Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cecilia is 9 Months Old

At 9 months of age, Cece:

~ is wearing 9-12 months clothes, size 3 diapers, size 2 shoes
~ drinks 6 ounce bottles and enjoys eating now.  She likes green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, peaches, and pears mixed with her rice cereal (but not all at the same time!).  Bananas are still her favorite food.  She can eat up to half a banana at a time.
~ has spontaneously signed hat, rain, wind, milk, more, all done, and horse.  Will mimic countless more signs as we watch Baby Signing Time.
~ loves to roll all over and can scoot backwards when on her tummy
~ rocks back and forth in the crawling position
~ is working on getting her bottom two teeth to pop out
~ has an infectious laugh, and laughs more for Ellie than for any one else
~ will not wear a headband.  She pulls it right off, or ends up snapping her head with it.
~ likes to lay down in her bed when she is tired -- no snuggles for her!  And then she will cry like her heart is broken for about a minute before dropping off to sleep.
~ is sweet and sassy -- just like her birth mom!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adventures in American Fork Canyon

Our family adventure today was to drive up the canyon and have a bbq.  The leaves were so gorgeous, and the weather was perfect.  The girls were imaginative and playful, and entertained themselves and us!

So many memories with this little hibachi!  It was our only grill for many years in our marriage.  We never upgraded, because it was perfect for two people.  Greg cooked up some tasty hamburger sliders and grilled zucchini today.

The girls were fishing with their sticks and then they grilled up the fish they caught.

Cece always manages to stick a foot up when she is sitting in the stroller.  And she gnawed on this carrot stick for at least 10 minutes.

Lynnie wouldn't smile for me...

The girls wanted to build a fire.  Someone had left this block of pressed wood, so Greg got it chopped apart.  It was pretty wet, so it gave us lots of smoke.

Ellie roasted leaves.  I love the dirt smudges on her face!

Now they upgraded -- Lynnie is roasting a pickle and Ellie is roasting a hot dog.

After the fire burned down it was time for a walk.  The girls had brought their jump ropes to work as climbing ropes.  Ellie tied it around her waist and climbed the first rock she found.

Daddy snuck around the rock and surprised them with a "peek-a-boo!"

I'm the queen of the world!

When we crossed this bridge, Ellie turned into the grumpy old troll and we had to solve her riddle to get across.  Thank you, Dora!

The paved trail didn't last long, so Greg took Ellie and Lynnie up the path.  Cece and I tried to follow, but the stroller couldn't off-road very far.

They found another rock to climb.

On the walk back, we tried to use the jump rope as a jump rope.  That is a tricky skill we still need to work on!

After we packed up, cleaned up, and loaded up, we drove the Alpine Loop to get home.  The trees and the colors were absolutely gorgeous.  I caught these pictures as we were driving.

The biggest adventure of the day came when we came to a crossroads and turned left.  We should have turned right.  We ended up above Heber, on a crazy-bumpy-washboardy-dirt road.  We were singing and laughing and making the "uhhhh" sound over the worst parts.  It was the best part of the day!  Cece even managed to catch a little catnap, until a particularly big bump woke her up.  Greg teased Ellie that we were lost and she got a little sad, so we found a wide spot in the road and turned around.  After stopping at Cascade Springs for a potty break and to get some snacks out of the back of the truck, everyone was happy again.  This was a fabulous day!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 7 - 16

I don't take pictures off of the iPad very often, mainly because I rarely use it to take pictures.  These are from the beginning of September.

. : Lynnie helping me make a cake : .

. : Ellie's first ever homework page : .

These girls are the best of friends.  I love to watch them play together, and to relax together.  Watching a movie while I make dinner keeps everyone happy.

Most of the time, Lynnie likes to play with Cece and help her sister.  And Cece is getting close to crawling.  She gets in the position and rocks back and forth.  She can move one arm, and then collapses on the second arm movement.  She has to figure out how to get her legs to move, and she will be there.

The middle child syndrome is alive and well at our house.  Lynnie is really patient with me as I help Cece first (because the baby always comes first), and she is patient with Ellie (who is more vocal with her desires).  I knew Lynnie needed something extra special for her today, so I asked her what she wanted to do after we picked up Ellie from school.  Lynnie picked a trip to the Museum of Natural Curiosity, and we were on our way.

Ellie scaled the climbing wall quickly.  Lynnie tried hard but could not quite figure out how to use the hand holds.

This moment makes me laugh.  Lynnie said, "I will help you!" and tried to hold on to Ellie.  Ellie's response:  "No, go back.  I can do it!  Let go, let go, let go!"

. : hanging like a sloth : .

. : I want to do it this way : .

The outside playground was a hit, and the weather was perfect.  I fed Cece on the bench and we watched the big girls play.

They were very disappointed that this "twisty slide" was only a ladder, and they could not slide down it.  The pole was on the edge and blocked them.

Lynnie tried the seesaw for a few seconds, going up and coming down one time, before she was done.  Luckily, this nice girl was willing to ride with Ellie.  Lynnie was happier sitting still.

. : holding on to her milk while we watch the big girls play : .

We like putting sunglasses on Cece much more than Cece seems to like having them on.  She instantly pulls them off.

Lynnie's first preschool field trip!  She was very excited to go. Miss Traci and Carson's mom walked the children down the block to the Garden Center on the corner.  Cece and I got there a couple of minutes after the class arrived.

The lady from the nursery was very engaging and the perfect hostess.  She took the children all over and showed them many types of plants.

. : sniffing the flowers : .

Cece was happy to be there, too, as long as her stroller was moving.  

Lynnie's favorite part was planting pansies.

Cece and I left a little early to go home and meet Jessica and Denver.  We were excited to play with Denver for  few hours.  Lynnie and her class walked home after finishing at the nursery.  A perfect field trip!

Friday afternoon I got to go with Ellie to music class again.  Cece did better at Kari's house, but wore herself out crying a little in the middle.  Kind Kari rocked her to sleep.

Lynnie fell asleep on the recliner in this awesome position.

On Saturday, we stopped by Swig for a treat before running errands.  I'm trying to kick my caffeinated soda habit (again!), so to reward myself for going a week without caffeine, I got a Triple D (Dirty Diet Dr Pepper).  Yeah, makes total sense.  Ellie and Lynnie shared a tiger's blood shaved ice, and Cece snuggled Daddy on the swing.  Look at that tired face!

It was time for another ophthalmologist appointment.  This was Dr Young's first day back from maternity leave, and it was fun to see pictures of her sweet baby.  Lynnie was awesome at the appointment.  We were there without Greg this time, and so I told Lynnie I needed her help.  She took that very seriously, and was happy and pleasant the whole time.  She hopped right up in the chair and did all of her tests.  When it was Cece's turn, Lynnie helped her stay happy and look at the doctor.  We had Cece checked at the recommendation of her audiologist, who said that often children with hearing loss experience vision loss as well.  Both girls looked great!

Tuesday night, we had a great visit with our home teachers.  Jake taught a lesson on prayer and shared an experience he had where his bike was stolen, he and his family prayed about it, and the next day, an acquaintance of the family called to say that she had found Jake's bike in field.

All day, Ellie had been playing with this ring that came with her Anna princess doll.  She was playing with it during the home teacher's visit, but left it on the ottoman to walk them to the door.  Lynnie instantly grabbed the ring and hid it underneath a chair.  As soon as Ellie got back from the door, Lynnie said, "oh, no, Ellie, where's your ring?  We can say a prayer!  Heavenly Father, please bless that we can find Ellie's ring....Oh, look, here it is!" And she "found" that ring lickety split.

Ellie was feeling a little sick, so I got a wet washcloth for her head.  She finished her project from school that day.  Her teacher gave the students a paper doll and told them to draw their best friend.  Ellie said her whole family was her best friend, so she got extra dolls to draw at home.  Definitely a mommy paycheck moment!

Lynnie likes to read books, just like Mom.  Her favorite right now is Pride and Prejudice.  She carries it with her everywhere.  She read it to Cece while we were picking up Ellie from a friend's house.


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