Monday, October 31, 2016


The girls dressed up as

Princess Leia, Rey, and a Zebra.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


This is our last harvest of vegetables for the year.  We pulled in everything that was left in the garden and cleaned up all the beds. I remembered to take a picture on Sunday morning when I went to put in a roast with all of our homegrown veggies.

Saturday, October 29, 2016


Ellie woke up with the idea to make us all breakfast, and she executed her vision.  She made us delicious waffles.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Costumes at School

These girls rocked their Halloween costumes at school: Rey and Princess Leia.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

School Pictures

The girls got their school pictures back today, and they are super cute.  The pictures were taken when Ellie's glasses were lost.  Now that they are found, Ellie wants to do retakes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Crazy Hair Day

Crazy Hair Day at school, and the girls slept in little braids.  Lynlee went for the Bella LeStrange look, and Ellie opted to keep her braids in.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Costume Day

It was costume day at Kindermusik, and it was a great trial run for Cece to wear her zebra costume.  She loved it, and especially loved taking a picture with Miss Leda. 

There is a mom in this class that is white and her husband is from Haiti, and her daughter has hair that is similar in texture to Cece's.  She has given me great hair care tips.  The best ones were to get the widest wide tooth comb I could find, and to only wash her hair once a week.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Back to the Museum

We didn't get enough playing done at the museum last Friday, so we headed back to do some of the inside activities.  Lynlee spelled her name for the marquee, which is difficult because you have to do it backwards.  Then the girls spent a long time building an awesome lego wall of giant stairs.  We took it down before we left, because some adventurous kids (including Ellie) wanted to try and climb it, but it was rickety.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Walking to Church

Love that we live close enough to do this.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2 Wheeled Success

The training wheels are off, and Ellie is officially loving every second of it!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Adventures

The weather was gorgeous and we played outside at the Museum of Natural Curiosity.  I don't remember doing much, if anything, inside that day.  We played on the playground and hiked all over, did the hedge maze, and found some new paths we had never explored before.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Cece loves to play with the Glod girls at violin lessons.  She and Sydney just kept on rolling around the floor while we were doing Twinkle Circle.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Distinguished Service Club Dinner

It was my turn to go with mom to the Distinguished Service Club dinner.  The food was good, the entertainment fun (the Piano Gal), and the company the best.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Doll Time

Ellie stayed home from school because she was sick.  We have a "rule" that if you are too sick to go to school then you are too sick to do anything but lay in bed or on the couch all day.  Staying true tot the rule, Ellie set up practically every doll she has on the bed and played all day.  She told me that she was staying on the bed...

Monday, October 17, 2016

School For Dolls

Ellie and Lynlee set up this school for their dolls.  They were great teachers.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nice Teachers

Lynlee has always had a hard time going to her church classes.  Her teachers this year have worked really hard to cultivate a trust with her.  She loves them and enjoys their class.  But sometimes she still freaks out and goes to class with Ellie instead.  Her amazing teachers brought her over a note and some cookies to show her that she is missed.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

iPhone Preview

I snapped some pictures on my phone while my friend Emily was working her magic.  This was a great family photo shoot.

Friday, October 14, 2016


To beef up my volunteer hours this school year, I joined the Lost and Found committee.  Every 3 weeks, Cece and I get to go to the school and organize the items in the Lost and Found.  We throw out the food in the lunch boxes, hang up the coats, and things like that.  Then I take pictures of the lost items and post them to the FEC's Facebook page, to show parents what is there waiting to be claimed.  This Friday, Ellie had a Wonder Day and her class came in the gym.  Cece quickly abandoned the boring sorting and went to sit by Ellie.  Ellie took her when they rotated to the next spot back in the classroom, and they had a great time.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Field Trip

Lynlee had her first ever Kindergarten field trip, and they went to Hee Haw Farms.  She had a great time with her carpool friends in her group.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Cece likes her fun friend.  I like watching them engage in parallel play.  They are cute!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lunch with Kanisha

We had a fun birthday lunch to celebrate Kanisha.  She is so awesome and loves Lynlee so much.  Lynlee just soaks up that love and enjoys all the time they have together.

* playing with SnapChat filters *

Monday, October 10, 2016


The girls love to watch videos on the YouTubeKids app.  Lynlee found one where a tub was filled with Orbeez and then a little girl went "swimming" in it.  She talked me into letting her having some Orbeez in the tub with her, and it was pretty much a disaster.  It was fun to play with for about 2 minutes, and then it took us 10 minutes to clean them all up and drain the water from the tub.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Nice Neighbors

Our neighbors across the street are awesome.  We sit with them during Sacrament Meeting, and the girls have started taking them treats after church.  Then they get invited inside and play for a while with Kabe.  Shana is nice and sends me pictures of their adventures.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Wars

The Suzuki Assocation's event this year was a Star Wars themed concert.  It was fun to play in, and even more fun to meet Darth Vadar.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ellie's Schedule

Ellie wrote up her schedule for the day.  She is a busy girl!

(with mom edits)

* wake up * get dressed * brush hair * eat breakfast * brush teeth 2 times * go to find my book * go home * wait * go to school * learn * fun Friday * clean up * go home * eat lunch * violin * piano * play * come home * eat dinner * shower * get pj's * snack * brush hair brush teeth * 1 or 2 vitamin * read * go in bed * go to sleep * Done :)

Ellie could not find a homework book that she had worked very hard on and needed to turn in.  We searched every where, and she was convinced that she left it at school.  Greg drove her over at 7:20 in the morning to try and look for it, and they had to wait until someone showed up around 7:30 to get in the school.  It wasn't there.  We eventually found it under one of the van seats.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Speech Therapy

Cece and I have a routine in the morning.  We get the big girls off to school, and then we finish eating breakfast.  Then we play speech therapy.  Right now we are working on identifying colors and saying the 24 sounds on our flashcards (ahhh, buh buh buh, mmm, ssss, oooo, ow, uh oh, shhh, bee, moo, eeee, shoe, duh duh duh, eye, weee, neigh, choo choo, hi, and etc).  Sometimes Cece is really engaged, and sometimes I have to be more clever to get her to repeat sounds while she is going what she wants.  This morning she took the initiative to sort all of her colors.  I was impressed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Grandma's Birthday Lunch

We met Grandma and Bobi for a birthday lunch.  It's always entertaining to bring along Lynnie and Cece.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Cece insists on doing her own hair lately.  She does a great job, if I can get it wet enough.  Otherwise she creates a tall mass of frizzy fuzz.  She likes to brush it flat across her forehead and over her ears.

Monday, October 3, 2016


Oatmeal has always been Ellie's favorite food.  Even as a baby, she tolerated rice cereal and gobbled up her oatmeal cereal.  So when she had this sample sentence on Imagine Learning (an interactive reading program she does everyday as part of her homework), we had to take a picture.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Princess Leia Hat

The girls are going to be playing in a Suzuki violin event in a couple of weeks that is Star Wars themed, and costumes are encouraged.  So I made this Princess Leia wig/hat for Lynlee during General Conference to be part of her costume.  It was a fairly quick project.  I got bulky yarn thinking it would make it go faster, but it only made it really thick and heavy.  It is a substantial, super warm hat.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Priesthood Session

Cece was in heaven feeding Macy dog food while we were hanging out during the Priesthood session.