I don't take pictures off of the iPad very often, mainly because I rarely use it to take pictures. These are from the beginning of September.
. : Lynnie helping me make a cake : .
. : Ellie's first ever homework page : .
These girls are the best of friends. I love to watch them play together, and to relax together. Watching a movie while I make dinner keeps everyone happy.
Most of the time, Lynnie likes to play with Cece and help her sister. And Cece is getting close to crawling. She gets in the position and rocks back and forth. She can move one arm, and then collapses on the second arm movement. She has to figure out how to get her legs to move, and she will be there.
The middle child syndrome is alive and well at our house. Lynnie is really patient with me as I help Cece first (because the baby always comes first), and she is patient with Ellie (who is more vocal with her desires). I knew Lynnie needed something extra special for her today, so I asked her what she wanted to do after we picked up Ellie from school. Lynnie picked a trip to the Museum of Natural Curiosity, and we were on our way.
Ellie scaled the climbing wall quickly. Lynnie tried hard but could not quite figure out how to use the hand holds.
This moment makes me laugh. Lynnie said, "I will help you!" and tried to hold on to Ellie. Ellie's response: "No, go back. I can do it! Let go, let go, let go!"
. : hanging like a sloth : .
. : I want to do it this way : .
The outside playground was a hit, and the weather was perfect. I fed Cece on the bench and we watched the big girls play.
They were very disappointed that this "twisty slide" was only a ladder, and they could not slide down it. The pole was on the edge and blocked them.
Lynnie tried the seesaw for a few seconds, going up and coming down one time, before she was done. Luckily, this nice girl was willing to ride with Ellie. Lynnie was happier sitting still.
. : holding on to her milk while we watch the big girls play : .
We like putting sunglasses on Cece much more than Cece seems to like having them on. She instantly pulls them off.
Lynnie's first preschool field trip! She was very excited to go. Miss Traci and Carson's mom walked the children down the block to the Garden Center on the corner. Cece and I got there a couple of minutes after the class arrived.
The lady from the nursery was very engaging and the perfect hostess. She took the children all over and showed them many types of plants.
. : sniffing the flowers : .
Cece was happy to be there, too, as long as her stroller was moving.
Lynnie's favorite part was planting pansies.
Cece and I left a little early to go home and meet Jessica and Denver. We were excited to play with Denver for few hours. Lynnie and her class walked home after finishing at the nursery. A perfect field trip!
Friday afternoon I got to go with Ellie to music class again. Cece did better at Kari's house, but wore herself out crying a little in the middle. Kind Kari rocked her to sleep.
Lynnie fell asleep on the recliner in this awesome position.
On Saturday, we stopped by Swig for a treat before running errands. I'm trying to kick my caffeinated soda habit (again!), so to reward myself for going a week without caffeine, I got a Triple D (Dirty Diet Dr Pepper). Yeah, makes total sense. Ellie and Lynnie shared a tiger's blood shaved ice, and Cece snuggled Daddy on the swing. Look at that tired face!
It was time for another ophthalmologist appointment. This was Dr Young's first day back from maternity leave, and it was fun to see pictures of her sweet baby. Lynnie was awesome at the appointment. We were there without Greg this time, and so I told Lynnie I needed her help. She took that very seriously, and was happy and pleasant the whole time. She hopped right up in the chair and did all of her tests. When it was Cece's turn, Lynnie helped her stay happy and look at the doctor. We had Cece checked at the recommendation of her audiologist, who said that often children with hearing loss experience vision loss as well. Both girls looked great!
Tuesday night, we had a great visit with our home teachers. Jake taught a lesson on prayer and shared an experience he had where his bike was stolen, he and his family prayed about it, and the next day, an acquaintance of the family called to say that she had found Jake's bike in field.
All day, Ellie had been playing with this ring that came with her Anna princess doll. She was playing with it during the home teacher's visit, but left it on the ottoman to walk them to the door. Lynnie instantly grabbed the ring and hid it underneath a chair. As soon as Ellie got back from the door, Lynnie said, "oh, no, Ellie, where's your ring? We can say a prayer! Heavenly Father, please bless that we can find Ellie's ring....Oh, look, here it is!" And she "found" that ring lickety split.
Ellie was feeling a little sick, so I got a wet washcloth for her head. She finished her project from school that day. Her teacher gave the students a paper doll and told them to draw their best friend. Ellie said her whole family was her best friend, so she got extra dolls to draw at home. Definitely a mommy paycheck moment!
Lynnie likes to read books, just like Mom. Her favorite right now is Pride and Prejudice. She carries it with her everywhere. She read it to Cece while we were picking up Ellie from a friend's house.