Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Big Day, Part 2

We have been talking for a few months how, IF a baby comes to join our family, the girls would need to share a room.  It took Ellie a while to be reconciled to the fact that she would get to move into Lynnie's room, and her old room would be the nursery.  

We've also been talking about how when the girls get to share a room, they will get to sleep on a big bed.  Last Wednesday it came up again, and Ellie asked, "why can't we share right now?  and sleep on our big bed right now?  

Greg and I looked at each other and said, "why not?"  So moving day was set for Saturday.

For the rest of the week, it was an exciting topic of conversation around our house!  We couldn't wait for the big day.

After we got home from our errands and had lunch, it was time to move things around.  Ellie and I got the dressers mostly moved into place before my yelling snarky things down the hallway got Greg to laughingly abandon March Madness and come get to work (like:  don't worry, I've got it; you just take your time, that game is way more important).

Greg has to take the crib apart to get it through the door, which is always a fun project.  He did it more effectively this time--loosening something or other so we just kind of squeezed it through the doorways.
 "I want to play in the tunnel."
 Next step was rearranging the bookshelves.  There is one white bookshelf and 2 brown wood ones.  After getting the mattress in place, we decided that there was room for one shelf in the new "Girls' Room" so we had to switch everything around.  It created quite a bit of chaos (furniture moving always does!), but it was a good excuse to get it all cleaned out and reorganized.

Once the bed was made, the girls had to climb up and give it a try.
 "Pretend to be asleep!"

 Asleep again?

 Ellie was a good worker bee and a good helper.  She liked moving the books around (board books in the "baby's room" and big kid books in The Girls' Room).  At one point it took me a minute to find Lu.  She had squeezed behind an empty bookshelf that was temporarily leaning up against her closet, and was singing songs.  She loves little nooks!
 Ellie loves to help vacuum lately, and Greg was inspired to give her this project.  She happily vacuumed our headboard for about 10 minutes while we were moving shelves.
 "Dad, move it this way.  No Dad, the other way.  Now screw it to the wall.  Good job!"
 Once Lynnie's nook disappeared, she climbed back on her new bed. 

And fell asleep.
 Lynnie slept for 2 hours, until we woke her up to go to dinner at Greg's parent's house.  Greg climbed on the bed and nailed a picture right over her head.  And we loaded the bookshelf.  She slept through it all.

The final product:

My project for Monday (and maybe Tuesday) is to clean out the closets and get them both into the closet in their new room.

Going to bed was fun.  We got home late and didn't get them in bed until about 9:15.  We all laid on the bed and read stories, and then we sang 3 songs and had prayers.  Greg and I left the room then, and it took about another hour for them to go to sleep.  Not bad for their first night sharing!

We were in and out a few times:  Lynnie wanted more milk, and then she had to go potty, and then she wanted even more milk.  We sang 3 more songs.  Ellie came to the door twice and yelled "Lynlee's out of bed!"  (So funny that that started on the very first night.)

About 10:50, it was finally all quiet, and we peeped in.  The girls were snuggled up together in the middle of the bed.

So sweet.

This is going to be a fun experiment!  I want the girls to share, regardless of if another baby joins our family or not (and no, we have no announcements and nothing on the horizon).  I think they will learn so many lessons from sharing their space.  

And, as a bonus, there is less floor space to create "disasters," so I will be enforcing better the "first we play and then we put it away" rule.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Big Day, Part 1

We decided to have the Easter bunny visit us today, so that Greg could enjoy the morning with us.

The Easter Bunny just knew exactly what we wanted, bringing a complete Marina outfit for each girl, along with light-up drumsticks.  We are really lucky that Easter Bunny is so clever!

Ellie was so excited to have her picture taken...  And Lulu loved her flower headband.

 Finally, we got all of the tags off everything, we figured out how to cut the "one size fits all" belt down to size, and Eliana was completely accessorized.
 Lulu was excited to pose for her picture!

The Easter Bunny also brought new totes for church, so the girls can bring their "piptures."  Eliana Caitlin was pretty excited that the totes were called Kaitlyn Tiny Totes.
 Lu's drumsticks are purple, and Ellie's are blue.
 All of a sudden, Lu looked like she was really mad.  Greg started singing "if you chance to meet a frown" and Lu couldn't hold that grumpy face.

 She burst out with:  "I teasing you!"
Ellie figured out if you look through the drumsticks, everything is blurry.
 Of course, Little Miss Mimic had to try it out as well.
 We were listening to The Fresh Beat Band music (of course!), and it was time to dance.

Put your hands in the air
Do it, do it, do it!
Everybody something something
Do it, do it, do it!

 Some excellent photos by Ellie.

 After we got all cleaned up, and our hair brushed, we headed out to run some errands.  We went to get the car washed, and Lu did awesome.  She said, "I hide" and proceeded to put her white blankie over her head, and covered her ears.  She stayed like that the whole time.  When we were done, she said, "it over?  I was brave!"

After getting the car all clean, we came home for some lunch and a fun-filled afternoon of moving the girls into the same bedroom (more on that tomorrow).  Ellie immediately changed into pajamas, but Lynnie stayed in her Marina dress all day long.  With her necklace and bracelets.  And she would have kept her shoes on if we had let her wear them in the house.

Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm A Winner

Literally.  I'm a winner. 

I just found out that I won a giveaway sponsored by the United For Adoption blog.  I'm so excited!

They also published a short essay I wrote on how I feel about adoption and T and M.  Check it out at


Love Multiplies 
When my husband and I began the adoption journey a decade ago, I was a little nervous about the relatively new concept of "open adoption." I had no experience with anyone in an open adoption and was not sure how it would work. 
What I have learned through our experience of adopting two beautiful daughters is that love multiplies. I love our daughters' birth families! Our daughters' birth moms are strong, courageous, beautiful women who are an integral part of our family. We talk about our birth moms daily, we pray for them, we look at pictures of them. We draw pictures for them and text them and look forward to our next visit.

We love adoption!

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Lyssa's choir sold some family pictures as a fundraiser, so we headed to Magna on Monday night.  Of course, both girls fell asleep in the car (since it was 4:00), and we had to wake them up to go in.  We couldn't quite get them happy, so it will be interesting to see what the pictures look like.  

Afterwards, we headed to Bobi's house and had a great dinner with Bobi, Brian, and Lyssa.  The girls love to play with Lyssa.  

They played catch, and rolled the ball around, and..

 ...went for a horsey ride.  We love to chant this verse that Amy taught me years ago (did you make it up, Amy?  Bobi didn't know it):

Riding a horsey into London
Better watch out
Here comes a bridge
You might

 Touching Daddy's face softly is always fun.
 Bobi had the horsey technique down a little more than Lyssa, but Lyss kept trying!
 This week the girls have spent a lot of time in their "swim soups."  Lynnie likes to pretend to take showers.  But she won't go in the shower if the water is actually on.

Ellie showed us all how strong she is!
 We have also loved the warmer spring weather, and playing outside in the backyard.  The girls love to run around.  I love that they have unstructured, electronic-free time in the warm sunshine.
 Elle and Lu made a "collection" and sorted their rocks by size. 
 Ellie also loves to take pictures.  Some of her latest and greatest:


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