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May 18, 2018
After Washington and Vegas, the main goal that first week was to get the house ready to list.  This meant lots of cleaning and keeping kids outside.   I also had a goal to enjoy our spring weather, before the hot temperatures arrived.  In other words, we were CRAZY busy.



First on the To-Do list was an Activity Days Recognition Night that Ashley and I were in charge of. 



We killed it.  And it felt amazing to have that behind me so I could focus on the stuff I really needed to do.  


Like take a walk by the river and throw lots of sticks in.  

And play at lots of different parks.  



And enjoy our favorite Shaved Ice stand, that opened within walking distance to our house!



Everyone was a bit stressed out after a crazy few weeks of house stuff and work stuff and kid stuff.  So, I made the executive decision that we needed "A Nature Fix", so we headed to the mountains instead of church. :) 


It was just what we needed. 


We took our time.  Explored the creek. 



Climbed trees and logs.  Made bridges. 

 Found secret trails.  Had a picnic. 
There was lots of "You Shall Not Pass!!" 

 And Ruby ended our hike in about the same manner she always does, covered in dirt. The true sign of a good time.  



I love seeing these kids in their element and watching what their curious minds come up with. 


I've been trying to do more adventuring with Ruby before we pick Crew up from kindergarten at noon.  

Love this weather and these friends.  

Macey finished up her Scera Youth Theatre class with her performance of The Phantom Toolbooth.  She was a demon and The Countess of Connotation.  


Then they had the SYT Review, where each class performed 2 of their songs.  She had a singing solo and a dance solo in this one. 




We also made sure to soak up lots of neighborhood time.  We will still get to hang out with all our friends here, since we aren't moving very far away.  But, it just won't be the same as having them all right out our front door.  








Plus, I will miss this tiny backyard too. 



Macey and Tajen spend lots of time using the Easy Bake Oven back here. 





Everyone is going to miss having Tajen around all the time.  


How cute are these 2?!?  It will be different living 4 blocks from him when we are all used to having his front door 30 feet from ours.  



And these best friends too.  You know it's a great Sunday when you get to share your seat with your BFF.  


tear.  Luckily I have 2 more weeks to soak it all in. 

Another highlight of the month was getting box seats at a Real Game.  Unlimited good food and good friends.  My favorite kind of evening. 



Now it's time to pack.  







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nana
You have been truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends & neighbors. They may not be right outside your front door but they are only around the corner and the kids are big enough now to be able to make this transition. I am sad to also not have all of these people outside your door when we come to visit.
Angie
I love the picture of Ruby between the front door and the screen door! LOL Your mom is right - your kids can bike back over now. That's a good perspective! You really did rock it with that backyard. You're like a HGTV star, how to make small spaces amazing.

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Washington

May 11, 2018
The kids and I got to fly to Washington for spring break.

I had not flown alone with these 4 since Ruby was one.  Let me say, it was a breeze compared to previous flights alone with these 4.  This getting older thing isn't always so bad.  

Having a Nintendo Switch didn't hurt either.  


The point of the trip was to hang out with cousins, grandparents, great grandmas and more cousins.  We accomplished all of the above.  



I don't think these kids fought at all, they were in heaven.  




Meeting our newest cousin, Baby Jack, was an obvious highlight. 


Pop-Pop saved Christopher's old powerwheel.  It was a huge hit. 




We went to Marine park to find crabs.






Always entertaining.  



There was always lots of screaming and excitement when a large rock got turned over and the crabs starting scurrying in all directions.  




Always in the search for a tree to climb.  



We got to celebrate Easter with everyone.  





You can't beat Grandma B.'s backyard for an Easter Egg Hunt.  





Touch Tank is always a must visit Bellingham location.



Lots of Northwest Parks.


Utah parks don't quite have views like this.  






Or quite so many trees. :) 


And of course walks on the trails around my parents house. 


It was good to be back home, I think it was my longest absence yet.  My soul needed a little pacific northwest.  


and a lot of family time too.  


Glad they don't mind when we invade their space with our chaos.  







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nana
We are so happy to have you invade your space with your chaos! Feel free to do it more often!! We had the best time having all of the grandkids together and they are so cute together, Nothing is better than family. Can't beat the water and the views either. Love you and thanks for bringing your kids to visit.

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more may

Jun 16, 2017
May was a whirl of fun and chaos.  

Macey finished up the last of her Scera Performances.  

She had her dance recital with The Emmie's 

And then her Showteam Showcase, where all the acting classes performed 2 of their pieces.



Sunny, but not hot weather, was perfect for hitting up a few of our favorite spots before school was out. 




We love this part of the Provo River Trail.  It is usually pretty empty and there's a bunch of cool places to stop and explore. 


We had so much fun, we decided to go after school the next week, so all the kids could enjoy it. 



Didn't take into account how much higher the river would be!! It was crazy stressful, but our scare tactics worked (we told the kids they would most likely die if they fell in...which was the truth), so they kept their distance.  
At least the outing ended on a peaceful note feeding the horses in the parking lot, a safe distance from the raging river.  

Thanksgiving Point Gardens

We missed the tulip festival this year, but I didn't mind too much.



There were still a lot of tulips in bloom and barely any people.  

  

Farm Country

It was crazy busy with preschool field trips, so after 30 min we walked up to get some icecream.

Crew was not pleased to walk one block and pretty much screamed and whined the whole way.  

Until we got to the little gardens where he told me, "mom, I forgot how beautiful it was here."  No more crying after that.  


BYU


campus is one of my happy places. 

And if I enter the Cougareat, I cannot leave without a hot loaf of bread with honey butter.  Takes me back. :)  



It's pretty much just constant friends and playing around here when the sun is out. 

lots of bug catching

bike riding





park playing. 
eating


And I've even been allowing children inside!  This is not normal for me, but it's gone fairly well.

We've even attempted a few art projects.



Slime




and bug drawing (for a bug club meeting)

And just random shenanigans with our best neighbors.



Sometimes though we hideout and have lazy mornings and pretend we don't hear the knocks on our door. 



And this would be a typical Saturday morning around here.  These 2 playing video games in their underware.  Living the dream.  


Speaking of underware...Ruby earned a trip to Chuck E. Cheese for being potty trained.


And we squeezed in our last few errands together before everyone was out of school.

She seems so sweet and content in the shopping cart here, but not 5 min. later she determined I was taking too long and started throwing items out of my cart, biting my hands, throwing her shoes.  It's always an exciting time with Ruby.  

I actually had a great mother's day this year.  Thanks to these 4 and Paul.  


Got my picture.  Got to read.  And got to eat good food that I didn't make. 


We invited ourselves on the Rensink's date to "Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies".  



So fun!!  Good music and good company.  But, it reminded me how much I hate mosh pits and I am grateful for the security guard that Julianne and I spent much of our time cowering behind. 

And we've been trying to adopt a fairly minimalistic lifestyle around here, but I cannot get this girl on board!


here's hoping we can get it figured out this summer.  
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MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES

Apr 5, 2017
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.

UTAH LAKE

While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.  



So, exploring we did.  


The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.


Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.  

It was kid heaven.  Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.  


And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot?   Well, mine do.  And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count. 

We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday. 

I foresee many more explorations taking place here.  




HANGTIME
 
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.


It was awesome.  Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out.  And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. 


YOGA WITH THE SHARKS

A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.


It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had.  We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards.  


DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING

Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.



It was amazing.  We got some sweet video.  We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :)  


SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.  

Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines.  Love me a good elementary program.  



We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:

BYU


FARM COUNTRY


THE POND


loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water. 

Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies. 


I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time.  

Fanny Packs are extremely useful.  I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket.   Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :)  

SOCCER

Spring soccer has started up again.  Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department.  But Miles hasn't minded one bit. 


ANTELOPE ISLAND




We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.  



We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.  


Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.  


There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in. 





Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids. 


It was a bit stressful for me though. :) 



And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie. 


Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.  



I'd say it was a very successful month around here.  




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nana
What fun times - I love reading about all of them. I really want to go to the mall and ride the animals. Shark Yoga is so cool but that sunburn is awful. Macey loves to perform and I wish I could hear her. Miles is doing so good at soccer and what a great group of hikers! I have never seen Ashley's husband before.

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February

Mar 3, 2016
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.  



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Nana and opa
Love seeing the kids doing xrays of each other. Maybe one will follow me in to the medical field!

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