Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ellie's Take on Easter.

Ellie's comments when I got her out of the car at church this morning sum up Easter.

Jesus loves me.  Happy Easter egg.

Wishing a very happy Easter egg and lots of Jesus-love to your family this Easter.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Break. {Ellie Guest Post.}

For this guest post, Ellie told me about the photos.

 "Okay!  Ellie sand!"

"Ellie bow."

"The sunset!"

"Ellie.  And mom-mom."  (I took the photo.)

"A duck!" (Um, no.)

"Giraffe! I giraffe food."

"Bucket!  Build…yeah… castle!  Ellie!"

"Dad.  Mama.  Ellie!"

"Shovel!  Shovel, shovel!  Scoop it."

"A friend." (Note: Friend's mama blogs here.)

* This is where Ellie stopped telling me about pictures.  I tried pulling them up on my phone, and she kept sliding through all the pictures super fast.  So enjoy the rest of our vacation without Ellie narration for a bit.  She is instead sharing about our Easter egg hunt, not pictured here.  You're now stuck with Megan's version of events.

We went to the swamp so Matt could see birds.  Ellie was unimpressed.  I was pretty sure an alligator was going to jump up onto the boardwalk and eat me.

This alligator was at least headed away from me, maybe to go eat someone else.  He had a friend giving me shifty eyes.  I didn't stick around to take photos of that one.

Matt isn't home right now, so I'm not going to tell you about this bird.  I'll get it wrong.

This alligator was little, so I didn't think he'd eat me.

One night, Matt offered to make salmon for dinner.  After I bought the ingredients, he asked me, "How do you make pan seared salmon?"  He googled it, and he managed a pretty tasty meal!


Ellie played her favorite "freeze dance" game on the beach constantly.


Ellie threw all the sand dollars back into the water.

Final Ellie quote: "A snowman!" At the museum where she made a snowman, but this is not a snowman.  It's a restaurant.  See her cute clip?  You can get one here.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Favorite Beach Moments.

Ellie running into our room to wake up Matt with a loud, "I LOVE YOU DADDY!"

Seeing friends we met through this amazing Down syndrome online community.  Knowing that Ellie really can find community anywhere.  Knowing we are not at all alone in this journey, which can be a hard journey, but when you're at the beach, is just a hilarious one.

Miss Fiona is a doll.  Look at her.  She looks like a doll.  So sweet.

Realizing how much Ellie has grown up since August, when we were last at the beach.  She digs.  She builds castles.  (OK, so she finds abandoned sand castles, whacks them with a shovel, and proclaims, "I build a castle!")

Watching Ellie play with other kids.

Packing in just carry ons to discover a broken washing machine when we arrived.  Whoops.

Ellie feeding giraffes at the zoo.  The first one scared her.  After that, she thought she was the coolest thing around.  She woke up the next morning and asked me for a giraffe.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


We needed some sun.

Ellie loves the beach.  She loves throwing the shells back into the water.  And she loves to dance on the beach to the music in her own head.  And I love the sunsets.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Catching Up on Photos.

I had failed to post these last weekend after our awesome visit from Mark and Karen.

Matt and I were there, too, I promise.  I think it's time to work on getting Mommy and Daddy back into the photos!
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Good Weekend.

My brother in law and his fiancĂ© came to visit.  We had a great time with them.

Ellie was sad to see them go, and Matt and I feel the same way.

Karen offered to go down the slide with Ellie.  One person punked out.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

All the Animals. (Video)

Ellie and I went for a walk the other day.  She loves being all the animals.  Sorry the video is shaky, she kept running up to me so I had to back up!

Happy Friday.  I am SO ready for National Boards to be submitted…. but looking forward to a fun meeting.
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