Sunday, June 19, 2016

June 17 - 19

Nothing beats a fun Friday afternoon playing with water and friends in the backyard.  I set up our little party to start during Cece's nap, because I wasn't sure how she would do with the pools.  I carried around the baby monitor listening for Cece to wake up


The "big" girls:
Hannah, Rachel, Ellie, Ally, Hope, and Mia

Mia, Paisley, and Lynnie

Eli was a good sport about being the only boy.  He didn't want to be in any of the pictures, but I snuck this one anyway.

When Cece woke up, she took a few minutes to get acclimated, but then she loved it.

Lynnie wanted to try crocheting like me, but I thought it would be easier to have her try knitting on the loom first.  She worked hard at it off and on all day long.

For Family Fun Day, we stopped by Cabela's to see the fish.  Cece held up her baby doll to see, but by the time I thought to pull out the phone for a picture, she was done and could not be persuaded to repeat the action.

Ellie tried a pork taco instead of a cheese quesadilla and loved it.  Cece had to eat her rice with two spoons.

I was able to weed just fine on Saturday morning with Greg for a few hours.  Until I battled the raspberry bushes and they fought back.  I think they even won.  This picture really does not do justice to the amazingly red and puffy scratches I had all over both arms.

Happy Father's Day!  Greg showed up around 7:30 in the morning, with no more meetings for the rest of the day -- a true rarity!  He said it would be a treat to make a big breakfast and sent me off to have a leisurely shower.  I told him he couldn't make his own breakfast on Father's Day but he kind of shooed me off.  Pretty lucky for me!

He hung out with Cece and I in nursery, which is always a treat.

 Lynlee filled out this cute questionnaire with her Primary class.

Daddy's name is Dad
Daddy is 44 years old
His hair is gray and his eyes are blue
Daddy's favorite food is Steak
Daddy's favorite color is Blue
Daddy likes to wears shirt
Daddy's job is Work
Daddy likes to go to Church
He's smart because he knows He Prays
Daddy works hard at Work
Daddy always tells me He Loves me
I am happy when Daddy {?} Stories
I love Daddy because he helps me find my scriptures


She even made one for me!

After Sacrament Meeting, Lynlee needed a potty break.  I took Cece with us into one of the single room bathrooms.  Lynnie was taking a little while working things out, and Cece was washing her hands.  After a few minutes, Cece started to just make a mess, so I told her she was all done, turned off the water, and helped her dry her hands.  Then she looked at me, all mad, and threw her implant on the tile floor.

And totally broke it.

The coil separated from the processor, exposing the wires.

I sat her down on the floor for a time out and she was screaming.  Greg stuck his head in to see what was going on.  Cece looked at him, then looked at me, and signed HAPPY.  I'm not sure if she was saying that she was happy (a sign she can come out of time out -- when she's all done crying) or if she wanted us to be happy (because she could tell we were upset she broke her implant).  Either way, it was pretty funny.

Good thing the implant is under warranty.

Cece and I ran home to get her back-up processor while Greg took the big girls to Primary.  Because of our delay, Ellie missed giving the opening prayer.  Oops.

This is what a Sunday afternoon should look like!  I texted this picture to {R} and she sent the sweetest message back to Greg on his phone.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

June 9 - 11

My summer would not be complete without a visit to Girls' Camp!  My mom and Tammy split the shift babysitting the girls, and Tammy texted me some pictures of their dinner at Rumbi.  


That reminded me that I had not taken any pictures yet, so I snapped a couple at the fireside.  I loved seeing those YCLs, which included Hailey (you can just see her top knot over the sunglasses girl's head), Shaylee (next to Hailey) and Brinn (down the row with a grey sweatshirt over her shoulders).  These girls are so great and such good examples!  Ellie and Lynnie notice everything that Hailey and Brinn do.

Hailey got to do roll call, and introduce the guest speaker and Greg.  She was amazing!  Confident and well spoken, rolling with the punches.  It was fun to see her doing this and marveling at how much she has grown up.

Just for fun:  this is March 2010.  Hailey was Ellie's first babysitter.  It came about because I was on the Library Board, which met on Mutual night, so all of the babysitters were at church.  Julie and I were working together in the Primary presidency, and I must have been complaining about my dilemma.  She basically volunteered her daughter, who was either 10 or 11.  I would bring Ellie to their house, where Hailey took care of her but Julie was there as a back-up.  It was a wonderful plan!

During family prayer, Cece leaned over and wrapped her arm around Ellie.  Then Ellie wrapped her arm around Lynnie and pulled her in.  Pure sweetness!


Our favorite park has gotten even better with a cool new set of swings.

 Cece even sat in there for a minute with Lu.  That is saying something, since generally Cece does not like swings.



Ellie loved pushing her baby in the baby swing.

We got to spend the day at the Ogden campus of the Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind for PIP's family camp.  Ellie and Lynnie got to be in the same class for 5-6 year olds, and Cece went to the 2 year old class.  Crying and screaming, she was, but she went and stayed with them all day.  Greg and I got to listen to three interesting speakers and have a small group discussion in our adult class.

When it was time for lunch, Cece came to me with a blow-out diaper.  We headed out to the van in the pouring rain to get her changed in the extra clothes.  It was a good reminder to me to switch those out because nothing fit.  Cece ended up in a size 6 shirt and size 24 month skirt.  It worked.

At lunch, Cece only sorted her M&Ms and ate two bites of bread.

And then, Rachel from Signing Time came in (she had been the main speaker in the morning for the adults).  Cece spotted her and pointed.  Then she signed FRIEND and SIGNING TIME.  She was so excited to go over by Rachel, but then pretty shy and hesitant when it came time for a picture.

We stopped by the Lifetime store on our way home to look at playground options.  Lynnie and Cece loved the wiggle cars and Ellie loved the tether ball.

Cece was asking me where Ellie was, and ...

...where Lynnie was.



Saturday, June 4, 2016

Celebrating Kylene and Tobyn

The wedding festivities kicked off with Ky and Tobyn receiving their endowments on Thursday morning.


Grandma Camp played with the girls while Greg and I were at the temple, and when we got home they were playing outside.  Lynnie and Cece wanted to show off their skills going down the hill.

Jonette's sister and niece and her family came to town for the wedding.  We met up with the whole group Friday morning at the Museum of Natural Curiosity.  Ellie was in heaven having so many of her favorite people there -- Kyle, Jonette, Ky, Tobyn, Kiera, and Kaysen.  Whew!  What a lucky girl!  She spent most of her time with one of them while I entertained Lynnie and Cece.

The big people did the high ropes course and we watched for part of the time.  Lynnie and Cece pretended this photo booth was a spaceship.  The funniest part was when Ky went over to check on them and tried to get in to play for a minute.  Cece emphatically pointed out of the booth and made Ky leave...





Saturday was the day of the much anticipated sealing.  Ky is the first Spencer grandchild to get married, and Grandpa was able to seal them.  It was pretty special.  My mom played with the girls while Greg and I headed to the sealing, and then brought them down to Paysen so they would be there for pictures afterwards.




We are so excited for Kylene and Tobyn as they start this adventure together called marriage.


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