Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I'm thankful for


Today I just want to tell you that I am so thankful for my family. I am so thankful for Jason, who is my best friend and an amazing husband. I am so, so lucky to have him. I am so thankful for Ellie, who brings so much joy to my life. I love my family, and I am so thankful for them.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ellie in her Jammies, plus an Ellie Update


Today Ellie is eleven months old! I can't believe it. I know I say this every time, but she is so old. I can't believe how interactive she is, and how much she's learning and understands, and everything that she can do. I love how old she is right now. She is so fun.

I haven't done an Ellie Update in a while, and she's developing a lot, so we're going to do one now! Here's Ellie at eleven months:

Teeth: She finally has some! She got her bottom two teeth three or four weeks ago. She's a good biter now. Sometimes she'll be funny and bite our knees and toes, and it tickles like crazy, and we'll laugh and squirm and try to get away, and she'll crack up and go back for more.

Standing: She's great. She stands everywhere, all the time.

Walking: She is sooo close. She's taken a lot of steps by herself, even four steps in a row, but she's not walking across the room yet. Her Grandpa Steve and Nana Debbie got her a little turtle walker, and she loves using it to cruise down the hall and all over the house. She's best at walking by herself when she doesn't realize what she's doing; when she's so focused on her end goal, or on whatever's in her hands, that she doesn't notice that she's walking.

Eating: Ellie has a voracious appetite. She can eat a whole half or even two-thirds of a large banana in one sitting. Every day now she eats a couple jars of baby food, a large chunk of a banana, some Cherrios, some Kix, and a few other things (in addition to milk and formula). She actually got a rash on her back this week from some food we gave her, though, so we've dialed it back in what we've been giving her so we can try and figure out what it is that she's reacting to.

Talking: She says "Mama" and "Dada" and "baba" (for her bottle) and "Papa" (for her Grandpa Thomas). She babbles all day long, and her babblings are starting to sound more like real conversation. She's getting the rhythm of English down. She still also loves to sing whenever we do. Her singing consists of of a single note "Aaaahhhh," sometimes quietly, and sometimes shouting "AAAAAAAHHHHH." She really loves singing.

Miscellaneous: She's started to point to things when we're holding her to direct us to them. She's also been doing this cute/hilarious thing all week, where she slaps her hand (or a toy) to her ear (like it's a phone), and says, "Heh." She does it if we do it and look at her, or if the phone rings, or sometimes just randomly. (And she is, in fact, doing it at this very moment as I type this up.) It's so cute. She's so cute.

And now, as a reward for reading all that, some pictures of Ellie! We took these a couple weeks ago, when she was just looking so cute in her pajamas. About half the pictures are at night, and the other half were taken the next morning when she woke up. Oh, Ellie girl. You are so wonderful.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We've been sick, but we're not dead yet

Hi everyone! Okay, okay, I know I haven't posted almost at all this month (which I'm sure none of you have noticed except my mom). But I have a good excuse - we were sick. Jason, Ellie, and I all caught colds. It was Ellie's first cold, and so we had a really rough first week of November with her. She didn't feel good. :( And even though we've been better for like a week now, it's taken me a while to get caught up and back in the groove of things.

So, we're going to do a quick recap post.

On Saturday November 3rd, we (the whole Thomas clan) took a trip to Irvine Park. It's an awesome place - it's got tons and tons of beautiful green grassy park with lots of trees, a big lake with paddle boats you can rent, a railroad, pony rides, rentable bike-peddle car things, and a tiny little zoo. We had a picnic and then went to the zoo.

Picnic time!:


And then the zoo:

This cougar was trying to rip through the fence to get at this little boy. No kidding. There was no way he was getting through, so there was no danger, but it was crazy to watch.
Petting zoo! Ellie thought the goats were interesting, but she was hesitant to touch them. She didn't really want to pet their fur, just grab their ears, but we couldn't let her do that.
Ellie with her Aunt Shelley :)
A really happy Nana!
Afterwards, Jason and I made a quick stop at my dad's house (he lives really close to Irvine Park). He and Ellie were happy to see each other, as always. :)


So that was our Thomas family picnic!

In other news, our super good friend Tyler Abbott got back from his mission this week. He served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Torreon, Mexico. You can see the emails he wrote to his family while on his mission on his mission blog, here.

Tyler and Tyler, together again at last.

He's giving a talk about his mission in our church meeting this coming Sunday, November 18, and you're definitely welcome to come if you'd like. We'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vote!

Today's election day! So Jason, Ellie, and I went to our polling place and voted. 
(Well, Ellie helped. She got a sticker too.)


I am so grateful to live in a country where we have such great freedoms. Wherever you are, go out and vote today! It's important.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Big October Recap Post

Okay, so I promised you I'd do a big recap post, and here it is. Here are all the stray pictures and activities I couldn't really fit into any other posts this month, or just didn't try to until now. Brace yourself!

To make it easy, I'll just put the date the pictures were taken, and a little explanation.

September 30 - We took a couple pictures outside before church.


October 4 -  We went to "Oahu Shave Ice" with Michael & Shelley. It was great! They have shave ice, but then in the middle they put ice cream. It sounds weird, but it's actually really good. My favorite shave ice flavor was Tiger's Blood. Ellie kept grunting/making dinosaur noises at us to indicate that she wanted some, so we gave her little tastes.

The cousins! I love the way Ellie's jutting her chin out here.

 October  5 - Ellie played in the kitchen with her daddy.


 October 9  - We visited my dad at his office, and Ellie took over his desk.


October 12 - We almost went to Subway for lunch, but last minute tried this place called Slater's 50/50 in the same shopping center. It was great! You completely "design" your own burger, and Jason and I each chose their 50/50 patty (which is made out of 50% beef and 50% bacon) for ours. Mmm.


October 18 - Ellie and her daddy.


October 19 - We went to Yorba Regional park to see the ducks. Ellie loved them. Here she is watching this crowd of like 50 ducks around us. (Also, look at my hair! It's just long enough for me to pull it back into a tiny pony tail [with the help of like 50 bobby pins, I have to add]!)


October 20 -We went to a food truck festival with Michael & Shelley. They had something like 30 food trucks, and a stunt dog show.


October 26 - Ellie tried out her Elephant costume for the ward trunk or treat.


October 27 - We (Jason, me, Ellie, Diana, Tyler, and Sarah) went out to Lake Elsinore to go to Michael & Shelley's ward trunk or treat with Shelley and Emily (Michael had work). It was quite a trip. Our car's AC was broken, and it was a warm day, so we had the windows down (even on the freeway) most of the way there. Ellie and Emily played together before we went to the trunk or treat, and then we all (all 8 of us) packed into our car and drove to the church. On our way back to Yorba Linda, we took side roads instead of the freeway (which had multiple accidents on it jamming the traffic), and so enjoyed a dark, peaceful, rather pretty drive home (during which we played a funny game of "Truth or Dare," because we're that cool).


October 28 - We had dinner at my Grandma and Grandpa's house in Seal Beach. Most of the extended family was there, and we had dinner, sang Happy Birthday for the October birthdays, played with nieces and nephews, hung out with cousins and aunts and uncles, shoved toys in our mouths (oh, wait, that was just Ellie), and had fun in the backyard.


October 31 - Halloween! You've already seen the pictures of Ellie in her costume and Jason's amazing pumpkin, but we also had friends over on Halloween night. We played some games and watched most of Hocus Pocus. It was fun to hang out, and really fun to see their clever & funny costumes.

Jaime = goth (be sure to notice the lip rings), Kendle = nerd, Sarah = Dora the Exlorer, Tyler = hobbit (complete with hairy feet)



And those are all the parts of October you haven't already seen!