Thursday, October 31, 2013


Ah, Halloween.  I hate scary things, so sometimes Halloween feels a little icky to me.  But the girls love to dress up, and it is a magical holiday for them.  I love the thought from the Middle-Aged Mormon Man when he says that Halloween is the most charitable holiday of the year--when doors open to us and we receive gifts and there is no expectation of anything in return.

Kind of love that idea.

And really love these darling girls all ready to go trick-or-treating.  Ellie was so excited and and had been looking forward with so much anticipation, that it took 45 minutes to get her costume and wig on.  She just. couldn't. stand. still!

Tangled.  A.K.A. Rapunzel

Love her poses.

Lynnie, post nap, was a little unsure about taking pictures.

 She quickly warmed up when Daddy stepped in to help.

Lynnie was originally going to be Snow White, but after wearing that costume to her friend's party last week, she didn't want to wear it.  (It was too long and I think she recognized that it would be hard to walk in.)  She picked her favorite outfit from the dress-up box, and Lynnie was a gorgeous princess.

We finally got out of the door about 5 to get started.  You can see Ellie's excitement--she is already on Hope's driveway!

Hope's house was the perfect first stop on our trip around the block.

This is the only picture taken of  me.  I only handed the camera off once, but I thought Greg snapped more than one picture!  I wore this cute hat, because Lynnie kept on asking what I was going to be for Halloween.  This was the best I could do.

"Come on, Mom, let's go!"

We have the best neighbors!  Ellie and Lu were so polite and so excited about every piece of candy they received.

After going to a few houses, I realized I should take pictures on my phone so I would have some options for social media.

The best stop of the night was to see Mom Julie and Nick.  In fact, as we meandered around the block, Lynnie would ask every house or two, "when will we get to Mom Julie's house?"  It was perfect to stop there.  We had a potty break and Lynnie got some milk.  Plus, Ellie got to pass out candy to all of the trick-or-treaters.  By the time we left, it was dark, so the coats went on, and we were able to stop by a few more doors on our way home.

I had left a bowl of candy on our porch because I knew we would miss the biggest crowds.  When we got home it was empty, and I wish I had stacked it higher!  Not too many more kids came by, and we were left with way too much candy.  

After making a quick dinner of whole wheat apple pancakes and scrambled eggs, we loved having Russ & Elizabeth stop by (they had come back to trick or treat in our neighborhood).  And then Staci, Dallin, and Kyralyn came by for a couple of hours.  So much fun!

Hodge Podge

Lynnie loves to dress up and look pretty!  The first thing she did on this morning was put on her pretty black dress.  The second thing was to find her "pack pack" with her tiptoe shoes and gloves.

 She drank milk in style, my friend.  In style.

Ellie is awesome.  And loves turtles.  Because Tayler loves turtles.

I got this Book of Mormon Reading Chart a couple of years ago.  And we are finally using it.  Ellie was very excited to be able to color in four circles.  And she did each circle a different color.

"Mom.  Dad.  How about I take your picture?"

I ordered a couple of Christmas presents from an online printing company, and needed to spend a couple more dollars to get free shipping.  It was $1 more in total cost to get free shipping + another product (vs. paying for shipping).  My extra product was a set of wall decals.  I ordered my favorites from our Shadetree Photography photo shoot, and the girls loved putting them on the wall.  They have arranged and rearranged them too many times to count.

Ellie likes to put hers up as high as she can reach.  So that Lynnie Lu can't mess with her pictures...

Lynnie likes to dress up in a leotard like Ellie when it is Ellie's dance class.  Lu was hilarious laying on the bench.  She would push and pull herself along, and slid back and forth the whole way.

Lynnie also likes to peek in the doorway before class begins.  Today she snuck all the way into class.

Ellie tried to bring her back out.

 They always get to dance with props, and this week they got brooms.  Super fun!

Our library does fabulous puppet shows for special occasions, and we loved the Halloween ones today.  Dolphin photobombed our selfie!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Grandma Great is 98

Happy birthday to my amazing grandmother!  She turned 98 yesterday, and the family gathered today to celebrate.

I love every thing about this picture.

First of all, that Grandma is actually posing for the picture.

And her wise eyes, encircled by her awesome glasses.

And that you can see her house key.  She always pins it to her shirt so she won't lose it.

Ellie loves Grandma Great.  She always says, "that's my favorite grandma ever!"

Lynlee packed two pairs of tip-toe shoes {dress-up shoes} and two pairs of glubs {gloves}.  She wanted to be fancy for Grandma Great's party.

I handed the camera over to Lyssa, who became the photographer for the night.  She has a fresh perspective!

I wish I knew what Ellie was telling Grandma Great.  I love that Grandma is listening and watching so intently.

I have strict instructions to relay this story correctly.

Ellie was taking pictures with the play camera (see photo above).  The camera shows pictures of animals on the back after you click the shutter button.  Bobi asked, "am I a giraffe?" after Ellie took her picture.  Ellie said, "no, you are a bathtub!"

Lyssa took the picture right as Bobi said, "A BATHTUB!?!"

Ellie loved opening the door for all of the cousins.
Lynnie spent a lot of time rocking in her favorite chair.

 And pretending to be asleep in the rocking chair.

Janice and Grandma were talking and Grandma kept on laughing, so I tried to surreptitiously take a picture.  

And Grandma actually said, "oh, take another one."

And she posed!
Jancie Taylor, Juliet Maathuis

Ryan Taylor, Chris Hall

Grandma's "roommate", Stephanie & Weston Taylor

Bobi & Brian Taylor

Phyllis & Bill Hall, Christine Taylor

Robyn Camp, Kevin Kubarycz, Steve Taylor
 Lyssa was very kind and took the girls downstairs to play.  I snuck down to see what they were up to.  Lyssa was texting and Ellie and Lynnie were playing.

Arlena Camp, Janice Taylor, Juliet Maathuis

Nice shot, Lyssa!

Shayla Hall.  And Lyssa in the reflection behind the lens.
...something on my phone was very interesting...
 Cake time!

 After her milk, Lynlee skipped out on cake and went to the front door to wait for Ellie and me.  Lynnie Lu was just. ready. to. go. home!

And here's an interesting story from my mom's family tree.

Cornelius "Matt" & Juliet Maathuis
started it all

Arlena Camp, Phyllis Hall, and Christine Taylor
3 daughters

Aunt Chris' husband, Steve, is my sister Bobi's husband Brian's brother.

Was that clear?

My sister and my aunt married brothers.

So our aunt is now my sister's sister-in-law.  And her cousins are also her nephews.

It's super fun.


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