Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chalkboard Fun

I jumped on the chalkboards-in-family-pictures bandwagon and got some chalkboards to use in our photo shoot.  And, of course, we have to play with them now that the photo shoot is all over!

Ellie wrote her friend Hope's name all by herself.  And picked out their matching mermaid pajamas.

 Lynnie likes to pretend to be a puppy, and Ellie was kind enough to get "puppy" some water to drink.




Friday, June 28, 2013

Flashback

Danielle posted pictures from her wedding last October  on Facebook (finally!) and I had fun looking at all of them.  Since Greg is not on Facebook, Danielle was kind enough to tag me every time he showed up in a picture.  I think I was tagged 197 times.  Love it!

Just a couple of my favorites:

The Book Club Ladies (The BCLs)
Kelly, Tiff, Erin, Stephanie, Heather, Kandice, and Ilene




Thursday, June 27, 2013

Naps & Mops

Lynlee obviously needed a nap today.  She fell asleep in the car on the way to Ellie's dance class, and slept through me getting her out of her car seat, walking into the Legacy Center, going up and down stairs, the whole class, walking back to the car, getting back in her car seat, driving home, getting out of the car, and being laid on the couch.  She slept for over 3 hours.

Ellie is really enjoying her dance class. This week they did a lot of dancing back and forth around the room.  Most of the time Ellie was right next to the mirror and would check herself out the whole time.
On Thursday we spent the afternoon in the basement, playing and cleaning.  Ellie mopped the whole floor and did a pretty good job.  It was a little hard, but I refrained from re-mopping any parts.  She even let Lynlee help her.
Lynlee will only wear dresses lately.  It is a cute habit.

Monday, June 24, 2013

FHE with the Morrows

We love hanging out with the Morrows.  We were lucky enough to have them join us for dinner and Family Home Evening.  Ellie and the President were in charge of the lesson, I suggested the activity (hot tub) and then Hailey & Shaylee were in charge of that, and Julie provided the treats.

Ellie is astounding me lately with all of the random words she is reading.  I haven't pushed reading, or worked with her on reading, or anything.  Any time we watch TV I have the subtitles on and she had a great year in preschool.  And of course, we read together every day.  But we don't do flashcards or things like that.

I was finishing up dinner when Ellie went to pick a lesson.  She brought the book over and said, "Mom, this says Jesus was resurrected Easter."  I thought she made it up because of the picture or something, but when I looked I found she had read it correctly.
Amazing!

Ellie assigned the prayers and started teaching.   We had a fun lesson and then the girls headed to change.  Nick went home to get ready for Trek, and the adults stayed inside to chat.



 Lynlee crashed hard right after her bath.  She was worn out from her fun night!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Missionary Training Broadcast

We got to attend the Missionary Training Broadcast and actually have Greg sit with us.  After about an hour, the girls got restless and Greg took them to play in the "cry room."  He sent me some funny texts showing the girls playing Primary.





Friday, June 21, 2013

We Miss The Lassons!

We all woke up late and I was getting us hurried along to make it to our play date with Elizabeth, Davis, and Callie on time.

We totally would have (almost) made it except for the Pull-Up-In-The-Dryer-Disaster.

We loved seeing their new house, and especially loved all of the fun things to do.  We played in the backyard, and had a picnic, and played in the basement.



 After saying good-bye, we headed to the U to pick up some mail.  I haven't been to my office in over a year, and the junk mail had completely filled my little slot.  After briefly catching up with my favorite secretary Sandy, we headed downstairs to take a picture with the U.

These future Utes look great with their "cheeser smiles!"
 Ellie came up with the idea to walk on the railing and was done so quickly.  Lynnie took a little longer, and we had fun watching her come.  She kept on saying things like, "I'm coming, honey!" and "almost there, sweetheart!"



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Girls' Camp

I love Girls' Camp.  It is, perhaps, my favorite place on earth.

Since 1999, I have only missed one year of camp.  I manage to get myself invited every year.  And now that Greg is the Stake President, I have a standing invitation.  So I am considering the next 9 years covered!

Nick came over to babysit on Wednesday and Greg & I headed up to play the Candy Bar Game with our ward.  I learned this game from Heidi Smith back in the good old Lehi 25th ward, and have happily made it a tradition in our ward as well!

The game is simple, but fun because of the tradition and the chants that have evolved over the years.  If you roll a 7, 11, or doubles, you can either pick a candy from the table or steal it from another person.  President loves to steal, and the girls love to steal back from him.  Every time someone gets a good roll, we all scream "7!" or "11!" or "doubles!"  And when something is stolen, we chant

A steal, a steal, a steal, WOOT WOOT

Okay, it is much more exciting in person.

This year Alesha (or was it Mari?) came up with a variation to have two sets of dice going around simultaneously.  It was awesome!  Much harder to keep track of where the favorite candy was hiding and it kept the intensity level up.
giving me a WOOT WOOT
After our game, we hung out for about an hour and got the lowdown on the camp highlights so far.  I love sitting in the mountains with these precious girls and hearing about what is important to them.

On Thursday, the girls got to play all day with Aunt Jessica and Denver.  Ellie and Lu were so excited, and Jessica was so gracious to offer.  They had so much fun!
Greg and I spent more time at Heber Valley this day.  Our ward has never gone before, and it is pretty plush.  It didn't really seem like camping, but all of the amazingness that is Girls' Camp was still there.
wristband = official visitor
There are sleeping cabins that have 16 bunks for girls and 4 bunks for leaders behind a partition wall.  Each campsite (for a ward or two) also has a gorgeous pavilion, with 3 toilets and 3 showers attached.  Plus running water and sinks and picnic tables and refrigerators and electricity in the pavilion. 

 Our stake shared a campground with the Traverse Mountain Stake (that we split from in February).  We were in Camp Rebekah, and there are 6 or 7 other camps on the property.  I didn't realize it was so big up there!  Some other amazing parts:  a bigger pavilion with a full, industrial kitchen for all of Camp Rebekah; a Challenge Course for each campground; a lake with canoes and paddle boats; and lots of hiking trails.
We played the Candy Bar Game again with the Pheasant Pointe 6th Ward (the other half of the original Bull River 3rd Ward) and had an amazing afternoon with them.
 Casey Hansen was totally rocking his pink chevron headband.  Bishop Foy and Brother Shipp were looking pretty handsome as well.  But no one is as good-looking as the one I claim!
 After wandering around for a couple of hours and visiting with people, we had the privilege of going to the closing flag ceremony.  I love feeling the Spirit so strongly at Girls' Camp, and especially the sweet spirit that is there when all of the girls are gathered together.  Greg got to be the closing speaker, and he told the sweetest story about Lynlee that got two spontaneous "ahhhs" from the crowd.

He was talking on the theme of "Stand Ye In Holy Places" and he talked about how any place can be a holy place, if you have the Holy Ghost with you.  He said that the night before when he got home from his meetings, I had just put the girls in bed and Lynlee was still awake.  He went to check on her, and she said, "Daddy, will you come snuggle me?"

{first big AHHHH}

He went and laid by her and she put her hands on his cheeks {second big AHHHH} and told him about her day.  That was a holy place, and a tender moment.

After the flag ceremony, we got to have dinner with the Stake Leaders and enjoyed a couple of hours with them.  Then it was back down the mountain to pick up the darling girls and head home.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Fatherhood Is...

I am in love with the United For Adoption blog.

After all, I have won 2 giveaways.

And they have wonderful articles and spotlights.

And they published a darling picture of Greg and the girls as a part of their Fatherhood Is... series. 

Check it out at
http://unitedforadoption.blogspot.com/2013/06/fatherhood-is.html

Fatherhood is pretending the gift you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day Flat Tire

Right as I pulled into the driveway, coming home from church on Father's Day, the tire light came on.  I parked in the garage and got out to get the girls, and I could hear the tire hissing.  I quickly took a look at it and kind of panicked.  I knew that Greg wouldn't be able to get the jack on the frame where I park in the garage, so I backed out to the driveway.

When Greg got home an hour later (a Father's Day miracle to be home at 3:30!), the tire was completely flat.
 He immediately changed his clothes and gently eased the car into the flat garage.  Hmmm.  I guess I should have thought of that.  Can't really change a tire on a sloped driveway.
 It was pretty exciting to figure out how to get the spare tire out of its hiding place.



 Daddy made quick work of switching the tires, and that was that.  What a way to spend Father's Day!
I am so grateful on this special day for the choices Ellie and Lynlee's birth moms made to make Greg a Daddy.

Amazingness

I got a great phone call last week.  Our friend Emily called and said that she used one of the pictures from my blog and created an art piece on it for her AP Art class.  And would I want the art?

Um, YES!!!

I knew it would be good, but I got a little teary when I saw the picture.  Emily used this picture:

and created this:

Seriously, right?  Seriously amazing!  I can't wait to frame it and hang it on the wall.  So beautiful.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Adventures

I invited some friends to go to the beach with us and we set it up for Friday.

I accidentally wrote it down on my calendar for Thursday.

On Thursday morning, we first packed up and headed off to swimming lessons.  Lynnie wanted to wear her pajamas, and I was fine with that.  She waits for sister's lessons like a champ!

Ellie did great and jumped right into the water.  I love watching her be brave.


Then we headed home to get ready for the beach.  And I figured out that I had the day wrong and our friends were coming tomorrow.

We were all amped up and so we headed out anyway.  We tried Highland Glen Park this time (right behind Lone Peak High School) and it was nice for a change.  The pond was smaller than Manila Creek Park Pond and there was some nice grass to sit on.  Ellie was disappointed to not be able to build sand castles, though.
 They entertained themselves for a long time playing Primary.  They sang songs and gave talks and said prayers.
 Ellie liked to tell Lynnie what to say.
 Bath time when we got home turned into an hour-long play fest.  The girls painted with some colored body wash, and loved creating bubbles.  Ellie was Santa Claus and got a lot of items for everyone's Christmas list.
Friday morning was a little chilly, but we all decided to brave it anyway.  I was so glad, because the weather was perfect at the beach.  Absolutely perfect!
Hope was hiding from the sun because she got a little hot.  So, of course, Ellie had to hide also.
 Our newest food obsession is barbeque potato chips.  And Lynnie was a little possessive!

 Hope's brothers are well-trained and very kind, and let Ellie help them build a pond.
 So much fun to hang out with Catherine and Traci!
 Lynnie was very brave today and waded in a little ways.  It took us about 5 minutes to get to this point, but then she was excited.

What a great adventure!

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