Monday, June 30, 2014

Cece's On A Roll

Cece has decided that it is fun to roll from her back to her tummy.  Good job hitting this milestone, baby girl!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blue & Yellow

Catherine Jensen gave Cece these darling yellow shoes at a baby shower.  The shoes are still too big, but I had to have Cece wear them today.  She looked pretty cute in her Blue & Gold Yellow outfit for church.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Going Home

The reunion is over and we are going home!  This airplane day was completely uneventful: everything ran on time and with no difficulties.  It was stress-free, but not nearly the adventure we had going to the reunion.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy Birthday to {R}

We wanted to make {R}s birthday special, even though we were a couple of states away.  I found the greatest shirt for Cece to wear, because {R} is extremely pretty, inside and out!  We did a little photo shoot and made her a happy birthday video.  We hope she had a fantastic day!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Pier at Pismo Beach

We spent a couple of hours walking around Pismo Beach today, and loved heading out on the pier.  It was remarkable how it got exponentially colder and windier the farther out we walked.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Spencers

Today was the first day of the Spencer Family Reunion, in Pismo Beach, California.  Rod arranged for a photographer to come that first night, before we all got sunburned and/or bedraggled.  I stood behind her and snapped this picture of the original siblings and their parents.
Daniel, Kent, Tamara, Tanya, Rod, Paul, Scott, Greg, Kyle, Todd, Cheryl, and Virgil

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I printed the 8x10s for Cece's room months ago, and I already had the frames, so I finally took the minutes to put the pictures in the frames and get them displayed in Cece's room.  All of the girls are lucky enough to have beautiful pictures of their birth moms during pregnancy.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Lynnie took this great picture of Cece this afternoon.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Jessica offered to take some things for us in their car to California for our upcoming reunion (since we are going on the plane and don't want to check anything).  The girls and I drove out some car seats to them this afternoon, and all of them fell asleep on the way home.  Even Ellie.  She cried all the way to Jessica's house because we were leaving her small booster seat and she was going to have to go back in the last row of the car with her bigger booster seat.

And then they didn't go to sleep for the night til after 10:30.  Oops.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cecilia is 5 Months Old

And her favorite thing to do is to stand.

Friday, June 20, 2014

My Smart Brain

We could not find any of the little princess dolls that the girls love to use when they play in the dollhouse.  The girls' room has been a giant mess this week, and I knew they were in there somewhere, but we hadn't looked very hard for them.  This morning, Ellie excitedly came running to find me, literally moments after she woke up.  She said, "Mom, I used my smart brain and found the princesses!"

I love that she has a smart brain (courtesy of Tayler--thank you!), and that she knows that she has a smart brain.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Getting Close!

Cecilia is getting close to rolling over.  She loves to roll up on one side and flips to the other side.  She has not yet flipped all the way, though.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


"Mom, are you folding laundry again?  Can I watch Pinocchio?  Cece can sit by me.  It will be fun!"

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Museum of Natural Curiosity

We went to the new Museum of Natural Curiosity last Saturday and loved it.  We spent a couple of hours there and only explored the Discovery Garden and Kidopolis.  The girls and I tried to go back today to see the rest.

It is rainy and cold today.  And it is Tuesday.  Do they do a $2 Tuesday?

I am not sure of the factors, but when we got there the line to get in was out the front door.  It was not worth staying (too crowded for me to manage three children by myself), so we will try again another day.
I snagged this picture online from here

Monday, June 16, 2014

Baking App

Ellie loves to make cupcakes with the baking app on the iPad.  And she loves to save pictures of her creations to the photo album.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Ellie and Lynnie spent a good chunk of time creating this masterpiece.  I love when they are engaged, happy, and working together.  And it was all their idea.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Sometimes you just need some Daddy-snuggles.

Friday, June 13, 2014

William's Birthday Party

William is in Lynnie's Sunbeam class, and he invited Lynnie to come to his birthday party.  His mom, who often subs in that class, also graciously invited Ellie as well so that Lynnie would have a better time.  And then Cece and I ended up crashing the party because Lynnie was never quite ready to let us go home.

It was a great party!  The main attraction was that a guy from the Bean Museum came and brought along a live snake, tarantula, and spider.  Ellie loved touching the snake.  Lynnie passed.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Father's Panel

Greg and Lynnie's birth dad spoke on a panel tonight for the American Fork FSA (Families Supporting Adoption).  They were with another adoptive dad and birth dad, and they all spoke about adoption and fatherhood and openness and healing.  It was a great night!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Side Sleeper?

When I checked on Cece during her afternoon nap, I found her rolled up on her side.  This is the first time I have ever seen her sleeping in a new position.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eden's Birthday Party

Ellie opened our front door this morning to let in Jessica and Denver, and she found an invitation to Eden's birthday party.  For this afternoon!  After we played with Denver for the morning, we raided our gift closet, put on swimsuits, and headed to the party.  It was fun to catch up with our friends.

Monday, June 9, 2014

On the Road Again

We woke up the girls and were on the road by 5:22 a.m., which meant we made it to Pocatello before stopping for breakfast.  Ellie loves to have Cece sit with her.  And Cece tolerates loves it, too.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Seminary Graduation

We had big plans to go to Kiera's seminary graduation, but then Greg had a phone call scheduled for 7 p.m. and I didn't think I could handle (or should subject the stake members to) three tired and cranky girls by myself.  Luckily, Kyle shared a picture of the night with me.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Kiera's Graduation

After the graduation ceremony, the Senior cheerleaders did an impromptu elevator stunt.  Caitlin was not too happy about it--but she did it!  And out of the 30 pictures that Ellie and I took (E on my phone and me on my real camera), this is the only shot where you get a glimpse of Kiera.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Surprising Uncle Kyle

Lynnie adores her Uncle Kyle.  Whenever we are together, she is his pal.  Uncle Kyle and Aunt Jonette recently purchased a new business, so when we rolled into Helena, our first stop was to see it.  Lynnie tried to sneak up on Uncle Kyle and surprise him.  She was moving so fast all of the pictures are blurry!

And do you see her backpack?  She insisted on wearing it so she could show Uncle Kyle all of her treasures inside.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Ellie has one mole on the back of her leg.

Lynnie loves that she has four moles = more than her big sister!  She has two on her left leg, one on her right side, and one on her right elbow.

She will proudly show them to you if you ask.

And she was very excited when I showed her that she had a new mole showing up on her neck.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Training Her Young

Ellie thought Cecilia might like to watch a show with her.  So she got sister all situated on her lap and initiated her into the wonders of Curious George.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


I simply cannot get enough of this girl's smile!

Monday, June 2, 2014


Ellie played with her friend Annie today, and Lynnie, Cece and I walked over to pick her up.  I took the back seat out of the stroller so it is just the jump seat now, and Lynnie loves hopping up and down.  About halfway home, Ellie decided she was too tired to walk anymore.  Lynnie offered to let her share the seat.  Lynnie stood up and Ellie sat down.  It worked great!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Crossing Feet

Cece's new thing is to cross her feet.  She does it all of the time!