I don't remember a November where we spent as much time outside and I am not complaining one bit.
We had one random day with a tiny amount of snow,
which was of course thrilling.
Lots of sunny days
And a few colder days
, but just right for leaf jumping.
And Crew's current favorite "fight"
, which is always safer done outside.
Miles' preschool class even had their Thanksgiving Feast outside in the sun.
and I want to note that Miles kept burping during the feast and the dads we were sitting by could not stop laughing. This obviously didn't help and I had to give them the evil eye. I guess we need to practice having nice manners during dinner. But, seriously, it was pretty hilarious and I would of laughed hard if I could. :)
One warmish day, we ran down to Holly's house
and she took some quick pictures of these handsome dudes.
There has also been many fun afternoons playing and climbing around in the basement like the monkeys they are.
Sometimes I stick Crew in Miles' bed (when Miles isn't home of course), so I can get the laundry done in peace. He LOVES it. And don't worry, he's only fallen out one time. :)
Speaking of Miles' bed, this is a common sight when Paul goes to check on him at night.
Since Winter is slowly approaching we planned a neighborhood girls night
to The Chocolate, before we all go into hiding for the winter.
I love these ladies. If it wasn't for them there are many days I might not of survived.
One thing I am barely surviving though, is church
Luckily Ruby is an angel, a loud one, but an angel non the less.
Miles' spends most of Sacrament Meeting sitting in a classroom practicing sitting on a chair. Which usually involves lots of screaming, tears, and my large muscles blocking the door. Crew also spends a lot of time screaming and crying, as seen in the picture above.
Last week, while taking Miles out to the hall after having to break up a fight between him and Crew, he went limp and I had to drag him out, as I was carrying Ruby too. He then proceeded to grab the door jam, so I then had to bend down and pry his fingers off. It was awesome. I now have a renewed love for maxi skirts.
And that's just the first hour, I'm not even going to get into the 2nd and 3rd hour with Miles.
In good news, Macey FINALLY learned to tie her shoes
!! I seriously almost shed tears of happiness and relief. She's a double knotter pro and I love that all the frustration is finally gone.
We got to go to The Brown's house for Thanksgiving
and it was wonderful.
Macey was a little sad at school that week when they kept talking about how Thanksgiving is a holiday where you spend time with family. I believe her exact quote was "Mom, why don't we spend Thanksgiving with family? You're suppose to be with family. We always just have it with our friends."
I think she forgot all about being sad though when she got to hang out with her bff's all day.
We also put up our tree, before
The kids are in love. There really isn't anything much better than watching them soak it all in.
We also discovered our new favorite local BBQ place, Bam Bam's
. It is the closest I've had to Texas BBQ in Utah and I've been dreaming about going back ever since we left.
My biggest accomplishment this month though was going through my baby boy and girl clothes
. We are in desperate need for room in our attic, so I buckled down. I got 4 tubs down to 1, there were just things I could not part with yet. There were some tears shed, but I am making progress. It's weird/hard/sad/exciting to be leaving these baby days behind.
Like always, it was a crazy busy month. Maybe things will slow down in January, at least I can tell myself that, right?
We had the best kind of visitors this month...Grandparents.
The kids were in heaven with willing game players and book readers. And of course getting to cruise around Target in their preferred way.
The kids introduced Nana and Opa to Museum of Natural Curiosity.
We got together with the Lake Jackson people and Ruby and Wren were thrilled to get to hang out multiple times this month.
This is only one of Ruby and Wren's matching outfits. They obviously have good style.
A highlight of the week...Christmas number 1.
The kids were pretty sad when Nana and Opa left to go home. Luckily they only had to survive a week before my parents came into town.
It was my mom's birthday while they were here, so I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to throw her a surprise Cookie Monster Birthday Party.
The kids were so excited to surprise Nana when she walked in from the airport.
It was a pretty awesome party and we were all quite happy we finally got to spend a birthday with her.
Nana and Pop-Pop of course wanted to see The Museum of Natural Curiosity too, and we did not object to going again.
Having 4 adults for 4 kids, made it so I could actually follow Macey around and see what she loves to do there.
Her favorite is falling through this tower of ropes, it's pretty crazy to watch how fast she comes down.
We of course had to have a "hang like a sloth" competition.
Once again, I did not get to participate, as I was carrying a baby. Perhaps someday.
Crew spent lots of time sword fighting with Pop-Pop. I'm sure he's got some bruises to show for it, as Crew is quite the intense swordsmen.
My mom and I did a lot of shopping and I got to introduce her to the awesomeness that is Anthropology. On the way up we stopped to play at Scheels.
We had big plans to introduce my parents to some of our new favorite food places, but the stomach bug hit. This obviously put a damper on some of our plans.
Luckily, we were still able to take them to Cubby's, although we will have to go back on their next visit, so my mom can more fully enjoy the wonderfulness of their food.
The kid also got to experience Christmas #2, with their first visit to Build-A-Bear.
They loved it and all 3 animals have been constant companions since.
And Macey surprised Nana and Pop-Pop with self portraits made from Perler Beads. It is a specialty of hers.
And that is why I think November wins for The Navasard Children's favorite month of the year.
It true holiday form, November turned out to be a big giant blur.
The kids are all moved into the basement and the office and craft room relocated to their old room upstairs. With everything that's been happening though, we've been quite slow at finding the proper organization solutions to fit everyone and everything. Someday.
Paul did put up these shelves for me though in the office. I love them, even though they only hold 1/50th of the children's books I own.
Crew's hair is as crazy as always. He got his third haircut of his young life and it's still out of control most days.
it's hard to tell but I promise they cut off about 3 inches all over that cute little head.
Paul grew a sweet stache.
This kid started his first stomach flu epidemic at our house.
Paul's parents came to spend Thanksgiving with us. The kids were in absolute heaven. I lost count of how many games of Go Fish and Old Maid were played...they are very good grandparents. :)
Since we had babysitters, Thanksgiving night Paul and I decided to walk over to Target to see how crazy it was. It was crazy, but Target never disappoints.
This line wound through every grocery and toiletry aisle. We picked up a few snacks along the way and don't worry we remembered to pay for them when we checked out
My favorite part of the month was putting up the Christmas Tree and getting out all the ornaments.
We have a tradition in my family where everyone is assigned an ornament that they collect. It was so fun to see Macey get all excited as she pulled out each of her snowman ornaments and line them up in order of year. This has become one of my favorite traditions.
Due to Crew's obsession with balls, all the ball ornaments had to be quickly removed. As he just couldn't resist throwing them across the room. He has since left the tree alone, apparently angels and snowman don't hold the same temptation.
While I am already getting slightly claustrophobic now that winter has arrived, here's hoping a few trips to ikea for some new storage solutions will help to remedy that. :)