Last August, my sister (Ellie’s aunty) and my nephew (Ellie’s cousin) came to Oregon to visit us all.
During that time, we fit a lot in. We went to the Chinese Gardens, visited Powell’s, went to the coast, went up Mount Hood, enjoyed a jet boat ride on the Willamette and visited some wineries (naturally). Continue reading “Nicola & Max came to visit”
I know. It’s been a long time. Because moving, life, busyness etc. But I’m here now.
We’ve been up to a lot since we got to Oregon back in March. We absolutely love it here and have done our fair share of exploring, getting out and about, and enjoying the outdoors. Continue reading “The last many months”
Yesterday, Ellie went over and introduced herself to some of our neighbours and it came to pass that one of the girls was a bit older than her and had some dresses that she had outgrown which would be a good fit for Ellie.
So we brought them home and hung them up for her, telling her that we could play with them the following day. Continue reading ““Cinderella came to wake me””
Tonight, we were telling Ellie about how there’s a presidential election in 2 days. ThE past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the two main candidates and who we support. Tonight:
Ellie, who do you think should be president? Hillary or Donald Trump?
Thinking that it might have been because we used his full name and not hers:
Ellie, should Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump be president?
Maybe it’s because she always chooses the second answer…
Ellie, who should be president? Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?
I then proceeded to explain some of the many reasons I don’t think Donald Trump should be president.
Ellie, Donald Trump treats women horribly and thinks that they’re worth less than men. Especially since having a daughter, I can’t support someone who thinks that women aren’t equal to men. Do you think women should be treated equally or that men should be treated better than women?
Men should be treated better than women.
Since we’re vegan, I’ve recently been showing Ellie how to check toiletries, food and chemicals for animal testing (denoted by a bunny symbol).
Today I bought Ellie this oatmeal that was instant to try and I made it for breakfast. It was “Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal” and all of their products have a picture of Bob on them. She sees it and says
Because it has a picture of a man on it, that means that we don’t eat people.
Many months ago, Mama mentioned to Ellie the possibility of her getting a bike for her birthday and since that day, she has professed to everyone that she “is getting a bike for her birthday”.
So we couldn’t really fail her. We celebrated her birthday a little early since we had family visiting, but her reaction when she got her bike was hysterical. She had this nervous laughter that she couldn’t quite believe she got a bike. She was a bit shaky at first, but within 24 hours she’s already zooming around. Continue reading “Ellie getting a bike for her birthday [VIDEO]”
The weekend before last was Mother’s Day here in the States and we wanted to honour the woman who keeps this family running and does so with little thanks and little complaining.
Marti, you are incredible and we are blessed to have you in our lives. We (all) love you.
Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day”
Ellie hadn’t worn her tutu in a while, so we got it out for her and it made her come alive. Mama sang a silly song and Ellie was only too happy to dance along to it. Continue reading “Dancing in her tutu [VIDEO]”
On Valentine’s Day, I was supposed to take Ellie on a date while Marti took Jack on a date. Ellie and I had agreed to go to the airport because she had shown such an interest in airports after reading her book Ellie’s First Plane Ride where a toy elephant takes her friend toy penguin on a trip to the airport and then on the plane, with photos of them riding the escalators, the monorail and getting their miniature luggage at baggage claim.
However, Valentine’s Day rolled around and I was feeling wretched, and ended up spending all day in bed. So we rescheduled for the following weekend, except Mama and Jack joined us. Continue reading “A date at Tampa International Airport”
While getting Ellie ready for a bath the other night, we started to take off her shirt. What happened reminded me of something that used to happen quite often when I was young where the neck hole in the shirt just wasn’t quite big enough for your head. Continue reading “Ellie’s enormous eyes”