Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Adam's Eagle Court of Honor

The girls and I drove Aunt Cheryl to Adam's Eagle Court of Honor.  Ellie fell asleep in the car and slept through the entire thing.  She woke up just in time for cake.  Lynlee sat with Papa and Nana, and even let Papa give her  milk.  Adam gave Pops a mentor pin, and that was very touching.
Again, thanks to Robyn for sharing pictures.  Bobi, she beat you to it!

Monday, July 30, 2012


Lynlee is starting to love to say "cheese" when a camera comes out, except when there is a flash, and then she says "BRIGHT!"
Thanks to Robyn for sharing her picture!  We had 3 full days of family events, and I didn't take a single picture.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Family Dinner

We had a family dinner at Mom's tonight, with most of the family there (missing 2 of Jon's kids and Greg).  Thanks to Bobi for sharing her pictures!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Family Portrait

The girls and I picked up our family portrait today from Costco, and I love it!  I've been wanting to try out a canvas print for a while, and it is gorgeous.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

First Popsicle

Lynlee is enjoying her first ever popsicle.

And yes, it is for breakfast.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pioneer Day

I love that an enterprising family with 5 boys started a business to display flags on the major holidays. Ellie and I loved watching Mark pound the rebar in the ground and put up the flag this morning. He was efficient!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Family Pictures are In

We picked up the family pictures for Greg's parents today, and had a great assembly line to get the frames all updated.  Tammy & Tanya took over and did an efficient job of putting all of the pictures in, and Mom got them all arranged just so.  The wall looks awesome!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012


When Ellie gets sick and throws up, she calls it "hiccups."  She threw up a dozen or so times last night (the first time all over herself and Greg).  Today she keeps on telling me how she spit on Daddy.  She seems to be doing better today! 

I hate when they throw up because there is not much you can do.  At one point, maybe the 5th time that Ellie threw up, she looked at me and said, "I DON'T LIKE IT!"

I don't blame you, baby.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Clean Garbage Can

I love the entrepreneurial spirit that exists with a lot of the younger people in our neighborhood.  Jake came today and scrubbed our garbage cans inside and out.  He had a bucket of supplies and did a great job!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Full Car

We got to play with Andrew & Emily for a few hours today.  We picked them up from Grandpa & Grandma's house, and it was so fun to have a full car!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Big Girl

I got Lynlee's hair in a ponytail for the first time today, and it made her look so old!  I almost don't like it.  Where has my baby gone?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Happy Birthday, Greg!

Tammy got these great balloons for Greg. She got black balloons for the 40th birthday, and then was nice to get silver and blue for the Dallas Cowboys.

Julie wanted to know why Greg had Raiders balloons (silver and black). He didn't appreciate that joke very much.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Colored Rice

Ellie had a great idea to make more colored rice today.  She did practically everything herself--measured the rice and food coloring and vinegar.  After Lynlee woke up from her nap, she had fun playing with it as well.  That is, until she put a whole spoonful of rice in her mouth and started chewing it.  She didn't appreciate me fishing it all back out.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Practicing with RAW

My friend Kelly and my sister-in-law Staci have both told me that I need to learn how to shoot in RAW.  Staci and I have the same camera and it came with software to edit, so today I installed the software and took some practice shots.  I think I need a tutorial from Staci on how to use the software, but I did a few things to this image.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Doc McStuffins

Ellie's favorite show right now is Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior.  She loves that the character gives check-ups to toys, and Ellie gives me a check-up at least once a day.  She uses the doctor kit Tayler gave her for her birthday last year, and she goes in the same order as Doc McStuffins.  It is super cute!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

18 years

Happy Anniversary to us!  Greg is in Seattle so we will celebrate when he gets back, but he got beautiful flowers before he left.

He just thinks of everything.  I think I will keep him around a while longer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Train Table

We got this train table at the ward auction months ago, and Nina agreed to keep storing it until our basement was finished.  Tom brought it over tonight, and Ellie and I tried for about 15 minutes to get it set up like the picture

Kandice came over to borrow some pioneer clothes for her Girls' Camp, and her puzzle-loving brain helped finished it.  Good thing she figured it out, or it would never have been done!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Today Lynlee wanted me to paint her nails, after watching me paint Ellie's nails.  All day she has been showing me her fingers and saying "pitty" (a.k.a. "pretty").

Monday, July 9, 2012

Camp Grandchildren

Jon's oldest 3 children are here for their summer visitation, so we got together to visit, celebrate Amber & Greg's birthdays, and to take some grandkids photos.  Here is my favorite of the night.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

How Many Spencers Does It Take...

...to break into Kyle's truck?

None -- just 1 Lyon!
While hooking up his trailer to his truck, Kyle left the keys in the ignition and the door ajar.  Some unknown person came along, locked his door, and shut it.  After a few minutes of Jayme trying to improvise a Slim Jim with a wire hangar, Dave came over and pried open the door enough to get Jayme's fishing pole inside, where he popped the door lock.  

Way to go, Dave!

Friday, July 6, 2012

We Slept Better Last Night

Ellie crawled in with me again in the middle of the night, and Lynlee stayed asleep on the air mattress.  We were all warm and slept great!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Family Fireside

A highlight of our biannual reunion is the fireside that Greg's dad does for us.  This time he reminded us to prioritize and balance our lives, and to avoid profane and vulgar things.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We Overslept....

We were all set to leave for the Spencer Family Reunion this morning at 5:30 a.m.

Neither of us heard Greg's alarm go off at 4:30, so we woke up when Tammy and Clay came to pick us up and caravan with us at 5:37. Showered, truck packed, and on our way approximately 45 minutes later. Not bad.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Forest Fire

The closest fire to us so far this year was in Alpine, and we could see the smoke to the east of us. The flames were really bright after the sun went down.


Monday, July 2, 2012

I'll Love You Forever

One night while reading Love You Forever, I came up with a little melody to go along with the words given in the book.  (The mom sings to her son as he is growing up.)  With a few modifications to the words, it has become part of our bedtime ritual, and Lulu always asks "more more more" when I have finished singing.

I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
Forever, so special, 
My baby you'll be

Sunday, July 1, 2012


The girls love to watch movies from when they were littler, and Ellie loved watching from last Christmas the other day.  We even went and found her nativity set after we watched the Christmas Eve video where she and Greg tell the story.  It is pretty difficult to say no when she wants to play with "Mary, that's Jesus' mommy, and Joseph His daddy, and Baby Jesus."