I can hardly believe that my baby girl is 2!!! It seems like just yesterday I was carrying that almost 10 pound baby around in my belly (that memory will likely stick longer than I'd like-haha).
Ella is quite a hoot and has a HUGE personality for a 2 year old. She insisted on having an "I a Princess" party, which is what we attempted to do at the pool. Daddy came home the day before, so we opted for a smaller party with Grandma, JonJon, Matthew, Christina and some close friends of ours, Derek and Jamie, and their little girl Zaila. Ella loves the swimming pool and is quite talented at pretty much swimming on her own with her swimmies on. She loves to jump off the edge with the big kids and is always sporting her goggles- on her forehead. Today she enjoyed playing tea set on the side of the pool with Zaila- whoever gave me the idea to bring a tea set to the pool, thanks!
Ella has this funny way of being very social one moment and then acting shy and quiet the next. Well, I think she was overwhelmed when we were singing Happy Birthday to her because she just buried her head in Harbin's shoulder (that's her "buddy") and she wanted nothing to do with blowing out the candle. It took her a few moments to recover before she decided she really did want to eat the cupcake, so she better get over her shyness.
Ella has grown so much over the last year. She is talking more than ever and in mostly complete sentences. She loves playing with babies and pushing the grocery cart all around the house. Just like the other kids, she loves to perform and is often dancing or singing songs at home. Her biggest development this year has to be how she interacts with Daddy on the computer. He was deployed the entire last year and she loves to Skype with him. I never really explained to her the concept about Skype, but she just knew. She would play peek-a-boo with Daddy and duck down so she couldn't see herself on the screen. Then she'd jump up and say "pee-a-boo". The most impressive thing to me was the time she wanted to read a book to daddy. She sat down in my lap with the book and started to read it and then said, oh, daddy not see it, so she turned it around and put it in front of the computer camera so he could see the book- how smart is that!!
Well, enjoy some of these pics of Ella from her party. Happy Birthday, baby girl! Stop growing up so fast!
Hmmm... what to say... well there's six of us. Scott is the dad- he used to be in the army, but then started teaching high school chemistry, and now got called back to the army. I'm the mom- Kimberly- I attempt to hold down the happenings at home while attempting to continue a career in real estate. Harbin is our oldest- he's 7. Catherine is our daughter who's 5, Lydia is almost 4 and Ella is almost 2. We live just outside of Atlanta, GA and attend Shadowbrook Baptist Church.
As you can tell we are big Peyton Manning fans. We also love VOLS Tennessee Football!!!
We homeschool and love the flexibility to wake up late and hang out in our PJ's (amongst other weird homeschooling things we do).
For the Great-Grandma's (and those who don't know how to print pictures from here)
UPDATE: how to save pics from slideshow.
1. Click on the picture, this will bring up the slideshow site.
2. Stop the show from cycling through the pics.
3. Right click on the pic and scroll down to print.
Please let me know if this does not work for you- thanks!
Here's how you can save and print pictures from this site.
1. Right click (use that button you never use on your mouse) on the picture you want.
2. On the menu, select "save picture as". This will allow you to save the picture somewhere on your computer.
3. At the top of the box that pops up, it should say "Save in:". The easiest is to save on your desktop, so change the bar to say desktop.
4. Click save. You should now be able to find the picture file on your desktop and open it. You can print it from there.
Hopefully this makes sense!!! If for some reason the picture prints poorly, just email me and I will send you whatever pic you want!