Thursday, January 31, 2013

$5 Find

A friend of Julie's had a moving sale today, and I was in just the right spot at the right time to hear about it.  Julie went with us and was instrumental to me finding a ton of great deals, because she kept Ellie and Lynnie occupied while I shopped.

My best deal of the day was this car, which I got for $5.  I've been wanting one for the girls for a while, but couldn't bring myself to buy one new at the store.  Now I'm really glad I held out!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Across The Burren

McKinzie heard this song on Pandora and loved it, so we bought the sheet music.  She sightread it (it is easier than it looks) and it is gorgeous, and very impressive!  I can't wait to hear her polish it up.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


The girls wanted to have a "naked dinner."  

Where do they come up with this stuff?

I told them we could get naked after dinner when it was bathtime, but when I was cooking their clothes magically came off.

And Ellie documented it for me on camera.

Monday, January 28, 2013


When I got in the car to take Ellie to preschool, the tire light was on.  Quick change of plans, and we went to have it fixed today.

The girls did awesome in the waiting room, and we ended up waiting up about an hour.  Ellie was really proud of this picture she drew.  She wanted to send it to her friend Summer.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Thanks, Madelin, for drawing this cute picture!  And thanks for entertaining Ellie today, and helping her practice whispering in Sacrament Meeting.  

Your example is very powerful.  Ellie talks about you and your sister often, telling me things like, "Madelin and Sadie like church" and "Madelin and Sadie are really nice!"  Thank you for being a good girl and a good example.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Grumpy Gus

Ellie was having a rough time tonight. "But I'm just so tired!" she just kept in telling me. Feeding her oatmeal helped her feel better. But she still asked to go to bed about 6:55 p.m. I hope she gets a good night's sleep!

Update:  Ellie woke up at 4:13 Sunday morning.  And has been awake all day--but in a good mood so far!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Baby Callie

We loved playing with Elizabeth, Davis, and Callie today. It has been too long since we have hung out, and I miss playing with this good friend! I always learn so much from Elizabeth.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Joys of Desert Living

P.S.  My arm still hurts from trying to finagle my left hand to take this shot of my right hand, while getting the camera far enough away that it would focus.  The things I do to document every day life, including cracked and painful skin!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


...I love starting APAD posts with...

... AND, we never wear pants in this house. Wonder where the girls got that from?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Always Nice...

...when 'Quiet Time' turns into 'Naptime.'

Monday, January 21, 2013

It's Time... take down the Christmas cards. Always a sad day.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sick. Again.

Lynlee was really snugly in church, and so we kept her with us the whole time. During Relief Society, she said she had to go potty three times. I thought she just figured out how to get to leave and walk around for a minute. She told me the last time that her tummy hurt.

We got home and she was drinking milk before her nap, when all of a sudden she was throwing up. Everywhere.

After a quick bath and a change, she is settled in for a nap. Ellie is being really sweet and trying to take care of her. She keeps saying, "poor Lynlee, how's my poor baby?"

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hot Tub

Nothing like an early morning hot tub adventure when it is 3 degrees outside!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Butternut Squash Soup

I tried the Butternut Squash Soup recipe from our Blend Tec cookbook tonight and it was pretty tasty.  Greg played the role of a Chopped judge for me and said it was one-note and needed some texture, so we quickly made croutons in the oven with whole wheat bread and olive oil.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Nothing Like...

...a late night handyman job. Greg came home to my complaints of water beneath the sink and he immediately dug in. 10:26 p.m. Gotta love it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vacuum Filter

I don't clean this out nearly enough....

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lynlee Did It

Lynlee loves this app where she takes a picture and then manipulates it. It keeps her occupied for way too long!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Quiet Time

Ellie woke up at 5:20 this morning, and since Greg was in the shower, she thought it was time to get up for real.  I got her to lay down in bed with me and watch a show, but she never went back to sleep.  About 8, as we were getting ready for church in earnest, she started telling me how tired she was.

During quiet time, she completely zonked out and slept for 90 minutes. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013


We dropped off music at the stake library and were fascinated by the Young Men's basketball game.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sam I Am

We loved playing with Kelly and Sam this morning. We had a little snack break on the bench.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


We loved playing with Andrew and Emily today.  Andrew was the King and Ellie was the queen, and Ellie was telling us a story.  She told us about Satan getting kicked out of heaven, and Laman and Lemual being naughty, and that the naughty guys put Jesus on the cross.  Then Andrew said she was all done telling stories and she should do chores.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mom Look! Take a Picture

Lynnie and I have been spending quality time at the Stake Library working on the music while Ellie is in preschool.  Lynlee was so excited to wrap up her bunny rabbit and rock her.  She said, "Mom, look!  Take a picture."

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ankle Bracelets

Lulu is so proud of herself for figuring out how to put her bracelets on her ankle. When I went to get her after her nap, she was sitting in her bed like this, just giggling away!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Potty Time

We love the Potty Time DVD and I really think it has contributed a lot to our early potty training success. One of the best thing is the Potty Time app, where Lynlee gets to "call Rachel" after she uses the potty. We are on day 3 of big girl underwear, and keeping them dry. And Lynlee is only 2 years and 2 months old!

Sunday, January 6, 2013


First day as a Sunbeam, and Ellie earned some 'snail mail' for being such a good girl.

Right before this picture was taken, Ellie slipped on the sidewalk and fell on her shoe.  As I was comforting her, Lynnie came running back and said, "Ella sad" while giving her a hug.  Ellie choked out, in the midst of her tears, "thanks, Lynlee, that's so nice."

Super sweet Mommy paycheck right there.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

'Bout time

Premium gas for less than $3. It's about time!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Guess Who...

...will only take showers now?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Friends

Sadie's niece Evelyn came and played with us today for about 7 hours.  The girls did awesome together!  And for the first time, Ellie exhibited positive peer pressure and modeling and helped Evelyn eat a good breakfast.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


When I went to get Lu after her nap, she was standing in her crib.

With her socks on her hands.

She was so pleased with herself, and couldn't stop giggling!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Setting the Table

Greg's parents, Tammy, and Dan have spent the day with us, watching football and eating snacks.  Dan and Ellie were big helpers setting the table for dinner.