The first week of January Megan, Ela and I drove up to Decatur, IL to visit Amanda. She wasn't able to make it home for Christmas because of work and money so we had to take her gifts to her. We had a really good time. Here are just a few pictures:
Ela and I got to meet the Breezes. The grownups had good talks and the babies had fun too. Ela tried to take Torah's sock off!
Ela and me with one of my oldest and best friends, Amy. Thanks for meeting up with us Amy!
We went to a museum in Champagne and Ela got to sit on Australia.
Tia Amanda and Ela just loungin.
One of Ela's new favorite buddies, Alex. She and Alex played and played and played and had a great time.
At Starbucks where Ela's Auntie Amanda works. We had fun there!
On our way home we drove through some tornado weather in Springfield so we had to stop and take shelter at Kmart. We were there for three hours but Ela behaved well the whole time. Here are Megan and Ela making the best of a dull situation.
Labels: Amanda, Australia, Tia Meg, tornado, travel
It's been a long time since I updated Ela's blog. Much has happened. Ela is now trying a new food every 4-6 days or so. So far she's had avocado, squash and her new one since yesterday is banana. She's not had quite as big of an appetite since fighting off this cold but hopefully she'll get back to normal soon.
Ela's Christmas was simple, but she still got a few nice gifts. I made her a stuffed frog, her grandma got her a few fun toys and her great-grandma got her a jumperoo. Sounds fun, right? It is. She loves it.
Ela and I are getting ready to head out on a roadtrip with her aunt Megan soon. We leave Thursday and area headed to Decatur, IL where Ela's Aunt Amanda lives. Hopefully Ela will do great in the car as she has before and we'll have a great time. We also hope to meet up with a few different friends that live near or around that same area. I'll be posting pictures from that trip soon.
For now here's a video of Ela jumping gleefully away. I love the way her little feet look like she's tap dancing when she jumps. It's cute!
Labels: Amanda, Christmas, food, jumperoo, sick, Tia Meg, toy, travel
Last weekend Ela and I were supposed to fly down to Florida to Ashley's wedding and Ela was also going to meet her Poppy (Thom's dad) for the first time ever. Well, that trip didn't turn out because Ela got sick. So Poppy sent her a package with gifts he had intended to give her in Florida. It was packed full of all kinds of goodies like clothes and some bowls, spoons & sippy cups. All very practical things. Ela's favorite thing was this teether shaped like an ear of corn.
As you watch the video notice the corn toy caught between her feet. In a little bit it will fall on the table, making a loud sound. When this happens look at her surprised eyebrows. It's so funny how expressive she is:
Look at the first picture and notice what side of her head the purple bow is on. Now scroll down to the next picture...
I turned away for a minute to put new batteries in the camera and when I turned back the bow was on the other side! I think possibly it rotated from her wiggling so much. Or maybe she just likes the bow better on the right. Who knows.
On another note. I was looking through some old posts and ran across this post
on Thom's blog. It's from when Ela was sick in the hospital. If you scroll down to the very last comment on the page you'll find a comment by someone else named Ela. This person googled "Ela" and thus ran across the post. I had never read it (or any of the other comments) since I was kind of preoccupied at the time. I was reminded of everything we went through and how fortunate we are to have this precious child with us today. Thanks everyone for your prayers back then. They made a difference, I know it.
Labels: hat, hospital, Poppy, sick, Tia Meg, toy
My sister, Megan, has inspired my creativity. I don't know if I'll ever have the time but if I do, here are some things I'd like to make for Ela:
This cute pillow case dress (instructions here
This twirly skirt
. I'd also like to make one for me someday. Maybe before my trip to Florida--it would make a great beach skirt. I could even wear it to Ashley and Cole's beach wedding.
For the upcoming winter months I'd like to make Ela a sweater, scarf and hat. Here's the adult hat pattern
. Now I just need to find the baby sized one. My sister, Megan
, has the link to the sweater on her blog and the scarf doesn't need a pattern. Oh yes, and I need to find the time. I suppose I will one of these days.
for the summer.
Labels: craft, dress, make, sew, skirt, Tia Meg