Thursday, March 30, 2017


February is when Jason's fellowship started in earnest (he was past the orientation and in his actual rotations), and I'm gonna admit, it was a bit of a shock to the system when he started working 60-hour weeks.

That very first Monday when he was gone all day, the girls and I spent the whole day at home, and it was not so great. The first half of the day was okay, but the second half can be described as
"excessive kid energy coming out in negative ways." That day taught me that to get through this year, the girls and I need to get out of the house every single day.

Since then, every day we've gone to either the gym, library, zoo, preschool, or park. The only times we haven't were when our car was in the shop (power steering pump problem) or when one of the girls has been sick (Susie got a little cold a couple weeks ago). Going out makes life so much better.

Yes, it is hard to take the three girls all those places by myself, but it is so worth it. The effort to get them out of the house and burn of some of their energy pays off in the afternoon/evening when we're back at home.

Anyway, pictures! Here's everything from February that didn't fit into one of the other blog posts.

(Um, there's kind of a million Susie pictures...because she's adorable and I can't help it.)

(Sorry about the framing on these next couple - I was looking at (and talking to) Susie and not through the camera! But I can't resist putting them in here because she's just so darn cute.)

Ellie was really into making "collages" in February. Which would consist of her finding a magazine, asking us like ten times if we didn't need it anymore and if she could cut it up, and then cutting out words and gluing them to papers ransom-note style. She called the finished products her "newspapers," "magazines," or "collages."

Here the girls are doing the craft at the library storytime we go to every week. This was the storytime before Valentine's Day, and they made butterflies out of heart shapes:

Ellie's chalk "house."

Ellie took this next one:

Zelda before church one Sunday:


Zelda wanted a picture too.

Our friend tipped us off that a new car wash was offering free washes, so we took advantage of that. The girls (especially Ellie) thought it was *so funny.*

On the way to the park one day, Zelda found a cool black ladybug with one red spot on each side. From some googling after she found it, I found this article about all kinds of ladybugs: Ladybug Identification. I had no idea there were so many specific kinds of ladybugs! This one is a "Twice-stabbed Ladybird Beetle."

And I have to mention: Our backyard is a really good one for looking at the sky. Being in a "coastal plains" area, we get a lot of clouds going by, and our backyard is a really good spot to watch them from. We get to see some pretty great sunsets. :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Rainy Days

On a (very slightly) rainy day last month, Ellie got on her boots and pulled out her umbrella and headed out to the backyard. The air felt really nice and only the tiniest bit of sprinkles were coming down, so I went outside too to hang out. After a few minutes, Ellie told me to take pictures of her, and then proceeded to make some of the silliest faces and poses.

She cracks me up. (As do these pictures of her.)

Houston Temple

One thing that's been awesome about living in the Houston area is being so close to Jason's sister Tiffany. She and her family live in one of the cities right outside of Houston (unfortunately, on the opposite side as us - but that's our fault), and so we have been able to see them pretty regularly since we moved here.

In mid-February Tiffany's daughter Brynn's preschool group took a field trip to the Houston Temple (of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The girls and I were able to join them. It was so cool to be able to see the temple! Each of the kids were given papers that were sort of like "I Spy;" the paper had pictures of parts of the temple (the front entrance, one of the windows, the spire, etc.) and when the child found that part of the real temple, they got to circle it on their page.

Ellie and Zelda had so much fun. They spent pretty much the whole time giggling with their cousin Brynn, and really liked walking around the temple grounds and especially seeing the fountains and all of the flowers.

After a little picnic-style snack at the temple, we all drove to a nearby mall where the kids got to play on a fun indoor playground, and we had lunch at the food court. From there we finished up and went home.

It was a fun activity!