Thursday, March 31, 2011
When I found out that there were live bunnies at the mall for photo sessions, I just couldn't resist. I did purchase some pictures, but not the bunny ones, so you'll have to excuse the poor quality of the proofs. Ella was really cute though and was asking to kiss the bunny. She didn't like it when the twitching nose and whiskers touched her though and she pushed it away.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Last week, we had snow flurries a couple days despite that it is officially spring. Ella kept going back to where we keep her sled and asking to go for a ride. Poor girl, there just wasn't enough snow. She'll have to wait until next winter!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
We were able to spend last weekend in CT to visit Grandma Fran one last time. We were also able to get together and introduce Ella to her 2nd cousins! It was pretty hectic, but Ella held her own as the youngest amongst some lively boys all wearing padded superhero costumes! We'll see if we can get them all to sit for a picture this weekend...
We also spent some time watching Harris home video. There was a video of Thanksgiving one year where Grandma Fran had brought a cake for Kate to decorate. While Ella and I were at the grocery store, the cake decorating supplies caught my eye, so we decided to bake and decorate one to bring with us. I think that she would have been impressed with Ella's decorating skills... this is kind of a lengthy video...
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
My grandmother, Frances Gandini Morin, passed away last night. She was 88 years old.
Grandma Fran (I'm still not sure why she let small children start calling her that) shone in a life that would have destroyed many people. She didn't find out until years later that her biological mother had died only days after giving birth to her. Grandma Fran was an only child. The woman who had raised her, and who was in all respects her mother, was in fact one of her older cousins.
Fran grew up, became a secretary, got married to my grandfather George, and had three kids. One March, when the youngest (my mom) was twelve years old, a late season storm dumped several inches of snow on the ground. When my grandfather came inside from shoveling, he sat down in a chair and died. Grandma Fran was instantly a 42 year old widow. She never remarried, or as far as I know, dated anyone else. (If you know otherwise, please don't tell me.)
Though she must have been more heartbroken and frightened than I can even imagine, she let herself and her young family mourn for just about week before announcing to the kids that everyone was going back to business as usual. She returned to work and spent the next several years raising her kids alone. Though she always enjoyed talking about Grandpa George and loved telling us grandchildren what he was like, she never dwelled on the tragedy in her life. She was matter-of-fact about the awesome responsibility of being a single parent--a responsibility that was thrust upon her but that she had unquestionably met.
It was probably that same toughness that kept her from being a grandmother cliche who bakes cookies and hugs you all the time. Instead, Grandma Fran would give you watered-down cranberry juice (the real stuff was "too tart") and snap at you to "stop crying" if, like me, you got scared the first time you watched Ghostbusters. To be fair, she did give you a grandmotherly hug when you showed up at her apartment. And she did perpetuate the stereotype by keeping her apartment at a balmy 85 degrees.
In the end, Grandma Fran died surrounded in her sleep by the ever-growing family she built from almost nothing. All three of her children took turns sitting with her from early in the morning until late into the night. Her eight grandchildren crowded into her room at the nursing home and told stories about her and laughed. Her seven great-grandchildren played around her. The oldest was probably already sick of hearing all the classic "Grandma Fran" stories dozens of times, just all of them and their own children will be in time. The youngest (Ella) was just happy to yell "Love you, Fran!"
You can see an obituary and sign a guestbook for Frances Morin here. We miss you and love you, Grandma Fran!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We have really started taking advantage of opportunities to play with friends who have backyards and swingsets! We had a blast playing with Ryan and Eden on St Patricks day! It was so nice, I had my first ice coffee of the season, and we all took our coats off!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Nate is very concerned about Ella knowing how to play outside! In the fall, he would bring her outside and complain that she didn't know what to do out there and was too much of a "city girl". I would remind him that she was just learning to walk still, so what did he want her to "do" outside other than walk around while trying not to fall down? Well now the snow has melted so every chance they get, Nate and Ella go outside. Her balance is much better outside, but she still falls a lot with all the distractions of outside (residual snow piles, sticks, lamp posts, pine-cones, birds, trees, fences, rocks, etc). Plus while trying to run around she wants to talk about all the things that she sees and also to collect and carry them around. She loves to throw a ball, and will sort of half kick one too. She loves to be chased and will say "Catch You" and run away if she wants you to chase her. When she falls down she will always ask for a hug, and no better where her booboo is, she wants you to kiss her finger. She still has a little work to do to meet Nate's outdoor playtime expectations, I think, but she is getting there!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Nate has had an issue with chronic and frequent sinus infections and his doctor has recommended the sinus surgery to help improve drainage, and he has been doing everything possible to avoid this including looking up home remedies on the internet. This is him steaming himself with eucalyptus oil and boiling water. He also has been drinking cider vinegar which is disgusting if you ask me (or him). However the combination of these two things along with the tried and true nedipot have seemed to do the trick this time...
The eucalyptus steaming is pretty nice actually, I tried that one too.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Ella and the birthday girl
Ella and another little girl at the party almost had a brawl over the cozy coupe. There were 2, a traditional red and blue model, and then there was this fancy pink one. Of course the girls both wanted the pink one. The other girl was 2, so about 6 months older, faster, and sneakier than Ella... The girl was in the car and Ella wanted it, so we told her she had to wait, but could use the red car. She used the other car and climbed on the other toys, but always keeping her eye on the pink car. Well the other girl got out of the car and was doing something else, so Ella made a beeline for it. Unfortunately for her, she went to the side without the door to try unsuccessfully to open it. The other girl, seeing that Ella had moved in on her car, quickly ran to the correct side, got in, and closed the door before Ella could get there. There were tears. It was very sad.