Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Nate, with the assistance of Julie threw me a great surprise party at the Bell in Hand the week before my birthday. I was shocked when we got there because I thought we were going to an event for his work. I had also just been telling him the night before how I was kind of feeling in a funk or something but really couldn't put my finger on anything in particular. Turns out all my friends had basically been avoiding me for the previous couple of weeks! I guess I wasn't being crazy... mystery solved.

Leave it to Julie to get the best ice cream cake ever. She knew that all my life, all I ever wanted was an ice cream cake for my birthday, but had been told every year "your birthday is in November, it is too cold for ice cream cake." I finally got my wish! Thanks guys, you are the best!

No, I couldn't do it all in one breath...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving in CT

"I'm thankful for my toys."

We had a great visit to CT for Thanksgiving. First we went to West Suffield for the actual holiday. Ella really got to spend a lot of time with family. Not a fan of potatoes, but she ate turkey, cranberry sauce, and squash, and of course pumpkin cheesecake!

Since we got to stay for so long, Ella was put to work helping papa collect and chop wood for the fireplace.

Ella's 2 favorite things about Thanksgiving were I think Papa, and the horse...

We went down to see the horse several times each day, and Ella would call to her from the house "Neeeee".

She was not so sure she wanted to give up this apple though...

Next up, we headed to Waterford to celebrate my birthday on Saturday. It was such a relaxing weekend that we didn't take any pictures. Ella remained true with her love of grandfathers and animals though giving Poppy lots of kisses all weekend!

Taylor in Charge

Despite claims to the contrary, Tif has started a blog so we can all see pictures and be informed the minute that anything exciting (childbirth) happens out in Chicago, mainly in the form of pictures of Taylor, not of Tiffany giving birth. We all hope that everything goes smoothly and cannot wait to meet the baby! Wait a second Taylor if you are reading this, we cannot wait to meet you anytime after December 17th!

You can follow Pat, Tif, and Taylor's adventures here!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Ella has always loved books. But when she started walking, she got a little too busy to read the stories, we would sit her down and quickly point out a couple pictures and then she was up and away. She was just too busy and independent. But all of a sudden, she must have the ants out of her pants because she is back to being a bookworm. In general she has become much more affectionate and will walk over hand you a book and wiggle herself onto your lap (kind of a pain when I'm trying to say make her dinner but it is so sweet). I try really hard to enjoy it even when there is so much to do because I'm sure this phase will pass too and she will be on to something else and too busy to sit with us.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dancing ABC's

I like how her dance moves have evolved! Irish Step dancing here we come!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Handprint projects are the best hands down! Pun intended.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our family and friends. We wish we could see you all today!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Ella has been imitating lots of words, especially names. She tries to say "Julie" but it usually comes out "Googie, or Doodie, or Goodie". I am pretty sure she knows who she is trying to name though! Mama, and Dada have also been officially replaced by Mommy and Daddy. Nate when in to get her the other morning and I heard her say "Hi, Daddy" So cute!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Coffee and Milk

Every morning Nate and I drink our coffee in our black dog mugs. Ella loves dogs and always barks when she sees them and says "doggie" and points at the dog, and by point I mean lunges at it to touch. She understands now that "coffee" (she also says when she sees the cups) is in the cup, but we are working on leaning that it is "hot" and that she isn't supposed to touch it. I'm not sure if it will hurt or help matters but we thought it would be really cute to get her a cup of her own with dogs on it. Our neighbor actually got her a couple of them which was really nice. Try googling dog sippy cups and what you will find is lots of pictures of dogs using sippy cups... understandable error I suppose.

You can see it is not quite the same as the real thing. I actually even checked the website and The Black Dog does not currently make either sippy cups or plastic cups.... bummer.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Clean up"

I came out of the shower today to find Ella like this with her socks everywhere, but as I was asking her "who made this big mess?!" She was singing "clean up, clean up" Though is sounded like "Neee-Na, Neee-Na" It was very cute to see that she has indeed been paying attention when I am cleaning up her toys.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Buddah Belly

Ella loves to admire her buddah belly!

Friday, November 19, 2010

All we need is a baby....

We had set up the perfect backdrop to take Christmas card photos.... if only Ella was interested in any of the objects over there.... santa- not really; reindeer- not really; sled- definitely not!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Am I in your way?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Good babysitter

Ella takes her babydolls very seriously. I did not pose her for this picture. She was playing with the dolls and then took them to her seat and covered them up with blankets for a nap. It was very cute!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Big Girl table

Nate brought this table home from work one day and Ella loves to sit at it. I think she likes sitting at the little table and chairs at playgroup. They are the perfect size for her, though pretty unsteady as they are made of interlocking foam pieces and fall apart pretty easily. (This is why a small table and chairs are on her Christmas wish list.)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Please ignore my horrific and out of tune singing...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Copy Cat

Why mess with a good thing? Lauren has been showcasing Will and Rory's artwork on their blog's "Virtual Refrigerator". Now that Ella is doing art projects at her playgroup, I figured this would be a good way for you all to see her creative talents!

A curl?

On some days when it is humid, hot or rainy, Ella has one section of heir in the back that flips up! I am sure that when she is older she will hate it and complain and try to straighten it, but right now I love her little curl flip!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Peek a boo

Ella loves to hide in the corner next to the table... she also takes things back there that she knows she isn't supposed to have, so usually when we are looking for things like the tv remote, this is where we find them...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Ella had not ever really eaten candy for the sake of eating candy before this.... Here she is trying M&M's for the first time....


Monday, November 8, 2010

The real deal 10/31/10

You might have thought that after celebrating Halloween twice already that we would be sick of it by now, but NOPE! Here is Ella sporting some Halloween pigtails (or maybe piglet tails...)

We headed over to Nancy, Ben and Sarahs house to watch the Patriots game, have dinner and maybe trick-or-treat.

Sarah was in the mood to wear her wings, so we put costumes on, dragged the dads out of "mantown" and went to 3 houses! Perfect for all! Can't wait for next year!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Boo at the Zoo!

We decided to join in the holiday festivities at the zoo this year, and went with our upstairs neighbors and their daughter, Maeve. It was a little cooler this day, so we got the use the duck suit!

Ella "why are you dressed like that? Don't you have a normal coat? You look ridiculous."
Maeve "You should look in the mirror, my friend."

The zoo had the usual animals that were pretty exciting for Ella this time. It was very exciting for everyone when the gorilla caught his poop in his hand and then ate it! No joke! And the zoo handed out all kinds of organic cereal samples and fruit snacks that Ella loved!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pre Halloween

We joined Lauren, Will, and Rory for trick or treating in Lexington. A lot has changed since LAST YEAR! It was almost 80 degrees out so way too hot for the duck costume! Instead we opted for a Ballerina. She has warn thus TUTU before also... Ella was a little unsure here about that was going on.

Lauren and "blue tinkerbell".

Ella was apprehensive about taking candy from the bowls for the first hour or so. But after she had consumed a couple lollipops, she totally had the hang of the Halloween spirit and was grabbing handfuls of candy as fast as she could! She really liked the lollipops and I don't think she has ever been as dirty as she was when we finished. We made for about 3/4 of the way and then needed to make a break for home. It was getting too crowded and she was getting too cranky, but we got a pretty good stash of candy (for Nate and I) to share.

Friday, November 5, 2010


It is hard to pick things up with mittens on...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hurricane Farm

We went to our friends Chris and Erica's farm in Scotland, CT for their annual harvest party. It was a beautiful day and great to be outside.

Ella got to be up close and personal with lots of turkeys and some pigs.

She is getting much better at running in the grass. I love this picture!

The Screwdrivers did a performance too, but I couldn't take any pictures since Ella fell asleep on my lap listening to them...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

1 year portraits

Omi and Grammie have 5x7's of this one waiting for them.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Coffee Dance

Whenever we use the coffee grinder Ella would try to yell louder than it. Now she has added some dance moves. These are different than her regular dance moves, as they now add a jig-like stepping along with the bouncing.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Are you ready for some football?

Watching the Pats games!