Sunday, October 26, 2008

No computer

Hi everyone! We haven't fallen off the face of the earth, we've had a lot going on. We sold our house and have moved downtown. We still haven't unpacked everything and the computer is in a box somewhere. As soon as we get the computer out of the box I will post more.
We went to "Boo at the Zoo" yesterday with my in-laws and had such a fun time. Luckily they had their camera and I am posting this at their house so I can show you some pictures.
This year Ella and Elysee are both cute little ladybugs and Dean is a little monster! They looked so cute all dressed up.
Ella seems to be learning so much every day. She is talking more and more and even starting to put together 3 word sentences. (I don't know if other people understand her, but I do!) The babies are getting so big. Things are really starting to get easier. It is still crazy, but manageable. Elysee slept through the night last! Dean on the other hand... let's just say he is still really high maintinace. We go in for their 2 month checkup tomorrow and I'll post their stats.
Ella was pretend pouting in this picture! Too funny!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The zoo

We went to the Hogle Zoo on Tuesday. It was an absolutely PERFECT day. The temperature was just right and it wasn't crowded at all. Ella had such a good time. I was able to feed the babies one at a time while we were walking around - thanks to the sleepy wrap. Ella just loves animals. We were only there for about 2 hours, which was a perfect amount of time. We have a family pass to the zoo and we are so happy that we got it, it has been really fun.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Time for cooking lessons

A couple of days ago John started talking about pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They are his absolute favorite treat. If you know John, he is not a big sweets guy. It seems like when ever I make cookies, brownies, etc. we never end up eating them. So when John asked if I would make cookies, it was a big deal. I decided to have a little cooking lesson with Ella. I remembered that I had purchased matching mom/daughter aprons when Ella was like a month old. We found the aprons and put them on. I sat Ella on the counter and she helped with EVERYTHING! She even cracked an egg all by herself (of course I had to fish out some shells). She was so excited to help. She was grinning the entire time. It was so nice to spend some one on one time with Ella. I don't know the last time I felt that happy. We brought some cookies to our neighbors and they said, "how did you have time for this?" I said, "I don't know, we made time." I was so happy that I didn't let this opportunity pass me by. Yes I could have finished the cookies much quicker without the help of little hands, but I would have missed out on; flour in her hair, egg shells in the batter, chocolate on her face, a big mess in the kitchen and the biggest smile on the sweetest little face. I realize that I need to take the opportunity to just have fun with my kids. So what if the house is messy and I haven't gotten dressed, I had fun with my kids!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Proud Mom

I am one proud mom right now! We have been working with Ella (our 18 month old daughter), and her little potty. We haven't tried to push anything, especially since the twins have been born. Ella usually tells us after she needs her diaper changed. BUT today she started to pull her pants down and I asked her if she needed to go potty, she said "yes". So I put her on the potty and she went pee pee!!! I never new that I would be so excited to have a child go to the bathroom in a toilet. I made a HUGE deal out of it. We put stickers on a chart, (which was ripped to shreds in a matter of minutes - I don't think she understood the concept), I squealed and kept saying YEA Ella. Hopefully this isn't just a random thing. It would be nice to have one child that isn't in diapers.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Lot's of fun

I think John believes that part of the "Dad" description is bugging Ella. He loves to tease her and most of the time she loves it. This time on the other hand she didn't love it. He put this do-rag on her and she was ticked! You can't help but laugh though.

The other day we went to Gardner Village. Luckily I was on the ball before we left home and I remembered to bring bread for the ducks. Ella loves ducks and was so excited when the ducks came right over and actually ate the bread right from her hand. She was able to pet one of the ducks and after that she wanted to touch them all! It was pretty funny and cute to see the ducks run away from her and she squealed with delight.

They also have the witches at Gardner Village. Ella thought they were so funny and wanted to sit on the bench with them. If you get the chance to go, I highly recommend it. Especially during the day when it isn't crowded.

I can't believe how big the babies are getting! They are so chubby and I love it. Here are a few pictures of them.
One of Ella's favorite treats is suckers. Of course her hands always end up super sticky. We were on our way home and she was getting really upset that her hands were so sticky. So I gave her a Kleenex (duh, I wasn't thinking). Then the Kleenex got stuck to her hands and she got absolutely hysterical. She was so upset and crying. By the time we got home she had calmed down and I took a picture.
John loves to find cute outfits for the kids and this was his latest pickup. A REAL Salt Lake soccer uniform. John and Ella play outside every day and kick the soccer ball around, so he just had to get her an outfit.