Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lunch With A Princess

Makeup, makeup, makeup. She is quite addicted now. She has also been practicing to be a bride! How do ya like that?!

We "did lunch" after she put her makeup on.....

Ella: "Shall we do lunch Mommy?"
Mommy: "We shall."

Our dog Lulu wanted to come inside from the deck.....

Ella: "Allow me to let Lulu in Mommy."
Mommy: "Please do."

It was like having lunch with royalty. She dressed us with her jewelry. We have had hard french fries but a colorful choice of juicy grapes.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Unconditional Love - WW

Joining for the first time....Wordless Wednesday

For more WW images, click here and here.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Best Shot Monday

Jack and Ella were eating lunch together the other day and for some unexplained, strange, 3 year old reason, they both put thier heads under the table.


For more BSM images, head over to Tracey's.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Winter Wonder Land

I was tickled pink that Stacy made the theme for this week Winter Wonder Land. Being winter in Minnesota, I have a ton of pictures of Ella out in the snow. I recently bought a new hat so that when I take pictures of her, they don't all look the same!

I present to you.....Henry.

In this first shot, Ella was scolding Lulu for getting too close to Henry before he was completed. I just got a kick out of it. I wish you could see her arm and fingers pointing at her telling her to "STAY AWAY!!"


I am not a snow person by any means, but I cant help to be delighted every time Ella is in the snow. The childhood joy she feels when playing in the snow is so infectious....Enough that I actually took her outside myself yesterday. 30 degrees was feeling like a heat wave!

Happy Thursday everyone!

For more Theme Thursday images, head over to The Land of KA.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Greeblepix Finalist

I just saw that I am a Greeblepix Finalist this month! Thats always fun!

There are a lot of great shots this month, but if you would, please head on over to Greeblemonkey and vote for me!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Playdate with Brianna

We went to my sister in law, Crystal, the other day for a play date with Ella's cousins. Ive mentioned before that Crystal finally got the girl on her third child. Jack and Everett are both big brothers now. Brianna is so sweet and has the best blue eyes and so much hair.

Here's a few pics of Bria and ofcourse, Ella, Jack and Everett.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Best Shot Monday

All the world is fine with tag in hand.


For more Best Shot Monday images, head over to Tracey's.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tell Me, Show Me, Involve Me

"I can do this Mom. I know I can. I will be real careful."


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A View From Above

It is so FREAKING cold outside right now...I'm talking -11 degrees at noon today! The snow looks so fresh and inviting, since we just got about 4 1/2 inches yesterday, but we'd freeze to death if we went out to play in it.

Finding things to do in the house is starting to make me crazy.

They're coming to take me away, HA HA
They're coming to take me away, HO HO HEE HEE HA HA
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see
Those nice, young men
In their clean, white coats
And they're coming to take me away, Ha-haaa!



Sunday, January 11, 2009

Best Shot Monday

Winter Wonder Land.


For more Best Shot Monday images, head over to Tracey's.

Friday, January 9, 2009

And In This Ring....Ella vs. Snow White

We put Ella down to bed one night and went downstairs for the evening. On the monitor I heard Ella talking to her babies in her bed, as she usually does since she has like 5 babies in bed with her at one time some days. Sometimes we can hear her repeating some of the things we said during the day, or laughing and giggling about what we talked about just before bed. Other times we will hear her rearranging the babies in her bed before she falls asleep.

This night I heard her talking to the new Snow White doll she just got at Christmas. She was disciplining Snow White for not doing something she told her to do. I couldn't understand what was happening but could hear her yelling at her doll, then a few loud bangs and grunts of disapproval after telling her she would be put in the naughty chair.

So I went up into her room and opened the door slowly. I almost wanted to catch her last position prior to my entering her imaginary argument with Snow White. My visions were that maybe Snow White would be thrusted over Ella's head ready to be thrown against the wall (which was what I assumed the loud bangs were). I found her sitting on her bed with Snow White in her lap. I asked her, with a calm and curious voice.....

Mommy: "Whats going on in here?"

Ella: "Snow White wont listen to me!" With a profound expression of frustration.

Mommy: "Well, What are you asking her to do?" Still with calmness and curiosity in my voice.

Ella: "She wont stop kicking me!"

As I turned on the light, I saw Snow White laying in Ella's lap, her removable shoes on the floor and with her plastic legs twisted one to the front, one to the back.

Mommy: "I heard you yelling at her from downstairs. Were you throwing her against the wall?"

Ella: "YES, because she wouldn't listen to me!"

Mommy: "Why would you throw her against the wall. We don't do that when we are upset. That's not very nice."

Ella: "Oh."

Mommy: "I think Snow White should come sleep with Mommy and Daddy tonight in our bed. Mommy will take care of her and you wont have to be angry."

Ella: "Okay. I love you good night."

Within a second of me closing her door, she starts screaming at the top of her lungs.

Ella: " Mommy, don't take Snow White! I love her and I want her to be with me in my room!"

I went back into her room and explained the whole thing over to her again. She would understand my reasoning for taking Snow White in my room and that she could crawl into bed with us in the morning. Every time I left the room, the screaming would start again.

Ella: "But I love her! I don't want to fight with Snow White! I love her!" (Think Rocky calling out Adriene's name in the movies.)

My heart was so broken. She was so hysterical after 15 or 20 minutes that nothing I said to her would be of any sort of comfort until she got Snow White back. It was a battle of the wills. I COULD NOT go back on my word and let her have the Snow White doll after it had gone on for so long. That would be giving in and she would start to think that she could cry herself into a fit and get what she wants. Its something we are working on already. Keith went into her room once or twice too. Finally, after another 45 minutes of screaming and then silence, screaming and then silence (every 10 minutes or so) she fell asleep.


(envision me fallen onto the couch, one arm and both legs hanging off the end with the other arm to my forehead and a warm cloth over my eyes.)

Another day, successfully (?) completed.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Winter in Minnesota

Yup, lots of snow. Its actually snowing as I type this. Its been cold, but in between the below zero days, come a few teens and low twenty's that make it bearable to for a 3 year old to play outside. Not that Ella really cares how cold it is outside. As long as she is "bungled up" and promised hot cocoa afterwards, she is good to go.

We have a slight slant in our backyard....slight enough for a 30 lb little girl to actually go sledding on. And what a trooper carrying the sled back up. Oh ya, Daddy so makes her work for it. Do you remember having to climb the biggest hill ever just to go down it one more time? They did that the other day too. Mommy had a day off and Daddy and Ella went to a really big hill to go sledding on. I was told they both had a wonderful time.

Here's my little trooper enjoying the season.


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