Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shopping Cart

This is the first time we had this massive cart at Walmart.  The big girls loved it.  I hope we never see an empty one again... It was really hard to push and Cece didn't like me being so far away from her.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Lynnie has named all of her scooters and her bike.  This scooter is Teddy.  She was ready 30 minutes before preschool today, so we went outside to play.  Her gown was too long, so I tied it up for her.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Heat Vents

Lynnie was cold after she went potty this morning, so I told her to shut the bathroom door and sit by the heat vent.  She thought that was the funniest thing and started laughing.  And that started Cece laughing!  It was a golden moment.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


For Lynnie's Kindermusik class, we occasionally have homework assignments.  We have made a drum, a rain shaker stick, a wind chime, and things like that in the past.  This week our assignment was to make a building so they could build a city.  Lynnie (of course) wanted to make a house out of perler beads.  This is the biggest object we have made so far, and I made it harder on myself by completely redesigning as I went, and changing out some colors after beads were placed.  The original design that I was copying had black windows and dark blue flowers.  Lynnie picked pink and purple flowers and I liked the clear beads to mimic glass in the windows.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Krispy Kremes...With Sprinkles

We were invited to a special event where we got to be videotaped talking about some of our feelings on adoption, and how we feel about our birth parents.  

I tried not to, but I totally cried.  Our birth moms are just. so. awesome!

Afterwards, the nice organizers had thank you donuts.  It was pretty windy and chilly outside, so the big girls thought it was pretty fun to eat their donuts in the back of the van.

Friday, April 24, 2015


With all of our Perler Bead projects lately, most of my time is spent in picking out the correct beads.  It seems like it takes forever to do that, but the actual making of the project goes quickly.  Elizabeth had mentioned that she sorted hers all out, and I thought, what a great idea!  So I embarked on a project, spending maybe 20 hours over the next couple of weeks, picking and sorting beads.  My mom helped for a few hours on a Friday when she was here, as well.  It is worth it when we play, because it really does make the projects go much more quickly.  No counting or sorting -- just grabbing the bead we need when we need it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Last Day

Almost every semester, my department asks me if I am ready to return to the classroom (I usually teach just one online class a semester).  I have said no every time.  Until last fall.  This time, it felt like the offer was too good to pass up.  A small class, taught at the Sandy extension site, and I could pick my own night.  After talking it over with Greg, I approached my mom to see if she could be available to babysit.  She graciously said yes, and I let her pick the night.  We decided it had to be Thursday, since that was the only night she did not teach violin until 9 p.m.

As the semester got closer, I realized that it would work out best to hire a teenager for Cece.  She would stay with "Big Annie" (as opposed to Ellie's friend Annie) while I drove Ellie and Lynnie to violin lessons.  Then they would stay with Grandma for group lessons while I went to my class.  Grandma would drive the big girls home after lessons, and Annie had Cece asleep in bed by the time they got there.  That let Grandma focus on the big girls.

It worked out well.  The girls really bonded with Grandma (although Cece never really got excited to see Annie--sorry, Annie!).  I had fun teaching again, and the students were great.

But I realized many things with this experiment.  It is not my time or season to be teaching outside of the home.  Teaching online classes is a pretty sweet deal.  I always enjoyed being with the students when I was there, but Thursdays were my least favorite day of the week.  I missed my babies.  I worried about how long Cece would cry for Annie, even though Annie always insisted it only lasted a minute or two.  I worried about the stress of babysitting on my mom, even though she always said she loved it.

So when my department chair asked if I wanted to teach at the Sandy site again in the fall, I said no.  It is good to be done with in person teaching.  Maybe I will try again in a few years.  Maybe I won't.  Who knows?

. : my dashboard clock as I turned on the van after my last class : .

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lakers Jersey

Albert gave Lynnie this Lakers jersey a couple of years ago.  It has always been huge on her, so we had it with the dress ups.  Today Lu wanted to wear it as her costume, and we discovered that it fit her.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015


It is time to reclaim our guest room.  Ellie and Lynnie have been sleeping on the queen bed that used to be in the guest room.  So we went shopping last Saturday and picked out a bunk bed set.  We ordered it and it should be here in about a month.  In preparation, we moved the dollhouse into Cece's room.  Cece loves to play with it and move the furniture around.  Of course, all of the girls can play with it at any time (this was an important point for Elle and Lu).

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Cece has discovered selfies.  She loves to look on my phone and see herself on the screen.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Lynlee: {yelling out of Cece's bedroom window to Kabe across the street}

Cave, do you want to be married to me, or no?

Kabe:  What was that?

Lynlee: {louder} Do you want to be married to me, or noooooo?

Kabe: Sure.

Lynlee:  Mom, Cave said he wants to marry me!  I am so excited!  That means we are enmarriaged.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sofa Bed

The big girls had a fantastic idea to sleep all night on the sofa bed.  They thought it was the greatest adventure!  It was fun to snuggle up and watch a movie with them until they fell asleep.  The only tricky part was that Cece and I woke them up super early the next morning when we came out to the kitchen to get some milk.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Foam Violin

Grandma had just received this teaching violin and let the girls try it out.  It was a little more unwieldy than anticipated, but Ellie managed to work it with just fine.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NAET for Ellie

Ellie has always been an extremely picky eater, and I have often wondered if she had food allergies.  Lately, she has had some awful rashes on her legs, bum, arms, shoulders, and face.  I took her to the pediatrician a couple of months ago and got a prescription cream for her.  It helped some, but things were not clearing up completely.  In an "aha" moment I realized I should take her in for NAET testing.  Dr. Kofford took one look at the rashes on her face and predicted she was allergic to sugar, yeast, and dairy.  He was right.

Here are her top 18 allergies (because that what fit in my frame as I was taking a picture).

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ellie Misses Her BFF

We had downloaded perler bead patterns for My Little Ponies, but did not have boards big enough to create them.  I was trying to alter the patterns, and Ellie was telling me how much she misses her BFF Pyper.  Then Ellie grabbed the paper and started illustrating her point.

"See, Mom, when Pyper lived here our hearts were like this.  We had two hearts and they were right next to each other and they were happy! {hearts on the right}  But now she has moved away and our hearts are broken.  That's it, they are just broken. {hearts on left}  But Cece is always happy.  Aren't you, Cece!?!"

Monday, April 13, 2015

First Lollipop

Lynnie very kindly shared with Cece and gave her a lollipop.  Her very first one.  And perhaps the first piece of candy she has ever consumed.

Cece loved it.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

New Dress

Albert brought Lynnie a present when we met to play this week, and Lynnie was very excited to wear her new dress to church, and then to Grandma's house for dinner.  She looked very pretty!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Van Check

I like to run errands by myself on occasion, and usually that occasion is on a Saturday morning.  We needed the oil changed in the van, and the tire light had come on earlier in the week, so it was time to get that taken care of.  There was a coupon in the Money Mailer envelope, so I headed to Big O for some alone time.  I kept on checking on the van through the window and it seemed like it was taking an exceptionally long time.  I finally asked after about 90 minutes, and they discovered the guy who had started working on it had left for the day without handing it off to anyone else.  Whoops.  The great news is that the coupon I had was for an oil change and a full car check, with tire rotation for $40.  They gave me another $20 off because of the mix-up.  It was a total win-win.  More alone time for me, and all of that work done for an exceptional price!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Cece lately has just wanted to give Daddy loves.  She will put her arms up, and sometimes vocally say "up," and when Greg picks her up she just lays her head down on his shoulder.  It is darling!  Greg has been eating up all of this attention from mama's girl.  He says she may be turning out to be a daddy's girl after all.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Purple Smoothie & More Perler Princesses

Lynnie likes to make and share green smoothies with me for breakfast.  She asked this morning if we could make hers purple.  Adding some blueberries did the trick and she declared it delicious.

Ellie had a friend come over for a play date for some Spring Break fun (Maleah has afternoon kindergarten, so it is hard to play on school days).  Ellie excitedly showed Maleah all of the princesses she had made the day before, and Maleah wanted to give it a try.  And that's what we did the entire time she was at our house.  It was fun!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Perler Bead Princesses

When Elizabeth was here last week, she mentioned that there latest, favoritest craft was Perler beads.  She told me that she would download patterns and they were having a lot of fun.  This sparked Ellie's interest again, so we pulled out our beads, found a pattern of Disney princesses, and spent a happy couple of hours crafting.

Ellie made Ariel, Cinderella, Anna, and Elsa.  Lynnie and I made Belle, Anna, and Elsa.

Monday, April 6, 2015


Ellie was standing on a package of toilet paper, so Cece decided she needed to try that as well.  And then, a minute later, Cece grabbed a washcloth and started cleaning the floor and her high chair.  She is so observant and a good mimic!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


biographical name To·byn \ˈtō-bən\

Definition of TOBYN

1   a :  the best thing since sliced bread

b :  one of Lynnie's favorite people

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Picnic Lunch

Between sessions of General Conference today, we had a gourmet lunch of ramen noodles, carrot sticks, apple slices, and water.  Lynnie elected to have a picnic lunch on the patio, even when no one else (aka Ellie) wanted to go with her.  She happily sat on her favorite blanket (the one her birth mom gave her to come home from the hospital) and ate.  

I.  Love.  Her!

Friday, April 3, 2015

First Ice Cream Cone

I got Ellie and Lynnie kiddie cones while we were shopping at Macey's.  As Ellie turned away from the counter, her ice cream flew off and she was left with just the cone.  The nice lady at the counter got her a new one, and I gave the cone to Cece to try.  She loved her first ice cream cone, as evidenced by the sticky mess.  It was pretty awesome.  She is so grown up!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wood Violin

Lu has graduated to the wood violin!  She has been working towards this and it is an exciting thing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Davis is off-track right now, so we took advantage of that to have a playdate.  First we met at JCWs for lunch, and the kids were hilarious.  They giggled and talked the whole time.  That gave Elizabeth and I a lot of time to catch up, which we really appreciated.