Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The S Family invited us over for dinner this weekend. Roz was invited too. There was good food.
Lots of time on the patio and BUBBLES!
*"Summertime" Ella Fitzgerald
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Hannah's mama and I met online just over a year ago. We 'counseled' each other on our travels to China (both girls are from the same orphanage) and adjusting to life after travel. We've never actually met. I really hope we do in the near future. The girls have some stunning similarities - not only in their physical beings but their personalities as well.
So, Xie-Xie Hannah!! We had to read the book again last night!
H, L & EML
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A mysterious birthday gift arrived in Friday's mail. "Pete The Cat", a fantastic book about a cool cat and his shoes. Including today, one of us has read it (Ella included, reading it to Panda in her Ella-speak) about a dozen times since we unwrapped it. There was no note as to who sent it.
So, I'm putting it out there? We love it! Thank you! And please let us know?
As luck would have it, just as our nearly 16 year-old cat, Simba, is getting thinner and more feeble, Ella has struck up quite a friendship with her. She calls for her all the time trying to figure out where Simba may be hiding. Simba, for all her faults (we do love her, really) has become more patient with Ella. Because Ella is super, super bossy with her. Super.
Last night, we picked up the ultimate hand-me-down from our little friend Isabella. She's outgrown THE BEST KITCHEN EVER. We got it as far as the garage last night which made for the perfect play-time when KatieRoz came over for lunch today. There was one shoving match (Ella) at the kitchen sink requiring a Mama Intervention and attitude readjustment.
Please note how Ella is close to taking her out in this one...
And the follow-up expression.
H, L & EML
Friday, May 20, 2011
Each time the doorbell rang, she ramped it up a little bit. By the time everyone had arrived, she was impossible to contain. Running. Jumping. Dancing. Singing. In thinking back, I don't believe I held her more than ten seconds...a big difference from our mild little one a year ago.
The new easel was a big hit. (Bowl of strawberries at her feet...because creativity makes a girl hungry.)
'Dorothy' made a special appearance and we were amazed how much she reminded us of Roz!
Ella's Uncle Greg and cousins Matthew and Michael.
Did she really get the whole birthday party - singing, blowing out the candle, presents? Nah. In fact, I'm not certain if Ella still comprehends the party was for HER. It was a party. She had her peeps gathered on her stompin' grounds. Nothing else mattered. What was especially touching was the interaction between Ella and Roz. They really do have such a special relationship, and their antics provided superb entertainment.
I'll leave you with some more. Enjoy! Thanks for all the birthday love!
*"Birthday", The Beatles.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Here she is, lifting her dress up for all to see.
When she wasn't running and jumping to the music, she was here (see below) or flirting with the musicians.
Ella likes a good party. That much hasn't changed!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Roz did too. And Roz was a bit more brave about petting the animals. See how the girls have their sunglasses hanging from their shirts? This is the latest fashion craze. Such big girls.
Big week here. I'm pretty sure at least one girl has a birthday. Check back. Let's see if I can get back into a routine again!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I took these photos tonight, just after her bath. I marvel at how quickly her hair has grown since her first birthday. She had one little shoot of a ponytail sticking straight up on the top of her head then. Next week, Ella turns two. She's changed a thousand times over since May 2010. Hasn't she?
~H, L & EML
Saturday, May 7, 2011
My little Ella Man Li, how she makes my heart soar.
Happy Mother's Day.
*This photo is from our photo shoot last weekend with my sweet friend, NicoleLee Photography. You'll see in the next week how well she knows all three of us because no one else could capture our essence like this woman. More to come!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
But make no mistake - in spite of her shining spirit (or maybe because of it?), the girl is unbelievably headstrong. This past week has been a burst of opposition in every form. It hasn't helped that the flu cloud has been over our house rendering me a single parent since the wee hours of Tuesday morning. (Poor Larry, still not back in the saddle at full swing.) There has been some serious head-butting going on!
And never was it quite so apparent then during our "Ella is Two!" photo shoot with NicoleLee Photography this past Saturday. She was not the same little pip who appeared on the other side of her camera lens a year ago. I have not a doubt in my mind that Nikki was able to capture our girl absolutely perfectly. I mean, take a look at the sneak peek and make up your own mind?!