I ALWAYS think life will slow down after Christmas and I will do things like clean my house and organize my closet and read a book...but, as usual, that did not happen. So once again, my faithful readers, you get a mammoth post, since I don't want to forget the details of our little family.
Macey got braces.
Julianne and I threw Tara a bridal shower.
I planned Miles' class Valentine party, this was my favorite station.
Crew tried out all my games before hand so I could see how things would actually go with all the crazy kindergartners.
The beginning of February was ROUGH weather wise.
First, I got back from California and had to run errands in the snow.
Then a nasty inversion settled in and would not leave. Meaning the kids had to stay indoors, which meant indoor recess at school too. This equaled a lot of craziness and pent up energy.
We tried to keep things under control with lots of game playing, moving the Wii to the boys room (best decision ever), doing a manageable amount of crafting, hanging out with Peter & Julianne, visiting the Dinosaur Museum, and eating lots of good food.
And how grown up are these boys, eating their lunch and playing Monopoly Junior. :)
Paul's dreams as a dad did begin to come true, thanks to lots of time stuck indoors, as the kids have actually become fairly competent at video games.
daily group hug. No one likes to get left out.
We could no longer take the inversion, and for our sanity, we decided to skip church and head up to SLC to the Children't Museum.
The kids were running wild and it was perfect.
Their favorite part was the helicopter and hospital. It was hilarious watching them take x-rays of each other and trying to figure out how to talk on a real telephone.
The inversion cleared up and we have been soaking up as much sunshine as possible.
We hit up the zoo.
The scooter bandits reunited.
Ruby has been running wild outside, enjoying her freedom and sometimes needs to grab a little rest in between activities.
And we have been spending hours everyday out front with our neighbors.
There's lots of super hero action, star wars, and battling.
roller skating and mud pie making.
chasing and playing in, what is hopefully, the last of the melted snow.
And I have spent HOURS in the sunshine talking with some of my favorite ladies. Heaven.
We have also renewed our love of our tiny backyard.
The moment Ruby finishes her breakfast she is at the back door crying "Side! Side! Side!" until one of us unlocks the door and she can escape to her retreat.
Crew and Ruby spend hours out here each day playing ball, sneaking snacks, yelling at neighbors through the fence, and seeing how many toys they can get out there. In other thrilling February News:
Ruby wore pigtails for the first time. Adorable.
Crew and Ruby are becoming bff's. Ruby still bullies Crew a bit, but there is usually more laughing than crying involved.
Macey put all her roller skating practice to work at the Roller Rink and the Ice Skating Rink. I think she was happy to see all her hard work pay off.
Ruby went to her first BYU basketball game.
It was a horrible idea on our part.
She did get a few min in of adorable cheering and dancing, which got put on the jumbotron. Sadly, Miles was cut out of the shot and this was his reaction. I guess that's what happens when you're used to getting on there every game you come to.
Lastly, Macey and I got the chance to do a special Bride and Sealing Room tour at the Provo City Center Temple
with other women in our ward.
It was so awesome to get to go inside this temple again and with so many people we love.
I loved seeing all my activity day girls there too and it made me so happy that Macey gets to be friends with these awesome girls.
I know this is something these girls will remember and strive for.
To the end the month we got to enjoy our last basketball game of the season.
Phew. That was a tiring month.
Spring Break is over. We had fun. We stayed up late. We played hard. I am tired.
Spring Break is always a good practice run through for summer for me. You know, to see what I need to change to make sure our summer days run more smoothly. I learned I need a no TV/ipad rule until an entire list of things is done, I need to implement my ticket system again, and I actually need to force children and myself to do our chores so our house isn't in a constant state of disaster.
The weather kind of sucked for the most part, but it didn't stop us from playing hard.
I always have slight anxiety about going out to public places during spring break here, because the entire area had spring break at the same time and there are just a lot of kids in Utah and I don't like crowds.
We ventured to the Riverwoods the first day.
I felt like a boss, because I even got some shopping in at my favorite boutique with 4 children in tow and no one broke or stole anything and I didn't even have to yell at the boys.
As a reward for the 5 us, we all got blue bell icecream and french fries for lunch. And yes, I took my 4 kids to lunch in a public place alone, during actual lunch time. This is huge for me people.
On one of Miles' 3 bathroom trips
during our time at the Riverwoods, we spotted a ladybug. This made the hauling of children to the outside public bathroom much more worth it.
- We went to the Rec Center Pool with the Everetts.
My kids were in heaven with some of their favorite big kids to play with. And, the only tricky part for me was the locker room afterwards. It was much more difficult trying to keep them contained while everyone got dried and changed than I anticipated. I got a lot of sympathetic smiles during this 25 min ordeal. :)
- The highlight of the week was our slumber party with The Browns, they know how to have fun.
Michelle borrowed a bounce house for the basement and this proved to be very entertaining for all ages. Plus, it kept them from getting out every toy in the entire house.
We took them on a sweet walk to wear them out.
Had an egg hunt, baked and decorated cupcakes, made candy necklaces, did a treasure hunt, and watched a movie in the movie theatre room.
We even ventured out in public to the Bean Museum (where we had to stalk people for parking spaces) and then took all kids to Wendy's for dinner.
Crew and Liam cracked me up with their random conversations and antics. Ruby and Lottie finally got to have some real play time and I loved watching them crawl all over each other. And the girls kept reminiscing about going to St. George, you know, when the boys weren't there to bug them. :) Miles even had a blast, even though he kept complaining about doing too many girl things and having to sleep in a pink bed.
- We also got to go to the Zoo with some more friends. Miles was very happy that these friends were boys, as he'd had his fill of girls for the week. :)
There's a new baby orangoutang there that I could of watched all day, if it wasn't for boys that kept wandering off.
- For the first time since living here an icecream truck came into our parking lot!
I was in the basement doing laundry when I heard Miles outside screaming. I ran out to see what was going on, to find him running in circles screaming "ice cream, ice cream!" When that amount of enthusiasm is showed, there is no way I could turn ice cream down.
- To end spring break, we finally got some nicer weather to enjoy over the weekend with Paul.
Only 46 more days until Summer Vacation!!!!
Some of the pluses of our little town home are the non-existence of yard work and my ability to clean our limited living space during the week. This usually leaves us lots of time to play on the weekends.
This month I feel like we spent that free time very wisely.
-We took the kids to the indoor city pool.
The highlights were waiting to get dumped on by the bucket and the big water slide.
- We went to the zoo
for the first time in over a year. The kids couldn't of been more excited and it did not disappoint
Trina and TJ met us there, which made for a pretty amazing adult:kid ratio.
We lucked out and a worker was feeding the giraffes right next to us. Macey was in Giraffe heaven.
Ruby's favorite part was the carousel. She laughed and waved her arms in excitement the entire time. In normal Crew fashion, he cried about how he was scared until it started and then he loved it.
Ruby kept giving Crew hugs in the stroller and I tried not to die from the cuteness of it.
And, like always, all 4 kids poised perfect for a picture to remember our trip by. :)
- We ventured to Antelope Island
one Sunday after church. I've mostly only heard horror stories of the gnats, so we wanted to get there before it got too warm and they all hatched.
We even saw real bison, which was of course quite thrilling.
We ended up with pretty good timing, as on the drive to the island, there were black tornados of gnats on both sides of the road. But once we were on the island, we got to enjoy the awesome scenery nearly gnat free.
Our kids happy place is climbing around on rocks, so Buffalo Point was like heaven to them.
And notice Ruby's smile and arm flapping? This is what she does the entire time, she's a born hiker.
We've also been trying to get selfies of us at all the cool places we venture.
We're obviously naturals.
After about 45 min of climbing around, we had to pull them away to go check out the sand before it got dark.
The sand was crazy. While it wasn't technically "white sand"
it was both white and sandy, so we will call it white sand, even though it was more like salt sand.
I wish we had time to walk all the way to the water!
We then had to drag them away from playing in the sand prematurely too, as we had a long drive home and school in the morning.
- As this March proved to have nearly perfect weather, we had to venture out hiking again. This time to Little Cottonwood Canyon.
We ended up on Bells Canyon
Trail by mistake, but lucky for us, it proved to be a good mistake to make.
This was also Crew's first solo hiking day and he rocked it. He would not let anyone help or hold his hand, he kept yelling "let go of me! I do it myself!"
We then found Lisa Falls a
little further up the road and this proved to be the highlight of the day.
A waterfall, blue skys, a creek, and lots of rocks to climb on. Perfection.
Crew and I spent most of our time throwing one
rock into the creek. I threw the rock, Crew would find it and bring it back to me... repeat 1,000 times.
Can't wait to find a new (easy) place to hike this weekend.
I love fall in Utah, especially this year, since we've been enjoying pretty much an entire month of perfect 70 degree days. So, we've been trying to soak up as much sun as possible before the snow comes.
We got to enjoy a perfect day at the Zoo with friends.
We've of course spent many afternoons at Thanksgiving Point.
Domo has been extremly good to us this month.
They threw a tailgate for the BYU vs Utah State game. The game sucked, but the tailgate more than made up for it.
We ended up needing to make a trip to the BYU bookstore to get some new BYU clothes for the ever growing kids.
It is always weird being back on campus with a herd of children in tow. Makes me realize, that even though it feels like just yesterday I was there, I am indeed old.
At the tailgate there were inflatables, games, food trucks, face painting, the byu dunk team, Cosmo...yes, it was pretty awesome.
Paul's boss also gave us tickets to the byu homecoming football game
Food, ice cream, drinks, friends, and amazing seats made it pretty easy to forget how bad BYU was playing.
And box seats to Real.
Macey and Miles were in heaven. Macey said on a scale from 1-10 it was a 100 and Miles said it was infinity.
I don't know if they will ever be content with our normal tickets again.
We've also been enjoying our neighbors and park, before we all go into hiding for the winter.
Then there was the time Miles got stuck in the baby swing and had to wait for Paul to get home to be rescued.
We had our annual neighborhood carnival and it was great, as always.
I decided to keep things interesting and switched things up this year and did fishing instead of our normal bean bag toss. It was quite thrilling.
And really, these two were just too cute in their costumes.
We got to have Macey home for a few days during her fall break. It was awesome having no homework, no schedule, and having someone there to keep Miles in line.
Since the entire state had the same days off though and I currently don't do crowds, we just played at friend's houses and went to the never busy, Chuck E. Cheese.
Since Crew never stopped running and never finished a single token on a game, I was very happy the lovely Holly came with us.
We of course got together with The Brown's. And since Michelle feels the same as I do about crowds, we decided to throw the kids a Halloween Party instead of venturing out in public.
We played Pin the Eyes on the Monster, made by Macey and Tajen the night before.
We played BINGO.
The girls made spiders out of donuts.
And we served the simplest Halloween lunch ever.
Yes, we are pretty awesome party planners.
Crazily, that is only a portion of what we've been up to in October! No wonder I am so exhausted.