Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Soccer Player!!

this video is from the beginning of summer. :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Where does the time go?!?

Wow, I just saw that my last post was in June....and it's now September, the END of September!! Time is flying! These last few months have been full of fun, change and lots of growing up for little miss Ellie. She is transforming into this little, or I guess I should say, BIG girl by the minute! She is so full of energy and is on the go All.The.Time. I feel like I get a workout by just watching her cute little self run and run and run, then jump and jump and jump, then climb and climb and climb, then run some more! If only I could have half of her energy, I would be good to go! Ellie is talking up a storm...and by that I mean talking in our language. :-) She picks up new words and phrases every day, (some of which I have NO idea where she got them from) and loves saying the letters of the alphabet (thanks to "Super Why!"- one of Ellie's favorite cartoons that is all about letters and spelling out words). As far as numbers go, we are still stuck on the number "2". When she is meaning to say- 1, 2, 3 GO!...she says- 2, 2, 2 GO! So we'll keep working on that one for now. ;-)

*little side note*
[I am on my computer in the kitchen right now and she just walked in from the other room and said, "what's up mommy!" hahaha, I love her so much!]

At the beginning of the summer, I started watching a newborn baby girl two days a week (full 8-9 hour days) and to be honest, I was pretty nervous about how Ellie would handle sharing Mama with this new little one....but she absolutely LOVES little Leah! She is so good with her and gets so excited every time "baby" comes over. What a relief that was for me and at the same time, gave me hope that if sometime in our future another little one comes along, Ellie would be okay. I now watch Leah's big sister too, who started Kindergarten at the school right across the street from our house, which has been very convenient for me to pick her up! Ellie loves having Ashley here to play with in the afternoons and they have become great little buddies. So I am so thankful for how everything has worked out and couldn't have asked for a better family to be able to work with. :)

Jeremy and I started playing co-ed softball and we are having a blast!! It is so much fun and we are loving getting out there and doing something new, while being able to hang out with friends and have a good time....and of course have some good laughs too! We actually did really good for our first game, woohoo! Ellie loves going and cheering on mommy and, not really, she is MUCH more into having Papa chase her all over the place, climbing up the bleachers and walking up and down the (6 inch wide) side ledge which gives us all a heart attack! I think Papa got much more of a workout from chasing Ellie around then we did from playing! Lol! After the game was over, she and her little friends went out on the field and ran the bases- Ellie was in Heaven to say the least! Thank you Grammy and Papa for taking care of 'the wild woman' and cheering us on as we attempt to relive our athletic days. :)

Here are a bunch of pics from the last few months of us just hanging out, going on Ellie's first camping trip and enjoying being with our family and friends that we love so much!

precious thing

who has some sass in her too...:)

beautiful long hair

family pic


cuddle time

chalk with Nana

so cute!

cousins camping

playing in the water with Papa

daddy with his girl

Jenny and Ellie

Ky getting ready to go tubing

cute "Bubbi" as Ellie would say

my first pine cone!

Zoey, Auntie and my little no-looker

Kylee and Auntie- look at Zoey in the background!

getting as close to Poppy as possible :)

Jenny and Jimmy= cuteness

cousin love

dad and me

my beautiful sister

playing "go fish"

tent fun!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Old Sacramento

We went to Old Sac with my parents on Saturday and had so much fun! It was so nice to walk around outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Ellie loved seeing all the trains and boats and the horses that were pulling the carriages. She walked with us the whole time (besides hitching a ride on Papa's shoulders a few times)...I think she might be in the best shape out of all of us! :) Here are a few pictures we managed to get that day.

she had me in a headlock! She still had plenty of energy when we got home!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

more pictures...

love this smile!

and this laugh...

would someone like me to answer this?
glad I could help!

naked baby having a snack :)

Ellie HAS to wear one brown shoe and one red shoe...wearing the same color is out of the question for her!

holding baby Leah

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Latest...

So as you may know, Ellie's first language is Japanese! hehe! You think I'm kidding?! Come on over and listen to her talk! :) Ellie talks non-stop from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes to sleep, and everyone who hears her always comments on how much it sounds like she is speaking in Japanese. It has just been in the last month or so that she has really started to say words (in English) that we can understand (besides mama, dada, papa etc.) and now she is saying tons of new words and phrases every day! Don't get me wrong, we love hearing her speak her own little language and carry on full on conversations with us, in which we have NO idea what she is talking about...but I must say, it is so nice to be able to understand her now and give her a response back that actually relates to what she is saying! She probably thought every time I would say something back to her, "mom, that had noooothing to do with what I just told you" haha!

I am absolutely loving this age right now where Ellie is really starting to talk and understand things, and her interest in everything around her is so much fun! I love how every little thing is the BIGGEST deal and makes her face light up. --example-- spotting the moon in the sky makes her little self full of joy and she shouts to everyone "look!" "moon!", or seeing a firetruck drive by makes her jump up and down and she waves to it like crazy until she can't see it anymore then tells it "see ya!". I love watching Ellie learn and discover and explore new things every day. She is so much fun! Can you tell that I might be just a liiiittle bit obsessed with this little girl?!?! ;-)

Here are some cute pics from this last month...

enjoying the warm weather


cutie pie

"another picture mom?"

she picked out her outfit this day :)

loving on her baby

reading to baby Leah (I watch her 2 days a week) Ellie LOVES her! Thank you Lord!

picking up Bubba from Sunday School

working in the yard with Nana!

she put Nana to work! :)

pile up on Papa!

Now Grammy's turn!