Friday, March 28, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 205

First of all, would you like to know what our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believes about women? Tomorrow is our General Women's Meeting of the church, at 6 pm Mountain Daylight Time (so 5 pm for all my California friends!). They'll be teaching doctrine about women, about our purpose in life, and how to overcome adversity. If you'd like to check it out, you can click the picture below or follow this link: LDS General Women's Meeting.

I'll definitely be watching. :) I LOVE general conference.

On to the Captain's Log!

What Ellie said this week

Ellie: "I'm a rhinosaur!" (Pauses, as if confused.) "I'm a...rhino. I'm a dinosaur."

(Coming home from church)
Ellie: "I think I'm hungry."
Me: "You think you're hungry?"
Ellie: "Yeah. I think I'm sleepy,too."

(I unbuckle her from and pull her out of the carseat)
Ellie: "Look, I'm freeee!!!"

(Playing blocks together)
Ellie: "Hey, it's mine, silly."

(In the morning. I'm just walking around our apartment. I hear Ellie calling from her room.)
Ellie: "Mommy, come in!"
I open her door and come in.
Ellie: "Sing the bumpy road song!" (This is a song she invented.)
Me: "Bumpy road, bumpy road, bumpy road, bumpy road."
Ellie, clapping: "Good job, mommy! Good job singing the bumpy road song, mommy!"

Ellie: "Mommy is a lizard."
Me: "What?!"
Ellie: "And a cactus. It was pokey. A cactus, daddy, a cactus. A lizard and a cactus."

Ellie, playing with cheerios and the (empty, off) crockpot on the floor: "If you're happy and you know it, put cereal in the pot."
(I start singing "If you're happy and you know it, put cereal in the pot" with her.)
Ellie: "Good singing mommy!"

To set the scene: I'm sitting at the desk. Zelda is in her bouncer-jumper chair, and Ellie has just tried to give Zelda water from her sippy cup. I told her no, don't give Zelda water. So Ellie finished the water that she had, and then she wanted more water, which I gave to her. She then went over to Zelda.
Me: "Don't give her any."
Ellie: "Bye bye, Mom."
Me: "I'm watching you."
Ellie: "Yeah, don't give Zelda water."
Me: "That's right."
A minute later she came over to the desk, and she took my hand and said: "Here Mommy, I walk your hand." (Which means she wants to walk somewhere holding hands.) "I walk your hand."
So I stood up, and she started going to the bedrooms, and I thought, "Oh, she wants to go back to her bedroom." So we opened the door that goes to our tiny middle room that connects to our bedrooms. She walked me into that little room, and then dropped my hand, turned around, and said, "I'll close the door for you!" and started closing the door (with her on the other side, in the room with Zelda). At which point I started laughing and wrote this down.

Ellie, about Zelda and Everett: "Aw, my girls."

Ellie: "Look Zelda, it's a kangaroo. Jump jump jump." (Taps the kangaroo's nose to Zelda's head.) "Om. It eat her head! It's a scary kangaroo." (Touches Zelda's head with her hand.) "Om om om. I eat her head with my hand! Om om om. I eat her head with my fingers!"

What we did this week

On Saturday Ellie, Zelda, and I went to the birthday party of a three-year-old from our church. Ellie had so much fun. The family that threw the party has an amazing backyard - with a slide, swings, a little trampoline, and a sandbox. Ellie played on each thing multiple times. I can't even say which was her favorite, the toddler swing, the slide, or the trampoline. She loved them all.

It was a "Frozen" themed party and it was really cute. Everything was blue and white and wintery, and the two Frozen sisters came and talked to the kids and played games with them. When they were telling their story, I stayed far enough away that I couldn't hear what they were saying. (We hadn't seen the movie yet and I didn't want to hear spoilers!)

They had snowcones, and I asked Ellie to show me her ice. She did this:

They had a big castle bounce house with a slide out front, that Ellie wanted to go in but was a bit nervous about. She did end up going in, but then couldn't climb up the stairs to use the slide, which she really wanted to do. So I ended up climbing into the bounce house (with Zelda attached to the front of me in her carrier) and helping her up the stairs to the slide.

She had a really fun time at the party and didn't want to leave at the end. :)

On Saturday afternoon, my dad and Debbie came over for a little while. They brought us some El Pollo Loco (yum!) and played with the girls.

On Sunday, Jason's work schedule got switched around a little so that he actually was going in earlier rather than later that day. That meant that he had to go to sleep as soon as he got home in the morning, which meant that I was taking the girls to church by myself. I was nervous about it, because Ellie is a child that requires about one and a half parents to keep under control. Luckily, I was able to sit with Sarah and Tyler in sacrament meeting and during class, and they helped a ton. They're the best!

I don't remember which day this was from, but Ellie was eating her cheese sandwich for lunch and asked for me to put some tortilla in it. So she was eating a piece of cheese and a tortilla between two slices of bread.

On Monday we went to Jason's parents house to do laundry. We also went in their jacuzzi. Ellie loved the jacuzzi; it was like a little pool to her and we were giving her some beginning swimming lessons.

Jason and I finally watched "Frozen" for date night that night. (We've been waiting for it to come out in Redbox.) We thought it was cute. (Also, I may or may not have listened to "Let It Go" on youtube like thirty times last night.)

On Tuesday we went to the Brea Sports Park. It was the first time we've been to that one and it was fun; it had three play structures right next to each other and they were all really good.

Ellie looks like some kind of black market spoon dealer in this picture to me.
Ellie was really good at and really liked this rock wall.

Afterwards we stopped at McDonald's and I got a Big Mac, and it was the most beautifully assembled Big Mac I have ever seen. I had to take a picture it was so pretty. This thing was put together with care.

On Wednesday we went to the Fullerton Aboretum. It was the first time we've ever been there and it was awesome! It was beautiful, and huge (it's 26 acres!), and filled with so many kinds of plants. It was like being in a zoo of plants. You'd walk around in a coniferous forest, and then suddenly emerge into a bamboo grove, and then into a Secret Garden-like meadow, and then you were in the jungle. It was so cool!

Ellie was sitting on those bushes individually, saying "Don't sit on that. Don't sit on that."

The jungle area was especially cool. We got there by going through this little tunnel of trees, and emerged at the base of the giant ombu tree.

This is Ellie on the trunk. That's one tree!

While Ellie and I were playing on the trunk, Jason was giving the term "baby-wearing" a whole new meaning:

Here we are inside the trunk.

And yesterday we stayed home and got stuff done.

And that's what we did this week!  :)

Books read: It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh and Goliath by Scott Westerfield

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Melting Crayons

Last week I did a little craft project. I melted down Ellie's broken crayons into new, unbroken shapes.

This is what they looked like before:

They were actually even worse because in this picture I'd already taken out all of the smallest, most broken pieces.

I then chopped them up even more so they would fit in the silicone mold better:

I then put them in the silicone mold I got from the dollar store (which was from Halloween and was a mold of pumpkin shapes. Ellie saw it and said "Balloons!" though, so they're balloons. Which is better than pumpkins.) and put it in the oven at 275 degrees for about ten minutes:

Took them out, swirled the colors with a toothpick, and let them cool on the stove top. Once they'd cooled for about 25 minutes, I put them in the fridge to cool them even faster. (If they cool too fast in the beginning they might crack.) Then I popped them out. And we have balloon crayons!

All of Ellie's crayons filled three batches of the silicone mold. I don't know if it was just cause it was a cheapy silicone mold from the dollar store, or if it was something about the crayons, but after I was finished it was kind of twisted and warped and I just tossed it. But it totally worked for this craft! A dollar well spent.

Ellie really likes her new balloon crayons. She played with them for like an hour on the day that I did this. :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 204

What Ellie said this week

Ellie: "Mommy, you're so cute. And you're a girl. I'm the oldest, too. I'm older, too."

Ellie, about the bath plug: "I want to keep the lid off."

Ellie: "Look, it's a blog about Ellie!" (She was pointing to the word document on the computer where I was putting together our 2012 blog book to print.)

Ellie: "I kissed your face. I kissed your happy." (a minute later) "Look, I kissed your happy, cause you're happy! Your cheeks are happy!" (pointing to my smiling cheeks)

Me: "I'm going to bring you a Zelda bottle of water." ("Zelda bottles" are what we call the little bottles.)
Ellie: "Yes. And say please have it be milk. And say please have it be chocolate milk."
Me: "No, it's bedtime, so it has to be water."
Ellie: "No. Water is dirty."

Ellie: "Mom, you're like, sooo cute."

Me: "Put the lotion on your arms and your legs."
Ellie: puts it on her tummy and starts rubbing it in.
Me: "See? Doesn't that feel nice?"
Ellie: "Yes! And my cheeks..." (rubs it on her cheeks)
Me: "Yeah, that's a good idea."
Ellie: "And my eyebrows..." (rubs it in her eyebrows) "And my shoulders knees and toes."

Me at the fridge: "Okay, let's look in here to see what would be good for lunch."
Ellie, picking up the strawberry container: "Strawberries."
Me: "Yeah, strawberries would be good. What else would be good?"
Ellie: "More strawberries."

At the park.
Ellie: "There's some little gooses."
Me: "There's some little gooses?"
Ellie: "Yes, there's some little gooses, and some big gooses. Uh oh, they're pooping! They're pooping on the grass! Look, there's some gooses. Look, there's a black goose. Let's go get another goose."

Playing with her two plastic elephants.
Ellie: "A nose, and another nose. Two noses. They're eating blocks. One block, and another block. Num num num. They're eating blocks. They're eating water and blocks."

As we're hiking up some stairs on a nature trail.
Ellie: "One, two...what comes next?" (In an instructive tone.)

Huge rumbling sounds from Zelda (who was sitting on my lap). Ellie looks up.
Ellie, to me: "You pooped!"
Me: "That was Zelda."
Ellie: " pooped."

Me: "All right, let's put some clothes on to go to Walmart."
Ellie: "Yes. And see Grandpa at the walmart."
(Apparently Ellie thinks Grandpa lives at Walmart. Sorry, Dad.)
(a minute later) Ellie: "The walmart's in the juuungle."

Walking up to Jason very seriously, cupping her hands together out in front of her and looking him intently in the eyes: "I don't know where my doo-doo is." (That's the ipad.)

When I was changing Zelda's diaper -
Ellie: "We don't touch poopoo ever. We don't touch poopoo ever."
A few minutes later, when she was back playing with her toys -
Scooping up her blocks: "These are my blocks ever." 

Ellie: "You're ten."
Me: "I'm ten? How old is Zelda?"
Ellie: "Forty-one. And I'm two."

We went on a nature walk this week and saw a squirrel. After watching it for a minute, Ellie started to climb into the brush while cupping both her hands together out in front of her. I asked her what she was doing and she said, "I want to hold it in my hands."

What we did this week

Last Friday Ellie, Zelda, and I went to the park at the same time some other people from our church was there. Ellie played with her new sand toys (as did a bunch of other kids - they were popular), got to pet a little dog, swung on the swings, played on the jungle gyms, tried to climb up the slides, and got to look at ducks.
Ellie sat on this bench and then told me to sit on the bench that I took this picture from.
We saw some fun birds - a Snow Goose (you can tell it's a Snow Goose and not a Ross's Goose because it has the black "grin-patch" on its beak), a Double-crested Cormorant (not pictured), some American Wigeons (you can see the male and the female), and a white Crested Duck.

On Friday night we had dinner at King's Fish restaurant with my Dad, stepmom, and stepmom's family (who were out here from Florida to see MaCall's new baby). It was really great to see them. We got to eat on the patio of the restaurant, too, which was fun. Also, Ellie didn't want to leave because she really liked the bathrooms and kept wanting to go back and look at them more.

The weekend was really fun. Michael (Jason's brother), his wife Shelley, and their toddler Emily came and stayed at Jason's parents house.We got to go over and see them Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Ellie loves her cousin Emily, and loved being able to play with her three days in a row.

Jason gave a talk on Sunday about the scripture "Blessed are the peacemakers." He did really good. Since Shelley and Emily were here for the weekend, they came to our ward and Emily went to nursery with Ellie. Normally Ellie has some separation anxiety about nursery, but when she found out Emily was coming with her she immediately said, "Bye Daddy! Bye Mommy!" - and we weren't even close to the nursery room yet! Here are the girls in their church outfits:

For dinner on Sunday Jason's mom threw a St. Patrick's Day/Irish family history dinner. We ate authentic(ish) Irish food (not corned beef - that's actually just what the Irish-American immigrants ate, not what Irish people in Ireland ate) and learned about Irish history. Dessert was yummy- I can't remember what it was called, but it was some cake with a load of butter and sugar. Mmmm.

On Monday this week I got to go over to my grandparent's house again and interview them more about their personal history. I really enjoyed being able to do that with them. I scanned some of their pictures last week and I'm scanning more this week.

Ellie's been doing some funny stuff with her toys lately. She likes to line up everything in big long lines. I finally got some pictures of it this week:

This giraffe was "sleeping" in its "bedroom"

On Wednesday we went to the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim Hills. (We were thinking of going to the San Juan Capistrano mission for the annual celebration of the swallows coming back, but we decided to do something closer.) It's something we've been wanting to do for a while, and I'm glad we did it before we moved to North Carolina.

The little building with nature exhibits was closed, which was too bad, but there was still lots of little trails for us to go on. And they were all pretty easy and very do-able with a toddler, which was great. 

Ellie with her Gandalf staff
Inside of a fake tree trunk. When Ellie saw it she said "I want to go in the log!" I don't know where she learned the word "log," so I was kind of impressed.

It was very pretty and I liked all the trees. 

Yesterday I melted down all of Ellie's broken crayons in a silicone mold and made "balloon" crayons. (It was really a little pumpkin mold but Ellie thought it was balloons, and that's better. So they're balloons.) I think I'll do a little post about it on Monday. They turned out cool!

And finally, here's a really cute and funny video of Ellie and her cousin Emily brushing their teeth together this week:

And that was our week!