July 19, 2012

A Couple Days Back

My family is all gathered together at my parent's home in Utah, and we're having such a great time. We have 18 people sleeping, showering, playing, eating, and trying to figure out where to store all our clothes, cosmetics, and baby diapers in one house. Tomorrow BJ comes and we'll add one more person to the army. Being together in the summertime, hanging out in the yard all night, and exercising in the morning with my mom and sisters is idyllic. I'm blown away at how much the grandchildren love each other. I was sure that each child might take a ten-minute turn with Ellie each day, and then run off and do things that they considered a little more fun, but Tana, Kennedy, Tatum, Ashton, Halle, Gray, Nash, Jude, and Tate cannot seem to get enough of her. They play and hold, feed and bathe, teach, snuggle, comfort, and read with her. 
BJ and I are leaving to Lake Powell for 4 days next week WITHOUT Ellie, and the nearer it gets, the more terrified I become. I am so nervous to leave my little girl. I think my heart is gonna break a little each day when I call my mom from the middle of the lake and listen to her recount the details of my baby's day. One thing is for certain: she will be loved. She will be loved well. And I will be lovin' her all the way from Page, Arizona, right along with my blonde, freckle-faced husband.
Here are some photos of our front yard sword fight the other day...

July 16, 2012

Happy Birthday to Ellie from Tan and Meg

Tanner made this adorable video for Ellie for her birthday. Although Ellie looks so cute in her ruffly dress from JaLayne, and even though she loves to push and pull her popcorn popper around, and in spite of the fact that the little car my parents gave Ellie for her birthday is the cutest thing I've seen in a while, I think this just might be my favorite present Ellie got. Thanks Tanner and Megs. You're the greatest. xoxo

This Girl and the Hose

The hose may very well be Ellie's single favorite thing about life. She can't get enough of it. I love letting her play in it because it can keep her entertained for a pretty good amount of time, and I just sit back and watch with admiration and fascination for MY daughter. I still seem to have those "woah" moments where I simply cannot believe that this little lady calls me mama. 
I just had no idea how great she was gonna be.