Saturday, December 17, 2011
Unfortunately the video is kind of long and I'm having a hard time getting it to upload to the blog, so if you go to this link it should take you to the video on youtube. Please commend if you're unable to see it and I'll figure out another way to show it to everyone.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I shouldn't be surprised. Afterall, this is Ella's bathroom.
And yes, we have the matching trash can, soap dish, tooth brush holder, cup and cotton ball holder. We also have little guitar shaped shower curtain hangers that say Elvis on them. This is also where we have my Elvis bobble head, Elvis guitar candle, Elvis clock (although this is my second clock because the first one rusted out) and my Elvis car set. We also have the door hanger that says, you guessed it, "Elvis has left the building."
Side note: My poor mom and mother-in-law always get a bit freaked out when they walk into the bathroom because it looks like a man is climbing out of our bathtub. I can't blame them. It's a little freaky if you're not prepared.
I also shouldn't be surprised because this is what greets everyone who enters our basement.
Yep, it's a life-size cardboard cutout of Elvis.
And just to ensure you don't think I'm only interested in the image of Elvis, we do listen to a lot of Elvis music around our house. In fact, Ella was very excited when she heard Elvis sing Silent Night, a song she knows very well.
So here it is, the Elvis Christmas tree. No, not ALL of the ornaments are Elvis. I only have about 10 Elvis ornaments, so that's not enough to cover a whole tree.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Christmas Cons are out of the closet
The Santa hat has been put on
The manger scene is up
The tree is up and decorated
And there's a fire in the fireplace
We love Christmas around here. Ella's only big disappointment is that we don't have any presents under the tree yet. I guess that means I need to start wrapping.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
There you have it. This child can sleep anywhere. I love her!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Here is Ella showing off her new pumpkin dress that GiGi made. She was especially excited about the orange hair.
We went to our church Fall Festival where Ella ate this entire cotton candy, an entire snow cone, 3 Twizzlers, several Sweet Tarts, and a hot dog bun (no dog). I was just glad she at least ate one thing that wasn't completely made of sugar.
Ella helped daddy carve the pumpkin. She did NOT want a scary pumpkin! She made sure he was making a happy pumpkin.
And of course Ella went Trick-or-Treating. She was so excited about the Cinderella wig. Her only concern when she wears her Cinderella dress is that she doesn't have "yellow hair" just like Cinderella. The wig solves that problem. Of course she only wore it for 30 minutes, then came home and asked me to take it off and put a bow in her hair instead.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
So Ella totally has this whole preschool thing down pat! It’s only been 6 days and she is already a pro. Last year every single morning on the drive to school I had to give Ella a pep-talk. It wasn’t that she didn’t like school, she loved it and every day when I picked her up she had a huge smile on her face. She even talked the whole way home about all that she had done that day. I think it was more that school was something new, she was only 3, and the kids in her class were very active…VERY. Last year she cried every single day when I dropped her off. Half the time I was pushing her into the class room. My “inside sources” told me that she was fine after 15 seconds, but that didn’t make drop off any easier.
This year I am the mother of a completely different child. Monday of last week she was a bit hesitant….first day of school jitters. Tuesday was better. By Thursday she was good to go. Friday she had a mini-meltdown because, as Ella put it, her class didn’t get to go to the “fancy” playground (AKA, the playground with a little house for her to play in). All in all, the week was great. Each morning she’d give me a hug and kiss, then turn and walk into the class with Mrs. Bull. No pep-talk. No tears.
Today something happened that I never thought I’d see. I was signing Ella into class and she just walked right into the room without saying goodbye. She didn’t even care that I was going to be leaving her for 4 whole hours! She trotted right into that room like she owned the place. I said to her, “Ella…you’d better get back here and give me a hug!” She came back and had a huge smile on her face, but once I got my hug she was off.
No one can believe how much she’s coming out of her shell. She’s actually talking to her teachers and responding when they ask her a question. She got to be the circle time leader last week, another day she was the line leader, and yesterday she was the caboose. Apparently today they were singing and dancing to a song and Ella took it upon herself to get in the middle of the circle and dance. I guess she needed space to truly express herself.
So, my baby is growing up. I love that she’s more confident and likes her class, but I don’t like that she’s so confident that she doesn’t need to give me a hug anymore.