Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017


One of my favorite authors + the dreamy voice of John Thornton = Perfection

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Lynlee drew a really good Mia (from "Mia and Me"), but she didn't like something about it, so she crumpled it up and threw it away.  I rescued it out of the recycle bin for a picture.  Cece drew lots of Cs.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

More Basketball

Ellie has been begging all season to go to one of Greg's games by herself, and the time finally came.  Greg and Tammy were reffing in the Junior College tournament in Twin Falls, so they took Ellie along.  She stayed with Greg during Tammy's game, and stayed with Tammy during Greg's game.  It was a long day, but she had fun!

Friday, February 24, 2017


For Family Fun Night, we went to watch Aunt Tammy referee a basketball game.  Cece excitedly watched her, signing REFEREE and cheering.  Just another reason why the deaf mentor program is so amazing -- we learned that sign from Ariana.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Perler Beads

Ellie stayed home from school today, and made this awesome owl out of Perler beads.  I love all of the skills that come with this activity:  the spatial awareness of following the pattern, the fine motor skills from grabbing and placing the beads, the concentration and tenacity to complete a large project.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Lynlee's current favorite show is called "Mia and Me" and it has fairies, butterfly rings, and unicorns.  She requested I make her a unicorn, and she picked out the yarn to match her mermaid tail blanket.  She named it Ontrea.  It was a fun project, and the mane and tail took as much time as the rest of it all together, I think.  This was a labor of love because of all of the sewing required.  I enjoy crocheting, and don't really enjoy the hand sewing for assembly.  But the finished products are always worth it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Donut Worry

At the Book Fair, I let each girl pick out one item, and I strongly encourage them to get an actual book.  Lynlee vacillated between a puppy poster and a puppy book, but the book won.  Imagine her delight when she got a mystery prize at her Library specialty class today, and Mr Wright let her pick the exact poster she had been wanting.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Cece had an awesome date with {R} this morning, and came home with a new purse and these great glasses. Cece didn't take them off for a week, and even had her class picture at school taken with them on.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sharing Time

We've all had a rough adjustment to my calling as Primary pianist.  In theory, it sounds like the perfect calling -- I love serving in Primary, and playing the songs is therapeutic and easy.  In actuality, it has been tough.  Lynlee is a tenuous Primary attender (at best), and having me in the room has made it even more difficult.  Cece will not go to Nursery, but I'm fine with that.  She actually does great, just hanging out and playing behind the piano.  Lynlee is the one that has had screaming/crying fits on multiple Sundays...  Ellie tries desperately to help, which proves distracting to her class.  Maybe, eventually, we will get this all worked out and I will cry less over the craziness and the missed cues (from dealing with crying children) and the embarrassment...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017


My favorite "nap-on-the-bus" picture, ever!

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Ellie created this impressive rain forest habitat at school, and then brought it home and embellished it with her doll and some accessories.  She did not want this project to be disassembled and recycled, so it is currently being stored in her closet.  (And has not been looked at again in 4 months).

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Now that Cece is in all-day preschool, I have been volunteering in Ellie's and Lynlee's classrooms.  It is fun to watch their amazing teachers in action and to see the dynamics of their classrooms.  Lynlee was OK the first time I came to help, but then increasingly had meltdowns and created distractions.  My volunteering was not helping, but hurting the flow of the class (as she spent the time crying at her desk or sitting in the corner crying).  Mrs Holmgren and I decided it would be better if I stopped coming.  Lynlee is always fine at school with other helpers...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

Greg had a game that night, so we celebrated Valentine's Day with an early dinner before his game.  It worked out great because there was no crowd yet.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lollipop and Dance Class

Watching Lynlee's dance class is always more fun when you have a lollipop from the credit union.

And just a fun note about the woman in the background: she is a mom of one of the other dancers, and she had an older daughter who would be there also.  Ellie and the daughter became fast friends and liked to hang out every week.  Plus, the mom knows quite a bit of sign language and she was great to talk to Cece every week.  

I can't think of a great way to state this, but we've always had positive experiences with other people reacting to Cece's implants and/or deafness.  People are generally so kind and genuine.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

White Boards

The girls found the white boards I used to use when teaching piano and have spent hours drawing.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Christmas Movies

I recorded almost every Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel in November and December.  I have deleted a bunch of them, but we are still watching the interesting ones.  I love that they are clean and kid friendly, albeit a little cheesy.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

After Book Club last night, Tiff left some of her delicious chocolate zucchini muffins.  Ellie ate them for breakfast.  I did not tell her that she was eating vegetables, but I did take pictures to text to Tiff.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


The girls "get" to use learning software every day as part of their homework.  They are pretty good about getting it done, even when it gets repetitive.  Imagine Learning is adaptive, so it repeats activities that need more practice.  Lynlee especially does not like this feature.  Some days she gets a lot of things wrong on purpose, and then gets mad when the activities repeat.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


It's HOPE week at RA, and the emphasis is on being kind others and a good friend.  I loved the poster that Mrs D made with the pictures of everyone in her class.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Penguin Puppet

One of the unexpected positive consequences of Cece going to preschool is how much time Lynlee and I have together.  She gets home from carpool around 11:15, and we have until around 3 when Cece gets off the bus.  We eat lunch and do homework, and have project time.  The time goes pretty quickly.  Today Lynlee spent hours making and playing with a penguin puppet.  She was inspired by The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music.

Monday, February 6, 2017


After I gave Sarah and Travis their Christmas crocheted gifts, I promised Amber I would make her something as well.  She told me that owls were her favorite.  I combined two patterns I found on Pinterest and made this cute amigurumi owl.  It turned out much smaller than I expected, though, so I determined to make her something else "owl" as well.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Funday

A favorite Sunday activity for the girls is to go visit their BFFs, the Jensens.  I love when Shana texts me pictures like this:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Costco Trip

We often go to Costco on Saturdays and stock up for the week.  Our water softener was completely out of salt, so we got the orange cart to stock up.  The girls loved riding on it!  We also scored on some new blankets for $14.99.  The green blanket that was on our bed was a wedding present and it had a lot of holes.

Friday, February 3, 2017

100th Day of School

It's always a treat to dress like you are 100 years old for the 100th day of school.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Cece usually gets a pretty good snooze on the bus ride home from preschool.  There is another little boy who lives over by Eaglecrest Elementary, and Cece will generally wake up when he gets off the bus.  Not today!  I had to take a picture of how she looked when I went to get her off the bus.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Chord Inversions

One of my favorite things that Ellie has learned in Let's Play Music is chord theory.  Since the very beginning, maybe even the first class, they have listened to and learned to identify the red, blue, and yellow (I, IV, and V) chords.  Now Ellie is in her 6th and last semester of LPM, and she is tackling chord inversions, first learning them through a game with whole body learning, and then practicing them on the piano.

Annie, Junie, and Ellie were a D minor chord, and they took it from root position to 1st inversion, to 2nd inversion, and back to root position.