Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 12 - 16

Ellie made Grandma Camp a thank you card with a violin on the front.

It was party time for Grandma Spencer's birthday!  These little cousins are so much fun to watch together.  They play and giggle and have a great time.  They bumped down the stairs over and over again, with epic laughter.

Poor Andrew is the oldest of this group and the only boy.  Sometimes he still manages to have fun.

Happy birthday, Grandma!

We had an exciting afternoon!  With Money Mailer, sometimes Greg does some trading with companies for advertising space.  He had been building up some trade with a furniture store in Provo.  We had gone window shopping a few times, and even tried to order a furniture set a month or so ago, but the dealer couldn't get in the one we wanted.  Then they found out the furniture store was going out of business, so it was "use it or lose it."  Greg and Paul went to the store and Greg found this sectional tucked in a corner of the basement.  It had been a floor model, so there are a few dings, but it met our major criteria:  dark color, smooth (cleanable) surface, oversized seating, multiple recliners.  He did great!

The new sectional is not the highest quality, and will not last us 15 years like our old set, but it is great for now.  It fits the room awesome and makes our family room feel much bigger.  Plus, our old couch found a home with Lyssa and her soon-to-be husband, and the loveseat found a home with a refugee family.

Lynlee helped Cece ride on L's bike.

Drawing an elaborate picture on Cece's magnadoodle.

Lynlee has not had any homework all year besides reading and Imagine Learning.  Except for now, when Mrs Holmgren sent home a packet with worksheets to practice the numbers 11 - 20.  She gave us something like 3 weeks to complete it, and of course we did it all in 3 days.  With lots of grumbling and tears because it was just. so. hard!  Popcorn sometimes made it easier...

I had been texting {M} for about a month, setting up a chance to see her and her family as they came through town on their way to Las Vegas.  I know that traveling with small children is tricky and sometimes schedules can change at the last minute, so I didn't tell my girls that we were going to see {M} until about an hour before, when {M} was driving through Ogden and coming steadily south.  We love {M}, her husband, and her two children.  They are awesome and it is a treat to see them in person!  We stay connected via Facebook and texting, but nothing beats a visit.  We had an amazing dinner, full of conversation and catching up.  Plus, an epic Lynlee fit.

Lynlee was soooo excited to see {M} and meet her baby sister.  We last saw them when we went to Idaho for Lynlee's 5th birthday present, and {M} was pregnant at the time.  When we got to The Pizza Factory, we beat them by a few minutes. We got a table and Lynlee was bouncing in her seat, she was so excited. When they came in, Lynlee got shy and just sat back to kind of observe what was going on.  Ellie happily took over and entertained Lynnie's brother and sister.

After a few minutes, {M}'s husband, was teasing Lynlee and scooted over to give her a hug.  Lynlee laughingly fell backwards, right on top of Cece, and burst into tears.  We all thought she got hurt, but it was one of the times she just gets crying so hard that she cannot tell me what is going on.  {M} and her husband felt terrible, but it gave us a chance to talk a little bit (over the crying!) about Lynlee's anxious and nervous responses to situations.  {M} said she can be just like that, where her reactions to things sometimes seem all out of proportion to the event.  She shared some coping strategies she uses that I am excited to try out with Lynnie.

After about 10 minutes, I took Lynnie to the bathroom to try and remove her from the situation and see if that would help.  I finally got her calmed down enough to talk to me.  She wasn't upset about the almost hug or falling on Cece.  It was that when she fell backwards, her tooth (that had been hanging on by a thread for days) came loose and she swallowed it.  She was so upset that the Tooth Fairy would not be able to come because her tooth was gone.

After I was able to assuage her fears that the Tooth Fairy could still come without a tooth, we rejoined dinner and had a lovely time.  When it was time to go, we headed outside to the patio area and ended up chatting for at least another hour.  The kids ran around and played, and it was just fun.  We took lots of pictures, and I'm already looking forward to the next time we can get together!

After we got home, Lynlee and Ellie put together a nice note for the Tooth Fairy explaining the situation.

Dear thooth fairy I swolled
my thooth :( Lynlee lost her
thooth her thooth on acdent :(
you HAVE to give me
YOU CAN!!!!!!!

And, the Tooth Fairy came!

And wrote Lynlee a note back:

Dear Lynlee,
You are such
a good girl!
Sorry you swallowed
your tooth.  Enjoy
your dollar :)

After that exciting morning, we barely got Cece on her bus on time.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

That story about the tooth is hilarious!!!


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