Saturday, October 18, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 234

Hi everyone! So, this Captain's Log is a day late and really short, because my sister Alyse is in town and there's not time to put a full Captain's Log together right now. So, next week's will have tons of pictures, from this week and the next week. A quick summary of this week: Jason had Saturday class last weekend, we did a big grocery shopping trip and I made a bunch of new freezer meals for the next month, we had church on Sunday, Jason had class Monday, Tuesday, and then only half of Wednesday and is now on Fall Break, I had my birthday on Tuesday, and my sister Alyse and her son Ezra flew in on Thursday and we're having tons of fun with them right now! So that's our week in a nutshell. Pictures next Friday!

What the girls said this week

Ellie was sitting on the couch one day and I counted her toes.
Me: "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten."
Ellie: "Oh no! There's no eleven. How will we count to eleven?"

Ellie wrapped herself in this rug thing one day. Ellie: "Mom, I'm a hamburger! Eat the burger!"

(After walking fast) Ellie: "Mom, I speeded so fast!"

I walked into the playroom and Ellie was drawing on her hand with marker. When she saw me come in, she hid her hand behind her back and said, "I need paper, Mommy." 
Me: "Are you hiding your hand?" 
Ellie: "Yeah, I'm hiding my hand."

One day Ellie took a bunch of baby wipes out of the wipes container and draped them over the rail of Zelda's crib, and then told me "Mom, I made an elephant!"

Ellie ran into the office while I was on the computer and said, "Mom, I want to love you!" and tried to give me a hug. I was like, "Awww," and I picked her up and hugged her. Then she said, "Now I give you a kiss," and she kissed me on the cheek. And I'm just sitting there, thinking, "How sweet!" And then she said: "Now I get the doot-doot?" (That's the ipad.)

We (Ellie, Zelda, and I) were in a bedroom, and Ellie started pushing Zelda over with the curtain.
Me: "Ellie, are you pushing Zelda over?"
Ellie: "Yeah! It's being good to her."

Ellie was climbing up a pile of books in her room. Ellie: "Mom, I climbed up the clock! Hickory dickory dock."
Me: "Hickory dickory dock, you climbed up the clock?"
Ellie: "Yeah!" Then a minute later she fell off the books, and said "That was ridickorious."
Me and Jason: "That was ridickorious?"
Ellie: "Yes, because it was skanky."

Alyse: "Ellie, who's bigger, you or Zelda?"
Ellie: "Zelda."
Alyse: "No, you're bigger than Zelda."
Zelda: "ZELDAAA!"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 233

What the girls said this week

So this section, which has mostly been "What Ellie said this week" for months and months, will probably be changing to "What the girls said this week," because Zelda is beginning to talk. It's very early, very baby-ish talking, but she's starting to say things.

What Zelda can say so far: "Dada," (that's her favorite, she's been saying that all the time for months), she can say "Mama," although she rarely says that one (but she did say it to me last night, and it made me so happy!), "Bababa" for byebye (she says this to Jason when he leaves in the morning, and waves), "Bapa" for apple, "Nanana" for Nana (she used this one the week Jason's mom visited us), "Caaa! Caaa!" for cat, "Sada" for Zelda, and "Mmhmm" for mmhmm. My two favorite are her newest ones - "Sada" for her own name (she's said it several times this week, right after we say her name), and the "Mmhmm" sound when we ask her questions. It's so cute to ask her something and have her reply "Mmhmm."

Ellie: "Mom, look! I'm running super fast. I'm a rocket ship!"

Ellie's been storing her favorite books this week by the air vent in her room, leaned up against the wall. I put them away back in the bookshelf two days ago, which upset her when she saw what I had done. Then yesterday she came out of her room, having just put the books back by the airvent, and said to me and Jason: "Don't do it again, Daddy, or you'll be in trouble. Don't do it again, or you'll be in trouble. You too Mommy, don't do it again." and she waved her finger at us.

What we did this week

Well, first of all we had General Conference last weekend! Some of my favorite quotes from this conference are:

Elder Holland, in his talk on why we need to care for the poor: "I also know that although I may not be my brother’s keeper, I am my brother’s brother, and 'because I have been given much, I too must give.'"

Elder Lynn G. Robbins: "Courage is not just one of the cardinal virtues, but as C. S. Lewis observed: 'Courage is … the form of every virtue at the testing point.'"

Elder Quentin L Cook: "It is important to rise above rationalizations and make the best choices."

And I absolutely loved Elder Bednar's talk, "Come and See," and completely understand and agree with him when he said: "The invitations we extend to you to learn about and test our message grow out of the positive effects the gospel of Jesus Christ has had in our lives. Sometimes we may be awkward or abrupt or even relentless in our attempts. Our simple desire is to share with you the truths that are of greatest worth to us."

Other things we did this week: Ellie spelled "Dog!" We had no idea she knew how to, but she was playing with her letters over by the window and called out to us, "Look! I spelled 'dog!'" And when we looked, we were astonished to see that she had indeed spelled dog. Way to go Ellie!

Other than General Conference, our main activities this week were school (for Jason) and staying home and playing (for me and the girls). Here's us playing dress-up:

This week I took the girls to story time at the library for the first time, too. Ellie did as good as I could have hoped for her first time, and we'll definitely be going back. It also gave me a chance to return a huge load of books, and check out the sequels to Anne of Green Gables. I got the next couple in the series. We also went to another library in the area this week, and I got a couple books from there, too. So this week I read "The School for Good and Evil" and its sequel, "The School for Good and Evil - A World Without Princes" by Soman Chainani. I liked them both - they're original and fun - and their main flaw just seems to be that the plot can be a bit repetitive. I'm looking forward to the next one (there's definitely got to be a third) to see how the series concludes.

On Jason's school front, this week was National PA week! So they did several things for that because, you know, PAs rock. On Monday we went with some of the other people in his class and one of his professors to Sunni Sky's (a great homemade ice cream place) in Angier. It was really fun.

They also took some class pictures this week. Can you spot Jason?

And that was our week! I hope yours was good!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 232

What  the girls said this week:

I was wearing sunglasses on the way to church because the sun was right in my eyes, and Ellie saw it and asked Jason, "Daddy, can you wear your sunglasses like Mommy?" So Jason picked up another pair of sunglasses and put them on. And Ellie then looked at us with a smile and said, "That's beautiful, guys."

That same day when I was getting her out of the car to go into church, I asked her, "Ellie, do you want to bring in your two books?" And she replied, "Yes, like a prophet has two books." She must have been very church-focused that day, because when she was wandering around the house that morning before church she said randomly, "First we go to church, and then we're baptized." She also mentioned as she was getting into her car seat on the way to church, "I'm going to pop into" (to Ellie that means "turn into") "a missionary like at church."

Ellie: "You friendly guy, Zelda."

Ellie, playing with some of her toys: "Happy Halloween to everybody! But no Happy Halloweens to you."

Ellie, playing with my deodorant: "I'm an armpit girl!"

Ellie as she was getting ready for bed one night: "I'm a bishop ninja!"

Zelda definitely tried talking this week. She was eating an apple in Jason's arms one day, and Jason pointed at the apple and said "Apple." Zelda pointed at it too, and said, "Bapa." They repeated this several times, and Zelda was definitely trying to say apple! It was awesome.

What we did this week:

Before the pictures, here are a couple funny things from this week.

One of the funny things both of the girls kept doing this week (and I didn't get any good pictures of it, but they did it every day) was putting either Zelda's blanket or this green shawl over their heads and walking around like ghosts, giggling. Both the blanket and the shawl are knitted, so the girls can easily see through the holes, which is why they liked doing it so much. Zelda likes doing it even more than Ellie; several times a day she'll grab her blankie, put it over her head so it drapes over her body, and walk around giggling.

Another funny moment was during bathtime one night this week, when both the girls were in the bath and just yelling "Aaaaaaaaah!!!" at each other for as long as they could hold the note out, and laughing.

Also, Zelda is definitely Jason's daughter: she's been trying to eat her food with a fork this week, just like he did as a baby. She also prefers when we offer our food to her on forks, rather than just in our hands.

Yesterday when Zelda was taking her afternoon nap, Jason and Ellie and I were all in the family room. Ellie put a drumstick at one end of the carpet, and then told me it was "turtle races" and "ready, go!" She wanted me to crawl to the drumstick. I did, to humor her. She then did the same thing with a toy flute, and told Jason to do turtle races. We don't know where she got the idea from, but it was funny. She didn't "race" at the same time as us, she just had us all do individual "races" to the things she put at the finish line.

Also, Zelda folded her arms last night all by herself during family prayer. :)

All right, so here are some pictures from last Friday and Saturday morning:

Ellie said this was her "mustache."
Cheerleader Zelda!

Zelda got all ready to go to kindergarten. 

On Saturday, on a whim, we went to a family farm that had a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and a whole bunch of other stuff! It was really fun. It's pretty close to us and we've driven past it several times, but it's pushed back from the road so we couldn't really see everything they had. We just thought that they had a pumpkin patch. But when we got there we were surprised to find out they had all sorts of stuff. It was so fun!

The first thing we did was take a tractor hay ride around the farm. It took us through some pretty woods to a pumpkin patch on the far side of the corn field. It stopped at the pumpkin patch, and we all got to get out and choose pumpkins from the pumpkin patch (they were already included in the price of admission to the farm). The woods were funny, too; they had ghosts and funny giant spiders rigged up in the trees that swooped down on our tractor as we passed them.

I swear she was happy, haha. Just making a funny face right here.
The pumpkin patch!
We found a little frog!
This is my attempt at getting a cute picture of the two girls together in the pumpkin patch. Hahaha. Yeah, that worked.
Back on the hay ride. :)

Back at the main area, we got to watch some cows eating a pumpkin, and some goats climbing up a ramp into their goat tree house:

Then we got to play in the corn house! That was so fun. It was this little wooden building full of corn kernels. Like a ball pit, but corn kernels. The corn kernels were nice and cool and felt funny under your feet. We all liked it a lot. And we definitely all got covered in corn dust.

Another little girl lay down in the corn and waved her arms up and down and told her mom that she was making "corn angels." Ellie thought that looked really fun, so she did it too.

Zelda (when she wasn't trying to eat the corn) was filling up a truck. Ellie spent a lot of her time filling up a bucket with a hole in the bottom that corn poured out of when you lifted it up.

Also, Jason buried Zelda in corn.

More corn angels.

After that Ellie really wanted to ride in the little barrel ride.  She rode in a cow barrel and Zelda and I rode in the one in front of her, while Jason rode on these backward facing seats right behind the tractor. Ellie had a blast. She was turning her steering wheel the whole time and really enjoyed it. Zelda and I...well, we did have fun. She just had this expression on the whole time like, "What the heck are we doing?" and I had to learn ten seconds into the ride not to lean back or touch the walls of the barrel because every little bump against them hurt like the dickens. But Ellie had lots of fun, haha!

And riiiiiiiight about here is where I realized how painful this was going to be.
This describes me and Zelda's ride very well.
Ellie driving.
After that we went in the corn maze! It was really big, and we had to find this bridge in the middle and ring the bell. If we ever came to a fork in the road we asked Ellie which way to go. She did a great job of picking a trail; we never had to backtrack or anything and found the bell in pretty good time.

Shucking a tiny ear of corn
And sharing :)

After the maze we all went down the giant slide they had. It was big. Ellie loved it, and probably went down it thirty times. After we had gone down a couple times, Jason and I just sat on a picnic bench and watched Ellie run up the stairs and go down the slide for probably fifteen straight minutes.

And that was pretty much our whole farm day adventure! I'm really glad we decided to check it out; we really didn't know what the farm had and it was a lot of fun for all of us.

Other than that, we've spent most of the week at home and school. Here are some more pictures from home:

Other things from this week: Jason had a couple more tests this week, including another one of their "sim lab" runs where they practice in a simulation hospital setting on these ultra high-tech mannequin robot people.  I finished reading Peter and the Starcatchers. I mostly skimmed through it, to tell you the truth. It had a fun plot but the writing wasn't gripping enough for me to want to read every word. I also started Anne of Green Gables, which I'm really having to work through. Anne's personality is a rather big one, and I can only take it in small bits, haha. But I am determined to finish the book; it's one I've been putting off reading for like fifteen years.

And (drumroll please) this weekend is General Conference!!! Yaaaaaay! General Conference is a big, semi-annual meeting our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has, where we hear talks and messages from our leaders. General Conference is always incredibly uplifting, and I am so excited every time that we get to have it. I always feel more hopeful and strengthened after I listen to it. If you'd like to check it out, just click here. Conference will stream live on that page. There are five different times you could tune in this weekend - Saturday morning (9-11 am PDT), Saturday afternoon (1-3 pm PDT), Priesthood session (5-7 pm PDT), Sunday morning (9-11 am PDT), and Sunday afternoon (1-3 pm PDT). If you'd like to watch the Women's Meeting, which already happened last weekend (and was awesome),  just click here.

Here's just a minute video that tells what Conference is all about:

And that was our week. I hope you have a great weekend; check General Conference out if you're interested!