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”
Since we hooked Ellie up with her “big girl bed” a few weeks ago, she’s started venturing out of her room once she’s awake in the morning. So, if we’re still dozy, she very sweetly comes up to us, rubs us on the arm to wake us up and then snuggles up in bed with us. It’s amazing.
The part that’s not amazing is when you left home several hours ago and she’s snuggling up with Mama and Jack instead of you. Continue reading “Snuggling up in bed with us”
Ellie has just completed her 6 weeks of swimming lessons for this season, following on from her first year’s lessons.
Whereas last year Ellie learned to float and call out if she fell in the water, this year she added swimming into the mix, so she swims for a few seconds and then pauses to float on her back and catch her breath before proceeding with swimming. She’s really mastered it now, can swim about half the length of the pool and just keeps getting better. Most importantly, she’s actually enjoying it now that she’s accomplishing something. Continue reading “Ellie floating and swimming [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”
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]”
Marti has always enjoyed Taylor Swift but has really enjoyed her 1989 album. Ellie likes to join in now and even does some of the actions. Continue reading “Shake it off! [VIDEO]”
Here in Florida, we’re usually experiencing blazing hot sunshine or torrential thunderstorms: nothing in between. So when we get a gentle, steady rain, it’s cause for celebration.
Mama took the opportunity to take Ellie and play in the rain and she loved it. She splashed in the puddles, let the raindrops fall on her face and played with the umbrella. If anyone could look cuter in a raincoat, I want to see proof. Continue reading “Singing in the rain”