October was another thrilling month around here.
- We tried to enjoy the last of our warm weather.
- We did our last local hike before the snow came up Diamond Fork Canyon.
Fang loved hiking and the kids were much better sports having Fang along.
We also got stuck in a traffic jam of cows. It was very exciting and very gross seeing the cows up close, slobber and all.
- I got to go on my first Kindergarten field trip with Ruby.
Crazy and fun, just what a kindergarten field trip should be.
- Macey had her first Orchestra concert. Because of scheduling conflicts, she is in the 9th grade orchestra instead of 7th grade orchestra. So, with only a handful of hours of experience she was thrown into Symphonic Orchestra. She has worked her butt off and it was so fun to see her first performance.
- We used our fire pit for the last time of the season.
- Paul and Miles went on a trip to Washington DC.
The Astros just happened to be playing in the World Series while they were there. Paul couldn't NOT buy tickets.
They had a blast at the game and Miles' favorite player (Alex Bregman) even hit a grand slam.
Miles' favorite parts were the natural history museum and the national zoo. :)
While they were gone we got hit with an extreme cold front. It was horrible and I still made everyone walk to school.
- We did not make it to a pumpkin patch, like the rest of the state. So, I counted our trip to the aquarium decked out in creep halloween decor, our festive trip of the month.
- After much screaming, anger, and tears, Miles finished his first big project of the year and I didn't have to do it for him. It was a huge feat.
- The most stressful part of the month though, was family pictures
I tried something different this year...no planning or coordinating of outfits. We just wore our coats. It was awesome and saved me on lots of stress and decisions.
- We bought Gerald, our new tent trailer.
and took it south for Fall Break to Goblin Valley, parking it in the exact spot where we went for #momhike the month before.
While it was not as relaxing as my #momhike trip, it was fun to get out and let the kids explore Goblin Valley.
Last time we took the kids to Goblin Valley it was 105 degrees out. A nice 70 was much more suitable for adventuring.
Goblin Valley is just one big play ground. No hikes, just running around and climbing on things.
And sweet caves to explore.
The kids loved their first trip in Gerald and I loved not waking up in a tent.
The 2nd day we explored Little Wild Horse.
It started out with LOTS of whining from Ruby.
Luckily, once we reached the slot canyon, it all subsided and the kids had endless energy running around in there.
Constant bridge making and taking turns going under kept everyone entertained.
They were even cooperative for photo ops.
I see many trips with Gearald in the future, with hopefully less whining and more sleeping.
- Still weekly mom hiking. And an impromptu evening visit to Sodalicious in PJ's for an emergency #momhike pick me up.
- Some of my favorite calm moments captured:
Of course Halloween happened and was crazy.
class party prep
Carving pumpkins the night before Halloween
Stitches after pumpkin carving.
Never a dull moment here. I was headed out the door to a Halloween High Fit Class with my friends, Ruby was running and jumping around the living room on her way up to bed and just smacked her chin on the top edge of the counter. With my wound experience and being able to see the fat in her chin, I just decided to head to the ER. handful of stitches later and zero tears, we were home by 10:00.
And I think we have now been in every ER room at the orem community hospital. :)
I ended up making/putting together most of the kids costumes this year and it was fun to do Halloween costumes again, after a little break.
Crazy, cold and fun night.
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.
October Chapter 2: Fall Break
For fall break this year we headed south with all of northern utah, luckily most of Northern Utah was headed to St. George and not to our destination, so we missed the crazy traffic.
We scored another Yurt reservation and are in love with this style of "camping".
The heater was an added bonus in the morning too.
Our Yurt was in Deadhorse Point State Park.
There were amazing Mountain Bike trails right outside our door. Paul, Macey and Miles had a blast riding on them and it was all M&M wanted to do.
Waiting for my mountain bikers to come back.
We promised Crewby we'd be back to ride through the sand and on the slick rocks when they had bigger bikes.
We did let them explore the trails around our Yurt though.
Deadhorse State Park was amazing!
Spectacular views in every direction. And a 2,000 foot drop in every direction.
We got to watch the sunset, a safe distance back from the edge. Beautiful.
One of those moments I hope they remember.
And we found a mini pride rock.
Crew is rafiki and notice how Macey and Miles are bowing to baby Simba. :)
Lots of hiking and lots of view points.
My favorite hike of the trip was in the state park, Basin Overlook.
No one on the trail but us and we could get right to the edge of an amazing view point.
We planted the kids a safe distance from the edge with a snack and Paul and I went in for a closer look.
Really gets the blood flowing and I won't even get that close to the edge.
We spent a day in Canyonlands, which is just down the road, at the Island in the Sky section.
And for the first time all 4 kids actually completed their Jr. Ranger books and loved it! Usually they get bored and toss them in the garbage after 1 hike.
MESA ARCH was a huge hit.
We saw tons of wildlife and these kids were amazing at spotting lizards.
Overall I would say this was the kids best hiking trip we've had
I don't think anyone even complained about all the hiking. #miracle
Notice my hand in this picutre...I am sure I am telling Macey to stay away from the edge for about the 100th time.
Crew and I still held our spot in the back, but we weren't as far behind the other 4 as on other trips.
The cliffs weren't actually as stressful as I thought they'd be. It helped we weren't with other families, so our kids weren't running around and being crazier than normal. They stuck together and listened when we showed them which rock or bush they were not allowed to pass. :)
Paul and I ventured to the edge a few times. Terrifying looking over that edge and seeing the canyon floor 2,000 feet below.
I think the kids favorite hike was Whale Rock.
essentially you just follow a trail to this giant rock that looks like a whale and then you just get to run and explore all over.
Always an amazing view at snack time.
Turns out Ruby is a bit afraid of heights when she's tired, so I had to carry her around on the "whale" and back down to the trail.
This girl was in her element, no fear here.
Always have to dab when you're on an awesome trail and there are prickly pears around.
We live in an amazing place and I am so grateful we get to explore a small piece of it.
These are the things I want my kids to remember from their childhood. Not the stuff, but the adventures and the way they felt taking in these amazing places.
October: Chapter 1
October was a great month around here, as it should be.
Paul's work hours have been a bit crazy (nothing too new), but we took high advantage of our weekend hours to make up for not seeing him most of the week.
There was Touch a Truck
Free lunch. Prizes. And a ton of trucks for the kids to climb on and horns to honk.
They "drove" a city bus, explored the back of a vacuum truck, walked through an ambulance, watched how they use robots to find blockages in pipes, and got to see how big a stop light really is.
Orem is pretty much one of the coolest cities ever and all of the city workers were amazing and kind. Love supporting local events like this. The mountains
. One Saturday was spent exploring and seeing the changing leaves in the mountains.
It was perfection.
Everytime I cross a bridge I am always dealing with those pesky trolls under the bridge. Every. Single. Time.
We of course had to find our "secret spot", it's not quite as fun when you don't get to play in the water. But, I am just glad my kids have their traditions with our hikes and are really starting to love it.
One day I will make it past this meadow! But for now, this is always our stopping point.
It's a perfect place for hide and seek.
Seriously though, those trees, Utah really likes to show off sometimes.
We convinced Paul to come home at 5:00 on a Friday and we hurried over to the Children's Museum
We are hoping to send more cold evenings here and it's always better when Paul is there to entertain the kids.
And we can't forget our monthly cold weather trip to Scheel's
And Ruby finally wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel, so i got to go on my first ride. It was slightly terrifying, but i held it together for the kids. :)
Paul and I got tickets to listen to The Minimalists
It was awesome. It helped me refocus on what I love about living a minimalist lifestyle and reminded me that not all minimalism has to look the same. In the next few weeks I cleaned out my closet, craft drawers, kid's school files, linen closet and toys.
We are starting to see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is Sunday's
The amount of time we've had to take these 2 and Miles out to the hall has lessened drastically. They still all have to go out at least once, but it's not a constant struggle.
Getting Miles ready for church is still quite the process, with finding proper clothes and dealing with his screaming fits about going to church. But sometimes he gets his own row and all is right in the world again.
And this girl, I have to dress her cute to help me when the screaming comes. :)
We keep busy during the week with our normal things:Thanksgiving Point
We went right before the Scarecrow festival started. It was amazing, all the scarecrows were up, but no crowds and no bounce houses to deal with.
So much drawing
for these two.
Not used to having kids want to color and cut and draw, it's been pretty nice.
I got to go on Crew's first field trip to the Fire Station
One of my favorite field trips ever. I forgot how much I love kindergartners.
Crew skipped school and we went to Coconut Cove
with Lottie and Liam. It was perfection. Kids were so well entertained, Michelle and I actually got to sit and talk without too much interruption.
Errands with friends are always better.
We've been doing less electronic time around here and it is helping things to run much smoother.
I just have to survive that first 15 minutes of whining, screaming and crying (mostly Miles) until they figure out a better way to spend their time.
Love to see what they come up with.
And this girl, she likes to be ready for all situations. She can never leave the house empty handed, even if it's just out front to play with friends.
We also had a house divided when the Texans played The Seahawks.
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.