February

Mar 25, 2020
We started the month with this girl's birthday.



13.  13!?!



Weird to have a teenager and I might of shed a few tears that night when I went to bed.  



This year was a much more mellow birthday than last year (Crew's arm) and we were happy we were actually all there to have cake this year.  


Macey is everyone's favorite.  And most days I don't know how I got so lucky to get her.  

She is a lover of Harry Potter and Survivor and can't wait to apply for Survivor when she turns 18.  She loves school and her friends and I still haven't heard her say anything mean about anyone ever.  She's our favorite babysitter and cookie maker.  

She even planned to pay for her own birthday party at The Space Center.  But, she ended up letting us pay instead. :)  

She has made some amazing friends this year and I hope she stays close to them through the craziness that is Jr. High.  


And The Space Center was just amazing.  Paul and I dropped them off and came back 2 1/2 hours later to pick them up.  Heaven.

Their mission was Invasion.  and it was hilarious watching them on the video cameras getting attacked by aliens and trying to save another planet.  Lots of screaming and laughing.   They all have big plans to pool their money and do the 6 hour mission this summer.  
Macey and Miles are still the best of friends and get super wild together.  And we still call her The Miles Whisperer. 



The boys finished their basketball seasons and Crew scored his first basket!! I didn't get a picture of course, but it was adorable.  

There is still constant basketball being played out front. 


Always makes my mom heart happy to see Miles and Crew find something that they actually both like!  


We took the kids to their last BYU game of the season, since there was no way we were risking this sort of attitude at the Gonzaga game. 



Then we ended our BYU basketball season in the best way possible, by beating Gonzaga.  



Best home game since the Jimmer Era.  Can't wait for next season.  


- Lots of Valentines Day Excitement.  






- We enjoyed lots of time with the sun streaming in through the windows, but it was still too cold to go outside to play for too long.  
 

And then it hit 50 degrees and the kids thought it was summer and requesting we turn the sprinkler on.  









- The snow of course came back and since Paul works insane hours in February, it was up to Ruby and I to shovel our massive driveway. 


- Luckily, I also got to do my favorite winter activity to help me stay sane.  Hiking.  



and julianne and I even had to pull out our snowshoes for the first time this season.  It took us a very long time to get them on without our husbands help, but we did it!!



- House updates

new chairs.


And sunglass storage art.  Love things that are useful and make me happy.  


- the kids had a random day off of school, so we went to Costco together, just like old times.  Made me almost miss the days when my cart was full of little kids and i couldn't order my own hotdog because I was too busy trying to corral kids.  Now it's only slight chaos.  


- I feel like February was constant kids and it made me very excited for warmer weather so all social gatherings can take place outside.  

- Fang update.  Everyone is still obsessed.  




Biggest excitement of the month:  Classic Skate Night.

I never go.  Paul's been so busy working, it was cold out, the kids convinced me we should go.  It was a moment of weakness.  

Ruby had the time of her life with her gang of kindergartner friends.  Crew had a pretty great time.  Miles got dog pilled on in the bounce house area 5 min after we got there.  

He came running to me saying he thought he broke his arm.  In my classic Kelsey response I said, "looks good.  Go get some ice and then go back to play when it feels better".  10 min later he was back jumping with his friends.  Then he came back, we iced it for a few more minutes, I had all my friends look at it who agreed with me and I sent him to the roller rink.  This went on for about an hour until he finally said it hurt too much. 

 So, I rounded up the kids in the complete chaos of school skate night (I had no Paul or Macey to help me) and got them loaded in the car to go home after lots of tears, a kindergartner peeing her pants, and a kid that couldn't walk because their arm hurt too much.  



Broken. I couldn't even believe it.  I then had to text all my friends I was with the night before to tell them I was wrong, once again, and it really was broken.  



Miles in a cast went about as good as you probably think it did, which means horrible.  

Life did get better when the hard cast got on though. He could at least run wild and didn't have to wear the sling anymore.  



It doesn't look like it, but really having Miles in a cast has been a challenge.  He wakes up already reaching his sensory limit and then just yells and stomps around for most of the day.  Thank goodness for some sunshine days.  

I thought February was a tough month for me, little did I know what March had in store. 



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February...aka winter is almost over

Mar 2, 2017
We got a taste of spring in February and let me tell you, it was just what I needed to keep going. 


anytime it is above 45 out we have been trying to walk everywhere.  We've walked to Menchies, the library, parks, pet store, pokemon hunting, target (of course) and Corner Bakery.  



Only in utah. :)  

and Macey and I finally found her fence post!

Since the park was pretty empty, due to the snow on the ground, Paul and I actually got to try out some of the cooler features.  



I feel like I have finally made it to the good park ages!  Emily reminded me of how I used to hate the park, between Miles' ages of 1-5, and pretty much could not do the park without an extra adult (holly) with me.

It was a good reminder that Miles has gotten easier, although he still tends to be the most challenging of the 4.  Crewby combined is much easier than having a toddler Miles. And oh my goodness, I am glad I have forgotten how hard life was for me 3 years ago. :)    


Speaking of Miles, we bit the bullet and buzzed his head.  Something I said i would never do as a parent!!  


I was brought to this very hard decision due to his inability to get a haircut without wrestling, screaming, crying, and flinging himself on the ground.  So, we did it in the privacy of our own home instead.


Still sucked, but it was nice to not have other moms looking at me wondering what is wrong with my child and having the other 3 running free in a hair salon. 

At least we are good to go for awhile.  



Ruby also enjoys keeping me on my toes and likes to remind me that I am never in control, even if Miles is at school. :) 


This would be her room most days post-naptime.  Luckily, she is good at cleaning too.  


She is obsessed with makeup and can sense when I leave my bathroom door unlocked.  


Here she used my eyeshadow to fill her brows in.  


But, then she's just as cute as can be, so I keep her around. 





Love these best little friends.


On the days crew does not have preschool Crew announces to Ruby, "Ruby, I don't have school today! Aren't you so happy I get to stay home with you?" to which Ruby replies, "Crew-Crew, you my best friend".  



The kids have been playing with the neighbors any chance they get and Ruby was so happy to be back on her scooter.  One sunny day I counted 25 kids playing out front!  It's kid heaven around here.  

And when the snow is melted, the backyard once again becomes my favorite room of the house. 



February is always the month when I finally have a slight motivation to exercise more, eat more veggies, and pretty much start being less of a lazy bum.  Sunshine is good for the soul. 


Can't forget Valentine's Day!  

Paul and I put Ruby to bed, put a movie on for the other 3 and walked over to The Chocolate for some candle lit dessert.  Love having a fairly competent built in babysitter for quick trips out of the house.  



As always, I got to plan Macey's class party. I don't quite know what to do with the older kids. So, I made this minute-to-win-it game board and it was luckily a hit with the 4th graders.  






To get a real glimpse into my life, I needed to share this blurry picture.  

This would be me trying to get ready for the day while being attacked by some crazed super hero gone bad.  There's a reason I skip eyeliner and mascara most days.  There was also a zombie out of the shot, yelling "brains! brains!" and also attacking me.  

side note: favorite thing about Crew right now, every night he comes upstairs for extra kisses and then after I have given him about the 20th one, he looks at me and says, "ok, that's enough kisses for the night.  You can have more tomorrow." and then he heads back to bed. I about die every time. 

Other everyday happenings: 

Playdough.  I shared this pic on instagram because I feel like it represents their personalities perfectly.  Ruby screaming and throwing playdough, Miles growling and destroying his creations and Crew playing nicely making me a playdough pizza to eat. 

Jumping on mom and dad's bed. 


And a non everyday happening that needs to be documented. 

I was bathing Crewby, Macey was studying for knowledge bowl, so Miles was left to entertain himself (something he hates).  I would not allow electronics either.  I came upstairs to find this!  He had found this in my art cupboard and put it together all by himself.  Seriously, a miracle.  


and that about sums up the surface of February.  It much crazier and much more fun than it comes across on my blog. :)

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angie
I love this post! It's nice to get a taste of your life, makes me feel like we reached out and connected in a way. I seriously wish we lived closer! That park looks fun, but it also looks cold! I can see why you were the only family there. I love your posts on the sweet things your kids do, like Crew and Ruby being best friends when he's not at preschool. That's the best. And you got the challenges because you can not only handle them, but rock them. Seriously. You are such a rock star mom. You're doing so great!

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