Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas Is Truly Over...

...when we put away the decorations on New Year's Eve.  Lynnie was my big helper, while Ellie was playing with her friends Annie & Maddie.  I love this picture because it shows Lynnie hard at work, while holding her hair back.  She likes to take her clips or ponytails out, and then her hair gets in her way.

Monday, December 30, 2013


We are doing sleep training around here (again) and are doing the nightly routine and then putting the girls in bed awake.  We've gotten out of the habit and let them fall asleep on the couch while we are snuggling.  But it is a little out of hand.

Occasionally, though, Lynlee still falls asleep while we are reading stories.  Tonight she fell asleep in this awesome position, with her blanket over her face.

Sunday, December 29, 2013


My poor computer is broken :(

I cannot get it to turn on.  Good thing Kent is willing and able to fix it for me.  He will pick it up tomorrow.

Saturday, December 28, 2013


We loved Frozen so much that we had to see it again.  This time, we made it a party, with Uncle Brian, Aunt Bobi, Lyssa, Grandma, Aunt Amy, and Daddy with us. What a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!

Friday, December 27, 2013


For our family date night, we went to Outback Steakhouse.  We had a gift card to use up.  The girls had a lot of fun coloring while we waited a looooong time for our food to come.  Then they didn't like their steak because, as Ellie said, "it doesn't taste like daddy's steak!"

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Awesome Christmas Present

One of Ellie's favorite Christmas presents was...Lego's.  I got them on Black Friday when Tiff found a great sale and convinced me that she was not too little for them.

Tiff was right.

Ellie spent a long time (longer than my attention span wanted) building them all by herself.  She followed the "surections" {directions}.  I helped by finding the pieces and pointing to the next step in the picture.  She really did analyze each picture and figure out how to put all of the pieces together.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Morning

Waiting....Anxiously waiting to go downstairs and see what Santa Claus brought!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve at Grandma Camp's House

We've had the tradition for a few years to gather at Grandma Camp's house on Christmas Eve.  We eat a nice ham dinner and then open presents.  That way we can see the kids' reactions as they open their gifts.  

Monday, December 23, 2013

Celery Dipped in Flour

I think Lynnie would have survived as a handcart pioneer just fine.  She's tough.  The cold doesn't seem to bother her.  And flour is her new favorite food.

She asks for it every day.

She likes to dip her celery in it.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Salt Dough Handprint

We were planning on having Ellie's birth mom and her family over for dinner tonight, but Piper was sick.  We postponed til next week, and that gives us more time to be excited about it!  Ellie was really sad that this salt dough handprint she made for Tayler cracked while it was sitting on our counter.  I must not have baked it enough, and as it dried out more, it just separated.

Ellie picked out the paint color at Hobby Lobby, and then painted it all by herself.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Stars

We met Lynlee's birth dad this afternoon at the Dinosaur Museum.  It is always fun to see him.  Lynnie loves the star room  in the museum.  I think she went through it a dozen times before she was ready to move on.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Pancake & Pajama Day

Ellie has been anxiously awaiting her preschool party on the last day of preschool before Christmas Break.  She got to wear her pajamas to school, and Miss Traci made pancakes.  So much fun!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Coloring Book

Grandpa dropped off an early Christmas present--a giant coloring book.  The girls immediately ran and got some crayons and markers, and plopped down in the entry way and started coloring.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Going on a Sleigh Ride

At Kindermusik, Lynnie and I get to hang out for a few minutes of Ellie's class.  I was pulling both of them on the towel until my hands cramped up.  Ellie immediately hopped off the towel and started pulling Lynnie.  It was awesome!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


For December, the BCLs (Book Club Ladies) don't read a book and instead exchange presents.  Although we really don't read books anymore, even though we always pick one.  This year, the big hit was this ornament from Steph.  Makes me so happy to see it on my tree!  A reminder that "it takes a long time to grow an old friend."

Monday, December 16, 2013


I have a tradition where we get a new Christmas ornament every year for the girls (and a matching one for their birth mom).  It is fun to pick out something that they like, or one that represents something in their life.  Last year, Ellie picked a gymnastics ornament since she started gymnastics, and this year she picked a dance ornament.

This year, Lynnie thought about picking this Tinkerbell ornament, so we put two in the cart and kept perusing.  She wanted to hold it, and I told her it was fragile and to be very careful.

It was dropped in a minute and broke in half.

We put the other, unbroken one back and took this one up to buy.  The cashier said we didn't need to.

Wait, what?

We broke it, we buy it!

A little super glue when we got home, and it is as good as new.  And lucky Lynnie ends up with two ornaments this year.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


The girls love to put on my make-up.  Which is funny to me, because I rarely wear it.  It entertained us for about half an hour!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


It's the final countdown to Christmas, and I am getting things cleaned up.

Really, my counters look so much better than yesterday!  Getting things put together and given away.  It feels good.

Friday, December 13, 2013


Lynnie wanted to eat flour today.  For lunch.

Hey, it's better than dirt!


Thursday, December 12, 2013


Ellie is supposed to attend group lessons for violin on Thursdays, but we have a conflict.  I got it arranged to attend for the first time today, since it was the rehearsal for the recital tomorrow night.  I can see why the group lesson is so important.  Ellie came away inspired and wanting to practice more so she can graduate to the wood violin.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Sometimes I feel extraneous.  In a good way.  Like when Lynnie wants Ellie to feed her milk.  It is so sweet to see them snuggle.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Home Teachers

We love our home teachers, Brother Hendrix and Brother Wade. They diligently come every month, and always find a time that works with Greg's crazy schedule.  Bro Wade let Ellie play with his hat tonight.  His cool "Indiana Jones" hat that he bought in Petra (where they filmed the 3rd movie).

Monday, December 9, 2013


Lynlee had an eye doctor breakthrough today--she was actually excited to go to her appointment!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Uncle Kyle

Lynlee told me that she wanted to see Uncle Kyle.  For Christmas.  At his house.

Unfortunately, that's not going to happen!

So we took a picture and texted it to him instead.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I'm A Baby!

Ellie was pretending to be a baby this afternoon.  While I was folding laundry, she set up a crib (made out of the bean bag chairs pushed together) and a high chair (the bouncy seat).  When it was time to eat dinner, she wanted to sit in the high chair.  She made a tray out of the cutting board and she was good to go!

Friday, December 6, 2013


The girls and I went on a date tonight to see Frozen.  They have never been in a movie theater before, and it was quite an adventure!  They talked me into wearing their princess nightgowns, which I did not think all of the way through.  Lynnie's is too long, and she cannot walk in it, so I had to carry her the whole time.

That girl is getting heavy!

We all enjoyed the movie, although there was a scary snow monster that made them both cry.  I got to hold them on my lap a lot, which made it really fun for me.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dance Recital

Best part of Ellie's dance recital?  That Tayler and Piper came.

I love this spontaneous hug Ellie gave Tayler.  When they are together, Ellie cannot stop touching Tayler.  She loves to hold her hand or sit on her lap or walk right next to her or give her big loves.  It is awesome!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dress Rehearsal

Ellie had her dress rehearsal tonight for her first dance recital.  She loved every second of it!
warming up--and amazing Miss Kristen always seemed to be holding this friend!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Puppy Makes a Good Pillow

Lynlee always wants to lay on Puppy in bed (instead of her pillow).  And now she has started laying on Puppy everywhere.

Sunday, December 1, 2013