Thursday, August 28, 2014

art 101

Ella is VERY into art these days.  Coloring is a regular activity.  But Ella hasn’t really embraced her creative/imaginative side until now.

I drew a ladybug and told her to do the same thing.  She was so unsure about how to proceed but she thought and thought and then made one!  And that was all the confidence she needed to branch….up next were ducks and birds and flowers.  She decided to draw Sophia and Happy Duck herself. 


Mimi and Ella always have art time at Mimi’s house.  They worked on still-life art recently. 

Fresh from the garden, the cucumber:

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And cosmos.
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I hope Santa brings us more markers, crayons and pencils this year!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Oh, Sophie

Ella has a baby doll.  Her name is Sophie, thanks to her current Sofia the First phase. 

It’s a BIG deal that Ella has a doll.  HUGE. 
She completely rejected the doll we brought to China, and has continued to do so ever since that day.

I say this is a big deal, not because I want her to like dolls.  Not because I think she needs to like them, or that it’s a normal girly thing to do.  It’s a big deal because her nannies shared with us that she loved her doll in China.  We’ve always wondered what changed (I mean besides the obvious…getting a family and leaving China).

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Some time during that first year home she started sharing her memories of China.  We were wondering together about what toys she might have played with in China.  She shared a few things.  One being a doll. And that it had been taken from her.  Now, she was only 3, so I don’t know how much is factual, but it’s all we have and we are considering it truth.

Fast forward to this summer…..2 years later.  We spent the summer going through trauma therapy with a wonderful counselor.  I am thrilled to say we have had amazing progress and healing!  And one night, out of the blue, Ella asked with silent tears streaming down her face “can we go buy a doll like I had in China?”.  Of course I said yes, we would go first thing in the morning.  (only after warning her it might not be the exact same doll she once had). I was curious if she would remember the next morning, and of course she did.  We ran to Target first thing since that was all that was open.  And she went up and down the doll aisle over and over looking for “the one”.  (We have been down the doll aisle many times before and she has never given it a second glance…)
She saw this one and stopped in her tracks and declared her the one.

We paid and ran to the car to unwrap her.  She took such good care of her and loved on her.  She did declare her “a bit too noisy”.  And that she had “some really stinky diapers”.  And that was that.  She plays with her on and off, but is no longer offended by dolls. 

So yes, it’s a little thing.  A little material thing.  But it speaks volumes to me!

*she later told me that her doll in China sat on her own and this one doesn’t.  But that she still likes her Sophie.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wyatt’s first (kind of) sleepover

Wyatt hasn’t slept anywhere but home (and the lake) since we went to China.  Apparently those 19 days away from home/us was more than he could handle.  Plus, he is a homebody in every sense of the word.  And sleeping away from home, without us, is not an option for him. 

Wyatt has been asking Mimi for a sleepover all summer.  But what he really meant was that he wanted to hang out with just them, around dinner time, and then come home. 

And one day he got the nerve to actually agree to sleeping there. So we set a date.  And Poppy showed up in a corvette to drive him to his sleepover (yes, we break the child safety rules…..but we live less than 10 houses away).  I’m not sure if it was the fact that he arrived in style, or timing, but his first sleepover was a success!  So much so he’s already had a second! 

So glad he has finally gotten brave enough to join in the Mimi & Poppy sleepover fun.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ella’s favorites {age 5}

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Ella’s favorite:

color - pink, of course, and red
book- Go Dogs Go
movie - Lego Movie & Despicable me
animal - pandas, chimps
song - Katy Perry’s Roar, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, You Are My Sunshine
drink - water
food - shrimp, salad, biscuits
nickname - baby cakes
what does daddy do to make you laugh - he laughs
what does mommy do to make you laugh - she surprises me
your favorite place to go - burger king, the park, sonic
types of car - police car, firetruck
holiday -when daddy stays home (the weekends are a type of holiday…)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

goodies from 1st grade open house {wordless wednesday}

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“I think we should not have homework.”

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

flashback funnies

I am currently cleaning out my email….it’s either that or purchase more space.  I came across an email with some quotes from Christmas time (2013).  But they are too funny  not to share.

Apparently we had just gotten out the play manger set for the holidays:

Wy:  Yay, the castle is back
Will: No, it's a manger.

Wy: MAN in the houzz!
Will: It's a manger!!!!

E: I want to be a shepherd
Will: Unless you take a sheep first you are not a shepherd

Wy: Jesus, are you hungry?!


Monday, August 18, 2014

another weekend in the books

Another fun lake weekend behind us.

Lots of our regular fun….jet ski rides, boat rides, swimming and jumping.

This just cracks me up. Will’s hair never does this, it’s hysterical!  

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Wyatt decided he’s quite the fan of a jet ski ride!  It only took all summer for him to warm up to the idea!
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We also had a special guest, cousin Jake (and family).  

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Along with them, they brought a new kind of fun…Paddle Boards.  It took a bit to get use to them but they were easy once you got started.  The kids thought they were great.
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Fishing, of course.  Tons of fish were caught.  And ALL the kids caught their very own fish.  (I think the fish were starving this weekend.)  Wyatt kept asking to pet the fish, or to kiss them.  But would always chicken out at the kissing part, haha.

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These two sweet cousins have so much fun together.  I hope they have lifelong friendship.

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And I just love this picture of Wyatt, his crossed little feet.  I feel like those ankles have been crossed since birth.  
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And, as usual, lots of jumping done this weekend.  

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I can’t believe summer is winding down already!

more first days {Wyatt and Ella’s turn}

Last week was the first day of preschool for the Littles.  Ella was beyond eager to get back to school. 

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Wyatt was just kind of excited.  But he was super excited to have his teacher from last year again.   And some of his same friends in his class again.

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Sweet cousins, all excited for their first day of school.

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Neither Ella or Wyatt had a problem with me leaving.  But were SO excited to say goodbye to me.  Such a change from last year! Praying they stay excited all year. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

the shoe game

We bought school supplies weeks ago.  But somehow I missed the fact that Will had outgrown his school shoes.  Naturally, I didn’t realize this until the DAY before! So the night before school we spent 2 hours going to 5 stores to find the perfect pair of shoes.  This was a first for us since I normally stay ahead of the game and buy online.

Here we are pre-shopping, happy faces enjoying dinner!


Problem #1:  Mister still needs velcro.  (I fell behind on my shoe tying lessons this summer!) Problem #2: Velcro is few and far between.  Four stores later we were out of options in his size.  Will’s bestie’s mom said Jackson uses these no-tie laces.  Will agreed “since Jackson does”.  Back to store #1 and we tried every shoe on in his size, with laces, and he decided which one was the least offensive (oh, the joys of sensory issues). I suspect these are a size too big, but he said these were the only ones that felt good to him.  And at that point I did not care.  I’m still trying to digest how much I paid for these suckers.  But at that point I probably woulda paid alot more to just be done!

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They are pretty spiffy.  And according to Will “they made me run so fast no could catch me during tag!”.  Sounds like a winner to me!


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Fabulous First Grade!


And suddenly we have a first grader in the house!  We got off to a late start, but still managed to get to school as the bell was ringing.

Mister Wilson reported it was an “awesome day!”.
  He found his old friends on the playground and met new friends in his class (though he can’t remember their names).  And the best part, they went to the library the first day.  And the book fair is coming next week.  He is so excited! It looks like it will be a great year!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

celebrating the 5th!

The day rapidly approached! Monday we spent the day baking Ella’s birthday cake and making icing.  She enjoyed every second of the work.  Her special request was a strawberry cake with pink and blue flowers on top. And they must have green stems, with leaves.  “I can show you how to make those if you don’t know” said the birthday girl. 
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Tuesday morning Ella woke up to find the kitchen had been transformed into a Sofia the First celebration.
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To start the day we had a #5 breakfast of cinnamon rolls. 
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To make the day even sweeter cousin Meryl joined us for the day.  Ella was SO excited to spend the day with her. (So was Will…) This might have been her favorite “gift”.

Part of our celebration included making cupcakes.  The kids could hardly wait to eat lunch and then get to the best part….decorating the cupcakes!

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I’ve never seen so many sprinkles used in my life!  Will later told me that it was the most fun thing ever because “you would never make, and let us eat, real cupcakes like that.” 


Once Chris came home, we started the last part of the party.  Pizza with Mimi and Poppy.  And cakes.  AND presents!

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Ella was showing off her new Snow White dress (she has a sudden love for Snow White!)

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birthdays can be hard on the siblings <ahem>  but nothing could spoil Ella’s most favorite day!


Costume change….cupcake.  Ella’s working on her Halloween costumes a bit early this year.

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Ella enjoyed every single second of her birthday.  SHE loves everything about it.  And we couldn’t be happier.

Well, Ella might be happier…she got new Sofia the First pjs!
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Our sweet girl enjoyed her special day and is already asking how much longer till her next birthday!

wordless wednesday {6, 5, 4}

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ella, 5 on the 5th!

It’s hard to believe this sweet girl is 5 already!