Saturday, January 31, 2015

Captain's Log, Week 249

What the girls said this week

Yesterday I was calling Jason, and I put the phone on speakerphone. Ellie heard it ringing, and asked, "Who's calling us?" Me: "Daddy." Ellie: "Oh, I love Daddy, because he's my friend."

Ellie: "Mama, do you know what I love? You."
Me: "Aww. Do you know what I love? You."
Ellie: "Do you know what cup loves? Zelda."

Ellie: "I need tape, and you need tape, so let's teamwork!"

Ellie, when we were doing her My Little Ponies puzzle: "Rainbow Dash is the pretty one, so I love Rainbow Dash."

What we did this week 

We've had some technical troubles this week. Zelda spilled some milk that was on the computer desk, all over the keyboard and also on the screen. Luckily the keyboard was off when this happened, and Jason was able to clean it out really well and we let it dry. So it still works, but the keys are a bit stickier than before and I've been making more typos this week and having to correct them. More unfortunately, when I cleaned the milk off the computer screen I actually made it worse, and now there are some permanent streaks of light running both vertically and horizontally on the screen, originating from the lower left corner. It does slightly interfere with functionality (it's hard to see and click on the right thing sometimes), which is a bummer.

We've also had some sickness here this week. Ellie started getting a cough last week, and it just continued to get worse, so we kept her home from church on Sunday. Jason stayed home with Ellie and Zelda while I went to church to teach our class. I also didn't take the girls to library storytime this week for the same reason, which messes up one of my New Year's goals, but oh well. Not spreading coughs is more important than that. Ellie's cough is a lot better now, which is great. I think she's over whatever it was.  

But, on Thursday night she had food poisoning, and was up all night (and so was Jason). What happened was that she ate a whole little sweet pepper, seeds and all, and we think the seeds irritated her stomach really bad. After we put her and Zelda down to sleep at bedtime, she kept getting up every little while and coming to us. She said her stomach hurt, and we did everything we could think of, but it didn't help much. She did this all the way up until midnight. Then at one in the morning she came into our room (I was asleep for this part) and when Jason took her back to her room, he found that her whole bed was covered in vomit. So he changed all her blankets, and then got her back to sleep. But at four in the morning, she came back into our room and threw up again. Once we got her back to sleep that time, she slept the rest of the night. And, thankfully, she was totally fine all of yesterday. It was just that pepper she ate. Yesterday, for me, was spent cleaning everybody's bedding and washing the carpet in our room.

And, unfortunately, Zelda's molars started coming in this week. She's getting one on each side on the top, and it's made her fussy and sad. We've been giving her medicine, but poor girl.

After typing all that, it seems like we've had a really bad week, but it honestly hasn't been too bad. We've just had a lot of different stuff to deal with. And, awesomely, we got the Hobbit Lego PS3 game this week! I looove the Playstation Lego games (Jason likes them too), and I love the Hobbit, so it's pretty awesome all around. We played it for the first time for date night last night, and it was really fun.

Here are some pictures from our week:

Ellie reading to "our" cat (it's really the neighbor's cat, but he practically lives at our house)

Ellie painted this picture of Jason this week. I love that it looks like he's wearing a beret (and as someone in his PA class pointed out, a white coat):

Zelda using the bookshelf as a chair:

Playing outside. We have woods behind our house, and while we were out there this week we found that the recent rains have made a big mud puddle in this clearing back there. We've been down to play in the mud puddle twice, and Ellie tries to get us to go down there every single day. (I'd like to point out that the cat came down with us, haha.)

While we were down there Jason found this tiny little snake. We thought it was a baby snake of some kind, and we didn't touch it, just looked at it, because we didn't know if it was poisonous or not. It was about the size of a worm. We looked it up when we got home, and it's actually called a Worm Snake! That's its full grown size, and it's not poisonous. If we find one again, we're totally going to pick it up! It was really cute.

Playing inside:

Zelda's been silly this week, and been sticking this tiny, plastic, hard baby doll pacifier into her mouth and holding it there like a real pacifier.

Zelda likes to wear underwear on her head like it's a hat. I don't know if I've ever mentioned that before. Ellie joined her this week:

Ellie put these popsicle sticks together and told me this was a "beaver house":

The big project I've been working on this week is our 2012 Shutterfly book. I'm doing two books for 2012 because there's so many pictures, and I've almost finished the first book (which covers January through June). I've only got a couple pages left. It's been taking a long time because I've been unsatisfied with Shutterfly's premade layouts, so I've been uploading my pictures to (I love their photobook layout software so much better), figuring out layouts for the pages, and then making those pages with the page customization option in Shutterfly. It takes a long time to get it just right, but I like the way the pages are turning out so much better.

I wish I could say that we're just taking it easy after our busy week, but Jason's at school again today (I know! On a Saturday!). I can't remember whether today is the sports medicine conference, or if it's the day he's volunteering at some science fair thing. It's one of the two, and whichever one it isn't will be the thing he's doing next Saturday.

And that was our week!

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!