Friday, July 31, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
We headed to Cracker Barrel for dinner a few nights ago. It's always a little challenging to corral Ellie through the little store in the front of the restaurant to get to our table, and then keep her focused on eating. So our way of bribing her is that if she is a good girl and eats her dinner, then she can pick out one special thing in the store before we go home.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Eventually I came to a question that brought out a little more info..."Did you get along with everyone in your class?" Ellie's response was "the girl with the Elmo backpack hit me!" GASP! I immediately started with more questions to find out what happened or if it had been provoked (not by my little angel, HA!), but she insisted that she didn't do anything to her. The girl with the Elmo backpack just wanted to play with Ellie's toy. Now I know that this is completely normal, no one was really hurt, and we are still talking about young 2 1/2 -almost-3-year-olds, but I think I may have to hang around outside Ellie's class when I drop her off on Friday morning to catch a glimpse of the girl with the Elmo backpack.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Ellie proudly posed with one of her other, smaller catches once the fish was lying still in the grass. And check out her cute t-shirt we happened upon the night before the Derby. In case you can't read it, it says "This is my fish" (with a picture of a BIG fish) and "This is grandpa's" (with a picture of a little fish). HA! It was too perfect!
We had such a good time at the Senkel's new home. It is such a fun and beautiful place. While not fishing, Ellie was running around with her cousins, chasing ducks, playing with puppies, and playing with her new Barbie fishing/butterfly catching net (her first place prize for winning the Derby).
And where was Max during all this fun, you might ask? Snoozing or smiling, of course. He hung out in the chair or in someone's arms, and enjoyed being outside in the perfect 70 degree temperatures.
By the end of the morning, Ellie was a tired kid and done with fishing. What would we do without a strong Daddy shoulder to lean on?
Friday, July 17, 2009
It was such a beautiful day that Jason and I picked her up from school with McDonalds in the car. We went to a park, had lunch, and played. All in all, I'd say Ellie's first venture into the world of schooling was very successful. I hope she keeps her enthusiasm.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ellie proudly emerges from one of the complicated maze areas.
Ellie and Emma on the ferris wheel in the covered wagon cars.
Ellie enjoyed the fishing with Papa and Daddy. She caught about ten fish during this outing. She was literally reeling in a fish on each cast.
And here is a lovely picture of the doofus brothers, i.e., Jason and Bryan. They were forced to make a trip to Wal-Mart on the first night we were in town, so they decided they needed to dress the part to fit in....When in Rome.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
The kids playing with fire...under adult supervision of course (if you can call Jason and Josh adults).
Jacob and Ellie..another older kid for Ellie to idolize.
Andrea and Alivia.
The whole crew watching from the driveway as Josh and Jason entertain us with an amazing fireworks spectacular...and by amazing I mean a couple things that spun around and jumped about 3 feet in the air. This was a very kid friendly show.
After the show, we all went to watch the O'Fallon fireworks, only to sit in our cars for 30 minutes till we found out the fireworks were postponed until the following evening because of rain. We were all disappointed, especially Ellie.