Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

We headed south this weekend to spend some time with MeMe and Pap, and had a special treat of hanging out with the cousins. We were all in town for Cookies with Characters that benefits Meredith's Miracles. We had awesome weather, and Ellie, Turner, and John Burke had a blast running wild all over Andalusia! I love that Ellie will grow up with so many cousins, and now that they play together makes it so much fun. Turner was so sweet to Ellie all weekend. He would ask where she was, and held her hand a few times. You could tell she thought he was something else, and wanted to run and do as he did.

Thanks MeMe and Pap for a WONDERFUL weekend! We loved seeing everyone, and meeting Elmo and Mickey in person!

Great park in Andalusia

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Here, There, and Everywhere

I feel like this will be my title for the rest of spring and summer... We are loving this weather, and are soaking up every minute of daylight each afternoon.

Swinging with Sawyer

Pushing JB

Reading (her new favorite thing)


Looks like she's getting ready for a boxing match

Milk Please!

Riding the car at MeMe's

Playing at the Park


Sunday, February 20, 2011


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This week at school, Ellie had an unusual wake up call... A classmate decided to nibble on her toes while she was napping! Now I know why he found it them so tempting!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day To You!

Isn't he a cutie? Sorry - I know it's small but I couldn't figure out how to make it larger... but I love this sweet picture of Jay! He is probably around Ellie's age now. Much more hair than she has!

We had a great afternoon enjoying some of this nice sunny weather playing in the park! We need to put a play area in our back yard for this spring and summer, because Ellie could spend all day outside. The cooler temps don't even seem to bother her. She loves to look out the window upstairs when the neighborhood boys are playing basketball wishing she was big enough to play with them. When she is out with them, they are very careful around her and do give her a chance with the ball. She picked up a new word this week... MaMo (Elmo) and loves anything with his picture on it!

We are in another semi-busy time for work, so I spent the weekend working... Ellie very much enjoyed her Daddy time. This has been an extra hard few weeks due to final decisions coming out for this year's class. It gets more and more competitive each year, and denials are the absolute worst part of this job. Some understand more than others, and some days you feel like the worst person... Thankfully, this period doesn't last long for me!

This weather today made me so excited about this spring!

Ellie LOVES to slide (over and over and over and...)

Sweet little nose (concrete plus face don't match)

Driving with Daddy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What a weekend!

We had a great weekend (with the exception of driving home on Sunday) visiting with my parents. I had a baby shower and Jay had a show out of town. I love visiting with grandparents because they help out SO much! Ellie loves all of the attention and cannot get enough of their sweet dog, Lucy. Lucy is not as excited about Ellie. She will let Ellie know when she's had enough, but Ellie thinks it's funny. I am usually on Lucy's side... As soon as we arrived, Lucy went running in another room with Ellie chasing right behind her!

Excuse the quality of these pictures... they were all taken with an I Phone

Ellie loves investigating new areas of the house... especially MiMi's silver drawer!

Ellie enjoyed playing at MiMi's office while I was at the baby shower

Laughing at MiMi

Ready to go!

Yay! Daddy is coming home today!

Sweet girl is ready for church

She screamed when I dropped her off, but was having cookies when I returned... and got a sucker from cousin Millie

I am SURE this contributed to our NOT SO PLEASANT ride home... I thought I would be smart and leave before Ellie's afternoon nap. Little did I know that she would SCREAM from Odenville to Oxford... If you are not familiar with that distance, it was over an hour. She then passed out for all of 20 minutes before screaming again from the GA line until we pulled into the drive way. Yes, another hour... I threatened to drop her off on the side of the road. We did make a pit stop because I thought she might be hungry. Instead, she fed Sophie her chicken nuggets and FF.

New trick of the week... getting her arms out of the carseat straps. Guess I need to tighten them!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


***Pictures to come later***

I celebrated my big 30th birthday ALL WEEKEND LONG, and Ellie celebrated 15 months yesterday! I wouldn't say this was the best weekend for us as Ellie is battling a double ear infection, but we were still able to eat some great food and celebrate with some great friends!

Friday night Jay surprised me with a trip to New York Prime in Atlanta. If you love steak as much as I do, then treat yourself to NY Prime! What an awesome meal. I wish I had pictures, but I didn't think it was appropriate to pull out my camera at this restaurant! We ended the night with coffee and dessert at our favorite place, Cafe Intermezzo.

Saturday we enjoyed the beautiful weather with a trip to the park with Ellie, and lunch at Marlow's (another favorite of mine). We were able to get away again Saturday night for Jay's show at Hard Rock Cafe! I came home with my neighbors only to find out I had Jay's keys... Lucky me got to drive back to Hard Rock at 2 a.m. and then back home again. We were all in bed by 3:30 a.m., and Ellie was up at 5 a.m. Jay let me sleep in and even cooked breakfast before we traded Ellie shifts!

Sunday Ellie was extremely fussy and we knew she wasn't feeling good. She had started coughing Friday night and was uncomfortable both nights. Sunday night was the worst... We may have gotten 2 - 3 hours of sleep. She was crying most of the night and we knew we were in for a trip to see Dr. Royal. Luckily, her 15 month appointment was scheduled for Monday.

We found out she has a double ear infection and is now on a healthy does of antibiotics. We stayed home yesterday to all get some much needed rest, and are hoping this ear infection clears up quickly! This is her second one this month. She was sick Thursday night (I won't go into the details but EVERYTHING in her room, bathroom, and our bathroom had to be majorly cleaned), and we thought it was something she ate. The doctor said it was probably her being dizzy and off balance from the ear infection. You learn something new everyday!

She is progressing along nicely, and finally weighs 20 pounds! She is very tall for 15 months and seems to have Jay's build (lucky for her). Dr. Royal was very pleased with her developmental progress (makes us proud). She'll go back again next week for check-up and her 15 month shots.
Weight - 20 pounds (20th percentile)
Height - 31 inches (70th percentile)
Head - 95th percentile

What she's up to now!
-Gives kisses, hugs, and pats your back while hugging you (so sweet)
-Says MaMa, DaDa, Daddy, Sissy (for Sophie), ba (for ball), Uh Oh, Hey, Alright, Wyatt (according to her teachers at school... Wyatt is her BFF at school)
-Points to objects, people, and body parts (light, bed, nose, belly button, ear, mouth, Sophie, DaDa, ball, sippy cups, book, grandparents)
-Loves to look at and read books now
-Loves to get her shoes and socks on
-Loves to climb the stairs
-Loves to be outside (even when it's FREEZING)
-Loves anything to do with balls, Mickey Mouse, make-up, and shoes
-Loves tormenting Sophie
-Loves sitting in your lap to watch cartoons
-Off all bottles
-Eats all big people food (and lots of it)
-OBSESSED with blueberries
-Sleeps 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (unless she's sick)
-Naps - not the best - usually 1 - 1 hour nap at school; 2 - 1 hour naps at home

Last night we ended my birthday weekend with dinner at Provino's! This is a tradition for me because you eat FREE on your birthday! All I can say is YUMMO! I fell in love with this place in Auburn, and am so happy there is one down the road here. The butter balls (rolls) and salad are the best! Now, it's time for a major diet before summer arrives!

We are so blessed with a happy, and healthy little girl! I am excited what's in store for my 30's... it's the new 20's, right?