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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.