Wednesday, May 10, 2017

More Before School Fun

We very rarely are ready for school with a minute or two to spare -- at least, for Ellie and Lynnie.  They are usually being hurried out of the door to get to school on time. So when there was enough time to ride bikes, I had to take a picture.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ready for School

Little Dancer was showing off her moves as we were waiting for her bus.

Monday, May 8, 2017


Cece's teacher likes to send home worksheets for us to do as homework.  I love how much Cece loves to write the letter C.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sharing Time

It's always exciting when your name gets called and you get to come up front to help in Primary.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Play Time

Hannah was in a play, and Hannah's mom took Ellie and Rachel to see it.  They had a great night supporting their friend.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dance Recital

After Lynlee's dance recital, we got some ice cream with Albert and Kanisha.  It was a fun night!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Preschool Program

Cece had her first ever preschool program and it was a fun event.  She was pretty nervous waiting with her class for their turn on stage.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I Spy...

...a baby sister who crawled in bed with big sister sometime in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lynlee's New Violin

Grandma is pretty sneaky sometimes.  She arranged to take Lynlee out for lunch for some "bonding time."  When it came time to go, Lynlee freaked out and insisted I come along on their date.  Fine by me, but then Grandma's motivations came out.  She was trying to sneak Lynlee to Charles Liu to buy a new violin!  We still got the violin, but I wouldn't let Grandma pay for it.  Silly (and extremely nice) Grandma!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rock Collection

Eliana is a very conscientious student, but sometimes deadlines get away from her/us.  Like needing to collect 10 different rocks for a science project, which she frantically did at 7:30 a.m.

As a side note, our backyard view is changing.  The two empty lots behind the Ericksons and us are getting houses.  We can still see the mountains, and it will be fun to get new neighbors.  Win win!

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Cece told me she was a walrus.  I am not sure if I should be worried that she is putting things up her nose or impressed by her creativity.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

LPM Recital

Lynlee did a great job at her LPM recital today.  She is all done with her 2nd year.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Draco Malfoy

Sarah wanted a Draco Malfoy figure, so I used the pattern for Ron and adapted the colors.  His hair stood out a little more in person, even though it looks like it's the same color as his skin in the picture.

pattern purchased on etsy:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I Am Moana!

We like to wait outside for Cece's bus.  Lynlee was pretending to be Moana and kept on singing in her loudest voice, "I AM MOANA!!!!"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Luna Lovegood

Amber's second crochet pick was Luna Lovegood.  I love how she turned out! I found a pattern on etsy for Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and I just adapted the colors to make it Luna.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Household Repair

Do you ever do this?  Put off a simple task and deal with the annoyance, thinking it's not that big of a deal (and it's not), but once it's fixed you realize how easy it was to deal with the annoyance?  For example, the bottom rack of our dishwasher has 8 of these rolling wheels.  One fell off and got melted on the heat coils and had to be thrown away.  Another one had the clip break and I had to kind of wiggle it on the rack every time I rolled it in and out.  And then another wheel got melted, and another one broke.  I had to lift up the rack and set it in and out (no more wheeling!).  Really, not a big deal, just an annoyance. Until David was here to pick up his kids and saw me doing dishes and doing the lifting thing, and he said, "you can buy new wheels, you know."  He even went and picked them up for us (nicest brother-in-law ever!).  Once it was all fixed, I kind of laughed at how hard doing dishes had been, compared to when the equipment worked correctly.   There must be a good analogy in there some where...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dance Class

Lynlee has loved this taking dance class this spring, and I credit her teacher.  Miss Shanda has been amazing, making class fun and teaching the girls some great moves.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Our Primary has a jar with all of the childrens' names written on popsicle sticks.  When they need a helper, they pick a stick and call on the child.  Every time Lynlee's name is chosen, she politely refuses to help.  Until today.  She went up front and held a picture for the entire song.  Great job, Lynlee!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Elephant Lovey

The other half of my present for baby Lucy was this darling Elephant Lovey.  Big sister Olivia told me that the nursery was going to be pink and gray, and that they liked elephants, so I went on a Pinterest hunt to find a good pattern.  I combined two patterns and I love how it turned out.  I used a baby yarn and it is so soft and touchable.

The head is from this free pattern: and the chevron blanket is from this free pattern (with some extra rows so that it was a little longer):

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ellie's New Violin

Grandma helped us time Ellie's new violin, purchasing it now so that she will be used to the bigger size at the recital in a month and violin camp in two months.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Baby Addison

Lauren is so nice to share pictures with me.  Lynlee snuck upstairs during violin lessons and got to feed Addison a bottle.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ellie's Last LPM Class

It's the end of an era, with Ellie attending her very last Let's Play Music class.  I am super sad, and have loved sharing this musical journey with her.  Ellie said she is not sad, but she will miss seeing Miss Sheryl every week.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baby Booties

I made these darling baby booties for our friends, the Perkins, who are about to have a miracle baby.  It may have been my favorite project ever!   They are so soft and sweet, and they worked up so quickly.  I don't know if they were useful as a shoe or not (I never had much luck with baby shoes doing more than looking pretty in a picture).  But they are totally worth it, even if it is just for a photo op.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sock Monkey 2.0

After making the giant sock monkey, I halfheartedly worked on the 2nd monkey with lighter weight yarn.  It eventually got to the point where the baby I was making it for was about to turn 1, and I knew it was now or never to get it done.  This version turned out super cute, but not as much smaller as I expected.  I used a 2.5 hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn. The baby's nursery colors are navy blue and mustard yellow, but there was no good yellow in the Caron line at JoAnn's.  I substituted the orange instead.  I also sewed more carefully, so the mouth has a cleaner line.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Dinner

Easter dinner at Grandma's was delicious and fun!  Grandma had the little girls do a craft and it was a hit.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt

One of the best things that happens at Todd & Rachel's Easter Egg Hunt, is the lesson Rachel teaches the children.  She showed them the video "He is Risen" this year as part of her lesson.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wind Storm

We had the craziest wind storm last night.  Lots of neighbors lost fences, and windows & windshields were blowing out in cars.  The Jensens gate blew off its hinges and smashed their truck window; the Monsons basketball hoop blew down and shattered their windshield.  We felt extremely lucky and blessed that the only damage at our house was our mailbox blowing off and landing in the front yard.  It still had the mail from the previous day inside.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


The girls love to play with friends, and especially love to play outside in gorgeous weather (despite the ominous clouds gathering, it was a nice afternoon).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Field Trip

It is so much fun to be a field trip chaperone!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

IL and Pillows

Imagine Learning is much more fun to do if you are sitting on a pillow tower. And holding your Elsa/Anna doll.

Monday, April 10, 2017


Our pancake recipe makes tons, so we freeze the extras.  It is easy to toast them up for breakfast on school mornings, and is Cece's favorite thing to eat in the morning right now.