Monday, June 30, 2008

ARKANSAS OR BUST!!!

Hi friends! Well, tomorrow is the big day! Ella and I are heading to Arkansas for the month of July to just hang with our friends and family for an extended period of time. Pray for no flat tires or sick babies this time :0) Mike will get to be there for a couple of days but he has some engagements at work that will keep him here in Texas for most of the time. He is soooo sad about not seeing me or Ella (but mainly Ella) for that long :0) I probably won't post on the blog as much b/c I'm leaving the computer here with Mike but I'll try to keep it up as much as possible. When I get back to Texas, I'll be back on the blogging train on a regular basis! So long to our Texas friends for a couple of weeks and we'll see ya'll when we get back...we will miss you!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

We're Back!!

Well, Mike and I are proud to announce a new addition to our family...no it's not another baby! Are you crazy?!?! We are now the proud new owners of a Mac Book! So that means no more blogging withdrawls! I have so many new pictures. We have had a busy week...my mom came to visit, my sister in law and nephew Jonah came to visit, and Mike's cousin was in town. It was nice to see so much family at once b/c it was almost like old times! Here are some pics to highlight our week! 
After all of our company left, Ella was crawling around looking to see where the party went! Did I mention she is a crawler now?!?! O yes...the wood floor can be tricky but she manages!


Patty Cake Patty Cake! Now that Ella has learned to play patty cake, it is like my new favorite game too :0)
There are no words to explain these pictures!! Cute, adorable, and precious just don't cut it! They were so sweet together...a little jealous when they had to share their mommy time but they played together, took baths, stole toys from each other...it was so much fun! Ella could definitely hold her own with Jonah. If he took a toy she would just crawl on his back and take him down!! I think she'll be ok if she ends up with all brothers :0)




After all of the company had left, we cleaned the house to get ready for me to leave town on Tuesday. Ella is terrified of the vacuum cleaner so Mike has to carry her around with him. This time she got so scared that I took her to her room and left for 3 seconds to get her lunch. She was bawling and she crawled out into the hall. She crawled back and forth from her room to the hall trying to decide whether to crawl to us for help or go back in her room and hide. It was pretty cute.



We took the kiddos to Chuck E. Cheese's to play. Jonah had a blast and Ella just wanted to put her mouth on all of the machines. All I could think about were all of the little germy hands and feet that have been all over them! To save my family from the embarrassment, I kept the anti-bacterial wipes tucked away in the diaper bag. 











She didn't like the live version of Chuckie as much as she liked the plastic one. I totally understand...I didn't like him either back in the day!


Mike's cousin Brad was in Dallas for business so we met up with him for dinner one night this week. We went to dinner and then came back to his hotel to hang. He entertained us with some karaoke and then luckily before my and Mike's turn came up, we were saved by a sleepy crying baby that needed to go to bed! It was a good time.
Aren't they cute?!?!





Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ella's Latest

Sorry guys...the computer is back at Best Buy again...story of our life...but this time we should be getting a new one!! I wanted to post a quick update since I have the time and I'll follow up with some pictures probably tomorrow. I am going to have a friend bring over their computer and let me tell you I have taken some of the CUTEST pictures of little baby Ella yet. She is so fun. She is crawling now but she doesn't just take of thank goodness!! She will go as far as she has to until she can just belly flop and reach. She is pulling up on everything and it is a little scary b/c she is fearless and she'll just let go! And my favorite trick of all....SHE SAYS MAMA!!! She says dada too but my favorite part was the mama!! We've had some bumps and bruises but I guess that is all a part of it. Our sister-in-law Tesha and Ella's cousin Jonah are visiting right now and it has been fun to watch them play together. Aunt Tesha is Ella's buddy...Ella will wave bye bye to people which has multiple meanings. She waves bye bye when you leave or when she wants you to pick her up...so anyway, she waves bye bye at Aunt Tesha to get her to pick her up. Ella hasn't been much of a napper lately...she's a fighter!! She is also cutting her 6th tooth so I guess I'll cut her some slack :0) We are leaving for Arkansas next week and we are SOOOOOO excited to see our Arkansas people! Anyway...I'll be back soon to post some pictures and I'll see a lot of you very soon :0)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy First Father's Day!!!

Even though she can't say it...I think her smile says how much she loves her Daddy. He is a good Daddy. She is very blessed! This father's day is special because it is the first of many. Becoming a first time parent with Mike has been so amazing. We are forever changed! Watching him become a Dad makes me love and respect him in a whole new way that I never knew before having Ella. It has been such an adventure. Happy Father's Day!!



Summer Days


This was my first week home with Ella for summer break! We didn't do anything to wild and crazy. We pretty much stayed in our pjs and stayed home together. I think next week we will venture out and go have some fun but it was nice to just loaf for a while to unwind from work and enjoy baby Ella all day every day. My favorite thing is when Mike and I are in the same room together with Ella and she smiles and giggles like it is the best thing in the world that we are all there together. We love her love her love her to pieces!!

Who knew that after all of the money that we've spent on toys, all that we needed was dental floss and a bracelet to make her happy ?!?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Lately...

Our little monkey...You guys have obviously missed a lot of things this month and I have so many pictures so I thought I would post a couple of video clips and pictures of my favorite moments and put the rest of the pictures on the phanfare site under her video for 8 months old. I know most of you have it but it is www.phanfare.com. See you there!
So anyway...Ella has 4 teeth now and she is working on 5 & 6 (her two front teeth). She looks so cute. She is crawling backwards a little bit and she is pulling up on the coffee table. So needless to say, we've had a lot of bumps on the head lately. She wants to go so bad but she hasn't quite figured it out yet. I don't know what I'm going to do with her when she's not stationary! Her personality is really coming out and I have to say that she is like the coolest person ever....a little ornery, but so sweet that she can get away with anything :0)




I love my Daddy!!!
Woooooooo....Pig Sooie....Razorbacks!! This is my little Chi-O legacy.
We had a fun weekend with Grammy and Pops. We went swimming and just had fun hanging out!

Chillin with Nana and Papa Bo before his big trip to Alaska!

Sick baby Ella :0(

This teething thing is a bummer!

Hangin out with friends on memorial day...





Cutie Patootie ;0)