Nana comes to town
Nana wanted a "vacation", so what better place to come than a tiny house filled with 4 crazy kids for the weekend. :)
She was just here for the weekend, so there were only a few must do items.
1. Teach Nana how to play Pokemon Go
2. Visit the Puppy Barn
3. Play LOTS of games
4. Go on a hike to see the changing leaves.
The kids favorite part of the hike was hiding in the tall grass and jumping out and scaring us. They could of played this game for hours.
Love me some wide open spaces.
Nana claims we didn't wear her out too much, but we made sure to keep her going with daily trips to Sodalicious.
Can't wait for the next visit.
Every year we get 3 days off in October and I usually go a bit crazy with our adventures. So, I tried to pace myself this year and just had one fun thing planned each day. Worked like a dream.Day One:
Made the kids do chores (insert screaming, whining, kicking) and then when they were done I braved the crowds and headed to a pumpkin patch.
I rarely make public appearances during fall break, as most of the state has the same days off and I don't enjoy large crowds. But, I was feeling brave and the weather was perfection.
No one got lost, the kids listened, no whining, and only one incident with our wheelbarrow falling over and our pumpkins rolling all over the parking lot when I was trying to load Crewby in the car.
I'd say it was a very successful trip. And yes, I was finding corn in the house for days, especially in the washing machine. Day Two:
Scarecrow Festival and Michelle's house (where she worked on my halloween costumes)
I was actually very impressed with the Scarecrow festival and we will be back next year for sure. Macey and Libby were the photographers and took pictures of EVERY SINGLE Scarecrow, so we could then vote for our favorite one.
Macey's favorite: Harry Potter
Crew's Favorite: Jack Skeleton
Miles' Favorite: All of them
Ruby's Favorite: Elsa.
The boys like pretending to be scarecrows.
We walked through the "I am the Light of the World" exhibit. it was very cool and of course only something you would find in Utah County. Crew broke out singing "Gethsemane"
when we found a sculpture of Christ praying in the garden. :)
At the end was the scared grove
and yes, Miles instantly ran to Joseph Smith and started hugging him.
Putting Michelle to work making a peter pan collar for my costume. Day Three:
Bowling at BYU with the Rensinks & getting our fridge delivered (we didn't have a fridge for 10 days. We lost all our food. it was very annoying and I am so grateful for modern day appliances.)
We had the bowling alley to ourselves. Boys on one lane and girls on the other. It was great. And Ruby impressed us all with her ability to pick up the ball with no help and put it up on the ramp thing. This girl is tough stuff.
It was great having the kids home for a few extra days, but I can't say I was sad to send them back. :)
Halloween is one of my all time favorites.
I love decorating
I (kind of) enjoy carving pumpkins
I was proud of all the kids for actually cleaning out their own goop this year without complaint.
Ruby had to be right in on the action and could not be contained, so we eventually had to put the poor girl to bed, so we could finish carving.
They were quite proud of their creations.
I LOVE costumes
and helping everyone figure out what they want to be. Usually I like to piece together or make the kids', but this year I ended up buying everyones, which I ended up loving too.
Crew was a Cowboy Hulk and Chewbacca.
We also had Jasmine, Raja, and a storm trooper.
Chewie doing his roar.
And a shower.
The kids have plotted against me and have decided they will not cooperate for group pictures.
Luckily Paul's CEO invited us to a party, so I had an excuse to make myself a costume! Thanks to Julianne's help, we finished it in our 2 day window.
And it reminded me of my love of hot glue and putting a unique costume together. Maybe next year I'll find it in myself to make some of the kid's costumes. (con't to read for further costume pictures)
One of my kid's favorite parts of Halloween in our Neighborhood Carnival
We kept it super simple this time around and it was heaven.
I didn't want to be Room Mom this year, but alas I was roped into it. The good thing is, I enjoy throwing a good classroom party.
Paul impressed all the kindergartners with his amazing costume too. :)
Can't forget the sweet halloween parade. Miles was crying before hand and didn't want to do it, but he of course ended up loving it.
And seriously, look at this girl!! I did her makeup before school for the Halloween Parade and I could not get over how old she looked!!
Now, onto the real reason we all love Halloween so much, trick or treating
The excitement level was at an all time high as they started out the evening by running around the townhouses.
I love trick or treating in our neighborhood!
Seriously, it's the best. Seeing everyone and their costumes, and all the happy kids running around...it's my favorite.
Ruby was pretty much the cutest thing trying to keep up with the kids. She didn't get too much candy, as she did not get the concept of putting it in her bucket. But, I could of watched that little tiger trick or treat all day.
She got a little worn out by the end though.
After trick or treating we came home, shoved some candy down, and put the kids right to bed. Then we got ready for my favorite part of this year's halloween!
We actually got to go to an Adult Halloween Party.
Simon and Garfunkel, a pinata, titanic survivor.
I loved getting to dress up and eat and dance until midnight.
And having Brenden and Julianne here is pretty much the best, they know how to have a good time.
It seriously felt so good to dance like that, it had been way too long. Good for the soul, I tell you.
Best Halloween yet!!
I had no idea how long our perfect fall weather would last, so I made sure everyone spent as much time as possible outside!
There were lots of park
visits, where this girl actually started letting me sit and talk with my friends!! I'm almost there people!
There were all sorts of neighborhood
shenanigans going on, as all the moms made a pact that the kids were not allowed to play inside each other's houses until it got cold. :)
This fort was a group effort.
We found a BYU game
that met all our criteria in order to bring the kids with us: 1:00 kick off, Sunny, $10 tickets, friends to come with us, and an opponent we did not care about (as we don't get to watch much of the game).
It was of course a bit chaotic, but well worth the effort.
BYU fans for life right here.
The sign of a good time:
October was so much fun, that I pretty much let the house work slide.
This is real life around here.
I finally couldn't take it anymore, so Macey and I put the little kids to bed, got sodalicious, played some loud music and got to work.
We've made lots of progress and now that it's gotten a little bit colder out, I have been doing better at making the kids do chores. I just couldn't bare to pull them inside to do chores when they were all playing so nice outside.
I call it being a lazy and nice mom. The Bounce House
just opened a few blocks from our house, I have a feeling we will be spending many cold days here this winter.
The Rensink's introduced us to an awesome trampoline
We were finding blue foam in our hair for days.
In kid news, Miles
lost his first tooth!
He was so excited, he had to go show all the neighbors and wanted to call everyone he knew. :)
He also ran back with these "flowers" for me after I dropped him off for school. Plus, he picked some for his teacher too. Smart boy.
news, she loved Red Ribbon week, with crazy hair day being her favorite.
Macey already has plans for her hair next year.
Macey is reading well enough now, that I pulled out a new box of my higher leveled books.
It was a very exciting evening as she picked out her first 20 chapter books. There isn't much better than new books to read!
Macey's bff got baptized this month.
I still picture them as the little toddlers playing dress up and dancing around my living room, but as you can tell, that is no longer the case. Love these 2. Crew
keep me as busy as can be.
Between the 2 of them I rarely get a chance to sit down and do anything, but thank goodness I find them completely adorable.
Crew got his quilt that Nana made and he is in love with it.
Ruby cannot contain herself and is constantly making messes.
This particular moment she used an entire jar of hair gel to cover her hair and body.
And she has discovered the adorable baby in the mirror. I would be obsessed too if that's what I saw looking back at me.
Love me some fall in Utah.
Sunny St. George
Michelle and I have been going slightly crazy since the addition of our 4th children, me more than her though. :)
Being the awesome friend/person/former roommate that she is, she offered up a girls trip to St. George to stay in her parent's vacation house for the weekend. You know, to give us a break from our real lives and the crazy toddlers that we live with. I obviously couldn't refuse!
I originally planned to bring Ruby with me, but Paul, being the amazing husband he is, pushed for me to leave her with him and the boys for the weekend. The idea of a weekend with the easy child of the moment, was just too good to pass up. So, I packed my pump instead and only looked back a few times.
The car ride down was amazing
. We decided it was the first time in about 8 years that we have been able to hold an uninterrupted conversation.
The easiness of the drive and the freedom of having only 1 child, allowed me to be talked into buying the girls Frozen
gummies and ring pops during our rest stop.
After dinner we took the girls to this awesome park. I just sat back and enjoyed my blizzard, thinking about how stressful this park would of been with Miles, Crew, and Liam.
The girls were so good and just entertained themselves no matter where we were.
My one request of this trip was to explore and climb around on the red rocks.
Macey was in her element hiking and climbing on the rocks. We could not keep up with her.
This was another place I was glad I didn't have the boys, as there were cliff edges everywhere and plenty of places to disappear out of sight.
If I had the boys I would of be yelling, grouchy, and the verge of a panic attack. Instead, I got to run around and enjoy the scenery with these girls.
There were secret caves, little hide outs, and giant rocks to climb up on.
This was my favorite part of the trip. Can't wait to take the boys there, when Paul can chase them around of course.
Macey's favorite part of the trip was of course swimming. She would of happily spent all day here.
And it wouldn't be a trip to St. George without a visit to Swig.
And some nail painting.
Pretty much I felt like I did not have to parent the entire weekend, it was pure bliss. Macey got dressed, brushed teeth, and cleaned up after herself with no help from me. All I had to do was fix hair 2 times. Heaven.
Love this girl and this one too.
Still remember when when we met 14 years ago in Kimball Hall on the day I moved into my apartment freshman year. Crazy how much has changed, but how much has stayed the same too. tear.
Thank goodness for good friends!!
And for those wondering, Paul survived just fine with 3 kids at home. He did take the boys in for haircuts and gave them both mohawks. It was a small price to pay for a weekend away. :)
*And I want to record that I did not hear Lottie cry one single time the entire weekend! She could not of been a more cooperative baby.