October

Nov 6, 2016
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

Krispy Kreme


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.   





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Halloween Festivities

Nov 6, 2016
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.  


 
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September

Oct 9, 2016
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.  





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Nana
What a whirlwind of a month. Just so you know unfortunately it never slows down. Even now I am waiting for that. Enjoy your time with Crew & Ruby all to soon then will be in school too. I Love them all!!

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august

Sep 8, 2016
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. :)  


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4th of july

Aug 12, 2016
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!!!



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nana
Love the parade and Paul was such an awesome drum major.

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