Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Good Day

We have been experimenting with sprouting.  Ellie decided that she likes the alfalfa sprouts, but not the broccoli, lentil, or bean sprouts.  Alfalfa are my favorite as well.  We are following the procedures from an ebook written by our friend Kenny Bunnell (which I cannot find on amazon right now to link...).  Here is what is left behind after I pulled out the sprouts to sit in the sun for an hour.


Someone had a fun time being a photographer this morning!





Ellie had her last LPM recital, where she celebrated completing the 3 year program, and played an original composition.

She was especially proud of being the fastest member of the "In A Flash" club, clocking in at only 22 seconds!  She worked hard on her flashcards, and it shows.  She could name all of the notes from bass G to Treble F, plus the sharp, flat, and natural signs in that time.  



Miss Sheryl gave lots of awards and treats -- and hugs!


Ellie was part of Miss Sheryl's first LPM class to go through the whole program, so the occasion had to be commemorated with a class photo.

Jackson, Ryker, Ellie, Kara, Miss Sheryl, Brinley, Eliana, Annie, and Juni








After the recital, we stopped by the Perkins' house to deliver our baby gift.  They invited us in and we stayed for over an hour, seeing the nursery and chatting.  They are the nicest family!


Friday, April 21, 2017

April 17 - 21

I needed to get a new pair of little sewing scissors, and we waited for (what seemed like) forever for a sales associate to come and unlock them for us.  Good thing these girls can entertain themselves and me.

Lynlee loved playing with these two monkeys.

I have learned that I love making amigurumis, but I love them more when they are littler and get finished more quickly.

The girls' dolls are about as big as I ever want to go again.

Lynlee's last LPM class for the year was a success!  She has learned a lot this year and grown through her practicing.  This girl has music in her soul.


The next day was Ellie's last LPM class, for ever!  Her thank you note was pretty epic.


The last class of every semester is a Station Day, where you rotate and participate in different activities.  The most important one is doing an assessment with Miss Sheryl to see how much you learned that semester.  Ellie enjoyed reviewing the Red Balloons songbook.


 There is an LPM teacher in Orem that is piloting a new "Bridge" course that extends LPM for another 9 months, bridging the gap between the LPM group class/musicianship concept with private piano lessons.  We toyed with the idea of signing up for that next year, but ultimately decided to spend less time on running around to activities, to have more time at home to practice, do homework, and maybe get to play with friends after school on a day other than Friday.

Look at the beautiful mermaid who came to visit me today!


It is time for this growing girl to get a new violin!  We traded in her 1/8th size for a 1/4.  Grandma helped us with the timing, so that Ellie would have plenty of time to get used to the bigger violin before the recital in a month and violin camp in two months.





Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter

The Easter bunny usually comes to our house on Saturday morning.  Daddy is home then, and we like to be able to focus on Easter baskets one day, and the Savior the next day.  However, Mommy wasn't feeling very good Friday night and went to bed around 7:30.  Somehow, the Easter bunny forgot to come a day early.  After the girls got over their disappointment, they helped me make pancakes for breakfast and gooey butter for the Easter Egg hunt.

The girls can never get enough of the bottom layer of the gooey butter.  They would eat it by the spoonful if I would let them.  Well,usually I do let them have one spoonful each. But they are always begging for more!


Our Easter celebrations started off with the annual egg hunt at Todd and Rachel's house.  We love this event and look forward to it every year!

The attendees are a mix of Spencers and Wendts (Rachel's family).  This year, the girls loved playing with Scott and Kari's kids -- not really cousins, but we call them cousins anyway.  They are our cousin's cousins!  They spent a long time on the trampoline.  I was impressed how they took turns jumping, and everyone else patiently waited.

Next up was dying the eggs.


This activity required some serious supervision.


More seriousness...


Then Rachel gathered the children to talk about Jesus and why Easter is so important.  As part of her lesson, she showed them the video "He is Risen."  Ellie kind of hates this video because she hates when Jesus is crucified.  It really hurts her heart.

Take a look at those faces, intently watching.

While we were talking about Jesus and His resurrection, the big kids were hiding the eggs all over the yard.  When they were done, it was time for the hunt.  Cece got to lead out this year, and she found the first egg right by the door.  Tylan was her special helper, and he was so sweet with her.

Lynlee insisted that Daddy be her special helper.

Ellie teamed up with Cassie, and was out of the door so fast when the "biggest" of the little kids were set free.


There were some pretty ingenious hiding places this year, including using lots of the parked cars.

One of my favorite moments was when Ellie spotted these eggs in the shed door.  Tylan quickly yelled that he was bringing Cece over to get those, and Ellie just immediately backed up to watch Cece find them.



Cece is signing "candy."





At bedtime, we talked more about Easter and watched a few more videos about Easter Sunday and the resurrection.  We love the Bible videos and watch them often.

On Sunday morning, Greg had a few meetings but thought he could be home between 7:30-8.  The girls were up at 6:30, and were anxiously awaiting his arrival so we could look for the Easter baskets. To stay distracted, they took pictures, and ...
  
...drew on chalkboards, and ...

... looked at some Chatbooks, and ...

... tried to wait patiently.  Finally, at 8:50, Daddy got home.

The girls immediately took him over to the Easter Bunny's sign, and the search for their baskets was on!




The Easter bunny brought Ellie and Lynlee some Lego sets (lots of bricks, and not a specific set -- so they can free build more) and Cece some kinetic sand.


I love that the sand was in her hair.


After playing for a while, it was time for church and then off to Grandma's house for Easter dinner.

Grandma had an Easter craft for the girls, and they loved it.




What an amazing weekend, full of family, and focusing on the Savior.

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