Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 12 - 16

Ellie made Grandma Camp a thank you card with a violin on the front.

It was party time for Grandma Spencer's birthday!  These little cousins are so much fun to watch together.  They play and giggle and have a great time.  They bumped down the stairs over and over again, with epic laughter.

Poor Andrew is the oldest of this group and the only boy.  Sometimes he still manages to have fun.

Happy birthday, Grandma!

We had an exciting afternoon!  With Money Mailer, sometimes Greg does some trading with companies for advertising space.  He had been building up some trade with a furniture store in Provo.  We had gone window shopping a few times, and even tried to order a furniture set a month or so ago, but the dealer couldn't get in the one we wanted.  Then they found out the furniture store was going out of business, so it was "use it or lose it."  Greg and Paul went to the store and Greg found this sectional tucked in a corner of the basement.  It had been a floor model, so there are a few dings, but it met our major criteria:  dark color, smooth (cleanable) surface, oversized seating, multiple recliners.  He did great!

The new sectional is not the highest quality, and will not last us 15 years like our old set, but it is great for now.  It fits the room awesome and makes our family room feel much bigger.  Plus, our old couch found a home with Lyssa and her soon-to-be husband, and the loveseat found a home with a refugee family.

Lynlee helped Cece ride on L's bike.

Drawing an elaborate picture on Cece's magnadoodle.

Lynlee has not had any homework all year besides reading and Imagine Learning.  Except for now, when Mrs Holmgren sent home a packet with worksheets to practice the numbers 11 - 20.  She gave us something like 3 weeks to complete it, and of course we did it all in 3 days.  With lots of grumbling and tears because it was just. so. hard!  Popcorn sometimes made it easier...

I had been texting {M} for about a month, setting up a chance to see her and her family as they came through town on their way to Las Vegas.  I know that traveling with small children is tricky and sometimes schedules can change at the last minute, so I didn't tell my girls that we were going to see {M} until about an hour before, when {M} was driving through Ogden and coming steadily south.  We love {M}, her husband, and her two children.  They are awesome and it is a treat to see them in person!  We stay connected via Facebook and texting, but nothing beats a visit.  We had an amazing dinner, full of conversation and catching up.  Plus, an epic Lynlee fit.

Lynlee was soooo excited to see {M} and meet her baby sister.  We last saw them when we went to Idaho for Lynlee's 5th birthday present, and {M} was pregnant at the time.  When we got to The Pizza Factory, we beat them by a few minutes. We got a table and Lynlee was bouncing in her seat, she was so excited. When they came in, Lynlee got shy and just sat back to kind of observe what was going on.  Ellie happily took over and entertained Lynnie's brother and sister.

After a few minutes, {M}'s husband, was teasing Lynlee and scooted over to give her a hug.  Lynlee laughingly fell backwards, right on top of Cece, and burst into tears.  We all thought she got hurt, but it was one of the times she just gets crying so hard that she cannot tell me what is going on.  {M} and her husband felt terrible, but it gave us a chance to talk a little bit (over the crying!) about Lynlee's anxious and nervous responses to situations.  {M} said she can be just like that, where her reactions to things sometimes seem all out of proportion to the event.  She shared some coping strategies she uses that I am excited to try out with Lynnie.

After about 10 minutes, I took Lynnie to the bathroom to try and remove her from the situation and see if that would help.  I finally got her calmed down enough to talk to me.  She wasn't upset about the almost hug or falling on Cece.  It was that when she fell backwards, her tooth (that had been hanging on by a thread for days) came loose and she swallowed it.  She was so upset that the Tooth Fairy would not be able to come because her tooth was gone.

After I was able to assuage her fears that the Tooth Fairy could still come without a tooth, we rejoined dinner and had a lovely time.  When it was time to go, we headed outside to the patio area and ended up chatting for at least another hour.  The kids ran around and played, and it was just fun.  We took lots of pictures, and I'm already looking forward to the next time we can get together!

After we got home, Lynlee and Ellie put together a nice note for the Tooth Fairy explaining the situation.

Dear thooth fairy I swolled
my thooth :( Lynlee lost her
thooth her thooth on acdent :(
you HAVE to give me
YOU CAN!!!!!!!

And, the Tooth Fairy came!

And wrote Lynlee a note back:

Dear Lynlee,
You are such
a good girl!
Sorry you swallowed
your tooth.  Enjoy
your dollar :)

After that exciting morning, we barely got Cece on her bus on time.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Baby Signing Time Volume 5

The girls got the chance to be filmed for a new Baby Signing Time video, expected to be released this Fall.  We put on our favorite outfits and headed out.

We got there nice and early, and waited for a few minutes in the lobby.  Then the hair/make-up artist came out of the studio and fixed up Ellie's and Lynlee's hair.  They all got a quick dash of lip gloss as well.  (I loved that they didn't use make-up on this show with kids for kids.)  Another woman evaluated their outfits and decided we should change Ellie and Cece.

Then it was our turn!  The girls were a little star struck meeting Rachel.

It was an interesting experience.  More hard work than anything.  The crew kept it light and fun, but there was lots of "let's do that again!  smile more!  don't forget to look right at the camera!"  The amazing thing to me is what the videographer told me they can do in editing.  The girls are sitting next to each other but not touching, so they can split the screen in 3 parts.  They can use just one girl out of the three, or speed up and slow down each person in order to synchronize the timing and make it look like they are all signing simultaneously.  I cannot wait to see how it all turns out!  They promised that every child will be in the video at least twice. They filmed 60 families, so there will be lots of children to choose from in their editing.

After our turn, we took some selfies with Rachel and we were on our way.  What a day!

This one is from the Signing Time Facebook page:

After that hard work, we needed some relaxation in the hot tub with friends.

And some sister snuggles in Ellie's bed.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 1 - 10

I usually cut the girls' fruit into slices, but Cece insisted on eating her pear like this.  She was pretty proud of herself.

After changing her pants, she got busy playing with her cars.  This girl loves her cars.  She lines them up, and then puts them back in her pink bus.  Then pulls them out and lines them up again.

The girls love when they get to dress up for school.  It was Super Hero day, and they loved putting together their Super Dog and Super Turtle outfits.

Ellie, what are you doing?

Selfie by Ellie

Cece found some make-up and had a good time putting it on.

Lynlee took pictures of her favorite things.  And she placed each picture in this collage.

Cece dressed up as Elsa and was enjoying her reflection in the fireplace.  To say their names, Cece will fingerspell Anna while saying it pretty clearly; and she throws her arms to the side and says "let it go" for Elsa.

I don't remember why Lynlee had a bandaid on her nose (probably a pretend owie), but I love her expression!

Where is Ellie?

Where did she go?

Here she is!  And all of the girls were wearing their pink princess nightgowns -- first time they've ever worn them all at the same time.

Ellie has a new friend at school (she started just a little while ago) and they wanted a play date.  Jacquelyn lives on the top of Suncrest.  We dropped Ellie off, and rather than going home for an hour, Lynlee, Cece, and I took a quick trip to the Dinosaur Museum.  There was this giant lizard that we had never seen before.

Mom:  Girls, act like the shark is going to get you!
Lynlee: {obediently follows instructions}
Cece:  What Lynlee doing?

. : still acting scared : .

Lynlee loves Utah Lake, and pointing it out every time she sees it.  She loved this view of the lake from the bottom of Jacquelyn's driveway.

Field trip!  I got to go with Ellie's class to the Clark Planetarium.  The exhibits are free, and then the school paid for us to see 2 movies and a presentation with a scientist.

The first movie was in the dome part, and it reminded me of field trips I took as a kid to the planetarium, and seeing the stars all around me.  The movie was fascinating and took us on a journey through the solar system.  It also made me motion sick (a new occurrence as I get older) and I had to close my eyes for most of it.  And I may have fallen asleep for a while...

In between movies, we wandered around to see the exhibits.  There was an indoor playground that the children happily played on for about 15 minutes.  It had some of those swinging, padded things, and a boy from another school swung it hard into Ellie's face (on purpose, she said).  Luckily she had glasses, because they took the brunt of the impact.  Her glasses scratched her face and she had a bruise for a couple of days.

Needless to say, that put a damper on Ellie's excitement for the field trip, but she tried hard to have a good time even though her face hurt.

Meanwhile, back at home, Lynlee had played with Grandma after Kindergarten.  Grandma was really nice and took her to Wendy's for a treat.  After I got home and Grandma left, it was time to take Lynlee to her music class.  Lynlee was freaking out and telling me that she didn't feel good.  Sometimes she says that when she doesn't want to do something, so I didn't really believe her.  I thought she just wanted some Mommy-time and was refusing on principle.  We were already late for her class, when Lynlee ran into the bathroom and threw up.  Poor girl!  She actually was sick.  I set her up on the chair and she slept for hours.  We think she got food poisoning, because she was fine the next day and never threw up again.

Miss Sheryl and I laughingly agreed that it was a good thing I didn't make Lynlee go to class on time, because she would have never made it up the stairs to Miss Sheryl's bathroom...

Cece played quietly and kept Lynlee company.

The sink in the master bathroom was leaking, so I took a picture to send to our plumber.  He came and fixed it and all is well again.

Lynlee comes with me to help in Ellie's classroom a few times a month.  We help with centers, usually doing spelling words with 3 different groups of children on their rotations.  When we got there, they were finishing up another activity.  Ellie was done, so she quietly grabbed Lynlee and read her a story.

. : waiting for Cece's bus : .

We found some "Mia and Me" pictures, printed them out, and turned them in to badges.

Cece took this picture of her view at violin group lessons.

Quiet time with Lynlee in the afternoons is the best!

Her love rock project from school.


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