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.
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.
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.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays, I think because it's so low key and involves some of my most favorite foods (ham, jello eggs, & chocolate). And not to mention new beginnings and the resurrection. :)
I planned to do a few Family Home Evenings on why we celebrate Easter, but my current state kind of got in the way. Luckily the church released this awesome video, which we watched and talked about multiple times.
Gina and I organized our annual Neighborhood Egg Hunt. I swear every year the kids multiply.
4 Years Ago
Crazy, isn't it! Luckily I don't mind the crazy crowds...most days.
And could these 2 be any cuter? They've pretty much been bff's since they were 2.
Crew was in heaven...he'd find an egg, eat the candy and then move on to the next one.
Pretty sure they ate all their candy before we came inside. Which is the way I like it.
I was tempted Easter Morning to make them wait until after church to find their baskets, since we had church at 9:00. But, I realized that'd be pretty lame, so instead I just set my alarm for 30 min earlier than normal. Totally worth it.
The favorite candy this year...little chocolate bunny. Apparently the Easter Bunny had never brought them before.
We even had a few minutes to spare before church and got a few pictures snapped.
Easter Dinner is probably my favorite holiday meal...but due to my nausea and tendency to puke, I had to keep it simple. Meaning store bought dessert, no deviled eggs, only 2 flavors of Jello eggs, and Company Potatoes instead of mashed. The short cuts worked and I was mostly able to enjoy it. Plus, eating on the deck maybe it even better.
The poor kids didn't even get to dye easter eggs this year, but did they even ask or care? Nope. Thank goodness, because the last thing I needed was to feel mom guilt. :)
I planned on taking it easy and just having the kids play outside for most of the break, while I laid on the couch or lounge chair. But, after 1 day of fighting, whining, constant snack wanting, and some sickness, I decided it'd be easier to survive if I kept them busy.
Macey's always sad that we do fun stuff while she's at school, so we let her dictate most of our activities for the week.
First it was a trip to the Dinosaur Museum. It'd probably been about a year since she'd been able to come with us.
I've been dying to take Miles to the Dinosaur Park in Ogden, but have been too much of a wimp to attempt it alone in my current state of constant sickness. So, we got Paul to take the day off work and go with us.
The boys wore their matching T-Rex shirts and were pretty adorable.
Miles and Crew couldn't contain their excitement when we first walked in. Crew spent his time screaming, growling, and pointing from the stroller. And Miles was practically impossible to keep up with as he ran from Dinosaur to Dinosaur.
Macey spent her time filling out her field guide and reading the facts to us. If Crew is still dino obsessed in year, I have a feeling we will be making another trip up there.
The weather was pretty perfect, so there was still lots of time spent outside at home.
For some reasons toys on the deck are way more entertaining than toys in their rooms. I don't mind it one bit. They spent many hours out there.
And there's nothing like sibling bonding over animal videos.
I had a lapse of judgement and took the kids to Farm Country. It was of course insane, but they didn't mind one bit. I on the other hand thought I might die in the scorching heat of 72.
We got Holly to come to the zoo with us, which was of course also crazy with spring break crowds. But, thanks to Holly we had a blast. If I had the kids there alone I might of ended up crying in a corner or going into labor. :)
Someday I might be able to get a picture with everyone looking. Until then, this will have to do.
One of my favorites part of the break though was when we were running errands at The Riverwoods and the kids spent over 30 min just dancing and performing on the stage there.
Love it when they are entertained by something so simple and love having no schedule!
I also got to spend many early hours with this kid. I have suffered from the worse pregnancy insomnia I've ever had and usually end up on the couch around 1:00 am.
Miles joins me in the morning before the others wake up and we get to spend time discussing our favorite animals, dinosaurs, and who would win when pitted against each other in a fight.
He also told me he's going to marry me when he grows up and live with me forever. Sounds good to me!
I've now tasted what summer is going to be like, and it's going to be hard to live our normal scheduled life until then.