This past weekend, I took Ellie to Seattle for a little daddy-daughter weekend before she starts school in a couple of weeks! We had so much fun seeing the sights and I cherished the opportunity to dote on my little girl, and do things like get dressed up and take her on a date.
We got up to write a lot during our time in Seattle. We:
- Rode the light rail and the monorail (this is exciting to Ellie).
- Went on a dinner date together, with Ellie in her princess dress and me in a shirt and tie.
- Went up to the Space Needle and watched Seattle from high up, with the city lights aglow (Ellie often says how pretty the city looks at night because of all the lights.
- Went to Pike Place Market.
- Grabbed breakfast at Wayward Vegan Cafe (this wasn’t planned, but Ellie wanted waffles for breakfast, so the girl had to have waffles!).
- Spent a few hours in the Pacific Science Center.
- Went on the Seattle Great Wheel.
- Grabbed breakfast together at Starbucks.
- Went to Genessee Park to the Seafair Festival so that we could watch the Blue Angels. Continue reading “Ellie and Daddy do Seattle [VIDEO]”
When Marti and I went out of town this past weekend, we got a sweet video from Ellie on the second night telling us goodnight. She is so sweet, tender and well-spoken; she amazes me daily. Continue reading “Adorable videos from Ellie [VIDEO]”
During dinner, I’ve previously used fruit and the lamp above the table to try and explain the basics of the solar system to Ellie (particularly as the solar eclipse was approaching a few months ago).
A couple of nights ago, out of the blue, Ellie grabbed a few pieces of fruit and started to explain the solar system to me, completely unprompted. That was amazing in and of itself, but she also came up with a few new theories as to why certain things happen. They weren’t all true, but seeing the cogs turn in her head is amazing to me. She is one exceptional child.
Continue reading “Ellie explains the solar system [VIDEO]”
Last weekend, we thought we’d treat Ellie by putting up some Christmas lights in her room. This is the big reveal and Ellie was so excited to look at each light. It’s now the first thing she does every morning.
Continue reading “Ellie’s Christmas lights [VIDEO]”
Ellie’s vocabulary and diction is so good that she rarely misses a word. However, she tried saying “hippopotamus” the other day and couldn’t quite get it, so we got lots of cute attempts like this: Continue reading “Hippopotamus”
When your child starts learning phrases like “in the whole world” and “forever and ever”, you can get some hilarious results when they start adding them into sentences haphazardly.
While demonstrating the songs on Jack’s fox, she described them all and then went on to tell us about the piano song:
I like that song, in the whole world, and ever
Continue reading “I like that song, in the whole world, and ever [VIDEO]”
There are a few words which Ellie can’t decide how to pronounce. She hears me say WAR-tuh, whereas she’ll hear Marti say WOD-ah; she hears Marti say YOAH-gert and then hears me call it YOH-gert. Sometimes she’ll pick her pronunciation depending on who she’s speaking to.
In this video, she goes over the various options for talking about a small red fruit.
Continue reading “Tuh-MAY-to, Tuh-MAH-to [VIDEO]”
When acknowledging and encouraging good behaviours, “good job, Ellie” seems to have become our phrase of choice. So much so that when Ellie does something well, she praises herself with this phrase. Continue reading “Good job Ellie [VIDEO]”
The way that Ellie takes in the world around her and what is said is astounding. After hearing Mama say several times that shes going to yoga while Oma looks after her, Ellie now pretends that shes going to yoga occasionally.
The icing on the cake is how she wishes me a good week before she goes! Continue reading “I’m going to yoga [VIDEO]”