This was our theme for September.
Macey did not think it was funny. :) #truth
The reality is it's pretty much chaos around here all the time, but usually it is the good chaos. Well, until 5:00 rolls around, then it's usually the bad kind.
Crew and Ruby are my constant companions and I am just trying to remind myself that they will never love me more than they do right now. So, I try to enjoy being constantly climbed on and talked to and followed. Luckily I still enforce quiet time to give me some time to recover.
And reading with this kindergartner is one of my favorite parts of my day.
The highlight of the month for Ruby was starting dance class
with Hailey and Izella.
She's been dying to have a teacher of her own ever since the kids went back to school. She was always asking me "What my teacher name? My teacher going to like me?" Her long awaited day came and she now has a teacher of her own, Miss Jenn.
She loves dance and I love watching her. I am also shocked by how calm she is in class, not what I expected. And after her first class she fell asleep on the way home (11:00 am), obviously there was a lot of pent up excitement.
One of the best parts though, is Ashley, Traci and I actually get to workout for 45 min during their class. It's one of the highlights of my week. September was full of friends.
Cora came to town to visit, so Macey got to spend almost 2 days with the Rensinks and we borrowed Peter for a late night.
bottom left pic: The Everett kids were locked out one afternoon and my kids were overjoyed to find them sitting on the grass out front. They instantly tackled them and forced them to play until Gina got home. :)
Funny story with this picture:
Ruby was napping, so I decided I'd take a nap. I told the kids they could play Wii and to stay inside. I woke up to 4 O'Neal kids playing the Wii with my 3 kids. One of the many reasons I have learned not to nap.
Trips to Thanksgiving Point
Paul always has to make a Ninja Warrior course on the playground for them and then has to be the announcer as they run it. #iseeyouBYU games
We got football season tickets this year. The season has been extremely disappointing, but the games are still fun.
And enjoying every moment of the cooler temps, before the cold actually comes.
face painting, balloon animals, carnival games, unlimited food trucks, blowups, train, unlimited popcorn & cotton candy
aka the best day of their lives
and they had a photographer there that captured some pretty awesome shots.
Chalk the Block
Macey had a blast helping out Emmie and Julianne with their Harry Potter themed spot, until they got rained out. She made me promise to sign up with them next year.
These were our 2 favorite entries. Link and Batman...no surprise there.
I could never get a picture of Ruby because she never stopped.
For one of our Activity Days this month I planned a little back to school party.
Love these cute girls.
And lastly, we replaced Macey's full bed with a twin.
It's been amazing, she had no floor space before and now she's been having non stop dance parties with her new found square footage. And she's loving the more tween look. Now to just get the walls decorated.
September was a great month. lots of warm sunshine to enjoy, friends to play with, and finally being back on a schedule!
September was a whirlwind of soccer (3 days a week), parks, neighbor kids,school projects, after school activities, and getting used to the ever increasing hectic lifestyle that is 4 kids.
Paul forced us out of bed on a Saturday morning to go see the sunrise in the mountains.
Ruby was the only one that didn't mind.
We got donuts afterwards, so the rest of us quickly forgave him.
I feel like it's been a non stop party around here with kids over to play 24/7.
I believe this was my most insane trip trip to target in recent memory. 3 boys and a Ruby is tough work while waiting in line to checkout.
it's even better when we get to have our friends stay for dinner too.
Another neighborhood water fight. This one proved slightly more violent than our one earlier in the summer and a few kids were hiding and crying by the end. :)
There has been constant soccer or football happening out front. And my kids now refer to this area as "The Soccer Field".
With the big kids at school all day, these boys rule the neighborhood until about 2:30.
and these 2 cute girls of course too.
When 2:30 hits, the kids throw their backpacks in the door, grab a snack, and head outside. I still drag them in most nights for dinner.
and when homework must be done, it is done outside whenever possible.
It's been nice having Macey and Miles both in school full day.
Crew, Ruby, and I have no trouble figuring out how to spend our time.
These 2 crack me up with their constant chatter in the backseat while we are running around during the day.
Ruby graduated from the stroller to her scooter for our canyon adventures.
love these mountains and that I still get to go on daytime adventures with these 2.
A few hours each week though we have to take Crew to preschool and it's just me and the tiny destroyer.
We found Macey's long lost diary key, that someone (Ruby) buried in the bottom on the aquafor jar. :)
Most days I do not know what to do with her, but at least I never get bored.
And really, they don't get much cuter.
Ruby and I even started running with some of our friends in the mornings while Crew is at preschool.
We are slowly feeling less and less like we are going to die each week.
Random hiighlights this month included:
Crazy Hair Day
the School carnival.
I was waiting in line with Miles for one of the bounce houses and he looked up at me and told me I could leave him alone with his friends and that I should go find some of my mom friends. :)
Activity Days fashion show.
Orem updated some of their parks and we've been taking advantage.
And these 2 are always up to something exciting.
And between all the chaos I finally read this book.
It's a new favorite and I've been trying to convince Macey to read it ever since.
The Rest of September
I always think I'm going to be devastated when school starts and summer comes to an end, but Utah's fall always has a way of reminding me that I love it too.
We said our final goodbyes to the pool.
and enjoyed our last outdoor movie.
and we haven't looked back since.
I didn't think I'd love afternoon kindergarten like I do, but we've got our schedule down and I am loving it.
We play all morning and run our errands. Then Ruby naps while Miles is at school and I get my introverted extrovert time. Meaning, I lock myself in my house and am lazy, in order to recover from my busy and usually social mornings.
Miles is doing better than I expected just a month into school.
Which meant I no longer had an excuse to put off potty training Crew.
It clicked after 2 long days and we've been pretty good ever since.
And this is his typical look anymore. Always some type of injury.
Ruby is pretty much the reason I still get nothing done around the house and is my entertainment for most of the day.
She can never resist a good tackling opportunity.
She is constantly on the table and is always trying to steal the boys' lunch.
She wore her first baby pony tail this month.
And she loves to run around with her neighbor BFF, Ella.
The kids are pretty much outside from when they get home from the bus until dinnertime.
Love all these kids and the moms I never get pictures of.
Lucky for us, Peter has afternoon school too, so the scooter bandits have plenty of time to explore together.
The weather has been perfect for park hopping.
Playing outside at the Children's Museum.
September always brings with it Chalk the Block.
The School Carnival.
And plenty of hiking.
We made M&M skip school to go exploring in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
We attempted to hike to Donut Falls in the spring, but there was too much snow on the trail for us to make it and it was pretty much a disaster.
Glad we tried again.
Can't wait till I can do it when the kids are bigger and we can actually climb up and see the "donut hole".
Utah Mountains never disappoint, though.
For labor day, I wanted to have a picnic in a secluded meadow, as I was sick of most people.
Brenden came through, finding us the perfect spot. It was our kids biggest hike to date and there was quite a bit of elevation gain, but it was so worth not seeing a single person on the trail and getting to have an entire mountain meadow to ourselves.
Seriously, these views. Makes the whining much more bearable.
Julianne and I made sure to recover and have a little nap while the boys took the kids off to explore, once we reached the meadow.
Love where we live.
I have officially moved passed my summer mourning period and have come to accept and, possibly, love this back to schoolness.
One of the best things about school starting up, is some of our favorite places are much less chaotic and much more manageable.
I still of course loose Miles from time to time, but it's much easier to find him now.
With less people we've been able to discover some new favorite things at The Museum of Natural Curiosity
. Such as the bank tube delivery thing in Kidopolis.
And Crew actually gets to hang out in the baby water area, as it is no longer full of babies.
I am LOVING the variety of weather that has accompanied September
We've still had plenty of hot
But even more perfect 70 degree
days, where can actually play at the park and in our backyard without feeling like we will die of heat exhaustion.
And there's really nothing better than having all my kids in one place! Yep, I'm old.
Now that it isn't 100 degrees out in the evening, we've been letting Crew go on real scooter rides. He cracks me up cruising with the big kids and actually doing a decent job of staying with M&M.
And we've of course soaked up our beginning of fall storms
One particularly rainy day we headed up to one of our favorite places to get out some energy.
Crew got to ride the ferris wheel for the first time and he loved it. I loved how he yelled "hi" and waved at me everytime they passed.
I also took just Macey and Miles to Chalk The Block
at The Riverwoods. It was shockingly much easier to maneuver the crowds without a stroller and a bolting toddler.
And seriously those mountains, I really have grown to love them.
They of course had to get their hair chalked!
We've been busy with lots of back to school
activities. M&M's favorite being Macey's school carnival. We started with all 6 of us there, but Crew was being less than cooperative (meaning completely awful). So, Paul took the littles home, while I stayed with the more manageable 2 of the moment.
Speaking of school, this girl is LOVING 2nd grade
She is pretty much the perfect older sister and loves playing the part. Heavenly Father knew what he was doing giving her to me first.
I went out to read a book on the porch one evening and I caught Macey spinning and singing in the grass. Made me happy to see she isn't grown up, just yet. Miles
has even been more enjoyable since school started.
It's been fun getting to hang out with just him during naptime.
And with Macey gone, he continues to step up his big brother game.
There is never a dull moment with him.
We are back in full swing with Talking Time
. I am the "mean" mom that won't do the cutting or tracing for their kid. As a result, Miles has noticed that his art projects look drastically different from his classmates. He now refers to them as Monsters. For example, here is Monster Pete the Cat. It's pretty funny.Crew
continues to keep me on my toes, like a 2 year old should. We are in full swing terrible twos around here. Lots of whining, crying, temper tantrums, and mischievousness. Like I always say, it's a good thing he's cute.
And then there's Ruby
. I don't know how much longer it will last, but man, this girl is pretty close to perfect.
It has become very difficult for me to drag myself out of bed each morning to start my day. But she makes her part easy. Every morning when I go to get her up, she lights up the moment you walk in. There's no whining or crying, even though she hasn't eaten in 12 hours. Only smiling and cooing.
Once again Heavenly Father knew what he was doing giving me this baby last.
While most days I feel like I am barely surviving, I have been trying to soak in those little happy moments to get me through.
Like when all 4 are laughing and playing together for those 45 seconds. And the realization that they are all mine!
And stolen moments with Paul. Like this post school drop off breakfast, after some long work days.
And the fact that my desire to do projects is slowly
returning! PTA teacher birthday presents.
Now I've got to get busy on Halloween Costumes
How is it October tomorrow?! While I already miss the hot weather, bathing suits, pool, and schedule free life, once again I'm finding fall isn't too bad. Honestly though, I love any excuse to wear a hoodie.
At the beginning of the month we went up to my cousin Brenden's for the day. Julianne planned some awesome games and 1 not so awesome game. The non-awesome game entailed eating gross flavored Jelly Bellies. I of course ended up in the bathroom after I got a puke flavored one. Luckily, we still think they're cool.
At the end of August, Miles had quite the set back in potty training. So, as a reward for keeping his underware dry for 5 days straight we went to Chuck-e-cheese at the beginning of the month! It worked like a dream and we've been pretty good ever since.
We've been loving our movie screen in our backyard and try to watch at least 1 movie a week out there. It's also proved nice for night BYU games.
It seems like the weather has been much more rainy than normal this month. The boys haven't seemed to mind though, as worm hunting has become a very popular activity around here.
Plus, Farm Country is practically empty after a morning of pouring rain.
Paul's cousin came to visit and go to the BYU vs. TX game with us (he goes to University of Texas). It was fun to have a visitor who'd never been to Utah before and be able to show him what we love the most about living here. (BYU, the mountains, temples, waterfalls, and lots of food...in case you were wondering).
The game proved to be quite exciting, and in the over ten years I've been going to BYU football games (yes, I am that old)
, I have never seen weather like that before.
Paul's work threw an awesome tailgate before the BYU/Utah game. There was blue cotton candy, blue shave ices, BYU cookies, popcorn, j-dawgs, bounce houses, candy, dunk tank, and plenty of free BYU stuff. It was pretty awesome.
I was really excited when it cooled off enough to go to the park. That was, until I realized Crew is no longer content to sit on the blanket and eat snacks. No more relaxing and chatting with my friends, I have to chase this crazy kid around. So, I think I'm done with parks for the year.
Paul also got balsa wood airplanes for M&M, they were a hit.
Things around the house are pretty much crazy, all the time. This what our house looks lke every day at 3:45. Still trying to figure out this homework thing. All Macey wants to do is play outside with the neighbor kids or in the basement with all the toys she says she never has time for anymore. Luckily we are figuring out a rountine of sorts. notice how Miles is patiently waiting for Macey to be done, so she can play with him. :)
And we've banned neighbor kids for the moment. It only took them 3 days to clean it up. :)
We are also slowing figuring out how to fill our time without
Macey. I will say errands are way
easier without her, but other than that Miles and I still miss her most days. I'm hoping Miles and Crew will become better friends now, but so far no luck with that. :)
Plus, 3 mornings a week it's just me and this kid.
I forgot how easy 1 kid can be, especially when it's Crew. One day we went to Target, Hobby Lobby, and Old Navy and I didn't even break a sweat.
But, there's nothing I love more than to see Miles running out of preschool with a huge grin on his face and his arms open wide for a hug. Seriously, my favorite part of the day. And I think a little separation is good for us. :)
So, there is what I can remember of the blur that was September.