Kid book swap party at the Curtises. Ellie had a bit of trouble with the "swapping" part vs. the opening up of the book part, but she still had fun. We came home with a lovely mermaid book (even though Mike has pointed out that it teaches incorrect marine-life behavior, for example, that a mermaid cleans the teeth on 'nice sharks'). I though the whole half-man, half-fish thing would be the glaring error. Merman!!
Eleanor has been spending some time with her best friend and second cous James. Those two get into trouble twice as fast -- but they're pretty cute.
We've been experimenting with the first tufts of a ponytail -- although Ellie likes to graciously remove the rubber band and hand it to me if she discovers it. It's kind of a cross between a mullet and a Sumo topknot.
Playing at the park. Going down the slide, riding on the swings, eating sand, chasing ducks, trying to swim in the frozen pond.
Valentine's decorations. Note the bullets on the top shelf ** not part of the 'original' holiday vision** thank you husband.
Snacks. Eating the almond butter off of the bread.
And reading - Ellie is really into books now. Books before naptime, and before bed, and at church, and at playtime. The other night while she was teething and we were up at 3 am (I use that term loosely because only one of us parents was actually 'up' and not in a prone position in bed), we read through her entire board book library. Her favorite is 10 babies by Gyo Fujikawa.
Saggin' in her skinny jeans.
After-bath naked time. Anything goes, including wearing her hat as a kind of crocheted loin cloth...
New petti romper! I finally sewed it after buying the fabric at the LA garment district on our last Malibu trip. She seemed to like it, although she tried to pull out the hair thing immediately, sigh...