Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

It is finally here.  The first day of Kindergarten!  Ellie has been anticipating this day for months.  Now that it is here, she is experiencing a range of emotions: excitement, nervousness, anxiousness, and joy.  

School starts at 8 a.m., which means we are adjusting our morning routine and I got to wake up all of the girls early.  I love that these sweet sisters are almost always wrapped up together.  They love to snuggle.

Let's take a closer look at that.

After getting ready, we headed outside to take pictures.  Ellie wanted to stand in the same spot where we had taken preschool pictures last year.

When we got in the car to drive to school, Ellie got pretty nervous.

Brave girl gave me a big smile as soon as the camera started clicking.

Lynnie thought it was pretty fun to be taking Ellie to school.

And Cece is always up for anything!

Since it was our first day, we decided not to fight the drop-off traffic, but just parked on the side street and walked Ellie in to school.

And then she was walking in her room!  I was proud of how, even though she was nervous, Ellie just walked right in and up to her teacher.

She found her desk with her name on it. 

I couldn't bring myself to leave yet (along with about 10 other Kindergarten parents, huddled around the door).  I was pretty teary-eyed watching this brave, grown-up girl embarking on her school adventure.  Greg finally had to drag me away.

Lynnie kept Cece entertained for those couple of minutes while we were watching through the doorway.

While we were at home waiting for Ellie to be done on her first day, Lynnie drew on the chalkboard.  She drew a picture of herself and Daddy swinging Puppy.

It was exciting to pick up Ellie and hear all about her fabulous morning.  She was very informative, and gave us a good play by play.  When I asked her if she made any friends (something she was most worried about), she said that she really liked a girl named Piper, but Piper sits at the green table and Ellie sits at the purple table, but they could still be friends and talk lots, and it was so awesome to make a friend named Piper, you know, like Tayler's Piper.  As soon as we got home, I took more pictures of Ellie with my phone so I could have some pictures to text to Tayler and post to Instagram.  Just as we were finishing, Grandma Camp pulled up.

Grandma was a good listener and got to hear all about Ellie's day.  After talking for a few minutes and eating lunch, Ellie had the idea to make kites.  Grandma remembered how to make kites from when she was a little girl, and we got crafting.  I helped Ellie and Grandma helped Lynnie.  Soon we were in the backyard, flying those kites!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Good Weekend

Puppy's ear fell off Saturday morning.  I immediately got my sewing supplies and got ready to fix it.  Lynnie very seriously said, "weh-ell, maybe we should take Puppy to Grandma so SHE can fix her."  Ellie responded, "but Grandma broke her arm, Lynnie, she probably can't sew."

I tried to reassure Lynnie that Grandma had taught me how to sew, and that even though she has never actually seen me sew, I could do a few things.  I could tell Lynnie would only be convinced by the end product.  I did my best, and Puppy's ear is back on.  I realized hours later that I should have fixed Puppy's shoulder as well.  She's just had safety pins for so long that are part of her.

Cece was styling during our family shopping trip.  Ellie picked her outfit from head to toe.

Lynnie loves a lot of the vegetables from our garden.  Her favorites are the green bell peppers and the cherry tomatoes.  She wouldn't look at me, but I love the ball in her cheek that happens when she shoves an entire tomato in her mouth.

Cece loves to hold her own bottle, but it slips out of her grasp pretty easily.  I got out these bottles for her to try, because there are handles.  She loved it as a toy, I think, but didn't drink very much milk.

Cece took a little nap during Sacrament Meeting.  Literally the second she woke up, Lynnie wanted to hold her.  Love her sleepy eyes, and the pictures Hailey surreptitiously took!

After church, we were excited to have {R} come over for dinner.  I have been sad that I missed taking pictures of {R} and Cece both on Cece's sealing day and on her blessing day.  {R} was a good sport and agreed to do a full-on photo shoot.  Ellie chose the location.  Ellie also picked out her own outfit for {R}s visit -- cheetah pants and a zebra clip.

Cece was a little interested at first, but quickly was over the whole experience.

Ellie, Lynnie, {R} and I all tried to get Cece happy again, but mostly to no avail.

Curious Girl was very interested when Ellie ran circles around the fountain.  Cece kept on whipping her head around to see where Sister had gone.

The crying baby is pretty cute, and her dress, made by her birth grandma, is absolutely gorgeous.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sad Girls. And a Massive Hailstorm. And a Luau Party.

Ellie feels things strongly.  She can melt in a matter of seconds.  I don't remember why she was upset this day.  Lynnie captured these fabulous pictures.

Ellie had her first Let's Play Music class today with Miss Sheryl.  I get to go with her every other week.  She did great following directions and singing the songs.  This is going to be a fun class!

Later that afternoon, Lynnie told me she was just really sad because she missed Grandma Great.  Lynnie has been full of questions lately about heaven and what happens when we die.  She asked me to take a picture of her sad face.

 Lynnie wanted to send a picture to Tovin, and of course she had to take it herself.  Tovin sent one back, so Lynnie took some more.  It was like snapchat, only via text.  I'm not cool enough to have snapchat!


Greg, Cece, and I dropped the big girls off at a Primary Luau Party, and got home just in time to see a crazy hailstorm.  It came down so hard and so fast!  It put holes in the zucchini plants and knocked a lot of peaches off of our tree.

. : it all happened with blue skies : .

The girls were excited about their outfits for the party.  Ellie wore a dress she got for her birthday.  It was waaay too big, so we put on a ribbon, pulled the dress up and through to make a ruffle, and put another ribbon on top for a belt.

Lynnie wore her "Tammy" outfit.  She calls it that because it looks like something that Tammy would wear -- white pants and an orange shirt.

The girls had a great time at the party, and came home with WAY too much candy.


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