Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Ella and I took a midweek trip to CT to visit with Shane (and Kate). Ella had fun playing with Shane's toys, and he seemed intrigued watching her. She needed some reminding of sharing, but overall they played very nicely near each other.

Ella needed her baby back as soon as she saw who was playing with it.

Shane seemed to like giving the baby kisses and hugs too.

Shane has a new tub-boat-duck that we had to check out.

He seemed a little nervous when Ella said she was climbing in! I can't say I blame him.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thanks Omi!

Omi made Ella some great new curtains. We love them! Thanks again. We can't wait for you to see them in person.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Memorable quotes from Ella from yesterday....

She opens our door at 730am and marches into our room and cheerifully says "Hey guys, I love you. I'd like to watch a show!"

Later she comes into the living room book in hand and says "Hey Nate, let's read a book!"

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday Aunt Pat!

It's still fun to open presents when you are 90!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Lauren, Brynn and Rory happened to be visiting after we got a little snow so we thought it would be fun for the girls to play outside.

Rory had a great time!

Unfortunately, Ella is still feeling a little traumatized from the sledding incident and would not go in the snow at all!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Princess Dress

Ella got this dress from Rory and wore it to a party. As soon as I put it on her she started playing with it and calling it her "princess dress" and saying she is a princess. This is completely amusing us because we have tried really hard to not encourage an extreme princess persona. She has no princess toys; we never call her a princess. I guess some things are just destined to be!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Girls only Fridays

We've been going to story time on Fridays at Barnes and Noble and then to Panera bread for a girls breakfast/ lunch. Look at these big girls!

Monday, January 23, 2012

family portraits

Only a moderate amount of yelling was required to take these shots and no it wasn't at the children.

Taylor and Ella- the camera is this way!

Nice Ella! Really?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thanks Poppy

It wasn't pretty when her bubble was burst that this plate of cheeseball and pretzels wasn't all for her!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

cutie patooties

So Taylor is a little bit easier to photograph than Ella these days...

And she was in love with Sampson!

Ella had fun playing duplos with Uncle Pat though. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sledding in New Hampshire

The Neilan's all decided to have a weekend getaway this year in lieu of Christmas gifts. We decided on staying in Peterborough, NH at a great house. 

A lot goes on behind the scenes to get 2 littles ready to play outside for 10 minutes.

Ella and I went sledding down the hill and totally wiped out! She was petrified and crying after rolling with me and the sled in the icy snow, so she opted for sitting on Taylor's lap in her old sled from last year instead.

Everyone took turns crashing to try to help Ella get over the trauma. Poppy crashed to show her how it's done.

Taylor didn't feel the need to participate in the crashing...

We tried to get her back on the sled again, with Daddy who is better at controlling the sled, but she wasn't having any part of it.

Omi even crashed too! Maybe by the next snow storm, she'll have forgotten.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

crying in the rain

Thursday, we had to drive Nate to the train in the morning and it was pouring out, so Ella got to go out with her jammies, rain coat and wellies on. There is a very fun puddle in our parking lot that is oh so tempting and I let her splash in it when we got home. But let's be honest, it was cold and I didn't really enjoy the puddle as much as she did, so I dragged her in the house. She didn't want to take off her boots or coat, but instead put on her mardi gras beads and gathered some buckets. I needed to pack for our weekend in NH, so I thought she could play on the porch and I would just watch her through the door from our room. Well apparently playing in the rain by yourself isn't much fun and she insisted that I come outside with her. I gave in, and luckily she wanted to go back inside approximately 50 seconds later.