Sunday, June 28, 2009

Trip to Knoxville...
























































































































This past weekend we went to Knoxville to spend time with my best friend, her husband and their precious baby boy Owen! We had a very fun and busy weekend!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day! Part 2














Ellison and I surprised Connor by taking him to the Arrington Vineyards to spend time together for Father's Day. We did a little wine tasting (Ellison watched), ate a picnic lunch with a bottle of wine from the vineyard and spent some time walking around and enjoying the beautiful scenery. We had a very nice time being together!

Happy Father's Day!

Connor's first official "Father's Day"
Father and daughter
Father's Day 2008
Father's Day 2009...(Ellison's shirt says Daddy's Lil' E)
Ellison would like to say Happy Father's Day to her daddy! Connor you are an amazing father and I love watching you with Ellison. You light up her life just as you do mine. She and I are so blessed to have you in our lives. We love you so very much! Of course Happy Father's Day to all the other dad's in our big family...you know who you are and we love you all so much!

Friday, June 19, 2009

It's time for Little Gym!

Bubble time...
Following directions (putting the bells away)

Bouncing and ball time

Play time in the gym...

Skill of the day...walking on the balance beam

Obstacle course...

Climbing the stairs...

Forward rolls...her favorite thing!

Climbing the cheese wedge mat...

Having fun during free play in the gym!
This is what Ellison has been doing every Friday and Saturday morning...she loves Little Gym!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Terrific Thursday!

Playing outside! (I was blowing bubbles which she loves)
She loves to dip chicken in ketchup...actually she just loves ketchup...

Waiting for dinner to be served!


Stick?!

We have had a great week so far! Ellison spent the night with her MeMac (Connor's mom) on Monday night and spent most of the day Tuesday with her. Yesterday Ellison had her 15 month check up and did great! She weighs 21 pounds 11 ounces and is 30 inches long...both are about the 30th percentiles which is good because she has always been petite. She showed off for the doctor by showing him her body parts when asked (nose, head, mouth, eye and ear). We have had a few play dates over the week with friends and did a little shopping this afternoon with Nan (my grandmother). We are really excited about the weekend...Connor and I are going canoeing with friends while Ellison hangs out with my parents. We have a fun little dinner party to go to Saturday night and then on Sunday for Father's Day I have a little surprise in store for Connor. We will be spending the afternoon (the 3 of us) together at a fun place and then will head to Columbia for dinner to see Connor's family. We hope everyone has a fabulous rest of the week!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Sunday!


This is what we did this morning in our backyard...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

15 months!




Ellison turns 15 months old today! This is by far the most fun stage that we have experienced with her so far. Here are some of our favorite things that she does...
  • She walks EVERYWHERE! She does not want to be held for very long and definitely does not want to just sit and be peaceful. She is a mobile maniac!

  • She thinks she can run...(very scary time for mommy and daddy)

  • She loves to dance...when she hears music she will pump her legs while standing up like she is bouncing with the rhythym and she even does a little head banging.

  • She is a climber...she loves to climb the stairs and tables
  • When she sees a dog she says woof woof

  • She loves to mimic every noise we make

  • Her vocabulary is growing (she can say no, daddy, mommy, puppy, burpie, poopie, baby, bye bye, hi, fish, juice, shoes...and lots of noises!)

  • She blows kisses when you say bye bye (even makes the noise of a kiss) and has recently been giving kisses on demand (she will lean in and pucker her lips)

  • She knows how to find her body parts (head, eye, ear, nose, mouth and belly)
  • She is a animal lover, especially dogs

  • She is napping once a day

  • She loves to eat all sorts of fruit and yogurt!

  • She will follow simple directions (especially at Little Gym class when the teacher asks to put certain toys and things away...ie. "Put the ball back in the bucket")

  • She throws tantrums when we say "no"

  • She will let us know when she doesn't want something by shaking her head and saying no

Happy 15 months baby girl! Mommy and daddy love you so much!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Five wonderful years...

Three of the happiest moments of my life...


Connor and I on our wedding day!

Being pregnant (you can't tell) and our trip to San Francisco...
Becoming parents to our beautiful daughter, Ellison...
Today marks a 5 year anniversary for Connor and me! There are times when I can't believe we have been married 5 whole years and there are times when I feel like we have been married for more like 15 years :) For those of you who don't know, we met on a blind date back in April/May of 1998. Our history is quite a long story but to sum it up we have known each other for 11 years, "been together (dating/engagement/marriage)" for almost 10 years and today we have been married for 5 years.

These past five years have been a true blessing for me. With some of the happiest & best moments of my whole life as well as some of the most challenging. Through it all we have clearly stuck together and got through all of it together. Connor has taught me so much about myself and I love him more each day.

Happy 5 year Anniversary babe, I love you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Home sweet home!













I am back from Chicago! I had a wonderful time visiting with my brother. Chicago is such a fun, clean and beautiful city. I did some shopping, ate yummy food, saw the city, met up with friends...it was great! I enjoyed my time away but was ready to get back to my little family :) Here are just a few pictures from my trip...