Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I can do it!

Ellie keeps on asking to go on a slide, but it has been chilly outside. I finally decided she was big enough to try indoor-play places. We were dropping some things off to D.I., so we stopped at Carl's Jr on the way home.  She was in heaven!  It took a few tries for her to figure out how to climb up, but then she was up and down at least 20 times, coming down on the slide every time.  There was a toddler area that Lynnie liked as well. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stacking Books

Ellie's new favorite thing to do is to stack books.  She makes a stack in her bedroom, and then transfers the stack to the family room (running in between to "get more") and then transfers the stack to Lynnie's room.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Taking Advantage

It was bathtime, and Daddy was going to give Ellie a bath.  I got her clothes off and went to feed Lynnie her bottle.  Daddy was not quite ready for Ellie, so she decided it was time to color some more.  Smart girl!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Walker

Lynnie loves this walker.  She motors all over, and has even figured out how to get "unstuck" from some places.  She likes to walk into walls and the couch.  She is getting good enough to walk with only one hand.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Backing Off the Couch

Lynnie has figured out how to back off the couch!  She would slide so fast and just laugh and laugh.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Nicest Lady EVER!

For the first time in over a decade, I decided to go shopping on Black Friday.  The last time, I went with Mom, Rachel, Jonette, and Staci, and we were the only sisters-in-law, so that is telling you how long ago it was.

This time, I joined the BCLs and enjoyed the experience of hanging out with my friends.  I did get some nice deals, and I do enjoy a good bargain, but I am not sure it was worth the sleep deprivation.  We started at the 10 p.m. sale at Walmart, then headed to Target at midnight.  We had so much fun waiting in line there, taking about 2 hours to get through it.  We were all so loopy that it was hard to string coherent sentences together.  Then we headed home at 2:30 a.m. (except for Kandice, who headed to Old Navy) and met up again at 8 a.m.  We started at Walgreens and then went to Costco.  I wanted to get an external hard drive, since the one I currently have has only 8 GB of memory left on it, and it makes my dinosaur of a computer even slower to operate.  We got to Costco about 9:45, and all of the hard drives on special were already gone.

I don't normally talk to strangers, but I randomly stopped people who had the drive in their carts to see what time they got there to get it.  One guy said he got there about 9:30.  As we were headed to the registers, I stopped this nice lady because she had one in her cart.

Me:  Hey, what time did you get here this morning to get the external hard drive?
Nicest Lady EVER:  Oh, do you need one?
Me:  Yeah, it was the one thing I wanted to get here, but we got here too late.
NLE:  Well, you can have this one.  My friend picked one up for me, and I got one myself, and I have been debating whether or not to buy them both.  My husband will probably kill me if I come home with two, so really, it is yours!

I could not believe it!  The grin on my face was so huge.  After many exclamations, I headed straight to the register to check out.  On our way back to Target, I was telling Kandice how I wasn't thinking, and I should have taken her picture for my POTD.  Luckily, we ran into the Nicest Lady EVER at Target and she let me take her picture when I said I was a scrapbooker...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Eating Thanksgiving Dinner

We had fun celebrating Thanksgiving at Greg's parents' house, along with Paul & Staci, Rod & Jayme, and Kent & Jessica (with all of the attached children).  Ellie would not try anything, even mashed potatoes and a roll, which normally she will eat.  She ate her snacks.  Lynlee has decided it is more fun to take drinks of water, hold the liquid in her mouth, and then spit it out.  Her bib has a pocket on it, and it was completely full of water by the end of dinner.  We had to put her clothes in the dryer!  Ellie did try 3 kinds of pie.  She did not like the banana cream or coconut cream, but she ate a substantial portion of pumpkin pie, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Pumpkin pie counts as a vegetable, right?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Who knew those cookies were so messy?

As a special treat during our shopping for Thanksgiving, I let Ellie eat a cookie in the cart. It was awesome how messy it was, and the blue around her mouth from the frosting would not come off, no matter how much I washed her face.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

So Independent

While I was taking a shower this morning, Lynlee crawled into Ellie's room and happily played by herself.  So independent!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I Help You Cook!

Ellie is becoming increasingly interested in "helping" me in the kitchen.  Today, she wanted to make a cake, so we did.  Then she helped me stir some things, and wanted to do more.  To keep her busy while I was making dinner, I gave her a bowl of water and a bowl of flour.  I think she scooped and stirred for at least 25 minutes.  Good thing Santa is bringing her and sister a play kitchen for Christmas!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Winter Coats

After our garden excursion earlier in the day, the girls' coats were dirty.  Luckily, I had this purple vest in a 3T I had picked up on clearance for Ellie, and Lynlee fits this beautiful coat that was a Christmas present from Grandma Linda to E last year.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sheet Rock Delivery

the shortest distance meant bringing their truck around back = smart!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I Not Naked

I got Ellie ready for her bath, and she tore out of her room to go find Daddy and tell him she was ready.  All the way down the hall, she said, "I naked, I naked."  When she got to the family room, she picked up a blanket, wrapped it around herself, and declared, "I not naked!"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Yes, that is my car....

....on the back of a tow truck. :(

If the car was going to break down, it happened with the best possible scenario.  I was headed to a NAET appointment, so Hailey was playing the girls.  After coasting into a parking spot, I could not get the car started again.  I managed to get a hold of Greg before his basketball meeting started, he got a tow set up for me, attended his meeting while I was waiting for the tow truck, and then picked me up.

Greg's diagnosis is the alternator (which gave me flashbacks to Women's Conference with Kandice!), but we are still waiting to hear from the mechanic with an official diagnosis.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Look, Mom!

"I drew a letter E for Ellie, all by myself."

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ensemble Festival

Ensemble Festival was a success!  The quartet consisted of Syreese, Sadie, Madelin, and Josh (McKinzie's student).  The trio consisted of McKinzie, Jacob, and Tyler.  I am always impressed by how well these wonderful students perform.  I was a little nervous that they would be able to pull it off, but they all did great.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lynlee's Gotcha Day

A year ago today, we picked up Lynlee from the hospital.  As a nod to that day, I dressed Lynlee in the outfit Ellie wore that day.  It is amazing to me that a year has passed already.

Gotcha Day is a time for honoring Lynlee's birth mom and celebrating the expansion of our family.

We had the pleasure of attending an Eagle Court of Honor for 11 young men in our ward.  On 11/11/11.  It was pretty special!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Georgette Heyer

Ah, Georgette!  You are perhaps my favorite author.  Whenever I need a pick-me-up or a little escape, I reread one your timeless novels.  I am so grateful that my sister Amy discovered you years ago.  I have collected many of your fantastic works, and I am glad that so many have been reprinted so I could stop buying broken-down used copies .  I wish you were still alive and still creating Regency romances.  I love you!
My favorites:  Frederica, Sylvester, Sprig Muslin, The Grand Sophy, Arabella, and whichever one I am currently reading

Sunday, November 6, 2011

People Who Have Influenced My Life

Hailey is one of my favorite people!  She is kind and genuine and loving.  She is the best babysitter ever because she sincerely cares about Ellie and Lulu.  Hailey is funny and personable able to find the humor in every situation. She is capable and competent and caring.  In fact, I can not think of enough superlatives to describe her!  Hailey is a true gem.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lulu can sleep anywhere...

Lulu fell asleep about 1 minute before we got to Maceys, and then stayed asleep. I thought she would wake up any second, but she didn't; so I moved her to laying down in the cart.  She stayed asleep through Ellie talking to her and poking at her, and our shopping, and only woke up when we went over the "bumps" at the store exit.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Out for a Walk

This is classic Ellie--she is eating her snacks while meandering around, wearing her turtle sunglasses.  We walked for about an hour and had fun picking up leaves and throwing them in the street and playing with the fire hydrants.  Lulu was awesome in the stroller and drank her water and ate crackers.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Booster Seat?

The exchange of children on group lesson day means that Sadie and Madelin get to ride in the car seats. I am impressed that Madelin can fit in there!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Future Maestro

This darling (and super warm) outfit was a present from Aunt Bobi to Ellie last year.  Lulu had a matching one that was teeny tiny then, and it is so fun to dress her in the bigger one this winter.