Sunday, April 18, 2010

Domestic Diva

Born to shop!
Even if it's just for groceries!
Our Market Street grocery store has these adorable tiny shopping carts for the kids. Notice the little Dora somehow snuck her way into the cart ;)

daddies and daughters

As a child...
I've always known the kind of love a daughter has for her daddy.
And now as a mother...
I also understand the kind of love a daddy has for his daughter.
It's so very special...
and truly amazing!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun

Ava, Tia, and Zoe are Ella's friends that stay with her at Mrs. Nit's house! They are all sisters. From left is Ava, Tia, and then Ella. Zoe was napping inside :) Zoe is Ella's age, but Ella's best friend at Nit's house that she plays with all day every day is Tia (the blondie in the middle)! Ella thinks Tia is soooooo cool and Tia thinks Ella is "fancy" ;) Tia will be going to kindergarten next year so Ella is really going to miss her. I came to pick Ella up on this beautiful spring day and found them all holding hands, skipping, and playing red rover. It warmed my heart!
Needless to say...with FOUR girls running around all day, it is pretty high drama at Nit's house! Nit is excited to have a little boy on the way to tame the ladies! Lucca will still have his work cut out for him with 3 bossy blond bombshells trying to mother him all day long...I think it will be good for him :0)
Isn't she lovely?!?!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Zoo!

Ella and her cousin Kenzie's trip to the zoo! I can't believe how big these girls are getting. It seems like they were just born.
I love monkeys! Ella's favorites are monkeys, giraffes, elephants, and zebras.

The reptile section was a hit with the girls. They seemed to love the snakes! I have to say this is my least favorite part other than the birds. I'm sorry but birds are just scary!Ella trying to feed the snake!
Just casually chillin with their snake and snack :) Notice they tiny kernel of popcorn they left for him on the ledge. Little do they know what this creature really has in mind for snack!

Waiting for our train ride...
all aboard...
choo choo!

Afterwards, we went out for lunch and sat outside and enjoyed some yummy burgers. It was a beautiful day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

5 Months!

L-U-C-C-A and Lucca is his namo!
We have a name for our sweet little one! Lucca Bo Reading!
Lucca- My Dad's side of the family is very Italian, therefore so am I. I love the heritage and have always thought that it would be neat to give him an Italian name. We decided on Lucca. We love the name because it is fresh and modern and would work for a wild little boy or an handsome grown man. Another reason we love this name is because it means "giver of light". This is special because Ella means "light in a dark place". I love that the meanings of the names align. Ella lives up to her name fully and is such a bright light (she might like it described as a shining star ;) ) and we know that Lucca will too.
Bo- Bo is short for Bohannan, my maiden name. Being a Bohannan means a lot of things. You'd have to know one to understand. The personality traits that the Bohannans seem to have can really take a person far when filtered for the good! I love when people include their maiden names in their children's names. However, while Bohannan is a wonderful, good, strong name with lots of personality, it's just not fit for a first name :0) So that is how we got Bo. My girlfriends use to call me Bo and that is a nickname for my Dad too. Bo for Bohannan!
Reading- The Reading part was a given but let me tell you why I love the Reading name! The Readings are smart, witty, quick on their feet, sensitive (even if they don't always let that be known), lovable and loved by all, strong, selfless, and down right good lookin if I may say so!!
We had been debating names and had narrowed it down to 2. For all the reasons above, I just loved the name Lucca Bo. Since this is Mike's "boy", I didn't want to be pushy and wanted him to have a big say so I went against my grain (very uncharacteristic of a Bohannan) and decided to lay low. Mike came home one night with a sweet letter. He said that when he thought about the personality traits and characteristics of mine that he wanted Lucca to have (strong will, bit of a firecracker, passion), he said that most of those things came from the good ole Italian blood or from being a Bohannan so he had decided on Lucca Bo for his baby boy.

We are half way there! We went to our 5 month check up and good news...Lucca is still a boy! As I got onto the sonogram table, I started to have flashbacks of that eventful day when I was at my 20 week appointment with Ella and the doctor told us that our he was really a she! But not this time, Lucca is definitely a boy. Everything looked great and we are actually measuring 1-2 weeks ahead. They said that he is going to be a big baby, but I prefer to think that my due date is a little off...that gives me a little more peace :0) He can be as big as he needs or wants to be AFTER I give birth to him!!!
He is growing so much and so am I! He seems to have mistaken my bladder for a bouncy trampoline so I'm hoping he will flip around in the next day or so. Even if he is on my bladder, I enjoy feeling him move around. This is one of my favorite parts of being pregnant. I can't wait to see what he looks like. I'm wondering if he will look like his Daddy and me with dark hair and dark eyes, or if he will be a blond hair blue eyed beauty like his big sister!

While I was nervous about bringing Ella to this appointment with me (since Mike wasn't able to be there) I was so glad I did because all of the fears I've been having about her thoughts on a new baby joining the family were put to ease. She saw the ultrasound prints of Lucca and kindly asked to hold her "bebe budder". So she rocked and cradled her baby brother via sonogram photos. When anyone asked to look at them, including me, she said, "no, my bebe budder"! She seemed like a proud big sister and ready to have a baby again which is a big change from the recent downpour of tears at the mention of his name :)

Our little man is about the size of a spaghetti squash!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

With the pregnancy, various trips we have taken this year, and church, we were unable to make it home for Easter this year so Nana B came to us and we had a wonderful and festive 3 day weekend to celebrate together. We were sad not to be with the family, but our time was special and we made sweet memories! It was a beautiful weekend. We are going to start this out right with a little Easter message from Ella :0) I only was able to catch the end of it but it is one of her favorite songs, "Jesus Loves Me", sung in her very best opera voice :o)
(you might want to turn the blog music playlist off at the bottom to hear)
Dying Easter eggs! Finally, a Martha Stewart project gone RIGHT! Aren't they cute?
Some Easter goodies before church...

On our way to church!

This was a dress that my Granny had bought for me when I was a little girl so it truly is vintage! It had a stain on it so she never had given it to me so for Ella, she took the lace off, re-died it, and put the lace back on. It was so beautiful with her blue eyes!

the Easter bunny has arrived!
After the sunrise service at church, we came home and played outside and cooked a yummy lunch. Our little flower girl frolicked through the yard picking flowers for all of us...

Time to hunt eggs!