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.
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.
For the 2nd year in a row we got away without any questions or requests for dying eggs, so we skipped it (again). Here's hoping we'll be able to get away with this for at least one more easter. :)
We had our annual neighborhood egg hunt. We seemed to have less kids this year and it was amazing.
The kids were so fast, I really didn't catch any action shots, but believe me it was fun watching them search frantically.
Love all these people.
The Easter Bunny hid the baskets pretty well this year, so we had to give some clues for Macey and Miles to find theirs.
Ruby didn't seem to mind that the Easter Bunny brought her yogurt drops instead of candy, but in the end she was able to snatch just enough candy from the big kids to satisfy her cravings.
We did our annual tripod easter family picture. And it went about as good as it always does.
I tried to get individual ones of each of the kids too, but M&M of course wouldn't cooperate.
So, here are the good kids of the morning:
Since we didn't have anyone coming over for dinner on Easter, we decided we should take advantage of the perfect weather and go on a hike.
We ventured to Big Cottonwood Canyon to hike to Donut Falls. The week before we had hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon and the trails had been perfect, so the thought of tons of snow did not cross our minds. Big Mistake. This hike ended our good hiking streak.
The first .75 miles were great and we were still in the dark as to what awaited ahead of us.
The snow slowly started showing up, but we still had high hopes that everything would be fine.
We put the kids on some snow free rocks to eat their snacks, while we ventured up a little bit to see how the trail looked.
We decided they could handle it and it would be fun. We were wrong.
We ignored Miles' screams and ventured up the snowy/icey path in our shorts and keens. There was lots of screaming, slipping, falling, crying, and laughing.
At one point while trying to get Macey and Miles up a particularly icy and steep part of the trail, I slipped and hit my head fairly hard. We went about another 500 feet after this before we saw sense and realized there was no way we were going to make it to donut falls on the ice with 4 little kids.
So, we sadly turned around and had to face the slippery slope back down.
At this point Miles was screaming and crying so much, I just picked him up and carried him to where the snow stopped to wait for Paul and the other 3 kids.
It's going to be awhile until I am recovered enough to go hiking with these 4 again.
Life lesson learned...Never go hiking on Easter.
Spring Break is over. We had fun. We stayed up late. We played hard. I am tired.
Spring Break is always a good practice run through for summer for me. You know, to see what I need to change to make sure our summer days run more smoothly. I learned I need a no TV/ipad rule until an entire list of things is done, I need to implement my ticket system again, and I actually need to force children and myself to do our chores so our house isn't in a constant state of disaster.
The weather kind of sucked for the most part, but it didn't stop us from playing hard.
I always have slight anxiety about going out to public places during spring break here, because the entire area had spring break at the same time and there are just a lot of kids in Utah and I don't like crowds.
We ventured to the Riverwoods the first day.
I felt like a boss, because I even got some shopping in at my favorite boutique with 4 children in tow and no one broke or stole anything and I didn't even have to yell at the boys.
As a reward for the 5 us, we all got blue bell icecream and french fries for lunch. And yes, I took my 4 kids to lunch in a public place alone, during actual lunch time. This is huge for me people.
On one of Miles' 3 bathroom trips
during our time at the Riverwoods, we spotted a ladybug. This made the hauling of children to the outside public bathroom much more worth it.
- We went to the Rec Center Pool with the Everetts.
My kids were in heaven with some of their favorite big kids to play with. And, the only tricky part for me was the locker room afterwards. It was much more difficult trying to keep them contained while everyone got dried and changed than I anticipated. I got a lot of sympathetic smiles during this 25 min ordeal. :)
- The highlight of the week was our slumber party with The Browns, they know how to have fun.
Michelle borrowed a bounce house for the basement and this proved to be very entertaining for all ages. Plus, it kept them from getting out every toy in the entire house.
We took them on a sweet walk to wear them out.
Had an egg hunt, baked and decorated cupcakes, made candy necklaces, did a treasure hunt, and watched a movie in the movie theatre room.
We even ventured out in public to the Bean Museum (where we had to stalk people for parking spaces) and then took all kids to Wendy's for dinner.
Crew and Liam cracked me up with their random conversations and antics. Ruby and Lottie finally got to have some real play time and I loved watching them crawl all over each other. And the girls kept reminiscing about going to St. George, you know, when the boys weren't there to bug them. :) Miles even had a blast, even though he kept complaining about doing too many girl things and having to sleep in a pink bed.
- We also got to go to the Zoo with some more friends. Miles was very happy that these friends were boys, as he'd had his fill of girls for the week. :)
There's a new baby orangoutang there that I could of watched all day, if it wasn't for boys that kept wandering off.
- For the first time since living here an icecream truck came into our parking lot!
I was in the basement doing laundry when I heard Miles outside screaming. I ran out to see what was going on, to find him running in circles screaming "ice cream, ice cream!" When that amount of enthusiasm is showed, there is no way I could turn ice cream down.
- To end spring break, we finally got some nicer weather to enjoy over the weekend with Paul.
Only 46 more days until Summer Vacation!!!!
March once again proved to be up there with my favorite months in Utah, even with such a mild winter, there is just something about spring.
There were of course many afternoons spent at Thanksgiving Point.
Seeing all the baby animals at Farm Country is always a highlight of our spring.
Since Paul works late every Tuesday and Thursday night, Holly and I hauled the 4 of them there as soon as Macey was out of school.
Late afternoons always have way less people, which means I can keep my sanity for much longer than when we visit during the day. We even had the zipline to ourselves for a few min...it was a miracle.
The favorite activity of this trip, besides the always popular jungle area, was the movie making station.
As planned, we wore them out and all 4 kids were sound asleep by 7:30.
- This month I have forced the kids to spend countless hours outside.
Sometimes though, they really just want to play the ipad. :)
Luckily, they are usually able to find ways to entertain themselves or friends to play with.
With all the kids coming out of their winter hiding, Pokemon Card trading is back in full force and Miles could not be happier about that fact.
Ruby has been doing lots of walking practice out front with her Mickey Car. She even completed her first lap a few weeks ago.
She is still stuck inside more than she would like, though.
- The deck has also gained back it's popularity. There have been many meals eaten out there and the deck dance parties are back.
and one day, I even had enough patience to let them paint back there! It's crazy what the sun can do to you. :)
- We are currently in a good park phase, as I am no longer completely terrified of Crew falling off of everything and Ruby is still content to crawl around on the blanket eating leaves.
As such, I've been trying to take the boys as much as possible, before we enter back into the dreaded toddler park stage... Where I can no longer sit on my blanket and chat with my friends.
- We even hooked up the bike trailer and took Ruby for her first cruise around the neighborhood, she was obviously impressed.
- Macey has been busy in 2nd grade. She's been plowing through the chapter books and loves sharing all she's been learning at school with anyone who will listen.
She wrote a report and made a diorama for the 2nd grade animal fair. I learned all sorts of new and interesting facts about Giraffes. For example, giraffes can run faster than a race horse, but only for a short distance or a baby knows who it's mom is by her spots.
She just seems to have grown up a lot this year and it's exciting and sad at the same time.
She won a respect award at school and is even learning how to put her lipgloss on with the boys running chaotically around her.
- A highlight of the month for me was gong to see Cinderella with some of our friends. Macey and I both pretty much loved everything about it.
- She has also developed a true love of legos this month and tries to sneak upstairs as often as she can to work in peace.
- I love this picture...notice the difference in the way their Pokemon Cards are organized. :)
- Crew and Miles are also becoming friends!!!!!!
While they still spend most of their days screaming at one another, there are moments when their friendship shows through. Like how Miles is always talking Crew into doing naughty things or when they sword fight together outside or play pirates in their bunk beds. There is hope for these 2 yet.
- Crew is constantly making me laugh or want to pull out my hair, there isn't much middle ground with this kid.
Here he is with one of his best friends Liam, never a dull moment.
- Miles is starting to figure out how I work and is now constantly trying to bribe me with Dr. Pepper. For example in this picture he is promising to get me a Dr. Pepper if I will download a new game on the ipad for him.
- Paul also had a birthday. The kids made amazing decorations and I actually got him a present this year, so it was a vast improvement from his last birthday.
And that completes the novel for March.