Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 27 - 30

When we to the "Allergy Doctor," Cece immediately wiggled out of my arms, walked into the kids' waiting room, and plopped down to watch a movie.

And then she excitedly signed "fish."

I love finding pictures like this on the camera, courtesy of the photographers in the house.

I finally broke out the summer pj's and Cece thought she was pretty hot stuff!  She looks so cute.

 Some daddy loves around midnight.

We tried out a new park today and had fun playing.  Lynnie gave Cece a dandelion, and Cecers carried it around for the longest time.  I love the new photo editing app I got (Aviary) that took this picture...

...and turned it into this.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April 24 - 25

Cece and I went out to check on them as they rode bikes and scooters outside.  I just grabbed Lynnie's coat off the rack and bundled Cece up.  It was starting to get cold!

We love to have family dates, and on Saturday we went out to breakfast at One Man Band.  The big girls got a pancake for breakfast, with chocolate chips for eyes, a lollipop for a nose, and a piece of bacon for a smile.  Ellie had just had a donut, and we are working really hard to not eat much sugar since she is allergic to it.  So she shared her lollipop with Cece.

While we were waiting for Cece to finish her lollipop, Ellie and Greg played a rousing game of rock, paper, scissors.

After a quick change at home, it was off to Ellie's Let's Play Music recital.  I have been very happy with this program, and proud of everything Ellie has learned.  I love the philosophy of actually playing with music, and it is structured so well that there is a tremendous amount of learning taking place.  I am so glad that my neighbor decided to start teaching LPM, as I had never heard of it before.

Ellie was nervous before it started, but she quickly got into the swing of things and performed beautifully. These are her friends Juni and Ryker.

. : selfie by Ellie : .

Miss Sheryl had the group photo taken before the recital started.  So funny that you see all of the parents taking the picture in the mirror.

My sister the music teacher has been telling me for years how beneficial solfege is, and now I see what she means.  They learned solfege on most of the songs, and the kids picked it up so quickly.

We love Miss Sheryl!

Grandma Camp came to watch and show her support.  Thanks, Grandma!

At the end of our fun-filled day, we stopped by Grandma and Grandpa Spencer's house.  Tammy always puts on Aladdin for them to watch.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cecilia is 15 Months Old

At 15 months of age, Cece

~ is wearing size 2T/24 month clothes, size 4 diapers, size 4 shoes
~ continues to surprise me with new signs and spoken words.  For example, the other day she pointed at the sink, and then signed "water," "soap," and "wash hands."  Of course, we had to wash her hands immediately.  Has added the spoken words: apple, diaper, up, dada, hello.
~ has 9 teeth: 4 on top, 3 middle bottom, and 2 bottom molars.  Working on the last middle bottom tooth and top 2 molars.
~ has discovered that going up and down the stairs is fun!
~ is so tall and can reach everything.  Standing on her tip toes, she can reach anything on the kitchen table, and about 6 inches in all around the kitchen island.
~ loves to do anything and everything Ellie and Lynnie do
~ loves to dance to music and has some great moves
~ likes to draw and color
~ still prefers Mommy to anyone else, although she is warming up more quickly to people and situations
~ loves to do her hair and brush her teeth.  Always gets mad when it is time to stop playing in the water.
~ is a true delight!  Her personality just keeps coming out.  She is so fun and loves to laugh.  

April 13 - 21

During family prayer after FHE, Cece very cutely folded her arms.  As she was walking across the floor.  And, of course, I very irreverently snuck a picture...

We got a great snowstorm -- the biggest one of the entire winter -- in April.  Cece loved signing "snow" and watching the snow fall.

We had an appointment for our yearly check-in with our financial advisor.  He was half an hour late, but the girls were really good about playing quietly.  I was worried that they had used up all of their good behavior while we were waiting to start, but they were amazing the whole time.  They are so sweet!

Lynnie had an eye appointment, and Grandma was nice enough to come and take Ellie to her music class. Cece came with us, since that was easiest all around.  Lynnie did awesome with the doctor, except for getting nervous when her eyes got dilated.  The girls were fascinated by the bubble machines.  We spent our half an hour waiting for the dilation to take effect watching the bubbles.

Selfies -- the easiest way to entertain Cece lately.  And check out all of her teeth!

Lynnie got to come with us to Cece's sound booth test.  Cece's last three sound booths have showed a consistent level of hearing loss, around 30-50 decibels across the frequencies.  This is really good news with her auditory neuropathy diagnosis.  Good news because it shows that she is truly processing and hearing most of the time (which is what it seems like she is doing).  And motivating to me to continue to be good at consistently wearing her hearing aids.    Lynnie was so sweet as we walked out -- she just grabbed Cece's hand and helped her walk down the ramp.

We didn't have enough time to go home before getting Ellie from school, but too much time to sit in the van.  So we parked and played on the grass for a while.  Cece threw grass around, and Lynnie picked dandelions and pretended to get married.

Best. Day. Ever! for this happy 5 year old.  She got her first pen pal letter from Pyper, all the way from Texas.

Cece has been really good about eating her fruit pouches by herself.  Until today.  Today, it was just a toy.  She even threw the pouch off of the tray, and then signed "no."  At least she knows how to use that word in context!

 Cece is pretty spunky, and can turn her tantrums on and off in a split second.  She was so cutely funny, throwing a big fit because I would not let her play with the remote control.  We have an old one that is her toy, but she never wants that one.  She wants a real one.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Break Fun

We have had an epic Spring Break!  It has been the best because we got to play with three of our birth parents.  

First up was a play date with Tayler and her children.  We met at Neptune Park, but the weather shifted within minutes of us getting there, and it was cold and pretty windy.  We quickly abandoned the park and went to Arctic Circle for an indoor playground.  We love Tayler and her family and cherish the time we get to spend together.  She is a busy mom and we manage to stay pretty busy, but it is always special when we have a few hours to play.

. : Cece was fascinated by Hudson : .

I cashed a Mommy Paycheck during Spring Break.  Ellie and Lynnie were playing so happily together, and then Ellie gave Lynnie a big hug.  She said, "Mom, I'm so glad we are sisters!  We don't know what we would do without each other."

Our next birth parent visit was with Albert and Kanisha.  We met them at Discovery Park and had a great time playing for a couple of hours.  Kind Albert pushed Lynnie on a swing for at least 20 minutes.  She would have happily done that the whole time, but we suggested trying out some other things and she obliged us.

I love how much these two look alike!

Cece likes to take her time, assess the situation, and determine whether it is acceptable to leave mama's arms.  After about an hour, she decided it was time to go exploring.

I love Ellie's kind heart.  This little girl got a little shaky on this wobbly board, and Ellie immediately steadied her and asked if she was OK.

. : more playing by Cece : .

We finished up on the swings again, this time the baby swings.  Ellie tried them for a minute, but she is just too big. Cece had no interest in the swings whatsoever.

After the park, we met Daddy at the Pizza Factory and all had dinner together.  Albert had a surprise present for Lynnie, this pretty dress.  Lynnie could not wait to put it on!  She looked so cute.

On Saturday, it was time to have a play date with {R}.  Cece likes to help me scrunch her hair.

We met {R} at the fire station park, and it was fun to watch Ellie and Lynnie play.  Cece warmed up to {R} more quickly this visit, and that made me very happy.  We were joking at the end that Cece will play with {R} now, so the next step is to work on getting Cece to give her loves.

Cece hijacked {R}s phone almost immediately.  She loves to push the button to get Siri to talk.  She will babble back to her.  One of my favorite moments was hearing Siri say, "OK, I will play all music by Tupac."  I don't know how Siri got that command from Cece's babbling, but it was pretty funny.

 We sure love {R}!

{R} sent us home with this very thoughtful gift.  She wrote special letters to Cece and put them in this cute zebra box.  I was trying to read them out loud to Greg and the girls while we were driving, but they were so sweet and I was so touched that I was completely choked up and could not continue.

Cece and I came home after Sacrament Meeting on Sunday because I was not feeling well.  I wanted to get some pictures to {R}, so I got the pictures off of the camera and did a quick run-through to delete the obviously bad ones.  Cece sat on my lap the whole time, talking to the screen, waving at {R}, and pointing at {R}.  She even blew kisses!  It was the cutest thing.

So that was our Spring Break.  It was pretty amazing!


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