Some of December
We had grandparents at our house for 17 of the 31
days this month, talk about lucky kids. This also meant Macey, Miles, and Crew shared a room for 17 days this month...this equaled some very tired children as they get a little crazy when there's 3 of them in there.
My parents visit was go, go, go. baptism, dance recital, Macey's winter showcase, ninja class, and so much more. Ruby's Recital
Ruby was tired and a bit sick on the day of her recital. She screamed the entire time we got ready and then for the 30 min before her show started. Luckily her teacher came and grabbed her from me about 10 min to curtain call, Ruby went right to her and then she let Traci put her costume pieces on in their waiting room. It was a Christmas miracle.
And so worth it, because it was about the cutest 3 year old dance recital I have ever seen.
Ruby loved taking dance with 2 of her (and my) best friends and Miss Jenn was worshiped by these 3 little girls. Can't wait for dance to start again next week. And I was so glad my parents actually got to see it, these are the things they usually have to miss. Macey's Winter Showcase
I am so glad we found the Scera musical theatre class. This girl loves to perform and I love how organized and amazing all the staff is.
We of course squeezed in lots of game time, a visit to the children's museum, a walk to see the lights at City Center, Christmas Movies, and a drive through World of Color.
these 4 spent most of their time at the magic shop learning all sorts of magic tricks and secrets. Love it when it's empty.
We also took Nana to Nickel City to celebrate her birthday, since we missed her party.
In between visits we -
Saw Star Wars the day before it opened, Paul always knows the right people.
Went to lots of BYU games.
Domo Christmas Party. Best one yet. Meaning it was the shortest one yet.
Crew got student of the month.
I seriously die over this kids cuteness every day.
Macey is in full blown tween mode.
And yes, that is my choker from the early 2000's and my old ugly sweater t-shirt she is wearing.
Ruby has a new thing where she puts every toy she owns in her bed at night and then somehow finds a place to sleep in there.
Then we got to do Kindergarten and 5th grade Christmas Parties.
I think Macey's class party was one of my best yet, not to brag. :)
And then it was onto more Christmas Breaking and hanging out with Nana and Opa.
We soaked up as much of the Decemberness as we could.
Even cleaning was more fun in December, due to Macey singing and dancing for me.
Getting out the Christmas books is always exciting too and it is insane how many I have collected.
I got to take the Activity Day girls from church to the Norman Rockwell exhibit at BYU. It was very cool.
We've been enjoying having 4 tickets to the BYU basketball games this season.
We did our typical visit to the Riverwoods and to see Santa.
And while this girl didn't love Santa, she does love the snow.
And I love it when she's all dressed up in Macey's old clothes.
The highlight of the month though was Nana and Pop-Pop's visit.
We were non stop busy.
Ruby was quite taken with both of them. And pretty much wanted nothing to do with Paul and I the entire time.
There were about a million games of "Go Fish" played.
We had the christmas sing at school and they got to help me in both Macey and Miles' class parties too.
We of course decorated sugar cookies.
Opened Christmas presents.
We took a ride to the North Pole.
Macey and Miles were in complete heaven. Singing songs, playing games. visiting with the "elfs", and of course getting to talk with Santa.
Ruby proved to be a complete pain most of the ride, but it was worth seeing the other 3 have so much fun.
We had plans to snowshoe, but decided to sled instead, as it seemed much less trouble. :)
It was the right choice.
Ruby pretty much wandered around in the snow the entire time and was as happy as could be to have complete freedom.
Pop-Pop and Paul made us a jump.
It was a pretty perfect afternoon.
A winter Weekend
My parents came into town for the weekend of Macey's baptism. They just came for 3 days, since they already had a trip to Mexico planned, so we made sure to cram the fun in.
We lucked out with the weather and finally got some snow, well, in the mountains at least.
We took them Snow Shoeing on the Timp trail.
It was well worth the ordeal of hauling everyone up there and getting all the kids snow stuff on.
I just love snow on the trees and the peaceful feeling that comes with it.
The kids were in snow heaven, and poor little Crew though just whined about having to be in the backpack carrier. I think it's time we get him his own snow shoes.
I think we have converted Nana and Pop-Pop to one of our favorite winter activities.
We of course had to take lots of time to stop and play in the snow, since we really hadn't seen any since Christmas.
We were just sad we didn't think to bring some sleds.
To continue with the snow fun, we went tubing at Solider Hollow the next afternoon.
Crew was kind of my favorite part about the whole afternoon.
He didn't stop smiling or laughing. Really glad I lied and said he was 3, so he could come with us. :)
Miles and Crew were the luckiest though, because they never even had to get out of their tubes. Between Paul, Pop-Pop, and I, we just pulled them from the bottom of the hill to the rope tow, to the top of hill, repeat a million times.
It snowed on us the entire time, so everyone ended up completely soaked through.
Luckily, everyone was able to hold it together until our last run down the hill. I think the entire mountain could hear Miles' screaming.
It was a combo scream of not wanting to be done and being freezing cold. We sent him down with Nana and Pop-Pop for that run. :)
Not wanting to kill the old people though before their Mexico trip, we made sure to just hang around the house too.
There was lots of book reading, game playing, and movie watching going on.
It was a pretty great weekend!
For the first time in 18 months I am finally
starting to feel like myself and am coming out of the depression and anxiety that has been my constant companion for the last year.
As a result, February has been pretty great. Even with me getting bronchitis and a sinus infection and Macey and Ruby getting the strep virus. :)
Like most of the west, we've been having a mild winter. While we desperately miss our normal snow fall, we are not going to sit inside and pout when there is sunshine to be enjoyed.
Ruby has been tasting/eating lots of dirt, leaves and grass. I tell myself it's good for her, right? :)
Elsa is rarely left out when the kids venture over to the park. I hear she likes the swings and slide the best.
The neighborhood kids are obsessed with playing cops and robbers and ghosts in the graveyard. There is always lots of shooting, sword fighting, and wrestling going on. Even though it is a tad violent, I'm just glad they've found a game to play where everyone is welcome and included.
With my sometimes limited watching of the boys while outside, they've of course been getting into trouble too. This time Miles decided to smash an entire bag of chocolate hearts all over a neighbor's porch. Good thing I heard kids yelling at him, so I went out to investigate. 30 min of scrubbing later, he had most of the chocolate removed.
I love it when I can convince the boys to take a scooter ride around the neighborhood.
Notice how Paul is riding Macey's bike? She was throwing some sort of fit (a common occurrence) and refused to ride. So, Paul hopped on while she slowly sulked the rest of the way home.
Poor Ruby spends lots of time looking out the screen door and window, as she's stuck inside with me while I try to get as much done as I possibly can while the boys are occupied.
Crew has replaced Macey as my constant talker and is always cracking me up.
He has even found a better way to converse with me while I'm preparing food. He pulls the chair over to "order up" and stands on it, so he's in my direct vision while I chop and mix. It's hilarious and exhausting at the same time.
He (we) have decided he is done with naps, so every once in awhile he'll stop to cuddle with me and even fall asleep for a few min. I obviously love it.
Even though the kid never climbed out of his crib, crazy I know! We made the switch to the bottom bunk and he is in heaven.
Like all 2 year olds, he loves to make messes for me and pushes his boundaries as much as possible.
He's also obsessed with taking pictures with my phone and every once in awhile I get a picture that isn't of his forehead or my legs.
Like every month, we've made about a million visits to Thanksgiving Point.
And I just had to document the row of Mini Vans at Farm Country...only in Utah.
We also took the kids to Gameworks in SLC for the first time, it was a blast.
Miles has been slightly more manageable this month, then a normal February, due to the fact that he's been able to run around outside most days.
I registered him for kindergarten and kind of freaked out about it. but, like I was reminded, he still has 6 months of growing to do before he enters public school and I pray there's a lot of growth and self control learned in that time. :)
He even earned a trip to one of his favorite places, the pet store, to check out the snakes.
Miles is still the best at watching and playing with Ruby.
But, Macey has taken a sudden interest in her and I have hope that she will be able to help me chase her around this summer.
And she loves to match her, so I of course have to oblige.
Ruby is at such a content age right now, where she's just happy to be left free to crawl around and get into things as she desires.
Being the youngest of 4 though, she has also learned very quickly how to defend herself. Be it with a sword, hands, mouth, or feet.
I have learned that Macey thrives with one on one time.
She gets to stay up an hour later than the other 3 and this is where I usually enjoy her the most. This night she was telling me how when she grows up she is going to live next door to me, so I won't miss her too much and then I'll have her babies to cuddle. Sounds absolutely perfect to me.
Michelle and I took our girls to see Pinkalicious at the Scera Theater. It was random and funny, the girls loved it, but I think I laughed the most.
Another way I cope with the craziness that is my 4 kids, is consistent nights out with Paul.
We had our last BYU basketball home game of the season though, so now we will have to think of something else to do with our babysitter time.
Paul also surprised me with VIP tickets to one of my favorite bands, Motion City Soundtrack.
One of the best nights I've had in a long time.
I loved getting to meet and talk with them, along with hearing a private acoustic set, that we got to enjoy with just the 10 other VIPs.
Just what I needed to feel more like my old self again.
So, yay for me learning that it's ok to have bad days and for trying to find the good moments, no matter how small they may seem at the time. And for learning to listen to Elsa's advice and to just "let it go".
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.