Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

Sometimes I get bogged down in the repetition and minutia of motherhood.  I am glad for the chance to stop, take a breath, and recognize the blessing that it is to have these precious girls call me mother.  

I started feeling ill on Friday afternoon.  I managed to rest until Greg got home, and then I went to bed around 7:00.  I had a wonderful morning with {R} to celebrate Birth Mother's Day on Saturday.  And I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with strep throat.

I elected to have the antibiotic shot, because the doctor said sometimes that gives faster relief.  I was also thinking it would be a time saver over having an oral antibiotic prescription filled somewhere else.

Bad idea.

Really bad idea.

I did not know that I would receive that lovely shot in my hip, or that it would sting so much going in.

I also did not expect to have an allergic reaction, where my whole body broke out into a sweat and I could not breathe.

Let me tell you, when you tell the front desk you are having a reaction to a shot, you get instant help.  I was in the back with my vitals taken faster than you can say "allergic reaction."

After some water and sitting in a room by myself for almost an hour, I was declared safe to drive and could leave.

Note to self:  never elect for an antibiotic shot again.

My hip still hurts (4 days later).

The good thing about having strep throat over Mother's Day weekend is that Greg had cleared his schedule already, so I could relax and sleep.  

Ellie took very good care of me, always bringing me drinks of water.

I received very special and thoughtful cards.

This was Ellie's gift from school.  My favorite:   My super mom is as smart as... a dad.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

April 30 - May 7

We got Cece down for a nap and left her at home with Greg, while Ellie, Lynnie, and I went to Courtney's baby shower.  So excited that Mom-Julie is about to become Grandma-Julie!

One of the activities at the shower was to decorate some blocks for baby Bentley Kylo.  Lynnie's favorite three sides are on the top and Ellie's are on the bottom.

Ellie loves having one more sister (since Courtney married her big brother Bryson, Ellie gets another sister, right?).

Ellie had ridden her bike and Lynnie and I walked.  Coming up our hill was tough work, and Lynnie was quick to run up and give Ellie a push.  She ended up pushing sister most of the way up the hill.

Painting is fun, especially when you paint a new animal mask.  Good thing this is washable paint.  Cece got a little excited about painting this time.

More awesome papers from Ellie.

Tree1 Hello you are I like your dress.
Tree2 Thank you for saying that.
Tree1 Your welcome what is your name.
Tree2 My name is lily what your name.
Tree1 My name is josh Thank you.
Tree 2 your Welcome I have to go soon.
Tree1 Me to lily but we can play ageun {again}
Tree2 Bye see you soon.
Tree1 yeah I hope to to.

Birth Mother's Day is a special day set aside to honor Birth Mothers.  It is the Saturday before Mother's Day.  {R} and I met for pedicures in the morning and then Greg and the girls came and met us for lunch.  {R} entertained them for a long time with the silly faces on her phone.  I think it is from the SnapChat app, but I'm not cool enough to have that on my phone, so I'm not really sure...

We made sure to send some virtual love to {T} and {M}.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Let's Play Music Recital

Ellie and Lynnie had their Let's Play Music recital and they did awesome.  They were both nervous about being in front of the big crowd, but once they got up there they did fine.  Ellie had a rehearsal that morning at 11, and she is independent, so I dropped her off and then went back to get her when she was done.  Lynlee's rehearsal was at 1, and the recital was at 2.  I thought I told Greg that I would try to leave Lynlee at the rehearsal, but that if she was nervous I would just stay and he could bring Ellie and Cece over at 1:45.

Albert and Kanisha and Grandma got there around 1:50.  I chatted for a few minutes and then realized the rest of my family was no where in sight.  I quickly texted Greg asking where they were.  He texted back, "should I be there now?"  "YES!  It starts in 2 minutes."  Afterwards we worked out that he thought I was coming home to get them no matter what...  Greg managed to get Cece woken up, diaper bag thrown together, and everyone to the recital (which was at our church) by 2:04.  But Ellie missed the big opening number.  Oh, well.  I think I was the only one who noticed.

Lynnie has really good rhythm on her sol-do-sol-TAP part on this song.

Ellie was playing her heart out on this song, but her keyboard wasn't producing any sound.  Miss Sheryl fixed it at the end.

Ellie played the do-re-mi scale on the piano and Lynnie played it on the bells.  Then they both play the do-mi-mi part.  Lynnie could successfully play that in our practice, but only once at a time.  Ellie was the only one playing that part on the piano.

Getting her first year certificates at the end of the recital.

Ellie receiving her 2nd year certificates.

Trying to get a picture afterwards was comical.  These are the best two out of the ten I took...

At least Lynnie still likes to pose.

And be silly!

Miss Sheryl is an amazing teacher and we are so grateful that she started teaching LPM.  She reached out on Facebook for kids to come to a sample class, and Ellie was there.  And we have been there ever since.  It is wonderful!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April 17 - 21

Cece was killing me during prayers this night -- just eating her chips while trying so hard to be reverent.


Sofia's daddy is a yacht captain and spends most of his time working off the coast of California.  He gets to come home a couple of times a month.  Ellie was concerned that Sofia wouldn't get to go to the Daddy Daughter dance if her daddy was in California, so Ellie invited Sofia to go with her.  The girls had a great time and it was a magical night.

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 9 - 15

Cece is really aware of her sisters and what they need.  If one of them is crying, Cece will run and get a tissue and then wipe their face.  Sometimes too forcibly.  It is incredibly sweet.  On this morning, Ellie was laying on the kitchen floor whining about something while Greg and I were making breakfast.  Cece noticed, and just laid down on Ellie to give her comfort.

Our garage fridge died, so we went to a little shop in Orem to pick out a used one.  The owner of the store gave the girls each a lollipop.  Lynnie wanted me to take a picture of her blue tongue so she could see it.

 And then Cece wanted me to take a picture of her tongue, too.  She stuck her tongue out and signed "SAME."

 Ellie created these awesome cards for everyone in the family.  She spent a long time getting them just right.

Lynlee and Ellie really wanted to see the new Saturday's Warrior movie, and I knew it wouldn't be as fun for me Cece if Cece came along.  Luckily, {R} was available to take Cece on a date.  Win win, for sure!

Cece generally likes going to the audiologist.  She loves doing the sound booth testing and gets really excited to wave at the dancing animals.  Dr Dansie tried out a new test today, and Cece wasn't the biggest fan.  She had all of this equipment draped around her neck.  But she was patient and got through the test.

I am slowly making my way through the house and cleaning things out.  I am loosely following the Kon Mari method.  I say loosely because I am incorporating some of the principles (does this item spark joy?) but not going in the order proscribed.  Today I tackled my bookshelves and had over 50 books I was ready to let go.  I texted Greg's mom to see if she wanted any of them, and she replied that she would be over in 5 minutes to take a look. 8 minutes later, she had arrived and we were looking at them all.  She decided to take everything, and I was happy they were going to a new home where they would be read.

Sweet Lynnie has decided that writing words is fun.  She is always asking me how to spell things.  She made me these cute papers.

I love Heather

How R U Heather Love U R the best mom

Some group lesson shenanigans.  Cece likes to be a part of the action.

After violin lessons, we went to Ellie's school where they were having a 10 year anniversary celebration.  I was most excited to tour the new space center.  Lynlee completely freaked out at the flashing lights and dramatic mission we went on (for 7 minutes, with the middle school students playing the roles).  I managed to get one picture before spending the rest of the time trying to keep her calm.

The rest of the events were fun.  We got to do a photo booth, and play some trivia games, and participate in an art project.

Pops is in town for the weekend and we loved having him stay with us for two of the days.  Lynnie and Cece enthusiastically showed him how to make a volcano.

This picture really does not do it justice.  Cece put on a winter hat right after I did her hair this morning, so it was still wet.  She wore the hat pretty much all day, and when she did take it off, her hair was completely flat on top.  It was pretty crazy!

A yummy snack for Cece.

Friday night pizza making is much more fun with Papa!


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