Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Amy packing for Shanghai

The girls and I went to my mom's house this afternoon in the middle of a blizzard (what's that?  it was merely a snowstorm?  it felt like a blizzard...) to see Amy again before she flew west.  By the time I remembered to pull out the camera, most of the items were already put in Amy's suitcases.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas is officially over...

...when I take down the Christmas cards.  I have loved looking at the pictures of my friends and family, but it is time to clean up all of the decorations.  Until next year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Busy beaver

Driving home from Montana, and we stopped for lunch at Famous Dave's BBQ. Ellie enjoyed her french fries.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I cannot WAIT to learn how to use this!

Thank you, Greg, and Merry Christmas to me!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Frosty Fresh Market

Elizabeth and I went shopping sans children and found this cool display. A great few hours with a great friend!

Monday, December 20, 2010

We have the nicest neighbors in the world!

Love all the hand-me-downs from our awesome neighbor. Lynlee will be exceptionally well dressed!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ward Christmas Party

What an amazing party! I think the entire ward was there (they estimated 370 people would attend). The entire cultural hall was transformed, we sat with fun people, and we had a great time playing with our friends (and watching our friends play with Ellie and Lynlee). Ellie has some new tricks that she was happy to show off. She likes to shake, freeze, sway, and kick. And tell us what a monkey says.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Quick trip... the store. Without any babies.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Totally Cool

I got this outfit for Lynlee because her birth mom is Totally Cool!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Daddy's Princesses

These cute shirts each say "Daddy's Princess."

Monday, December 13, 2010

Just Chillling

Davis was sick last week, and so we did not get together to play.  Ellie missed him, and I missed Elizabeth!  We played today, and Ellie would not stop touching Davis.  Davis appreciated her loving on him.  No, really.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Annual Christmas Party

Tonight was the annual Christmas party, where we get together with Greg's family and play the pick-a-present-or-steal-someone-else's-present game.  There is a long standing tradition of the most special "gift" being a Hooters mug (introduced by Kyle?  I can't remember), and Greg was the lucky recipient this year.  Now I have to remember to bring it back next year.

Shockingly, no one stole it from him...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cream Cheese Chicken

We are starting to find foods Ellie will eat.  Lately she has been digging cheddar flavored Chex Mix (hey, that cereal is vitamin fortified, right?) and Cream Cheese Chicken.  Tonight at dinner she couldn't shovel that chicken and rice into her mouth fast enough.  I love that she got all messy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

So big!

Lynlee is not a big fan of the car seat or the car.  If it is too close to when she ate, she spits up.  If it is too close to when she wants to eat again, she cries.  Needless to say, errands are tricky to schedule.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Little Sister

this adorable shirt was a present from Nina

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shopping Excursion

Elizabeth took me to Sam's Club today so that I could get "On the Border" tortilla chips, which I think are my favorite tortilla chips ever (that are mass produced). I also found some Christmas presents for Lynlee. And Ellie loved riding by Davis. Davis shared his pretzels, and Ellie fed them to him.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Cliff came over this morning to get measurements and talk about finishing our basement.  Ellie was so taken with him!  She could tell he loves little girls (Cami is only a couple of months older than her).  Since we just paid for Lynlee's adoption, our plans will be moving a litle more slowly than anticipated.  But I would rather have Lynlee than a finished basement any day!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Morning Routine

Ellie usually chills in the love sac and watches Signing Time in the morning while we are showering and getting ready for the day.  This morning she was hungry at the same time Lynlee was hungry, so I gave E her bottle and plopped her down, and she drank her whole bottle by herself.  Very impressive!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Snow Removal

Last night, our friend Brian came over and plowed our driveway with his 4-wheeler while Greg was doing tithing settlement.  How nice was that!  So nice that he deserves a blog shout-out.  While he was busy working hard, Julie, Hailey, and Nick came in and entertained me.  And Ellie entertained us all.

This morning, there was even more snow, and our intrepid father went out and took care of it.  He was super excited to have his picture taken, as you can see.  But I had to show how cool his snowmobiling boots are!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snow, snow, and more snow

I had decided it was time to take the girls to church, but when I woke up this morning and looked outside, I saw this and reconsidered:
I texted Greg and said I was going to keep us all home, and he called and talked me back into going.  So I quickly got us all dressed and out the door, and Greg came out from the church and carried Ellie in for me.  It was really nice to be there and to see our friends.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Greg's first funeral as Bishop

Today was Sister Day's funeral. It was a nice service, full of hope amidst the grief.  We were there almost 2.5 hours, and Ellie did beautifully.  Lynlee slept the whole time!  We sat with Sis Gabbitas and Bishop & Sis Fisher.  Ellie loves Sis Gabbitas.  E kept on leaning on her and giving her toys and talking to her.  I had the girls dressed in mostly-matching corduroy jumpers.  Super cute!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Ellie, Andrew, and Kyralyn chilling at Grandma's house watching Scooby Doo - what a fun sight!  Ellie is getting so grown up.  She didn't want to play upstairs with the adults.  She just wanted to play with the "big kids" in the basement.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This is what happens...

...when you try to take pictures of a hungry baby.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm the Silly Sister

I found a couple of shirts for Lynlee that say "little sister," but I can't find any for Ellie that say "big sister."  I did find this shirt, and I thought it was appropriate!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


P.S.  I love making the title of this post "Sisters."  Who would have ever thought that we would have two absolutely beautiful girls?  Adoption and our birth moms are amazing!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fun & Games

Ellie's newest game to play is to hide something behind her back and then say, "Go?"  Then she will pull the object out and laugh!  Today she was being doubly-tricky by putting things behind her and then putting both hands in front of her.  Tayler came to visit today, and Ellie showed off all of her tricks, including this new game!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Outfit from Aunt Jo, headband from Darci

P.S.  Ellie will always sign "aunt" for Aunt Jo, but never signs "aunt" for any other aunts.  It's like she thinks "aunt" = Jo. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First trip out of the house

We had some Signing Time DVDs due at the library today, so we took a quick jaunt to return those and get some more.  Since I had Lynlee in the carrier, Ellie was a big girl and got to walk a little bit.  She knows exactly what aisle her movies are on, and she thought she was pretty big stuff being able to pick some to take home!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Today was (probably perhaps) my last Ensemble Festival for a few years.  Everyone did awesome!  Jace and Cassie both played duets with Rachel (and I am always happy to register them), Jacob and Madelin played the best they have ever played, Tyler and Sadie got honors, and Joshie and Syreese also got honors, which is amazing since it was the first time Josh has ever played in Festival!  McKinzie takes the cake, though, with a 38.5/40.