Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spaghetti Face

Ellie prefers baths in Grandma's baby pool.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dada's Day

Idea via here...but my photography and editing skills are pathetic.  Be nice, don't compare.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wild West Show

Last weekend, we went to Spanish Fork's Wild West Show with the Lovejoy fam.  It was an interesting show (Cowboys doing tricks = makes sense.  Irish dancers = doesn't make sense) but Ellie liked seeing the cows ("moooooooo!) and we had fun being together.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Snuggle Puppy

Every few weeks, Ellie decides she needs us to sleep with her.  Since we don't fit in her crib, she ends up in our bed.  And then nobody gets any sleep because Ellie wants to sleep sideways with her head in someone's ribs and her feet on someone's face.  Last night, I decided I couldn't sleep in bed with her, so I laid out her blanket on the floor in front of the couch and put her there while I slept on the couch.  That worked for about 30 minutes before she needed me again.
I'm very tired now.  But at least we got a cute picture out of it.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

If You Give a Toddler a Bowl of Cereal, She's Going to Ask for Some Milk

 She had a bowl but after she dumped it's contents on her tray, she dropped the bowl on the floor.  At least she emptied it first, I guess...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Vacation That Wouldn't End

A couple of weeks ago, Scott, Ellie, and I left for a long weekend down to St. George.  We had a great time:  golfing, swimming, going to the park, eating at Nielsen's (a shameful number of times in just a few days), and spending lots of time together.  

On Saturday, I asked my mom when she was going home (wondering if it was Sunday or Monday) and she said she wasn't leaving for a whole week and asked me and Ellie to stay.  So, we decided to send my dad and Scott home to go to work and school all week while the girls stayed back to play.  Or so we thought.

Ellie woke up on Sunday with a little cough but she acted fine so we weren't too worried.  After church, we kissed Scott goodbye and started to really relax.  That night she woke up coughing every half hour.  I brought her into bed with me so at least I didn't have to go into another room to comfort her.  It was so sad and we were exhausted in the morning.

But she still acted okay so we tried to go to the pool for a few hours.  We had lots of fun and then I put her down for a nap and went back outside (with the baby monitor in hand) and read People Magazine's coverage of the Royal Wedding.

Ellie woke up from her nap with a 102 degree fever.  And it all went downhill from there.

We went to Instacare on Monday night and three hours later she left with a chest x-ray, diagnosis of pneumonia, and a fatty shot in her little leg.

Went back on Tuesday to Instacare and they sent us to the hospital.  More chest x-rays, an IV of fluids and powerful antibiotics, and four hours later, we went home with a tired little girl (who now hates all doctors, nurses, and anyone resembling medical personnel).

Returned to ER again on Wednesday for yet another chest x-ray (which is actually worse than a shot because we have to hold her arms above her head while she screams...which makes her move...which leads to repeating the x-ray until over and over again until we get a clear one), a shot in each little leg, and vowed to never, ever, ever get sick again.

That week:
  • We watched Tangled at least twice (from start to finish) each day
  • I let her nap on the couch and sleep in bed with me because she refused to get in the crib
  • We were grateful for righteous strangers who were able to give Priesthood blessings
  • She ate raisins and apple juice and almost nothing else
  • We learned that Ellie inhales pool water when she goes under which can contain germs which can cause bacterial pneumonia in a little girl.
  • We learned not to let Ellie's head go under the water when you take her swimming.
I have never been more ready for a vacation to end.  Scott and my dad both came back down the next weekend and we finally made our way home on Sunday.  Ellie was ready for her own place again, too.  She actually squealed when we pulled into the neighborhood.  Scott and I were both blown away with how happy she was to be back in our house with her toys, her crib, all safe and sound and healthy.
Hooray for being healthy and for being home again!
PS - Sorry we put such a damper on your vacation, Mom.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ellie the Baby Doll

Ellie has a stroller at our house that she (unfortunately) loves to sit in.  It's not so bad though, because she can just back into it.  The baby stroller at my mom's house is different.  But somehow, when we weren't looking, Ellie managed to get into the stroller anyway.  She keeps us on our toes!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Ellie's cousin left her little four-wheeler at Grandma's house...and Ellie borrowed it for a couple of minutes.  She loved it so much.  When it was time to go home she threw a fit and watched the video of it on my phone OVER and OVER and OVER again.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Future Golfer

For Family Night last week, we went to Cascade to play at the driving range and practice green.  We all had so much fun.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hogle Zoo

A few weeks ago, Scott and I took Ellie to the zoo.  It was supposed to be great weather, but it was chilly and windy so we didn't get a lot of good pictures.

Ready to get started!

Windy hair and funny eyes by the giraffes

These monkey ones were my favorites.  Ellie is so big now!

We went into the big ape exhibit and all the animals LOVED Ellie.  Parents would push their kids over to be by Ellie (and kick Scott out of the way - rude!) because all the monkeys came right up to the glass by her.
(This is the only picture I got of her and the monkeys which mostly shows Scott bending down to tie his shoe, but you can still see Ellie's little lets poking out the bottom.  That big gorilla came right up to her.)

Ellie wasn't as impressed with the animals as she was with this light.  Oh, the mind of a one year-old!