Thursday, August 26, 2010

6 months

Ellie,

Just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated your 1/2 birthday! You are now 6 months old and continue to amaze us with the new things you are able to do. This last month has shown us how much a baby truly can grow over the course of just a few weeks. You are now able to sit up on your own and you enjoy twisting your head around as far as you can to make sure that you don't miss out on anything going on in the room. You continue to roll over, more quickly each time, and always with the same excited look on your face when you catch our eyes after one of your rolls.

You continue to try new foods and love them all. So far you have eaten sweet potatoes, avocadoes, bananas, carrots, peas, pears, nectarines, plums, yogurt, and rice cereal. And I can't forget your favorite snack for when we are on the go...your Mum-Mum crackers. You eat food twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, and I think you would love it if we increased that number! Getting the chance to feed you is one of the most fun parts of the day. We love it when you let us know how much you enjoy the food by making your own "mmm"noise to show your approval.

Speaking of noises, you have started to really tuck your lips in along your gums and make a noise that sounds a whole lot like "mommmm." This has your mom really excited as she gets to hear you call out to your mom! It may not be officially 'mama' or even 'mom', but I can't help but think that is soon to come.

You have met so many new people, I can't even begin to list them all. And you have been so good with all of them. We are thankful you are such a great baby and have never met a stranger! All of them say the same thing about how beautiful your bright blue eyes are and how happy of a baby that you are.

This weekend is going to be one that we will always remember as you will be baptized on Sunday. We are so excited about this event in your life and pray that you will come to know the Lord and his abounding love and grace early in your life. It will be extra special to have all of your family here this weekend to be a part of your special day.

With all the new things that you are doing, I still find myself finding such joy in two of the most simple parts of your days. When I get to pick you up out of your crib in the morning and when I get to lay you down in your crib at night. The look in your eyes when we come into your room in the morning sticks with me throughout each day at school. You will never fully understand how much joy that you bring to our lives. And then, putting you down at night and watching as you roll to your side and bring your hands up to your face as you fall asleep. Those two simple moments hold such a special place in our hearts.

We love you so much and can't wait to see what the next month brings!







Thursday, August 19, 2010

for real

Time flies. I know this isn't news to anyone, but I am just feeling the reality of it I guess. Pre-Ellie, I used to sit and think about how I would ever fill all of my long days at home day in and day out but that hasn't seemed to be a problem. Especially this summer. Traveling is such a wonderful thing and we were blessed that it all worked out so we could do all we did, but I do like to be home and able to cherish and appreciate the day in and day outs of our life.

I was talking to a lady whose kids are about to begin their senior year of high school. She told me that when they were babies, she captured and documented the everyday, almost more so than the big events. She said she is so thankful that she did because if not, they would be lost in the back corners of her mind somewhere. It is easy to remember big events like trips and holidays, but it is the daily little things that are so precious yet so easy to forget. So, I am attempting to do what I started out to do with this blog (before the whirl wind of traveling, etc. took over!) I want it to be something that we can look back on in years to come and really have a taste of life as it was then. I guess I want the ability to step back in our home as it is today. Even if our address has changed or our family is bigger or we have different jobs, I want to be able to step back into our little home and remember the smell of what was cooking, the noises Ellie was making, the things Eric was doing to make me laugh, the songs we listened to, the worries and joys that filled our minds.

This might seem trite to some, but it really matters to me. I used to keep a journal of happy things. Each night I would write at least one thing that made me happy that day. I found it the other night and re-read it and relived so many wonderful, ordinary days that I had forgotten all about. I am not becoming obsessed with living in the past, just cherishing and remembering it.

As I started this blog, mainly because both of our families are hundreds of miles away, I became more of a blog reader myself. Truthfully, I found it easy to get caught up in other's lives and feel like my blog needed to be a place to showcase all of the best moments, the cutest pictures, you know, the fairy tale version of the Ness's... There are some of these moments to share, but I also hope I can make it a place where things are as they really are.

And, I leave you with some pictures that make me happy!










Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Beach time


We're back! This wraps up the end of our summer travels. We have had a ton of fun, but it is really nice to get home. Ellie has been such a trooper, not to mention a great little traveler. We spent some time in FL with my family. We were able to spend a few days at home and then headed over to Ormond Beach for the week.






Ellie got to meet Lincoln, my good friend Heidi's little boy.



Ellie and Nana
Our view











Well, summer has been so fun, but has flown by. We were gone over a month this summer. Eric started back to school yesterday and Ellie and I sure miss him. Those two became the best of friends this summer. It was so fun to watch them laugh and laugh at each other. He's the greatest dad. Well, sweet Ellie turns 6 months old tomorrow- more to come on that!