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.
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Apparently, if you want the sweetest kisses from Ellie, you just have to play dead. However, you may also get trampled on by an elephant…
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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]”
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]”
We don’t play too much “kids’ music” in our house (or cars). Instead, we just play what we like and Ellie has come to love it. She can pretty much sing most of Adele’s 25 (thanks to Marti) and she knows a lot of rock, dubstep and electronic rock thanks to me.
The other night we threw on some Coldplay and the way Ellie started jamming out when the chorus came along is ridiculously adorable, not to mention the “waiting finger” while she waits for it to kick in. Continue reading “Ellie asked for a dance party [VIDEO]”
We’ve had a good amount of rain lately which has prompted Ellie to want to go outside in her raincoat and wellies and go splashing in the puddles! Continue reading “Splashing in the puddles [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.
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The wind doesn’t often blow hard in West Central Florida, so much so that this is Ellie’s kite’s first outing in the 9 months that we’ve had it. But Ellie certainly loved playing with it, even if she did keep dropping the string. Continue reading “Let’s go fly a kite [VIDEO]”
Ellie is getting good at learning songs now and will treat us to a rendition every once in a while. That’s not to say that there isn’t the occasional hiccup. Continue reading “You are my sunshine [VIDEO]”
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]”