Ellie at 5

It seems that Ellie is the last one in her class to turn 5.  She feels like she has been waiting and waiting and waiting to turn 5.  She finally made it!

She asked for a Rapunzel cake yet again.  Given that this is the 3rd year for her to ask for one, I felt like my substitutions have not been working.  I bit the bullet and did it.  Considering that it didn’t fall over, I call it a success.  Maybe she won’t ask for one next year.


Yes, she had a black eye on her birthday, as is traditional Ellie fashion.  She ran into a swing set pole at school.  No surprise there.

We went to the McWane Center for her birthday party, and the kids had lots of fun.  She picked the Science of Magic show, and it was pretty entertaining!




This girl is spunky, brave, and always fashion conscious.  She loves princesses, longs to know how to read, and wants to be just like her big sister.  She’s certainly one-of-a-kind though.



First Day of Christmas break

We spent our first official day of Christmas break at the McWane Center.  Our membership expires at the end of the year, so we figured we’d get in one more day.

Ellie wanted to ride the zip line this year.  She LOVED it!  What a thrill!  After seeing Ellie have such a great time, Samantha wanted to try too.  After some initial concern, she faced her fears and rode down the zip line too.  They had a blast!


Of course, the trip would not be complete without going down the Ice Slide, petting the sharks, building with the big foam blocks, or digging for dinosaurs!


Some Summer Happenings

I can feel the ever so slight easing of heat around here.  We’ve had glimpses of some nice fall weather, so you know summer is wrapping up.  Here are some pictures from our summer.

Swimming at MamaLinda’s

Walking in the rain

Trying on a Burger King crown

Visiting the McWane Center

Celebrating a 90th birthday