Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hawkeyes and Cyclones Beware

Here is Husker Baby complete with Husker Pacie right before throwing a great BIG RED tantrum because I wouldn't let her eat crayons.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Deep Thoughts

Ella: "If I eat marshmallows, why isn't my poop white?"

Ella Vader

This little story is for the St. James Eagles in 702!! The other day we went to McDonald's for lunch and, of course, Ella got a Happy Meal. Right now they are giving away Star Wars toys and Ella got Yoda. When you press a little button on the toy Yoda says, "May the force be with you." Now keep in mind, Ella has never seen Star Wars and has no idea who Yoda is. So, she presses the button and Yoda says, "May the force be with you." Immediately, she looks at Yoda and responds, "And also with you!!" Maybe we've been going to church too much.......

Monday, August 25, 2008

Not So Sweet Caroline

It's official, Caroline has become a mini-monster. Her two favorite words at the moment are, "mine" and "push". She loves to say, "push" as she gives Ella a great big shove. We then tell her, "Caroline, NO PUSH!!" and she just smiles and does it again. She stomps, she screams, she throws things. She even growls. Caroline also has destructive tendencies. No drawer has been unravaged, no roll of toilet paper left unrolled, countless magazines have been laid to waste. But in the middle of all this our tiny tornado will stop, run up to me and give me a big hug, and if I'm lucky a kiss or even an "Iuvvvooooo" (Carolinespeak for I love you). And I melt. Every time.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Miss Manners

Caroline has started to say "thank you" which is adorable and lovely. There is one problem though. Caroline's "thank you" doesn't exactly sound like "thank you". No, Caroline's "thank you" sounds more like a certain two-word phrase that doesn't exactly communicate feelings of gratitude. If you're not sure exactly what phrase I'm talking about, I'll tell you that it rhymes with duck poo. To complicate matters, it is super cute when she says it. So for now we'll just laugh and hope that her pronunciation improves quickly. Very quickly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

To Dream the Impossible Dream

It seems that I have achieved the impossible. It has happened. Ella took a nap ON HER OWN!!! If you know Ella, you know that sleeping isn't exactly "her thing" and going to sleep on her own has been, until now, unthinkable. But this afternoon Ella went to sleep by herself, a feat that is akin to scaling Everest. So congratulations to me. It may have taken 3 1/2 years plus infinite threats, promises, bribes and sometimes begging, but today Ella slept on her own. If I wasn't afraid that she'd wake up, I would go and take a picture to mark the historic occasion.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Her Daddy's Child

Dancing Day!!

Today Ella started her dance lessons. She couldn't have been more excited. As we were getting ready to go, Caroline (in typical Caroline fashion) was running around in her diaper. Ella announced, "Caroline, I am NOT going to let YOU make me late for my first day as a ballerina!!" Ella did a great job listening and pretending to be a snake and a frog. When I asked her if she had a good time, she replied, "Of course!!"

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Break

The blog is on a bit of a hiatus because we are in the middle of an unexpected trip to Omaha.  Please check back Monday.  Ella has her first "big girl" dance class!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

That's Just Mean!!

Tonight we went to the block party on our street. (I would have taken pictures, but I didn't want to look like a weirdo to the new neighbors.) One of the games at the party was a water balloon fight. Ella had never seen anything like it, and was completely baffled about why someone would throw a balloon filled with water at someone else. In the middle of the water balloon battle Ella ran up to me yelling, "Mommy! Mommy! They're throwing balloons at us!!" I explained, "Ella, they're supposed to. It's a game." Ella replied, "Mommy, that's not a good game, that's just mean!!" She proceded to take two more balloons out of the bucket, put them on the sidewalk and then poked them until they popped.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Picture Day

The girls had their pictures taken today. You can check them out at Go to "my portraits" and just enter our last name. Then click on my name. Our password is girls. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Summer Fun

It's about 8000 degrees in Iowa this week, but luckily Grandma brought a mini splash park to us. The girls LOVE IT!! They were so excited to play in it that they didn't even change into swimsuits. Ella thought that the stacking rings looked much better as hats.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Iowa Nightlife

Grandma is visiting all week and, of course, Ella is super excited. She's planned lots of special things that she thinks they will be doing. For tonight Ella had a really unique activity in mind. After dinner she announced, "We are going to take a bath, then we'll brush our teeth and then we'll.........SHARPEN PENCILS ALL NIGHT!!!" Unfortunately, Miss Ella was too tired to sharpen pencils all night, maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


We have had visitors to Iowa all weekend. On Friday Other Grandpa came to visit the girls, and yesterday Nana, Grandpa, NeeNee and Emer came to see us. We paid a visit to the Science Center of Iowa and Ella declared that it was, "super awesome".