Monday, July 26, 2010
You are now over 5 months old and we cannot believe how much you have changed over the last month. Of all the months so far, this one has definitely seen you develop in the most new and exciting ways. Your mom and I keep saying that we can't imagine how you could bring any more joy into our lives and then you find an entirely new way to do just that!
First off, you are growing each day it seems like. Every time that I rock you to sleep, I can't believe how much you are growing. You are also even more aware of your surroundings. You love to be right in the middle of the action and will watch everything from your Praise Baby DVD to Harvey chasing flies on the window to your mom cooking dinner to your dad dancing around the room trying to get you to laugh. Your laughter makes us so happy. You love to laugh....no matter whether the person you are laughing at was trying to make you laugh or not. We are so grateful for your laugh-filled days!
You are also now a world traveler. You first rolled over from your stomach to back in Indiana and then rolled over from back to front for the first time in California. After our upcoming trip to Florida, you will have been to 10 states in the first 6 months of your life! You have been such a great traveler and we are so proud of you for that. It has been amazing to be able to travel and visit our friends and family and for them to be able to share in the joy of you!
You also have a new love that is pictured in this post.....food! We started feeding you sweet potatoes and avocados this month and you love it. You have eaten all your food every single time you have been fed. Your mom makes all of your food fresh for you, so you can thank her down the road for taking the time and energy to do that. (She really is the best!)
Your Jump-a-Roo has become a much more fun place to be now that your feet can touch the floor. You love to move around in it and take in all the lights and sounds that it makes. Besides that, you are more interested in all your toys and enjoy it when we read you books. You are sleeping long through the night and getting a couple naps in a day. Sometimes you don't really want to take a nap because you are wondering what you may be missing!
Ellie, we are so thankful that God granted us such a beautiful, sweet, and laughter filled baby. We really do look at each day with you as such a gift. You continue to get my days off to the perfect start when I come in to your room to get you out of your crib. Each day I come in to the sweet sounds of your voice and then I am greeted by your bright blue eyes and a huge smile. You then laugh in anticipation of me leaning down to pick you up. There is no better way that I could possibly begin each day. You bring such joy to our lives and we can't imagine what the next month will bring!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Ellie's 1st time in the ocean! It was also my first time in the Pacific.
Just in time...
The boys and their girls!
And yes, Eric was the only one crazy enough to get into the freezing water.
The only picture of all 6 of us! It is crazy to think that a little over 2 years ago it was just the 4 of us, heading out to Colorado on the best road trip ever (that's pretty much how we got to know Jeff and Ellen). Soon it will be 7!!!
We went to a place called the Americana where we ate dinner and watched a fountain show.
Caroline is not lacking personality, to say the least!
Well, we also spent a weekend in San Diego where Eric's buddy Skippy got married. I will post on that soon! Overall, it was so fun! I was a little nervous to travel across the country with a 5 month old, but Ellie was a champ! She did great in the plane, switching time zones, and staying in 3 different places! She is still such an easy going baby who loves to be around people and loves to laugh (we love to listen to her laugh!) She actually turned 5 months old while we were out there, so that is another post to come as well!
Jeff and Ellen, thank you for taking us into your life for a week! We miss you more than ever, but had the best time we could have hoped for! Thanks again for everything!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Ellie had a really fun 1st 4th of July. We went to church that morning then hung out around the house while she got a short nap in (none of her naps these days seem to last more than 45 minutes...) Then we headed to the pool for the afternoon. It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine. We then headed home to cook out- everyone got to pick one thing for the menu. And, Kelly and I LOVE to cook so, we would make anything. Kelly grilled corn, blue cheese cilantro burgers (those two actually went really good together), I made a pineapple casserole- for Drew, (If you've never had that you have GOT to try it... even if you don't like pineapple!), and homemade strawberry shortcake, and, well guess who picked the Kraft macaroni and cheese... Yep, your right, Eric, mind you he went crazy and made 2 boxes. He makes me smile. He has branched out in his food ventures SO much since I met him, but it really used to bug me that he would pick "boxed" stuff instead of wanting homemade. Anyway, I'm over it and am proud of how far he's come :) During dinner, since it was the 4th and all, we played a little US History trivia- Eric, being the teacher and all was the question maker. Well, we decided to skip going to the fireworks because Ellie was pretty tired. So, we stood out in the street and saw some. It was a really fun, laid back day. One of the (many) things that I love about having Ellie is that she really helps us to slow down and enjoy the simple life. Well, we head out tomorrow to go to California to visit some of our dear B'ham friends and go to one of Eric's HS friends wedding. We are SUPER excited. Say a prayer for us- especially for our l-o-n-g travel days with Ellie!!! See you soon!
Monday, July 5, 2010
4 generations of Ness's
Out to lunch with the girls.
Papaw and Grammy put up a swing for Ellie! She sure had fun.
Ellie meeting her Great-Grandma Ness.
4 Generations. Ellie meeting Great-Grandma Troyer.