Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hello, Chattanooga

Hi friends! Where has time gone? Our days have been filled with beating the heat and the tiredness from being pregnant... Hence the lack of blog updates! But, life is about to change because summer break is here!!! Eric is finished up and home! So, in order to celebrate the end of the year and an early Father's Day and a much needed change of scenery, we headed to Chattanooga for the night. Who knew it was such a fun, clean, and naturally beautiful place? And only 2 hours away!

We got there Saturday and found a little place for lunch.

Then, we headed down by the river where they have huge fountains for kids (and dads...) to play in.



Fun times had by all.

Then we made another fun stop at this huge staircase water fall where you could climb up and down.



There is nothing like baby Crocs.

This child has no fear.



After a swim at the hotel pool, we headed to dinner at a place called the Blue Plate. It had fancy southern food...Yum! This was my view as I waited on our food. Ellie loved all of the open spaces, and it made eating out way easier!


The Tennessee River at sunset. Eric thought it was so fun that we were having a "late" dinner (meaning 7:00). Oh, how things change :)

The next morning we headed to the Tennessee Aquarium and we are so glad we did. Ellie loved it so much. When we set her down for the first time, she was so excited, gasping out of happiness, as these next few pictures show...




Petting the stingrays- notice how well Eric executes proper 2 finger form that is strongly encouraged.

Penguins!


JAWS!



After we finished up at the aquarium and grabbed lunch, we headed home. Eric took us the scenic route. (For those of you who know him, this is a big deal. He's the guy that tries to guess what time he will get somewhere and not stop the whole way to make "time", while I grew up in the family that took an hour to go a mile or two (if there were neat places to stop or food to eat...)

It was so worth it. We drove up Lookout Mountain, through Covenant College, Ruby Falls, and then ran across this spot. No, not just a scenic overlook, but a hang gliding launch area. People actually jump off of that concrete slab there and hang glide...

She has gotten good at entertaining herself in the backseat.

It was such a fun time to spend together, just the 3 of us. Ellie is at such a fun age where she understands everythings and copies everything we do. She is so curious that new things are even more fun. Now, we are back, unpacked, and excited to have our favorite guy around for a while!!!

We would definately recommend Chattanooga for a quick getaway!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oh, Happy Day!

Yesterday, we saw this, 15.2 cm of a miraculous little life already underway.
And we heard a powerful little heart beating away, 159 beats a minute, so full of life.

You see, on April 19th Ellie and I spent a really fun day at the zoo with some friends. She got to play in the fountains for the first time and was a huge fan. We came home, took a nap, and Eric got home. So, we went on a walk. I was begging Eric to buy a test. He was in no hurry, he already knew. He had a feeling. I needed cold hard evidence (see I tried to cheat and take one without telling him but I was so nervous I messed it up...) He finally gave in.

And it told us Eric was right. There would be another member in the Ness family! That little face on Ellie really sums it up. She was not sure what to think of mommy and daddy jumping around saying, "Can you believe it?" Over and over. We couldn't wait to tell our family. Thankfully, they would both be in town within a week of each other!

We let Ellie walk into Kelly's house (where my parents were staying) with a Big Sister shirt on.

In this picture, my mom is saying, "Hi Ellie! Big sister..." and Kelly shouts, "Mom, they are pregnant!"

She finally realizes it. And, despite what that face says, is happy for us!! My dad on the other hand, he said he could tell by looking at me when I walked in. Gotta love an honest family....


Oh, I love this picture too (sorry Bubba!) My dad drug Ellie into where Drew was still sleeping. It took him a while to get it too...

Eric's mom came in town a few days later. Her flight got in at almost midnight- He was so excited he told her right when he got her for the airport! We tried the shirt out on Eric's dad when he arrived a few days later. After about 15 minutes of us waiting for a reaction, he said he read it but just never said anything (he actually had asked Eric if we were pregnant  a while ago because he heard it from someone at the grocery store- it happened to be the day we had just found out. It was a fluke though. So Terry didn't want to pry too much! I get that!) We had Ellie wear the shirt on skype he asked who Ellie's big sister was. Men are so funny! :) We had a fun time celebrating with Eric's family, but we missed you Kevin!
Mother's Day 2011. It is crazy to think that the next time we celebrate, there will be two to hold! We are super excited. It sometimes doesn't seem real. I can tell that it will be different than when I was pregnant with Ellie. Days go by where I am so busy taking care of her that pregnancy kind of slips my mind.


But, it is so special. This is a little embroidery project I started working to remember the day we found out about our sweet little Button. I think about the days to come, and I have excitement feelings mixed with worry. How will I do it all? What will I do with two babies all day?
Breathe.
But, then I count my blessings, and the joy overtakes the fear. And I rejoice! For a husband who is my other half. A happy, busy little girl who will be dying to help. And a healthy little button, growing away inside of me, safe and sound.

I have been feeling pretty good up until last night. I never got that sick with Ellie, so pregnancy was no big deal, but if last night becomes the norm. ouch. Other then feeling tired a lot, things are good.

Oh, and when is the baby due you might wonder?
Christmas Day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Easter Snapshots

Here are a few snapshots of our Easter this year. We were happy to have mom and dad come in town for a quick visit to spend the weekend with us (we missed the rest of our family for sure!) We had a laid back weekend of just being together.

Lolly and Ellie spent a lot of time outside entertaining each other with the bubbles.


Before heading to church on Easter, everyone was sweet to oblige my request to meet to take some pictures.

He'll do whatever it takes to get a smile out of his little girl.

Not sure what they were talking about but I love how serious she is listening and how he is holding her little pinkie.





Mom has become quite the sewer these days. She made all three of our Easter dresses.



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After Easter lunch, Ellie hunted eggs around the yard. She was quite good at it and was all about the snacks inside of them. She would shake and shake them. It was kind of funny, a few days later we were at a friends house and there was this little egg shaker thing. Ellie was so upset that I wouldn't open it to get the treat out... I tried explaining, but you know.

We had a great weekend. I was reminded on Sunday about how powerful Christ's resurection is and I saw it in a new light. The pastor talked about how so many people didn't believe Christ was alive, even after seeing Him. Even though it was promised all throughout Scripture too. It reminded me that Jesus keeps His promises to us.

I will never leave you.
I will provide for your needs.
No one can snatch you from my hand.
Believe in me and you will be saved.

And the list could go on and on.
That encouraged me so much.

Well, Eric's mom flies in tonight and his dad will drive down Friday so we are looking forward to having a good week with them! Ellie loves all the extra attention and people to love on her!