Sunday, May 31, 2015


Daddy has been in Denver this weekend, which has been fun for him but not as much fun for us.  Cece has been sick with diarrhea and throwing up, and today Ellie has a fever.  Good thing we always get excited when it is time to FaceTime -- even when Daddy's phone camera is really dirty...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Walk With Angels

We went to the Walk of Angels today, and were lucky enough to have Kylene, Tobyn, and {R} come with us.  Lynnie entertained herself during the Signing Time concert by taking pictures.  I deleted over 150 similar shots to these masterpieces.  At least 90% of the pictures were of "Tovyn."

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ellie's Last Day of Kindergarten

Lynnie, Cece, and I had fun waiting for Ellie to come out of school on her last day.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New Violin

Grandma has been very kind in letting Ellie borrow a violin.  Now that Lynnie is ready for a wood violin full-time, it was time for a new violin for Ellie, and Lynnie inherits Ellie's violin.  Grandma was extra kind in trading in Lyssa's old violin for us, so we only had to pay the low trade-in fee.  Grandma spoils us!  It was fun to go to the violin store.  Ellie played a few different violins and then picked the one that had the prettiest wood and sounded the best to her.

Lynnie was very good at looking with her eyes and not touching with her fingers.  She is also wearing 5 skirts, in case you were wondering.  All carefully selected for maximum floof.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shoelace Shoes

Ellie mastered tying her shoes, complete with double bows.  This is the only pair of shoes she owns that has shoelaces, and so we haven't practiced much.  With free dress at school this week, she wanted to wear them, and picked up tying in just a few minutes.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rope Bridge

We had a lot of fun meeting Elizabeth, Davis, and Callie at the aquarium today!  Our last stop was the rope bridge, and they loved it so much they did it multiple times.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Couch Climber

Cece just climbed up on the couch all. by. herself!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jasmine's Birthday

Today is Jazzy's birthday, and since Rod, Jayme, Jasmine, Byron, and Virgil are in town, Grandma & Grandpa hosted a little potluck party.  Cece was fascinated with baby Virgil, who is a month older.  She just stared at him and followed him around.  She even signed "friend" for the first time. And Lynnie is happiest when she gets the trampoline all to herself.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


We were so excited that Uncle Rod, Jazzy, and Byron came over with Grandpa.  And doubly excited that the girls got to go for a ride in the Side by Side with them.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Favorite Things

This is stuff Cece lives for: drinking milk with the cap on her toes while watching Baby Signing Time.  Life is good when you're 1!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Match for Cece

Picking up diapers today at Costco and Ellie said, "look, it's a dark baby like Cece! FINALLY we found a match." #transracialfamilyproblems

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Perfectly Ordinary Day

We had a beautiful day, going to the library and playing outside.  Ellie is praying in the top right picture.  Her bike is a little to big for her, so it is difficult to ride going down the hill.  She was praying to be brave while she rode it.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Ellie has a birthmark on the top of her head where hair does not grow.  When I do her hair, I part it and comb hair over and it does not show.  When Ellie does her hair, it naturally parts there and you can see it.  It is a non-issue, and she didn't remember she even had a birthmark.

Until a girl in her class made fun of it.  She told Ellie it was ugly and she hated it.  Ellie made a good choice and just walked away without saying anything back to the girl.  

It's just really hard to hear my baby crying because her friend was mean to her.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dish Soap

We have had this dish soap bottle for years.  Like, maybe we have had it since Bozeman days.  Definitely since our first house days.  We just refill it from a bigger bottle.  It finally broke on us, with a crack in the cap that leaks water.  This is a sad, sad day.  

And it is crazy how I am so nostalgic over soap...

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Always willing to help Daddy, even in the rain.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Just Dance 3

We had a big dance party at our house!  I love that some days spontaneously turn into a party.  Sierra texted and asked if Annie and Maddie could come over and play.  And then Hope and Alanna showed up.  We love friends!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dance Floor

There is nothing better than dressing up and making a dance floor out of waffle blocks.

And I really wish someone would manufacture these again.  The girls are always sad when we use up every single block and their project seems incomplete...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Today was Lynnie's last Kindermusik class!  This is a sad day, because Lynnie has seen Miss Leda almost every week since she was 2 months old (she used to attend Ellie's class in her car seat).  We love the Kindermusik program, and are now looking forward to Let's Play Music in the fall.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Cece was hilarious today while waiting to pick up Ellie from school.  She wore my sunglasses and made funny  faces.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Ellie is getting to be a pro at her NAET treatments.  She hops right up on the table and gets her arm ready for muscle testing.  She will hold her arm up the whole time, even though she doesn't need to.  It's pretty cute!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Birth Mother's Day

A Birth Mother always puts the needs of her child above the wants of her heart.

Friday, May 8, 2015


Lynnie set up a bathing station for her dolphins on the table.  She used an entire bottle of Strawberry Shortcake shampoo.  And no water.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Daddy's Helper

Ellie loves to help Greg mow the grass.  Like, seriously loves it. 

As Greg mows, he will nudge the bag with his foot to see how full it is getting.  Ellie started mimicking him, and kicking the bag about every third step.  It was darling!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


I think Cece's favorite movie is Baby Signing Time Volume 3.  It has a lot of signs for things that are outside, like wind, tree, rain, sun, cloud, and snow.  Cece loves to point outside and sign these words.  Lynnie joined her this morning, and it was darling.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Perler Bead Party

We were thinking ahead and realizing that Ellie will probably not have school friends at her birthday party this year (the challenge of a summer birthday and spread-out-friends-from-the-charter-school).  So we decided to have a perler bead party with some school friends, just because.  I limited her invite list to 5, which was hard, and then 3 came, which was perfect.  I had forgotten how hard it can be to follow a pattern with perler beads, because Ellie is such a pro now.  With Ellie and I helping, things went well.  After the girls each made a couple of things, they happily played outside until it was time to go.
Lynlee, Kate, Paige, Kallie, and Ellie

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Golden Plates

Lynnie and Cece both have a cold, and Lynnie was pretty miserable.  But Ellie did not want to miss church.  She slept in til almost 9, and while the rest of us were out in the family room, she got up, got dressed, brushed her teeth, and did her hair.  She did not want all that effort wasted!  I texted Mom Julie and she graciously offered to take Ellie to church.

When Ellie got home, she was so excited to show off the "golden" plates they made in her class.  After ripping the aluminum foil while trying to write on it with a pencil, she ripped it off and we started fresh.  A Sharpie worked much better.  She wrote it out all by herself, just asking us how to spell some of the words.  That girl is so smart!  She remembered so many details.

Ellie Spencer
The Book of Mormon!!!
Joseph Smith
got the golden
plates the
angel told
him where they were
he told him three times.
he was exhausted
in the morning he stayed up
all night he got sick
because he stayed all night
the angel told him to tell his dad.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Payson Temple Open House

Thanks to Kiki for making my collage.  I love the Project Life App!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kylene's Graduation from SUU

Congrats to Ky, graduating in business with an accounting major!