May was a whirl of fun and chaos.
Macey finished up the last of her Scera Performances.
She had her dance recital with The Emmie's
And then her Showteam Showcase, where all the acting classes performed 2 of their pieces.
Sunny, but not hot weather, was perfect for hitting up a few of our favorite spots before school was out.
We love this part of the Provo River Trail. It is usually pretty empty and there's a bunch of cool places to stop and explore.
We had so much fun, we decided to go after school the next week, so all the kids could enjoy it.
Didn't take into account how much higher the river would be!! It was crazy stressful, but our scare tactics worked (we told the kids they would most likely die if they fell in...which was the truth), so they kept their distance.
At least the outing ended on a peaceful note feeding the horses in the parking lot, a safe distance from the raging river. Thanksgiving Point Gardens
We missed the tulip festival this year, but I didn't mind too much.
There were still a lot of tulips in bloom and barely any people. Farm Country
It was crazy busy with preschool field trips, so after 30 min we walked up to get some icecream.
Crew was not pleased to walk one block and pretty much screamed and whined the whole way.
Until we got to the little gardens where he told me, "mom, I forgot how beautiful it was here." No more crying after that. BYU
campus is one of my happy places.
And if I enter the Cougareat, I cannot leave without a hot loaf of bread with honey butter. Takes me back. :)
It's pretty much just constant friends and playing around here when the sun is out.
lots of bug catching
. bike ridingpark playing. eating
And I've even been allowing children inside! This is not normal for me, but it's gone fairly well.
We've even attempted a few art projects.
and bug drawing (for a bug club meeting)
And just random shenanigans with our best neighbors.
Sometimes though we hideout and have lazy mornings and pretend we don't hear the knocks on our door.
And this would be a typical Saturday morning around here. These 2 playing video games in their underware. Living the dream.
Speaking of underware...Ruby earned a trip to Chuck E. Cheese for being potty trained.
And we squeezed in our last few errands together before everyone was out of school.
She seems so sweet and content in the shopping cart here, but not 5 min. later she determined I was taking too long and started throwing items out of my cart, biting my hands, throwing her shoes. It's always an exciting time with Ruby.
I actually had a great mother's day this year. Thanks to these 4 and Paul.
Got my picture. Got to read. And got to eat good food that I didn't make.
We invited ourselves on the Rensink's date to "Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies".
So fun!! Good music and good company. But, it reminded me how much I hate mosh pits and I am grateful for the security guard that Julianne and I spent much of our time cowering behind.
And we've been trying to adopt a fairly minimalistic lifestyle around here, but I cannot get this girl on board!
here's hoping we can get it figured out this summer.
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.
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
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.
I LOVE Halloween.
Alligator, Cat, Rey, Charizard, Minnie Mouse, and Bulbasaur
Candy, parties, dressing up, and trick-or-treating are just some of the reasons.
We started out the festivities with our annual neighborhood carnival.
I never let the kids wear their actual halloween costumes, as they always end up spilling something. So, I send them to the dress up tubs. Crew was Chewbacca, Miles Dino rider, Ruby Minnie Mouse, and Macey wore an old ballet costume I wore in the nutcracker with Kirsten in a matching dress (my mom of course made them. She's got mad skills). And I had to include a picture of Emery in her adorable old lady costume. She was the cutest thing ever.
Next up was Fright Fest.
It was our turn to host. We decided to play a Mormon drinking game.
We got a bunch of different sodas. Some gross (peanut butter, bacon, hot wing sauce), some good (rootbeer, butter beer, horchata) and LOTS in between.
It was highly entertaining and after sampling all of them I deemed the worst ones to be Peanut Butter, cucumber, and bacon. The only one that was actually good was the rootbeer.
The kids actually got us to carve pumpkins this year. it is not a favorite activity of mine, but it got done and we had some very happy kids. And no one loved their Jack 'O Lantern more than Crew.
Next Halloween Festivity was a party at Paul's bosses house.
Marty McFly and his mom Lorraine from back to the future. And Eleven and Dustin from Stranger Things.
As always the party was very impressive. Party buses, food trucks, even better portable bathrooms than last year, light up dance floor, and tons of amazingly creative costumes.
Love a good party.
FINALLY, we made it to the actual day.
We were up bright and early getting kids in costume for school.
Then there was the Halloween Parade.
Miles was just smiling and waving away. And yes, his costume is too small. I had a tough time with my amazon orders this Halloween. :) Luckily, he was the happiest pokemon around.
Crew wanted to dress up for the Halloween Parade too (we skipped his preschool party, there was no way to fit it in). He loved that all the kids in the parade knew who he was and were waving at him and talking about his sweet costume.
But seriously, have you ever seen a cuter bulbasaur?
Then I ran home grabbed my supplies and came back to do Macey's class Halloween party.
I love getting to see her in her element and chatting with all the kids.
Next stop was the Domo Halloween extravaganza.
It was amazing this year. So organized. They had a map for everyone, arrows on the ground of which direction to walk, crossing guards, and themed buildings. I just loved it.
Paul's building was Harry Potter. They gave out gummy frogs, bertie botts beans, and chocolate coins. And a real owl, because this is Domo afterall.
The Sorting Hat put Macey in Slitherin, she was not too pleased.
I actually didn't take a single picture because it was still so crazy, luckily Paul snapped these ones before it got crazy.
And now we have finally made it to the main event.
Trick or Treating.
I was so happy with how Ruby's costume turned out and it was probably the easiest one I have attempted yet. Plus, she loved it and wanted nothing more than to be Minnie. Makes my mama heart happy.
I don't sew, but I do love hot glueing and taping a good costume together.
And I was so proud of the pokemon ball pumpkins I made the boys too.
I love trick or treating in our neighborhood and seeing all our friends.
We had a crazy, but awesome, group this year and I had a few moments of stress, but overall it was pretty much perfection.
then we finally got to the candy sorting.
Can you tell what Crew's favorite candy is?!?
and that finally is a wrap on Halloween. Yes, this is why I am exhausted.
September was a whirlwind of soccer (3 days a week), parks, neighbor kids,school projects, after school activities, and getting used to the ever increasing hectic lifestyle that is 4 kids.
Paul forced us out of bed on a Saturday morning to go see the sunrise in the mountains.
Ruby was the only one that didn't mind.
We got donuts afterwards, so the rest of us quickly forgave him.
I feel like it's been a non stop party around here with kids over to play 24/7.
I believe this was my most insane trip trip to target in recent memory. 3 boys and a Ruby is tough work while waiting in line to checkout.
it's even better when we get to have our friends stay for dinner too.
Another neighborhood water fight. This one proved slightly more violent than our one earlier in the summer and a few kids were hiding and crying by the end. :)
There has been constant soccer or football happening out front. And my kids now refer to this area as "The Soccer Field".
With the big kids at school all day, these boys rule the neighborhood until about 2:30.
and these 2 cute girls of course too.
When 2:30 hits, the kids throw their backpacks in the door, grab a snack, and head outside. I still drag them in most nights for dinner.
and when homework must be done, it is done outside whenever possible.
It's been nice having Macey and Miles both in school full day.
Crew, Ruby, and I have no trouble figuring out how to spend our time.
These 2 crack me up with their constant chatter in the backseat while we are running around during the day.
Ruby graduated from the stroller to her scooter for our canyon adventures.
love these mountains and that I still get to go on daytime adventures with these 2.
A few hours each week though we have to take Crew to preschool and it's just me and the tiny destroyer.
We found Macey's long lost diary key, that someone (Ruby) buried in the bottom on the aquafor jar. :)
Most days I do not know what to do with her, but at least I never get bored.
And really, they don't get much cuter.
Ruby and I even started running with some of our friends in the mornings while Crew is at preschool.
We are slowly feeling less and less like we are going to die each week.
Random hiighlights this month included:
Crazy Hair Day
the School carnival.
I was waiting in line with Miles for one of the bounce houses and he looked up at me and told me I could leave him alone with his friends and that I should go find some of my mom friends. :)
Activity Days fashion show.
Orem updated some of their parks and we've been taking advantage.
And these 2 are always up to something exciting.
And between all the chaos I finally read this book.
It's a new favorite and I've been trying to convince Macey to read it ever since.