Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birth Parents Weekend

We had a great time playing with Albert and Kanisha at the park.  Cece was wearing a new pair of shoes and she loved prancing around.

Ellie was nervous to try this fireman's pole, but once she did it, she loved it.


Cece ran up and down this ramp, waiting for Ellie to be done with the fireman's pole.


Cece even let Kanisha hold her on the swing.  For about 5 seconds.





. : bathroom selfie : . 

I was asked to substitute teach in Relief Society.  Greg had a Ward Conference and Cece still has a very hard time in Nursery.  {R} graciously agreed to come and play with Cece so that she would have a familiar face.  Cece was still a little upset -- and probably because I made the mistake of trying to sneak out instead of communicating to Cece that I was leaving.  {R} was magic and got Cece to take a half hour nap, all while sitting on the teeny tiny chair!

Golden Hour

Last night I experienced a golden hour, and I want to record it before I forget.  We had played hard all day, including spending the afternoon with Albert and Kanisha.  Cece fell asleep on the drive home, at around 4:20 p.m.  I carried her in the house and snuggled her until I woke her up at 5:30.  Then we all worked together to clean up the house.  The girls had happy attitudes and the work went quickly.  I was finishing up the kitchen when I was struck with gratitude for these beautiful girls.  The music was blasting, the girls were all playing together, and it was a magical moment.

I tend to get caught up in the when-will-basketball-season-be-over-I-never-want-to-pick-up-another-toy-why-do-I-react-personally-to-the-whining-and-tantrums moments of life.  I am grateful for the tender mercy of that hour last night.


And, since no post is complete without a picture, I was excited that Amy emailed me these photos this morning.  She and I sure were cute little babies!

This is my mom as a little girl.  If I remember right (and someone correct me!), she was 4ish.  Grandma had given up on the idea that there would be any more babies and so she had mom's pictures taken professionally. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

SEPs

Ellie's teacher sent me an email saying I didn't need to come in for a meeting because Ellie is doing so awesome.  It was fun to see the papers Ellie brought home from school showing her progress.  She is a smart girl and a very good reader.


These next two are the results of her dibels test (some sort of national test).  Her overall score is at the 86th percentile.


Let's take a closer look at Ellie's reading fluency -- 99th percentile.  Great job, Ellie!

Monday, February 22, 2016

February 18 - 22

We loved hanging out at the Dinosaur Museum with Jayme, Byron, and Virgil.  It was crazy storming outside, so it was fun when we had to run back to the van afterwards.

 


 Cece liked the river the best.

Playing in the sand and water table is always a hit.





 

Oh no! The shark is going to get us!





Cece loves her play dough.

Lynlee woke up with a couple of red bumps on her chin.  I thought it would be just fine, but she insisted on needing a band aid.  Totally fine.  We had a great day.  We played outside with our new R2D2 bubble machine, and ...

... Lynnie had a play date with Katie.

When it was time for her bath, we pulled off the band aid to find a big blister.  Lynnie said it hadn't hurt all day.  I told her we would need to lance it and she freaked out.  But she loved helping me put the needle in the flame, and she calmed down after we poked my finger and her finger and she saw it didn't hurt.  Her skin was so taut that I barely touched it with the needle and all of the goop ran out.  After wearing a band aid the next day, her skin went back to normal and all is well.  It was a weird thing.

Ellie did a very good rendition of Let It Go, complete with a costume change (her Elsa dress is underneath the velvet dress).  She did it all -- throwing her crown, pulling off her cape, all of the actions.  We were all impressed.  Cece joined her in singing a bunch, which is a very encouraging sign.

Playing outside is super fun, especially that we get to spend time with Dad before he leaves for a basketball game.



After Greg left, the girls and I went to meet {R} and play at Artic Circle.

Then we ran some errands.  I needed to get some ink cartridges filled at Think Ink! so we shopped a little at Seagull Book next door while we were waiting for them to be filled.  Cece picked out all of her accessories by herself.  She was styling!

From there we headed to Denver's birthday party.  Jessica did an amazing job with the Inside Out theme, including these gelatin balls (the memories from the movie) on the top of the cake.  Kent and Jessica just moved and it was really fun to see their new house.

Lynnie fell asleep during Family Home Evening.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Gymnastics and Valentine's Day

Between illness and Kanisha's graduation, we missed a few gymnastics classes this session, so we were excited to go to the make-up class.  We have never been before, and when we got there, Ellie and Lynnie were genuinely confused that they did not get to put on make-up...

We weren't sure how it would go, and when they started the warm-up there were only 5 girls there, so the coach told them they would be one big class.  Lynnie was very excited to be able to stay with Ellie.  But by the end of warm-ups, there were about 20 little girls there, so they split off the oldest 6 (including Ellie) and took them away to do harder things.  Lynnie completely melted down and had to come back to me for some calming time.  Luckily, Piper came and was in the same class!  Once Lynnie realized her cousin was there, she was mostly OK as long as they stood right next to each other.


 Cece and Hudson shared toys really well in the viewing area.



This is the best I could do to have all 4 girls in the same shot.




After the class, Ellie had the great idea that we should all go out to lunch together.  We had a great time visiting some more and watching the kids play.  Then we loaded up in the van and headed to mom's house for a Valentine's Day cookie extravaganza.  We were going to quickly stop by Costco and then go home and change.

There was an accident on the highway, and it took us more than an hour to go one exit -- from the Pleasant Grove exit to 5th East in American Fork.  Even though it was past 2 p.m., Cece would not go to sleep in the stop and go traffic.  I finally bull-dozed my way across 4 lanes to get off the highway to use surface streets.  (And side note, it is a wonder to me why no one would let me over.  No one was going anywhere, and by my exiting the highway, I actually made it easier for the rest of the drivers).  Of course, Cece fell asleep literally 1 minute before I got off the exit and pulled into a gas station for a potty break.  She never did get a nap that day...

We made it to Mom's pretty late (with no Costco trip and skipping going home), and got started.  The girls had a fun time rolling out the dough and cutting out shapes.

And I love the cousins in glasses!


We got a pretty good system going, and by the last batch had two trays ready to go in at once.  I was doing some dishes when I saw billowing smoke coming out of the oven.  After only 5 minutes in the oven, we completely burned these trays.  It was the only time we had two trays in at the same time, and it was clearly the last.

There were still plenty of cookies to decorate.


I tried to take some pictures after church to send some Valentine's Day love to our birth parents.  Cece was having none of it, until..

...she pushed the paper off of the chair.  She was pretty excited about that!

Lynnie loved the ewok valentine she found.

Ellie makes the best faces!


We had our traditional Valentine's Day fancy dinner.

And finished up the night with massages.  It was a great day!

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