Monday, March 2, 2015

Everyday Life.

It's another snow day today, or rather, an ice day.  The sidewalks looked a bit like a skating rink this morning, so Ellie and I are curled up inside.

We are still in jammies, and Ellie has read "Going on a Bear Hunt," "Green Eggs and Ham," and "Sweet Dreams, Curious George" about eight billion times each.  It's a slow moving morning.

I love the break in routine we've had the past few weeks, with our slow start to winter and snow days.  (And now that it's March, the weather could warm up at any time and make me happy!)

Linked up at I Heart Faces.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015


I asked Ellie if we could go outside so I could take her picture.

"No.  I take a selfie.  Inside."

Nikon D3100, 50mm, f1.8, 1/200, ISO 800
Ellie (and of course, George) insisted on taking my photo rather than let me take theirs.  I asked Ellie if she'd stand by the window.  No.  I asked if she would move from her spot on the couch so her face would be lit more evenly.  No.  But she did yell, "SELFIE!" and "CHEESE!"  Consider this a very real slice of the everyday.

My new camera is ordered, so next week, you should be seeing shots from a D610 instead.  I cannot wait!

Linked up at Practising Simplicity, for the weekly portrait of my daughter.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

What I'm Reading/Watching/Making.

Here's some of what I'm reading this week.  Enjoy!

Two Babies, a story about Down syndrome from Dave Hingsburger.

These fun gallery walls on I Heart Faces.

I just bought a new John Green book, "Looking for Alaska."  I'll let you know what I think!

At the end of last week, I got out the saffron I received as a teacher gift and finally got busy cooking! This stew was delicious.

And finally, some wise words about celebrating what is good in our children.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Life at (Almost) Four.

If you ask Ellie her age, she'll tell you four, in anticipation of her birthday next week.  She has requested a present to open, with a box.  That's all the guidance she's given us on gifts, aside from a request for a puppy that will not be granted.

Life with Ellie at almost four....

* Although her speech isn't that of her typical peers, she chatters nonstop and she's hilarious.  Her Lego giraffe is currently eating from a Lego-window-turned-giraffe-feeding-trough.  According to Ellie, the giraffe is eating salad.  She picks up new phrases (she told Matt that he's "a hot mess of snow" the other day) and new words constantly.

* Ellie's favorite activities include coloring, playing with her dolls, and playing with her stuffed animals.  She loves books.  Her current favorites are "Zoozical" and "Elephant and Piggie."  She loves her stuffed Curious George and her baby dolls.  She has been starting to help in the kitchen more, and loves to mix and stir.

* Motor skills continue to be hard for Ellie.  Her glasses helped some, then she scratched them beyond belief, plus, we're getting a stronger prescription, so we're on a glasses time-out while we await the arrival of the new pair.  Ellie can do a forward roll and swing from the rings, but she can't walk on a wide balance beam yet.  She finally started jumping in the past six months or so and it's her favorite thing to do!  She loves to be a kangaroo, a frog, or just a jumping Ellie.

* Ellie is super silly.  She loves to put her boots on her hands instead of her feet.  She made Curious George jump on my laptop, so I said, "Ellie, tell George where he is allowed to jump."  "George, jump on the table!" Ellie yelled with an evil little smile my way.  "Ellie, the real rule."  "On da floor, George," she sighed.

* A girl after my own heart, Ellie does not like the cold.  Or the wind.  Basically, all of the photos in this post required bribery.

I remember a long list of fears for Ellie, but she seems to be just fine.  Happy almost fourth birthday, Ellie.  You make the world a sunnier place.  Up next (or whenever I get work done): A penguin party!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015


Not a portrait.  Just a moment that makes me oh-so-happy.  Matt and Ellie improvising sledding on a cookie sheet on the tiny hill behind our house.

Each week this year, I promised to take a portrait of Ellie.  I might take a real portrait tomorrow.  But this snapshot means more to me because it has my family laughing.  Ellie hates snow, so a smile from her in the midst of the cold is priceless.

Now if only the snow had fallen on a weekday.  Sigh.

Nikon D3100, 50mm, ISO400, f3.5, 1/320
Linking up at Practising Simplicity.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


We finally got our snow day!

(And my readers in Chicago and Boston can laugh now.)

But we got our 4-5 inches of snow which nicely shut down the entire DC metro area this morning, including all of the schools and most businesses.  Ellie was up promptly at 4:45.  (Matt and I were up, too.  Why was our condo association shoveling before 5 am?)  By eight o'clock, we'd already made some art, made snow ice cream, watched Tangled, and had a dance party.

Matt took Ellie outside to play in the snow for a bit.


Smiling right before she started sobbing.

Ellie was exhausted by noon and is currently curled up in her bed while I sip tea and eat snacks.

I love snow days.  I do not love snow (and neither does Ellie), but snow days are nice.  I needed a chance to pause.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Milestones and Down Syndrome.

Some milestones that come without much thought for typically developing kids are huge for kids with Down syndrome.  One of those milestones is the ability to ask and answer questions, a skill Ellie is continuing to work on.  And while she isn't quite on target with questions and answers, we have actual conversations now.

Ellie has been playing more imaginatively when she sits with her toys, and she's currently attempting to put Daddy's watch on Curious George.

We continue to hunker down in the cold, and have plans to make some soup and maybe cookies today.  What are you doing to enjoy your three day weekend?

Here's another shot of my sleepy girl yesterday.  I love her eyes here.  She looks exhausted, though.

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