Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend at Omi and Poppy's

learning how to share toys....

Ella liked riding this sea sickness machine at the playground, though she kept calling it her "rocking chair."

We took a muddy walk around the duck pond.

Ella tried to teach Taylor how to put the shapes into the shape sorter.

Taylor was more interested in putting them in another container.

Everyone loved storytime though.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

Here is our most Thanksgivingish photo involving the turkey salt and pepper shakers... The rest of the day all the "kids" were involved in a jam session.

Ella tried out a drum set for the first time.

And she got to jam with the big boys on the piano. We had a great day visiting with our family. We hope you did too!

Friday, November 25, 2011

New door

We have a deadbolt and everything... unfortunately we accidentally threw out the key.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Door

We have needed to replace the doors from our bedroom to the porch since we moved in, but it had become almost impossible to open and close the door, so we needed to get it done asap. Papa came up to help Nate with the door, and Beba and I took Ella out for lunch. Papa wasn't going to get much done with his little helper around.

Of course no "simple" project is simple, and all the wood around the door was completely rotted and needed to be replaced before the new door could be installed.

I haven't gotten a picture of the new door yet! It's coming. Anyways, they got the new door installed, but it got too dark and too late to use power tools, so the storm door will have to be put on another day. Thanks so much Beba and Papa!

Monday, November 21, 2011

seasoned traveler

Ella loved being wheeled around the airport  with the carseat attachment that we got from go-go babyz. She would have never ridden in the stroller.

She watched several team umizoomi episodes on each flight. The meltdown on the way home when electronics needed to be turned off was much better then on the way there.

We had a nice view of the sunset. Before dusk, Ella looked out the window and saw all the clouds below us and said "wow, look at all the snow!"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The dog

Addy went to stay at a doggie resort for the weekend. She's not so great with large crowds, but she came home Sunday before we left so she could play with Ella.

Ella was very excited to have someone to play catch with, but the very loud screech of "CATCH" that she yells seemed a little frightening to Addy.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Ella refused to go to bed at their house, so we tried entertaining her with Austin's fancy popcorn machine.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cincinnati Zoo

Anna took advantage of the excuse of having a toddler visiting to make a trip to the zoo. It was much bigger than the zoo at home, so we took the speedy loop around. It was very nicely decorated for Christmas though.

Ella happened to be exactly at eye level with the top railing, so it was either looking under or over.... she didn't mind the extra work.

Their carousel only had actual zoo animals on it... no creepy bunny which is her favorite carousel animal to ride on. She managed to find another worth riding though.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Happy 30th Birthday Austin. We flew out to Cincinnati last weekend for a double surprise for Austin: our visit and his birthday party.

And of course we wanted to see Anna, who is expecting twins in the spring.

Ella was very excited to make another airplane trip. All went pretty smoothly until the announcement to turn off all electronic devices, when we had to turn Umizoomi off.... it was a long 20 minute landing.

Nate, and Gary (Austin's other surprise visitor) took Austin out while we decorated and got everything ready. Anna had planned a Harry Potter Themed Potter because of Austin's resemblance to Harry and that the movie happened to be being released that day.

While we got ready, Ella amused herself with the basket of dog toys. We did bring her own toys, but these we more fun. Though without a dog there to claim them, she thought they were really for her. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Uncle Baer and Julie

 Ella picked up these 2 toys the other day and said they were "uncle Baer and Julie". I guess "Aunt Julie" is a little too formal. The bear I get, however she doesn't refer to any of her other stuffed bears as "Uncle Baer". But Goofy as Julie, I'm not really following her thought process on that one.... maybe Goofy just looks fun.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New bed video

Nate was sawing the slats for the bed while I took this video. It's hard to hear but when I ask her "are you going to sleep in your big girl bed tonight?" she responds "No I'm going to stand up!" So we were a little worried that it wasn't going to go very smoothly. We were pleasantly surprised at naptime, and then again at bedtime. We still have some bedroom rearranging to do. That chair isn't usually that close to the crib, but she was able to climb into it on her own for a while and we figured it was only a matter of time before she figured out how to get out. But as soon as the other bed was set up, she did not even once climb into the crib (even to "ride the horse" as she was calling it.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Big Girl Bed

We set up Ella's big girl bed the other morning and she couldn't wait (even for us to put the sheets on it) to jump on and try it out.

She took a normal length nap on it that day too. This is her right when she woke up.

And this is the quilt that Julie made for her when she was born (Julie knew that her favorite color would be purple even back then and also that she didn't need another baby blanket). Ella still doesn't sleep under the covers, but we have it folded at the bottom of the bed. She likes counting the stripes on it, of course!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Great Nanny came over for a visit. Ella was too busy to sit and read a book, but Taylor was more than happy to read a story.

Or at least to taste it.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Pat, Tif and Taylor have been staying at Omi and Poppy's house because they haven't had any power since the snow storm. Ella and I decided to go down on Friday to visit them all. We tried the playground, but it was a little chilly. The girls look a little unenthusiastic.

It was surprisingly warmer looking for shells at the beach.