December part 1

Feb 8, 2019
December couldn't of started off more perfect.  A snow storm came!!  



We were quite excited and hit up our favorite sledding spot with our neighbors.  


We visited the aquarium some more. 

 
Mom hikes are still going strong and keeping me sane.  



Like every December there were about a million performances.

Crew had his first grade program.  



Pure cuteness.  

Macey's orchestra class had a little performance.  I was quite impressed with what they had learned with 90 min a week for a few months.  



Michelle and I took the girls to see The Christmas Carol at the Hale Center Theatre.  



Macey had her Scera Youth Theatre Christmas Review.



They did a great job, as always.  



And Ruby had her Christmas dance Recital.  

which was just 30 min of pure cuteness.



Doing dance with these friends has been one of our favorite things.



they get to hang out and run around together and Traci, Ashley and I get to workout and chat.  It was a win-win all around.  

Ruby, was very specific with her flower choice for after her performance. 


I passed the test.

Ruby is as strong willed as ever.  

She decided she didn't want to go to preschool one morning, but my sanity depended on her going.  So, I had to drag her to the car kicking and screaming. I tripped over an out of place stool in the garage and since I was carrying Ruby and was terrified of her hitting her head on the cement garage floor, I cradled her body and tore mine up in the process.  



Luckily I had a really thick sweater on and yes, I went to preschool drop off with blood dripping down my arm.  This injury was not going to be in vain. :)  

She is a not stop drawer, my first one.  I cannot keep my scratch paper stocked.  My favorite is that she alway includes belly buttons on her people. 



We visited Santa.  

It was all going very smoothly. 



And then Santa asked Miles if he's been being good.  Miles then started crying and ran away down the hallway of the mall.  

Through my amazing terrorist negotiation skills, I convinced him to just sit by Santa.  I was not requiring any smiling or talking.  This is what we got. 



won't be a Santa visit we will be forgetting anytime soon.  


My parents came to visit this month and go to enjoy some of the above chaos with us.  

We also took them to Just Add Chocolate. 


Made sugar cookies.





We got to help in Miles' insanely over the top Polar Express Day at school.



Introduced them to Dave and Busters.



Played lots of games.  


Had a mini Christmas



And decorated one gingerbread house.  I thought about branching out and buying multiple, but all kids were content with decorating their one side, so we are sticking with one house. :)  



Always a good visit.  

Paul and I also threw our first real party at the new house.  I didn't get any pictures.  But, I did get a picture of my sweet outfit. 



Obviously the party was a huge success.  

The kids were sad we made them go to bed and they missed out on the festivities, so we played another round of Soda Pong with them the next day.  it's a family favorite. 


My cousin Matthew and his family came into town, so had fun meeting up with them a few times.  



We hadn't seen them since they moved away when Crew was a newborn and it was so fun to meet their kids!  


and we thought about taking our Trampoline down for the winter, but are glad we didn't because it has been jumped on pretty much every day.  Rain or shine.  



Next up Christmas break Festivities.  




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angie
You and Paul are going to have lots of family stories to laugh about into old age! Poor Santa ...
nana
We always have the most fun when we come to visit! The Polar Express party was Epic! Loved Ruby's dance recital and Just Add Chocolate was so yummy! Can't wait for our next visit!!

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October

Jan 1, 2019
A highlight of the month was Nana and Opa's visit.



We took them to a pumpkin patch.



Roasted Smores. 


Went to Just Add Chocolate.




and introduced them to our favorite game, Soda Pong.



We enjoyed our new backyard as much as possible and the last of the sunny warm weather with the neighbor kids.



There has not been a day that has gone by where the tramp has not been jumped on.  Rain, shine, or snow. 




My new favorite view:


Always so much 4 square.  


The boys had a new favorite game this month, Mario Party.  It was hilarious and they entertained themselves for hours on their homemade board of books. 




A few days a week Ruby and I took a scooter ride around the neighborhood to look at all the spooky houses.  This one being her favorite. 



We carved pumpkins in perfect fall weather on our driveway.




This view.



We went to our ward halloween party

Ruby wanted to be a Witch Belle.  And would only allow Ashley to do her makeup. 





Paul and Macey went to a Dad/Daughter activity



Crew had some major dental work done.  


We learned how to make cinnamon rolls in our new kitchen!


Ruby and I got to run errands with some of our favorite friends.  


Peter got baptized and we got to hang out with our favorite 2nd cousins.  

Ruby and I took about a million selfies.  


These 2 continue to be the cutest and craziest siblings around. 




Ruby always comes up with stylish outfits for preschool.  

And Friday Mom Hikes.  These have become the highlight of my week.






We ended the month with a quite mellow Halloween, I didn't even know what to do with myself since I wasn't running around like crazy person.  

Normally, I am in charge of multiple parties.  This year I ran one station at Crew's class party.  I didn't even break a sweat.  



There was of course the Halloween Parade.  



All other years I've had to check everyone out as soon as the parade is over to head to Domo.  Luckily, Domo decided to save money and NOT do their Halloween party this year.  We actually had a relaxing few hours at home before we went Trick - or - Treating.  






We still did our normal trick or treating route and we discovered that almost everyone from new neighborhood also trick or treats in our old neighborhood. :)  





Always a good haul.



Macey organized her candy into baggies.  ha, she does not get this from me.  


Another successful October in the books.  

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nana
What a great October! Lots of fun activities loved all the costumes. Your new house has a beautiful view and your yard is fantastic! Wish I had mom hikes.

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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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Christmas break'in

Jan 29, 2017
Nana and Pop-Pop came to spend Christmas with us and it was their first Christmas away from home!  We felt very privileged they choose to spend it with us.  

Sadly, my mom actually came down with pneumonia while she was here.  So, she ended up spending most of her time on the couch observing.  :(

Other than the pneumonia, Christmas was quite perfect.


Plus, we were in bed before midnight, Christmas miracle.  

And we were on time for 9:00 am church Christmas Morning!!! Turns out getting to go to church on Christmas makes for a pretty great day. 


I feel like this picture sums up the kids perfectly. :)

Miles- in constant motion
Macey- wondering how she got stuck with all these crazies
Ruby- screaming and jumping
Crew- distracted by the small object in his hand

Before we left for church we did stockings and santa presents.  

I didn't get many pictures due to the chaos and constant movement of hyped up kids.  But trust me, it was magical.  


Nothing beats getting a real smile out of this girl.  The long wished for Lea doll did it. 


Ruby didn't put this baby down or take off her stethoscope.  Cutest 2 year old ever. 

Crew's favorite present was this pirate chest from Granny and Granddad.  




You'll notice I got no pictures of Miles.  It is because he was so entertaining opening presents, I only got video. :)  #momfail

And it once again snowed on Christmas Eve!!! We are getting spoiled around here.  

Magical Christmas snow with some of our favorite neighbors to end an amazing Christmas.  Perfection.  





Day after Christmas was just as it should be.

eating leftovers, putting legos together, playing with toys, sledding, and staying in pjs all day AGAIN.  


And this girl sledding was kind of my favorite.  

Pop-Pop got lots of runs in too.  


And these 2 never got off this sled and I don't think they ever stopped smiling either.  


We did get Nana out of the house to sit and watch us bowl later in the week.


This girl allowed no one to help her while bowling.  It lead to a few pinched fingers, but Miss Independent was quite the proficient bowler.  


It was actually much more fun than I anticipated and Crew kind of made my entire day with his sweet bowling moves and glasses.  


And then we left Nana with Ruby while the rest of us went snow shoeing




And then we got in some good sledding at the end.






Pop-Pop ended up getting to sleep in the hideout due to Nana being sick.  We are pretty amazing hosts with top of the line accommodations.  


It was a bit of a different visit, with my mom being so sick, but we so glad they were able to survive the traveling to be with us and that no one else got sick.  

 After my parents left Paul and I got to go snow shoeing up Lambs Canyon.  
It was beautiful and we didn't see a single sole on the trail.  The only downside was the road was closed, so we had to hike 2 miles up the road to get to the trailhead.  


This is me being annoyed about it. :) And yes, I have my sled on my pack.  We like to be prepared for all conditions.  


Utah is the best sometimes.  


We couldn't find a babysitter for New Year's Eve and it turned out to be the best thing ever.

We texted our neighbors to come over for a kid party from 7:30-8:30. :)  

We had no food.  But we did have a giant saran wrap ball with goodies, glow sticks, music, and noise makers.  It was one of my better parties.  


We did a count down, had a little dance party and our kids were fast asleep by 9:30.  It was a great start to the New Year.  




We ended break with a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese and the Puppy Barn.  



Love Christmas Break!



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nana
What a unique Christmas this was. My very time to be away from WA for Christmas and I get pneumonia I still had a really fun time but I'm afraid I cramped everyone elses style. I'm super happy no one else got sick. It was so fun to spend Christmas with you and to watch the kids and enjoy our time there. Dad loved sleeping in the Hide Out, not everyone can say they have slept in the special guest accommodations. Glad you still had time to have some fun after we left. It was a super fun Christmas.
pop pop
Thanks for the fun times! I just wish NaNa didn't have to be so sick. Thanks for taking me to the basketball game, sledding, snow shoeing, but especially just enjoying family!!

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Nana comes to town

Nov 5, 2016
Nana wanted a "vacation", so what better place to come than a tiny house filled with 4 crazy kids for the weekend.  :)  


She was just here for the weekend, so there were only a few must do items.

1. Teach Nana how to play Pokemon Go


2. Visit the Puppy Barn


3. Play LOTS of games 


4. Go on a hike to see the changing leaves. 


Seriously, fall.  


The kids favorite part of the hike was hiding in the tall grass and jumping out and scaring us.  They could of played this game for hours.  


Love me some wide open spaces.  


Nana claims we didn't wear her out too much, but we made sure to keep her going with daily trips to Sodalicious.  



Can't wait for the next visit.  








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nana
I had the best visit ever! I was in desperate need of grandkid time & you definitely did not wear me out. =) Thanks for letting me come and Macey thanks for sharing your room!

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