Sunday, November 14, 2010

Growing Up

Ella is 15 months old today. She said mommy this morning for the first time. She babbles mamama a lot, but today Brandon asked her where mommy was and she looked right at me, pointed and said "Mommy!" It was the best feeling, especially since she's been saying Daddy for months! Ella can now clearly say: Daddy, Mommy, Baby, Cat, Dog, Pig, Bug and I'm sure lots others we just haven't understood yet. She can sign "eat" and "more". She can growl like a tiger, say "who who" like and owl, and say "choo choo" like a train. She pretends to talk on the phone and can give high fives. I can't believe how much she is growing and understanding. I feel so blessed to spend every day with this little person so full of happiness and love.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's November...

...Time to give thanks!

No matter what trials I may have in my life, there is always so much I have to be thankful for.
Count your many blessings, see what God has done!

Monday, November 8, 2010


This Halloween weekend was so much fun. We started out going to Tanaka Farms in Irvine. We rode on a wagon pulled by a tractor over to the petting zoo. Ella isn't a fan of petting large farm animals yet. Maybe I'll give her another year to get comfortable with this tradition. We ate some homemade pumpkin bread and wandered in a little corn maze before finally finding the perfect pumpkin.
Ella liked the ones that were her size.

The group!
Aja, Laura, Ollie, Mom, Ashley, Riley, Eva, Natllely, Chelsea, Ella

Ella's sticker says "Farmer in Training". She was pretty pooped after her fun day.
But soon she was awake and ready to get into her costume! Ella was a sweet strawberry this year.

We went to our Ward party where Ella got to do some trick-or-treating. This is her second Halloween, but being only two months old last year, this is her first time really experiencing it.

She won best costume in the costume parade and had fun chasing the boys around the gym.

Brandon and I went as "a pair of blue jeans" (our name tags say Gene & Jean). Kind of a cop out costume, but it was all we could come up with last minute. I like costumes that don't require a lot of effort and/or many embarrassing elements :)
We took Ella to the Walnut ward party with the Stewarts, where the camera sat in Brandon's pocket all night, but we had a fun time seeing old friends.
We also went to my mom's house to carve pumpkins and have dinner.

We took the girls to a couple houses to trick-or-treat because we didn't think they had got enough candy already that weekend. And we just wanted more pictures of them in their costumes.Wonder Woman (Riley, age 3), Super Girl (Eva, age 2), & The Strawberry (Ella, age 1)

I am sad to pack her costume away, she was such a cute little strawberry. Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!!!