Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentines

Lynnie wanted to get a head start on her valentines this year, so we dug out the leftover Star Wars valentines from last year and she got to work.  She made them for her special people -- Kabe, Albert, Kanisha, and Paisley.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dress Ups

Lynnie and Cece usually get along great, as long as Lynnie gives in to whatever Cece wants to do.  I was happy to see that Lynnie let Cece wear the special dolphin costume.  That is true sister love.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Snuggles

The last part of our nightly routine is to snuggle up on mommy and daddy's bed and watch a few minutes of a show.  Cece loves to climb in the covers and snuggle right in.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sister Spa Day

Ellie treated Lynlee to an awesome spa day, complete with an orbeez finger soak, massage with lotion, and a mani/pedi.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Time Hop

Kiera had me download an app called TimeHop, and it is a treasure.  I linked all of my social network accounts and Google, and TimeHop pulls together all of my pictures from that date.  It is amazing how comprehensive the Google Photo backup is -- I had no idea, even though I knew I had that on my computer.  It truly seems like every one of my pictures has made it, even pictures I deleted from my computer.

This gem showed up today, so I had to save it and send it to Ilene.  It is hard to remember our kids so little!

Ilene's Ellie and Devin, My Ellie

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Still Sick

When you are too sick for school, but feeling well enough to sit up, you do lots of activities at the kitchen table.  Like Play Doh.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sick

I hate when the girls are sick and hurting, but I like the snuggles.  Naps at 10 in the morning help you get better faster.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Spelling Words

Ellie has gotten really good at spelling lately.  She learns her words quickly.  She almost loves doing her spelling words now, but she doesn't love pictures while working on spelling words...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Primary

I am serving as the Primary pianist in our ward, and Cece likes to hang out with me (she's not a fan of nursery).  She is usually really good, playing on the floor behind the piano.  She loves this quiet book that was a present from Aunt Jonette.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Big Girl

Cece likes to climb in the back seat of the van and then tease me by not coming back to her seat.  She is a big girl back there!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Disney Princesses -- Tiana

Cece's turn in the crochet rotation, and I made Tiana.  I tried to do an integrated head (decreasing for a neck and increasing for the body), instead of doing the head and body as separate pieces and sewing them together (like the pattern calls for).  Note to self:  if you do this again, take out one of the increasing rows and make the neck shorter.

pattern from a Disney Princess crochet kit I bought at Costco a while ago; also available on Amazon

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Publishing

Mrs Dominguez has been having her class "publish" essays and stories.  The students outline their ideas, write a rough draft with topic sentences, and then have to publish their final draft on this special paper, in their absolute best handwriting.  Ellie takes these assignments very seriously, and takes a long time to write everything just so.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Gayleen

Gayleen was our favorite speech therapist, ever.  I missed the idea that Cece could get speech therapy through Kids on the Move until last fall, so by the time we got it all set up, she had 2 visits in November, 2 visits in December, and 2 visits in January before she turned 3 and aged out of PIP/KOTM.  Those 6 visits were completely awesome.  Gayleen is actually in my good friend Erin's ward, and is one of Erin's friends.  It was fun to have that connection with her, and we just clicked.  We exchanged quite a bit of info at the beginning and end of Cece's appointments, and Gayleen gave me lots of insight into the "office politics" of some of the PIP policies.

One of the best things about Gayleen is that she is a certified speech therapist (not an AVT) and is fluent in ASL.  She was able to communicate to Cece through ASL what she wanted Cece to do and say, and Cece was very vocal because she understood the tasks that were expected of her.  Gayleen had a very (literal) hands on approach, helping Cece feel how the sounds were made in her throat and mouth.  She was just amazing.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hold to the Rod

Ellie constructed this great iron rod for us to use during scriptures tonight.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hair

Cece will sometimes let Ellie do her hair.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Shenanigans

#bestfriendsforlife

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bean Museum

I got to be a field trip chaperone for Lynlee's class to the Bean Museum.  Lynlee wanted to take a picture by the zebra for Cece.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Frozen -- Olaf

Christmas presents were done, and it was a joy to whip up this Olaf for Ellie.  After the big projects I have been working on, this felt so fast and only took 4 or 5 hours to complete.

pattern from a Frozen crochet kit I bought at Costco a while ago; also available on Amazon

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Waiting

Waiting for Dr Kofford is more fun when you can spin each other on the stool.

Monday, January 9, 2017

FHE

Cece fell asleep in the middle of Family Home Evening.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sundays

Sundays are usually a pretty busy day for Greg.  He is up at 4 a.m. to prepare for his morning meetings, usually leaving around 5ish to be in his office before everyone else comes at 6.  He rarely sleeps more than an hour or two Saturday night, as he is thinking/worrying/planning for Sunday.  Then he generally has 10-14 hours of meetings and interviews.  He is happy to serve, and very good at it, but it takes a toll.  He doesn't often get to indulge in a Sunday nap, but after dinner he stretched out on the couch and promptly fell asleep.  Cece crawled right up to snuggle him and keep him company. (Can you spot his brand new rainbow loom bracelet?  Ellie made that for him in the afternoon.)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mornings

Play Doh at 7:30 a.m with sisters.  What could be better?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Oh, Cece

Just a random picture taken on my phone, that captures life for Cece right now.  She is obsessed with cuties/clementines/mandarin oranges.  She will eat up to 10 a day, and usually eats at least 6.  She loves to "borrow" her sister's things, including Lynlee's Star Wars bowl.  And she loves this plastic toy phone.  She carries it everywhere, and has to sleep with it, too.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Camp Grandkids

Here are all the Camp grandkids together.  Pretty impressive that they were all in the same room!  This picture is just from my phone, and we are all anxiously awaiting the real pictures from the photographer.

Back row:  Travis, Lauren & Addison, Adam
Front Row:  Eliana, Gwynneth, Amber, Lyssa, Cecilia, Sarah, Lynlee

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Alpaca

Funny story.  Last spring, I posted a collage on Instagram of a dozen of the Star Wars figures I had crocheted.  Travis commented that he loved them and needed them, so I asked him which ones were his favorites.  I made a plan to make a couple for him, and then thought I better make something for Sarah.  Trying to be sneaky, I asked her some questions about her favorite animals, princesses, and collectibles, and her favorite colors.  She told me she loved alpacas, and her favorite color was teal.  I was caught up in the sock monkey debacle, and stopped crocheting for a few months.  When I got back in the zone, I knew I had just enough time to make them some presents for Christmas.  The alpaca was the most involved pattern I have made yet, with all of those scallops/fans.  And my first ever pom pom.

It turned out soooo cute, that I was actually a little bit reluctant to part with it.  But I knew it was Sarah's favorite animal, and it had been planned for her along, so it was all good.

When Sarah opened the present, she was a little confused, wondering why I had made her an alpaca.  I recounted our conversation from Instagram messaging.  She didn't remember it.  She said she had about a month or so when she was obsessed with alpacas last spring, and then she moved on.

But she loved it anyway!  It is hilarious how it all worked out.

pattern purchased on Etsy from CarleneCrochet

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gymnastics

Ellie loves her gymnastics class.  She is now in Level 2 and we go on Tuesdays from 6-7.  It was a hard transition, making new friends and getting to know her new coach, but she is a pro now.  We have started watching from the upstairs observation area, and it is fun to get a view of the whole gym. *photo by Cece*

Monday, January 2, 2017

Communication

Things I have learned from Cece:

1.  A lot of communication is non-verbal.  If I really focus and pay attention, Cece will communicate all her needs to me.
2.  To slooooow down when communicating.  I have to really think and translate in my head when conversing in ASL.  I have improved on the "kid words," or the words that Cece and I use all of the time.  But I am making a concerted effort to sign everything I am saying/thinking, and that makes me really slow down.
3. Cece is on a path to bilingualism, and no "experts" can talk us out of this path.  It makes things slower now, but the long run pay off will be worth it.
4.  Cece doesn't like to be tested and evaluated.  Her scores are below average (not surprising) but show even lower than they truly are.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

This past year has had its share of challenges and lots of blessings.  I am looking forward to more growth and joy in 2017.
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