Saturday, September 20, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 230

Wow, I just realized that I've been doing our weekly Captain's Log for over a year now. The first "Weekly Roundup" (the precursor to the Captain's Log) was September 6 of last year. Sorry this week's is a day late; we had a busy day yesterday!

What Ellie said this week

I was in the hall, and Ellie was on the couch. Suddenly she called to me,  "Mama, I need a towel for the pee."
Me: "Ellie, did you go pee on the couch?"
Ellie: "No, I need a towel for the pee."
Me: "Elllllie, you shouldn't go pee on the couch. That makes me sad."
Ellie, gently: "Mom, are you getting frustrated?"
So I cleaned up the wet spot and went about my business and forgot about it. Like ten minutes later, all of the sudden Ellie yelled,  "I know what I can do!"
Me: "You do?" (having no idea what she was talking about)
Ellie: "Yes, to make you happy. Play this game!" And she brought the ipad over, with some random app she plays with open.
Then, a minute later (as we were playing with the app), she said: "Mom, are you happy? I'm happy too. And Zelda...has sharp teeth."

Ellie: "Daddy's running, maybe."
Me: "He's at school."
Ellie: "Oh, is Daddy running for school?"

Ellie has a Buzz Lightyear doll. You might remember him from this post. He has a couple buttons on his chest; a couple that make him talk, and one that makes his wings pop out. Well, this week Ellie was really into pretending that she had buttons that made her have wings, and that made her fly. On Sunday before church she said, "I need to press my red button to make me fly. Mommy, press your red button to make you fly! Now press your green button to make you go!" Then she ran around yelling, "I'm flying!" And after that, "Ah, I need to press my red button when I'm dizzy."

I was cleaning up the kitchen and Ellie came in.
Ellie: "What are you pretending to be?"
Me: "I'm pretending to be a cleaner girl."
Ellie: "I want to be a helper girl!"

Me: "Ellie, do you want some popcorn?"
Ellie: "No. Popcorn is poison."

Talking about an app on the ipad. Ellie: "That one's locked, honey mama."

Ellie was trying to show me her graham cracker while I was talking to Jason. Ellie: "Mommy, don't talk! Talks are dangerous." That went along with the day before when I was standing up and she wanted me to sit down next to her and she said, "Mommy, don't stand up! Standing is dangerous."

Ellie, sighing: "It's a long day for me."

Jason and Ellie were checking the weather on his phone, and then she took his phone and said, "I  need to check your brains for a minute." Then she said, looking at the phone, "They're getting littler." And Jason and I were like, "Oh no, that's not good! Quick, Ellie, fix it." And then she kind of touched his shirt pocket and said, "Ope, they're big again!"

We were playing with blocks one day and Ellie was getting a little frustrated. Then she told me, "I'm confrusting, mama."

Ellie was playing with her little plastic dinosaurs. She started looking around, and asked me, "Mom, where's the trains?" She wanted to play with dinosaurs and trains at the same time. She wanted to play Dinosaur Train.

Ellie was taking video with Jason's phone this week, and he told her, "Ellie, say 'I'm cute!' and 'Zelda's cute!'" She did, but then she started walking around and giggling and saying things to the phone like, "The wall is cute! The wall is cute!" over and over. 

What we did this week

Well, we got to play with puppies. Here are pictures of that joyous event:

Ellie's face in these next two cracks me up:

They're our neighbors', and they're really sweet.

We also went exploring in the woods. This is in our backyard. For real.:

Zelda's really liked putting stuff around her shoulder this week. Toys (like the one below), the dress-up shawl, washcloths, basically whatever will stay there. And she'll put them there and just walk around and play with them around her shoulders.

Ellie and I were watercoloring one time this week, and she wanted to write "Daddy." She had me write the letters, but she told me which letters to write. "It starts with a D...and then a E...and then another D! That spells Daddy!" hahahaha :)


And here are just all the other pictures from this week! It was a pretty standard week - church on Sunday, Jason had school and studied all week, and the girls and I did a bunch of random stuff. That's our life!

Zelda's first ponytail!
Zelda figured out this week how to pull this spider along while she's walking. She was so delighted that she was giggling as she did it.
Both girls love this turtle inner tube. Zelda just goes and sits in it all the time.

We actually went to the park twice on Thursday. We went for a playdate in the morning, and then again in the afternoon because we picked Jason up from school and he needed to go to this retirement home for an assignment from school, and we played there while he was at the retirement home: (yay run-on sentence!)

Zelda started crawling up this thing, and actually made it all the way up!

Other stuff from this week: We went to the library last Saturday. (Yay!) We got lots of books for the girls, which Ellie has just been wanting to read over and over again all week. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and have been reading other bits of Harry Potter trivia on JK Rowling's site "Pottermore." I've also started "Five Kingdoms - Sky Raiders" by Brandon Mull. I've also been working on a photo book on Shutterfly to take advantage of their 50% off sale that goes through next Wednesday. Jason's had lots of school and lots of studying. Ellie's been energetic and funny and frustrating and cute and very Ellie. Zelda's been adorable and just keeps getting bigger and older.

Finally, here are two adorable videos from this week. Zelda playing in the bathtub, and Ellie making "formula pizza" for Zelda.

And that was our week!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 229

"I'm the happiest biggest girl."
What Ellie said this week

(Note: Jason was showing Ellie a book where a mom and dad had a bunch of little kids around them, and was telling her that they were all brothers and sisters. I am NOT pregnant.)
Jason: "If you had a little brother, what would you name him?"
Ellie: "Dog."
Jason: "If you had a little sister, what would you name her?"
Ellie: "Ellie."

Last Friday we went to Bojangles, a chicken fast-food restaurant they have out here (like KFC, but way better than KFC). We told Ellie we were going to a restaurant. She asked us, "The graham cracker restaurant?" We laughed, and told her sure, the graham cracker restaurant. Then as I was walking out of the house with her, she was telling me something about barbeque and said, "I eat barbeque all day long because it's yummy for me." Finally, when we were in the drive thru at the restaurant, the person inside handed Jason the food through the window and Jason said "Thank you." When he said that, Ellie yelled "Thank you restaurant man!"

Ellie, sitting on the couch with the ipad. To me, pointing at the floor: "Go down there and rest. Zelda wants to do this with me."

The girls have this little hard plastic golf bag thing, and one morning this week Ellie shoved a bunch of her animals in it and then told me she was "ready for school now."

One of the days this week Ellie kept saying she was "isgusting." Like digusting, but without the d. I don't know where she got that or what she thought it meant; she seemed to think it meant tired or something.

Ellie also kept talking about being grown up this week, in really funny ways. One night at dinner she was saying her food was "making her grown up bigger". Then she started walking around the kitchen with her chest/torso thrown as far out as it could go, saying "My grown up is so big!" She also asked me, "Are you growing up today, mommy?" and said something about her toes growing up. She was just really focused on growing up this week.

Yesterday, after lunch.
Ellie: "Mom, did you eat all your macaroni? Are you going to grow big? Are you growing now?"

What we did this week

Ellie with her arm around Zelda as they ate graham crackers together.

Pretty much just stayed at home! Jason had school every day, of course, and we went to church on Sunday, but other than that we were just homebodies. 

Zelda is getting really, really good at walking. She walks everywhere now. She's also doing other fun stuff - yesterday Ellie and I were pretending to eat some toy food, smacking our mouths to make pretend eating noises, and Zelda came over, picked up some toy food, and pretended to eat it too! She also has a couple favorites: She has a favorite book ("The Camera") that she always pulls off her and Ellie's bookshelf, and a favorite spot to sit in the office (wedged in between the cheetah chair and the wall, sitting on top of Daddy's backpack). Oh, and she's reached the point where she loves spinning all the toilet paper off of the roll. She also said "Yeah!" this week when we were all clapping our hands and saying "Yay!"

Another thing Zelda did this week - Zelda really likes Ellie's hair clips. She'll always try to pull them out of Ellie's hair, and if she gets one she'll crawl around with it in her mouth for a while. Well, a couple days ago she had a hair clip and I was sitting next to her. She kept leaning forward, putting the hair clip on top of my head in my hair, and then sitting back. After a moment she'd lunge forward, grab the hair clip, and then do it all over again.

Here's some pictures from our week:

Jason and I played Scrabble for our date night last week. We had some funny letter combinations, like this one below (we read a lot of Winnie the Pooh at our house, and this is clearly an alternate spelling of "Eeyore"):

Our house is decorated for faaaaallllllll!!!! Fall is my favorite, favorite season. It rained a lot this week, and as it rained I put up all our fall decorations. And we got some "Spiced Pumpkin Pie" wax for our scentsy, and it's been making our house smell so fall-y and cozy and wonderful.

This is the rain - a bit hard to see.
Ellie was spelling words with the letters below. This says, "Michael, Grandpa, Daddy, and Zelda." Zelda's name is actually pretty close - EDLZ.


We played with the turtle more this week! Jason spotted him crawling across our backyard, and Ellie and I went out and played with him. She loves this turtle. I hope we find more.

Ellie before church on Sunday:

Ellie and I played outside a lot this week. One day (the day below) I played with my camera the whole time while she explored everywhere. The next day involved Ellie turning on the hose all by herself and spraying me with it, and putting millipedes on my back and refusing to take them off and laughing and laughing.

Last night was sad for Ellie - she bit through her lip. She, Zelda, and I were in the playroom, and it was almost 5 o'clock (when Jason's class gets out). She was bouncing on this big yellow ball we have, and fell forward into these green plastic boxes. She started screaming and there was a lot of blood, and I was really worried at first that she'd knocked one of her teeth loose. I got her settled on the couch with a popsicle and texted Jason to come home as fast as he (safely) could. The bleeding stopped after the first minute or so, so that was good. Her lip swelled up pretty big, and she definitely bit it really good, but we think it'll be all right. We're keeping an eye on it, and it already looks a lot better today.

Other things from this week: I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and am on the Deathly Hallows. I'm most of the way through it - I'm where they're right about to be taken to Malfoy Manor. I've also been working on some photo book stuff, when I have time to at night when the girls are sleeping and Jason is studying.

Oh! And I made a fitness goal last week to get 10,000 steps (as measured by my fitbit) every day. I've done it every day this week! I've gone on a lot of walks outside with Ellie (mostly pulling her in the wagon, sometimes walking verrrry slowly along beside her as she pulls the wagon) and have walked a lot of circles around the inside of our house. I can feel my leg muscles getting stronger already! Woohoo!

And that was our week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 228

What Ellie said this week

(Note: a pteranodon is a kind of dinosaur.)
Ellie: "Mom, I'm going to draw a pteranodon. First the black part, then the mustache."

Pointing to something on the ipad: "Mom, it's new, check it out!"

One day this week I was talking to Alyse on the phone, and Zelda was in my lap. Suddenly Zelda took her pacifier out of her mouth, stuck it in my mouth, and tried to grab the phone.

Ellie: "Mom, I'm going to paint Onyx the turtle." - Okay, you know the cat that lives next door but is always over here? His name's Onyx. But we don't call him that. We call him Cat the Cat. Then this week, our neighbor LaCrecia brought over a turtle a couple times, and Ellie got to play with him. And then Ellie started calling him Onyx. So, Onyx is Cat the Cat and the wild turtle is Onyx.

Ellie: "I want cheesecake!" Jason told Ellie that stacked cheese is cheesecake. So Ellie will sometimes request cheesecake, meaning little squares of cheese that we cut up that she can stack on top of each other and eat that way. So actual cheese = cheescake.

Me, making something on the stove: "Do we touch hot stuff?"
Ellie: "No."
Me: "How come? Why not?...Because it could burn us."
Ellie: "Yeah, and we could die. That could die us."

Jason was leaving for school, and the girls were at the door watching him get in the car. Zelda was crying, and Ellie started patting her softly on the back.
Ellie: "Zelda, Daddy's going to school, honey. It's okay, don't cry. Daddy's going to school, honey."

What we did this week

Zelda has been climbing all over the place. You know how last week I told you she's started walking? Well, she's gotten really really good at it, and has now moved on to climbing. Climbing on Ellie's stool, climbing on the little blue ikea chairs, and even climbing on top of their green table. She does it all by herself; I really have to keep an eye on her, because she does it so fast!


Other things from this week: Ellie's been wanting to do Family Home Evening pretty much every night. She loves it.

On Monday (the night we usually have family home evening every week) before dinner Ellie sat down on the couch and said, "Let's do family home evening!" and Jason and I looked at each other like, oh yeah, it's Monday, we do need to do family home evening. So we said okay. We told her we needed to sing an opening song, and she immediately started singing the ABCs. When we finished, we also sang "I am a Child of God." Then we (she, with our help) said an opening prayer. I grabbed an Ensign for our lesson, and we went through and looked at the pictures and talked about them. Then we told Ellie it was time for our game! I started doing the Hokey-Pokey, because that's what we did last week and she really liked it, but she grabbed my hands and gently tried to lead me in a circle. "Do you want to do Ring-Around-the-Rosie?" I asked her. She said yes. I didn't think she actually knew what it was, because we'd never done it with her before, but as I held her hands and we started spinning around and I started saying the words, she started saying them too! Jason and I were really surprised. She must have learned it in nursery at our church.

She's asked to do family home evening almost every day this week. We've been doing really shortened versions with her every time. It's great that she likes it so much.

Church on Sunday was good - Jason taught the lesson to our class, about tithing. He brought the kids fake money to color in, and some of them were confused and thought if they colored the money green they could use it to buy stuff. We kept telling them it was just pretend money, and most of them understood, but there are one or two I think still think they can actually use it.

Our Labor Day on Monday was good. We just chilled at home the whole day. Jason got our bikes and the bike stroller up and running in the morning,  and we biked around our neighborhood with Jason pulling the girls behind. That was fun, and we hope to do it more often.

Ellie and I have played outside a couple times this week. In the picture below, she's showing the cat her "caterpillar" (actually a giant millipede) that she'd been playing with for like twenty minutes:

I tried to do lots of art stuff with Ellie this week. The pictures below are an idea I got from this blog: No Time for Flash Cards - Toddler Butterfly Craft. You get some contact paper (I ordered a big roll of Amazon), cut out an animal shape from construction paper and put it on the sticky side of the paper, and let your toddler stick pieces of ribbons (or whatever else you have) on to the sticky paper.

Ellie loved it! After decorating the butterfly, she asked for a bear, a dog, and a bunny all in turn. I made her do a different craft at that point, haha. What I need to do is pre-cut out some shapes before the craft, so I'm not sitting there cutting out a bunch of animals while she waits for me (although she was very patient). Yesterday she decorated an elephant, too.

We've had thunderstorms every day this week. It's sunny all day, and then the clouds start rolling in about 5 o'clock every evening, and then after a couple hours of distant rumbling the rain and the thunder and the lightning wash over our house. It's been really fun, and a couple days ago we even had a big rainbow!

Random story from this week: On Saturday, we did lots of stuff. I mowed the lawn in the morning, then we went and dropped off books at the library later, then we went grocery shopping, then we came home and weeded the front yard. After we had been in the yard for an hour or so and we came in, I looked down and saw that the diamond in my wedding ring was gone. It had fallen out! And I had no idea when it had happened that day, and we had been so many places. Luckily, Jason had bought a kind of insurance when he bought the ring, so we knew the store would replace it. So we didn't have heart attacks, but we still wanted to find the diamond if we could, but we knew it was pretty much hopeless.

Then, on Monday, Jason was sweeping in the playroom - and he found it! The diamond was sitting there on the rug. I am amazed that he found it. It could have been anywhere! Now, I still need to send the diamond and the ring back to the store for them to fix it, but at least we have the diamond now. I'm sure that'll make the process much easier.

That was pretty much our week. I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and have started Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Jason had two tests this week - one yesterday morning (he did great!) and one right now as I'm typing this.

And that was our week!