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.
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.
January proved to not be as dreary as I anticipated. With 2 trips to break it up and more sunshine than normal, we ended up surviving quite well.
Ruby got her first underdog from Miles and seemed to enjoy it.
Due to the lack of snow this month, the boys have taken to playing in the lovely snow piles in the parking lot.
Due to a variety of factors, sunshine included, I have finally begun to come out of my funk. As a result I've been trying to play with Crew more while Miles is at preschool. You know, instead of sticking him in front of the TV or banning him to the basement the entire
time so I can get things done in peace.
It's been pretty hilarious and I have discovered he's a whiz at puzzles and dominos.
And instead of doing all fun things while Crew is napping, we've decided it's time to include him from time to time, when my sanity can take it.
Like every month, we made multiple trips to Thanksgiving Point.
Every time we go to Museum of Natural Curiosity we discover something new. This time it was a tunnel between 2 exhibits and Ruby's new love of the water table.
We even pulled Guitar Hero out of retirement for a few evenings.
Ruby continues to be the most content and easy baby, and often the only reason I survive most days.
She loves to crawl around exploring, while keeping an eye out for any cereal or shoes that have been left laying around.
Ruby has yet to meet a baby food she doesn't like.
She also has the best frown!
Crew has taken to reading her books and it is quite entertaining to watch.
She also loves to spend time with her fellow baby friends and thus far has been a very gracious host.
Yes, I am slightly obsessed with this chunky curious girl.
Miles though is obsessed with these Who Would Win books. He was thrilled beyond belief to finally find a captive audience in Tajen and that I actually allowed him to take them outside.
Macey and Kaylin had their first facetime chat and it was hilarious. I can't wait for them to have more.
Macey also had her baptism photo shoot. tear.
She was hilarious the entire time, cracking Holly and I up with her comments and observations. It's become less rare to see the true Macey when other people are around and this was one of those moments where she was her true self and we loved it.
In total randomness we found these amazing magnets at Target and could not pass them up.
To celebrate surviving January well, we took the kids to dinner in public! It did not prove to be a total disaster, so I will count that as a success.
The best thing about this month was the sun started shinning! If the sun was out, so were we.
I also fell in love, again, with our tiny backyard. If it isn't raining or snowing Crew is happily playing basketball or just making a mess back there. I love knowing he can't get into any real trouble and I can actually get things done without having to watch him.
I finally got to go for walks. The gym and I haven't liked each other very much lately, so it was a nice change. I was even nice one day and walked to the park with a friend to let the kids play. No jackets required.
Crew is still trying to remember how to properly enter and exit the cars, though. It was a long winter.
Shockingly, my desire to move has greatly lessened. :)
Holly and I even took a break from our normal Friday Dinosaur Museum outing and took the boys to Farm Country. Everyone was happy for the change. Plus, Crew greatly increased his vocabulary after our visit. He now says horse, cow, moo, and neigh.
Miles has been really good at making sure we do his Talking Time (his speech preschool) homework. He really has improved so much and said the "k" sound for the first time
last week. His speech teacher was screaming and hugging him and I had to work very hard to hold the tears back. He is so proud of himself too and has been showing off his new found skill to everyone.
We took a quick trip to Vegas to meet up with the Bartlett's. I was dying to meet Maybelle and she lived up to her pictures...cutest and best baby around.
We enjoyed the sun and the company. Although, I always question why in the world I want to travel with 3 crazy kids during the trip, but, afterwards, no regrets. :)
We took the kids to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. It's the only predatory based aquarium, so naturally Miles was in heaven. It was the highlight of the trip for everyone. *Not pictured, we met up with our old college friends Rich and Jeanine. So fun to catch up after 10 years.
We finally took the kids to Classic Skating for Maceys school's family night. I loved watching Macey hang out with all her friends, first graders are just too cute.
Holly and I did Macey's Class Valentine Party. Planning these parties has been one of my favorite things about this year.
This kid got a haircut. They cut off way more than I told them too, but I love it and have no fear about it growing back curly and crazy.
We still think Crew is the cutest kid around, even when he is constantly getting into trouble. Nothing is safe anymore.
Crew is also working on becoming Paul's favorite child. He is the only one that likes hamburgers, he's obsessed with basketball, and video games. Crew can often be found turning on the espn app on the apple tv and then sitting back and watching a little basketball. I always know when he's done this because I hear him screaming "ball! ball! ball!".
This month's goal was getting my books out of boxes and finding homes for them all. Goal accomplished, although I still haven't figured out what to do with them in the boy's room.
We went to our last BYU homegame of the season. While I will miss the games, I am looking forward to doing something else with my Saturday nights. Pregnancy Update:
This time last pregnancy I was on bedrest and had been to the hospital about a dozen times already. This time everything is looking great, what a difference it makes!
I am still nauseous and throwing up, but am able to accomplish what needs to get done, nothing extra though. :)
Besides, cleaning bathrooms beats bedrest most days.
And the crockpot usually ends up in the garage by the end of the day.
I'm still struggling with the no Dr. Pepper
thing. And the fact that my throat is still
bleeding just as much as it was before, hasn't helped. We will see if I can keep it up. My throat really won't get a chance to heal until this is all over anyways and some days are just hard.
Other proof I am feeling slightly better...Michelle and I took our kids out in public. Usually on our playdates, I lay on the couch while the kids run around crazy.
There was only one mishap, where Crew ran behind the counter to see what the workers were doing. Other than that, they were perfect angels.
Here's hoping for one more snow and then lots of sunshine in March!