Monday, November 26, 2007

Elmos and half-decorated trees

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed all of the family time. Unfortunately I have no pictures to show for it. How sad. I do have video though and might one day get it together enough to post it on the blog. We will see!

We JUST finished decorating the house for Christmas and I love it. Not that we have that many decorations, but just the simple things like the tree, stockings, nativity scenes, and Santas. I am so lucky because my grandparents bought each of their grandchildren a Christmas ornament each year since I was a baby. While at the time they didn't mean much, they now are hold so much sentimental value and I enjoy putting them on the tree every Christmas season. Thanks Mema and Papa! Not to mention that they have (along with my aunt and uncle) supplied me with most of my Christmas decorations as well!

When Ellery woke up to find the house decorated this morning, she pointed at the decorative Santas we have around the house and said, "Elmo, Elmo!" It was too funny. Along with all of our "Elmos", we have a half-decorated Christmas tree this year....decorations are only higher than a toddler's reach. I just wonder what she thinks of all this Christmas stuff!

It continues to amaze me how much Ellery understands and tries to communicate with us. If she wants anything, she just comes and grabs our fingers and leads us. We love it!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Wow, do we have a lot to be thankful for! Yesterday we spent the day with Nathan's family and celebrated his mom's birthday. Our gift to her was family pictures which we had taken yesterday in the Woodlands. They turned out great minus a few pictures where Ellery was clearly over having her picture taken. Ellery also got to spend some time at the children's museum at the Woodlands mall which she absolutely loved. What a fabulous idea!
Today we are headed to Lulu and Poppy's house for a Thanksgiving lunch. Bebe and Pops will be joining us as well as Paige, Taylor, Meredith, and 4 dogs. How blessed are we to have our entire family in one place? Ellery won't get spoiled one bit I am sure!
And is Christmas decorating time! I told Nathan we will be getting out the tree tonight. He was thrilled. :)
Have a wonderful day filled with family, food, fun, and most importantly thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Night at the aquarium

We were pretty lazy this weekend although we did manage to get to the downtown aquarium. Nathan and I had been wanting to take Ellery for awhile so Friday night seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Nathan decided it was our night on the town and went all out with valet parking and an elaborate appetizer and meal. I write about the valet parking because it is this new thing with Ellery - she is VERY unsure about a stranger driving away in momma's car. It really bothers her and she obsesses about it until we can find something really good to distract her with. Nathan thinks she's just really into cars...we will see about that!

She seemed to enjoy the huge array of fish that were swimming around in the aquarium while we ate although she didn't want to go too near to the glass. I don't blame definitely wasn't the fish tank full of goldfish she is used to seeing at church or the doctor's office. After dinner on our way out there was a man scuba diving in one of the tanks, and I can say with complete certainty that Ellery did not enjoy this part of the evening. He even tried to blow her kisses and wave.

After dinner we went to look at all of the other fish and animals that were on display. It was like a mini-zoo. At the end, there were these two HUGE white tigers. They were beautiful but they kept eyeing Ellery which made me a little panicky. I literally picked her up at one point and ran for the exit. We also enjoyed the shark train ride and of course, the carousel. It is so fun to experience familiar things through the eyes of a child - it is all so brand new and exciting to her. She kept saying "choo-choo" after we got off the train and she did NOT want to get off of the carousel. What a fun, family night!

We are looking forward to this Thanksgiving week and being with our families. I love this time of year!

the scary scuba man

going fishing!

attempting to touch the sting rays

look at the scuba baby!

dad's turn!

white tigers

and enjoying the carousel!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What I Did Today

1. Woke up at 6 am because I am a light sleeper and always wake up when Nathan gets out of bed no matter how quiet he is.
2. Since I was up, decided I would do my bible study.
3. About 5 minutes into it, Ellery woke up unusually early.
4. Went into Ellery's room and to my shock her left eye was partly swollen shut due to a mosquito bite she got from the night before. A few things went through my head including "wow, she looks a little alien-like","poor thing, I wonder if she can see okay?", and "shoot, this better clear up before pictures next Tuesday!". She didn't seem to be bothered by it, so I gave her some motrin and continued with our morning routine.
5. Made Ellery a breakfast of eggs and fruit, as well as pack her a lunch for school.
6. Got both E and I dressed for the day which went unusually smooth despite a minor tantrum over our differing shoe choices.
7. Drove Ellery to school and watched her excitedly place the fruit she brought for the class fruit salad into the teacher's bowl.
8. Walked back to my car a little sad that she didn't say bye or seem at all bothered that I was leaving her for the morning (although I know this is a GOOD thing).
9. Went to it!
10. Went to the galleria to purchase a few necessary items and a couple unnecessary items.
11. Scarfed down a huge slice of veggie pizza.
12. Drove to pick up a couple of things I was having monogrammed at the Monogram Store.
13. Couldn't find a single parking spot so decided to come back to that errand later.
14. Realized that the picture outfit I had purchased for E needed off-white tights.
15. Drove to BabyGap because surely they have every color of tights. Thought to myself you just left the galleria dummy!
16. Went to BabyGap and no off-white tights. Sales lady told me to put white tights into a cup of tea to obtain the cream color. Decided against that idea immediately but purchased a few on sale items and one item that I convinced them needed a damage discount. Go me.
17. Went back to my errand at the Monogram Store and this time found a parking spot.
18. Thought to myself that I really needed to get to the post office before I pick up Ellery from school but maybe I could squeeze in a really fast trip to Whole Foods and Beauty First.
19. Bought apple juice at Whole Foods (the only kind E really likes).
20. Bought a round brush at Beauty First and thought really hard about purchasing a wonderfully smelling holiday candle.
21. Rushed to the post office to pick up a package I was not home to sign for the previous day.
22. Waited in line at the post office.
23. Was told my package was back out for delivery.
24. Went by my mail box to see if the mail had been delivered for the day - indeed it had. No package.
25. Decided I would take matters into my own hands and find the post man.
26. Spotted him down the street - "How lucky is that?", I thought.
27. Ran over to the post man (It is nearing time to pick up E from school and can't be late) waving my US Postal note.
28. He says it is his half-day and he doesn't have my package. But Phil the other mail carrier might have it.
29. I ask him if he could radio for Phil but it seems they don't do that kind of thing.
30. He tells me where I might find Phil and also tells him I owe him. (I am thinking I don't owe you a darn thing, you ARE my mailman.)
31. Pray that I am able to find Mr. Phil.
32. Spot the mail truck and Phil! Phil saves the day, gives me my package, and saves me a dreaded trip to the post office with Ellery tomorrow.
33. Pick up Ellery.
34. Spend an hour at the park with Tiffany and Madikate.
35. Try on part of Ellery's picture outfit I bought her and realize I have the wrong size
36. Decide to venture back to the galleria because I am psycho like that and don't like returns hanging over my head.
37. Get to the galleria and buy E a cookie so that we will have a peaceful shopping experience.
38. Return my item.
39. Let Ellery get a good look at Santa and Mrs. Claus all the while shocked that they are at the mall in early November.
40. Remember that I need cream tights.
41. Go into 5 stores with no luck. Revisit the tea idea.
42. Find the tights in the last place...woo hoo!
43. Drive home in 5 o'clock traffic and have to use the restroom.
44. Get home and make Ellery dinner.
45. Bathtime.
46. Bedtime.
47. RELAX....well sort of...I have a couple of tasks that I would like to accomplish before bedtime (one being watch last night's Project Runway).

I don't know why I decided to give everyone a run down of my day. I just found myself laughing throughout it! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thursday! Here is a picture of my sweet, swollen girl:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Year ago Today...

Today Ellery is 17 MONTHS old! fast the time has gone. Some of Ellery's favorite things are stickers, coloring, stamps (especially Gymbo ones), Boz, climbing and sliding, cleaning up, brushing her teeth, being outside especially in her new cottage, books, airplanes, dogs and animals in general, "singing" songs such as "Old MacDonald" and "The Wheels on the Bus", being with familiar friends and family, and of course her paci and lovey. What a difference a year makes!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

It's laundry day!

Actually every day feels like laundry day at our house. I have a bad habit of starting the laundy and not finishing it. I will blame it on the fact that Ellery's room is right by the laundry room and I never want to make too much noise while she's napping.

This has nothing to do with laundry but here is a cute picture of Poppy and E eating icecream together at the lake last weekend. Drinking the last drops of the icecream came very naturally to Ellery - must be in the genes!

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Hellllooo blogging friends! Sorry for no updates this week! This past weekend we went to Austin to see my grandparents. They enjoyed spending time with Ellery and Nathan and I enjoyed a little relaxation time not having to be on our toes 24-7. It is an understatment to say that Ellery likes the lake - she LOVES it, everything about it. She kept saying "boat" and grabbing my dad's finger to pull him outside so they could take a boat ride. One time my dad (Poppy) thought maybe she just wanted to play inside the boat, but not a chance. She wanted to GO!
This week Nathan and I were able to attend a huge gala for Boys and Girls Country on Tuesday. It was outstanding, with about 1500 people in attendance. My parents have been involved with the organization for awhile and it is a truly wonderful one. It gives many children the opportunity to live with a Christian family and experience "home" because for various reasons they are unable to live with their biological parents. And the guest entertainer was none other than Bill Cosby!
And to top of our week, I ventured out to the Nutcracker Market today for about 6 hours! My mom was so gracious to pick up Ellery from school and let me knock out most of my Christmas gift list. Most importantly, however, it was just wonderful to sneak away with a friend and have fun! What a gift!

And because most of you really just want to hear about Ellery, one of her newest words is Hellloo! It is adorable. I have tried to video her saying it so I could post it, but she doesn't do it on command. She also got an early Christmas gift this morning - the Neat and Tidy outdoor cottage. She was so surprised and excited when we took her outside to see it this morning. The girl just loves being outdoors and for the past month or so has been amusing herself with pine needles. Hopefully this new toy will bring her just as much excitement!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cute Little Ladybug

Last night was so much fun! Ellery was just adorable and she actually seemed to enjoy wearing her costume. I wish you could have seen her in person because pictures just aren't quite as cute.

First stop was the Fall Festival at church. Ellery really enjoyed all of the toddler activities including bobbing for ducks, coloring, playing with the parachute, and the Nemo moonwalk. I didn't know she was big enough to even get in one but I ended up having to go in after her because she didn't want to come out. I can't wait until she can really jump around!

The Fall Festival was a cowboy theme. Here is the ladybug saddling up.

Here she is headed to another moonwalk for the older kids.
Yeah Madikate has arrived!

Is that really Madikate in that duck
costume? I had to feel her face to make sure she was real!

My antennas must have scared my friend!

Bobbing for ducks

Yipee found the duck with the star on the bottom!

Look I might be a wrangler like my Lulu!

Next stop was to Lulu and Poppy's house for a surprise trick or treat. Lulu came with us to the Fall Festival and we couldn't let the night end without seeing Poppy. We were glad to find out that he WAS giving out candy this year instead of canned vegetables and raisins(hahaha inside family joke). Finally, we went to another friend's Halloween party to continue the festivities. Ellery was a trooper and I can only imagine what her little toddler mind thought about all of the dressed up children and adults.

Her classroom at school celebrated with cookies and a costume parade. The toddlers don't dress up (could you imagine changing diapers in a costume?) but they were able to see all of the older kids. Here is a picture taken right before we left that morning. Thanks for the shirt Aunt Sherry!
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