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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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May madness

Jun 7, 2015
May flew by in a flurry of end of school activities, rain, more rain, sporadic sunshine, friends, and kids that won't stop growing. 

We had to hit up the rec center pool one rainy Saturday, before the outdoor pool became our pool of choice.  


Crew used to be so annoying to swim with, because he just had a death grip on you the entire time. But, thanks to 2 private lessons with our favorite swim teacher, he was swimming everywhere alone (in his floatie), leaving me free to hold Ruby.  Looks like he will get to come with us to the pool this summer afterall.  

Crew ruptured his ear drum later that week, and I tried to enjoy the cuddles and ignore the constant whining. :) 



We went to the Payson temple open house the next day.  


It was gorgeous and so cool to be able to take the kids inside.  Macey loved all the "diamonds" in the Celestial room and Miles' favorite was the baptismal font.  Paul and I got our workout in, by carrying Crew and Ruby up and down all the flights of stairs, as Crew was still sick, and could not be convinced to walk.  



I had a wonderful Mother's Day...I wasn't prego, sick, or recovering from just having a baby.  It was wonderful.  Miles kept giving me kisses and hugs all day and he even went up and sang with the primary for the first time ever!! 



Paul of course made my favorite meal.  It was a pretty great day.  


Ruby LOVES to empty all of the straws out of the drawer and then leave them all over the house for me to find.  Paul took advantage one morning and made a massive straw for the kids to drink with. It was pretty epic.  


When she's not making messes, Ruby can usually be found with a doll and/or weapon in her hand.  

She has also learned to climb this month and there are very few places safe from her anymore.  


Crew has also started bring me bugs instead of flowers, as we have had many a conversation about not picking our neighbors flowers! Never a dull moment around here.  

And here is a comparison so you can see what a giant Crew has become. These 2 are pretty much the same size and she is 2 years older than him. :)  



Between rain storms we ventured into Rock Canyon for a little hike.  

  

We didn't make it far, but the kids had a blast exploring, playing in the creek, and being rock climbers.  



Even Ruby had to get in on the climbing action.  

Macey had her much anticipated Up With Kids performance of "Frostbite".  


She played 2 different characters and had to memorize a good number of lines, songs, and dances.  She loved every minute of it.  


Macey has also become an avid reader. This is how she looks pretty much every night when we come to check on her before we go to bed...light on with books sprawled all around her.  



She is also OBSESSED with games and is always trying to find someone to play with her.  

We're still spending as much time as possible on our deck before it gets too hot, as it is the biggest room in our house.  We eat most meals out here and the kids can often be found playing all sorts of games.  


More proof I am feeling better...I went on 2 girls nights this month!!!!

We saw Pitch Perfect 2 and Princess Academy at BYU.  I had forgotten how much fun it can be to spend time with my friends without all our kids running around!


One of the highlights of the month for us though, was the Rensinks moving to Orem.  


Julianne and I ventured to Thanksgiving Point, the canyon, the mall, park, and much more.  




I love having someone close by that is always willing to go on adventures with me and can embrace the craziness.  


In the midst of all the madness Paul and I have only been able to go on one date.  


We are obviously going to have to be better in June.  








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nana
Is Crew's ear healed? That is a great Mother's Day photo so different from last years. I love your photo from last year though. Ruby is one busy girl I want to hang out with her! So fun that Brenden & Julianne live so close to you.

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Awesome April

May 7, 2015
I love spring in Utah, you never know what kind of weather you will get.  

It wouldn't be April in Utah without at least one snow storm and this April did not disappoint.  


Crew requested to go outside and fight the snow.  It made for a pretty entertaining morning.  

Mostly though, we've enjoyed perfect spring weather.  

Our deck pretty much adds another room to our house in the spring and I am grateful for the extra square footage to spread out in. 







We've had, what Paul considers, an ugly picnic table back there.  So, he decided to build the kids a new one.  


It is WAY cuter, he was right.  



We moved "the ugly" table to front, for the neighbor kids to enjoy and it's been a great addition out there.  


Speaking of out front, you should never venture there without a weapon on hand.  I often have to keep a sword on my back, as I never know when I will be attacked by zombies or mario kart drivers or children jumping out of bushes.  Luckily Ruby is so cute, no one ever wants to attack her.  





We are still enjoying our park days, but each time I get to sit on my blanket and chat less and less due to that stinkin' cute walking baby of mine.  







Maybe she will be park ready by fall, we shall see.  

Speaking of Ruby, she is into everything.  


She can sense a door that has been left open an inch, has learned how to open the wipes container and already knows which cupboards have broken child locks.


I currently still find it adorable and endearing...we will see how long that lasts.  But, really I like them better this way, life is much more interesting.  



Other highlights of the month include The Tulip Festival with good friends.


It's hard to beat perfect weather, room for crazy kids to run, and being surrounded by gorgeous flowers.  


- GiGi's visit





- Ruby's first day in nursery (I was subbing, she's not quite big enough yet). 


- And Macey and Miles are finally competent enough drivers on Mario Kart, that there is very little crying and screaming anymore!



I'd say it was a very successful April. 
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Holly
I want to come play Macey and Miles in Mario Kart. they would probably cream me.

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