The theme for January was Basketball.
It is one of my favorite ways to pass a cold January Saturday.
The boys both played every Saturday and luckily, never at the exact same time.
And sometimes it was too cold to practice outside, there were lots of dribbling drills in the living room.
And don't let this picture fool you, Miles has been loving basketball this season. He just kills me with pictures, always worth over paying when i get a keeper like this.
Lots of BYU games.
Crew finally graduated to being old enough to bring a friend. Lucky for me, he picked Liam, so then I got a friend too. :)
It was Liam's first BYU basketball game, so we pulled out all the stops. Cougar Tail, Getting on the jumbotron, and BYU won. Pretty much perfection. They can't wait to go together again next season.
These girls danced the night away.
and Paul and I got tickets in Domo's suite for a Jazz Game. My favorite kind of date night.
Next up was Snow.
Erin and I found these footprints going between our houses. It was determined to be Miles, although all 8 of kids are crazy enough to walk barefoot in the snow.
I hiked and hiked and hiked in January.
Kacie and I started our own hiking group.
some days were rather frigid, but it didn't stop us.
Although, we were almost stopped by a blizzard. We ended up going to breakfast, but the weather calmed down, so we just headed out for a walk around the neighborhood so we didn't feel like too big of wimps.
- The kids still walked to school or the bus stop (further) everyday, that's just the kind of mom I am. :)
- We finally got some good sledding in.
And Soldier Hollow with the Goodwins.
it was crazy. We'd never been before when you went so fast down the hill. There was lots of crashing into people and the safety barriers, but luckily no one from our group was involved.
Fang turned one!!
I even made him a homemade peanut butter cake with banana frosting.
He didn't quite know what to do when everyone was singing him Happy Birthday.
He just wanted to get to his cake.
This is one well loved dog.
Fang is always living his best life.
Even when being tortured by Ruby.
One of the best parts about Fang though is he keeps the kids company on sick days.
And there have been so many sick days this winter, so at least that helps him earn his keep.
Crew caught the worst of it, with a nasty case of croup. He had to sleep in our room so I could monitor his breathing, meaning I didn't sleep, but luckily he did. After lots of steamy showers, midnight porch sittings breathing in the cold air and a dose of steriods, he finally started to feel better.
- Ruby had her 100th day of school!!
- Macey made it into her school's Geography Bee and did awesome.
- and the rest of January was survived with lots of puzzles, play dates, and book reading under blankets.
Might of actually been one of my shorter January's. February on the other hand seemed to last about 58 days.
November was one of our more mellow months this year, it was much needed and appreciated.
- We spent a few sunny afternoons at a new park
with our friends.
- We all passed many hours enjoying Disney+
- So much BYU Basketball
. We have really enjoyed having 6 season tickets this year.
- Crew got glasses
- Holly went to Grandparent's Lunch
at school with the boys. They've never cared about not having grandparents to join them all the other years, but this year, they cared. Holly to the rescue.
- Working with the youth at church
always keeps me busy. We did a movie night and I couldn't resist doing a soda bar for it.
We also had YW's in Excellence. All the cute girls in our congregation.
- We took our last trip to the aquarium
before our pass expired.
We really will miss coming here a few times a month.
- I of course went hiking
every friday with my people.
- Chewbacca Crew
made a lot of appearances this month.
is still the most popular member of our family and likes to be in on all the action.
- We had our last cub scout pack meeting
!!! They did a cub-a-polis.
Miles got 2nd place.
- Miles also had a surprisingly adorable and not too unpolitically correct Thanksgiving performance
- Miles turned 10
!!! Pretty crazy that he's already 10.
He had an awesome birthday party at Nickelcity. I told him he could invite 10 friends. He wanted to invite 14. So, he decided if we didn't get him a present, he could invite 14 kids to his party. Done.
Love all these kids.
His actual birthday was pretty mellow, just the way I like it.
He nailed his 10 year photo shoot.
Miles is my most social child. He is always planning play dates with his friends and searching the neighborhood for kids to hang out with.
He is sweet, a hardworker, cuddly, funny, and just one of my favorite kids in the whole world.
Miles loves all things basketball. Favorite teams are BYU and The Rockets. Favorite players are TJ Hawes and James Harden.
He also loves Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, riding his bike, and playing the switch.
He's a keeper.
there were a few tears before Thanksgiving, because Trina and TJ couldn't come because of the crazy weather. Luckily, we were able to pull out of our sad rut and ended up having a really good and lazy Thanksgiving.
The snow helped out a lot.
We went for a walk before we ate. The kids built their first snowman of the season.
Had to have a soda bar with Thanksgiving Lunch.
We ended the day with seeing Frozen 2, which ended up being way better than any of us expected.
- Normally for Black Friday
we make our kids go on a hike. Lucky for them, the snow meant we went sledding instead of hiking. #optoutside
It was a pretty great sledding trip...which means there was very little whining and mostly lots of laughing.
- We ended Thanksgiving Break by decorating for Christmas
and going to Christmas in Color.
the new sunroof was a huge hit.
It was a good month!
February was a drastic improvement upon January, thank goodness!!!
We got snow!
Probably my favorite Saturday morning of the year thus far:
No one else was on the trail. The snow makes everything beautiful and muffles all sound. Heaven.
And even some sunshine.
Afternoons are always better when they want to play outside after school.
I was forced to go on the 2nd grade field trip to The Museum of Natural Curiosity, as no other parents had signed up to go.
Always a thrilling time.
Sometimes I make dinners I want, knowing that no one else will eat them. This minestrone soup being one of them. This is Paul's crazy busy season, so he isn't ever home for dinner, so I was prepared to face 4 whining kids just so I could eat this yummy soup.
Instead it was lots of laughs as everyone did their required "Thank you bite". Luckily, some of neighbor moms came and scooped some out, so I didn't have an entire crockpot full of soup leftover.
Miles and Crew were home "sick" on the same day. It actually worked out great. They played mario kart and mine craft most of the day together. At dinner that night they actually wanted to sit by each other (Miles will usually only sit by an adult or Macey) and then even made up their own "best brother secret handshake". Glad they got some bonding time in.
The kids favorite outing this month was a trip to the mall to ride the animals.
There were a few crazy drivers, but luckily the mall shoppers were light on their feet and no one got ran over.
Other things I want to remember:
- Ruby wanted to match me with our "kitty vests" for church.
- Crew is always wanting to do science experiments.
baking soda, food coloring and vinegar...always seems to do the trick.
- After hours of hard work Macey finished her 750 piece cat puzzle.
We have never owned a puzzle with more than 45 pieces, so this was quite the undertaking and was so proud of herself when she was done!
- Cub Scouts. Don't know how I feel about it yet, but when Miles wants to go we go. When he doesn't want to we don't. :)
- Macey took Tajen and Carmen to a BYU game.
puzzles, puppets and Crew painting a portrait of Ruby. :) Sometimes I don't know what I'm going to do when we loose Crew to all day school next year.
Not that I will be bored or anything with this one to entertain me.
- Mario Kart with TJ
Way better than January!
More of December
Paul's parents came a few days before the kids got out for school, they got to enjoy all the Christmas Break Craziness with us.
We started out break with decorating sugar cookies.
Opa was just as talented as the kids.
I thought about doing a more involved gingerbread house, but glad I stuck with the preassembled one from costco. Not a single complaint about one house for the whole family to decorate.
And check out Crew's tongue. True concentration mode.
A trip to see Santa.
After church we had to trek up the canyon to find some snow.
Still wasn't very much and not the most ideal sledding conditions, but we had a blast and it got out some of that Christmas Eve energy.
matching bucky shirts!
I did not get a picture of the kids in their pj's before bed Christmas Eve, but there was plenty of time Christmas morning, since Miles woke up the entire house at 5:30 am.
We tried to stay pretty simple with Christmas this year and for the first time I think we actually did it. And the kids did not seem to mind one bit.
I loved watching them open their presents from Santa. Part of me always wishes I could have a 3 and 5 year old at Christmas time.
Video games for Miles, Batman tank for Crew, Princesses for Ruby, and it was all Ravenclaw stuff this year for Macey.
Crew played non-stop with his batman tank and loved shooting everyone with the batwings. So, glad Santa didn't bring him what he asked for. :)
We have had NO snow this season, but Utah was extra kind to us this year and it snowed Christmas Eve.
It wasn't tons, but it was perfect for making Frosty.
Ruby might of made us all hold hands with the snowman and sing "Frosty the Snowman". :)
Then it was off to our favorite Utah Family's house for Christmas Dinner.
We were pretty depressed about the lack of snow, as our snowshoes have been mocking us just hanging in the garage.
We had to get out, so we went for a winter hike to Stewart Falls instead. No snowshoes needed.
Paul packed our ultra light chairs, so we enjoyed some relaxing time sipping some hot cocoa and enjoying the view.
The weather was even nice enough for a family bike ride to the park. Crew was the cutest, and slowest, bike rider around. I think it's time for him to move up bike sizes.
New Years Eve.
We invited the rensinks over for fried food and yummy appetizers.
We even pulled out the disco ball, the sign of a true party around here.
The highlight was Soda Pong. We each bought 3 gross and 3 good sodas. The kids were obsessed and want to play it all parties now. :)
Then at 9:30 we had our count down and kids were asleep by 10:00. It was the best kind of New Year's Eve.
Love these party animals.
Can't believe 2017 is behind us!! But, happy to be onto new adventures and trying to gain some control over my crazy bunch.
We started off the year with a snow shoeing expedition.
The first 5 minuets weren't too bad, but then the melt downs ensued. I don't think Miles stopped crying the ENTIRE time.
We had some 2nd thoughts about starting 2016 this way. The crying, whining, falling.
Luckily the scenery was gorgeous and we all survived.
And this kid was actually a dream boat, a slow, but happy hiker.
And how Ruby ends every winter adventure.
To end our 2 week break with Paul home we took the kids to Nickel City. It was loud, crazy, and busy, but the kids were in heaven.
and it made me remember how much I love Nickel City too, so we got the Rensinks to go back with us, no kids this time.
And yes, Paul won me a jackpot. True Love right there.
And yes, that guy there at the register, he's wearing the same toupee as he was when Emily and I used to rock the ticket games back in 2000.
We decided to give snow shoeing with the kids one last shot before we gave up on taking them anywhere in public again.
Since their bff's were there, they stepped up their game and there was very little whining involved.
Gosh, I love these mountains.
We then did a little sledding while Ruby and Julianne hung out in the protection of the car.
Perfect winter morning.
While most of January was spent indoors, we did spend a few more moments outdoors, when it wasn't completely freezing.
And there was even a day when the snow melted and the kids actually got to try their christmas presents outside.
Since we have experienced an actual winter this year, there have been many, many, many crazy hours stuck inside the house.
there's lots of star wars, fighting, wrestling, card games, and running around like wild animals.
And Ruby is still constantly getting into everything, climbing on everything, tackling everyone, and constantly has a nice bruise on her forehead.
We also all got croup, which sucked. But, it made for some pretty quiet afternoons, so I couldn't complain too much.
Being the good mom I am, I fell asleep while reading with Miles on one of our sick days and he snapped this sweet pic of me. If you know me, this means I was feeling pretty crappy, because I hate naps. Other January happenings:
Crew started Sunbeams.
Macey made her first Science Fair Project for the (not so simple) 3rd grade Simple Machine Fair.
M&M rocked their parent teacher conferences. Macey's teacher said she has a kind heart and is inclusive to everyone she meets.
and Miles is finally settling into kindergarten like a pro.
I might of shed a tear when I was expressing to his teacher how much I appreciated her kindness, patience, and gentle pushing she has given this kid. He is capable and she knows it, and I know my prayers have been answered as she has been able to navigate the difficult waters that are Miles.
We also got the privilege of attending the Provo City Center Temple
While we were far from the most reverent group there. I am grateful for the kind temple workers and the beauty and spirit my kids got to experience. Even if Miles was wearing one of Ruby's shoe covers as a hat the entire time. :)
And because some days are long, hard, and Paul works through bedtime a few days each week, sometimes a run to Sodalicious right before bedtime gives me the renewed energy I need to get through the last hours of the day without completely loosing it.
So, yay to surviving another January!