Friday, March 27, 2015

Violin Recital

The girls had a violin recital on Friday night, and Ellie was very excited to play the Twinkle Variations.  She has been working on Tuka Tuka and Dr. Suzuki for a few months, and then it just clicked and she learned the last 4 variations in 3 days.  At her lesson last week, Grandma told her to play the rhythms on just the A string as a harmony, but Ellie was able to play all of the variations with all of the notes.  I was very proud of her.

Lynnie was going to play her box violin, but at the last second elected to stand next to Daddy while he videotaped Ellie.  My favorite part is how hard Ellie was concentrating.  When Aunt Bobi would play the introduction to the next variation, Ellie would say the name as she was getting ready.

This is how we entertained ourselves for the rest of the time:  Lynnie sat on Daddy's lap, Ellie randomly videotaped or took pictures of all the performances, and Cece pulled toys out of the bag.

We love grandma!  She's a great violin teacher, too.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 22 - 26

After her rough time in Primary last week, Lynnie and I talked almost every day about how she should act in Primary (calm and respectful).  We talked about how much Sister Meiners loves her, and how much fun she has in Singing Time with Miss Sheryl.  This all turned into a major victory.  After Sacrament Meeting, Lynnie turned to me and said, "I'm ready for Primary!  Can I just walk with Sister Meiners?  She can probably take me."

We quickly walked over to Sister Meiners, and she was happy to walk Lynnie to Primary.

Love this treasure that Tammy showed me.  A wooden spoon that Greg (kind of facetiously) gave his mom as a present back in 1982.  Apparently, grandma broke a wooden spoon across Greg's backside when he was 10, so Greg got her a replacement.

Cece is just so big!  She follows her sisters everywhere.

Cece loves to organize and always puts whatever she finds on the top of the dollhouse.

Elsa was showing me her powers.  About a minute after I took these pictures, Elsa said, "wait a minute, I don't have gloves on with this dress -- just with the other dress!"

. : organizing the magnets in the Noah's Ark set : .

. : oh, you know, just eating a fishie cracker while sitting in criss cross applesauce : .

. : I'm not sure about my hearing aids today : .

. : I climbed up in this chair all by myself! : .

Ellie and Lynnie love to play getting married, and they often pull down this Precious Moments keepsake from the bookshelf in Greg's office.  This was the cake topper for our wedding cake, and it plays "They Long To Be Close To You" by The Carpenters.  Ellie asked me what the song was, and I sang it to her a couple of times.  Then I found it in my iTunes and we danced and sang it at least 20 times.  It was one of those golden hours, and it was so fun!  Lynnie joined us after a while (she had been having a picnic in the backyard).  The fun lasted until Cece woke up from her nap.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


I love seeing the girls wearing the same outfits.   Cece is simply taller than the other two when they were 14 months old, and is wearing 2T clothes about 5 months earlier than they did.  I love their different genetics!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cecilia is 14 Months Old

are we really taking pictures, again?

At 14 months of age, Cece 

~ is wearing 24 month/2T size clothes, size 3 diapers, size 3 & 4 shoes
~ continues to be a good eater.  Favorite foods right now include cuties, grapes, cucumbers, broccoli, and goldfish crackers.
~ has started chewing on the corner of her blankets.  And always has to have at least one blanket close by.  2 blankets are better.
~ continues to cross her feet when she is sitting down or snuggled in to drink milk.  She has done this since she was a tiny baby, and it is darling.
~ is more confident with her walking and walks everywhere.
~ loves to follow her sisters and play with them.
~ has an infectious laugh!
~ adds new signs almost every day.  Consistently signs: sleep, all done, play, shoes, eat, fish (for crackers), more, drink, milk, bath, ball, shoes, no, blanket, cow, dad, mom, nice, thank you, hat
~ loves to wave at people and is starting to flirt more
~ can speak: hi, bye, mama, baba (for ball), boo (for peek-a-boo)
~ seems to be processing and hearing us 95% of the time.  Occasionally has an off day, which makes her cranky.
~ has 7 teeth: 4 on top, 2 on bottom, and a back molar on bottom.  Working on 2 more bottom teeth and 3 more molars.
~ is a spunky princess!  She is loved and adored by everyone, especially her family and her birth mom.

March 10 - 21

Color Me Mine called me to say that something had gone wrong when the penguin was fired, and they offered to give me a full refund or the chance to paint a new penguin.  We count it as a big score, because Lynnie likes her "bubbly" penguin and she got another penguin, too.

. : painting Penguin #2 : . 

When we went back to pick up Penguin #2, Lynnie would not sit too close to Cece, so that the penguin would be safe.

. : tea party with Albert & Kanisha : .

. : hanging out in the Stake Wing : .

. : our neighbor Traci made these darling pillowcase dresses : .

After church, we spent a golden half an hour hanging out in Greg's office with him.  The girls were giggling and laughing, and walking Cece all over.  We were so amazed by their goodness and joy and life.  What a blessing to know them and be a part of their lives!

. : happy St Patrick's day : .

. : so grown up in an outfit from Aunt Jonette : .

. : checking in on recess at preschool next door : .

We went to Kaydren and Steve's wedding reception and had a great time.  For their guest book, everyone had an instamatic picture taken, and we wrote our names at the bottom.  This picture is pretty classic of us -- Cece is asleep on Greg's shoulder (it was after 8 p.m.), Lynnie is making a face, and Ellie is dutifully smiling.

Highlight of Lynnie's week -- Tobyn came with Ky to the reception!  Lynnie was complaining about 5 minutes in that she was ready to go home.  And then her "Tovyn" showed up and she was glued to his side the rest of the night.  And sad when it was time to leave!

On Saturday, we planted the garden with cold weather plants and were very proud of ourselves for having a garden in before Memorial Day (our usual m.o.).  As a reward, we went to see Cinderella.  After having dinner at the deli at Thanksgiving Point.

I got Cece to nap for about 40 minutes of the movie, and spent the rest of the time with her in the hallway.  We haven't tried many movies with the girls, and it is a learning process.  After it was over, Ellie and Lynnie decided they loved it.

. : all snuggled up and sound asleep on Daddy's pillows : .


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