Every December for the past three years I've taken a picture of Ellie next to the same stuffed Christmas rabbit. Above is Zelda's first picture next to the bunny, and below are Ellie's three pictures next to each other. It is amazing what a difference each year makes.
What Ellie said this week
Ellie tosses something into the back of the car with a thud.
Me: "What was that?"
"Should we open this?" - Ellie asks me this when she hands me things she wants to open, like play-doh. She asks this because it's what I ask her when talking about closed containers, but I find it funny she uses the same phrase back to me when she wants to open something because in her mind, the answer is always "Yes."
Ellie, several times this week (when she couldn't hear the computer or TV): "I can't see the sound."
Ellie: "Eat my toe."
Ellie: "Daddy, I want the candy up there, on the counter, by the bowl."
Ellie: "I need chocolate milk." (She's been drinking gallons of this lately.)
Ellie: (giggling) "It sploded. It sploded, Mommy." (about a tire that exploded in an app game about fixing cars)
Ellie: "Daddy's going in the white truck." - Jason borrowed one of his dad's trucks for one day almost a month ago, and since then Ellie's been convinced that he's driving around in this white truck all the time. If she wakes up in the morning and he's not there, he's driving around in the white truck. If she and Zelda and I get in our car and he's not there, he's in the white truck. If we're all in the car and he leaves for a moment to run into the grocery store, he's getting into the white truck.
Ellie: "Bumpy road, bumpy road, bumpy road." She's been saying this for months but this is the first time I've remembered to record it. We don't know where she got this; she'll just go around singing it over and over and over.
Ellie: "I love you, blanket."
What we did this week:
We saw Tiffany's family for one last time on Friday night. The girls made bracelets and took some pictures with Nana and Papa in their matching pajamas.
Our friend Tyler got married last Saturday! We couldn't go to the ceremony itself because it was in the middle of the day and Jason had worked the night before, but went to his reception that night. We seriously love this guy and are so happy for him.
Also, we bought a bunch of frozen salmon (and some frozen tilapia too) at the grocery store. It was on sale, and we looove fish, and I am so happy that we have so much right now. We already had it for dinner twice this week and once for lunch.
On Sunday I got some cute/funny videos of Ellie. Here's one of her demonstrating her monkey toes, and also one of her reading a little bit:
The next day I got some really fun videos too. The first one's a cute one of Zelda, being pushed around in the doll stroller by Ellie,
this one's Ellie playing with her blocks and being silly,
and this one's Ellie looking like she's an eighty-year-old woman at a nursing home:
The next day on New Year's Eve we went to Disneyland, and it was a great trip. We were very relaxed about it and didn't try to rush around the park, and so the huge crowds of people weren't a problem. It was just fun and kind of like a giant party. We left in the late afternoon, and then Jason had work that night and the girls and I had a quiet night at home.
The next day on New Years, one of our ward member friends who's also our neighbor locked herself out of her apartment (she lives in a second-story apartment like us). She asked us for help, and Jason climbed up onto her balcony, went through her open balcony door, and let her in the front.
Later that day we went to the park, and Ellie played with the ducks and went on the playground.
Annnnyway, I'm getting off onto a Lord of the Rings tangent because, hey, I love Lord of the Rings.
Books (re)read this week: The Hobbit