Friday, October 10, 2014

Photo Shoot with Images By Em

You. Guys.

I just picked up our pictures from our photo shoot with Emily back on September 6.  She and her husband just got approved to adopt, and I hope their birth mom finds them soon!

As I was going through the files, I thought, "this is my favorite.  No wait, this one is my favorite.  No, this one!"  So many amazing pictures.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

September 30 - October 7

Ellie told me she made a new bed under Cece's crib and wanted to play with Cece under there.

Later in the day, the project grew and morphed into Ellie and Lynnie's new bedroom.  They happily played in there for a long time while Cece and I were sorting her clothes, putting away the 6-9 month clothes and getting out the 9-12 month clothes.

. : happy girl likes to eat, most of the time, now : .

Cece was almost asleep and had both hands tucked up under her ears, with her elbows in the air.  Greg tried to sneak up to take a picture of her cuteness, and she moved.  

Ellie was playing at Annie's house, and we walked over to pick her up.  It was sunny and a perfect temperature, but of course it was super windy--more than I expected--and it was a little much for Cece.  She was a trooper, though, even when we got home with cold hands.  Lynnie decided she was big enough to go and knock on the door all by herself.  It took her almost 2 minutes to get up there, but once she knocked she spoke clearly to Sierra and said it was time for Ellie to come home.

Cece's hair is starting to get longer, and her curls are really coming out!

Where's Cece?


The big girls have dance class on Thursdays at 1, and for two weeks in a row we have run into Uncle Daniel and his HIVES class at the Legacy Center.  Today, Dan told me, "Hedit, bring Geg.  My house.  Morrow." 

Lynnie always manages to figure out a way to ride on the stroller.  Smart girl!

Just helping Ellie practice her Let's Play Music assignment.  And a little violin practice after that.

Ellie and Lynnie made a secret hide-out in their closet.  They pushed the clothes over and packed an impressive amount of toys, plus themselves, into the little space.  So many giggles came out of that closet!

Friday was our first parent-teacher conference for Ellie.  Lynnie brought a book to read, and very carefully colored in the dolphins on the front and back pages while we waited to meet with Mrs. Holmgren.

. : Ellie's desk : .

It was great to meet with Mrs. Holmgren and hear that Ellie is doing fantastic in Kindergarten.  Mrs. Holmgren said that Ellie is silly when it is time to be silly, and focuses when it is time to focus.  She showed us examples of her handwriting and art, and said that she is doing exceptionally well with reading.  A great report!

Afterwards, I followed Daniel's instructions and brought Greg to see him.  Grandpa and Grandma just bought a new travel trailer, and it was fun to get a tour.  The big girls loved playing on the top bunk of the bunk beds.  It had a light that they could turn on and off.  So. much. fun!

Then Ellie thought that eating at JCW's would be a great end to our Family Date.  While we were waiting for our food, Cece had the biggest blow-out she has ever had.  It was pretty epic.  Luckily I had an extra onesie in the diaper bag.  And she was pretty happy afterwards :)

General Conference weekends are the best!  We love to listen to the prophet and the apostles.

One of the many reasons I love this weekend?  Greg is home with us the whole time.  No meetings on Sunday.

I love watching Lynlee's creativity.  She built this great tower this morning out of her special dolphins and the penguin {M} gave her.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 21-27

Greg attended all three sessions of the Ogden Temple rededication, and thanks to Tammy's offer to watch the girls, I attended the middle session.  The girls love being at Grandpa and Grandma's house.  We had a potluck dinner afterwards, and I got Cece to conk out for a little nap.  She loves to hold her blankies when she sleeps.

We look forward to Mondays!  Piper and Lynnie are in the same Kindermusik class again, and we love hanging out afterwards.  The timing works out perfectly.  We drop L & P off to class, and there is just enough time to pick up Ellie from Kindergarten and get back for the sharing portion of Kindermusik.  This day, Tayler and Hudson hopped in my car with me and we all went together to pick up Ellie.  Tayler went to get her out of the line-up.  It was pretty cute to see the look on Ellie's face when she saw Tayler.  She grinned from ear to ear, and ran over, almost attacking Tayler in her rush to give hugs.

Ellie loves to tell people how she is just like Tayler, because they are both the oldest in their families.  Ellie takes being the big sister to Lynnie and Cece, and the big sister to Piper and Hudson, very seriously!

Ellie's toe has still really been bothering her, and she is favoring it when she walks.  We decided it was probably time to get it checked out.  I took the girls to the doctor, and she said it was probably fine, but we should get it x-rayed.  I called Greg and he met us at the hospital for the procedure.

I was really glad Greg could come, because only I could go in with Ellie.  Otherwise, she would have had to go in by herself.  She just looked so little on that giant table.

The x-ray technician said that everything looked good to her, but we needed to hear from the doctor to be sure.  

Ellie and Lynnie were going to go with Greg back to his office to get his computer and things, but while we were getting car seats situated, Greg got a phone call.  We happily played on this patch of grass for a few minutes while we waited for him to finish.

At violin lessons on Monday, Grandma said that Ellie is officially graduated from her box violin, and will use the wood violin exclusively.  We went straight from lessons to the doctor to the hospital to Daddy's office to bed, so we had our box violin unwrapping Tuesday morning.  Ellie was sad to say good-bye to her "friend" but happy to eat a fruit roll-up from the box.

Lynnie likes to hang out with us, no matter what we are doing.

Thursday morning, I had a dentist appointment.  I thought I had it scheduled just right to be able to take Cece with me and still pick up Ellie on time.  But then I got worried.  Greg just told me to bring Cece to him (his office is close to the dentist) and he could go pick up Ellie if necessary.  I walked in with Cece, and Tammy totally stole her and played with her the whole time.  And I was about 5 minutes too late with my appointment, and Greg did get Ellie.  It all worked out!

. : carrots and puffs for dinner : .

Friday was Ellie's school carnival.  I had volunteered to help decorate the booth for Mrs. Holmgren's class, and so we headed over on Friday afternoon to do that.  Ellie proudly showed me her self-portrait on display outside her classroom.

After decorating, we went back home, ate some dinner, met daddy, and headed back to the school.  First up was the plunger races.

Next was the dunk tank, and guess who was sitting there?  Mrs. Holmgren!  Ellie was so excited she was jumping up and down.  Her first throw missed the mark, so the helper had her move a little closer.

Her second throw was right on, and she dunked Mrs. Holmgren!  How many people can say they have dunked their teacher?  It was a pretty awesome moment.

. : milking the cow : .

This was our booth.  Pyper's mom made the sign and we bought the rest of the decorations (because that's as creative as I can be).

Lynnie liked throwing from this distance.  They got to practice a lot as we were setting up, and all of that practice paid off.

Cecilia is such a big girl!  She just loves to chill in the stroller.  She was pretty cute drinking her milk with her feet propped up.

It's always fun to find friends.  I was excited to meet a lot of Ellie's friends from her class and their parents.

Getting their hair painted was a highlight of the night.

On Saturday, we decided to go to a movie.  We picked A Dolphin Tale 2, because Lynnie loves dolphins.  We brought Cece with us, and it was her first movie.  When we walked in, we were excited to see Tiff and her daughters there.  I got Cece to take a nap for about half of the movie, and she was pretty good the rest of the time.  The movie was a little slow for us, and Lynnie kept on asking when it would be over. Daddy was nice and went to get the car for us, since it was pouring rain outside.

 My favorite part of the movie was when the two dolphins were put in the same tank and became friends.  Ellie looked at me, made a heart with her hands, and said, "that just makes my heart so happy!"

And then her heart broke...

Saturday night, my cousin Jen and her daughter Abby came to spend the night.  She timed her coming to be after the Women's Broadcast, so they got here around 9 p.m.  Ellie and Abby instantly ran off to play.  They had so much fun together!  We need to see them more often :)


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