February was a drastic improvement upon January, thank goodness!!!
We got snow!
Probably my favorite Saturday morning of the year thus far:
No one else was on the trail. The snow makes everything beautiful and muffles all sound. Heaven.
And even some sunshine.
Afternoons are always better when they want to play outside after school.
I was forced to go on the 2nd grade field trip to The Museum of Natural Curiosity, as no other parents had signed up to go.
Always a thrilling time.
Sometimes I make dinners I want, knowing that no one else will eat them. This minestrone soup being one of them. This is Paul's crazy busy season, so he isn't ever home for dinner, so I was prepared to face 4 whining kids just so I could eat this yummy soup.
Instead it was lots of laughs as everyone did their required "Thank you bite". Luckily, some of neighbor moms came and scooped some out, so I didn't have an entire crockpot full of soup leftover.
Miles and Crew were home "sick" on the same day. It actually worked out great. They played mario kart and mine craft most of the day together. At dinner that night they actually wanted to sit by each other (Miles will usually only sit by an adult or Macey) and then even made up their own "best brother secret handshake". Glad they got some bonding time in.
The kids favorite outing this month was a trip to the mall to ride the animals.
There were a few crazy drivers, but luckily the mall shoppers were light on their feet and no one got ran over.
Other things I want to remember:
- Ruby wanted to match me with our "kitty vests" for church.
- Crew is always wanting to do science experiments.
baking soda, food coloring and vinegar...always seems to do the trick.
- After hours of hard work Macey finished her 750 piece cat puzzle.
We have never owned a puzzle with more than 45 pieces, so this was quite the undertaking and was so proud of herself when she was done!
- Cub Scouts. Don't know how I feel about it yet, but when Miles wants to go we go. When he doesn't want to we don't. :)
- Macey took Tajen and Carmen to a BYU game.
puzzles, puppets and Crew painting a portrait of Ruby. :) Sometimes I don't know what I'm going to do when we loose Crew to all day school next year.
Not that I will be bored or anything with this one to entertain me.
- Mario Kart with TJ
Way better than January!
october Chapter 3: Halloween
We had perfect weather in October to enjoy all our halloween activities.
We had some new booths this year, Mini golf (Miles' favorite) and facepainting.
The kids insisted we did our normal fishing booth.
So glad I started out simple.
these 3 ran around the whole afternoon together. Finn, BB8 and Ray. :)
Georgia's pinata is always a hit and the kids get way more candy than they need.
One day I will get a pic with all my neighborhood bff's, without whom I would not survive, but you will have to settle for this pic of Ashley and I in our animal onesies.
Domo killed it this year. No matter what your kid is into, Domo had a character for them.
And then they had an entire Harry Potter themed tent we got to walk through which covered Macey's Favorite.
Another thing I love about Domo's Halloween party is they don't hand out the same old candy.
All the Harry Potter characters hand out a different themed candy that relates to their story, ring pops from Belle, Super Hero pencils from spiderman, cotton candy, glow sticks, bouncy balls...I just love and appreciate how much thought they put into it all.
It's no wonder these kids think Domo is the coolest place in the entire world.
Halloween always ends up being one of the busiest days of the year for me. With Class Parties ( I did kindergarten and 2nd this year), School Halloween Parade, Domo, and then trick or treating.
Macey ended up being sick this day, so we took her to school late, because she would not even think about missing the parade or class party. Poor girl was drugged up all day just to make it through.
Miles was apparently into Kit-Kats this year. :)
It was a pretty perfect Halloween. I didn't even have time to go to Sodalicious, but I survived the day just fine.
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.