Tuesday, May 31, 2016


May. What did we do in May? Well, I worked on my "grandparents project" a lot (recording and organizing their history). Which reminds me - I have something amazing to tell you! Remember when our computer crashed, and the biggest loss (for me) was the loss of the recording transcript from when I interviewed them?

Well, I FOUND IT! It was uploaded to my One Drive account! It was crazy, because I'd looked there like five times specifically for those files, and they just weren't there. And then I looked again on Mother's Day, and there they were! Just sitting there, in a folder waiting for me! I am SO happy! I've been able to make a lot of progress on the project this month, and I wouldn't have been able to if I'd had to transcribe the hours of interviews over again. So that is AWESOME.

Other than that, I got to spend a lot of time with these wonderful girls:

Look how tall Ellie is! She's just gone through a growth spurt, and she's a full head taller than Zelda right now.

Our peonies bloomed! We had four flowers this year. This is my one lame attempt at getting a picture of them, lol.

Ellie finished soccer. Here's Jason and Zelda at one of the last practices:

And Ellie, on the last day:

Jason found a ring-necked snake in our yard! It was really little and cute. (And it's not dangerous, in case the grandparents are wondering.) The girls were asleep at the time, so they didn't get to see it, but it was cool. 

Mother's Day was great. Jason and the girls totally spoiled me - cute love notes, a present, candy, a cake, nap time - lots of pampering. They are all wonderful and I love them so much. 

And they are cool. So cool.

A weekend or two ago we went to the bowling alley again, just to play at the arcade. The girls had a fun time, and we went out for snowballs again afterward.

(We realized as Jason was taking a picture that their outfits and ice cream matched the chairs they were sitting in. Blue everything for Ellie, purple for Zelda.)

One day the girls and I were doing chalk on our porch, and I drew a sun. There happened to be two yellow paint dots in the middle of the sun. Ellie saw them, and said I had forgotten to draw the smile (which she then helpfully included).

Now, here are pictures taken by Ellie this month. (She took a lot more, but I'm not sure you want to see 300 pictures of random stuff around our house, haha.)

(She gave me this blanket because "my stomach was cold," and then took a picture of the baby bump.)

This is Zelda's new penguin. She saw it when Jason and she went to Kohl's and she was being so cute with it that he couldn't resist getting it for her. 

Coming back from an OB appointment:

Zelda's started taking pictures this month, too. She'll get my phone, and then tell us to say cheese - whether we're in the room or not. I'll be in the kitchen and hear her saying, "Mom, say cheese!" So I'll yell back, "Cheese!" and then I'll hear the "click" of the camera. So we've got a lot of funny pictures taken by her. This one's my favorite:

Other things we did this month: Jason finished his orthopedics rotation and has started his pediatric rotation. It's great, because in addition to being one of the things he's most interested in (pediatrics), it's at our county's health department, which is even close to our house than Jason's school! So it's a super short commute for him (under ten minutes). That's been a nice change after him having to drive at least a half hour each way every day for the last couple months for his rotations.

I've been doing lots of baby preparation stuff, especially in the last week. I got all the newborn clothes down from the attic, washed them, folded them, and put them away (reorganizing the dresser in Ellie and Zelda's room in the process). I also got down all the other baby supplies we have (car seat, rocker, pack n' play, wrap, etc), and washed all of them, too.

Jason's been doing lots of yard work. He replaced some of the big wooden beams that hold up the steps leading down to the back yard, made a cute (I mean, um, manly) walkway leading to the basement door, replaced some of the boards on the deck, and has been taking care of the garden and keeping our yard looking nice.

Annnnnd I think that covers most of May!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ellie's Soccer Season

Ellie was old enough this year to be in soccer. We registered her for the same soccer group that some of our friends from church are in, and it was absolutely great. I loved the organization, and how they did everything. The coaches were awesome and so kind to and fun with the little kids.

Jason and I had a lot of laughs during the soccer season, because Ellie was that one kid who, when all the other kids would be running in one direction, would be running in the opposite direction.

This picture's from the "kick off night":

Ellie had never played or even really seen soccer before playing it this year, so she improved a lot over the two months or so that the spring soccer season lasted (she had it every Saturday morning for one hour). The coaches had lots of fun games that helped the kids learn how to kick with their feet, how to control the ball, how to keep it close to them, and how to steal the ball from other players. One of Ellie's favorite games was the "cone game," where they knocked over little orange cones with their balls.

Zelda really wanted to play soccer, too, and was actually pretty impressive when she had a ball to kick around. I don't think she'll be old enough to start in the fall this year, although we wish she was!

The same organization has a fall soccer season too, and we'll be putting Ellie in again!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Six month's worth of funny quotes

Since I've updated the blog only rarely during this pregnancy, I have a looot of funny quotes from the girls to share with you. These stretch all the way back to November or December (and some even earlier). Enjoy!

Last year before I was pregnant, I was trying to think of how to introduce the idea of another sibling to Ellie.  I asked her, "Ellie, should we get a new baby?" She immediately responded, "No. I want to keep Zelda."

When I first found out I was pregnant, I told Ellie and Zelda. The very first thing Ellie said was, "Zelda!!!!! You're going to have a sister!!!!"

Doctors offices sometimes make Ellie nervous, because she knows that's where we get shots. She and Zelda have come with me to pretty much all of my OB appointments. The first time, I told them we weren't going to their doctor, we were going to the doctor for the baby in mommy's tummy. They were fine with that. We got there and were waiting in the room. The instant the doctor walked in the room, Ellie said to him, "I don't have a baby in my tummy. Zelda doesn't have a baby in her tummy, either."

Ellie and I were sitting on the couch.
Ellie: "Mom! I need you!! I need you!!"
Me: "What do you need, honey?"
Ellie: "Oh, I was just practicing."

Zelda, referring to her cousin baby Jane: "She's so beautiful, like Ellie and me."

Ellie: "Zelda, you're breaking my life." - in an argument about who got to play with the Jessie doll.

I was chopping garlic in the kitchen, and Zelda put her hand over her nose and said, "What's that stinky?"

We were driving home from the store and my window was partway down, and it was stuck. Ellie wanted me to roll it all the way down and I told her I couldn't; it was stuck. And then she said: "There are tiny, tiny worms that are keeping it up." And she said that for all the windows - all the windows had tiny tiny worms keeping them up.

Zelda messed something of Ellie's up and Ellie was like, "Zelda, you're breaking up my heart! Mom, Zelda's breaking my heart."

Jason picked Ellie up when she was wrapped in a towel after bath time, and she said, "Am I like a woman with no feet?"

Ellie: "Mom, I'm eating frozen peas. That will help my brain feel healthy."

Back in March:
Ellie: "Look at this big mess Zelda made! Zelda even let me pee on the floor."

Outside, when Ellie came down the stair in the backyard to where Zelda was playing:
Zelda: "Ellie! Ellie belly!"
Ellie: "Zelda! Zelda belda!"

When we were at Ellie's first soccer thing at the gym, Ellie looked around at all the kids then to Zelda she said, "Zelda, you're my girl," and then gave her a side-hug and kissed her.

Ellie and Jason were playing video games.
Me: "Are you guys having fun?"
Ellie: "Mhmm."
Me: "What are you and daddy doing? Are you exploring?"
Ellie: "Mhmm. In the jungle of personality."

Ellie, eating a bagel bite: "Are pizza seeds these little white things?"
Me: "No, those are cheese."
Ellie: "What do pizzas grow from?"

Ellie catches a fly out of the air with her thumb and her forefinger. "I hate flies."

One night at bedtime as the girls were getting in bed, Zelda was deciding which stuffed animals she wanted us to put in bed with her. Looking at her pile of stuffed animals, she told us seriously: "I want the giraffe and the all of them."

Veggie Tales are on netflix. One day Ellie asked me, "Can we watch veggitatoes?" (They both call it "veggietatoes" now.)

One weekend Jason was building a fort with the girls.
Jason: "Should we build a rectangle, or an octagon?"
Zelda: "Castle."
Ellie: "Square."

In primary at church:
Music leader: "When do you feel Jesus's love, Ellie?"
Ellie: "When I go potty in the toilet."
(I was in the back of the room and almost snorted with laughter. The music leader handled it super well though, she answered something like, "Yes, we can feel Jesus's love at all times.")

We got a little outdoor table and chair set so that we can eat dinner outside on our deck when the weather's nice. One of the first evenings we were out there, we were talking about the birds that we could hear chirping in the trees. Then Zelda said intently: "Listen listen listen...I hear a lion...and tiger...and cheetah...and three orange frogs."

Ellie: "Mom, it's time for your quiet nap time. I'll be quiet. And you will say "Aaaah!" if you wake up and I've done something."

Jason and I will usually help Zelda say her bedtime prayers, prompting her at different parts. This was at bedtime one night.
Me: "Thank you for..."
Zelda: "The food."
Me: "And..."
Zelda: "The food."
Me: "And..."
Zelda: "The food."
Me: "Please bless..."
Zelda: "The food."

Zelda: "Mom, stop talking to Daddy. He's boring. He's not listening to me."

Ellie: "Mom, remember the time I was just learning to count to infinity?"

A couple weeks ago the girls and I were in the playroom when the baby started to kick a lot. Normally when she kicks it doesn't hurt, but this time she must have been kicking some important organ because it hurt quite a bit.
Me: "Ow ow ow!"
The girls look at me. "The baby's kicking me," I explained, pointing to my tummy.
Zelda: "She's not kicking you. The baby's not kicking you Mommy. She's nice."

Zelda and I were looking at a book that showed the Nativity.
On the page that showed the angels appearing to shepherds in the fields, Zelda pointed at the angels and said, "Look! Tinkerbells!"
Me: "Oh, do you see those tinkerbell angels?"
Zelda, defiantly: "No. Those are Tinkerbells."

Last week Ellie, Zelda, and I were playing outside in the backyard. I was sitting on the big wide gravel steps that lead down to the grass and picking weeds from between the pebbles. Zelda wanted to sit on my lap the whole time, which normally wouldn't be a big deal but it kind of is at this point because I'm so pregnant; her sitting on my lap for a while really started to hurt me. After like 20 minutes I told her I couldn't do it anymore because my stomach was hurting, and I set her down and then stood up to continue picking weeds. All of the sudden the little plastic blue hammer toy that Zelda had been holding flew past my face, hitting me a little bit on the cheek.
Me: "Ow, Zelda!"
Zelda: "I was just trying to hit the baby."
Me: "You were trying to hit the baby?"
Zelda: "Yeah. She's kicking you."

(As Jason said when I told him the story, "We're gonna have to teach her some less extreme methods of correcting her sister," haha!)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Our main events in April were:
  • The return of warm weather.
  • Jason finishing his rotation in internal medicine and beginning his rotation in orthopedics. 
  • Ellie went to a birthday party.
  • A visit from Grandma.
  • Me and Jason's sixth anniversary.

First of all: Spring! We had so many days of nice weather in April. Jason got some potting soil and plants and started a garden for us in the backyard, with tomatoes and zucchini and our strawberries that somehow survived from last year and all the pumpkin sprouts that are growing from where we left our pumpkins in the fall. He also got some flowers for the flower pots in the front yard. Here's Zelda helping water them:

Ellie's friend Hunter turned four and she went to his birthday party at a bowling alley. It was her first non-family member birthday party, and also her first time bowling! She had a ton of fun.

The party was Minion-themed, and a giant minion showed up a little while into the party and played with the kids. Ellie was a bit shy, but she liked him.

After playing a game of bowling, the kids all played in the arcade for a while. Ellie really like the arcade games, especially this one where she pumped this handle that made plastic balls fly up into this dog's mouth.

Eating cake:

My sister Alyse's husband Tanner finished up his podiatry schooling in Miami (he still has rotations at different locations for the next year before he graduates), and Alyse and the kids and Tanner will be moving around a lot this year. Their first move was in April, with Alyse and the kids moving from Miami to my dad's house in California and Tanner moving to Seattle for a month. My mom flew out to help Alyse by taking Ezra (her two-year-old) for a couple days, but before she went to Miami she stopped in North Carolina and visited us for two days! It was awesome!

One of the days that she was here, she took the girls and I up to the kids' museum in Raleigh. The girls had a blast.

Zelda put a leash on a stuffed animal cat and was dragging it around.

Then Saturday, April 23 was me and Jason's sixth anniversary!!! I love Jason so much. We had a really fun day doing several different things with the girls.

First we went strawberry picking:

Then we went bowling - Ellie had been begging to go back ever since the birthday party.

We splurged and got a bunch of arcade tokens so the girls could play every game they wanted to. Afterwards, we went next door and got "snow balls" (super soft shaved ice) that were really yummy and fun to eat. We went home and hung out for the rest of the day. It was a really good day.

And a few more pictures from April -

This one is from when the girls and I went to Walmart one day, and they were both riding in the cart and I grabbed a rubber chicken dog toy off the shelf and handed it to them to keep them happy while I got the stuff on our list. Turns out that when you squeezed the chicken, it squeaked. Really loudly. And all they wanted to do was make it squeak. The whole time we were walking around the store. In the laundry detergent aisle, this old lady was trying not to laugh, and she was like, "At least they're not crying!" Ah, so true.

This is from the day that Zelda found a fuzzy caterpillar and Ellie and Zelda got to watch him crawl all over their arms:

And these pictures are from when the girls were sitting on the couch one day, and Ellie told me, "Mom! Take a picture of me hugging Zelda!" and then "Mom! Take a picture of me kissing Zelda!"

I love these girls.