Sunday, March 19, 2017


Cece is particular about her hair, and some days will flat out refuse having it done.  I can't blame her -- it is quite the process with lots of products and some pain in the combing.  This morning she asked Lynlee to do her hair, and it was a sweet moment.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


I love that all of the girls love to create art.  Especially Lynlee.  I also love that she is happy to make creations on the magnadoodle that can be erased (and I don't have to sneak it into the recycling can later).

Friday, March 17, 2017

India Skirt

Amy gave Lynlee 4 gorgeous skirts (green, red, blue, and gold) from India for Christmas. Here is the green one, worn for St Patrick's Day.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

School Project

I peaked in Ellie's classroom and found them doing "fluency" practice, where they read the words and sing along to a song. This time it was "You're Welcome" from Moana.  And I found these treasures displayed in the hallway.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lip Gloss

We got to go meet Lynlee's birth mom for dinner as she and her family came through town on their way to a wedding in Las Vegas.  It was epic!  Lynlee had packed her special purple lip gloss for the occasion.  Without anyone noticing, Cece found it and pretty much used up the whole tube on the way home.  Even after a bath, and crying-causing-scrubbing, her face was stained purple...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Roll With It

We have full afternoons after school, and I am the "mean mom" who only lets the girls play with friends on Friday and Saturday.  By the time they have a snack, do their homework & reading, and practice violin & piano, we are racing to a class or to get dinner going.  But sometimes we just roll with it.  Anna and Eli knocked on the door and wanted to play, right after school.  Their parents were travelling and they were needing a distraction, so we said "come on in" and the kids all played happily for a few hours.

And we never did practice that day...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Just Another Manic Monday

Cece doesn't go to school on Mondays, so in my head it should be our day to relax and recover from the weekend.  But, no.  It is a chance to jump in to a new week with both feet!  We meet with our deaf mentor in the morning, then we drive kindergarten carpool, then squeeze in any doctor's appointments (like a trip to see the audiologist on this day),  then go to Orem and have a therapy appointment with Cece's teacher (Lynlee hates this but comes with us anyway), and then get back just in time to pick up Ellie from school.  Then it is straight to Lynlee's dance class (where they had fun trying on potential costumes for the recital in May -- this one was Lynlee's favorite but it was ultimately not chosen) and then home for dinner and FHE.  Whew!

And, Cece loves to write on the dry erase boards.  She likes to practice writing her name.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sister Sunday School

Ellie took her sisters in to the backyard and taught them a Sunday School lesson.  Complete with visual aids, some scriptures, and a snack.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Baby Signing Time Volume 5

The girls got to be filmed to be in a new episode of Baby Signing Time.  It was quite the experience!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cece's Doll

While I was waiting for the yarn for the hair, I got about half of Cece's doll done.  It came together quickly after Ellie's doll was done.  Designing the cochlear implants was ... exciting.  I pulled it out about 5 times before I was happy with it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Art Project

Lynlee came home from school with a purple wire and the instructions to create a person.  She drew out how she wanted it to look, and then we worked together to make her person.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cece's Bus

Cece's "bus" is really a van.  This Wednesday morning I put her on the bus and took the big girls to school.  Then I had some errands to run, including dropping things off at the D.I.  I pulled out of the parking lot to head south, and pulled right in behind Cece's bus!  I followed it on to the high way until it pulled off at the 1600 N exit.  (And you can't tell because the lights are blocked, but the light was red and it was safe to take this picture!)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Clark Planetarium

I got to go with Ellie's class on their field trip to the Clark Planetarium.  We've never been there before, and it was a fun place.  I was in charge on an energetic group, and it made me appreciate how obedient all of my daughters are.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Eliana's Doll

After finishing Ontrea, it was Ellie's turn for an amigurumi.  She decided she wanted a baby doll, and she picked out the colors for the dress.  Having learned my lesson with the sock monkey about having the recommended yarn for a pattern, I ordered this specialty yarn for the hair.  I actually got the doll done and had Cece's doll halfway done before the yarn arrived.  The fun thing about the hair is that the yarn is really crinkly, and I used the underside for the hair.  It had more loops and looked better.  Ellie wanted a mouth, so I did my best to free hand that (it wasn't in the pattern). And, we had to make glasses!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

BST Prep

The girls are going to be filmed for a new Baby Signing Time video, and we couldn't be more excited!  It has been more difficult than expected to find outfits for the girls to wear.  Here are the guidelines:  absolutely no green, try to have no red, white, or black, new/like new condition, spring colors, at least 2 options.  It was a good excuse to go shopping for new clothes.  I wanted the outfits to coordinate but not match, in the hopes that the girls would be on screen together.  We found one set of clothes at Osh Kosh and another set at Gymboree.  That made the colors coordinate, and I was happy with how it turned out.  I laid them all out after church (we bought them yesterday) and Lynlee had to model her favorite outfit.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Uncle Kyle

Kyle and Jonette made a flying trip to Utah, and we got to see them for a little while.  Uncle Kyle brought the girls the nicest gift: his violin that he played when he was a little boy.  He had it restrung, and bought a new bow and case for it.  It is a 3/4 size, so when Ellie gets bigger (maybe around 4th or 5th grade), it will be perfect for her to play.

Friday, March 3, 2017


Greg sent me this picture that someone sent to him.  I don't have the original source to credit it, but I love how it captures the celebrating team, and serious-Greg-the-referee in the background.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Super Heroes

It is Super Hero day at school.  Lynlee is Super Dog and Ellie is Super Turtle.  Cece is telling you that Daddy is a super hero, too.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


I am not entirely sure where this is, but Lynlee can always entertain herself by taking lots of selfies.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017


One of my favorite authors + the dreamy voice of John Thornton = Perfection

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Lynlee drew a really good Mia (from "Mia and Me"), but she didn't like something about it, so she crumpled it up and threw it away.  I rescued it out of the recycle bin for a picture.  Cece drew lots of Cs.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

More Basketball

Ellie has been begging all season to go to one of Greg's games by herself, and the time finally came.  Greg and Tammy were reffing in the Junior College tournament in Twin Falls, so they took Ellie along.  She stayed with Greg during Tammy's game, and stayed with Tammy during Greg's game.  It was a long day, but she had fun!

Friday, February 24, 2017


For Family Fun Night, we went to watch Aunt Tammy referee a basketball game.  Cece excitedly watched her, signing REFEREE and cheering.  Just another reason why the deaf mentor program is so amazing -- we learned that sign from Ariana.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Perler Beads

Ellie stayed home from school today, and made this awesome owl out of Perler beads.  I love all of the skills that come with this activity:  the spatial awareness of following the pattern, the fine motor skills from grabbing and placing the beads, the concentration and tenacity to complete a large project.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Lynlee's current favorite show is called "Mia and Me" and it has fairies, butterfly rings, and unicorns.  She requested I make her a unicorn, and she picked out the yarn to match her mermaid tail blanket.  She named it Ontrea.  It was a fun project, and the mane and tail took as much time as the rest of it all together, I think.  This was a labor of love because of all of the sewing required.  I enjoy crocheting, and don't really enjoy the hand sewing for assembly.  But the finished products are always worth it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Donut Worry

At the Book Fair, I let each girl pick out one item, and I strongly encourage them to get an actual book.  Lynlee vacillated between a puppy poster and a puppy book, but the book won.  Imagine her delight when she got a mystery prize at her Library specialty class today, and Mr Wright let her pick the exact poster she had been wanting.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Cece had an awesome date with {R} this morning, and came home with a new purse and these great glasses. Cece didn't take them off for a week, and even had her class picture at school taken with them on.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sharing Time

We've all had a rough adjustment to my calling as Primary pianist.  In theory, it sounds like the perfect calling -- I love serving in Primary, and playing the songs is therapeutic and easy.  In actuality, it has been tough.  Lynlee is a tenuous Primary attender (at best), and having me in the room has made it even more difficult.  Cece will not go to Nursery, but I'm fine with that.  She actually does great, just hanging out and playing behind the piano.  Lynlee is the one that has had screaming/crying fits on multiple Sundays...  Ellie tries desperately to help, which proves distracting to her class.  Maybe, eventually, we will get this all worked out and I will cry less over the craziness and the missed cues (from dealing with crying children) and the embarrassment...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017


My favorite "nap-on-the-bus" picture, ever!