We survived January!!
I actually think January's have gotten easier for me to handle or I just have more realistic expectations. :)
We got to enjoy lots of snow this month.
snow fort building
And Paul stepped in to help Macey build and after a few nights work him and Macey had the coolest igloo on the block.
and we course had many outings to get us out of the house and some more space to run around. Getting out in the winter is how I survive.
Moana (again)! And this goes on record as the first movie Ruby has made it through. It was a small miracle.
I checked the kids out early and went to the Children's Museum. It was empty and wonderful.
Too many trips to the toys at the mall ( we are desperate for free places to run around). And Ruby, loves to kiss all the frogs there. :)
At Menchies Miles showed off his fact family and story map skills.
And the best date night of the month was an outing with the Lake Jackson Crew to Chom Burger and a deserted nickel arcade.
The biggest hit this month was a box that our new chair for the living came in.
We kept it for a week at least and it was constantly in use.
Crew and Ruby call each other best friends and it makes my mama heart about burst. They love to take turns pushing each other in the shopping cart. Ruby pushes one way, then she says to Crew, "your turn!" And Crew hops out of the cart to let Ruby climb in and they repeat over and over again.
Most things that come out of Ruby's mouth are very entertaining these days. She's full of advice too. From telling me not to poop while in the shower, to telling me not to lick the floor before she cleans it, and constantly telling us we are sick and need to visit "Dr. Ruby's room".
She also knows all the lyrics to the Frozen soundtrack.
And this kid is about as cute as they come (still).
I got a new wallet and Crew quickly took possession of my old one and didn't put it down for at least a week.
Killing it at his Karate Show Case.
We are in full swing with OT. It has been much more difficult than I anticipated. A few of my favorite quotes from his therapist: "You must be tired", "I can't wait to hear what his psychologist thinks", "how do you do homework with him?", and "You are in this for long haul". :)
Now you might be thinking about now, "Wow, Kelsey is really killing it. She rocked January. How does she manage these crazy kids and still look so good?"
I will tell you the secret to my success this month...I hired a nanny for a few days each week.
It's the beautiful blonde in this pic.
It allowed me to do so many things I've been putting off, without taking advantage of my friends to watch my kids and ease my guilt.
I went to the dentist
for the first time in 6 years and then got my cavities
filled, all with no stress of how my kids were behaving or that it was taking much longer than I anticipated. I got a facial
! I went to parent teacher conferences
kid free. Got to go to Miles' OT appointments
without the stress of juggling the other kids. Went to the eye doctor
and got my first pair of glasses since 2010. I did TONS of PTA
stuff. Got to go to lunch
kid free a few times.
And with Katie's help kids have gotten bathed in a timely manner, Miles' homework has gotten done, house has been kept clean, and I got dinner on the table most days this month! We will miss Katie when she leaves on her mission next week.
Don't worry, it's still chaotic around here.
I've just been able to handle it a little better.
Nana and Pop-Pop came to spend Christmas with us and it was their first Christmas away from home! We felt very privileged they choose to spend it with us.
Sadly, my mom actually came down with pneumonia while she was here. So, she ended up spending most of her time on the couch observing. :(
Other than the pneumonia, Christmas was quite perfect.
Plus, we were in bed before midnight, Christmas miracle.
And we were on time for 9:00 am church Christmas Morning!!! Turns out getting to go to church on Christmas makes for a pretty great day.
I feel like this picture sums up the kids perfectly. :)
Miles- in constant motion
Macey- wondering how she got stuck with all these crazies
Ruby- screaming and jumping
Crew- distracted by the small object in his hand
Before we left for church we did stockings and santa presents.
I didn't get many pictures due to the chaos and constant movement of hyped up kids. But trust me, it was magical.
Nothing beats getting a real smile out of this girl. The long wished for Lea doll did it.
Ruby didn't put this baby down or take off her stethoscope. Cutest 2 year old ever.
Crew's favorite present was this pirate chest from Granny and Granddad.
You'll notice I got no pictures of Miles. It is because he was so entertaining opening presents, I only got video. :) #momfail
And it once again snowed on Christmas Eve!!! We are getting spoiled around here.
Magical Christmas snow with some of our favorite neighbors to end an amazing Christmas. Perfection. Day after Christmas
was just as it should be.
eating leftovers, putting legos together, playing with toys, sledding, and staying in pjs all day AGAIN.
And this girl sledding was kind of my favorite.
Pop-Pop got lots of runs in too.
And these 2 never got off this sled and I don't think they ever stopped smiling either.
We did get Nana out of the house to sit and watch us bowl later in the week
This girl allowed no one to help her while bowling. It lead to a few pinched fingers, but Miss Independent was quite the proficient bowler.
It was actually much more fun than I anticipated and Crew kind of made my entire day with his sweet bowling moves and glasses.
And then we left Nana with Ruby while the rest of us went snow shoeing
And then we got in some good sledding at the end.
Pop-Pop ended up getting to sleep in the hideout due to Nana being sick. We are pretty amazing hosts with top of the line accommodations.
It was a bit of a different visit, with my mom being so sick, but we so glad they were able to survive the traveling to be with us and that no one else got sick.
After my parents left Paul and I got to go snow shoeing
up Lambs Canyon.
It was beautiful and we didn't see a single sole on the trail. The only downside was the road was closed, so we had to hike 2 miles up the road to get to the trailhead.
This is me being annoyed about it. :) And yes, I have my sled on my pack. We like to be prepared for all conditions.
Utah is the best sometimes.
We couldn't find a babysitter for New Year's Eve
and it turned out to be the best thing ever.
We texted our neighbors to come over for a kid party from 7:30-8:30. :)
We had no food. But we did have a giant saran wrap ball with goodies, glow sticks, music, and noise makers. It was one of my better parties.
We did a count down, had a little dance party and our kids were fast asleep by 9:30. It was a great start to the New Year.
We ended break with a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese and the Puppy Barn.
Love Christmas Break!
Since we are almost to February, I figure I need to document our December before it is too distant a memory.
December was a happy blur of parties, playing, concerts, christmas prep, basketball games, and endless traditions.
Macey performed 2 songs in the Scera Christmas Concert. She even had a solo. I was too busy actually watching the show to get any pictures, but here's a post performance shot with the boys.
And the best part about taking classes at the local theatre is the $2 kid snack packs. Helped them make it through about half the acts.
She also had her first Elementary choir concert.
Crew also rocked his first Preschool concert.
doesn't get much cuter than a bunch of 4 year olds trying to sing songs together.
We got to cheer on BYU at lots of games.
Ringing the victory bell with Cosmo in his Santa Costume. Dream come true.
We lucked out and got 4 of Paul's bosses courtside seats.
dinner, unlimited snacks, amazing view. These kids are getting spoiled.
Paul took a Friday off and we did a quick snow shoe trip while Crew was at Preschool.
turns out Ruby is a bit too heavy for the carrier, but too small for small shoes.
Then Crew happily got to help Paul put up our lights and blow ups. It will be a sad day when this takes more than an hour. :)
Kids favorite tradition was once again getting their new ornaments for the tree.
Crew: North Pole
Ruby: Sweet treats
My favorite tradition is always torturing them with a trip to see Santa.
Ruby was not pleased and for the first time in her entire life clung to her stroller and did not want to get out. Being the good mom I am, I pried those fingers off and handed her over to the stranger with the big beard.
The boys were super into Santa this year and waited in line for 30 min to talk to him again
at the Riverwoods.
We love visiting the Riverwoods during Christmas.
lots of "baking".
We of course went to the Domo Christmas Party. AKA, the only time we get dressed up all year.
School seemed to go FOREVER this year, the 4th grade teachers were smart and took the kids on a field trip to the dinosaur museum.
I love getting to go on field trips and getting to know their friends better and seeing them in their element.
Paul and I took advantage of our babysitters being out of school by going to a morning showing of Rogue One. Can't beat the heaters on those recliners. and it was the best breakfast I have had in a long time. :)
We of course had our lazy moments too.
and I throughly enjoyed Sodalicious' chocolate cookie with peppermint frosting. Tasted just like Christmas.
3 seasons in 1
In November we got a little bit of every type of weather, it was perfection.
Gotta love after Halloween clearance. Picked up this sweet Kylo helmet for $2! And notice the tank top and shorts...in November!
We had a few glorious weeks in the 60's and even low 70's.
We pretty much made the kids live outside, since we didn't know how long it would last. And we didn't even eat dinner or do homework on most of the those days, because I just could not bare the thought of making them come inside when there were friends and sunshine to be enjoyed.
Very slowly the leaves started falling and we got to have many jumping sessions.
These kids are well trained and instantly form a line once the pile is ready and there are always "pile keepers" who will build the pile back up before the next kid can jump. :)
There was lots of burying of kids in the leaf pile and then videoing them in slow motion jumping out. It was highly entertaining.
Michelle and I ventured to BYU.
Always fun to be on campus, especially when it's with one of my favorite Roomies.
We wanted to stand in the quad and yell at all the students to enjoy this time, they will never get it back, soak it all in!!! But instead, we probably just convinced them not to have children too soon.
notice, my shoeless child in November, in a public place, in bare feet. Good parenting right there. It's all about survival.
And lucky for us the weather held until we were able to make it Orem's new All Together Playground. I have a thing with crowds, especially at playgrounds.
It was awesome. We were only able to find the boy's fence posts, so we will go back once the snow melts to find Macey and Ruby's.
Then finally, the last few days of November, we got our long awaited snow! It's no fun playing outside when it's cold, unless there is snow on the ground.
The first snow day there was about 20 kids playing out front! I would of gotten a picture, but I had 6 kids out there (we had 2 school friends over) and that kept me quite busy with dressing, undressing, fixing gloves, throwing snow balls and distributing hot chocolate.
Macey and Carmen's Snow Caterpillar
And even the snow couldn't keep Ruby from doing her chore of taking the garbage to the dumpster.
Bring on Winter, I might actually be ready for you this year.
I ALWAYS think life will slow down after Christmas and I will do things like clean my house and organize my closet and read a book...but, as usual, that did not happen. So once again, my faithful readers, you get a mammoth post, since I don't want to forget the details of our little family.
Macey got braces.
Julianne and I threw Tara a bridal shower.
I planned Miles' class Valentine party, this was my favorite station.
Crew tried out all my games before hand so I could see how things would actually go with all the crazy kindergartners.
The beginning of February was ROUGH weather wise.
First, I got back from California and had to run errands in the snow.
Then a nasty inversion settled in and would not leave. Meaning the kids had to stay indoors, which meant indoor recess at school too. This equaled a lot of craziness and pent up energy.
We tried to keep things under control with lots of game playing, moving the Wii to the boys room (best decision ever), doing a manageable amount of crafting, hanging out with Peter & Julianne, visiting the Dinosaur Museum, and eating lots of good food.
And how grown up are these boys, eating their lunch and playing Monopoly Junior. :)
Paul's dreams as a dad did begin to come true, thanks to lots of time stuck indoors, as the kids have actually become fairly competent at video games.
daily group hug. No one likes to get left out.
We could no longer take the inversion, and for our sanity, we decided to skip church and head up to SLC to the Children't Museum.
The kids were running wild and it was perfect.
Their favorite part was the helicopter and hospital. It was hilarious watching them take x-rays of each other and trying to figure out how to talk on a real telephone.
The inversion cleared up and we have been soaking up as much sunshine as possible.
We hit up the zoo.
The scooter bandits reunited.
Ruby has been running wild outside, enjoying her freedom and sometimes needs to grab a little rest in between activities.
And we have been spending hours everyday out front with our neighbors.
There's lots of super hero action, star wars, and battling.
roller skating and mud pie making.
chasing and playing in, what is hopefully, the last of the melted snow.
And I have spent HOURS in the sunshine talking with some of my favorite ladies. Heaven.
We have also renewed our love of our tiny backyard.
The moment Ruby finishes her breakfast she is at the back door crying "Side! Side! Side!" until one of us unlocks the door and she can escape to her retreat.
Crew and Ruby spend hours out here each day playing ball, sneaking snacks, yelling at neighbors through the fence, and seeing how many toys they can get out there. In other thrilling February News:
Ruby wore pigtails for the first time. Adorable.
Crew and Ruby are becoming bff's. Ruby still bullies Crew a bit, but there is usually more laughing than crying involved.
Macey put all her roller skating practice to work at the Roller Rink and the Ice Skating Rink. I think she was happy to see all her hard work pay off.
Ruby went to her first BYU basketball game.
It was a horrible idea on our part.
She did get a few min in of adorable cheering and dancing, which got put on the jumbotron. Sadly, Miles was cut out of the shot and this was his reaction. I guess that's what happens when you're used to getting on there every game you come to.
Lastly, Macey and I got the chance to do a special Bride and Sealing Room tour at the Provo City Center Temple
with other women in our ward.
It was so awesome to get to go inside this temple again and with so many people we love.
I loved seeing all my activity day girls there too and it made me so happy that Macey gets to be friends with these awesome girls.
I know this is something these girls will remember and strive for.
To the end the month we got to enjoy our last basketball game of the season.
Phew. That was a tiring month.