Sunday, September 28, 2008

Our New Friends


Meet Dolly-Doll Kate and Julie-Laine, Louisa and Ella's new homemade dolls. They were made with love in our home on Friday (yippee for school holidays!).

Ella and Louisa played a significant part in the process of creating their dolls: they each chose their fabrics and stuffed their dolls legs, arms and bodies -- all while supervising mom's sewing.

We look forward to many daytime outings and adventures, as well as restful nights with our new friends.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Christmas Wish List

A Little Early (Certainly This Will Be Revised)

Ella
Mom: What would you like from Santa for Christmas?
Ella: No toys. Just something that would be important in life. And that’s all.
Mom: What would be important in life?
Ella: A flashlight, maybe.
Mom: So, what if you woke up on Christmas morning and there was a flashlight?
Ella: Oh yeah, kind of boring.

Ella: There is only one thing specific that I want.
A locket. With a heart.
Mom: That you can put pictures in?
Ella: A picture in one side, and a picture in the other side.
Mom: Whose pictures would you want in the locket?
Ella: Probably a painting of Jesus.
And then I would include a picture of the temple.

Mom: Anything else?
Ella: No.
Mom: Not even an American Girl doll?
Ella: No.


Louisa

I want a baby buggy.
A Chasing Fireflies Baby Buggy.
And a pony.
Like the one that we already have that doesn’t work.
That talks and crawls.
Also a blue eyed bitty baby.
I want those three things.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hogle Zoo

We adventured out to the Hogle Zoo yesterday with Louisa's preschool class. It was enjoyable to meet and talk with the moms, and to get to know more of the kids! Louisa especially enjoyed hanging out with cute Sage.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

First Big Performance

Ella began performing today with Salt Lake's International Children's Choir, representing the country of Austria.

Ella did not want to wear her glasses (first time ever), because, in her words, the way she looks without the glasses is "more international."

And I am not used to this "stage mom" stuff... Ella is required to wear dress shields (which we do not own), so (in a rush) I pulled out a couple swimsuit pads and stuffed them in her armpits! Let's hope they stay put throughout the performance tonight.

Post-Performance Report from Ella: "It was very fun to sing for the Ambassador of VietNam. I felt special when I was singing. It seemed like there were angels singing with us. The feeling was very peaceful. I can't wait for the next performance!"

Monday, September 22, 2008

What a Man!

Steve found himself at work this morning, a 10-minute walk from the hospital and in the midst of a downpour. The only rain gear in his car was a pink 3-year-old-sized cowgirl umbrella. So walk he did, and under the pink umbrella. The nurses in his department saw him coming and gathered together to greet him with smirks and laughter.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Our Family

Drawing by Ella:

"We are in our church outfits. Mom is smaller because she is standing farther away."

Drawing by Louisa:

"This is mom [the M&M looking one]. Dad has the long arms. This is our house. This is me [small figure in center]. And this is Ella [the brown door-looking object]. This says Ella and Louisa [blue lines]."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Perspectives on Football

Observations from the BYU/Wyoming game (final score 44 to 0):

Louisa:
"I don't know why Cosmo roars.
Where does Cosmo sleep?
What does Cosmo do with his tail when he sits?"

Ella (terrified):
"Somebody roared at me!"

Louisa:
"Why do they keep falling down?
Why do we cheer when they fall down?"

Friday, September 19, 2008

On Being Big

Direct quotes from our interactions today.

Ella:
"Mom! I am really big now!
I can climb up the tree
in the front yard
all by myself!"

Louisa:
"When I am big
I want to take care of people,
especially my own babies.
Two babies.
The first baby will be Lucy."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Summer Recap: Friday Fieldtrips

Are we ready to say goodbye to summer? No, never! Instead, we will relive some of our previously undocumented adventures.

Every year, our neighborhood moms organize fun "Friday Fieldtrips" to various places throughout the Salt Lake Valley. This year we joined up for three of the events: a visit to the Great Salt Lake (June 13th, 2008), a hike up Ensign Peak, and (our favorite...probably because I was in charge! does effort invested equal enjoyment!?!?) a great afternoon at our local Fire Station (complete with use of the water hoses).


High on a Mountaintop
June 26th, 2008
Ensign Peak


Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!
Foothill Fire Station
July 17th, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Our Fair State




Along with Ella's 2nd grade class, yesterday Louisa and I attended the Utah State Fair. We all enjoyed the sunshine, the animals, displays and festivities. I especially loved walking away with no fried food (a typical fair necessity) in my belly. We were amazed by the size to age ratio for the swine, the primping occurring among the dairy cows (preparing for judging), and the carved butter statue. We also loved the fine art entries as well as the cute, cute rabbits (especially the one named Ella).

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Football!

Saturday night, history was made in the Edgley family:

Thanks to the generosity of good friends, Steve and I (plus kids) enjoyed our first (yep, first) U of U football game together. It was a great evening. The kids cheered, "Go Utes!" over and over again. We sang the fight song. We (well, most of us) wore RED. It was so easy to get to and from the stadium (a contrast from our usual whole day event to journey down south).

The whole thing made my heart happy.

Thanks M&J for the tickets and the great company! I wish we had pictures.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Essays by Ella


BELIEVE in YOURSELF!
Opinions aren't true. Don't believe what other people say. Instead, be yourself, because there is no true opinion and you are YOU, not someone else! Believe in yourself. You are good. Your heart will tell you the truth. Feel it. Listen to your heart, not to what other people say.

RISE and SHINE
Every morning my mom says the same thing when she comes into my room to wake me up for school. I don't know what she says, but it is just not comforting. This morning I told my mom, say "Rise and Shine!" when you wake me. That will make me feel relaxed and ready to enjoy the day.

HELPING OTHERS
Mrs. Johnson tells me that last year's class was very good because they helped each other. It helps when you are non-distracting, because then others can to their work. For instance, if somebody was doing their math, and they were having a problem, the should ask someone to help them and then it would be lots better for everyone. It's good to be a helper.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Secret


Months later, Louisa still begs for her binkies. Today she found one in the playroom. I let her suck on it. She was in heaven.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Big Day

by Louisa

Preschool was so fun!
I brought my babies.We painted and played.I loved it.