march madness at home
March always comes just when we need it.
I never realize how much pent up energy these kids have inside them until they are set free after winter.
If the sun is out, these kids are out. Dinner is skipped many evenings, or shoveled into their mouths at a lightening pace, to get back outside.
Never a shortage of friends or things to do.
And I get to see my long lost friends too. Life is good.
Crewby keeps me busy during the day with constant fort building.
I actually banned forts for April though, I'm a good mom like that. Ruby loves to destroy them and Crew loves to scream and cry when this happens. So, we are taking a break, before I completely loose it. :)
We registered Crew for Kindergarten this month.
I am not too happy about having him gone everyday next school year, but bless Utah and their half day kindergarten.
Look at this stud, I am not quite ready to part with him.
Although, he has been mastering the screaming fit lately, so I won't miss that. :)
Lucky for me, I still get this crazy girl all to myself for a little longer.
She is actually starting to play and pretend with her toys. I love to watch.
She also uses everything as a magic wand and is constantly turning me into Belle or Ruby.
And look at this hair!
And these best friends are just the cutest. Ruby's life just wouldn't be the same if Ella didn't live across the grass from us.
I often get asked if Ruby is still wild. The answer is "yes!"
There are a million stories I could share. This particular picture though represents what happens the 1 time I forget to lock the closet door in her room.
She was suppose to be napping, but she of course sensed my mistake and emptied all my more dangerous craft items all over her room. She left the paper, crayons, googly eyes, pom-poms, craft sticks, washable markers, and tape alone.
Instead she went for ALL the permanent markers, ink pads, and scissors. She covered every item in her room, and her body of course, in ink. Luckily her wardrobe is installed with self locking technology, otherwise I am sure all of her clothes would be covered in permanent marker as well.
45 min in the bath and 45 min scrubbing her room and most of the marker is gone. the palms of her hands and soles of her feet were pink for a week. And her bedframe is a lost cause. Other than that, it didn't turn out too badly.
Once again, this is why we spend so much time outside. :)
Crew learned to ride a two wheeler last year, but he isn't quite ready for real bike rides, due to the fact that he can't ride straight and either rides into fences or off the curb. I find it a bit stressful. So, we have been doing lots of practicing in the Target parking lot.
This particular day we ended up with a 3 bike pile up. I think we need a little more work on the brakes.
There's of course been lots of basketball watching. M&M are very into this year and have kept very good tabs on their favorite teams.
We bought Rogue One and these 3 LOVED it. We sent them down to get their PJ's on and they all came up in their Star Wars gear.
We pulled Miles' Battle Bots arena down from it's high shelve and it's been quite entertaining. Ellie even got in on the action when she stopped by to visit.
A highlight of every March is always Paul's Birthday.
homemade chocolate cake with homemade frosting...only the best for this guy.
He even got to come home from work early to play with us. And yes, notice another fort has been set up in the backyard.
We then got a babysitter. Watched some basketball at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then played mini golf and video games. I love birthdays.
I also caught this cute leprechaun.
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.
life with 2 year old ruby
Ruby has been so crazy and fun this month, she deserves her own post.
The moment my back is turned, this girl gets into something.
Whether it is stealing a watermelon rind out of the garbage can.
Or causing some sort of mischief in the bathroom.
Here she is telling me "Go Outside. Outside!" It's hard to keep anything stocked in our freezer. waffles, toaster strudels, chocolate chips, popsicles, icecream...you name it, she will eat it. yes, we have tried to lock our freezer, she just keeps breaking it. Luckily, the lock on our pantry has worked, so i haven't had to worry about her climbing up those shelves and getting cereal everywhere ALL the time.
She loves to cook us things in her kitchen.
Left over items from her lunch and dinner can often be found in her fridge, sink, oven or microwave.
Ruby loves to play with her friends and baby dolls.
I love when her and Ella see each other across the grass and run in for a hug.
She also locked us out of the house and terrorized it while I had to run around to hop the backfence to get in.
She keeps me on my toes and is the reason I never get anything done.
She also has become a neighborhood bully of sorts and tends to push, hit and tackle whenever she feels so inclined. I do not think I have ever put a child in timeout as much as I have had to with her.
While she most definitely has a wild and rebellious side, there is a sweet side to her too. Anytime she meets anyone new she instantly calls them her friend. She loves to greet the neighborhood moms and thinks they all want to hug and hold her. She is constantly asking me for a huggle and wraps her arms tight around my neck and says "I love you, mama". She is very polite and never forgets to say "please" and "thank you". The most exciting thing that she has accomplished this month though is, she is actually keeping her clothes and diaper on during naps and bedtime, so no more taping her diaper on!!!!!
We love this 2 year old Ruby.
My baby is 2.
Sometimes I want my sweet, quiet baby back.
But, she's just so cute and busy, I don't usually have time to dwell on days past for too long.
She is a very typical toddler, in that, she is busy, loud, opinionated, moody, cute, and cuddly.
She is gets into the most trouble of any of my
2 year olds.
She has already figured out how to break through the door knob and cupboard child locks. She can sense if a crayon, pencil or pen is within reach and will color on as many surfaces as possible until she is caught. She removes her pjs and diaper much more often than I would prefer.
If the doors are not locked, she will escape outside the moment your back is turned. Each day she gets closer to being able to unlock the doors herself too. Ruby has been banned from getting a drink at Sodalicious, because she ALWAYS eats the cup.
If she is mad, she will throw whatever is in reach at you. She is constantly beating up on Crew.
She also broke the fridge and freezer childlock and is constantly being caught eating stolen frozen waffles and toaster strudles. Some of her most used phrases are:
no, me do it
what color is dis?
where (insert any family member name) at?
drinky, chocolate milkSome of my favorite things about Ruby at 2 are:
- How she calls herself "My Baby"
- when she tightly wraps her arms around my neck for a hug
- she will tell long, elborate stories about her day and I can just catch a few works like swing, miles, crew, peter, ella, scooter, park, doggie, kitty
- her concern for where everyone is
- if i am on the phone she tries to grab it from me and says "Me see nana!"
- she knows all the neighbor kids names and is always talking about what they are doing when we are outside.
- her crazy hair and how long it actually is
- how much she loves dolls, Macey despised dolls, so it's been so fun to get all these new toys
- She likes things in their proper place
- How she sucks her fingers and plays with her belly button when she's tired. Ruby's Favorite Things:
emptying and destroying things
following the boys around
playing in Macey's room
watching home videos
riding her scooter
looking and talking about the instagram posters behind her high chair
Ruby didn't quite get the birthday thing, but the other kids loved picking out presents for her at the dollar store and helping her with all things birthday related.
Everytime we cut a piece of cake she would say "oh, poor kitty"
Between her, and those other 3 kids, I find myself collapsing on the couch out of sheer exhaustion each night. But man, she's worth it.
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. :)