Monday, July 17, 2006

Elliet's Birthday Party

Isaiah



Isabelle with her friend, Daniel



Grant, keeping hydrated



Lincoln...doing his best "Native American with Peace Pipe."



Opening gifts

Another Weekend with Ireland

Kenai loves to just flop down on the floor next to Ireland



Birthday Cards

This is the piece Elliet did with the mediums contained in her birthday card from Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Christie and Luke. Brilliant.




This is what Elliet did with the money in her card from Lula and family.
Sing it with us! "I got some MOney. I got some MOney."
And then she put it toward the Loving Family SUV (obviously not the Environment-Loving Family) ;)

Jayden!


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Busy Cleaning Up

Lula and Co. beat me to posting pictures from Elliet's birthday party so check 'em out over there until I can get around to it!!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Exit Toddler. Enter PreSchooler.

Today is Elliet's 3rd birthday. I cannot believe she's three but at the same time I can't believe she was ever a baby. We closed on this house two weeks before she was born and I spent those two weeks painting the bathroom and doing EVERYTHING I could think of to get her out. It may have worked because when I went in for my scheduled induction at 39 weeks I was already dilated 4cm...which most of you know is the cutoff for an epidural...meaning I could get it whenever I wanted it (jealous yet?) I waited...and then I couldn't speak because the contractions were so close together I barely got a breath between them. That's when Jedd went totally out of character and made the decision, "Yes, now, she wants it NOW!" Around 5:30pm the midwife came in to see where things were and, unbeknownst to us, she was crowning. I didn't feel a thing but I worked harder than I ever have. When she came out less than a half hour later, I just couldn't believe that THAT was what had been doing all that squirming. She was so active in utero that people would notice from across the room that she was moving!
Elliet, you're more special than you'll ever know and I hope we're doing okay by you. At three you seem older, but you always have. You like to help us in a lot of ways: around the house, with the younger kids and out in the yard. The other day at lunch you said you wanted oranges. We asked you what you wanted with your oranges and you said, "Uhh...a fork." Recently, when I said no to you you said, "Just say, 'You can do whatever you want to do.' As if I just had my lines wrong. You can pedal a bike and hop on one foot. You love swimming and don't want to get out even when your lips are purple and your teeth are chattering. You say things sometimes that we're still wondering about, like when you told your Nana that Daddy had thrown away all your toys. Or when you came up to me last weekend and said that Daddy had called me a chicken! I'm still not sure who's lying about that one.




Hanging out with Uncle Brent



We were inseperable...literally, you wouldn't take a bottle!



Turning one




At Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs



Hmm...meeting your new sister



Standoff



First trip to the beach, you had to get used to it but now you LOVE it!



Second Birthday in North Carolina



Still my girl

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Quality Assurance

This morning, Kenai was helping me empty the dishwasher, something she's getting very good at. About a month ago, she sought out the different cups and stacked the ones that matched. Every now and then we realize she's WAY smarter than we think she is!
Today I stood at the counter assembling sippy cups while she brought me the lids and valves. I looked over and saw that she was putting each one in her mouth before she handed it to me. She'd put the valve or binky in her mouth and suck on it for a minute and then bring it over to me.

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Fourth Fun

The girls had a great time celebrating the 4th of July AND Lincoln's birthday.


Cornhole



Slip and Slide



They were too nervous to actually slide but had fun in the water.



Cake and ice cream!

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Bathtub Crayons

Elliet's first "real" happy face. It has hair!

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