Monday, June 27, 2011

Another Helmet Fitting

We got to go downtown to get Lynlee's helmet fitted again.  Her head is growing and filling in where it is supposed to fill in, so I am really encouraged.  I thought there was no way we were even going to have to go for 3 months because her head was filling all of the empty space.  But the Fit Well guy took one look at the helmet on her head, pulled it off, heated it up with a blowtorch, and stretched it out with his hand.  It was pretty cool!  After a few more adjustments and more holes added (to improve ventilation), we were on our way home.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

This week we have...

...played in the basement,
...held our sister,
...swum in the hot tub,
...worn our summer pajamas for the first time,
...played with Aunt Amy and read stories,
...showed off our "pah-no" skills for Daddy,
...fed Lambie dinner,
...touched our sister,
...played outside,
...colored on the sidewalk,
...pushed sister in the stroller,
...and swum in the kiddie pool.  What a great week!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Greg is an amazing father.  I absolutely adore watching him with Ellie and Lynlee.  When Ellie hears the truck pull in the garage, she will just jabber "daddy daddy daddy" and run towards the door.  Of course, when he comes in she will tease him and run away and laugh and not give him kisses -- that's just a fun game!  Lynlee will smile and kick her feet and get all excited when she sees Daddy.

The best present we got for Father's Day was that Greg had less appointments than usual, so we were able to spend lots of time with him.  We all love him so much!

"take a picture of my duck, Mommy"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

At the Park

Ellie loves the swings.  She would have had a turn all night long if Lynlee was not ready to go home and go to bed.  Good thing Greg likes to push her!
Lynlee's first time in a real swing in the park was a success.  She kicked her feet and laughed, and loved it when Greg gently pushed her.  I held on to her the whole time, and maybe that was overdoing it.
tired baby, ready to go home - first time in the umbrella stroller

Friday, June 17, 2011

Girls' Camp

I love Girls' Camp.  It is probably my favorite place on earth, a little piece of heaven where the Spirit is strong.  I have made myself indispensable, and got invited back again this year!  We have a new YW presidency and camp director, and they didn't know about my tradition, but the girls had my back and made sure I got put on the schedule!

My indispensibility is due to Heidi Smith from ye olde 25th ward, and her candy bar game.  I started the tradition in BR3, and love being involved.  I caught a ride with Jo, and we walked in to camp to a warm welcome.  The girls swarmed us and we were given so many hugs.  That was so nice!  Then we hung out and chatted for a while before setting up for the game.

here we sit like frogs on a lily pad, waiting for Sister Kitchen!

craft time

playing Big Booty around the campfire
 I was lucky enough to stay for dinner (mock-Cafe Rio salads with the yummiest dressing).  A fun tradition for Mexican night is that we all get Mexi-staches.

work it, girls, work it!

Hailey winding up for the pinata

Alexis gave the kill shot
After dinner and games, Jo and I went with the ward to the closing fireside and then headed home.  The girls were in the competent hands of Jace and Clay.  E&L were both sound asleep when I got back at 10:30 p.m.  The next morning when Ellie woke up, the first thing she said to me was, "where Jace go?"  And when I went to change their morning diapers, both girls had the tabs fastened in the back.  I would love to know how the boys got them to stay on like that!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Helmet Fitting and First Haircut

Yesterday morning, we took Ellie to Grandma and Grandpa's house, and then drove downtown with Lynlee to pick up her helmet.  Lynlee is so sweet and happy all of the time.  She just bounced on Greg's knee and talked and played with toys while we were waiting.   The Fit Well guy was kind and professional.  He made it look super easy to slide the helmet on and off.  We have since discovered that it is a little tricky, but I guess after we have a few weeks practice it will get easier...   He had made the helmet from the paper mache cast taken a couple of weeks ago, and he would make some markings and go away for a few minutes to adjust the helmet, then come back and re-mark and re-adjust.  This happened 3 or 4 times

 So far, Lynlee doesn't seem to mind wearing the helmet.  It almost seems like it is harder on me, because I absolutely hate seeing her in it.  Her little head is sweaty all of the time, and her hair is all matted down.  And it has changed how I hold her, because I have to be careful that we don't bonk heads.  And I realize how much I used to rub her head and kiss her forehead.  And, did I mention that I hate it?  I have to constantly remind myself that 3 months is a relatively short amount of time, and that it will get better and seem normal, and that it really is good for her to do the helmet therapy, and that I did the research and we feel good about the decision.

And then I hate it some more.

Lynlee's beautiful hair is making her helmet slip and slide around her head, so the hair had to go.  I am not a professional, and have rarely cut hair in my life, but I figured it didn't need to be pretty, just shorter.

my gorgeous baby looks like a forlorn, shorn sheep

wow, that's a lot of hair!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Last Day Helmet-Free

Greg loves to give Ellie healthy snacks, like Doritos.  Especially sitting in the big chair, on the carpet, in the family room.
 I took extra time doing Lynlee's hair this morning, knowing it was the last time I will be able to do it for 3-6 months.  Once the helmet goes on, the hair curl will be a thing of the past.  I mourned the loss of the hair curl, even though it has been tricky to accomplish lately because Lulu's hair is so long.

if I reach a little farther, I may just grab the camera

 I have not been able to get a shot that truly shows the asymmetrical shape of Lynlee's head, but this one comes closest.
Greg and Ellie went swimming in the hot tub after dinner.  Greg had been in Moab with his Priests doing a high adventure camp - lots of canyoneering and rappelling and hiking.  He was a little sore!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Pictures from the Temple

I picked up the photos today that Kelly took of us at the Draper Temple after Lynlee's sealing.  She captured the moments beautifully!  Here are my favorite shots (and it was really hard to narrow it down from the 200+ she took).


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