically "white sand"
it was both white and sandy, so we will call it white sand, even though it was more like salt sand.
I wish we had time to walk all the way to the water!
We then had to drag them away from playing in the sand prematurely too, as we had a long drive home and school in the morning.
- As this March proved to have nearly perfect weather, we had to venture out hiking again. This time to Little Cottonwood Canyon.
We ended up on Bells Canyon
Trail by mistake, but lucky for us, it proved to be a good mistake to make.
This was also Crew's first solo hiking day and he rocked it. He would not let anyone help or hold his hand, he kept yelling "let go of me! I do it myself!"
We then found Lisa Falls a
little further up the road and this proved to be the highlight of the day.
A waterfall, blue skys, a creek, and lots of rocks to climb on. Perfection.
Crew and I spent most of our time throwing one
rock into the creek. I threw the rock, Crew would find it and bring it back to me... repeat 1,000 times.
Can't wait to find a new (easy) place to hike this weekend.