Saturday, June 30, 2012

Door Install

Jeff and his boys Tristan and Dallin came over today to install the doors on our basement bathroom vanities.  They look awesome!  Tristan was in my Primary class when he was 4, and it is always fun to talk to him now that his is all grown up and 10 years old.

Friday, June 29, 2012


During Lynlee's nap today, Ellie and I were working on updating the iPod, and I realized that you can watch videos on it.  We downloaded some free episodes of Curious George and WordWorld, and Ellie happily watched when we went to Costco later.  She borrowed Greg's headphones and looked like such a big girl.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pushing Kitty in the Stroller

We had fun playing with Hope today!  Lynlee is getting a lot braver with the animals, and even petted one of their dogs and their kitty.  She also had a lot of fun taking turns with Hope pushing the doll stroller with the kitty in the basket.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Pillowcases

I couldn't resist these minky pillowcases from, and got a purple one for Lynlee and a pink one for Ellie.  Lynlee doesn't have a pillow in her bed yet, but she loves to play with her pillow, and drags it all over the house.  Ellie loves her "soft new pillow."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Watching YouTube

Lynlee has discovered YouTube.  We have a favorites playlist that will go on automatic repeat, and she loves to watch herself and Ellie do things, as well as see "daddy's video" and "bye bye bye."  This morning she was so excited about watching herself before surgery playing with a ball that she climbed up on the desk to try and touch the screen.  We had a little talk about staying safe, and she didn't do it again.

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Favorite Day of the Year... when I get my blog books in the mail.  I always wait for a coupon for blog2print, and skipped the one in March since we were still in the middle of the basement project.  Another coupon came, and I was so excited to get my books printed for 2011.  They came in the mail today, and Ellie and I spent about an hour looking at them while Lynlee was napping.

I had so many pictures for the birth mom's private blogs that I had to split the year into half and print 2 books each.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

We had a Rough Night

It was one of those nights.  Ellie woke up about 1 a.m. and wanted a snuggle.  Lynlee woke up at 1:30 and took about an hour to drink her milk (she just stalls now, because she knows when she is done she is going back to bed).  I fell asleep on the couch with her, so maybe it wouldn't have taken an hour.

Then Lynlee cried so much when I put her back in bed that she woke up Ellie again.  I finally got them back asleep and crawled in bed myself around 3.  Lynlee up again at 4:30, and in my delirious state I brought her in bed with us, thinking if I fell asleep again it wouldn't matter.  She was wide awake the whole time Greg was getting ready for his meetings (5-6 a.m.) and completely freaked out when Greg left.  I finally got her back to sleep around 6:20.  Luckily, she kicked me at 7:36 and I woke up, or we would not have made it to church this morning.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


We love having company, especially old long-standing friends like Jeff.  We were able to meet some more friends Friday night, and then we came back to our house to hang out.  It is so easy to laugh with Jeff, he tells the best stories!  Today Greg & Jeff went golfing, and then we quickly went out to eat before Jeff went to the airport to pick up his kids.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tricycle Ride

Ellie was really excited to give Lynlee a ride on her tricycle, until she had pedaled about 5 times and realized how hard it was (since E is still learning how to navigate on her own).

Thursday, June 21, 2012

More Bumblebees

We threw out our first batch of bumblebees (aka water beads) a while ago, and it was time to make a new batch.  Ellie loved watching them grow for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sister's Shoe

Lynlee loves shoes!  She is constantly going to the shoe rack, finding shoes, and bringing them to me.  Then she says, "shoes, on" over and over until they get put on her feet.  She also likes to bring me my favorite pair of flip flops and try to put them on my feet.

Today she brought me one of Ellie's Hello Kitty shoes, and walked around for quite a while.  Lynnie has good balance! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I try and squeeze in a little work for my online class when Lynlee is napping and Ellie is having quiet time.  I am working right now on recording audio to go along with these fabulous PowerPoints that my TA created for me a couple of semesters ago.  Ben did things to the PowerPoints that I didn't know was possible!  It is amazing for me every time I teach this class and I get to go through them again. 

And I love my split screen.  So glad that Kent built our computer and told Greg we had to have it.  He was right.  It is so much easier to get things done without flipping back and forth between files!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sprinkler Fun

We tried out our new Hello, Kitty sprinkler today and had a great time.  It took Lynlee a while to warm up to the idea of the water hitting her, but she ended up wanting to play much longer than Ellie did.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012


Lynlee loves to play with sunglasses, but doesn't get to wear them.  I took her glasses off to clean them, and she found this pair of sunglasses and had fun playing with them.  She wouldn't let me put her regular glasses back on for quite a while!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ky & Caity

Kylene and her friend Caity are here for a visit, and the girls took Ellie with them to go see the Mt Timpanogos temple and then hit Cabela's.  Ellie was so excited to go with the big girls!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Swimming with Hope

We broke in the kiddie pool with Hope today.  It is always fun to play with Hope and Miss Traci!  Hope and Ellie are a month apart in age and Ellie always tells me that Hope is her best friend.  They play really well together, and Lynlee is cute as she either ignores them or tries to follow them around.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Eye Doctor

I had a follow-up appointment at the eye doctor today to check on my new contacts, and the girls came with me.  They did awesome while I was getting checked.  Lynlee did have a small freak-out, until she came to realize the doctor was looking at me and not at her.  Poor girl hates the eye doctor...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Nature Walk Treasures

With the gorgeous weather, we could not stay inside. Ellie and Lynlee both walked more than they rode in the stroller, and we collected all sorts of treasures to bring home and show Daddy.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


We love the trampoline!  And we love the outfits Ellie picks out, because she likes to get dressed all by herself.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Venture Camp

Greg came home a couple of days ago from Moab where he was canyoneering with the Venture and Varsity Scouts, but I just got this picture from Facebook.  Looks like they had a lot of fun!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Heaven is Here

I enjoyed Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson.  I was inspired, I cried, I marveled.  I came away with the renewed desire to find joy in the every day tasks, to treasure every moment with our girls and our family.

My favorite passage is on page 293:

[Elder Holland] greeted us warmly.  "It's good to see you, Stephanie.  I'm thrilled to see you're up and walking."

As we talked he told me to be proud of my scars.  "We look for Christ's scars because they are evidence of what He did for us.  They'll be the first things He shows us when we see Him again.  Your scars tell a stroy, too.  Althought they may not make you feel attractive, they are a witness of a miracle, that God blessed you to live, and that you have accomplished very difficult things."

I was on a slow but steady path to accepting my scars, but it had never occurred to me to honor them for what they represented.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So I Won't Be Chilly

Ellie wanted to wear her coat, life vest, hat, gloves, and sunglasses so that she wouldn't be chilly. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

18 month Doctor Visit

just chillin' in the waiting room

Monday, June 4, 2012

Bedtime Stories

We love reading stories after bath and before bedtime.  Ellie picks out 3 and we snuggle in to read them.  The girls especially love when Daddy is home to do the reading--he has the best voices!
this book was a present from Elizabeth, and we read it a lot--Ellie loves that Olivia paints on the wall and has a time out

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Lynnie likes to help me when I am looking at pictures on the computer.  I am so lucky to have such a cute and awesome helper!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hand Washing

One of Ellie's favorite things to do is to brush her teeth and wash her hands.  We make special trips to the bathroom to do this multiple times a day.  She has to brush her teeth 3 times, with more toothpaste each time, and then she washes her hands.  And, thanks to Nana's example, she now lays down on the counter, sticks her head under the faucet, and spits water in the sink.

I'm not sure what Nana did that Ellie is copying, but it is cute to watch Ellie lick the water and "pit."

Friday, June 1, 2012

Worn Out

We went to the SCERA park to meet some friends, and Lynlee couldn't quite keep awake on the way home.  All of that swinging and stair-climbing and sliding really takes a toll!