Friday, October 31, 2014


Ellie ~ Hawaiian Princess
Lynnie ~ Giselle from Enchanted or Buttercup from The Princess Bride (she couldn't decide and they both have blue dresses)
Cece ~ Tinkerbell

Thursday, October 30, 2014


This picture typifies Lynnie Lu right now.  After dinner, I usually whisk Cece into the bath, feed her a bottle, and put her in bed.  When Greg is home, he will bathe Ellie and Lynnie and then we read scriptures & stories, snuggle, and put them in bed.  On nights he is gone, the big girls like to have a few more minutes to play until Cece is asleep.  They created "beds" and had an elaborate story-telling session, with characters and lots of action.  Usually during snuggles, I hold Lynnie while she drinks some milk and then she falls asleep.  But tonight she wanted to drink her milk on her new bed.  She has her blue, fuzzy cape as a blanket (made the same day as Ellie's Word Girl cape), Panama (her new name for Puppy Elizabeth) tucked in to her side, and her jack-o-lantern orange watching over her (that she got at the Kindermusik treat exchange).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


These gorgeous helpers went with me to get the tires rotated on my car.  I knew that my tires were getting worn out, and I did end up getting new tires that day.  Nothing more depressing than the guy telling you that the tires can't even be rotated because it wouldn't even help.  We were there for about an hour and a half, and Lynnie was an amazing sister.  She played with Cece and kept her entertained.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Party for Activity Days

I just got a fabulous new calling of Activity Day leader for the 9 year old girls.  The other leaders already had a Halloween activity planned for all of the girls, and I was able to just show up and enjoy the night.  It was a Daddy/Daughter party, where they were encouraged to dress like each other.  Some of the dads even went so far as to wear accessories like headbands.  Other dads were more subtle, like wearing a striped shirt because the daughter's favorite shirt has stripes.  I mostly helped with the eating-a-doughnut-off-of-a-string activity.  My favorite moment was when one dad got the vampire teeth from the middle of the doughnut perfectly positioned inside his mouth--and still attached to the string on the pole.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Party at Kindermusik

Our week of Halloween celebrations kicked off with a party for Lynnie at Kindermusik.  Lynnie decided to wear a Rosetta costume, with embellishments.  Whatever makes her happy!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Grandma's Birthday Dinner

Now that Grandma is back from her world travels, Bobi hosted a dinner to celebrate her birthday.  We had fun eating and visiting for a couple of hours.  Ellie and Lynnie were fascinated by the strobe light in Lyssa's room.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Taking Turns

Lynnie pulled Cece on her lap and held her for a few minutes.  And then, of course, Ellie wanted a turn to hold Cece as well.

Friday, October 24, 2014


I worked on getting Cece to bed while Greg, Ellie, and Lynnie played in the hot tub.  It always wears them out completely, and they both fell asleep quickly after their baths.  They are such angels!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Park by Grandma's House

We had a busy day, with school, homework, practicing, dance class, driving to Riverton Hospital to get Lynnie's new lenses for her glasses, and then group lesson for violin.  We had about half an hour in between the eye doctor and violin, and there is a park around the corner from Grandma's house.  We loved taking advantage of the gorgeous day and playing for a few minutes.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Word Girl

Word up, it's Word Girl!

It is Red Ribbon week at school, and Ellie was excited to dress up every day.  For Hero day, she decided that she wanted to be Word Girl.  Thanks to Google, I had a no-sew idea.  We found the supplies we needed at Walmart, and spent all afternoon working on her costume.  Everything took longer than I expected, but it was a fun project and turned out really cute.  It is all held together by stick-on velcro and duct tape.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014


We invited the Morrows over for Family Home Evening, and Ellie set up the table for treats.  She made name tags and assigned seats.  By the time I remembered to take pictures the next day, the Morrows' labels had all been removed.  They were the cutest, because Ellie wrote "momjulie" and "sillybrian."

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Ellie was playing in her room and Cece was napping.  So Lynnie and I had a dance party.  My favorite part was when she would stop and pose and look at herself in the fireplace.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adventures in American Fork Canyon

We had a lovely picnic in the canyon today.  Gorgeous weather and perfect company!

Friday, October 17, 2014


Our big project today was cleaning out Ellie and Lynnie's room.  We talked for a couple of days about how we were going to donate toys that they no longer play with to children who need toys. I let the idea settle, and it was still a hard concept.  In the end, there weren't any toys in their room that were in any condition to donate, but when we get to the playroom on Monday that will change.  I did manage to fill up almost 2 kitchen-sized garbage bags without them noticing, and we reorganized everything. We pulled everything out of their closet and then made decisions about what would go back in, and where.  During the project, Ellie and Lynnie put the babies asleep in my bed, so they would be out of the way of the chaos in their room.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just a Little Light Reading

Lynnie loves to read her book.  She makes up all sorts of great tales, with princesses and dragons and heroes.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BST Addict

Cece loves the Baby Signing Time DVDs.  She is mimicking most of the signs, and is enthralled by the program.  It is great for me, because one DVD is 27 minutes long.  I will pop it in, get in the shower, and enjoy a nice, long, hot, relaxing shower.

Cece is also really starting to move around.  She started with her back against the chair.  By the time I got out of the shower, she had moved herself closer to the TV.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Ophthalmologist

It was time for another check-up at the ophthalmologist.  Great news -- Lynnie is doing great!  No need to go back to the patch, and her prescription stayed the same.  She also rocked the tests, and had a happy attitude the whole time.  That was probably the best thing of all, to me.

Monday, October 13, 2014

We Love Mondays!

Mondays are a highlight in our week.  Ellie is excited for school, Lynnie is excited for Kindermusik, and we are all excited to spend time with Tayler and her children.  It is just too much fun!
photo by Ellie

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Cece was obsessed with touching Ellie today during Sacrament Meeting.  She had to have a foot or a hand on Ellie's arm.  At this point in life, Ellie doesn't seem to mind.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Widows' Dinner

The Stake Presidency organized (or maybe delegated?  the Stake Relief Society prepared the food and seemed in charge) a dinner for the older, single sisters in the stake.  It was a great event, and really fun to sit at the same table as Sister Gabbitas.  It seems like a lifetime ago, and yet like only yesterday, when I used to go to Institute classes with Gwen and Sister Gabbitas.  I even finished out the semester after Ellie was born, bringing her with me, and then stressing out over every single squeak she made.
the entertainment -- they were very good!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Carpet Cleaning Day

I love getting our carpets and tile cleaned.  And I love how big all of our rooms look with the furniture moved and everything that is usually on the floor piled on the beds.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Time for Preschool

In the rush to get ready for preschool (and Lynnie's first ever field trip), Lynnie and Cece both needed one more bottle of milk.  I am really going to miss this stage when they grow out of it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Museum of Natural Curiosity

We picked up Ellie from school and spontaneously decided to go to the Museum of Natural Curiosity.  It was a fun way to spend a couple of hours, and it was not too busy -- pretty much all preschoolers and moms.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dolphin Tower

Lynnie loves her stuffed dolphins.  She built this great tower this morning, complete with sunglasses on the pink penguin {M} gave her.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Best Dinner Yet

Cecilia is starting to get the hang of this eating thing.  I think she is growing and is hungrier, and that certainly helps!  She actually ate all of the rice cereal I had prepared and half a container of pears.  Great job, baby girl!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mom

Mom is celebrating her birthday with an epic trip to visit Amy in Oman and Robyn in Kazakhstan.  I took this picture from Mom's Facebook page.  She and Amy are visiting the Land Bountiful.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Today's Harvest

In between sessions of General Conference, Greg gave the lawn a quick mowing, and we picked a bunch of produce from the garden.  Lynnie loves the cherry tomatoes.  She ate at least 15 while we were picking them, straight from the garden.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Grandpa's New Trailer

After Ellie's first ever parent/teacher conference, we stopped by Grandma and Grandpa's house.  They have a brand-new trailer, and it was super fun to check out!  There are bunk beds, and the girls happily played there while Greg and I talked with Grandpa.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Greg was sent home from his meetings with a treat from a Young Women's activity.  Some people are so creative!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Big Day

Cece's birth mom had her last day of cosmetology school today.  We are so proud of her and all she has accomplished!  Happy Graduation Day, {R}!