Friday, January 23, 2015

Painted Portraits - Captain's Log, Week 248

Ellie and Zelda

What the girls said this week

Zelda is starting to talk a lot more. Like I mentioned last week, she's saying "Hi" and "Bye" all the time, and she's also started saying "Day doo" in a sing song voice, for "Thank you." When we hand her something she wants, she'll tell us "Day doo!" It is so cute. We are both loving it. She's also repeated some words unexpectedly this week; when the girls were watching Dora the Explorer, she said "backpack," and when I was drying her off with a towel yesterday she was chanting "Die die die die" for "dry dry dry dry." (That one made me laugh a lot. "Die die die die!")

Ellie's been a little bit sick this week, and so has wanted me around all.the.time. One day she wanted me to stay with her in the playroom, even though she was playing with her animals and I was just sitting on the floor, doing nothing. So, when she was distracted, I slipped away and found Jason (who was studying.)
Me, to Jason: "Ellie wouldn't let me leave the playroom, but I just slipped away while she was playing and she didn't notice."
Jason: laughs
Suddenly we hear Ellie, far away in the playroom: "Noooooooo!"

A couple days ago Ellie asked for a "butter jelly sandwich." Later she wanted "gummy bubbles" (I had been chewing bubblegum).

One day, when I was bringing Zelda into the playroom after she woke up from her nap:
Ellie: "Did you bring me my sister friend?"

What we did this week

Well first of all (this is a big deal), Ellie wrote her name, all by herself. I was in the office when she yelled to me to come look, "I wrote my name!" so I ran in there, and she had!! :D It was totally surprising, and awesome. Way to go, Ellie!

Other than that, this week we watched an embarrassing amount of kids shows:

The girls watching "Masha Medved" on the computer
We've also played outside a lot this week (I think almost every day). Ellie knows that to go outside we need to put on our shoes and a jacket, and one day when she was wearing nothing but her underwear she put on her shoes and her jacket and declared that she was ready to go outside. A different day, she put on Daddy's shoes and jacket over her clothes:

Here are some pictures of me and the girls playing with their power wheels. Every day, Ellie likes to go outside and drive it to the end of the yard and back.

The girls have also painted a lot this week. Ellie's artistic abilities have seemed to make a big leap, and she's all the sudden painting people. Just like we were surprised last week when she drew a recognizable figure of a person (herself) with markers, we were very surprised this week when she started painting recognizable figures of people.

Zelda's first painting (ever):

And here are Ellie's paintings! We love, love, love these.

 Ellie and Zelda:
According to Ellie, Zelda has "a really big head"

The dots around the bottom of her face are her necklace

The purple thing on the right side of his head is his hair clip, according to Ellie

 Mommy and Grandma:


 And some cousins:

Brynn and Skylar:


Everett (he has "very tiny legs"): 


And that was our week!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tea parties and Power Wheels - Captain's Log, Week 247

What the girls said this week

Ellie: "Heavenly Father said, Adam and Eve, don't eat the apples!"
Me: "And what did they do?"
Ellie: "Eat the apples."
Me: "And then what?"
Ellie: "They got time out, just like me."

One day Ellie called the little model of Minas Tirith that we have (from Lord of the Rings) "the temple."

One time Ellie and Zelda were playing in the office, and I came in to check on them. They were emptying stuff out of the desk. When Ellie saw me looking in she said, "Mom, no no no. Don't get. I'll close the door so you can't see us." And ran over and closed the office door in my face.

Consistent Ellie mispronunciation: Volcanoes = "Pucanoes"

Ellie was describing the book from library storytime to Jason, and she told him it was "So two threes silly!" Maybe she think too = two, so if it's especially silly (more than too/two) it's three?

One night at dinner Ellie was talking and talking, and most of what she was saying was about our Christmas vacation in California. She kept saying "Tiffany's kids" and "my kids" when referring to her cousins, and cracking us up. She also told us that she was so sad when  had to drive to the airport. :(

And that reminds me, twice this week Ellie has packed up this little lunchbox she has with various toys, and then told us that she was ready to go to the airport to go to Nana's house.

Zelda's finally got a hold of "Hi!" and "Bye!" this week. She hasn't said them before this week, but now she's saying them all the time. We think she's excited that she can say them, so she just keeps saying them all day long and waving at us.

What we did this week

Last Friday Jason and I had a tea party for our date night. When making my New Year's Resolutions post, I came across a picture of us ten years ago this month, when we were having a tea party with my sister and her friends. We thought that it'd be fun to recreate, so we had a tea party. We got all dressed up and made biscuits and cake and herbal tea, and we had classical music playing in the background and played "Sequence" after we ate. It was really fun!

Us ten years ago:

 Us now:

We had a tea party with the girls, too, a few days later. They both really liked it. They had juice, and graham crackers, and apple slices. Zelda wasn't sure what to do with her juice; eventually she started dipping her hand in it and sucking it off her fingers. But they both really liked the graham crackers and apple slices.

Ellie was so funny this week.

One night before the girls bedtime, I was walking around our house to exercise and get steps. Ellie and Zelda love when I do this when they're awake (Ellie always insists on turning on the "exercise music," a.k.a. my Pandora workout channel), and walk around in circles with me, chasing each other and laughing. Ellie was so clumsy for some reason that night, and kept running into things as she walked/ran. The first time it happened, Jason comforted her by getting her a lime popsicle and telling her it would help. *While it was still wrapped,* he held it to where she bonked herself so that it would reduce the swelling. Then he unwrapped it for her and she began to eat it, but quickly abandoned it so she could keep running in circles with me and Zelda.

She quickly hurt herself again, and ran to her lime popsicle. Even though it was now unwrapped, melting, and wet, she rubbed it against where she bonked her forehead. "Is this helping, Mom?" She asked me. "Yes," I said seriously, nodding and trying to keep from laughing. And every time after that that she hurt herself (and it was like five more times!) she ran over to her popsicle and rubbed it on her owie. She had sticky wet popsicle juice all over herself, but it was definitely keeping her from thinking about how much all those bonks must have hurt, so we were fine with it. Luckily, it was the girls' bathtime right afterward so we were able to wash it all off. Although, a couple more times this week when she's gotten hurt, she's told me that she "I need a lime popsicle!" and I've had to talk her out of it, because I don't want her covered in sticky juice.

Something else funny that she's been doing is making up Spanish words. I've started learning Spanish this week, and have been working on it every day. Sometimes when I'm talking to Ellie or Jason I'll practice the words that I'm learning. When I was talking to Jason about it at dinner one night, Ellie told us that she knew Spanish too. "You do?" we asked her. "Yes," she said, and then said a bunch of (kind of Spanish-sounding) gibberish. Another time she was handing little paint bottles to me, and I held up the green one and said, "Green. Verde." She handed me the next one and said, "Red. Serde."

Also, on Wednesday afternoon she had a nap. Then that night she stayed up forever. She normally goes to bed at 7, but on this night she stayed up until like 10:30. She read books and talked to Zelda and threw all the books in Zelda's crib and just talked to herself. And last night she woke up at like 2 A.M. and was awake until sometime after 5. Jason went in there for a long time to try to get her to go to sleep, but to no avail. We don't know what that was about, because she didn't have a nap yesterday. So I think she's going to be extra sleepy and cranky today. Yikes!

Ellie also drew this self portrait this week. When she showed it to me, she told me: "I have too many fingers, and a long neck like a giraffe, and legs, and eyes, and a body." This is the first time she's ever drawn a person like this.

The girls also spontaneously played ring around the rosie together this week. Ellie had taken Zelda's hand to lead her into the playroom, but then Zelda reached for her other hand too because she thought Ellie wanted to play ring around the rosie. Ellie obliged, and sang the song, and they went in a circle and then fell down. It was really cute.

It's been pretty cold here this week; we had some freezing rain one night that closed down all the schools in the area. But the last couple days haven't been too bad and we've been able to go outside to play. Here's some pictures from Wednesday:

Zelda "oohing" at the trees

Meanwhile, Ellie was poking her old pumpkin from Halloween with a stick. We put it in our garden spot thinking it would just kind of melt into the ground, and it has, but Ellie's had a lot of fun the last couple times we've been outside poking it with sticks.

And something really fun: the girls got a power wheels car this week! Someone from our ward was moving and offering some of their stuff for free, and they let us have this awesome little tractor power wheels! We showed it to the girls yesterday and they took it out for a spin. We needed to charge the battery, though, so it didn't go very far. But Ellie loved it. We plugged it in afterwards so it should be all charged up for today.

And that was our week!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Talented Baby Ellie

So this week I've been organizing our photos from 2012 in preparation for making a 2012 photobook. I found this series of pictures that we took of Ellie in June 2012, and that I finally just finished touching-up.

Presenting the amazing six-month-old Ellie!

(And in case you're worried - I'll just say photoshop may or may not have been involved in these pictures.)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Blue tongues - Captain's Log, Week 246

What the girls said this week:

Ellie: "Mom, do I need to grow bigger and bigger, like a hundred years old? Like you guys?"

Last night, about 40 minutes after we put the girls to bed, we hear this from their room:
Ellie, yelling: "Zelda, WAKE UP! WAKE UP, ZELDA!"
Jason went in there and explained to Ellie that she and Zelda needed to go to sleep. He left, and about ten minutes later we heard this:
Ellie, yelling: "Zelda, GO BACK TO SLEEP!"

Zelda's new words: "Uh oh," "Ball," Baba for baby, baba for bottle, ba for blankie. (She's really working with all the "b" words)

Lame jokes we came up with this week

(Warning: These are so lame, they could be on popsicle sticks.)

What do you call a bunch of potatoes in a statistics class?
Math potatoes!

How do you know there are ghosts in Yellowstone?
Because the trees are petrified!

What we did this week

Sunday was interesting, because with it being the first week of the new year the primary classes at church were switched up a little (and we teach in primary). We're teaching CTR 6 this year (that's the six-year-olds), so we actually have the same kids we taught last year. One thing that's different for us though is that they moved our class to senior primary since junior primary is really big, which means that we now teach our lesson during the second hour and have sharing time the third hour. (I realize that no one cares about this except us, but it's a big difference in our schedule at church and one that we already really like).

Ellie, being three years old now, had her first week of sunbeam class in Primary on Sunday. And it went well! It was just her and two other little girls. They had sharing time (that's like a lesson and singing some songs) first, and then their class second, and for their class they pretty much played with toys (to help them transition from nursery, where all they do is pretty much play with toys). She liked it so much that when we went to get her when church was over, she tried pushing us out of the room so she could stay and do more playdough. We were both relieved that she did okay; we were nervous about the transition from nursery to primary for her. We realize that the next couple weeks will still be a transition, but we're glad that the first week went okay.

Then on Monday, Jason went back to school! It's definitely been an adjustment having him go back. So far it's been okay; the girls have been playing together a lot this week and it's been really cute.

Other than that, everything this week has been pretty normal! Jason and I have been working on our new goals, and so far they've been going well. I was also able to read a couple books this week (mostly before Jason went back to school) - Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull, File Under: Thirteen Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket; and Shouldn't You Be In School? by Lemony Snicket. They were all good.

Ellie reallllly likes bandaids right now.
Her legs look like this every day.

Here are a couple videos from this week (mostly from Monday) (and if you were to only watch one, I would recommend "Playing in the Closet"):

And here are some pictures of us playing yesterday:

Zelda's been a stinker lately. She knows she isn't supposed to eat crayons, so she'll put them in her mouth and wait for us to look at her, then give us this devious little smile.

Later yesterday afternoon, both Ellie and Zelda chewed up these little self-inking stamps when I wasn't looking. When I looked over and saw them, they had ink all over their faces and bodies. Their mouths were completely dyed; Ellie's was bright blue and Zelda's was blood red.

I gave them a bath and scrubbed at the ink, but you could still see it pretty well afterwards. I'm hoping it fades more today!