Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Alexa is 6 months!!!

Here I am world! Half way to my one year birthday!!! And as you can see, I'm pretty happy about that! I am loving life and growing like a weed!!!
One of the things that I have started doing more in the last month is sucking my thumb. It helps put me to sleep! I'm not too crazy about my pacifier. I usually just pull it out of my mouth. Mommy thinks I look pretty cute when I do this. At least right now... It probably won't be too cute if I'm still doing it when I'm 5. :) Grandpa McCulley also noticed that I always suck my right thumb, so he's guessing that I might be a lefty like Ellie and Mommy! We will see!

I'm also getting pretty big! At my 6 month check up I was:
26.5 inches - 77th percentile
15 lbs. 15 oz - 50th percentile
and my head was 43.5 centimeters - 75th percentile
Mommy and Daddy say that I'm a happy baby! I am still not too crazy about sleep. Why sleep when there is so much going on in the world? I think it's a waste of my time.
I'm talking a lot more these days too! I love to say "da da" and "ga ga" and things like that.
I also love to SCREAM at the top of my lungs for no apparent reason. It scares Mommy and then Ellie and I will get into screaming matches which we both think is pretty funny.
I can also sit up by myself for a minute or two at a time! I'm not quite sure how long I could actually do it, cause when I'm sitting up Ellie is usually quick to come and tackle me.
She and I have gotten to be really good friends. She's always hugging me and kissing me and sometimes sitting on me, but we're always having fun. I can't wait until I get just a little bit bigger and we can start running around together and getting into all kinds of things together!
I love being 6 months old!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ellie at 28 months

Ah... look at that sweet innocent face! :) But don't let it fool you... there is plenty of spunk and orneriness in there! Ha!
Decided to take Ellie's 28 month pictures with three of the most precious things in Ellie's life...
her binky, blankie and her cow! If she has these three things, all is right with the world.
If Ellie ever feels tired, mad, happy, scared, pretty much any emotion... all she wants are her, yep you guessed it, BINKY, BLANKIE and COW! That poor cow has been through so much! He's probably been washed in the washer about 50 times, been on lots of car trips, in lots of states, in lots of pack and plays and cribs... You get the picture. It's going to be a very tough day when the cow goes bye bye! We're hoping that his tail doesn't fall off. For over a year, that's been Ellie's favorite thing to do... Rub her nose with the cow's tail!
Much to Ellie's dismay, it isn't going to be long before we take binky away...
I just haven't had the heart to do it yet.
Soon... I think :/
I need to psych MYSELF up for it!
It will be a tough day... or tough few days...
But our little Ellie is growing up and doing so many fun and exciting things...
As of today, she knows all of her colors, her numbers, and many of her letters!
She can write an E, which she's pretty proud of.
She can spell H-O-T, say her address, spell her name.
She announced yesterday that Alexa was sucking her "RIGHT" thumb and sure enough, she can differentiate which hand is her "RIGHT" hand and which one is her "LEFT" hand!
And it's pretty definitive that she is going to be a LEFTY like her Momma! Yay!!! :)
She is speaking in much more complete sentences these days, too.
Last week she said, "come with us please, Daddy?"
LOVE this girl! She brings utter JOY to life! Not a dull moment around here!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fun with Grandma and Grandpa McCulley!

That's right! Grandma and Grandpa McCulley came for a visit, so Ellie decided to document the occasion. :)
She was SO excited, she decided to do a little dancing... in Mommy's heels. :)

Alexa was pretty pumped, too!
At the end of a long day of playing! Whew! We have a lot of fun when the Grandparents are here!
Alexa got some good bonding time with Grandpa Richard! Don't you think they kinda look alike? :)
You're never too young to read a handyman book...
And the girls got all dressed up in their pink to get a picture taken with Grandma! I thought this one turned out really cute!
It's a new Christmas tradition for Grandma to buy the girls Christma pj's... so here was our attempt at a photo shoot after bathtime and before bed!
This is fun, isn't it Alexa? :)
Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for making the trip to see us! We had so much fun!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

9 Years!

and SO much to be GRATEFUL for!
November 10, 2001 I married my best friend...
What an incredible ride it has been...
Thank you Lord for my incredible husband and beautiful little girls...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall Leaves...

It's that time of year again! All the leaves in our yard have fallen, thanks to a few days of pretty strong winds... This year, I was excited to get out and rake the leaves because I thought it would be a fun family activity!
And it was! Yet, not exactly what I had envisioned... I thought Ellie would be SO excited to get out in the leaves and play and jump in the piles... I did catch a few pictures of her playing in them, but it didn't turn out exactly like I had imagined... :) You know how that goes...

There were actually several times that I would encourage her to go out in the leaves and play and she would say "No! I'm scared!" ... which if you know Ellie, that is not like her at all! She is little miss "no fear"! But, of course, since I WANTED her to do it, she wasn't so keen on the idea. :)
After about an hour, we decided to recruit the help of DAD... Below is Ellie coaxing him out of his office with a "window kiss"... Let's just say she has him wrapped around her cute little pudgy fingers... Both of the girls do! :)
This pic of Ellie was definitely my favorite!
Yep, waist high in this "HUGE" pile of leaves. "HUGE" is Ellie's word of the month... Everything these days is "HUGE"! :)
About half way through, little sister decided to wake up from her nap and come out and join us, too! So fun to be able to put Alexa in her Bumbo chair and have her oversee our whole project!
She was very curious and interested in the leaves. I just had to make sure she only studied them and didn't put them in her mouth! Ha!
The picture below pretty much sums up Alexa's sweet little personality of late and our day as a whole! We had a blast raking the leaves, playing outside on a picture perfect fall day and then ending the day with popcorn and a WILDCAT victory over Texas!
Thank you Lord for beautiful days and fun memories!