Seriously hot...like not even fun to be outside hot! "Hot" is also Ella's new favorite word...with a little emphasis on the "o" ;) Southern chic that little girl! Well, we are back from our 2 week trip to Arkansas and I am ready to cure some of my serious blogging withdrawls...so sit back if you have a few minutes because I'm making up for 2 weeks! Going back to Arkansas for our visit was nice as always...it's always good to go back home. Ella got lots of lovin and attention.
This girl knows how to work it! We hadn't been in this local restaurant for 10 minutes and she already had the italian stallion of a waiter wrapped around her tiny pinky finger a few times (notice the specialty drink and the plethora of dum dums). She even had us feeding her...princess much?!?!
Before we drove all the way through, we stopped in Van Buren to see Mimi, Pops, and cousin Kenz...
Kenzie and Aunt Amber!
Mom and I realized that Ella needed some "big girl toys" so we had to go shopping to buy her a baby Stella...this is the cutest doll ever b/c it has a magnetized mouth for passies, bottles, and other accessories. Ella is quite the little mommy these days :0)
Ella LOVES these rides...I can't wait to take her to Disney World!
On our trip this summer, we also got to celebrate my Granny's 70th birthday party! We all went to stay in a cabin and we played games, ate, shopped, ate, swam, and ate some more...it was great!
Happy birthday to you!
this is pretty typical :0) not a serious moment with these guys!
matching braides compliments of Aunt Kim...is my LITTLE cousin really that much TALLER than me?!?!
When we got back on Sunday, we went to visit Aunt Tesha and cousin Jonah...
And then Ella's new baby cousin was born the next day! This is Jonah's little sister and her name is Sophie. That means Ella is not the baby in the family anymore :0( Mixed emotions with that but she had a good run! My little baby girl looks so grown up next to the little newbie! I am now the proud Aunt of 2 nieces and 1 nephew!
Uncle David entertaining Ella while we wait for Sophie!
At first, Ella was not sure about this little baby...
the sisters of the fam...
Mimi and the girls...
little mommy leaving the hospital with a crazy heavy purse that she insisted on carrying all by herself despite the raw red marks on her shoulders! We are very persistent these days!
Ella wasn't sure about Sophie at first but then she just couldn't get enough. I could feel my heart swelling with pride as I watched Ella reach and grab for the baby, kiss her, hug her, sing to her, it was precious. I don't think I really got to hold Sophie from there on out because Ella was hogging her!
The new big brother :)
Then we celebrated the 4th of July! Ella was all about the fireworks in the distance but didn't care so much for our own up close and personal show. Both nights, she buried her head in someone's shoulder from fear and fell asleep!
a look of concern...they are getting louder!
LITTLE MISS AMERICA!!!!
another look of concern...fireworks are getting closer!
Post fireworks :0) My little Yankee Doodle Dandy is all doodled out!
We went back to Mimi and Pops' house for the second part of our trip and we spent our time watching movies, shopping, and playing cards.Before heading back home, we we went back up to Springdale to see Sophie and Ella got to eat dinner and play at the promadad with her Mimi, her Pops, her cousins, her Aunt and Uncle, AND her Nana all together!!
We got home last night and then I got up early this morning for a baby shower that I was hosting for a good friend of mine! Erin is having baby Lucy any day now...somehow I managed to get a picture of everything except for me and her :0(
After the baby shower today, I darted home to see Kenzie and Aunt DeeDee! They just moved to Fort Worth and Aunt Dee Dee is going to finish up seminary. We are so excited to be able to say we have family close and to be able to hang out with family on a regular basis and not on a big trip! Tonight we cooked dinner and let the girls play, swim, eat cupcakes...
and then we got all dressed up (rainboots and all)... to go to YOUGURTLAND! A new fave for the reading fam!
Here they are in anticipation, waiting as patiently as possible for a couple of 1 year olds! Ella and Kenzie are only 2 weeks apart and we are so happy that they get to grow together and for Ella to have at least 1 cousin close to build memories with! I grew up with my cousin Kimberly and it was such an important and memorable part of my life and I'm excited for them to be here!!!
And I'll end with Ella's new favorite thing...Sonic drinks! I have found that it is just as easy to get her her own sonic drink if I really want to enjoy mine :0) And I don't think there is any going back now.