Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Festivities

Ellie's cute class at school, some of them wearing Halloween themed shirts.

0The long awaited day is finally here:  Halloween parties at school!  We got Princess Leia and Rey all rady to go.

Lynlee's class posed for a picture before the party started.

Cece and I helped with the party.  Lynlee told me afterwards that she doesn't want me to help any more, because instead of doing all of the activities, she hung out with us the whole time.  

On Halloween, Cece was excited to get her costume on as well.  This is her first real year of running from house to house and getting lots of her own candy.

Ellie was super stoked to finally be able to carry Rey's staff, to complete her costume.

Cece loved her pumpkin and kept a death grip on it the whole time we were out.

 Our first house was the Jensens. 

Cece nervously waited, and then...

... was so excited to see her friend Kabe at the door!

The whole family came up to say "hi" and gave the girls waaaay too much candy.  We love the Jensens!

Cece walked a few blocks, and then got tired and hopped in the stroller.  Still gripping her pumpkin.

The Sweet Tooth Fairy and her family live in our ward, and they gave out full-size cupcakes.  Score!  But the best part is that Brother Brown was inside of this giant bear.  He even kneeled down for a picture with Ellie.  Lynlee and Cece were too scared to go close to the moving, gigantic bear.

So much fun to run into Lynlee's birthday twin, Eli.  And even better that he was dressed as her son!

Yup, still got that pumpkin.

Ellie got candy for her at every house and would come running over and drop it in.

What a fun time walking the neighborhood and seeing lots of friends.  When we got home, we made dinner, and Ellie & Lynnie sat outside to hand out candy to the people that came to our house.

October 25 - 31

Ellie spent hours drawing a portrait of every single person in her class.  She was so excited to take them to school and give them to each person.  Here are my favorites:

The girls were all invited to Paisley's Shopkins birthday party.  Cece stayed and played and did awesome -- a total breakthrough!  Ellie had to leave after 20 minutes to go to her LPM class, and she was super sad to leave the party early.  They all loved the cool and yummy treats.

I know when Cece starts the USDB preschool after she turns 3, that the school prefers pull-ups over diapers, if the student is not potty trained.  So I decided to try potty training with Cece and see if we could either get her done before school starts or have her totally comfortable with pull-ups.

It lasted 2 days.

On the third day, Cece refused to sit on the potty and went and got out a diaper from the stash.  Oh, well.  We will try again in a month or two.

Lynlee was inspired by Paisley's party, and we looked up this pattern for a Shopkins cookie.  She did a little and then pulled colors while I finished it up for her.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Family Photos

I realized this summer that we hadn't had a family photo shoot in almost two years.  We used to get 1-2 a year, because the girls were changing so quickly and I wanted to keep our adoption profiles updated.  Now that our family is (most likely, 99.9%) complete, I have not thought much about getting a new photo.  

I liked the one we took at the Spencer family reunion, but not enough to get it made into a canvas to put over the fireplace.  So when my photographer friend posted on Instagram that she was doing mini-sessions, I jumped at the chance.  She did our last set of pictures and they turned out awesome.  I was really excited to get the photos back and I love how they turned out!  Emily truly has the magic touch.  Here are my favorites:

Lynnie got a bonus picture with Fluffy Puppy.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


I know we are late to the 2-wheeling party.  A lot of that has to do with the hill we live on.  Ellie and Lynnie are both pretty cautious riders, and have gone pretty slowly down the hill on their bikes all these years.  Just recently, Ellie has gotten more confident about going faster and coasting down the hill.  She has been doing well for a while about balancing and not having her training wheels touching the ground, so she was ready for those training wheels to come off.

The maiden voyage:

Checking for cars -- safety first!

She made it!  Ellie was so excited about her success, and was excitedly yelling, "I did it!" when she...

...turned her head, and her body quickly followed.  She jumped right up, saying, "I'm OK!" 

Lynlee also got in on the bike riding action.


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