Thursday, December 31, 2015

December 26 - 31

We had a fun Christmas party with Albert and Kanisha.  They spoiled her, giving her a Chewbacca head that roars, hair bows, and new clothes.

Kanisha did Ellie and Lynnie's hair up pretty, and then they returned the favor.

They even got Albert in on the action.

Playing in the snow is always fun.

Cece really wanted to go outside with her sisters.  I carried her down the stairs, and then she just stood in this spot for about 5 minutes, before letting me know she was ready to come back inside.

Ellie is super strong.  She likes to tell me it's because she is a Ninja Warrior.

 We love these outfits that Grandma brought back from Oman.

We had a low key New Year's Eve celebration with Grandma Camp, Tammy, and the Kinghorns.

Kelly and Greg had a serious conversation all night while the rest of us relaxed in the family room.  Cece went to bed first, around 9, Lynnie stayed awake until "midnight" when the clock said 10:00, and Ellie really did stay awake until 12:30.  She couldn't fall asleep as long as people were in the house!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

iPad Photo Round-Up

Sorry for the silence on the blog lately.  My computer has been broken for 3 weeks.  Kent came and took it away to fix it, and hopefully I will get it back in a day or two.  My mom went to visit Amy in Oman, and graciously allowed us to borrow her laptop while she is gone.  This way we have kept up on UPSTART and email.  But I haven't taken the time in the midst of the Christmas bustle to try and blog.  I have some pictures saved on a flash drive that I took to San Diego at the beginning of December (thinking I would blog in the hotel room, which I didn't).  I thought I would attempt to get those caught up before getting the computer back to my mom tomorrow morning.

Here are some pictures I pulled off the iPad.  

Cece trying to eat a pancake wearing Lu's owl hat.

Cece went through a phase where she only wanted to eat grapes.  Pretty much nothing else.

 Birthday celebrations with birth sister and birth brother (saved from birth mom's Instagram feed).

Ellie's first field trip of the year as a 1st grader.  Saved from Kari's Instagram feed.

The day Cece figured out how to climb up the bunk bed stairs was a scary day for me!

Lulu reading stories in Cece's room.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day

I love that my girls just wake up at their normal time.  We didn't get downstairs to open presents until 9 a.m.  I went first and took pictures of what Santa Claus brought us.  He brought the girls Caboodles full of little treasures, like jewelry and little dolls and sunglasses.

Cece and Ellie had cat glasses in their Caboodles.  Cece tries to wear Lynnie's glasses often, so Santa must have thought that it would be good for her to have glasses of her own.

This position cracks me up.  Cece likes to rest the phone on her bottle.  It must be easier to watch YouTube kids that way.

Grandma and Grandpa braved the blizzard and stopped by around 10 to see what our presents were.  To their surprise, we hadn't even started opening yet -- still playing with our Santa presents.  They stayed for a while and enjoyed watching the girls' excitement as they unwrapped gifts.

I snapped pictures on my phone to text to people.  The girls, especially Cece, loved the toy cars from Aunt Tammy.

Cece gathered up all of the cars.  Right after I snapped this picture, Lynnie walked by and Cece fell on top  of the cars to protect them.

We have the nicest babysitter/neighbor/friend.  Brinn made the girls pajama pants for Christmas.  Such a delight!

A box of presents from Aunt Jonette.

The first present Cece was interested in opening -- at the end.  Better late than never!

Lynnie's favorite part was playing peek-a-boo in this giant gift bag.

Books from Aunt Robyn.

A better look at those darling pj's from Brinn.

What a wonderful Christmas day!  We loved the crazy snow outside and the chance to snuggle up as a family inside.  We are grateful for our warm house and all of the modern conveniences.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

We decided to head downtown and see the lights on Temple Square for Christmas Eve.  I didn't want to be out too late, so we got there around 4.  It was very nice because it was still light out and pretty much deserted.  We found a parking spot on the street right next to the Conference Center and walked over.

We first headed up to take pictures in front of the Salt Lake Temple.  As we were walking up the sidewalk, there was a group finishing up and leaving.  We waited for almost 10 minutes and not a single person walked by that we could ask to take our picture as a family.  I guess that's the downside of being there at 4:30 on Christmas Eve.

We finally decided to just take turns.

We spent some time in the South Visitors' Center, and then went over to watch the Nativity presentation.

Ellie got tired of waiting for it to start.

Cece wanted Lynlee to move.  Apparently.

As the sun was setting, more and more people showed up.  After the Nativity, we went to see the Christus.  By the time we came out of the Visitors' Center, Temple Square was packed.

We got one picture with the lights and headed home.

We got home and got the girls ready for bed.  Cece likes to sit in closets and push back against the clothes.

We went downstairs to read the Nativity from Luke 2 and 3 Nephi, and the girls liked using the puppets as we went along.


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