Thursday, May 26, 2011

Last Day of School



Wednesday was Ella's last day of Preschool. We are so sad it's over. It feels like the school year just began and I found out today that she only has 2 more years there until the big K. Sad is not even the word. We LOVE her preschool and we LOVE her teachers, Miss Meg (left) and Miss Lindsay (right). Ella talked about them all year long and we even threw their names around when she needed to be straightened out from a discipline standpoint. Whatever it takes right? Thank you to Miss Meg and Miss Lindsay for everything they did for Ella and for making this year so much fun for her.

Ella is going to Camp Patches this summer at the Preschool and luckily, one of her teachers is Miss Meg. And to add to the excitement for next year, Miss Finley will start her Preschool days too. That is crazy.




Left is Ella's 1st day of school in September and right is her last day. She's definitely not a baby anymore and she's such such a little girl now. The change from the beginning to the end is incredible and we feel like she's such a little human now. Obviously, she's always been a human, but she's just growing up and it's amazing to see her process things and take things in. And, having conversations with her is the best. I love to see what she likes and what she doesn't like. For example, I woke Ella up for the morning of the royal wedding. That was like a month ago. Every morning since, she wakes up and says "I want to watch the wedding" and that she wants to see "Mary". (Thank goodness for DVR). Ella thinks Kate is Mary, as in Mary the mother of Jesus, because Kate is wearing a veil. And, every time Ella wears a dress, she wants me to walk behind her to hold her dress so she can be like "Mary". If she thinks I look like Pippa, then I'm totally ok with that and I'll hold her dress any day.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Birthday Fun

We had Ella's birthday party this past Saturday. It was so much fun. And it was easy. I think anyone who has ever hosted something at their house knows how much work goes into getting everything party ready. Ella's first and second birthday parties were both at our house and they were super fun. But, after 2 years of pre-party set up and post-party clean up, we wanted to do it somewhere else. Luckily, there is an AWESOME park about 5 minutes away from our house that Ella absolutely loves. It's new, clean, fun and what kid doesn't love a park? So, we hosted her party there this year and it was a hit, I think. At least we thought it was. We kept things super simple (for real this year) and served cake, fruit, cheese and crackers. The only negative was that the park does not allow alcohol. What's a toddler's birthday without alcohol? I tried explaining this to the city, but they didn't seem to understand. The weather was great, even though it was a little hot. And when I say a little, I really mean a lot, but we had shade under the pavilions so it wasn't too bad. I think between me, my parents, and my in-laws, we must have taken over 1000 pictures this weekend. I won't share all of them with you, so here are a select few (in random order).



Me and Ella, post-party.


All worn out from too much fun.

Ella and Daddy on the way back from the lake at the park.


Dylan Chee-cock, Finley and her godmother, Alison.


DeeDee and Finley.


Bobby "Pencer"


Dylan is quite the ladies man.


The Birthday Girl.


Ella and her best friend, Louise.


Can you guess who painted the toes? I'm going to get in trouble for posting this.


Ella enjoying a "pre-party" birthday cupcake on Friday night.



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lately

This whole "time needs to slow down thing" doesn't seem to be happening. Has time always gone by this fast and I just haven't noticed? The answer must be yes because I still find myself writing 2007 on checks. And my baby turns 3 next week.

So anyways, we've had a lot going on since my last post. Nothing crazy or anything, just busy and fun. This past weekend we had a Metzner movie night on Friday. For those of you who feel the need to watch "Yogi Bear", let me just save you a couple of hours and don't watch it. Even Ella got a little tired of it, but we watched it to the end. Saturday, we took Ella to her swim class. This was my first time taking her this round of lessons. I'm amazed at how well she does and how much she loved to jump off the sides. She loves to kick around and she can motor around all over the place. And the child LOVES to go down the slide. While she is far from being able to swim on her own, I feel totally comfortable letting her swim in our neighborhood pool all by herself. Kidding. She has no fear of the water, which is a good and bad thing, and she loves blowing bubbles.

Saturday night was girls' night with 2 of my friends, Alison and Kathryn. It was so much fun and we started off with dinner at 5 Seasons Brewery. The food was awesome and their beers are super too. Then, we went to 3 Sheets--a swanky bar in the parking lot of a Kroger. That in and of itself is funny, but the bar is pretty good and it's a fun place to people watch. And they have blueberry martinis. Enough said. We had a lot of fun and then it was time to go. I think kids come equipped with a secret radar that alerts them at 6:15 the morning after a certain parental unit was over-served the night before. They are smart like that. We went to church and Sunday School, where our friends taught a great lesson about teaching spirituality to children. After church, we came home and put the girls down for naps and then headed over to our friends' (Adam and Hannah) gorgeous new home. They had a cookout and it was a lot of fun and both girls did great while we were over there.

I've spent this week just running errands getting things ready for Ella's birthday party, which is this Saturday. My parents came in town today and DeeDee and Gragra (which is Ella for "Granddad") come in on Friday. I love having all my family in town and we're so blessed that both sets of parents get along with each other so well. We are so excited so stay tuned for details and pictures from the party. Happy early birthday to my baby. How in the world are you already 3?

I think she's the younger, female version of Michael Phelps.



Just a cute picture of my girls.


Is there anything cuter than a baby in a sink?


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Toddler Meltdown

People always talk about their toddlers having meltdowns and how horrible it is. It's one of those things where you can't fully understand it until you have the joy of personally experiencing one. Ella has had meltdowns in the past. Or at least we thought she did. In previous meltdowns, she would get real sad and cry, but it usually only lasted a few minutes, maybe 5 at the most. Well, last night, not so much. We had our first, full-on, 110% meltdown. David and I were kind of stunned in that she was still going crazy 10 minutes in. We kind of didn't know what to do, but we just ignored it as much as possible. But how do you ignore what sounds like a dying hyena screaming in your ear? So, we just wound up laughing to each other about it at the end.

It all began with dinner. She wasn't eating her dinner so I told her that I was going to set a timer and if the timer goes off and she hasn't eaten anything, it's going in the trash. 5 minutes later, her plate is untouched. Then came the realization that you have to do what you said you were going to do. So, I (because David was conveniently holding Finley--well played David) picked up her plate and threw it away. Good Lord, the child went absolutely crazy. I mean, it was like a hysterical alien took over her body. She sobbed, cried, screamed "I want my suppa" at least 82,000 times. Luckily, David and I were able to laugh about it to each other. We kept asking each other if she wanted her supper because we weren't quite sure what she wanted. Finally, after ignoring her, she calmed down and then acted like nothing happened. Just like that, she was back to her normal sweet and funny self. They sure can downshift fast can't they?

And today, as we were retelling the story to DeeDee, I asked Ella if she was naughty or nice last night. She told DeeDee that she was naughty and then she said "mommy threw my suppa away". I'm glad her take away is that I'm the bad cop. Here's a picture I was able to take last night of Ella, about 2 minutes before she calmed down.

Yes, that is the top of the couch.

And, we've had a big development with Finley. Well, not really big, but just another thing to remind me she's getting bigger. Yesterday afternoon, I went into her room once she had woken up from her nap and I found her sitting up in her crib, grinning from ear to ear. So, David took out the bumper last night and lowered the crib. She LOVED her bumper and would play with the ties on it all the time. I was a little nervous that she wouldn't like her new space, but she did great and seems to love being able to able to see out. Can someone please tell me when kids stop getting big so quickly?




Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stuff that Makes Me Laugh

I don't really have anything specific to write about. So in the absence of meaningful stuff (like all my previous posts) here is a short list of some funny stuff:

1. Ella is hilarious. The stuff that comes out of her mouth is so funny and keeps us laughing every day. Every morning before David leaves for work, she tells him "No pushing, no hitting, lub you so much". She also likes to pretend she's certain people. Lately, she pretends she's our vet, Dr. Ahearn. She gets real serious about it too and changes the tone in her voice. Last night in her bath, I called her name and she said in a strange voice, "I not Ella, I Dr. Ahearn".

2. This video of my mostly sweet Napoleon. This is also the same dog that freaks out when he sees the beam of light from a flashlight and any other type of reflection. He is also very anti-cat. And he's a big boy. We went to the vet yesterday and while they didn't use the term "obese", he needs to lose some weight. I told him not to worry and that we will have him bikini ready in no time.


3. Finley is close to crawling! She's on all fours now and rocks back and forth. It's so funny to watch. Her big sister is trying to to teach her how it's done. I hope Finley isn't paying too much attention because I'm not ready to have 2 mobile kids. It's funny how we encouraged Ella like crazy to crawl and now I'm trying to delay it for the 2nd.
4. Lately, we've been using these blue rubber dryer balls that are supposed to replace dryer sheets. I'm still not completely sold on them, but I guess that doesn't really matter anymore. One rolled behind the dryer and I had to laugh because I know I will never see it again.

Now you've had your laugh for the day.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day

In case you didn't know, this past Sunday was Mother's Day. I feel so blessed to be a mom and to have the mom and mother-in-law that I do. And now that I have kids, I have a deeper appreciation of everything my mom and mother in law did to raise me and David. This mom stuff is hard and they did a great job in raising us. I mean, look how well we turned out :). I love being a mom to my girls and watching them grow and change before my eyes is incredible. There is nothing sweeter than hearing Ella say "mommy" and nothing better than Finley sleeping on my chest. They bless my life in so many ways and I'm forever grateful to them.

Here are some pictures from Mother's Day. It was a very laid back and relaxing day, which is just what I wanted. We went to church and Sunday School and then had a great brunch afterwards. We had an easy afternoon once we got home and then took a walk later in the day. It was the perfect day and a special thank you to my wonderful husband and kids for making the day so special.

Me and my girls. I am so blessed by these babies.






Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Merry Go Round that Goes Round and Round

David has been at his sales meeting all week. Knowing this several months ago, I had to beg and plead for the girls' 2 grandmothers to come in town this week to help out. Reluctantly, they finally agreed. DeeDee (Dianne) got in town on Sunday night and then my mom (Gammy) got in town on Monday and we've have non-stop fun ever since. The girls have been spoiled and I've been spoiled having both of them here.

As an early Mother's Day treat, Ella and Finley treated DeeDee and Gammy to a trip to the zoo and to lunch afterwards. Ella has been to the Atlanta zoo a couple of times, but she's at the age now where she knows what's going on. Out of all the things there are to do at the zoo, like look at all the fun animals, what was she most excited about? "The merry go round that goes round and round". That's the only thing she talked about from the second we walked in until we left. Every time we saw an animal, she would say "I wanna go on merry go round that goes round and round". Shockingly, she was able to put that aside for a bit (after multiple promises of going on the "merry go round that goes round and round") and enjoy the animals. I probably said "the merry go round that goes round and round" at least 82 times that morning. She loved the elephants, birds (definitely not her mother's child), zebras, and "gaffes" (giraffes). And then finally, she was so excited to go on the "merry go round that goes round and round".

DeeDee and Ella on the "Merry Go Round that Goes Round and Round".
My girls on the "Merry Go Round that Goes Round and Round".
Gammy and Ella enjoying the "gaffes".

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cake

I have the best recipe. And it came from Weight Watchers. And it involves cake. And it's super easy, as in no real cooking. What else does anyone need?

1. Combine 1 box of dry cake mix (your choice) and 1 box of Angel Food cake mix. Mix the 2 together. It's a lot of cake so put it in a big tupperware container or Ziplock.

2. Measure 1/3 cup of combined cake mix and put in microwavable bowl. Add 3T of water and stir.

3. Microwave for 1 minute.

Done.

Finley Update

Our baby girl turned 9 months on the 31st. Really the 30th though since there aren't 31 days in April. David and I talk about Finley's "monthly" birthdays during the months there aren't 31 days and when we are supposed switch to the next month. We can never decide. Anyways, we took her to the doc this morning for her check up and she's doing great! She weighs in at 20 lbs (55% percentile) and she's 28 (60% percentile) inches long. She's tiny compared to her sister at this age, but she's filling out. She's healthy and thriving and we couldn't be happier with the report we got this morning. I had to make her 1 year appointment today. How is my baby 3 months shy of 1 year?