Friday, November 28, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 240

What the girls said this week

Ellie: "Mom, is it time to call Grandpa? Because he's alive?"

One day this week Ellie wanted me to tell her the story of the three little pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, but then just a few moments into the story she wanted me to include Zurg (from Toy Story) as well, and then eventually she wanted me to stop talking about the wolf and only talk about Zurg as the bad guy.

The girls are taking a bubble bath.
Ellie: (Puts bubbles on Zelda's back) "Mom, I made Zelda a dog!" (Because the bubbles were like a tail.) "She's my favorite dog."

What we did this week

Well, Jason shaved his glorious mustache.

He's been growing it out for "Movember," which, I just learned this year, is about raising awareness for men's health issues. Jason even made this cool infographic for it:

All the guys in Jason's class grew mustaches for it. Jason started out growing a beard, then transitioned to a handlebar mustache, then to a traditional mustache. He would have kept growing it until the very end of the month, but their PA class took their official class pictures this week, and unless he wanted it immortalized, Jason needed to shave it. The guys all took a mustache picture together last Friday, and then shaved their mustaches over the weekend in time for the class pictures on Monday.

Here's Jason's handlebar mustache:

Oh, and the girls grew mustaches too:

I kept doing double-takes whenever I saw Jason the day he shaved his mustache. It's surprising what a big difference it makes.

Other things from this week: 

Zelda always likes to carry Ellie's clean underwear around the house. She'll go and empty the underwear drawer and just carry pairs of underwear around all the time. Well, one day this week she brought me some underwear, then sat down in my lap and raised her foot like she does when it's time to put on socks. She wanted to wear the underwear! She brought me like five pairs in a row to put on. So in these pictures below Zelda's wearing something like six pairs of underwear. Such a big girl, haha! :)

Ellie pulled several tissues out of the kleenex box one day and put them all over the high chair, then told me, "I made a Christmas chair!"

Two days later, she did the same thing again, except this time she put the tissues over all the other chairs at the table.

This guy was hanging out on our driveway when we got home from church last Sunday:

He was just sitting there, not moving. I was able to get really close to take this picture. Then I was just looking at him, until I imagined him somehow flying backwards into my face, at which point I decided I'd seen enough of him and ran inside.

One day this week I was making a phone call to the girl's doctor's office, so I shut myself in the office for like five minutes to not be disturbed. Right as I was done, I heard a really soft knock on the door. I opened it, and Zelda was right there, looking up at me, and reaching up to hand me the cup full of juice she'd been drinking, whose lid was now askew.

"Uh oh, did this open?" I asked her. Then my eyes went beyond her - little puddle of juice by the bathroom door, little puddle of juice in the middle of the hall, big puddle of juice on the other side of the hall, Ellie yelling from the playroom "Zelda made a mess!", final puddle of juice on the carpet in their bedroom.  Lol. That's what I get for not watching for five minutes. It actually wasn't that bad to clean up; the hall just took a minute with a towel, and my dad just gave me a carpet cleaner for my birthday and I was able to use that to clean up the juice on the rug in the playroom and the juice on the carpet of the girls' bedroom.

On a similar note, I was in the office doing something another day this week, and the girls got really quiet. After a few minutes of suspicious silence, I decided to go check on them. When I got to the kitchen, I found this:

They'd gotten the Nesquick container down, and were eating chocolate powder.

Ellie did this.

On Tuesday the girls were playing together really cute. Ellie was "running away" from Zelda and hiding behind a curtain in our room, and Zelda was coming and finding her over and over.

On Wednesday I tried to make cheesecake. It turned out all right; it tasted good (especially when warm), but I think I whipped it too much at the end and it didn't really have the right consistency for cheesecake. It was my first attempt, though, so I'm sure it'll get better in the future.

And then yesterday was Thanksgiving! We got together with some other people from our ward. It was really nice to be able to spend a cozy, fun night with friends, and all of the food was delicious. And Ellie and Zelda liked getting to play with their dogs and with other little kids. And we have turkey leftovers in our fridge now, mmm. I think I'll go make a turkey quesadilla for lunch, actually. That sounds good.

I hope you had a good week! Happy Thanksgivng!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Eating Applesauce

These pictures are an afternoon at our house this weekend when the girls were both having a snack of "applesauce." (It was really baby food, and Zelda was eating some first and then Ellie wanted some too.) They were too cute to resist sharing.

 We love these girls. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 239

What the girls said this week

Jason: "Ellie, should we chop all your hair off?"
Ellie: "No! I want it beautiful like this." (strokes hair)

Ellie was eating a sugar packet at a restaurant.
Me: "Ellie, what does that taste like?"
Ellie: "It tastes like...imagination."

Ellie talked to Jason's mom on the phone one night. After that phone call, she told Jason, "I want to call Grandpa now!"
Jason: "Grandpa? Who's that?"
Ellie: "He's the silly boy!"

In primary at church the primary song leader was asking about the city of Bethlehem, because it was in the song the kids were singing.
Primary leader: "Is Bethlehem next door?"
All the kids: "Nooo!"
Kid in me and Jason's class: "No! It's very far away!"
Primary leader: "How far away is it?"
Same kid in me and Jason's class: "It's very far! It's like, back in the eighties!"

What we did this week

I reached a milestone this week on my blog - 500 posts. My post on Sunday, How Firm a Foundation, was my 500th post.

Last Friday Jason and I decided to go out to eat for date night - which we never do - and take the girls. We went to Applebees, and they both actually did really well! Zelda started to get really wiggly/grabby towards the end of the meal, but overall it went okay! It was nice to be able to go out to a restaurant for once.

Saturday and Sunday were pretty normal (and pretty cold - the temperature's been dropping!) and then on Monday it was kind of warm and rainy. The girls played outside in the rain a couple times that day:

Bath time sometime later:

Other things we did this week: Jason had a couple tests that he was studying for a lot, and the girls and I just did our regular thing. I got to talk to some of my old roommates on Tuesday night (on google chat), and that was awesome! One other fun thing from this week is that we got a diaper shipment from Amazon, and since it had both Zelda's diapers and Ellie's pullups in came in a BIG cardboard box. And with some tape and a knife, Jason made it into a little playhouse for the girls!

It's so cute and the girls (especially Ellie) love playing with it. I like it too, since it's situated right over a heat vent. It's like a little sauna at nigh time. Jason took this picture of me, inside, reading the other night (I don't quite fit all the way, which is why my feet are sticking out):

And here the girls are playing in it the next day:

I love it. I hope it lasts for a really really long time. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

How Firm a Foundation

This week I was having a rough time with some anxiety (general anxiety, not about one issue in particular). As I was folding laundry one night, I started to sing one of my favorite hymns, How Firm a Foundation.

I love this song. I've always loved it; it's always been so powerful to me and such a strengthening hymn. But as I sang it this week, I felt like Heavenly Father was speaking to me directly through the words, reminding me that he is always, always be there for me. I just wanted to share this song with you, as it has been such a strength to me.

How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
Who unto the Savior, who unto the Savior,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

In ev'ry condition--in sickness, in health,
In poverty's vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea--
As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand,
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee, and sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, thy dross to consume,
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

E'en down to old age, all my people shall prove
My sov'reign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when gray hair shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs shall they still, like lambs shall they still,
Like lambs shall they still in my bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, I'll never, no never,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 238

What the girls said this week

On Sunday I wore tights with my Sunday outfit. Ellie noticed, came over, and was trying to pull them off from the bottom.
Ellie: "Where are your toes? Take them off! Take them off!"
Me: "No, I'm going to keep my tights on today."
Ellie: "I want you to be Mommy again."

Ellie, spinning around her room: "I'm ballerin-ing!"

Ellie put on some tennishoes and said, "Daddy, I'm kind of like you!"
Jason: "Oh, are you wearing running shoes?"
Ellie: "No, I'm wearing walking shoes."

Ellie and I did puzzles several times this week. One time I messed up the puzzle (after we were done), and she said "That was ridiciful! Mom, was that ridic..."
Me: "Ridiculous?"
Ellie: "Yes, ridickorious."

One morning she used the word "Cute-iful" several times.

On Wednesday the girls and I drove with Jason to his school so that we could take the car home (I needed the car for the day). It was a very, very foggy morning and it made the landscape very different and cool. As we pulled up to Jason's school, the buildings loomed out of the fog, shaped like spooky cathedrals, and we said to each other that they reminded us of some kind of haunted mansion. Then, as Jason was getting out of the car, Ellie asked "Is this like a Disneyland ride?"

Ellie, closing the door to my bathroom: "Mom, I closed it. Mom, don't take a shower ever again."

Ellie was being super silly after her bedtime on Wednesday night. We heard noises in her room waaay after she was supposed to be asleep, so we went in to check on her. She was very silly with us ("I have Buzz Lightyears in my mouth. There's so many Buzz Lightyears in my mouth!") and asked for a drink of water. I went and got her one and brought her back a sippy cup that was about halfway full. When I gave it to her she pushed it away and said, "No, all the way to the top!" So I went to the bathroom sink and filled it up more and brought it back. It still had a small amount of air (like an inch) at the top.
Jason: "Look, it's full all the way to the top!"
Ellie: "No, that's just closer."
(I fill it more)
Jason: "Now it's full all the way to the top."
Ellie: (Inspecting it from every angle.) "Maybe."

Me, jokingly to Jason: "Nobody likes me."
Ellie, unseen, somewhere to my left:  "I like you! I like you!"

Ellie: "Mom, I'm a mouse. Mom, the mouse hugged you!"

Today Ellie came to me with a tissue in her hand and told me, "Mom, I got a tissue and I smelled very hard on it."

Two words: Creature Powers

What we did this week

Another low-key week for us! Our week has mostly consisted of Jason going to school and me staying home with the girls. Last Friday for our date night Jason and I watched Maleficent. We liked it; it was a clever way to re-imagine Sleeping Beauty. On Saturday we stayed home, on Sunday we went to church, and all the days this week Jason went to school while the girls and I (mostly) stayed here.

Wednesday was different; Ellie had her flu vaccine appointment on Wednesday, so the girls and I drove Jason to school (so I could bring the car home to have to drive to the doctor's office), went to the doctor's office a little while later (where Ellie actually got to have the flu nasal mist instead of the shot, so she was happy about that!), and then went to the end of library storytime and then to the park with some people from our church (and then a couple hours later picked Jason up from school). It just a little bit of a crazy day, but it was good to get out of the house.

One other thing I've started doing this week is updating the Quiet Book Blog again and responding to a backlog of emails. I'm so bad at replying to emails, voicemails, texts, facebook messages, you name it. They give me anxiety and I get kind of paralyzed when I think about them, and the longer I put them off the more anxiety I get and the more paralyzed I become. It's an ironic, unfortunate cycle. But this week I was able to reply to some emails, and get some posts up on the other blog, so that's good.

In book news, this week I finished "The Blood of Olympus," "Anne's House of Dreams," "Anne of Ingleside" and just started "Rainbow Valley" (also by L.M. Montgomery, it's the next in the Anne of Green Gables series) tonight. Also, I've eaten a lot of chocolate this week. Probably more than any other food group. I don't know why that counts as book news, but I feel that it should.

Finally, these pictures are of Zelda from yesterday. She had a fever Wednesday evening, then it went away, then it came back mid-morning on Thursday. She took a really long morning nap on Thursday and was really lethargic in between that nap and her afternoon one. She just wanted to chill on the couch, and then just cuddled on top of me.

She's feeling better now, so that's good. :)

And that was our week!