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!
We started off Christmas Break with attending Domo's swanky Christmas Party.
I love getting to dress up all fancy once a year.
I tried to get the kids fancy looking for the Sunday before Christmas and they were adorable.
They of course didn't cooperate for pictures, but believe me they were the cutest kids around.
We did lots of playing, which is pretty much what you should do over any break from school.
We took them to Nickel City for the first time and they fell in love.
And since Paul was off the whole break too, we made sure to get out and enjoy the snow too.
We tried taking the kids snowshoeing again.
This time Crew was awesome and Miles cried the entire time.
We tried to enjoy the scenery amidst the whining and crying.
We got a babysitter and finally got to go snow shoeing without the kids.
We let Alex come with us, only because he promised not to cry.
It was breathtaking.
And thanks to the decent down to the water fall I got a lot of laughing in too.
And who can resist making snow angles in untouched mountain snow?!
I always love New Years Eve.
It's a good excuse to eat good food, play games, laugh, and stay up late.
We played Mt. Dew Pong and Flip Cup (with Mt. Dew). :)
The boys also played egg roulette. Hilarious.
It was a great end to a pretty great year.
I love the weeks leading up for Christmas, always something to do and look forward too. The kids
favorite thing we did this holiday season was looking at the lights at Thanksgiving Point. Even though they are the same every year, they cannot get enough. No pictures, but believe me they are awesome. :)Paul's
favorite thing that we did this month was introducing all the kids to his favorite winter activity, snow shoeing.
He had already taken Macey once, so she was a pro and was getting slightly annoyed at Miles' pace. It was pretty hilarious watching Miles run around in his big snowshoes and falling every 20 feet, but he didn't mind and had a great time. Although he was slightly disappointed when he realized it was just like hiking, I think he was hoping a sled or something would be involved.
While it was fun to take all the kids, I'm excited when we can go without them. :)My
favorite part was getting to see the kids' school programs.
The first grade sang "Jingle Bell Rock" and Macey nailed all the moves. She pretty much practiced every day for the entire month, so I was glad to see it had paid off.
Miles' preschool did a little program and I had no idea if Miles would participate or not, he can be slightly unpredictable. But, he did awesome and sang almost all of the songs. His favorites being Up on the Housetop and The Dreidel Song. He can still be heard randomly singing them throughout the day.
Plus, I got him to wear a non-dinosaur shirt and jeans! That alone is practically a miracle these days.
I was in charge of Macey's class party and had a blast planning and running it. Macey's favorite part was Holly's station where they decorated sugar cones to look like Christmas Trees.
Another highlight was the snow we got the day before we left for Washington. I was planning on laying on the couch while they used up all their energy out there, but when Miles asked us to come play, we just couldn't resist.
This month I also singed the kids up for classes at The Little Gym. With the air quality being so bad, I haven't been letting them outside much. As a result they were tearing the house to shreds. I'm hoping this will help get out some of that excess energy.
I'm always sad when December is over, but I'm hoping January won't be so bad this year or at least move by quickly.
But with these 3, I'm not too concerned about getting bored.