Saturday, February 28, 2015


Cece ate about 4 pieces of little broccoli, and then she had to have this giant piece.  It was pretty funny to watch her try and eat it.

Friday, February 27, 2015


How big is Cece?

Sooooo big!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Lynnie Lu has an awesome sense of style!  I love when she picks out her own outfits, and tells me how to do her hair (two braids today).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chinese Class

It is the last day of Ellie's Chinese unit, so the parents were invited to see their last class.  She will start Spanish next Monday.  After the presentation, the children sat at their desks and colored a certificate.  The child that sits next to Ellie was out sick, so Lynnie used the desk and watched Ellie color.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good Eater

Cece is a pretty good eater, and she likes to feed herself.  Her favorite things right now are green smoothies, broccoli, and mandarin oranges.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Late Night Snuggles

Cece usually wakes up for milk between 9:30-11 p.m.  She was very excited that while she was having her nightcap, Daddy came home.  She let us know that Daddy was her preferred snuggle buddy that night.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Ellie and Cece had a rousing game of catch this morning.  So many cute giggles!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Turtles & Dolphins

One of the positive unintended consequences of the great toy clean-out is that the girls are using all sorts of things as toys.  We pulled down their special turtles and dolphins from their bookshelf, and they played happily for an hour.  They stayed on the table so that Cece couldn't reach them.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Come On, Huffy

Lynnie calls her bike Huffy (because that is the brand on the sticker).  She rode Huffy in the garage for over an hour, and the funniest part was when she tried to drag her scooter along for the ride.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Maiden Voyage

The girls have been riding their new bikes multiple times a day down on the tile in the basement.  It has been so mild lately that we decided to just take them outside.  I had been waiting for a time when Greg would be home and we could all go together, but this is his busiest time of year between work and basketball, and I feel like we haven't seen him for a month.  So we got tired of waiting and just went for it.

The girls peddled their hearts out, and with many pushes from me, we got up our big hill.  Then we tackled the dirt path on the hill to get to the bike path.  That was a little scary and took three trips for me -- taking Ellie's bike up, taking Lynnie's bike up, then pushing the stroller up as the girls climbed.  I quickly realized we wouldn't be able to come down that slope and came up with a new plan.

Once we were on the flat path, the biking was glorious!  The girls did so great and were very friendly, waving to everyone who passed us.  We even passed Bishop Card and he stopped to chat for a minute.  His birth mother had given birth the day before and they were anticipating placement the next day.  So much love for his birth mom was expressed in that two minute conversation.  All birth mothers are my heroes!

When we got to 1200 W, we came down the access path to Bull River Road.  I didn't realize how long that strip without a sidewalk is when you have two little girls on bikes who are tired but trying hard to go fast.  Once we got back to the sidewalk, life was better.  When we got back to our street, the girls walked the bikes because the hill was too steep.  This decision was quickly reached after Ellie tipped over trying to stop.

We went about a mile and it took us an hour.  A very successful first outside bike ride!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hearing Aid Adjustment

Cece and I went to get her hearing aids adjusted and she thought it was pretty fun to play with this telephone while we were waiting.  Love her cheeser smiles!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Blender Bottle

Greg brought us some of Ultra Steam's new promotional items -- blender bottles with their logo printed on it.  Lynnie immediately wanted to try it out by making chocolate milk.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Lynnie has decided it is really fun to leap from the ottoman to the love seat, from the love seat to the couch, and from the couch to the ottoman.  It is a never ending circle and always makes me nervous.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015


We got to go to the aquarium today with Albert and Kanisha, and we had a great time!  It is always fun to spend time with our birth parents, and it is wonderful to watch them interact with the girls.  Lynnie made sure before we left that I had change so that they could all make pennies.  She and Albert chose matching penguin pennies, and Kanisha & Ellie chose matching starfish pennies.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Snow White

Ellie's school is having HOPE week, and she got to dress up with something special every day.  Today was fairy tale day, and she wanted to be Snow White.  Ever since Tayler told Ellie that she is the perfect Snow White, Ellie has been a little obsessed.  That is the power of her birth mom -- and I love it!
P.S.  We have been having the mildest winter.  It was over 60 degrees today.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


My mom got Cece all sorts of Little People figures for her birthday.  One of them had a picture on the back of more figures, including a zebra.  I hopped on amazon to find it for her for her Valentine's Day present, and found a steal of a deal on a zoo train with zebra stripes as well.  They came in the mail today, and it is always fun to open a box of presents.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Same Shoes

Lynnie Lu was so excited that she and Cece had matching shoes.  We had to take pictures before preschool.

Monday, February 9, 2015


We took a quick trip to Walmart after picking Ellie up from school.  The girls convinced me to let them have a ride in the helicopter.  Ellie loved it.  Lynnie lasted about half of the ride, and then I tried to pop Cece in for the last little bit.  Cece was having none of that!  She much preferred to stay by me in the cart.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Elder Taylor

My nephew Adam returned from his mission in Texas last Thursday and we were able to go and listen to him speak in Sacrament Meeting.  Ellie was so excited to go Primary in Aunt Bobi's ward, and Lynnie elected to stay with me and Grandma.  Cece was a little grumpy at not getting a nap in her own bed, so Lynnie helped me walk her around the halls.  After church, Bobi hosted a lunch at her house, and the girls were fascinated looking out her front window.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Milk Time

"Mom, can I please feed Cece her milk?"
This sweetness lasted approximately 3 seconds, and then Cece was done.

Friday, February 6, 2015

100th Day

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Ellie got to dress up like she was 100 days old.  The best we could come up with was a polyester dress from the dress-up box and a pair of Lynnie's old glasses.  And her hair in a bun.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Ellie requested that I make her a sandwich for lunch today.  It is her first sandwich.  Ever.

Normally she just eats the meat and roll separately.  She ate 3 bites and then took it apart.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Half Birthday

Ellie has been counting down the days until it could be her half-birthday at school.  She chose Skittles to take as her treat to give away, and she was so excited to wear the birthday crown and get to be first in line all day.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hair Styles

I love that Lynnie loves to do her own hair.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Heart Attack

We were given a heart attack by one of the Activity Day Girls' groups, and it was very thoughtful!

...and I really should clean that front door...

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Ellie was being Daddy's big helper and putting toilet paper in the bathrooms.  She also tried to change the toilet paper in the powder room, but dropped the roll holder in the toilet.  She knew she wasn't supposed to stick her hand in the toilet, and she panicked and tried to flush it.

Yeah, that didn't work.

She came and told Greg right away and we quarantined the toilet until Monday, when Tim came over and helped Greg take the toilet apart to fish that thing out.