Saturday, September 13, 2014

Our Week

Ellie loves to look at new apps and then beg for me to get some.  I say no 99% of the time.  She always finds this Strawberry Shortcake app that costs $14.99.  (Seriously!)  I told her she could do some extra chores if she wanted to earn some money to buy it.  First chore -- clean the cold air returns.  She worked pretty hard at for about 10 minutes, and then wanted a new chore.  I had her try to dust the blinds.  She was not a fan of that, either.  She went back to the cold air return, and did a successful job to earn $1.

And she was done for the day.

"Do you want a banana?  Check 'yes' or 'no'."

It is time for violin lessons again!  This year, Lynnie was ready to start as well.  Cece was so good as we watched the big girls have their lessons.



Hello, there, beautiful!

Poor Puppy Elizabeth got another owie.  Lynnie trusted me to sew it up this time, and even took pictures of the process.

Cece's favorite food is cantaloupe.

Lynnie started her "big girl" Kindermusik class today.  She gets to go all by herself.  The moms are invited to come for the last 5 minutes, and Lynnie was excited to show off for Cece.


Oh, you know, just walking to preschool all by herself.

And then coming back up the driveway to try again.

. : showing off her picture : .

. : Ellie before her Let's Play Music class : .

I get to go with Ellie to LPM every other week.  Kari has been gracious enough to watch Lynnie and Cece for me the two times I have gone so far.  Cece just cries the whole time.  Poor Cael is not quite sure how to play with his "date."  And poor Kari tries so hard to keep Cece happy.

It is Stake Conference weekend, and we kicked it off with a Stake Presidency social Friday night.  The Hollands offered to host, and we had a great time with our potluck dinner.  We forgot to bring camp chairs, so we ate on the deck stairs.

Lynnie took lots of pictures of Puppy Elizabeth.

Ellie loved playing in the Hollands awesome backyard.  Until she came crying up to tell us that she hurt her toe on the trampoline.  She said she bent it back and it was pretty painful.  Her toe was red and kind of swelled up.  We put ice on it and after a few minutes she was ready to play again.

I was so proud of Lynnie.  She played in the yard, adjacent to the other children.  She dug in the sand box and jumped on the trampoline.  And when Renee put Frozen on in their theater room, Lynnie went down all by herself and got a chair.  She stayed and watched with a 10 year old boy and an 8 year old girl, while Ellie was playing with Summer.


. : eating Gooey Butter and vanilla ice cream : .

When it started to get dark it cooled off outside, so we moved the party inside.  The adults played a game had a getting-to-know-you-activity while the children played in the basement.  We decided to play 2 Truths and A Lie.  Here was my entry.  Can you tell my lie?

1.  I had a scholarship in college for playing the oboe.
2.  My sister married our mom's sister's husband's brother.
3.  I have traveled to all 50 states.


Here is Ellie's toe on Saturday.  It bruised up pretty deeply.  We put essential oils on it and kept it taped up, and it healed pretty quickly.


My lie was #3.  I've only been to 46 states.  I'm missing Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Labor Day, Preschool, and The Bean Museum

The Morrows invited us over for a Labor Day bbq.  I was excited to try out a new recipe, Buttermilk Peach Bread Pudding.  First I made the Food Nanny's French Baguettes (leaving Ellie a little roll) and then made the bread pudding with peaches from our backyard.  It was delicious -- especially the caramel sauce.

On Tuesday, Lynnie started preschool.  She has been looking forward to this day for a long time.  She was so excited that she didn't even blink an eye when I said Puppy needed to stay home and take a nap.

Lynnie wanted to take pictures right outside the front door. 





After taking pictures for a few minutes, Lynnie very seriously said, "OK, now I'm done with pictures.  Let's go!"  She marched right up to the door, gave Miss Traci the first month's tuition, and headed right in.  She was ready and excited.

Thursday was our first day back at Dance Class.  Both girls were very excited to get dressed and head over to the Legacy Center.  When we got there, Lynnie freaked out and didn't want to go in class.  She asked for her goldfish, and I didn't have any.  I forgot that last spring, we worked out a compromise where she would eat one goldfish and hold two more goldfish crackers and go in to class.  No goldfish = a rough day.

Miss Kristin was all over it, though, and had Lynnie "helping" teach the class.  That worked until Ellie decided to also cry so that she could also help teach.


Cece happily played while we waited for big sisters to be done.


I wonder what it would be like to have a baby that actually liked baby food?  None of our girls have been big fans.  We had a breakthrough with Cece when I decided she was big enough to try Baby Mum Mum crackers.  She tore through 4 of them.


Then I put a mashed up banana in our new silicone feeder and she devoured that.  I refilled it two more times.

We did a mini-photo shoot on Saturday morning as part of an adoption fundraiser for a fun couple named Emily and Dylan.  Love the connections in the adoption world!  They were at a panel we did with Albert, and they were inspired to make a video after hearing about our positive experience making an adoption video.  It was great to meet them, and fun to have our pictures taken.  Until Cece fell off the little chair she was sitting on.  Sad, sad parenting moment.

As we were walking back to the car, the girls found Wishing Flowers and had to make some wishes.



Then we headed to the Bean Museum to meet Albert and Kanisha.  The last time we tried to meet Albert there, it was closed for renovations.  It's all open now, and it was great!  Ellie loved finding a few turtles.

And the slide was a hit.

I was fascinated by the butterfly display.

Cece was a great sport in her stroller.

We had to take a picture by the zebra for Cece.


What's gonna work?  Teamwork!

After the museum we walked over to the creamery for some ice cream cones.  Kanisha spoiled the girls by giving each about 5 bandages.  Too much fun to play with.

Ellie decided she wanted to be a photographer.  She took her directing job very seriously.


As we were walking back to our cars, we ran into our neighbors, the Hatches.  They were bringing some things to Alesha, who is a freshman at BYU.

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