Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hair Time

Cece's birth mom {R} graduated from hair school and is super talented.  Cece definitely inherited those talents and loves to brush anyone's hair -- Ellie, or me, or herself.  Ellie is patient and will let Cece brush for a long time. These two pictures were taken at bedtime and then the next morning.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Birthday Visit

Ellie's and Tayler's birthdays are two days apart, and we love to get together to celebrate them every year.  We met at the splash pad this year and had a great time playing and hanging out.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hospital Outfit

The girls love to hear stories about themselves and their birth moms, and especially to hear stories about their special time in the hospital with their birth moms.  Ellie loved that we found this outfit, because Tayler gave it to Ellie, and intended for Ellie to wear it home from the hospital.  After placement, we had to wait a few minutes after Tayler and her family left, to sign some final papers.  During that period, Ellie threw up everywhere, and this little outfit was soaked.  We had to change her to something else...  Ellie thinks that story is the best, and pretty hilarious that she threw up all over Tayler's special outfit for her.

Cece's doll is pretty much life-sized, which is cool.  And Ellie wanted to take a picture to send to Tayler, with Ellie signing I Love You.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Baby Clothes

Lauren came over today and we gifted all of our baby girl clothes to her, for her baby girl coming late October. I just saved the special pieces, like presents from birth moms. It has me reflecting on the power of a birth mom's love and gift of motherhood that I share with these amazing women.  Ellie and Lynnie claimed all of the outfits to use for their baby dolls.  And Puppy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Neptune Park

. : fun times playing on the way home from Kindermusik : .

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Climbing Trees

Shana texted me this picture and it is perfect!  Kabe is the best kid, and Lynlee proudly claims him as her best friend.  He takes care of all of the girls, playing with them so well, and I always trust them outside when Kabe is with them.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Love Notes

Ellie and Lynlee like to pretend that one of them is the baby and the other is the mom. Found this love note when we were cleaning up tonight.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Hopefully I have well documented Cece's love affair with broccoli.  She just cannot get enough of it.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bye Bye

Aunt Chris hosted a get together to say good-bye to Amy.

Friday, July 22, 2016


We love to play with cousins!  Ellie takes responsibility for Baylee and is great with her.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Bobi has let us use Adam and Lyssa's old crib for our girls.  Now that Adam & Lauren are expecting their first baby, it is time to pass the crib on to a new generation.  Lauren couldn't remember what it looked like, so I was trying to find some pictures to send her, and came across these gems.  Time is passing so quickly!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Aunt Amy

Amy was not in Utah very long this summer.  She is moving from Oman to New Delhi, India, and between finishing up at her old school and going early for orientation at her new school, as well as more than a week at Grandma Great's cabin, we didn't get as much time with her as we wanted.  We soaked up as much time as we could, even though I didn't take very many pictures.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Cece is remarkably aware of other people's needs.  She notices and acts to help.  She is a great example to me.

(And I got the date wrong on the collage.  The time stamp on the pictures says this was the 19th.)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Soda Fan

With Ellie and Lynnie, we were very vigilant with their sugar intake, especially before they were three.  Neither one tasted soda until they were 4.  Ellie had soda very rarely, and when she did get it, she would have lemonade or Fresca.  Or Hi-C with Uncle Kyle (the stinker).  Lynnie never liked any of it, except for lemonade on occasion.

Apparently we have loosened our standards with the baby, because she is 2 and she looooves soda.  Ellie will share with her when we go out to eat, and I am pretty sure Cece drinks more than Ellie.

Greg was out of town, and it is hard to get home from gymnastics at 6:30 and then wait for mom to cook dinner.  So we quickly stopped at Rumbi before getting home for the bedtime routine.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016


More helping from my shadow.  She insisted on pushing the laundry basket all the way to the laundry room.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Customer Appreciation Night

The girls and I got to hang out with Tammy, David, Andrew, and Emily at an event with Observe Point.  This was a full-on exciting party!  There was free food from food trucks, face painting, rock climbing, and bounce houses galore.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Swing Set

This picture makes all of the hours of building worth it.  The girls love their new play set!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy Anniversary

We spent our anniversary building the play set.  We were totally in the groove all morning.  I pulled out my phone to check the time at what I thought was mid-morning, to discover it was 12:08 and we had swimming lessons at 12:30.  I quickly got the girls changed and in the van and we made it less than 5 minutes late.  After getting back from lessons, I got Cece down for a nap and we got right back to building.  We finished about dinner time, and then had a great dinner with Jayme and her kids before Greg headed off to set apart 4 missionaries.  It was a great day, aside from the fact that somehow in the chaos after dinner, Byron lost a shoe...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Swimming Lessons

I like to sign up for two sessions of swimming lessons, and we are finally to our first week!  Ellie dove right in, and Lynnie was a good sport and actually did her kicks this year.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Movies

We are trying to follow the counsel to keep the Sabbath day holy, and so we like to watch what the girls have named "Sunday Movies."  The girls like  to pick things from the Mormon Channel app on the iPad.  Ellie's favorite is Matt & Mandy and Lynnie's favorite is the Bible Videos.  They also watch this set of videos that I picked up at Costco Santa gave Cece for Christmas last year.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Temple Day

The "big kids" did baptisms for the dead while the adults + Ky & Tobyn did sealings as the concluding activity for the reunion.  It was a wonderful morning in the temple.
Dallin, Parker, Tylan, Brayden, Daniel, Kiki, Kaysen, Landon, Hannah

Friday, July 8, 2016

Water Park

Just hanging out at Seven Peaks during the family reunion.  The last time we were here was another family reunion when Kylene was 6ish.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Family Picture

Kiki took this picture for us during the Spencer Family Reunion.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Snowy Day

Every day during UPSTART, Lynlee would do a calendar exercise.  She would click on today's date, and tomorrow's date, and yesterday's date.  And she got to pick the weather of the day.  

Every. Single. Day. she would pick snowing.  Lynlee thought that was hilarious!

Occasionally, there would be a bar graph section with the various weather types, and Lynlee was supposed to read the graph (3 sunny days, 4 cloudy days, 0 snowy days etc.).  The narration said something along the lines of:  here is a sampling of some of the weather you've been having lately, with the information collected from your calendar.  Lynlee would emphatically say, "not my calendar!  I only have snowy days!"

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016


Cece pays attention to the world around her and likes to step in and help.  She does things like open the garage door as soon as I start pulling out the kitchen garbage, because she knows I have to go out that door to take the garbage out.  She often pulls out the things I need to get ready while I am in the shower.  She will line them up on the counter so they are all there, waiting for me.  Such a good helper!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Date With {R}

{R} came to pick up Cece to go to her nephew's (and Cece's cousin's) baby blessing luncheon.  Cece was so excited to go, and we had the best hand-off ever.  She went right to {R} and then just waved bye bye all the way until she was in the car.  It was awesome!  I loved the pictures {R} texted me of the family group with the four youngest grandchildren.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Kim, Cece's AVT (audio verbal therapist), gave us this paper to see how Cece is doing on her benchmarks.  Cece has been activated for 4 and half months, and I was encouraged by this information.  She has the extra layer of her processing disorder.  So not only is her brain learning how to hear with the cochlear implant, it has to learn how to make sense of the auditory input.

Cece does not do everything on the list yet, but I was most encouraged by her progress, and the fat that this says that she has until 2nd grade to catch up.

2nd grade, people!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Lu's New Glasses

Costco is so fast, and Lu's new glasses came in a matter of days.  She was so excited to pick them up!  They make her look a lot older.