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15 Favorite Things About Ella Right Now….

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1.  When asked a question, instead of saying yes, Ella says, “K!”

2.  Ella puts her hand out in front of Rose before going outside and says, “Baaack, Wose!”

3.  Ella starts me out on whatever song she wants me to sing.  Some favorites are, “Jesus, Jesus” (either There’s Just Something About That Name or Jesus Loves Me) and “A, B, C”…..

4.  Ella, Joel and I dancing to the Hokey Pokey in the living room….Ella tried so hard to put her right foot in by tapping her toe on the ground and turning around!

5.  “Mama, Mama, Maaaaaaaamaaaaaaaa!!!!!!”

6.  When she wants to go outside, she runs up to you and says, “Outside, Shoes???”  Then she runs to the rug by the front door, and says “See-Down” as she sits on the floor, then shakes her head with the biggest smile, lets out a belly laugh, and says, “K!” as we put shoes on her feet.  This is several times a day……

7.  “Peeky Mama!!!  Peeky!”

8.  The minute I even look serious about disciplining her, she throws her head back and runs to me, hugging my neck as hard as she can, then kisses me and says, “Oooooh, Mama!”

9.  Ella hasn’t been in her high chair 3 minutes and she says and signs ‘all done’ by saying, “Ah, Dah?” (all the while flipping her hands over and over).  All of this with a look on her face like, “I shouldn’t have to tell you I’m all done…..anyone would agree that I shouldn’t be in this predicament.”  The same applies to having her diaper changed, sitting in her car seat or in the grocery cart.

10. “Nack (snack), nack, nack, nack, nack, nack, nack, nack….mo (more) nack, mo nack, mo nack…..cacko (cracker) nack? cacko nack?…….chee (cheese) nack? chee nack? chee nack?……NAAAAAAACK!”  All this to alert me she’s hungry and throughout the snack-preparing process until finally, “NAAAAAACK!”—-it hits her mouth.

11.  Pulling pieces of fruit out of the drawer in the fridge with baby bite marks all over them.  How’d she get in there without my noticing?

12.  Seeing Ella sit down with my makeup bag and pretty much simulate my entire getting ready process by patting her nose with the powder puff, brushing her face with the blusher and then dabbing chapstick on her lips.  I never taught her how to do any of this…..scary.

13. Not just friends, but strangers coming up to me in the store and saying, “She looks just like her momma!”

14.  Finding her sitting in her room with books all over the floor and one in her lap, reading outloud to herself.

15.  THE BEST OF ALL:  Ella is thrilled to hold hands and pray before a meal, and then give us an assertive, “A-MEN!” after we say it.  During the meal, we’ve often caught her bowing her head, closing her eyes and clasping her hands together before whispering her own prayer then exclaiming with a smile on her face, “A-MEN!”  It just doesn’t get any better than that!

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Hard to Discipline When….

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Like any typical toddler, Ella needs to be disciplined every once and a while……last week as I was sternly telling her to keep her toys in the sandbox rather than giving them to Rosie to chew on, Ella looked up at me and immediately turned her frown to a smile, moved in just inches from my face, and said, "Hi Mommy!!!"  How could I help but smile and laugh?  She has started trying to play the "cute" card now during discipline.  That just makes it harder!  Side note- last week, she started forming two-word sentences on her own, mostly linking "hi," "bye," and "more" to words and people she knows.  Her favorite thing to say is, "Bye-bye, Momo."  (Translation:  Goodbye, Elmo……I said it once when turning off Sesame Street!)

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Last Saturday at the park

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Last Saturday at the park
She loved the swing.

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VIdeo: Easter fun

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Here’s some video of our family and our friends, Jamy and Gillian, at Nanna and Pappy’s on Easter. About a minute into this video you get to see Ella being very afraid of Elmo. Elmo is usually a favorite, but you’ll see why this version wasn’t.


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Videos: An Easter special

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It doesn’t get much better than this!

Nanna makes Ella laugh.

The ugly side of our little girl.

Ella and her friend play peeky boo.

This egg hunting thing is easy!

Ella meets the cute bunny.

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Ella loves reading this one

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Video: Ella, Hunter, and Audrey

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Here’s a video of some great fun Ella and her friends from church had at Barnes & Nobles. Who knew bookstores could be so fun?

 

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Videos: Fun at Mimi and Poppa’s

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In early March, Emily and Ella visited Mimi and Poppa in Midland. Here are a couple of videos Emily took while they were there. The first one shows Poppa dishing out bits of bread with butter and honey on it to Ella and Emily. This happened on a regular basis when my brothers and I were growing up.

 

The second one shows Poppa feeding Ella ice cream while Mimi watches and laughs at Ella on a sugar high. The common threads in the two videos, as you can see, are Poppa and Sweets.

 

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Ella, the fisher

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Ella, the fisher
Pappy would be proud. Now if we can teach her how to fly fish.

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Easter Bunny

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Easter Bunny

I'm not sure about people who wear over-sized animal costumes

This is a picture of a picture, but you get the idea. She wasn’t
scared but wasn’t smiling big either. As you can see, she started
feeling much better. We strolled around the mall and got talked into
getting her picture made.

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Crackers and juice for a sick girl

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Ella got the stomach bug AGAIN yesterday. She’s on the mend now. Pray for her.

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