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Friday, September 30, 2011

Cute Shoes and Sippy Cup

Elayna can hold a sippy cup!  She was loving the water and last night she got root beer. She is growing up fast.

Mommy and Lilia

We took a nap. I got both girls to sleep--Lilia 1:30 pm and Elayna 3 pm. I decided to close my eyes as well. Lilia loves to snuggle, most of the time. I need to post pictures of me more often.

Lilia 31 Months

Lilia you are 31 months old! You are growing up so fast. You love your sister Elayna. You love to paint, dance, sing, read books, run, swing high, give hugs and kisses, pray, wear dresses, cook brownies, talk and so much more. You do not like bugs and the vacuum. You are wearing 2T and 3T clothes. Size 7 shoes and size 6 diaper but are almost potty trained.  We love you so much and are so happy.

Potty Training......Lilia or Mommy

The question is "Who is being trained?" Well we started Wednesday morning and Lilia made it till Thursday night before an accident happened on the floor (twice).  Daddy is partly to blame, he was using the bathroom.  I know she is ready. She loves wearing her big girl princess panties.
Let me start at Wednesday morning...
I found this great blog post a couple of weeks ago and decided to try out the chart.
It worked all day Wednesday and she was catching on to the stickers and candy.  No accidents happened on Wednesday. Yeah! See story at end of post. Thursday was fine till after dinner--two accidents.
This morning, 3rd day, Lilia did not want to wear panties, camando it is! I was not putting a diaper on her. Daddy got her to put her panties on. She got in trouble and sent to time out. She knowingly wet her panties! Not happy. I put her on the potty and she popped. Gee, had to be happy about that! She finished her potty chart and got the sticker book as reward. Yeah! Let's see how the rest of the day goes.

On Wednesday night this happened...

We are at Red Lobster and Lilia is washing her hands after going poop.....

I set her down to wash my hands and a very well dressed lady walks in and Lilia says....

"pretty shoes" and the lady entering her stall says to her friend in the other stall....

"That girl has good taste" as she laughs.

****Lilia went twice at the restaurant! She earned five stickers. She got to see a lobster up close. It waved to her and picked up a coaster in its claws.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Forget Me Not

A very inspriational article. Five points 1. to be patient with yourself 2. the why of the Gospel 3. to be happy now 4. the difference between good and foolish sacrifice 5. the Lord loves you

Forget Me Not

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A Horse in Amish country

We went to the Amish store. It is about an hour drive both ways. We decided to let the girls get some wiggles out of their system and let Lilia run. She loved the horse. Elayna touched the horse but I did not get a picture.  Lilia was more hesitant about touching the horse. It was a beautiful day to be outside.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream add in any friut

We eat non diary food at our house.  I grew up with ice cream and a lot of it!  I love the stuff.  Here is a great alternative to dairy ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream
16 oz of Coconut Milk
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup of honey
4 eggs (yokes only)
1 tsp of Vanilla

Chill the above and then add in any chopped fruit you like.  We tried fresh peaches.  Then add to your ice cream maker.  We loved this ice cream.  Yummy. We have also made the other two recipes.

Check out this website for more recipes:  Vanilla, ChocolateChocolate Banana

Modeling Healthy Technology Use

This is a great article.  I spend too much time on my "phone" and multi- tasking. Some great ideas on how to teach your children proper technology usage.  It is not a long article, so take a peek.

Our Window

Elayna is drawn to this window. Lilia loves to look and see if daddy is home. We are teaching Elayna how to say bye to daddy when he leaves for work. We can also see deer, turkeys, skunks, squirrels, birds, big trucks, diggers, and horses.  You never know who or what we will see.

Bad Dream

Lilia slept in this morning and was having a bad dream. When she woke up she got a long hug  from mommy and then I asked her about her dream. She said, "scary monkey".  More hugs needed from mommy, poor thing.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Swinging....we love to swing!

I know we swing a lot but they love it so much. Lilia's hair kept getting in her mouth when she was swinging. I got her hair pulled back. She loves to go high. Elayna had just woken from a nap and was not sure about swinging. Lilia decided to help Elayna swing by pushing her. Lilia loves to help. Elayna was laughing at Lilia.

Elayna and I playing

Elayna and I have been playing while Lilia naps. She loves to stand, bite me, and pull my hair. I love to smoother her in kisses, play with her hair and gives tickled to see her laugh.
I love her crazy hair!

A friend came over....

We had a friend over for the day. Lilia and friend ran around, played kitchen, colored with crayons and read books. We had lunch and then watched Cinderella. They fell asleep quickly because they were very tired from playing. We had a great time with our friend. The girls loved playing. Elayna tried to keep up with them.

*I had my hands full but managed to fold one load of laundry and get dinner in the crock pot.  :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kitchen Toy

Elayna loves playing with Lilia's play kitchen.  I got these pictures because Lilia is napping right now. Lilia is learning to share her toys.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Crawling Expert

Elayna is an expert crawler and will follow us from room to room. She is everywhere.  She is teething again and her nap in the morning is off. Love her smile that extends to her eyes.

A Visit

Lilia loves to wake up Elayna from her nap. Most of the time I send Lilia in because Elayna is awake. Sometimes Lilia helps when she is sleeping and tells me "laynee awake". Elayna loves every moment. I usually find Lilia in the crib as well and they are laughing and playing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crawling/Pulling to stand at the Tub

Elayna is pulling herself to the standing position. She loves to take a bath.  She heads to the tub every chance she gets. She pulls up to stand on our bed, the couch, rocking chair, our legs and kitchen cabinets. She is learning so quickly. The gate is up on the stairway to keep her safe.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Story time and Computer time at the Library

We have been going to our new library for story time since July. The library is so nice and big. The children's section is great. Lilia loves story time. The lady is nice. They dance, sing, read poems and stories. Lilia noticed the computers for the first time today. She figured out what to do.  I let Elayna crawl a little during the story time. Then she gets to sit in the stroller when we look for books. The picture of Elayna is her "I am ready to go face". Lilia picks out a few and then I get a few on different subjects. We have read about clouds, airplanes and adoption.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Playing on the Swing

Lilia loves to swing and "high"! Elayna is learning about how fun it can be. It has been nice outside lately. We have to get outside and play.

Side note: Lilia loves to wear long princess dresses. She thought this was a dress and she did not want to wear shorts.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Painting Gammie Toes

Lilia noticed grandma needed her toes painted and painted them for her.Grandma R has let Lilia paint her toes twice. Lilia loves painting her toes. Grandma let's her pick the color and it has been pink both times. Polish ends up all over her toes. Grandma wore her pretty toes to work the next day because Lilia would see her the next night and notice if they were not the same. Thanks Grandma! I found the guru at Walmart. She loves wearing her tutu.

Beautiful Angel Sleeping

Lilia you are so beautiful inside and out. We love you so much.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pink Spotted PJ's

We found matching jamies at the store. They are perfect because the weather is turning cooler. Elayna is not happy Lil' is holding on to her in the second picture. We love our girls.

Rich, Fudgy Brownies

Rich, Fudgy Brownies

1 cup unsalted butter (I used oil)
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix. Bake in 9x9 pan at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

So yummy and very rich.

Elayna is 8 Months

Elayna we love you so much! You are crawling everywhere and pulling up on things to stand. You have 6 teeth total, four on top and two on the bottom. You love to smile and laugh. Cheerioes are your favorite food. You are wearing size 3 diaper and 9 to 12 month clothes. You talk/babble and voice your concerns. You love playing with Lilia. You can find shoes in any room and love to chew on them.