Monday, December 28, 2009
Overall, Ella really enjoyed Christmas this year. She never warmed up to the idea of Santa and actually told us she didn't want him visiting her house, but she loved the idea of Jesus having a birthday and really loved getting to see all of her family.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Bluegrass Railroad Museum "Santa Train"
Santa came to Sadieville City Hall! Ella's wishing he'd go back to the North Pole!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A teacher friend e-mailed me this cute website. Ella loved getting to hear from Santa :)
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Reading with Max at the library. Max and Ruby is her most favorite Nick Jr. cartoon!
Cheesin' with Ava at Thanksgiving with the Donovan side.
My camera went dead, but at least I got one family shot.
Ella and Anna had so much fun at Thanksgiving at my Nanny's house. They are goofy!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Most everyone knows that we were hoping to get pregnant this year and it happened! We are all very excited including Ella! The day we found out Ella said she wanted to "see the baby in mommy's belly". It will take a while to make her understand what is really going on in mommy's tummy, but one thing she does understand is that she will be a great big sister. She is ready to play with the baby, share her room with the baby, and even help mommy and daddy with the baby!
Our first doctor's appointment isn't until January 5th, so there will be more updates to come. Any and all prayers for a healthy and happy Donovan #2 are welcome!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Ella was able to go to the Bi-Water Autumn Fest and Evan's Orchard several times to celebrate fall! She loved the pumpkins, the animals, and all of the fun Halloween festivities!
Ella painted her very own pumpkin. For some strange reason, she is drawn to the mini pumpkins so that is what she chose this year.
Ella was Minnie Mouse this year and a very cute one at that! She got to go Trick or Treating downtown and at home too! Her cousin Ava stopped by to show off her beautiful costume!
Ella has spent many hours outside enjoying the last few warm days of the year. She loves the outdoors and posed for a few pictures :)
This past weekend Kermie and I went Christmas shopping and decorated the house while Ella stayed with family. She was so excited to come home to Christmas! :)
One of the greatest things that happened at the end of October was Kermie's offical last day in the military. While he enjoyed his time in and I enjoyed the extra income :) , we were both relieved to know that he was finished. And, I know Ella will be grateful to have her daddy home!
We are all very excited about the holidays coming up! I will hopefully have a chance to post about all the fun times to come :)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Day One: She started off by pooping in her potty first! She was so proud of herself she could barely stand it and you'd think I had just won the lottery! We were both jumping around the house like a bunch of crazies! Throughout the course of the day she peed in her potty a total of 4 times and pooped the one time. We had no accidents, but she still wore a pull up during nap time and bed time. I was pretty impressed to say the least.
Day Two: We woke up and Ella hopped right on the potty and peed! She was excited to wear her panties again and loves dumping her potty into the "big girl" potty! By lunch time she had peed 2 times and only had one small accident which was quite hysterical! We were both in our bedroom and I was laying on my belly looking up something on the computer. Ella, of course, was on my back pretending I was a horse, when I heard her say "Ella need to potty!" At that moment, I noticed my back becoming warmer by the second.... she peed on top of me! So, we ran to the potty and she finished up there. My mom had promised Ella a potty present since she had had such a good day the day before, so we were venturous and went without a pull up on. We took Elmo potty with us in case we needed him, but Ella had no accidents while we were gone. I think she held it the entire time because we sat her on the potty several times both in the car (on Elmo) and in Ruby Tuesday's and Wal-mart, but NOTHING. This evening Ella told Kermie and I she had to poo poo so she hopped right on the potty and went. She was so excited to see it that she did it again, and again, and again! We pooped, wiped, and dumped three times until she said she was finished! Each time she would say, "Ella so proud!"
I am so excited that this go at training has been so successful! We are keeping our fingers crossed that it stays this way and she sticks to it when I go back to work next week! But for now.... WAY TO GO ELLA!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This year, Ella's birthday fell on a Monday (today), so we decided to have her party the Saturday before at her Nana and Pa's house. It's hard having a large family and small house, so we needed the extra space for sure! Ella had a lot of fun playing with friends and family at the party and other than a couple of trampoline blunders.... it was a blast!
As you can see, Ella had a Minnie Mouse party this year. A super nice lady off of Etsy.com made her dress. Ella loved the dress so much that the day we got it in the mail she said, "Beautiful dress Mommy!". She wore it around the house dancing and prancing and even let me take a few snap shots!
Ella enjoyed playing with all of her friends and family... although the thought of sharing "her" toys at Nana's house wasn't her favorite aspect of the day! But, what two year old likes to share?!?
So I've been joking with Kermie about having to buy a new house because all of the new toys do not fit in the existing one!! On the other hand, we finally got everything put away and organized Sunday night. We actually ended up getting rid of old toys by taking them to all of the babysitters' houses. I think they will enjoy having more choices and Ella may actually get to play with everything at our house. She is definitely in to pretending at the moment, so her kitchen and dress up gear were right up her alley!
I was so excited to have Amy Day make Ella's birthday cake this year. I knew I wanted to have one made instead of tackling that on our own this year, so when I ran across some of the pictures of cakes she had done I called her up immediately! I really think the cake turned out perfect. Ella was so excited about eating it; she chose cake over opening presents!!
I seriously thought Ella was going to cry during the Happy Birthday song! She normally loves this song and says "again!", but I think she was just a tad overwhelmed!!
Once the singing was over, she couldn't wait to blow out the candles again and again and again! This is actually something we do quite frequently at our house, but typically we just light a lighter, sing, and then she blows it out! She has birthdays all year long! haha
We were so excited for Lynise and Robert to come spend the weekend with us and I know for sure that Ella enjoyed it just as much! She has talked about Emmie all day long and wants her to come sleep in her bed again. Maybe one of these days they will move back (just a small hint!).
I know going to the doctor for a 2 year check up isn't the best way to spend your birthday, but that's what we ended up doing today. Dr. Q says Ella is growing wonderful and Ella did much better with her shots that the last time! Although she did tell the nurse to stop a few times! She has once again fallen below the average range for height at 33 inches and below average for weight at 24 pounds. The only thing that we can always count on being consistant is her large head..... she's 89th percentile! Ella's daddy saved the day by showing up at the doctor's office to rescue Ella from the pain. He brought her two roses and a balloon and took her to eat Chinese. What a sweet daddy and perfect way to top off her birthday!
Friday, August 28, 2009
One person that Ella absolutely adores is her cousin Ava. She asks for her all the time and enjoys spending Wednesdays with her for sure! I remember always being so close with my cousins when we were younger and I am SO excited that Ella is going to get to experience that too! Her and Ava are so sweet together... running around, squealing, dressing up, so on and so on! I cannot wait for slumber parties in the very near future :)