Thursday, September 22, 2011

10 months

Hard to believe its been 10 months already, although what parents says,"yep...its gone by soooo slow.." Ellie loves dancing, electronics, belt buckles, protein, frozen peas, climbing stairs, being chased, baths, and watching her bird mobile spin. She hates getting dressed, getting changed, or being denied an opportunity to "feed herself"...considers herself highly independent. What crazy joy parenthood is.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Eleanor's Birth Video

A more nostalgic (and shorter...e.g. 29 hours into 3 minutes) version of the arrival of our darling firstborn. Rated PG. (ok...maybe PG-13...I'm in the tub but you don't see anything...although believe me I was stark naked by the end of the birth and didn't give a hoot about it)

Yes it took 10 months to finish it -- but now I can look at the footage and not feel the contractions/pressure waves/ infant skull-crushing against my backbone and pelvis-labor. Now I just cry and get excited for the next one. :-)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Naps, nakedness and Nana Niece

She's a burrower...just like her daddy. 

Indian food out on our "patio"...she loved the rice. And Mom's fingers.

 Hugs to Nana after her overnight visit while picking up her new car. It took her about an hour to leave.

Naked time in the baby pool!

She loves watermelon, really, but she also loves to make faces...this is another gift from her father, although I have been told I have no poker-face myself.

And I wil call it my squishy and it will be mine...hugging our Beatles-singing-sunflower from Grand-Aunt Jamie.

Oh so big.

I'm not tired...I just have a little bit of raspberry in my eye...really...

Is that chocolate or poop? Oh boy...its poop. Our first (and pray last) naptime-poopalooza...literally. It was everywhere...including all over her binky (I'll spare you the pics but they are archived for posterity's/senior yearbook sake). I love that she is just looking at it--huh...yeah...that is a lot of poop...

All fresh and clean...napping in her diaper...a wonderful summer tradition.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Weddings?! I love weddings..drinks all around!

This summer was full of wedding-events as we celebrated Alyssa and Tyler's nuptials. We had the pre-ception in Idaho Falls the end of July and the big shindig in Coeur d'alene in mid-August.  The ceremony at the Spokane Temple was short and sweet (and very reminiscent of our wedding there 4 years ago...especially since the same gentleman officiated...crazy how time flies.) The party then moved to the Ratelles backyard with good food, some dancing, and a lovely evening of pink, purple and blue.

Sh....shut your mouth.

Joshua was a BIG help in cleaning up. JK -- he was a good helper during the day...

Thanks're a huge help.