Thursday, October 6, 2016

Speech Therapy

Cece and I have a routine in the morning.  We get the big girls off to school, and then we finish eating breakfast.  Then we play speech therapy.  Right now we are working on identifying colors and saying the 24 sounds on our flashcards (ahhh, buh buh buh, mmm, ssss, oooo, ow, uh oh, shhh, bee, moo, eeee, shoe, duh duh duh, eye, weee, neigh, choo choo, hi, and etc).  Sometimes Cece is really engaged, and sometimes I have to be more clever to get her to repeat sounds while she is going what she wants.  This morning she took the initiative to sort all of her colors.  I was impressed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Grandma's Birthday Lunch

We met Grandma and Bobi for a birthday lunch.  It's always entertaining to bring along Lynnie and Cece.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Cece insists on doing her own hair lately.  She does a great job, if I can get it wet enough.  Otherwise she creates a tall mass of frizzy fuzz.  She likes to brush it flat across her forehead and over her ears.

Monday, October 3, 2016


Oatmeal has always been Ellie's favorite food.  Even as a baby, she tolerated rice cereal and gobbled up her oatmeal cereal.  So when she had this sample sentence on Imagine Learning (an interactive reading program she does everyday as part of her homework), we had to take a picture.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Princess Leia Hat

The girls are going to be playing in a Suzuki violin event in a couple of weeks that is Star Wars themed, and costumes are encouraged.  So I made this Princess Leia wig/hat for Lynlee during General Conference to be part of her costume.  It was a fairly quick project.  I got bulky yarn thinking it would make it go faster, but it only made it really thick and heavy.  It is a substantial, super warm hat.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Priesthood Session

Cece was in heaven feeding Macy dog food while we were hanging out during the Priesthood session.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dog Pile

Playing at grandpa and grandma's house is always fun.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


It is always fun to pose with this statue at the library.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Taking Ellie to LPM

Always fun to ride bikes and walk Ellie to LPM.  Ellie was so excited to get to class that she rode off way ahead, and then had to wait for me to get there with her music books.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Ah, Swig, why do I love thee? When we go, which is not that often, usually only once or twice a month, I get either a Diet Raspberry Dream or a Diet Texas Tab.  Both have coconut cream, which is the ingredient I like best.  Cece gets a sugar cookie and eats off the frosting, and then Ellie eats the cookie part for her.  Ellie and Lynnie like the Tiger's Blood Freezes.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Awesome Hair

Cece likes to brush her own hair.  She would not let me have a turn this day, and her hair was flat and kind of matted and stuck to her head and yet still poofy.  These pictures really do not do it justice.  But Cece always likes going to the dentist's office (even though Ellie does not!).

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Lynlee loves her Primary teachers, Brother and Sister Williams.  She did not, however, want to pose for a picture with her special paper from class.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lauren's Baby Shower

It was fun to celebrate with Lauren at her baby shower.  The highlight for my girls was to play with their baby cousins.  On my mom's side of the family, there are 7 cousins, and they are all younger than my siblings and I.  They are all married now and having babies.  In the past couple of years, Shayla has had a girl and then twins, Yael had a girl, Julianne had a boy, Janice has had a girl and a boy, and Stephanie had a girl (plus Caitlin has 2 boys).  It is fun to have cousins that are younger, since the rest of the Maathuis/Camp/Taylor cousins are so grown up.  Ellie, Lynnie, and Cece were glued to Yael's baby Maya during the shower.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Grandma Great

We were able to visit Grandma Great's grave.  Lynnie picked out the flowers for her.  She wanted the brightest colors we could get, so Grandma Great would be happy.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Phoenix Ticket

Way to go, Lynnie Lu!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


On Wednesday, I get to drive the girls to school, and Lynnie wants us to walk her in (she walks in by herself on the days Greg drives).  Cece loves to sit on the stairs with her, and they don't make a peep.  As Lynnie says, they are not noisy like those noisy 1st graders!  Cece has started to notice when the camera comes out, and she loves to pose for pictures.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ladybug Bike

We love being able to walk to Let's Play Music class at Miss Sheryl's house.  Lynlee insisted on riding Cece's ladybug bike, and she had a great time.  The best part was that we got there early and Lynnie coasted down the driveway, making a sharp turn onto the sidewalk -- over and over.

Monday, September 19, 2016


I couldn't get a good picture of this, but Cece thought it was pretty funny to smear her hands with Vaseline and then make handprints on the mirror.  There were awesome giggles while this was happening.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


The girls got new matching dresses for church, and I tried really hard to get a "posed" picture of the girls.  This turned out much better!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Birthday Book

Ellie spent a long time creating this book for her friend's birthday present.  It was sweet to see her working so hard to make something so special. The letters on the last page are the initials of the girls in their "club" -- Rachel, Eliana, Hannah, and Allie.

Friday, September 16, 2016

School Carnival

The girls' school does a fundraiser every September, a fun carnival.  We love going!  A highlight is getting their hair sprayed in fun colors.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


We have finally come up with a system that motivates Lynnie to sleep in her own bed all night.  She can earn prizes when she sleeps a certain amount of nights.  We started with 8 nights, then 16 nights, then 32 nights.  32 nights was overwhelming for her and just set her up for failure, so we backed off to 16 nights for every prize from now on.  After her first successful time of sleeping 8 nights in a row, she picked out this mermaid tail swimsuit from amazon.  She had to try it out in the tub, of course!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Self Portrait

Lynnie drew this at school.  I love that she put Puppy on her shirt and glasses on her face.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Looking forward, I know that Cece will start ASL preschool after her 3rd birthday.  This is her last chance to do mommy and me music classes, so I signed us up for Kindermusik with Miss Leda on Tuesdays, and found a Let's Play Music - Sound Beginnings class with Miss Alicia on Wednesdays.  It is also really good "speech" therapy, with providing opportunities to listen and respond to new teachers and music stimuli.  Plus, it's fun!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Play Dough

Play Dough is Cece's favorite thing to play with.  She plays with it almost every day.  Lynnie and Ellie will sometimes jump in and play with her.  Lynnie was proud of this creation, and was okay to disassemble it if I took a picture of it first.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Lynnie's Art

Lynnie has been bit by the drawing bug and she loves to make pictures all of the time.  This is a picture of herself and Eliana.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


It's always fun to go to the park, especially when we go with the whole family.

Friday, September 9, 2016


Someone decided to color more than her paper today.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sharing and Spinning

Most of the time, the girls are good sharers. This is an example. Lynnie was trying to get this straw thing to spin in the air, and Cece would chase it and hand it back to her.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Argh, Ladies

Ellie and Lynnie have always said that pirates say "Argh, Ladies!"  It's always fun at the allergy doctor to dress up like a pirate.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to School

Lynnie was better enough to head to school today, where she drew this awesome picture.