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.
Paul won a weekend getaway to Park City for a Halloween Costume contest at work, so we cashed it in a few weeks ago.
We stayed at the Stein Erikson
, which was amazing!! I could get used to the 5 star hotel treatment.
We made sure to avoid Sundance Weekend, but there were still plenty of stars to be spotted. Including Kim and Kanye while I was schooling Paul in chess in our hotel lobby.
We even had our own private hot tub on our deck. We just had to get ourselves psyched up to take off our robes and get in the hot tub in the freezing weather.
The highlight of the weekend, besides being kidless for an entire weekend for the first time ever, was dog sledding.
It was better than I anticipated it being. There was fresh powder, the sun was shinning and we were the only ones around.
The dogs were hilarious and super friendly. My favorite was of course the one eyed dog, who reminded me of my beloved cat Wilma. :)
It was like a roller coaster ride, I was surprised at how fast they would fly down the hills. It was a blast.
We shopped, we ate, we watched movies, ordered room service, and just relaxed. It was awesome. Plus, getting picked up by a black escalade anytime we called was pretty awesome too.
Being up there kind of made me want to learn to ski, kind of.
An Actual Vacation
Before January gets away from me, I have to record the rest of our awesome Christmas Vacation with Paul.
Paul's office was closed for the break, so it was pretty much his first real vacation where he didn't work at all. T
here was no one else at the office to call him with issues or questions...it was amazing. Plus, not traveling and being on our own schedule, made for a very restful break.
Paul took advantage of being home and got a lot of projects
down around the house. The main one being finishing the closet under the stairs in the basement, that my dad and him started last year. Or "The Hideout", as the kids refer to it.
All 3 are in love with The Hideout and have already spent many hours playing in it.
And I am happy to have gained an extra 30 square feet to help us get through winter in our tiny (but loved) house.
- After Paul finished his work around the house, we had lots of time left over to play
. We went swimming, to the Bean Museum, SLC, byu basketball games, sledding, lots of playing out front, braved public restaurants, and ran lots of errands.
One particular snowy day we took the kids down to Rock Canyon
to sled on some bigger hills. It was snowing hard, so there was lots of powder. I took Crew down after Paul and M&M had made a track, thinking he wouldn't get too much snow in his face.
We ended up covered in snow, he was completely white from head to toe and screaming about how a big snowball
got him. I could not stop laughing and screaming (due to all the snow that went down my clothes).
Crew and Miles spent 75% of the time crying and pouting. Paul, Macey, and I spent 100% of our time laughing at them and having a blast in the crazy snow storm. I was just glad we had dropped Ruby off at Holly's.
While Crew was crying in the car afterward we asked him if he'd want to go sledding again and he answered between sobs, "Maybe Later". We were rolling. :)
-We had New Year's Eve
with The Browns and the kids all behaved exceptionally well...meaning they played in the basement and left us alone. :) We even had time to learn and play a new card game while the 6 big kids entertained themselves downstairs.
Crew and Liam were pretty hilarious all night playing together. They only got in "trouble" one time, when they locked themselves in Michelle's cold storage to build and then knock over towers of soup cans.
We put on a fake countdown just after 9:00 and then had all our kids tucked in bed and fast asleep by 10:00. It was a perfect evening.
-There were also lots of movie nights
. The favorite being the introduction to The Princess Bride. All the kids loved it. Crew would hop up and sword fight right along with them.
We were sick with the flu the Sunday before Christmas, so I tried to take a picture of the kids in their Sunday Christmas Clothes the next week.
This is all I could get. Typical.
We also got babysitters, a lot.
We are back to real life now and I am actually ready to face it.
Today has been a perfect Saturday so far! We slept in, ate breakfast burritos, and then went sledding.
Macey went sledding a few times last year but was pretty indifferent towards it. This year though she is loving it. The moment she gets in the sled she's already yelling "Weeeeee". She liked watching the other kids on the hill seld, but mostly all she wanted to do was go down the hill herself. The moment we got back to the top she was already climbing back into the sled ready for another run.
There are so many cute pictures, but here's a few of my favs:
This was her first time sledding this winter, I'd say she's enjoying it!
She was already yelling "weeee".
Paul got a little tired pulling Macey up the hill everytime, but she loved it.
Getting pulled back to the car after a tiring morning of sledding!
Now all that needs to happen for this to be a perfect Saturday is for BYU to win their game!!