Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ella's 2nd Birthday

Ella's birthday is Christmas Eve. Poor kid. I guess the good part is that she has a few different birthdays: one for friends before everyone heads home for winter break, one for extended family whenever we see them, and one on her actual birthday. These are all followed immediately by Christmas. December 26 will be a real let down when she realizes that getting presents everyday isn't something to get used to.

Our friends Ali and Spencer got Ella the baby with the stroller.
Note the hat (Drake and Renee) and Elmo balloon (Aunt Riss).

Blowing out the candles. 
What you can't see because it won't let me upload for some reason, is Ella being sung to more than once because she liked the singing/blowing out candles more than the cake. 

She's two. This is weird. She's an energetic and opinionated little person that is constantly making us laugh. A few of her favorite things right now: bouncing, milk, cheese, books, turtles, babies, playing the piano, stars and singing every song she knows. It feels like yesterday she was having her first birthday. While I'm excited to see what next year will bring, I can't help but feel like she's growing up way too fast.

Happy Birthday Ella Bella!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Choo Choo Trains

Ella's newest things is taking all her penguin bath toys (she has ten), and lining them up on the edge of the bath. She calls this a choo choo train, and gets extremely upset if anyone moves them a fraction of an inch.

A completed choo choo

Fixing the choo choo

What you miss in this one is Ella getting mad at Kota for licking the blue one on the end.
I suppose this is our official welcome into toddler hood.

No, this is not a darling series of Ella helping to decorate the tree (We forgot to document that. Oops!)

This is Ella removing every ornament within reach and turning them into a...

Choo choo! 

She was so proud of herself :)