Monday, September 14, 2009

First Day of Pre-School

Lyza had her first day of pre-school today! It was so fun to see her emotions and be with her for her first school experience. Last night we put braids in her hair because she wanted her hair to be "curly". She probably slept better than I did with the excitement of the big morning ahead of us. We got ready for the morning, and kissed Dad and Cyndal good-bye and headed off to school. As we talked I explained to Lyza that I only got to go with the first 2 days, then she got to go by herself next week. She didnt really seem to mind about that, she just wanted to bring Cyndal with her. "Mom Cyndal Marie-re will be all by herself, what will she do when I am at school?" Saying as if the world would stop without her there, Lyza seemed very genuinely concerned for Cyndal. I thought it was so cute to see her concerned about her sister, especially because they aggravate each other so much. We took some pictures outside just before going in. Lyza's feet turned into cement as we walked in the door, she wouldn't take one more step. I think it was then all the excitement wore off. She looked up at me and said, "Mom I am nervous!" I dont remember exactly how I explained to her that everyone else was nervous too, but she finally walked in behind me. I dont think she took her eyes off me once, but she had a good time painting, making a sunshine plate, and having story time. Her teachers are so nice and I am positive she will love her school! I am so excited for her!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Keep Smiling...

Today was not just any ordinary day. It was one of those pull your hair out, and bite your lip sort of days! Little miss Lyza was more than a hand full today. She was pushing every limit and pulling every string! I have to admit I wasn't as patient as I would have liked to have been. Toward the end of the day Lyza asked me "Mommy where is your happy face?" I replied with a smile," Right here sweetie". Then with a sweet but sort of sassy voice she said, "Well good, will you keep it on?" I kept smiling, but had a mix of emotions swirl through me. Geesh, am I really that grumpy? How sad! I feel so guilty for not being very patient! Am I a mean mom? How should I take that comment? Is she just being sweet or was that meant to be a little sassy? Goodness, all I know is I cant wait for Marcus to be home! I am going insane! At the end of the day, I still cant stop thinking about that comment Lyza made to me... Keep that smile on.... I hope tomorrow I will have feathers like a duck and I wont let things bother me so much. I hope I can be a better more patient Mom, and keep a smile! Thanks little Lyza for teaching Mommy something today.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yea for Cyndal!

She cut her first tooth today! Lots more to come with swollen gums! Poor girl!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Remember Today May 29th

Well Marcus has been back to school for about two weeks now. Studying for boards and taking two summer school classes. We already miss him to pieces! Today we were able to get him home earlier for dinner because I had some late appointments. While I was down doing some hair Lyza sneaked away from Marcus' watch and decided to come "make lightening". She started to flicker the light switch on and off from upstairs... So there was not much I could do about it! She thought it was halarious and giggled while she was "making lightning". I have no clue where she heard that or even how she came up with it, but it was pretty funny the first couple times. I LOVE this girl! Cyndal is now officially into EVERYTHING! I try to do the dishes, she is in the dishwasher! I try to eat, where is Cyndal you ask? Trying to grab the plate or everything on the plate. She also has the pinching thing down so I have to vacuum alot! I have to say little "Rere" is very curious and will find a way to get into whatever she wants with a big grin of satisfaction! Its very okay though, her innocents, gummy smile, and slobbery kisses well makes up for her mischief!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Remember Today May 14th

Today was a great day, sunny and warm! Days like these have been few and far between so when we have them I feel all giddy inside. We started off the day finishing the cleaning project we started last night. I bought a huge blow up bouncer for dirt cheap on craigslist that I thought we could use at Lyza's birthday party. There was one major catch, it was bug infested and so dirty! I mean filthy, grimy, left outside all winter and spring dirty... When I saw it I almost left, I couldn't even count how many potato bugs and centipedes there were and it smelt funny too. But I wrapped it up in a tarp and headed home. Marcus and I pressure washed it and left it to soak in a baby pool of clorox water over night. This morning we couldn't believe the power of clorox! It was awesome, after a rinse and drying it looks great! Lyza even got in a bounced around. She loved it and I am so excited for her party, the kids will love it. We ran some errands and played some tennis then returned home for dinner. Lyza's room was still hidden under all the balloons, so i suggested popping some. She was mad about the idea and insisted against it. When I came in with a needle she decided to give it a try, and she loved it! She is so funny, she sat and coaxed the balloons toward her saying, "Come here little buddy" or "Come here little girl" for the pink and orange ones and "Come here little boy" for the blue and red ones. Then she would rub them, and kiss some of them, and then poke! She didnt even jump, and sometimes she would let out a little giggle then coax the next over for "their surgery". I guess we have been watching too much House... I love this little girl! She is getting so big too quick, but I love that she is so aware and full of things to say to keep me on my toes! Oh Lyza, got to love her!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Remember Today May 13th

Today was Marcus' last final! Hallelujah!! I didn't think this day would ever get here! This morning we had Lyza's Kindermusik class, so we took cupcakes and lolly pops. Lyza was grinning ear to ear when everyone sang to her, then she so proudly helped me hand out the goodies. I think she will think birthdays will be a weekly thing because we are having birthday things on 3 different days. That's OK though, I love to celebrate it just as much as she has.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Remember Today May 12th

Lyza's Birthday! It all started late last night. We stayed up late and pumped up 150 balloons and sneaked them into Lyza's room while she was sleeping. She woke up bright and early (6am) and said," I am smiling, because I am happy for my balloons!" She is so funny! She loved them, and she spent a while playing in them and then hiding with daddy underneath them. I hope this can be a yearly tradition in our family, I think it made her feel super special. We then went downstairs to open all of her gifts. She loved all her presents and cards. I think she was super spoiled by all our family too! Lots of great gifts! She loved all the phone calls and told everyone about her room full of balloons. We took pizza to Marcus' school and had dinner with him there, and then we left to let him study and we came home and made cupcakes. Lyza was thrilled to help and was so excited about her cupcakes!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Remember Today May 11th

Today Cyndal started clapping! I love watching her progress and be so happy for it! There is still a piece inside me that wishes that these things wouldn't happen yet. That I could just preserve her and keep her my baby forever. At the same time I couldn't be happier seeing her progress, kind of bitter sweet. I just love her sweetness and happy spirit she brings into our lives. I love her huge open mouthed smile that is so contageous, and the way she waves her hands and hicks her feet every time I walk into the room. There is just this piece in my being that cant get enough of her. It still amazes me how much a parent can love their children. My heart aches at the thought of being away from them! Its like an addiction! I don't know what I will do when they grow up and move away! My heart will surely go too. I am glad I don't have to think about that for a while!

Lyza also had a shining moment today. She came into my room with her shoes on the wrong feet. I laughed and let her know. She looked a little confused and looked down, looked back up at me, then looked down again. I could just see the wheels turning, then she crossed her legs and looked back up and then said "there, is that better mama?" Gotta love this girl, and her abstract way of thinking. She will grow up and be a artist of some sort for sure. I let her know that didn't work, and that she needed to take her shoes off and change feet. She seemed a ittle discouraged but agreed to change shoes...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Remember Today May 10th

I loved my Mothers Day! It all began with a surprise date night last night! Marcus managed to get a babysitter and make dinner reservations at my favorite restaurant in the mist of finals! I felt like such a lucky girl, but it didn't end there! I woke up to breakfast in bed, my favorite breakfast I might add, biscuits and gravy with orange juice! I was even able to shower alone uninterrupted! Ahh, one of the little things I never would have thought I would miss! Marcus also got the girls mostly ready for church! This was already more than I could have asked for, but then Marcus and the girls surprised me with a beautiful corsage to wear to church. I am so impressed at the thought Marcus put into making this day so great for me. I am so grateful for such a wonderful hubby and the most beautiful, sweet daughters in the world! I felt overly, extremely blessed today! And I loved every second of it too!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Remember Today May 8th

Today has been a long week, Marcus is in the middle of his finals and I think they will NEVER end! I cant wait for them to be over and be back to normal life! Today we went to the house friend of mine, Lara Ellingson, and she helped me can a bunch of food. I am trying to build our food storage and she was so awesome to help! We canned chicken, almonds, blueberries, craisons, and chocolate chips. I am excited to have so much done! 
Today also is a very special day for Cyndal... She learned to crawl! I loved watching her, she was so slow and cautious with her robotic movements and a huge smile! It was so satisfying to see her so proud of herself. I cant believe we are already to this milestone. Time wont stop going by faster everyday.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter Pictures

My friend, Lara Ellingson took some more amazing pictures for us. I am so grateful to her for capturing these moments. They brought me to tears the first time I saw them. I couldn't say enough times how grateful I am for my family, for my husband and for my girls my Father in Heaven has blessed me with. I feel like the luckiest person on earth!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Finger Paints

Lyza got some finger paint in her Easter basket and has been begging me since to paint, so we broke out the paint while Cyndal was napping. We both had a blast and I cant wait to make a framed project with her art. Lyza was so cute when I was explaining that the paint was messy so we needed to watch where we were touching and not to wipe on our clothes. She was quiet and listened and when I was done she ran in and got her apron and was ready to go. I love how she actually listens and understands and puts a plan together without me having to ask. Its a great age, and I find that as she passes through stages there are good and bad. I miss the things she was doing but also think its great for the new things she figures out and new things she starts doing. I miss that she doesn't always sleep with her hand inside her armpit anymore, and the way she used to wake up in the morning saying "See-we-al" in this sad voice like her stomach was eating its self, and I miss the way she used to say Cyndals name (Fyndal). Now she has moved on to new things that I am sure I will miss when she stops.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


We received a package from Grandma Teresa that the girls had a blast opening earlier in the week. It was nice to get into the spirit of Easter early this year. It makes the holiday last more than one day. We had some friends invite us over for brunch and an easter egg hunt Saturday. We had such a nice time being outside for once! Lyza and Cyndal looked so cute with their bunny ears and their baskets in hand. I think they both enjoyed the hunt. Lyza learned the art of trading candy with her friend and enjoyed it so much they both disappeared and were found sitting trading their candy back and forth. It was pretty funny to watch. Sunday we had the girls open their baskets early and then we had a wonderful meeting at church. It was a beautiful meeting and we enjoyed being brought back to the true meaning of Easter. I am so grateful for this season and holiday we have to remind of of the sacrifice Christ made for us.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Fishing Excursions

We have been fishing a hand full of times the past couple weeks. I was secretly hoping Marcus would catch lots of steelhead so his need would be filled,and we could do other things with our spare time. Instead we caught lots of sucker fish. It made things more interesting and I guess its better than nothing, but it kept us going back frequently in pursuit of the steelhead trout. I am now grateful that he didn't catch the steelhead because we wouldn't have gone back as frequently. Well maybe we would have, but I am grateful for the time we spent together there at the river. It started the bedtime stories for "Marvin the fish" that Lyza beggs for everynight before bed. I know it sounds silly, but I know Marcus and Lyza have so much fun making up adventures for Marvin the fish and I also secretly like listening to them as well!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

Can this really be true? As I was waiting for the dogs to potty I spotted this!!! There are really little blooms on the bush outside our house! I cant wait for spring, it is for sure the happiest time. Waiting and watching things come back to life!!! It truly fills my whole being with joy!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

6 month pictures

I cant believe my baby Cyndal Marie (Findle "Re-Re") Lyza calls her, is already 6 months old!!! Time plays cruel tricks on us! I feel like I just had her yesterday. Our good friend, Lara Ellingson took some pictures of Cyndal the other day. I have always been told that she resembles me more so than Marcus, but after seeing these pictures I couldn't believe how she has Marcus' expressions down pat! It kinda freaks me out that they can make the same exact face! Cyndal has been the BEST baby ever! We have had so many people tell us that too, so I know it is not just us thinking so. She is also so squeezeable, being 18 pounds at 6 months you would love to squeeze her too! Cyndal is the sweetest girl that thinks her big sister is the funniest thing in the whole world. No one can make her laugh like Lyza can. I think my favorite thing is to see her face light up when she sees her big sister. We are so blessed to have Cyndal in our family, she bring s us so much joy and lots of smiles!
This is the one that reminds me so much of Marcus!
This one breaks my heart, but I think her lip sticking out is cute!

This picture is so typical of Cyndal.... Happy girl!

And what is a photo shoot without beautiful Lyza Jade?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Remembering Grandpa Gerald

After my Grandpa passed away I took his shirts to make my Grandma a quilt for her bed. I thought a lot about how I would piece it and what other fabrics I would use. I decided on a pinwheel pattern and to do all the other fabric white. I also did a small border around the large 4 pinwheels made with the pearly button snaps. I had Maureen Ellsworth quilt it and she did an amazing job! I was so happy with how it turned out. I was thrilled that I was able to give it to my Grandma in person, but also sad to be giving it away... Is that weird? As I was making it I got really attached... Grandma seemed to like it and I am happy she will have memories to sleep with. Hopefully this can be of some comfort to her. Anyway, one more project down, and on to the next!