Monday, April 30, 2012


We initially had set Shane up for finger painting, but see seemed to be pretty intently watching Ella. I can't quite remember but she looks like she is explaining to him how to do it....

So we decided to let him try with a brush too.

For the record, Colin thought it was a horrible idea to let Shane paint despite the fact that he was in no way expected to assist in the clean up.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Going to the Zoo

Looks like we'll be spending a lot of time on the carousel this summer.

Shane and Colin also enjoyed the carousel.

I have no idea how I managed to get this shot!

Ella and I tried feeding the birds in the birdcage again. I was thinking since it was early in the seach that they would be swarming for the stick like the did the first time we went in there...

Unfortunately since they were not hungry, she thought I would like to taste it!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012


School vacation brought us over to Nancy's house for a mommy/ kid playdate with me, Julie, Nancy, and Megan with kids Sarah, Ella, Jack, and Noah. Sarah is 4 and the age difference seems to work out perfectly because she is young enough to enjoy playing with Ella, but old enough to humor her most of the time... We were over there for 8 hours, 2 meals, and 1 bath!

And since it has been now officially public, we can disclose that Julie is also in the mommy club! She is due in September around Ella's birthday! Congratulations Julie and Baer!

Playing outside gets really dirty!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Maternity Photoshoot preview

Our good friend Kiera came over to take some maternity photos, and this was THE picture I think that she was going for. Patty cake, baking a cake for the baby.... easier said than done. Ella, despite knowing Kiera fairly well, did not do her any favors in the cooperation department and acted like a typical 2 year old.

First we had to coerce Ella into playing by bringing her outside.  Here she is pretending to have a belly like mine.

We bribed her back in the house with a popsicle and did some painting.... Kiera, by the way, she now asks to "paint mommy" and gets out her brushes.

Here was another keeper.

And here is the mess that we made of my kitchen. I had known the appliances would be in the photos, so I polished them all the night before... I'm not sure if they will ever look the same! I have to say though that Kiera did just about all of the clean up while Ella and I were changing our own clothes!

Kiera took this one at our friend Heather's baby shower the next day. The picture is cute, but makes me wish I could tolerate wearing heels.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patriots Day Parade

Ella was pretty patient waiting for the parade to start.

First hot dog of the year.

All she wanted was to see bagpipes, but she also enjoyed the drum and fife corp, and continued to patiently wait for the bagpipes. They did come eventually.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Patriots Day Fun

We headed over to Lauren's to celebrate Patriots Day and school vacation week with Will, Rory, and Brynn. Lauren had a fun day planned for everyone beginning with washing their new (to them) play house!

Ella was more into managing the sponge distribution than into the actual manual labor.

Will, the human sponge.

Sibling love. Pretty soon, we'll be having some of that at our house!

More supervising.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Carousel

She loves riding the carousel!

Then I saw Nate and Ella coming around like this, with Nate on his own horse, I figured that she must have been holding on pretty well.

Then I got to ride. SHe loved looking for Nate every time we went around.

Big girl.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Does the beach make you hungry?

I learned my lesson about going to the beach for a walk or to play without any spare clothes several times last year, so luckily I had an extra outfit so we were able to go out for lunch. (I did not however bring to the beach a towel, chairs, or buckets as Ella pointed out to me several times though...)

Then we were off to the carousel.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Then we all got our feet wet.

Ella got a little more than just her feet wet!

Friday, April 20, 2012

She got her feet wet!

But then it wasn't so bad...