Back to School

Oct 26, 2018
We had our annual Back to School Dinner. 



Brown bag lunches, like always.  Easiest tradition ever and one of of the kid's favorite.  The best kind.  



There were LOTS of tears the night before school started.  Especially for the 6th grader.  Change is hard.  I was worried the morning would be rough, but they luckily got it out the night before and it was mostly smiles.



First day of 6th grade!!!  


In Utah 6th grade is still in elementary school, so we moved this poor girl away from her friends that she has had since kindergarten for her last year in elementary school.

It was heart breaking.  She is always my child that cannot wait to go back to school and this was the first time ever she wasn't. It was a weird feeling for her and hard to wrap her head around. 

So, I bought her this amazing Ravenclaw backpack to help make up for it. :)


First Day of 3rd Grade



I have been shocked, and pleasantly surprised, with how well this kid handled the move to the new house and now starting at a new school.  

I requested some kids he already knew to be in his class and we had met with his new teacher a few times last school year and had a few school tours with the principal this summer.  It paid off, big time.  Not that it's been easy, it just hasn't been the all out screaming and rolling on the ground situation that I imagined it would be.  

Plus, while we were in the midst of sobbing and comforting kids the night before school started, I got a text from his beloved 2nd grade teacher. 

She texted to wish Miles a great first day of school and to tell him that she loves him and knew he'd do great at his new school. 


His little face lite right up and he settled down and went to sleep after that.  I then went in my room and cried and wondered why in the world we decided to move. :)  

First day of First Grade:



of all the kids, Crew has adjusted going to all day school from half day kindergarten the best.  He is just loving it.  And I am jealous of his teacher.  


I underestimated the amazingness that is living 1 block from the school.



Life changing and the main thing that makes me know I made the right decision not to stay at Suncrest.  




It has been hard switching schools.  Hard on the kids and really hard on me.  I miss knowing ALL the teachers, the staff, and the kids.  I miss all the teachers knowing my family and all of kids names, even Ruby.  And I really missed having my friends to talk to on first day of school drop off, plus we missed the party Suncrest would have on the first day of school, OES' welcome was pretty lame. :)   



We are learning change is good though and that we are so lucky to get to know more amazing friends and teachers.  Although, we still do like to go back to Suncrest and hug and visit some our old beloved teachers.  It makes my heart hurt sometimes, but our new school is pretty awesome too and it is growing on us.  



I didn't have time to be sad though, Ruby had big plans for our day together. 

I don't think she missed them at all. :)


We celebrated an awesome first day of school with some of our old and bestest friends from Suncrest, by going to a splash pad.  


And then Ruby started preschool the next day.  



She loves it, even though she still cries almost everyday at drop off. 


Paul thought it'd be a good idea to go out to breakfast after we dropped Ruby off. I just wanted to go home and cry in private.  


Paul's not familiar with my first day of school routine. :)  


I am grateful for amazing teachers, staff, and new friends that are helping to make this another amazing school year.  







This was the only pic I could get of Ruby. 


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nana
The kids are doing so great and so are you!! Love Ruby's photo by the garage, she can only hold still for so long. My favorite is that Macey and Crew's best summer memories were coming to Nana & Pop Pop's!!!!
angie
I love Ruby's garage run-away picture! I can't wait to meet her IRL. I am over here sympathizing with you. It's great to get a big yard and a beautiful new house, but there are definitely trade-offs. For years now, I've been looking forward to Todd's military retirement - and our supposed move to Utah afterwards. But lately I've been just loving our ward (finally!) and feeling super comfortable at my kids' school. Like you said, knowing all the teachers, and everyone on campus knowing our family, and all my kids' names. It's a great feeling, and I've realized I don't necessarily want to give that up. Also, we've got great weather out here. We just do. It's, like, 20 degrees warmer here now than it is at my mom's house in Utah right now. So I'm feeling a little nuts for daydreaming about moving away. Anyway, I'm just saying your regrets/things you're missing/whatever are totally normal and I love you. Also, I thought it was really funny how you explained about Paul not understanding your first day of school cry tradition. Ha!

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August

Oct 1, 2018
Whenever August hits I start to feel the pressure to squeeze every last ounce of fun and adventure out of summer.  But, at the same time I am exhausted of having children around me 24/7 and of sand and wet towels and neighbor kids and kids asking for food ALL the time, but then I remember this fact and we power through. :)



Macey spent the first week of the month at Clear Creek. 



She went with one of her bff's Carmen, who ended up getting the stomach flu and had to come home and then thankfully made it back up before the end of the week.    



It was an emotional week here for me, as I didn't know how she was doing up there alone.  Worried she was sick, worried she wouldn't make any friends.



Luckily, they sent us an email each night with pictures from the day and I would scour them for Macey's smiling face. 



It all ended well, Macey had an amazing time, made a bunch of new friends, and it was good practice for me to let her out into the world alone. And you cannot beat a week in the mountains surrounded by this. 


An experience I hope she never forgets.  

And a friend I hope she keeps forever.  








We did our last trips to the pond.  




this particular day Crew entertained himself with garbage others had left behind.  Kids a genius.  



This is for sure one of my Utah summer happy places. 



Last pool trips.



Splash Pads





Weather finally cooled off enough that we could venture to parks in the morning. 



I tortured these 6 by making them walk the few blocks to the park.



Popsicles waiting at home was the only thing that got them through.




We finally got to check out our new school's playground.  It passed the test and the kids approved.



So many scooter rides around the neighborhood.



So many board games.



and Playdough.




Paul hates Chalk the Block and I love it, so my homeless looking children and I ventured over and left Paul at home.



Paul and I also celebrated our 15th anniversary?!? Time is a weird thing. We are not old enough to be married for 15 years, but here we are.

We went all out and celebrated at Dave and Busters in SLC.  We ate greasy food, played lots of video games and bought the kids prizes with our hard earned tickets.  A quite romantic 15 year anniversary. :) 




There were a few items left undone on our Summer To-Do List that we needed to check off.

- Late night with Penelope


End of summer outdoor neighborhood movie.  


Nickel City



Bike Ride


and of course some more trips to the mountains.



 kids better appreciate these amazing summers they get to experience.  :) 

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Nana
What fun summer memories. So happy that Macey got to go to camp!

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mAY MADNESS

Jun 29, 2018
May was insane.  Insane.



There was the normal end of year school stuff.


Dance Festival: 


Lots of kindergarten fun

Twin Day



Kindergarten Program:




Hope of America for Macey:


she's sitting in that purple circle. 

Suncrest always does common start the last week of school, which meant the kids could actually ride the bus to and from school!  Party.  







There was beautiful weather to enjoy.







We had to say goodbye to some of our most favorite people.  Trina and TJ moved to Las Vegas.  I shed many tears over the fact.  




We had to soak up our last days in the neighborhood.  



And then our friends threw us a surprise going away dance party.



These are my people and I have desperately missed having them right outside my front door.  






Mother's Day, where as normal, they were not cooperative for my picture, but it was an amazing day anyways.  



and i love getting to sport some of my homemade jewelry. 





There was the packing.  Which I don't have any real pictures of.  Turns out packing wasn't that bad.  The unpacking was worse. :) 






There was closing on the new house, but not moving in right away because it wasn't actually done.  We did at least get shelves up in the garage and curtain rods hung.  





Then there was the actual moving and unpacking.





Kids were actually great unpackers.  I didn't even come help them organize their rooms until at least a week after we moved in. 




first dinner in the new house, Kid Cuisines.  I might of been using their favorite foods to help them like the new house better. :) 





And saying goodbye to our beloved Townhome, The Pink Palace.  Which of course deserves it's very own blog post.  

last back yard movie night. 


Final goodbye, to the finally clean and empty house. 




And then school got out on May 31st and I don't think I've sat down once since then. :)  


first and last day of kindergarten. 

I was actually surprised at how well this kid did in kindergarten, he killed it.  



last day of 2nd and 5th grade. 



This was a tricky year for Miles, but he was blessed with an amazing teacher who  patiently took the time he needed.  She listened to his worries and helped him work through it all.  He was so excited to get the "Greatest Improvement" award.  It was well earned and I am glad he knew what a big deal this was.  



The kids were quite excited that I still remembered to do their last day of school buckets, they were worried I'd forget with the chaos of moving.  I like these moments when I actually impress them with my mom skills. :)  

Now we are just working on settling into the new house and getting used to just having each other around, instead of all our old neighborhood friends/family.  


tiny table in our sunroom. :) 



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nana
Big May for all of you, moving is a big deal and the end of school! Luckily you are only a few blocks from your old neighborhood. Lots of new memories to be made.
angie
I love that your dear neighbors/friends threw you a going away dance party. That's the best!

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Back to school

Oct 16, 2017
I was ready for school to start this year, I actually felt a little guilty about it, but I got over that pretty fast. 

Macey started 5th Grade



Miles 2nd Grade



And Crew Kindergarten!



We of course had our annual Back to School brown bag dinner.  



I impressed the group with my amazing cake this year.  



And yes, those are bubble gum squares on top.  I know what they like. 



I think this is one of their favorite traditions and it's one of the simplest for me.  Win Win.  

Love these kids.  


Macey and Miles started a week before Crew.  


Macey was all smiles, while Miles had a bit of anxiety.

Luckily, one of his neighborhood bff's, Penelope, is in his class this year.  Made a huge difference and I didn't even have to go into the building with him.  He just walked in with his class and didn't even look back.  We have come along way!!


While the big kids were in school all day Crewby and I had big plans that included the new Orem Splash pad. 


always amazes me how easy 2 kids are when you're used to 4. 
After hours of playing, we raced home to make a special after school snack for M&M.



I was pretty impressed with myself, my kids don't get a pinterest worthy mom very often. :)



I was sitting at the table anxiously awaiting to hear all the details of the first day when they walked in.  Everything went awesome and it's been awesome ever since.  

I got about 10 min with them, until they were outside running around with all the neighbor kids.  As it should be.  


I still had a few days left with Crew until Kindergarten started, so we fit in a few more things. 

First thing on his list, play date with Madden.



2nd, Sodalicious date with just mom.



This kid has been my favorite lately.  He's funny, sweet, and as cute as they come.  After his kindergarten assessment he had both teachers fighting over which one of them got to have him in their class.  I will say, I am bit jealous of his teacher.  



This kids day finally came and Ruby and I were a bit sad about it. 



Ruby had to be in all his pictures and the ones where she isn't, she is on the side crying and screaming. 



I about died over this encounter. Something about little kids with big backpacks and siblings holding hands.    These 2 are the best of friends and Ruby is desperate to be like the big kids.  She just refuses to stay little for me. 

There were a few tears, but mostly smiles dropping Crew off for his first day.  He loves school and is the best at making me read with him everyday.  



And Costco with one kid!!!  Obviously I don't know how to order food for 1 child though. :)  

Life and time are a weird thing, can't believe I have 3 kids in school. 



 And bless half day kindergarten.  
  

An example of Crew's kindergarten cuteness:
He got a new teacher this week, so I asked him if he missed Mrs. Bauman.  His response:

"No, I didn't miss her.  Because every time I felt sad about her not being here I just thought of her and it made me happy.  I have a really big brain mom, so I can think of lots of memories of Mrs. Bauman". 

Love these kids.  Love their teachers.  And love I get Ruby all to myself a little longer.  


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Holly
I LOVE THESE KIDS.

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End of School

Jun 16, 2017
The kids had a blast the last few weeks of school.

I got to go with the 1st grade to the zoo.

I even got to sit by one of my best friends on the bus ride.


I got the cutest group of Miles' friends and it has been my favorite field trip I've gotten to go on by far. 



I just love these little first graders.  



This stud finished Preschool.  






I don't know if either of us are ready for him to start kindergarten, but I know he's going to rock it.  I just don't want to part with him everyday.



M&M had field day, soak your teacher, dance festival, and the 4th grade did an entire Harry Potter themed week. Good times.  



We had the best teachers ever, again!  



As you know I was terrified about first grade with Miles...terrified.  But Mrs. Allen was the absolute perfect fit for this kid.  When I would talk to her about Miles related things, she'd just look at me like I was crazy, because that was not the Miles she saw in class. :)  She was soft spoken, kind, fun, positive, and patient.  I told her I'd send his 2nd grade teacher to her for tips.  

Macey lucked out again and got Mrs. Tingey.  The year was filled with awesome science experiments and all things Harry Potter.  She really help Macey expand her love of reading and learning.  We are so sad she's moving and won't be at our school anymore. 



If next year goes half as well as this year, it will be a good year. :)  And yes, I'm a bit heartbroken over the fact that these 2 will be 2nd and 5th graders next year.  It just doesn't seem real.

We did our normal last day of school things.  Went to the park with some of our favorite friends and then had our first neighborhood movie night of the summer.  



And Macey's summer bucket list made my heart happy.  


- Go to Pearrygin
- Read and watch all the Harry Potters
- Go backpacking
- Go camping
- Go hiking

We've done something right and this is a bucket list I can get behind.  

Life doesn't get much better than summer days with these guys.  
 
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