Worth at least 1000 words…

28 Jul

A quick glance at our summer:

Fun in the pool with Ella Rose & Ava

Pool fun

I grew a little strawberry!

I grew a strawberry!

It was very tasty.

It's very tasty!

Watching volleyball practice after a swim

Swimming pool hair

Ice cream break

We all scream for ice cream!

‘zOrz teams 1 & 2 @ the Town Trek.  We had to figure out a list of clues that led us to different destinations around downtown & the Central West End.  Other than one address mistake, we did an awesome job & finished in under 3 hours.  We estimate that we ended up walking around 7 miles.  They probably would have done it much more quickly if my pregnant self wasn’t slow.  But it was a lot of fun & we hope to do it again next year!

'zORz teams 1  & 2

Last stop...finally!

Ella in her 4th of July tutu waiting for the Webster parade to start.  She & Drew had fun watching the parade (once it finally arrived!) and collecting the little amount of candy they threw at these 2.  Maybe they just look too little for candy?  We all went to lunch soon afterward because it was too hot to sit in the sunshine for too long.

Waiting for the parade

Ella’s first day of camp at her new school!  She had such a great time & was a really good girl.  She never cried, just went right on in to the classroom & started playing with toys!  I’m guessing she’s going to have a lot of fun in the fall, too.

First day of school

Dave & I (with some help from donations of bed, mattress & box springs) put together a “big girl bed” for Ella for her birthday.  When she got home from school on her birthday, we let her go into her room & see her new bed!  She loved it.  She picked out the owl/nature theme…I just added the balloons to make it more exciting.

Wow!  Balloons!

Big girl bed!

For her birthday dinner, Ella chose to have blueberry pancakes!  Yum!  A girl after my own heart…I love breakfast, too.  She blew out her candle in her birthday pancake stack.

Birthday pancakes!

Ella & my brother Chris have birthdays quite close together, so we celebrated with a joint family party.  They both got to blow out candles on the cake!  Happy 3rd to Ella & happy 25th to Chris!

Double birthday cake!

Our birthday picture tradition: taking a picture of Ella with her big bear (a gift from my Uncle Kevin).

Ella at 1 month:

Ella & bear @ 1 month

Ella at 1 year:

Ella & bear @ 1

Ella at 2 years:

Ella & bear @ 2

Ella at 3 years:

ella-threeyears

She has grown so much, but that sweet little smile still melts my heart!  I can’t believe she is 3 years old!

I have pictures from her birthday party at the Little Gym with her friends & other pictures from the summer (a visit to Kirksville, first dentist visit, etc) but I thought this would be enough for now.

We only have about 3 weeks until baby Beyonce is due to make her appearance!  I hope to get all the pictures & blog posts up that I need to before she gets here…wish me luck!

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