Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy # 2 Ella!

Today my Princess turns the big TWO! Hard to believe, right? However, most people can't believe that you are only two! You act much older. I know, in part, that you have had to grow up a little quicker than most little ones And for that, I am sorry. But, you have taken all in stride. You have adapted so well. Here is a little insight into all the amazing things that you have conquered in your short two years!

---WARNING! Lots of info follows. Don't feel like you have to read it all. I just want to make sure I have it all for her future blogbook. -----

*You walk, run, skip, hop, and jump like a pro.
*You eat anything and everything. But, your favorites are cheese, bananas, waffles, and lasagna.
*You hate sippy cups and prefer to drink out of the big girl cups.
*You like to drink orange juice and water, but will not touch milk.
*You mastered a fork and spoon months ago.
*You can take your clothes off all by yourself.
*And you do the beforementioned all.the.time!!
*You can put your socks, hats, panties, some shirts, and slip on shoes on all by yourself.
*You speak in 5-10 word sentences almost all the time.
*You repeat very well (sometimes too well!) and can say almost everything that we say.
*You have a great throwing arm!
*You can walk up and down the stairs without assistance.
*You can walk on your tiptoes.
*You are almost completely potty trained. You still leave a bit to be desired at bedtime, but you are getting there!
*You love your babies and your silky blankies. You must have them both with you at all times.
*And the tags on clothes. You love the silky feeling between your fingers. It instantly calms you.
*You usually take one nap a day for 2-3 hours.
*You go to bed around 7:30 PM and you wake up around 7:00 AM.
*During naptime you frequently take all your clothes off before going to sleep.
*You like a routine and structure and tend to be a mess if your bedtime routine is thrown off.
*You like to read If You Give A Mouse a Cookie EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT!
*Your favorite toys are your babies, your kitchen, and any fake food.
*Your favorite movies are Little People, Wow Wow Wubzy, and Yo Gabba Gabba.
*You can count to 10
*You know all the basic colors
*You recognize the letters A, B, C, E and K and can say the alphabet with about 80% accuracy.
*You know a circle, heart, star, and flower shape.
*You weigh 26.4 lbs. 44%ile. Kyler weighs 34 lbs (26%ile)
*You are 36 inches tall (94%ile). Kyler is 40.5 inches tall (44%ile)
*You wear 2T-3T in clothes.
*You wear a size 8 or 8.5 in shoes (yes, you have huge feet!).
*You enjoy having your finger nails and toenails painted.
*But, you hate having your hair done.
*You are very sweet and almost always eager to share and help another child. (Unless it's your brother, then that sweet little lady goes out the window!)
*When I kiss you good night and tell you I love you, you say, "I wuv you too, mommy." Melts my heart every single time!

Thank you Ella Grace for the last 2 years. Without you my life would not be complete. I love you more than you can imagine.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Big 2...

in pictures!

*Ella will turn 2 tomorrow, there will be a long detailed post about that tomorrow, but for today, enjoy the pictures of my awesome little lady!
PS. I would love it if you would post a comment telling me about your favorite Ella moment. Either something you read about on the blog, on Facebook, or remember in real life. I would love to hear about it.

Ella, last January, 2009.

Ella, last May, 16 months.

Ella and Mommy, last May, 2009
(right before I started Chemo at MD Anderson)

Ella, at her 2nd birthday party last week at my folks house

What a beautiful smile!

Oh, how I love this little Princess!

Love that kool-aid mustache:)

She truly is a dream come true!

Unfortunately, she will be driving a real one of these before I know it!
Hope she doesn't drive like her mama:)

She LOVES to play dress up!

And cook in the kitchen!
Thank you Ella for showing me how to find enjoyment in the little things in life. You are a true blessing. You touch everyone you meet. It melts my heart every time I hear someone tell me how sweet and kind you are. Someday you will make a wonderful mother, but for right now, you are making a wonderful daughter. I love you with all my heart and soul.
Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Resolution

You all know my resolution was to work on saving money. I also made a goal for the month of January to not spend any money outside of neccessities. In other words, I have only been allowed to spend money on food, gas, and bills. And, quite honestly, I have rocked it! I have only messed up once and I spent $2. I bought each of the kids these really cool cups at Walmart. I know I shouldn't have, but I did. Oh, well. They loved them so it was worth the $2 slip up.

I have discovered that I definitely have a money spending problem (I thank my mother for this little trait!). Not spending money has been HARD! I think about it all.the.time. But, I do think this has been good for me. It has really opened my eyes to my spending habits. It's really hard to set up a budget because we have so many medical bills and those vary month to month. But, after this month I should have an idea of what we absolutely must spend each month and from there I can set up a budget for our family. Hopefully, we can get Cody's car and my student loan paid off my the end of 2010. So, in the words of my dear bloggy friend, Christy, 2010 is going to suck, but 2011 will rock:)

Monday, January 4, 2010

This "I Do It" Stage....

is going to kill me!!!

Dear God, Grant me the patience to deal with my blessings:)
I say this Every.Single.Day!

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