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."|
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.|
|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!