Trying to catch up on some of what we've been up to lately!
Ready for bed with all her animals
Making an enchanted fairy garden
This is a great little garden, we planted grass and beans and they grew really quickly.
Catching up on her reading at the library
I finally got my TX driver's license at the end of December, so was able to get a library card. Ella had a great time the first time we went, and she ended up checking out 12 books - of those, 9 of them were books about Halloween, one of her very favorite topics. When we got home, Steve said, "Wow, you really found a lot from the Halloween. section." The funny part? There is no Halloween section, she just managed to find her favorites from among the thousands of books in the kids section!
Beautiful pink sky one evening
Playing with Addison, pretending to "sleep in the time machine"
Princess birthday party
Steve and I went to Tampa together for the weekend before his birthday, and Mom came to stay with Ella. Here are some pictures of their weekend together -
Mom took Ella to the aquarium at Moody Gardens, here she is stamping her passport
Sleeping with the Sock Monkey made by Grammy
Steve's birthday was January 30th; and as usual, Ella was feeling very festive and excited to celebrate!
A very funny story about her card for Steve --
Ella picked out the card herself and it had to be this specific one. She is always pretty insistent about the cards she chooses for people and always has a sincere reason for thinking a card is "the one", and she was sold on this one because of the cake on the front.
The card made me laugh and laugh because it was just so inapplicable -- it's along the lines of 'I wish we could see each other more', 'even though we're separated by the miles', etc - -definitely not appropriate for a 5-year old that lives with her dad...but, it's the thought that counts, right?
And the picture under the heart? ...It's BATMAN! Because as Ella says "Daddy loves Batman!"
The night she was making the card, we saw Steve pull up in the driveway and Ella was like "quick, quick, hide the card before Daddy sees it!" I said "Just go put it on my desk in my office, he won't see it there." She was really frantic and said "no, I know!" and she grabbed the cushion from our papasan chair and folded it over, trying to hide the card in there. She stood there holding the cushion folded over and heard the garage door and said "Mommy, quick, quick, come hold this cushion!" - HA!
Ella and I made a cake and I let her do most of the frosting and decorating. It wasn't the prettiest cake but Steve liked it, we had fun making it, and it tasted very good, so I'll count it as a success :)
The night of the Superbowl - asleep wearing the glow bracelet she got from the party we went to :)
Hot tub play date on a warm Saturday afternoon
Valentine's treats from Grandma and Grandad!
Looking very adorable on class picture day
Hello Kitty bubbles from Grampy
Decorating Valentine's Day cookies
Ella decided that it was picture day for "the babies", and took this picture of them
So cute sleeping with Cory
And a close-up of the book we made that she was sleeping with
Very spooky, right??
Ready for gymnastics on Valentine's Day