Monday, June 18, 2012


I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I think May was the busiest month in my entire life.   Really.  I think it was.  With 4 kids in Spring Sports and music and playgroups and a birthday, I just ran from thing to thing to thing.  But it was such a fun busy.  Here are some of the things we were doing:

Faith completed her “Potty Chart” (10 days of dry panties at NIGHT), which earned her a new bike.  She’s easily the most adept New Biker we’ve ever had.




Seth and Jane played Spring soccer.  Seth is cute as can be on the soccer field, but didn’t really get a hold on the actual game…we had to make goals for how many times he actually TOUCHED the ball per game. 



Jane, on the other, really got the hang of it by the end of the season and scored a few goals.  Going to games was fun, especially because we had such nice weather in May.



Gabe marched in his first band parade and, like a weirdo, I was tearing up when he walked by.  (What in the heck??)  Our high school has the best band in the country (seriously, they won State and then the competition after that), so the feeder middle schools are really excellent as well.  It’s fun to have him be a part of it.



Mother’s Day was lovely (breakfast, sweet notes, permission to not clean, nice church services, cute outfit, thanks to my awesome friend Tammy who had just given me her skirt when I went to visit her!)


We did Jane’s birthday with a family party at breakfast (the only time we’d all be home).  She had cinnamon rolls and got fun gifts from her grandparents.


We did lunch at Wendy’s and grabbed her class some donuts (like last year)


Dinner was at Red Robin and after we headed to the store to pick out a bike.  It was fun watching her choose.


For her “friend party”, Jane wanted a Spa party.  (f I do say so myself, it went awesomely.) We had 4 stations:

a do it yourself pedicure station


a hair station (complete with a PowerPoint presentation of the available hairstyles designed by Emma):


a make-up station


and a manicure station (thanks cousin Mallory!):


That took about an hour, and then we had a cheesecake bar (cheesecake with a variety of toppings: blueberry, strawberry, caramel, oreos, chocolate sauce, toffee bits, whip cream) and presents.  They finished the night by watching the movie “Princess Diaries”.  Fun night, huh?



I also got to visit my dad when I went on my Girls Weekend.  I just forgot to add pictures till now.  It was fun to spend a day and a half with him and Genie without kids…lots of talking and calm meals and an early morning miniature golf game.

Jessica's Visit  6 May 2012 (2)

And I ran my 3rd Marathon.  That always deserves it’s own post but I will just say it was my hardest yet, but I apparently love that kind of pain because I have Marathon #4 planned for 2013 (Utah Valley on June 9 for all of my running friends who always say we should run one together… Kara?  Erin?  Come on!)


Emma was involved in Track this year and REALLY enjoyed it.  She ran the 100, the 200 (her best event) and the long jump.  She would have placed at the district meet (she was 7th overall at the semi-final) but…

photo 3

she had her final  choir concert of the year on the same night as District Finals.  Bummer!  She has really learned a lot and was invited to join the highest, touring choir group but she decided it was too much time, considering she does piano, track, and Young Women’s every week. 


We finished May with Memorial day:  frisbee golf, a walk along lake Coeur d’Alene, a stop at Jamba Juice and a Low-Country Boil at our friends-from-North-Carolina’s lake house. 


We had a fun Spring but are looking forward to some lazier Summer days for sure!


Rochelleht said...

I always say May is crazier than December. Your girls are so cute. I am pretty sure my girls would rather die than have a spa party or help with a spa party. A shooting party, maybe. Ah, me. They come as they come!

Lindsey said...

May was equally insane for us. But for different reasons. :)I am glad may is over!

Carie said...

Every time I read your monthly updates I think "I should start doing those again." You can see how well that's going for me. Oh well, I love reading about you guys.

Adrianne said...

So how do you teach your kids to wake up if they have to go to the bathroom?? Gabe is such a sound sleeper... And I love jane's party - this was the first year Gabe was really old enough to have a friend's party and it was super fun. Maybe someday I'll blog about it...

Elizabeth said...

I love your monthly recaps (I shamelessly stole them).
Your kids are so lucky to have you as parents... all those activities!

Lauren in GA said...

Oh, I hear ya, sista...I cry every time Evan does someting for band. I don't know if the music moves me, or what...but I ALWAYS tear up. During the halftime shows I have a steady stream of tears the whole time. He says when he sees me after, "Mom...come's not that great."

Your kids are so awesome, Jessica. I just love them. Jane looks so grown up. What is up with that?

That spa party was FANTASTIC. You are the worlds most awesome mom.

I really want to see Seth play soccer. He is so funny...and that soccer picture of Jane concentrating with her little tongue stuck out is to die for.

Robin said...

First - Congrats on the 3rd marathon, that amazes me!

Second - it is not wierd to tear up when your kids do cool things like march in parades. Not wierd at all!

Tammy said...

with 5 active kids, you are bound to have another BUSY MAY my friend! That is a lot of stuff but it sounds fun, exciting, and full of great milestones for everyone. Emma is so grown up now, its crazy. I am always impressed with how you have become such a runner now, and I really think its changed your life. So happy for you! Its nice when all the pieces come together, the late 30's I must say are an amazing time!! Your family is beautiful, cannot wait to see you in July!!! I am 1 cm dilated, fully Wilder may come early?!

Alisa said...

Sounds like it was crazy. I felt like our May was the same way. I did the Utah Valley Half a couple weeks ago and I loved it. I heard the marathon was awesome too.