Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Memories from Family and Friends

It was so funny when we went through the car wash and Elyse loved it at first when it was just the water spraying but when the soap and hardcore water started she wasn't so into it.  I will love and think about that little girl forever.
                                                                                                                  -Carly Wilson

My favorite memory was seeing Elyse wrestle her dad.  She had pretty good technique with her headlock.
                                                                                                                  -John Wilson

Memories of Elyse was the way she always wanted to learn new things.  She was also an adventurous little girl.  I got after Ben for throwing her in the air I told him someday you might miss the catch, but she loved it.  
                                                                                                                  -Great Grandma Wilson

When she came into a room everyone's eyes would be attracted to watch her - she was so adorable and active.  Elyse was so compassionate and Happy.
                                                                                                                  -Aunt Naomi

Our memory is of a very energetic little girls who liked to run away from her mom and dad during sacrament.
So beautiful and happy.
                                                                                                                  -The Parrish's

Elyse and Elizabeth  have played together since they were old enough to sit.  Elyse introduced Elizabeth to lipstick and running across the gym.  What else are friends for?
                                                                                                                   -Heidi Slade

Remember when you were foiling my hair at your house and Elyse brought me a tennis ball?  That girls was made of energy - she'd have me throw it and she'd go after it...again and again.
                                                                                                                   -Emily Daley

I loved how she'd smile at me and then immediately go for my shiny jewelry!  Elyse brought such joy to your whole family.  She had quite the sense of humor - can't believe how much she loved the Shantel thing up against the wall.
                                                                                                                    -Kathy P.

We will always remember Elyse's mischievous smile as she would turn to look at you right before she ran away with that come and get me look on her face.
                                                                                                                    - April Holt

Every basketball game we played - it was always great to look up on the stage and see one of our biggest fans with her adorable smile. 
                                                                                                                    -Scott Holt

The first time I met Elyse she was running around the airport, she was there with her grandpa for a missionary homecoming.  She was watching everything going on around her.  She was watching everything going on around her.  She sweetly and curiously watched Anna, and wanted to play.  She was a social little girl, busy as could be.  I liked to watch those beautiful brown eyes take in the work around her.
                                                                                                                     -Brittany Tew

A favorite memory of mine is that "make up" was much better to play with than any toy.
                                                                                                                     -Linda Smith

Elyse was always happy in nursery and could find something to keep her busy.  She loved the slide and fearlessly go down it head first.  She was also fascinated by the bubbles.  She reached for the container saying, "mom mom!"  Elyse made a valentine for mom and dad.  She took the glue stick and held it tight.  She wanted to do it all by herself.  Elyse is a strong, happy spirit!
                                                                                                                      -Christy Cox

When you and I were sitting at one of the coloring tables talking and Elyse was sitting next to me.  She was picking up the play phones and saying "hello, bye bye" and then out of nowhere she picks up her foot and uses her foot as a phone instead.  The funniest part was that she got a great kick out of it.  I'll never forget how happy she made me when I would come into work and she would run to me with a hug and of course a "hello".  Other great memories were if she were getting upset I could take her to the front desk to get a snack or just say hello and then she was the happy little baby we all  knew.  I loved getting to be the one who got to share my snacks with her. 
                                                                                                                      -Lindsey Baker

Elyse had an agenda when coming to nursery.  She knew what toys she was going to play with so rather than choosing a toy she discarded toys she did not need.  She was fearless of nothing and no one.  She'll go head down on the slide and she'll put every obstacle aside to do what she wanted to do.  She loved bubbles.  She had an a special twinkle in her eyes.  She loved nursery.  She was diligent to finish her crafts.  We love Elyse.  She was self-aware of how important she was.  Two Sunday's ago she arrived at nursery with her hair nicely done and color finger nails.  She was absolutely cute. 
                                                                                                                       -Xochitl Flores

Watching her go back and forth down the aisles at church between your spot and Emiline - they'd make faces at each other. 

Church will never be the same.  Every Sunday I looked to see who was the lucky one to hold Elyse.  (It was never me - the competition was too intense!)  As Elyse grew and learned to crawl and then walk she could only be held briefly; she had places to go, people to smile at.  What a unique impish smile.  I have found some measure of comfort as I have thought of Suzie enfolding Elyse...but even there I imagine she can't be held for long - too much of Heaven to see. 

Fun Words

It was so fun watching Elyse learn new words and even start to put a few of them together. Here is a list of words we can remember her saying off the top of our heads.

  • Ball
  • Thank You
  • Please
  • Papa
  • Grandma(Ga-ma)
  • Grandpa(Ga-pa)
  • Mom/Mommy
  • Dad/Daddy
  • Yuck
  • Owie
  • Hello/Hi
  • Push
  • Bye/Buh-bye
  • Ice
  • Yes/No
  • Baby
  • Where
  • Hot
  • Poo-poo
  • Happy
  • Kitty
  • Mmm../Yum
  • Me/Mine/I
  • Eye
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Cold
  • Shh...
  • More
  • Car
  • Light
  • Cup
  • Need
  • Want
  • Jump
  • Apple
  • 123

It was so fun when she started to learn how to put a few of these words together. A few examples are:
I want this
I need this (I always found this one quite funny)
Where dad?
More Please
I poo-poo (her papa came over one afternoon to visit and she gladly announced this to him)

It was so cute when she would say hot or owie and point to whatever it was that would be hot or that could create an owie. For example she would point to the knives on the counter and say "owie" or she would point to the fireplace and say "hhhooot".

She called all fruit an apple.

When she said "shh.." she would always put her finger up to her nose instead of her mouth. It was so precious.

She was always very good about saying "Thank you". She would even say it after I opened a door for her.

During meals we would ask Elyse if she liked the food and her response was always "yeah".  Then just to reassure me she would continually say "mom, mom mmmmmmm...".

This girls missed her daddy when he was away at work always throwing her arms into the air asking "Where dad?".

Our favorite way to wake up in the morning was to Elyse knocking on her crib, "Hello?  Hellooooo?  Mom?  Dad?  Helloooo?"