Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happening Right Now

Daniel is using the toy drill and 'fixing' the slide. Lulu got woken up after an hour nap and is still not happy 90 minutes later.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Look What the Easter Bunny Brought

Marina outfits, complete with accessories! We love The Fresh Beat Band!

Friday, March 29, 2013


Ellie came running into the bathroom where I was helping Lu go potty, to show me she found the beads. And then she tripped.

Oh well!

I couldn't stop laughing!  It was so unexpected, and Ellie's face of pure shock was so sweet.  The girls started laughing, too, and then happily helped clean it up.  I think the cleaning up was a highlight for today.  Ellie finally told me to stop, because she could do it herself.

And, it was good that the heat vent in the bathroom is always closed.  About 50 beads scattered in there.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I'm Excited

I love to print my blogs into books at the end of the year.  And I love to print copies of my pictures and slip them into photo albums.  It is a nice, big, tactile experience to look at the pictures that way, and I am not so worried about things being ruined when little hands look at it with me.

I have been wanting to try Becky Higgins' Project Life system for a couple of years, but could not justify the price, on top of the blog books.  

But she just had a steal of a deal on HSN, so I ordered a kit and I am excited to try it out!  It came today, and now I am excited to print some pictures and start assembling it.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fun with the Flashlight

The things we do to entertain ourselves while we go potty!  Lulu likes to read stories with me.  And today she was fascinated making her legs change colors with her "lish-light."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I am grateful that I have a husband who is conscientious and pays attention to little things.

He always replaces the toilet paper when the roll is empty.


And I really appreciate that act of thoughtfulness.


He puts it on backwards.

Every.  Single.  Time.

So I just quietly turn it around and count my blessings it was replaced.  Because it is only backwards to me.

Monday, March 25, 2013

ABC Scripture Cards

I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest, and this link.  I decided to create my own version of the ABC Scripture Cards using scriptures from the King James version of the Bible, as well as scriptures from the Book of Mormon.

I started working on it last night around 10, and decided to go to bed at 3 a.m.  I only had W, X, Y, and Z left but decided enough was enough!

Now I just need to take my file to Greg's office, print it out, and get it laminated.  What a fun project!

I put my file here (in pdf) if you want to see the whole thing. It is ordered this way so that when you print 4 per page and double-sided,  A/B and C/D will be back to back.

The file in PowerPoint is here, but the formatting shows up wrong on Google Docs.  If you download the file, it should be fine.  Feel free to do that if you want to change anything around.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Nursery Friends

Lynnie got nursery teachers today!  Brother and Sister Brown are going to be fabulous.  I have high hopes that Lynnie will learn to stay in nursery by herself now that she will have consistent teachers (she has only had substitutes since January).  

One thing going for us is that Lynnie loves her friend Ava.  They were waving at each other today.

The other thing going for us is that since we have been in the new building, Lynnie loves the little potty.

Loves it.

Goes to the bathroom, on average, 5 times during the 3 hours, just to use the "nursery potty."

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sweet Girl

Lynnie told me she wanted to "drink nilk on the towch" and as soon as we were done with milk, she told me, "nuggle on Daddy's pillows."  Ellie was entertaining herself in the shower, and as Greg and I were laughing at her dancing and singing, Lynnie drifted off to sleep.  She was tucked in with her white blankie and was holding her pup.  A perfectly sweet ending to a great day!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dad & Daniel!

Lucky Dad gets to share his birthday with Daniel.  I got some cards for Greg to write, and Ellie wanted to write Daniel's card for him.  She did a great job!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Snow. Again.

We woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow. Crazy since 2 days ago we played in the backyard for a couple of hours in just our shirts (no coats).

And it's crazy to reflect on my quality of life post-NAET. I pulled weeds for almost 2 hours that day and had not a single reaction. No stuffy nose, no sneezing, no hives, no rash, no itchiness. It's amazing!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


We've reclaimed the basement and are watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It started raining pretty hard and it woke Ellie up. She wandered down and found us around 11. She likes Guy Fieri.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dance Class

Our friend E is going home tomorrow, and we are really going to miss her!  Today we are playing hard all day.  The girls got all dressed up and had a "dance class."  E has ballet slippers, and Ellie wears her Hello Kitty shoes because they look close.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rainbow Patch

Lynnie's rainbow pirate patch came today and she wore it for 15 minutes.  Little Mimic likes to tell me that pirates say "arrrgh ladies" just like Big Sister.  Super cute!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Making Cookies...

...for Sister Hart. Ellie loves her Primary teacher!

Coming home from church today, we were talking about what to do that afternoon.  Ellie said, "I want to draw a picture for Sister Hart so she knows how much I love her!"  We decided to make a treat as well.

Ellie and Greg dropped the cookies off and Sister Hart was so nice and excited!
Later that night, I got the nicest message on Facebook from our friend.  Sister Hart said:

Hey!! Oh my goodness. Ellie was SO cute when she came over tonight. That was so sweet of her, it made my day. Tell her the cookies are super delicious and that I love her. If I end up getting a different calling I might just have to take her with me....I don't know what I would do without her. She told me the cutest thing today, I am still laughing about it. We were talking about being thankful for the trees and flowers. I told the class that I was sad because I don't have any trees or grass or flowers at my house yet. She said to me, "Sister Hart, I have to tell you something. You will learn to get used to it. It will be ok." I could just eat her up! Thanks again for the cookies.....they are super yummy!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Our First Rolodex

I've had a project in mind for a while, to clean out the built-in kitchen desk and put all of the art supplies in the drawers.  Buried in the back corner of the deepest, messiest drawer, I found this gem:  our first Rolodex.  It was a time machine digging through there--all names and numbers of people from our lives at Ricks and in Bozeman.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I Asleep!

Lynnie thought it was pretty funny to crawl on Daddy's pillows and pretend to go to sleep!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Grandma's Birthday

Nothing says "let's celebrate grandma's birthday" quite like digging in the dirt.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

3:49 p.m.

It was one of those crazy nights.  

Lynlee will sometimes wake up and be restless for a few minutes in the middle of the night before going back to sleep.  But around 12:15 last night, she was just screaming bloody murder.

Greg went to get her, and out pops little Miss Ellie from her room.

And then the wrestling began.

We thought we had them asleep and went to lay them back in bed around 1:30.  

Oops, it's a no go.

Long story longer, I finally fell dozed off sometime after 3:30, and then jerked awake at 4.  I successfully got the girls in their own bed then.  Being awake for more than 3 hours in the middle of the night leads to this:
3:49 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pirate Patch

We tried Lynlee's first patch today. Not a big hit. Ellie put one on, as we put one on Pupoy, but Lynnie wasn't having any of it. Tomorrow I will try in the morning when she is fresh. We made it for 10 minutes, though, which isn't terrible for getting used to it.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Is That Comfortable?

With Daylight Savings yesterday, we are a little off on our schedule.  I didn't wake up until 8:35, and we usually leave at 9 to get Ellie to preschool.  I went to get her up and found her like this.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Grandma Great

When Grandma Maathuis walked in, Ellie got really excited and said, "Mom, look, it's my favorite grandma ever!" She happily played Noah's Ark with her captive audience for at least 10 minutes. And shared her pink blankie.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Night Dinner

After a fun time swimming, we grabbed some JCWs to eat at home. As Lynlee says, "mmmmm, tasty!"

Photo by Ellie

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Coming home from the dentist this morning, I caught a glimpse of Mt Timpanogos hiding in the clouds.  It was beautiful.

And, on a happy note, it appears we have turned the milk corner.  Lynnie drank 2 cups last night, and happily drank one today in the car on the way to Costco.  

Last night she was doing her whiny begging asking for her bottle, and she tried to bargain.  She cocked her head to the side, held up a finger, and asked, "I have my bottle one more time?"  It was darling.  After I laughingly offered her the cup again, she took it and drank it.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rough Day

Going without the bottle has been tough.

After falling asleep at 6:45 last night, Lynnie woke up again around 9 and was up til way past midnight.  Every time I would try and put her in bed she would cry.  It was pretty pathetic.

She kept on asking for her bottle, and was very unhappy at only being offered a cup.  Eventually Greg was able to get her to drink some milk by having Puppy drink some and then hold the cup for her.  I said at the time how it would have been so much easier last night to give in and get a bottle, and how much harder it would have been in the long run.

Today has also been rough.  Lynnie has not eaten much, and not drunk much.  She did drink about half of my smoothie, when Puppy helped her hold it.  That was our big success for the day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Ah, the warmer temperatures that herald the advent of spring.

The budding crocuses and tulips.

And the remnants of our lawn, revealed as the snow melts away.

Stupid voles.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Ellie Put Lynlee To Bed

The girls were playing in Lynlee's room while I was folding laundry. Then Ellie came to tell me that she made Lynlee a bed and Lu had fallen asleep.

An hour later, and Lu has not moved a muscle.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Curtains Hung? Check!

Monique made these gorgeous curtains for us and I gave them to Greg for Valentine's Day. Only a couple more weeks and they are hung. Not bad by my procrastinating schedule.

I got them to give Greg a little privacy when he has meetings. The girls always want to wave at him through the glass doors.