And just like that, August is behind us, and we are back in the full swing of craziness.
We tried to suck out every last ounce of summer before school started and even a little bit more after. :)
It's crazy to think we were able to fit so much in with the Stephen's visit and our camping trip to Bear Lake, but there is just too much summer fun to be had.
- We got the waterslide out one more time for the big kids.
it was quite crazy, as usual.
Then, once they were all back in school, we had a toddler party.
It was pure heaven.
We had five 2 year old girls and they just played and played. We dreamed about what life would be like if we didn't have boys...we decided we could handle many afternoons just like this one. There was no sword fighting, wrestling, hitting, attempts to knock the slide over.
I can't remember the last time (if ever) I witnessed a play date so serene.
I think Ruby logged the most slides down the water slide and this was her face everytime she came out. :)
These boys were there too, but they just entertained themselves and we didn't see much of them.
It was pretty much a perfect afternoon, sitting in the shade talking with my friends while our children actually played nicely and quietly.
- Ashley graduated from college, so we had to have a dance party to celebrate.
It was an absolute blast. We impressed all the kids with our sweet moves. And we are already looking for an excuse to have another one.
- We made our last Splash Pad and Pond visits.
- The boys both learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels, but for some reason I only have a picture of Crew documented.
- We did an end of summer backyard clean up and the kids picked weeds for the first time. They loved it.
- Had a much needed girls night with some of my favorites.
It's always the best when you're laughing so hard you cry.
-Miles started soccer and is doing amazing!
and by amazing, I don't mean he's scoring tons of goals.
I mean, he is participating, having fun, trying, and not throwing fits!!!!
He also thinks he belongs to the Everett family, so he can often be found photo bombing their family pictures.
And he has also convinced Ellie to take him almost every Sunday to Riverwoods to catch Pokemon.
We have one happy 6 year old around here.
And I've been keeping busy with these 2 while the big kids are at school all day.
Next up, back to school pics. Only a few weeks late. :)
4th of july
We started off the month with celebrating the 4th.
I've been wanting to do a neighborhood bike parade for years and this year I actually decided to go for it.
the kids and I of course had to paint shirts for the festivities.
The pre parade line up, listening to my extensive directions. :)
It was an absolute blast.
Everyone got so into it, which always makes it more fun.
Paul was an amazing drum major and made sure the kids kept a parade appropriate pace.
These kids could not of been cuter.
We of course had to have a post parade drink run.
On the actual 4th we took our water slide to Rensinks to play and eat.
Then it was back home to get ready for fireworkds with the neighbors.
It's always hard to pass the last hour before it's dark enough to start the real stuff.
We entertained them with the lame fountains.
The boys got all the ariels organized according their coolness factor.
And we did some dancing while waiting for the last of the light to leave.
I love the 4th of July!!!
May was pretty much perfection. Well, now that I look back in retrospect.
Most of May was spent outside.
They were pretty adorable skate boarding, scootering, and balance biking.
There was lots of team work involved, especially when it came to getting out of the "pool". And you should of seen Julianne and I trying to get Ruby out...lets just say I am glad no one was there to video it.
I had to get in on the action too, but it turns out I was too much of a wimp to actually stand on the skateboard.
And every kid destroyed every piece of clothing every time we went.
- Lots of neighborhood park time.
Ruby LOVES all the kids and yells "hi ______", every time a new kid comes to play.
Their favorite game is to pretend Ruby kicks them while she's in the swing and they all fall over. It's pretty cute.
And this kid learned to pump himself!!!. Every day after school for about 2 weeks, he ran over to the swings to practice the moment he got home from the bus. And made sure everyone knew about his sweet new skill.
- We made a few trips to the pond before the huge crowds hit.
and this girl of course found the only sticker bush thing and got these nasty burrs stuck in her hair. It took me forever to get them out and I was worried I was going to have to cut her hair. But, everything turned out well.
- We went to a BYU tailgate and baseball game.
can't beat free hats.
It was a bit crazy, but it's always worth the kids getting some more facetime with Cosmo.
This would be Crew pulling Cosmo's tail at the baseball game.
- there is never a shortage of friends when the sun is out.
- And this is how dinner usually ends up.
kids eat as fast as humanly possible so they can get back outside to play and I am left alone to finish my meal.
- There was of course lots of end of school activities.
Macey and Abby worked hard on their 3rd grade egg drop. It was fun to watch them test their designs and tweak things until they kept their egg from breaking. Plus, it was so nice that I didn't have to assist them at all. I love how independent Macey has become with her school projects.
- We hiked in the rain to test out our gear for The Olympic National Park.
it was also Mother's Day.
I wanted to read a book, but Paul convinced me otherwise. Turned out to be worth it in the end, kind of. :)
- Ruby entered the terrible two's. And it has been crazy around here.
she likes to tackle Crew, steal all the food out of the freezer, draw on any and all surfaces, comb my hair, and scream anytime something doesn't go exactly like she wants.
these kids are crazy too.
and then sometimes I go to Costco and Winco in the same day with a screaming/whiny Ruby. And the "kind" cashier tells me that Ruby's screaming is giving her a headache. I then find it hard to put all this stuff away.
I lead an exciting life, I know.
-The highlight of the month though, was Trina and TJ getting married!!!
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. :)
We stayed home again this year.
It's a bit different than what we are used to, but fun all the same.
Christmas Eve day we went sledding.
It was a great way to use up all that energy!
We have found a perfect hill for us. I think we went sledding here 3 times over the break.
Navasard's Perfect Hill = not too busy, all the kids can walk up the hill unassisted, the hill is long and not too steep, we have yet to see anyone else there, and close to home.
We then decorated sugar cookies and had our, now traditional, ham and cheese soup for dinner. Once kids were in pjs, we drove around and looked at Christmas lights.
Thanks to sledding for hours, the kids didn't go to bed too horribly. But, they of course couldn't find it in their hearts to give me a decent Christmas Eve picture.
Notice the lack of ornaments and presents under the tree? That would be due to Ruby. I have never had a child as destructive and curious as this one.
Paul and I were pretty excited when it started snowing late that night as we were getting Christmas ready. We've lucked out and got perfect Christmas Snow 2 years in a row now.
The kids obeyed orders and didn't come up until 7:30.
Things were pretty typical after that.
Everyone got exactly what they asked for from Santa.
Macey: Giant Beanie Boo Giraffe
Miles: Robot Spider
Crew: Chewbacca Mask with Button
Ruby: pink scooter
Lucky for Santa they were easy requests to meet.
Usually we open presents at a leisurely pace, taking time to eat and play in between.
This year though, we had Ruby. The moment she sees a present she must unwrap it. There is no stopping her. It doesn't matter if someone else is already unwrapping it, she will rip it out of your hands to finish the job.
Needless to say, we had to open presents pretty fast.
We did take a break to refuel.
And then when Ruby crashed, the five of us went to play in the Christmas snow. Which is obviously the best kind of snow.
Don't worry, we let Ruby outside to play when she woke up.
The Everett's invited all of us over for "Orphan Christmas" later in the afternoon.
We ate good food, chatted, played games, made a mess, and by the end of the night the kids were spread out in between all of our houses. I love these neighbors of mine.
It was a great day.