Saturday, April 30, 2011

First Time Eating Rice Cereal

Lynlee ate like a pro!  She was opening her mouth for bites and seemed to really like it.  What a success - and hopefully it continues.  We started her 8 days before her 6-month birthday because she has been having trouble making it through the night; she is just too hungry.  Here's to a happy and well-fed baby!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Love My Friends!

In this super flattering picture, we are in the Service Learning Room making scarves.  Clockwise from left: me, Kelly, Vicky (Kelly's neighbor), Kandice, Stephanie, and Ilene.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

climbing in the jumper

Ellie likes to climb in Lynlee's bouncer and then call, "stuck!"  She hasn't figured out yet how to get back out...

And this random outfit is because Ellie woke up this morning with a really crazy rash in her armpits, knee-pits, and on her upper thighs.  I called the doctor and they said we could come in 50 minutes.  Everyone showered and dressed and we made it in 55 minutes (albeit not dressed to impressed).

The good news?  It is an allergic reaction.

The bad news?  We don't know what she is allergic too (haven't changed laundry detergent or bath soap or anything like that lately).

After giving children's Benadryl and washing every outfit and stuffed animal and piece of bedding she has, everything looks a lot better.  Hopefully it is completely cleared up by tomorrow, and it never comes back!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Waiting to get fingerprinted

The judge we have for Lynlee's adoption requires an FBI background check and fingerprint check.  We must have had him for Ellie, too, because we did this last year as well.  It seems a little silly to me, because the people who will voluntarily submit to a fingerprint/background check will not have anything to hide...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Dresses

Greg liked that the girls dresses coordinated without being matching.  So pretty!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

Thanks to Todd & Rachel for hosting, and for Clayton for taking over the camera so I could focus on Ellie's first Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lunch with Aunt Tammy

Out for lunch with Aunt Tammy (in secret celebration of Kylene's birthday?  JK - but happy birthday anyway!!!!).
my shirt says "turtly cool"

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Arrrgh, Matey!

We went to Story Time today, and lucky for us, it was a Pirate Party!  Librarian Linda read a pirate story, and then they divided us into 3 groups.  At our first station, Ellie got to decorate a pirate hat.  At the second station, we listened to another story and played "pirate, pirate, what can it be?"  Ellie was so cute as we walked from place to place.  She followed the other children and looked so big!  On our way to the third station, Ellie looked at me and signed "home," then took off running for the outside doors.  We were all done!

P.S.  Lynlee was an angel and slept the whole time in her car seat.  As soon as we got back in the car, she woke up and talked all the way home.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Primary Reunion

Even though this pic taken with my phone is terrible, it tells the story of our morning.  Julie is holding Lynlee and animatedly telling us a story, the remains of our Kneaders bread and fruit salad is on the table (along with everyone's favorite beverage - and good Darci always prefers water), and the bigger kids are happily playing elsewhere (just in the attached family room at this point).  Ellie was so comfortable this time.  She recited everyone's names, and then basically roamed Darci's house.  She found a stuffed lambie in Brooklyn's room and was in heaven.  She also went into the basement, by herself, multiple times to find more toys.  Lynlee was so good and got passed around, and even took a nap on Darci's couch.

Thanks to Darci and Julie for having birthdays this week so that we had an excuse to get together!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Big Helper

Ellie loves to help - especially when she gets to "sweep" and empty the dustpan.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Crashing Uncle Kyle

Uncle Kyle is in town and we had fun playing with him!  He arranged to be here to hear the recently returned Elder Ethan Craig talk in Sacrament Meeting.

Ellie had a great time "crashing" into Kyle and knocking him over.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hot Tub

Greg has been working hard to keep the hot tub functioning at an optimum level.  We got a new cover and cover lifter, and he stained the outside wood.  To "celebrate," he and Ellie got in to enjoy some swimming.  Ellie got pretty brave by the end and walked all the way around the outside, holding on to the edge and stepping on the seats.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bagpiper at Thanksgiving Point

We took advantage of the gorgeous weather and our recently-purchased membership pass to explore the Gardens with Elizabeth and Davis.  It is the Tulip Festival right now, but because of our cold spring, we only saw a couple of tulips that had bloomed.  We did see a nesting goose and fed the fish.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waking up Happy

Lynlee had her first experience with power puking this afternoon.  It was my own fault; I tried to give her a little baby Tylenol right after she ate, which made her gag, and then explode.  Luckily, we were in the kitchen on the hardwood floor.  After trying to catch it with the burp cloth (highly ineffective), I was momentarily frozen.  I just wasn't sure what to do first - clean up Lynlee, clean up myself, clean up the floor.  I got it worked out, and then Lynlee took a 2-hour nap (unusual during the day, usually she sleeps an hour-ish).  When she woke up, she was back to her normal, smiley self.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I got the camera to take a picture of Lynlee, and Ellie--of her own volition--crouched down and put her arm around sister.  So sweet!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lynlee is 5 Months Old

photo shoot slightly delayed due to sickness

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I only survive.....

...Sacrament Meeting because Hailey sits with us.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Playing with Gwen... Grandma's house

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Shirts

Julie found the "Big Sister" shirt, and when I found the "Little Sister" shirt, I could hardly contain my excitement.  Now, bring on the warm weather so we can wear short sleeves!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Putting on Lotion

This morning after family prayer, Ellie was pretending to put lotion on Daddy, Mommy, and Barney.  And then she was super helpful and "put" some lotion on Lynlee's lips.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hand & Foot

with Jonette et al.
picture by Kaydren

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Maiden Voyage

We broke in the new stroller today at Thanksgiving Point farm with our friends Elizabeth and Kathy.  The weather was gorgeous, and the farm was busier than I have ever seen it!  I love the stroller.  Both girls fit perfectly, and Ellie loved looking at Lynlee and squeezing her feet.
Props to Elizabeth for her picture taking skills!