It was a typical Thanksgiving around here. Good food, good friends, turkey bingo, and a few random "thanksgiving orphans" who joined us for the festivities.
I started the day though, in a way I NEVER thought I would. By running a 4 mile race?!?
Traci and I decided we needed a goal to work towards and to get us through running on those rainy cold mornings. So, Earn Your Turkey race it was.
Ruby and I waiting for Traci at the trailhead one rainy morning
. We rewarded ourselves with breakfast at kneaders the first time we ran 3 miles!
Turned out to be surprisingly fun and not freezing.
I think it was about 27 degrees out when we headed to the race at 7:45 am.
Paul even hauled all the kids to see me cross the finish line. That might have actually been harder than running 4 mies.
It actually was a great start to the day. Then it was straight home to get the turkey in the oven.
I felt very little stress this year getting everything prepped. I think it was partly due to my morning run and that this is about the 10th time I've hosted Thanksgiving, but mostly it was because Ruby was locked in her room playing and then she actually took a nap. :)
We were too busy eating food to get a group shot with everyone, but luckily Paul remembered after Turkey Bingo. So, you get the idea.
My Thanksgiving Highlights
- Katie's homemade rolls
- 1:1 person to pie ratio
- That Nic appreciated his fabulous prize of New Kids on the Block trading cards
- Our new oven came in time
I think one of Paul's highlights was the amazing leftovers he got to enjoy.
Every year we get 3 days off in October and I usually go a bit crazy with our adventures. So, I tried to pace myself this year and just had one fun thing planned each day. Worked like a dream.Day One:
Made the kids do chores (insert screaming, whining, kicking) and then when they were done I braved the crowds and headed to a pumpkin patch.
I rarely make public appearances during fall break, as most of the state has the same days off and I don't enjoy large crowds. But, I was feeling brave and the weather was perfection.
No one got lost, the kids listened, no whining, and only one incident with our wheelbarrow falling over and our pumpkins rolling all over the parking lot when I was trying to load Crewby in the car.
I'd say it was a very successful trip. And yes, I was finding corn in the house for days, especially in the washing machine. Day Two:
Scarecrow Festival and Michelle's house (where she worked on my halloween costumes)
I was actually very impressed with the Scarecrow festival and we will be back next year for sure. Macey and Libby were the photographers and took pictures of EVERY SINGLE Scarecrow, so we could then vote for our favorite one.
Macey's favorite: Harry Potter
Crew's Favorite: Jack Skeleton
Miles' Favorite: All of them
Ruby's Favorite: Elsa.
The boys like pretending to be scarecrows.
We walked through the "I am the Light of the World" exhibit. it was very cool and of course only something you would find in Utah County. Crew broke out singing "Gethsemane"
when we found a sculpture of Christ praying in the garden. :)
At the end was the scared grove
and yes, Miles instantly ran to Joseph Smith and started hugging him.
Putting Michelle to work making a peter pan collar for my costume. Day Three:
Bowling at BYU with the Rensinks & getting our fridge delivered (we didn't have a fridge for 10 days. We lost all our food. it was very annoying and I am so grateful for modern day appliances.)
We had the bowling alley to ourselves. Boys on one lane and girls on the other. It was great. And Ruby impressed us all with her ability to pick up the ball with no help and put it up on the ramp thing. This girl is tough stuff.
It was great having the kids home for a few extra days, but I can't say I was sad to send them back. :)
We got a little bit of everything in April. Rain, snow, and sunshine. No complaints from me, I love a little variety. Which means we also got to do and go on all sorts of adventures.
After we went to Bryce with my parents, we mostly just hung out around the house, went shopping, and put Pop-Pop to work on little projects.
It was perfection.
We stayed home for spring break
this year, while most of our friends went out of town.
Miles had a tearful goodbye with Peter at the park the Friday before break started. He didn't know if he would survive the entire week without his bff.
Luckily, he did. :)
We started off the break by taking a day trip out to Antelope Island
It has become one of our favorite places.
One of their favorite things to do is climb around on rocks, so Buffalo Point is pretty much heaven to them.
And for the first time we actually ventured into the Great Salt Lake.
It did not disappoint. Macey, Crew, and Ruby could of stayed for hours.
Miles, on the other hand, did not like the salt getting in all his cuts and scratches and spent a good amount of time crying and complaining.
Once he settled down though, he had fun playing in the sand. Crew informed us that he likes "the beach with houses better". aka texas. :)
Once everyone dried off, we were all covered in white...there is a lot of salt in that lake!
The only other place we ventured was City Creek
, so I could do a little shopping at Anthropologie and Sephora.
Why, I did that when I had to have all these kids in tow is beyond me? But, it turned out to be a success. And you really can't beat the view at City Creek.
The rest of the time was spend hanging out at home.
We've been reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up", so I did a lot of decluttering and organizing while the kids kept themselves busy.
It's always nice to have Macey around to help keep them entertained.
Plus, she is the best train track builder around.
We released Macey's butterflies.
Watching these butterflies go through their life cycle was awesome. The kids were sad to say goodbye to Late Larry (we released him 2 days after the others), Miles Junior, and the other 3 butterflies, whose names I can't remember. :)
Crew was a bit upset one morning, because even though it was spring break, I still wouldn't let him have popsicles for breakfast.
And what's spring break without hanging out with our favorite neighbors.
Love these people.
So, even though it was a bit lonely without some of our bff's in town, I know it was a successful spring break because every night the kids feet were black. Always the sign of a good day.
This month the kids started to remember that they actually do like hiking
There's always tears and whining when we load up them up to go, but usually the moment we are in the mountains they are just happy to be free.
And they actually get along and help each other!
We even took the Everett's up one weekend to make S'mores.
The kids loved showing them some of their favorite spots.
Can't beat hiking with your best friend.
And this rare moment was also captured. These mountains have been good to us this spring.
We also took the kids kicking and screaming to the tulip festival.
Like always, Paul and I were right, and they ended up having a great time.
In the spring there never seems to be a shortage of kids
Makes the afternoons pass much more quickly when there's friends to keep you entertained.
We also got the pleasure of going to the Temple with 2 of our favorite people.
Holly at the Payson Temple.
Trina at the Draper Temple.
And Jenni and I got to throw a very fun filled bridal shower for Trina.
To end the month Macey had her long awaited Musical, Aladdin: A Tale Told Inside Out.
She played Magic Carpet. She had a few lines, acted in many scenes, got to sing at the microphone and danced in 4 or 5 dances. She LOVED it.
Although the weight of her costume pulling on her neck got to her by the end of the 2nd performance. Hence the face. :)
Love this family of mine and all the adventures we get to share.
The highlight of Thanksgiving Break this year was getting to see The Bartletts.We went on an epic sledding adventure.
First, we had to get all the kids and sleds up and over these rocks.
then, we had to make our way across a thin icy trail, that ran along of the edge of a reservoir.
We finally made it to our destination with everyone still alive and uninjured.
Don't really know if it was all worth it, but it was a sledding experience to remember. We showed them the ropes at The Children's Museum. Hung out at Michelle's. And ventured out to eat dinner in public with all 7 kids.
Never a dull moment.
We had a perfect low key Thanksgiving across the grass at our neighbors. We had great food, good company, and I loved being able to run home to grab anything I needed.
We also hosted a 2nd Thanksgiving, so Paul could eat more of all the Thanksgiving foods he loves.
Then we decided to take the kids snowshoeing.
Don't let these pictures fool you...
It did not go well.
Crew eventually refused to move from this spot.
Once we finally got all the cold and crying children loaded up, we discovered there was a tanker blocking all lanes of traffic and we could not get home through Provo Canyon.
Luckily we found an amazing kolache shop and got to do some shopping in Park City, before heading home through Salt Lake.
All in all it ended up being a pretty good day.
I also did some Thanksgiving night shopping with some of my favorite ladies and of course could not pass up this leopard print vest. Now, I just need to find it in my size.
It was a very successful Thanksgiving Break.
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.