Tuesday, January 31, 2012


So it felt warmer than it probably was, and we stopped by the park on our way home from the grocery store.  The girls were in heaven, and played until I thought their hands and noses were too cold (after about half an hour).  So much fun!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Water and Birthday Celebrations

Ellie loves to play with her turtle watering can in the bathtub.  Today in the middle of the long, lazy Sunday after noon we were having, she ran and got it and asked to play with it.  That sounded like a great idea to me, so I stripped the girls down and we spent an awesome hour getting soaking wet in the kitchen sink.

Lulu took lots of drinks of the warm water

there was lots of taking turns and sharing the water

and a few instances of sibling rivalry

love Lulu's clover tongue!

and her adorable thighs

We only stopped when it was time to get dressed to go to Grandma's house.  Ellie arranged these towels all by herself. 

Then it was off to Grandma's for a birthday dinner for Teri and myself.  Ellie fell asleep in the truck on the way there, and then slept for another half an hour on Grandma's couch.  Lynnie played peek-a-boo with everyone and pretended to be shy.  After a yummy dinner, it was time for presents.  Mom brought back lots of things from her trip to Shanghai to visit Amy for Christmas.

Love these awesome outfits from Aunt Amy!  Gwen and Ellie look adorable.

Lynnie went for the stairs a lot, and tried to squeeze past Grandma's chair to get there.

but she got stuck!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Funny Things

Lynnie sits in the high chair the same way Ellie used to, with one foot--or both--propped up on her tray.  Lynnie wants to feed herself, and she does an OK job.  She will let me squeeze baby food in her mouth (the kind that comes in a pouch), but she rarely lets me put a spoon in her mouth.
Ellie pulled some bottles and cups out of the cupboard, and spent a good hour pretending to fill them up in her kitchen sink, give drinks to her babies and animals, and then put them all to bed. 
Ellie has decided she does not like to wear clothes at home.  She sure is cute running around in her undies!
Lunch with Lynlee's birth mom was super fun, and brought back so many memories!  Greg and I first met her at Zupa's, and it was almost surreal to think about how our relationship has changed since that first meeting.

Ellie likes to hold up her finger and say things like, "hold on one minute."  Hmmm, I wonder where she learned that?
Ellie also likes to "steal" Greg's pen and put it in her shirt, the same way he puts it in his.
Whew!  After eating and waking up a little, Lynnie was back to her normal, happy self.  She did all of her tricks and was super cute during the visit.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Socks, Tile, Glue, and Amazement

Ellie has (subconsciously) channeled her cousins Kylene & Kiera.  She loves to wear one Dora sock and one Boots sock.
The basement kitchen tile is in, and it looks awesome.  The tile guys had to quite a bit of leveling to our uneven concrete floor, and then work was underway.  I fell in love at the showroom with a tile that looks like wide plank hardwood floors.

Usually Ellie wants to snuggle Daddy at night, but this time she was all about snuggling me, and she fell asleep in less than 3 minutes.  So sweet!
The girls and I were doing crafts, and I was so excited to spot the lid of a glue stick in the cupboard, because I thought we were totally out.  Ellie was having a hey day rubbing that glue all over the pictures, and we were singing Hush Little Baby Don't Say a Word to beat the band (to mix my metaphors).  I could not figure out why the pictures would not stick to the backing paper; I just chalked it up to old glue.  A few hours later, I took a closer look at the glue stick and realized we had been trying to glue with sunblock.  Yep, sunblock.  Guess I need to pay a leetle bit more attention next time it is craft day!
There are some clothes from last summer stashed in a drawer in Lynlee's room that I always forget to put away when I am switching clothes in and out of bins for sizes or seasons.  Ellie and Lynnie like to pull them out and put them on the baby dolls or just play with them.  Ellie found a pair of capris that Tayler had given E for her first Christmas, and insisted that she needed to wear them.  They are size 6-9 months, so I knew they wouldn't fit her, but I gave it a try to humor her.  To Ellie's delight and my amazement, they pulled right up!  It's amazing how much littler Ellie's bum is now, without a bulky diaper in the way.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Lynnie's Signs

Lynnie has really taken off with signing lately.  She has been really good at signing the few signs I had taught her, and I have made an effort lately to watch the Signing Time shows with her.  She loves to mimic the signs, and is picking them up right and left.  Lynnie loves perform, also.  All of these pics were taken as she showed me some of her signs.



 Ellie was watching WordWorld and drinking some water this morning (and she kept it down--hallelujah!) and wanted to stay on the couch while I took a shower.  I came back out to find her like this, and I am glad she slept for almost 2 hours.  Hopefully she gets all better quickly!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lynlee is 14 Months Old

Mom, she's taking her sticker off!  I will help her.

waving "bye bye" because Ellie said she was leaving

At 14 months old, Lynlee

~ is wearing 18 & 24 month clothes, size 3 shoes, size 4 diapers
~ has 2 teeth
~ has decided that baby food fruit is yummy, and will tolerate eating baby cereal at night
~ likes to take a bite of a cracker and spit it right out.  When she drinks from her cup, will take in a whole mouthful of liquid, and then spit it all back out.
~ has adjusted really well to her glasses.  Pretty much leaves them alone, unless she tries to rub her eyes.
~ loves to walk, holding on to fingers
~ will answer these questions:  what does a kitty cat say?  MAO.  what does a doggie say?  RUFF.  what does a birdie say?  TWEE.  what does a lion say?  ROAR
~ loves to sing The Wheels on the Bus and do all of the actions.  Will put her finger by her mouth and say SHHH for the mommies on the bus verse.
~ loves to say MAMA, DAD, and LULU
~ loves to climb.  Can climb in the kid chairs and always tries to climb on the couch.  Just this morning climbed on the step stool in the bathroom and then onto the toilet lid.
~ is a little mimic!  Will say so many words and animal noises when she is mimicking.
~ shakes her head for NO, nods her head for YES, loves to wave for BYE BYE and HELLO
~ if she hears someone cough, Lulu will fake cough and cover her mouth

Friday, January 6, 2012


The other night while I was giving Lynnie a bath, Ellie dragged out Lynnie's dolphin, bear (a gift from Uncle Matthew for Christmas) and Tinkerbell blankets and pretended to be asleep.  And she convinced Greg to "sleep" with her!
 Lynnie is so close to walking!  We walk all over the house, all day long, and she is pretty comfortable only holding on to one of my hands.  When I sit on the floor with her and put her out in front of me, she will take 2-3 steps towards me before falling in my arms.  It is so cute how much she laughs and giggles while she falls.  She will throw her arms in the air and her head back and just launch herself forward.

  This is the last time Ellie will be able to wear this outfit--the pants are just too short!  I wanted to capitalize on the opportunity by taking some sister pictures.  Neither sister was very interested, but I did get this one good shot...
 ...and then Lulu tried to attack the camera!

Ellie used to be obsessed with Band-Aids, and always wanted them to "help her feel better." We could only put them on her fingers, though, because it hurt to take them back off of anywhere else. She has discovered that these foam stickers are easy on-easy off, and they have become her new obsession. Today she told me her tummy hurt and she needed a 'raffe and a sun and a roar to help her feel better.
 Ellie is doing so awesome with potty training, and she wears real underwear during the day now.  She hasn't had an accident in almost a week!

P.S.  I have to give a shout-out to Kelly's new picture a day blog: http://kingdom366.blogspot.com/.  She is an amazing photographer, made even more amazing by her new 16 megapixel Nikon that she got for Christmas. She also has a new idea blog: http://funinthekingdom.blogspot.com/.  Check them out!


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