first camping trip of the season

Jun 16, 2017
The weekend before school got out we took the kids on our first camping trip of the summer.



It was only 30 min from our house and we could not believe we had not discovered this place until now.  



I love red rock and I was happy to discover some so close to home.  


Utah just keeps surprising me. 


The kids made friends with the families camping just down from us and had a blast exploring all trails behind our site. 


The hammock, like always, provided hours of entertainment.  
We played a few rounds of "pooh sticks".  You know from Winnie the Pooh.  It's where you drop a stick in the water on one side the bridge and then run and see if come out the other side.  


It's always thrilling. 



It was a pretty great trip.  Much better than our previous camping trip where we woke up to snow. 

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End of School

Jun 16, 2017
The kids had a blast the last few weeks of school.

I got to go with the 1st grade to the zoo.

I even got to sit by one of my best friends on the bus ride.


I got the cutest group of Miles' friends and it has been my favorite field trip I've gotten to go on by far. 



I just love these little first graders.  



This stud finished Preschool.  






I don't know if either of us are ready for him to start kindergarten, but I know he's going to rock it.  I just don't want to part with him everyday.



M&M had field day, soak your teacher, dance festival, and the 4th grade did an entire Harry Potter themed week. Good times.  



We had the best teachers ever, again!  



As you know I was terrified about first grade with Miles...terrified.  But Mrs. Allen was the absolute perfect fit for this kid.  When I would talk to her about Miles related things, she'd just look at me like I was crazy, because that was not the Miles she saw in class. :)  She was soft spoken, kind, fun, positive, and patient.  I told her I'd send his 2nd grade teacher to her for tips.  

Macey lucked out again and got Mrs. Tingey.  The year was filled with awesome science experiments and all things Harry Potter.  She really help Macey expand her love of reading and learning.  We are so sad she's moving and won't be at our school anymore. 



If next year goes half as well as this year, it will be a good year. :)  And yes, I'm a bit heartbroken over the fact that these 2 will be 2nd and 5th graders next year.  It just doesn't seem real.

We did our normal last day of school things.  Went to the park with some of our favorite friends and then had our first neighborhood movie night of the summer.  



And Macey's summer bucket list made my heart happy.  


- Go to Pearrygin
- Read and watch all the Harry Potters
- Go backpacking
- Go camping
- Go hiking

We've done something right and this is a bucket list I can get behind.  

Life doesn't get much better than summer days with these guys.  
 
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more may

Jun 16, 2017
May was a whirl of fun and chaos.  

Macey finished up the last of her Scera Performances.  

She had her dance recital with The Emmie's 

And then her Showteam Showcase, where all the acting classes performed 2 of their pieces.



Sunny, but not hot weather, was perfect for hitting up a few of our favorite spots before school was out. 




We love this part of the Provo River Trail.  It is usually pretty empty and there's a bunch of cool places to stop and explore. 


We had so much fun, we decided to go after school the next week, so all the kids could enjoy it. 



Didn't take into account how much higher the river would be!! It was crazy stressful, but our scare tactics worked (we told the kids they would most likely die if they fell in...which was the truth), so they kept their distance.  
At least the outing ended on a peaceful note feeding the horses in the parking lot, a safe distance from the raging river.  

Thanksgiving Point Gardens

We missed the tulip festival this year, but I didn't mind too much.



There were still a lot of tulips in bloom and barely any people.  

  

Farm Country

It was crazy busy with preschool field trips, so after 30 min we walked up to get some icecream.

Crew was not pleased to walk one block and pretty much screamed and whined the whole way.  

Until we got to the little gardens where he told me, "mom, I forgot how beautiful it was here."  No more crying after that.  


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campus is one of my happy places. 

And if I enter the Cougareat, I cannot leave without a hot loaf of bread with honey butter.  Takes me back. :)  



It's pretty much just constant friends and playing around here when the sun is out. 

lots of bug catching

bike riding





park playing. 
eating


And I've even been allowing children inside!  This is not normal for me, but it's gone fairly well.

We've even attempted a few art projects.



Slime




and bug drawing (for a bug club meeting)

And just random shenanigans with our best neighbors.



Sometimes though we hideout and have lazy mornings and pretend we don't hear the knocks on our door. 



And this would be a typical Saturday morning around here.  These 2 playing video games in their underware.  Living the dream.  


Speaking of underware...Ruby earned a trip to Chuck E. Cheese for being potty trained.


And we squeezed in our last few errands together before everyone was out of school.

She seems so sweet and content in the shopping cart here, but not 5 min. later she determined I was taking too long and started throwing items out of my cart, biting my hands, throwing her shoes.  It's always an exciting time with Ruby.  

I actually had a great mother's day this year.  Thanks to these 4 and Paul.  


Got my picture.  Got to read.  And got to eat good food that I didn't make. 


We invited ourselves on the Rensink's date to "Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies".  



So fun!!  Good music and good company.  But, it reminded me how much I hate mosh pits and I am grateful for the security guard that Julianne and I spent much of our time cowering behind. 

And we've been trying to adopt a fairly minimalistic lifestyle around here, but I cannot get this girl on board!


here's hoping we can get it figured out this summer.  
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Ruby Email

May 18, 2017

I received a text from Emily that her friend has a "Ruby-ish" child and is struggling and feels that she is alone.  


Emily requested some Ruby stories, to help her friend feel better and realize there are lots of crazy kids out there. :)  After I wrote the email I realized I needed to save it for family history purposes, which means it needs to be posted to my blog.  


Here is the email in it's entirety. 


Emily, 

I honestly don’t have a lot of photo evidence of the really bad moments, because either she was in too dangerous of a situation to take a picture (on top of the fridge) or I was too in shock by the disaster or situation that she created to think of documenting it (this is the usual culprit).  



But, I do have some that sum up her personality quite accurately.  


Our life was all down hill when Ruby started walking at 10 months and climbing at 11 months.  And figuring out how to get out of her highchair straps at 13 months.  Hence I have lots of pictures of Ruby on the table.  





She destroys most toys.  Every toy she got for her 3rd birthday was broken by the end of the day, new stroller (her first one she got when he was 18 months and it lasted a few days until it started breaking), minnie mouse couch, and princess tent.  


She has also bitten every head off the princess figures that were macey’s.  This is Dora’s mom that she destroyed the first day I got the dora house down for her.  



Lots of holes in clothing. 



Obviously she’s a dumper.  All it takes is me turning my back or going to dry my hair.  






Nothing is off limits to her dumping, although she rarely dumps things in plain sight like in the kitchen or living room.  She is usually more sneaky about it and likes to dump things in people’s rooms.  


She also hides things.  Once I found Macey’s diary key in the bottom of the aquafor. 





Many things have gotten flushed down the toilet.  Car keys included.  




she loves to get her own snacks.  We installed a lock on the pantry and child locks on the fridge and freezer (which she broke within the first day).  I’ve got her off the top shelf in the panty, fridge, getting knifes, making her own chocolate milk.  




Chairs have been pushed and pulled all over our house since she was 12 months old.  I had to get rid of all stools and toy bins that you can stand on.  



This day she locked me out of the house.  and in the time it took me to run around to the back door she had flushed my keys down the toilet, gotten the tupperware with watermelon out of the fridge and pried open and got watermelon juice on as many surfaces as possible.  




This day she locked me out to eat ice-cream.  I keep a key in my pocket now.  




every surface in our living room and her room has been drawn on.  




I forgot to put the child lock back in place one day during her nap.  She emptied every messy item from my craft drawers and left all the ribbon, paper, cards, crayons and things like that.  


Her room was covered in stamps and markers and the soles of her feet and palms of her hands were red for a few days


  Also, when we had just installed the kind of child lock you can get at toysrus, she broke it the first night and got out my sewing pins,  Her floor was covered, so was her bed and pjs’ and they were even sticking her through her pjs while she slept when we checked on her that night. We then invested in the heavy duty kind of child locks and we’ve been safer ever since.  




Remember the phase where she wouldn’t keep her diaper on at night?  We tried backwards pjs and taped the diaper on, it worked half the time.   It was a cold camping summer for her, sleeping naked.  




She’s always dirty.




and loves to get into my makeup when I forget to lock the bathroom door.  All of our doors have knobs that lock, turned around backwards with the keys hanging on hooks above the door jams. 



She can tackle kids twice her size. 





She cannot be contained and can climb most things the big kids can.  





And she gets stuck a lot.  This day she hauled this foot stool up stairs to my bathroom and got stuck.  I’ve rescued her hanging from the top of the fence, monkey bars, top of fridge, hanging from the top shelf in the panty, on top of the car...



You’d think I don’t watch her, but I really do.  It seriously just takes her 2 min to create a disaster or get into some sort of trouble.  


Running errands with this child is almost impossible.  I keep well stocked with dum dums, but that only works for a few min.  If she thinks I’m taking too long she starts throwing things out of my cart.  and always throws her shoes at me.  You should see me trying to get her buckled in most days.  There’s a lot of stiff arming and sweating happening until she is somewhat secure.  



I believe she ran into the parking lot 3x during the kids haircut this past week and then when i would grab her she would spit at me, pull my hair and hit me.  Eventually she had to be put in her carseat in the hot car for 15 min. cause it was safer than running into the parking lot.  



She’s the most stubborn kid i’ve had. 



But cute too. 






And please, assure your friend I am an amazing mom who does not let her children run wild with no supervision. Tell her how good Crew and Macey are (you should probably leave miles out of it).  :)  



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angie
Awesome. Unbelievable, except that since I've been reading your blog Ruby's whole life, I've had a seat to watch the volcano erupt. You are seriously Wonder Woman. Ruby's lucky she's SOOOO stinkin' cute! This is definitely a family history keeper!

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Ruby is 3.

May 17, 2017
Three. 3?!



Favorites:

Show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Color: Pink
Best Friends: Roman and Izella
Favorite Toys: Baby dolls, dr. Kit, princess figures
Favorite Princess: Belle
Favorite Drink: Chocolate Milk
Favorite Food: Cereal (but she's not picky yet, she eats almost anything)
Books: How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon, Baby lit fairy books, Alice the Fairy


Ruby loves all things girly, but is not girly at all.  it's pretty funny.  She loves all things pink and princesses, but has no idea how to be soft with anything.  Almost every toy she owns is broken or dented.  her baby dolls are about as dirty as she gets by the end of each day.  



Her favorite pastime is to beat up on Crew.  She has a very hard time sharing her toys and is not afraid to get down and dirty to get it back, which is why she beats Crew up a lot.  

This is what I got when I told her to smile

She loves to go to the park and play outside with Izella and Roman.  She is always watching for her friends outside and wants to go out as soon as she spots ANYONE (neighborhood dogs included).  



She still sucks her two fingers and rubs her belly button when she's tired.  


She does not like to get her hair done.  To be contained.  Or told what to do.  Thus, she still has a lock on her door.   


But, she does like to do what the big kids are doing.  So, that is at least helpful at after dinner chore time.  Not so helpful when the other 3 are climbing rocks, jumping into the pool, or climbing on the tops of very tall slides.  

She was very spoiled on her birthday and she loved every moment of it. 


Minnie Mouse pancakes, as requested. 

Lots of pink princess presents.  


And hugs all around.  


I think the favorite part of her day was that all the kids wanted to play with her and her new toys.  




She still refers to Crew as "Crew-Crew", makes my heart happy.  


In typical Ruby fashion most of her toys have already had to be repaired (stroller, minnie couch, and princess tent). 



There are so many things I want to remember about her at this stage and then so many things I hope to forget too. :)  


She's spicy, sassy, loud, cuddly, friendly, opinionated, strong, playful and very loveable.  


This girl runs the house and no one seems to mind too much.  She was meant to to be the baby of this family and we all love our Wild Ruby.  


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