Saturday, August 20, 2011

Robyn & Kevin's Wedding Party

At the party to celebrate Robyn & Kevin's marriage,
we blew bubbles

and looked at the pretty lights

and played with our cousins

and looked at the fascinating lanterns

and said, "congratulations!"
and entertained everyone by sitting on the table

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

We have been concerned about Lynlee's eyes for quite a few months, and every well-child check-up our doctor has measured them and checked them.  At Lynnie's 9 month appointment, our doctor said she still thought they OK, but that we should probably go to the Pediatric Ophthalmologist just in case.  When I called the Moran Eye Center, the first appointment they had available was October 6.  Then the scheduler checked the Riverton Hospital location (instead of the U) and found they had a cancellation and an opening today.  The scheduler started screaming and got so excited!  He said that usually people are yelling at him, and it was great to give us great news.

We got there and were taken back pretty quickly.  Ellie was not feeling well (and had thrown up 5 times the night before) but she was a good sport as long as she was on daddy's shoulder or sitting in Lynlee's stroller.

The ophthalmologist measured Lynlee for a while and said that she measured normal, just a little far-sighted (which is normal for babies).  But he could see without his instruments what was making us nervous (her right eye seems to look towards the center more than her left eye).  So he put dilating drops in her eyes and sent us back to the waiting room to wait for 25 minutes for the drops to take effect.

When he remeasured Lynlee, he said that there was a slight variance, but still not enough to make him nervous.  He said her eyelids are different in their folds, and that makes it look like her eyes are off.  But, he wants to see us again in 3 months (after the helmet is off) to remeasure and make sure her far-sightedness is still in the normal range.  If we need treatment then, Lynlee will get glasses.  I am glad it was such good news!
on the way out, we found this turtle

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Channeling BJ

P.S. Ellie is saying "ay-yi-yi."
P.P.S.  Does anyone know what BJ stands for?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Downward Dog

After the pediatrician, we headed downtown for yet another helmet fitting.  While waiting for the helmet doctor to come and see us, Lynlee had a lot of fun doing downward dog.  It was the first time she has ever done that!

 We had a ward temple night tonight in preparation for Ward Conference, and Brayden was nice enough to come play with the girls.  They love him!  We will really miss him when he leaves on his mission to South Dakota next week.

Doctors Appointments

Length: 26.5 inches ~ 25th percentile
Weight:  21 pounds 12 ounces ~ 90th percentile
Head Circumference:  44.8 centimeters ~ 75th percentile
Length: 34.75 inches ~ 75th percentile
Weight: 25 pounds 2 ounces ~ 25th percentile
Head Circumference: 48.8 centimeters ~ 75th percentile
 Ellie was so good for Dr. Vargo.  We had to bring her new doctor kit with us, and she loved doing everything the doctor told her to do.  She opened her mouth and sat patiently for her ears and eyes to be looked at.  Very successful.
Lynlee did awesome when the nurse pricked her toe to get a drop of blood for an iron count -- she didn't even cry.  She did not like it when the doctor looked in her ears; that started tears that continued until her turn was over.

Ellie was excited to get shots, because she loves to pretend to give shots and we watch videos of herself and Lynlee getting shots.  The excitement quickly wore off when the actual shots were administered...

Doctor's Appointment Video

Ellie wanted to watch "shots" (of course) but after seeing herself get the shot and cry, she got a little nervous.  When I asked if she wanted to watch it again, she said, "No!  I watch Barney."

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lynlee is 9 Months Old

At 9 months old, Lynlee

~ is wearing size 4 diapers, size 2 shoes, and a combo of 18 month and 24 month clothes.
~ rolls all over, especially in her crib.  I will lay her down one way, and after her nap she will be somewhere else, and usually on her tummy.
~ does the bum scoot to get places.  Will get in to the "crawl" position, but has not crawled yet.
~ is so curious, and loves to touch and reach for everything.
~ understands the words: eat, milk, more, shake, and tongue.  When she is eating, she will open her mouth when I say "more" for another bite.  A few times, when she has been all done eating her cereal, she has opened and closed her fist trying to sign "milk" (since we always drink milk after eating).
~ loves balls and balloons right now -- definitely her favorite toys
~ is pretty flexible.  If she misses a nap, or gets woken up early, she will be happy, and just sleep longer on the next nap.
~ will laugh longer and harder at Ellie than at anyone else.
~ is so sweet and lovable!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tayler's Birthday Party

Since we had Ellie's birthday party on Tayler's birthday, we invited Tayler to come over for dinner the next day and have another little celebration with us.  We had some yummy food, complete with watermelon (one of Tayler's favorite foods), and opened more presents.  Tayler got Ellie a doctor kit, and Ellie has played with it almost every waking minute since.  She loves to examine her lambie and baby dolls and stuffed Barney.  She looks in their ears, and tells them to say "ahhh" while looking in their mouths, and (of course) she gives them shots.  What a perfect present!

Ellie is always a little cranky on Sundays (cause her nap schedule is so crazy), and it was probably a good thing for Tayler to see.  I know that I always look for the positive to put on the blog, but life is not all roses, and both girls do cry -- sometimes a lot!  Ellie had many mini-meltdowns while we were together.  The good news is that she is distractable, and by the time Tayler gave her a bath, life was fantastic again.

My favorite part of the night was after bathtime, when Ellie snuggled Tayler and they read stories.  Ellie loves to turn the pages and say "the end."  It was so sweet to watch them together.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ellie's Birthday Party

Ellie's official party started with a bang!  Ellie was in heaven talking to her favorite people, and performing, and laughing.  She had kind of a tough afternoon as I was making her cupcakes, because she could not have any until the party.  Once everyone had gathered, we put her in the chair to take some pictures, and then got her down to sing Happy Birthday to her.  That was tough, too, because she still had to wait for a cupcake!

what a pretty princess!
 Lynlee had fun at Ellie's birthday party.  Lulu was fascinated by the balloons and had a lot of fun playing with them.
 Tylan, Cassie, Andrew, and Ellie spent a lot of time playing in her bedroom.  When it was time for presents, Ellie would not let Tylan put her down -- he had to carry her to the family room.

Princess Ellie opened lots of fun new things!
Thanks to Grandpa & Grandma, Uncle Todd & Aunt Rachel and kids, Aunt Tanya & Uncle Dave and kids, Mom-Julie & Hailey, and Russ, Elizabeth, & Davis for helping us celebrate.  We also loved having Tayler stop by for a few minutes in the middle of the chaos.  Everyone was excited to meet her and see her in person, and wish her a happy birthday (since we were having Ellie's party on Tayler's birthday).  We are surrounded by so much love, and we feel very blessed.

Tylan's Baptism

We had the opportunity to attend Tylan's baptism this morning.  It is crazy that Todd & Rachel's youngest is now a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their oldest is leaving on a mission in 11 days.  It was a wonderful service, with talks by Grandpa and Uncle Paul.  Tylan is so sweet and loving and it was awesome to be with him on his special day.

Todd, Rachel, Cassie, Jace, Clayton, Brayden, and Tylan

Back Row:  Grandpa, Todd, Rachel, Clay, Brayden, Paul, Dallin, Staci, Greg, & Lynlee; Front Row:  Grandma, Daniel, Cassie, Kyralyn, Jace, Tylan, Ellie, Parker, Andrew, Dave & Emily

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ellie is 2

Ellie loved "driving" the car

At 2 years old, Ellie

~ is in 24 month or 2T clothes, size 5 shoes (barely) and size 5 diapers
~ is so bright and articulate.  The other day when we were going to visit Lynlee's birth family, we were running a little late.  The girls and I picked up Greg at work, and Greg was moving a little too slowly for Ellie's taste, so Ellie told him, "Daddy, chop chop!"  (Thanks to Tammy for teaching her that one.)
~ my favorite sayings right now:  actually more OR actually yes OR actually no; BJ says ay-yi-yi; ca'mere, baby (come here); Lynlee, you OK?; baby crying, I help her feel better; I snuggle Mommy; oh, man!
~ is not very good at sharing (and we don't expect her to be) but she is getting really good at trading.  Lynlee doesn't seem to mind having a toy yanked out of her hands, as long as a new toy is given to her.
~ can sing, by herself, the Happy Birthday song (and loves to sing it to Barney, BJ, Baby Bop, Rachel, Alex, and Leah) and Cuckoo, Cherry Tree (a Kindermusik song)
~ can name a song within a measure of it coming on the playlist, and tell me definitely if she wants to hear it or not (yeah! BINGO! -or- no MY HOUSE)
~ loves to call people on the phone (for pretend).  Her favorite people to talk to right now are Madelin, Sadie, Daddy, and Kaysen
~ is so sweet when she says her prayers, and likes it to be her turn.  Her prayers usually go like this:  "Hev-ly Fadder, thank you daddy, mommy, lynlee, Jesus name, Amen."
singing Happy Birthday to herself - she knows all the words

For Ellie's birthday, we did a lot of her favorite things.  We played with Davis, and we went to the park to swing and slide, and we played with Hailey.  AND she got to eat cake.  She mostly ate the frosting, but that was pretty good.  We missed Daddy, who was at Youth Conference, but we had a fun day.

While at the park, Ellie made a friend with a girl who was maybe 7 years old, and they would take turns going down the slide and then hold hands to walk around to the stairs.  It was so sweet!  Ellie loves to climb the 2-rung ladder to get to the slide part.  She would try to drop her friend's hand, and would say "sorry, sorry" (which is Ellie code for you stop that) and the little girl would say, "oh sorry, do you need help?" and boost her up.  Ellie got a little frustrated with that, but let her do it anyway.  (As a side note, we played at the park again the next day, and Ellie tried to make friends with 2 five year olds, but they rejected her offer to "hold hands?")

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Russ & Nikki

Russ & Nikki were married tonight.  It was extra-special for me because they asked Greg to perform the ceremony.  He did great with his first marriage.  He channeled his inner Virg and was articulate and loving.  Not to take away from the happy couple, but Greg was the star of the night for me!

Bobi played the piano and Lyssa turned pages

Exchanging rings.  Because of the backlight, I had a hard time getting my camera to do what I wanted...

Maid of Honor, Nikki & Russ Taylor, Best Man

Nikki's brother and parents, Nikki, Russ, Aunt Chris, Uncle Steve, Ryan & Bryce

Hello Mini-Me!  Patrick is darling


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