Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's a .....

Well, I'll let Ellie tell you.

Caroline Grace, we can't wait to meet you.

(Although NIPS testing had suggested a girl, the accuracy for gender hasn't been published with a positive predictive value study.  But yesterday, we had a surprise doctor's appointment because Caroline was causing trouble.  She is okay, and while they checked on her, they confirmed the gender!)
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Monday, April 13, 2015

A DC Tradition.

I haven't been to see the Cherry Blossoms in a few years.  Last year conflicted with vacation, and I guess the year before conflicted with something, because my last photographic evidence of the blooms is from right around Ellie's first birthday.

Ellie first went to the Cherry Blossom festival the weekend she was released from the NICU.  This year, I kept marveling at the change from that tiny baby to my energetic preschooler.  Ellie, Matt, and some other Daddy/Daughter friends from church had been camping Saturday night, but Sunday afternoon, Ellie and I joined about 468 billion of our closest friends downtown.  I'd considered going alone before Matt and Ellie returned, but I didn't want to fight race traffic.

You'll notice all of these pictures were taken in full sun, not at sunrise.

But whatever, we had a fantastic time and even got a few miles of walking in.  Ellie alternated between the stroller and walking, and had no problem with the crowds.









We parked all the way up past the Sculpture Garden, so we decided to take a detour there on our way back to the car.



Ellie loved seeing the flowers all around the mall.


Note the watermark.  She insisted on helping with this one.
On our way home, we stopped for a late lunch/early dinner with Matt (who had been getting some rest after the camping adventure) and then played with bubbles in the front yard.  Spring is officially here.




You've come a long way, baby.

March 2011.


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

15/52

A week of back to school.

An overnight camping trip with Daddy and some friends.

An afternoon at the cherry blossoms with Mommy.


Linked up here.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

14/52.

At the beach in the golden light.  Oh, Naples, your light always makes me happy.

Ellie is talking more about being a big sister, although she's apparently offered her new baby to a friend already.  She gives my belly kisses for the baby, although she gets very hesitant when we inquire about any sharing she'll have to do.

ISO 800, f5.6, 1/1250, 55-300mm@62mm as I learn to use my Nikon D610.  I'm in love with the camera.  Learning all the settings, etc, has been a challenge because I was so used to my D3100 after four years.  And that wave?  Look closely.  She's throwing sand.

This will post automatically while we're headed home.  Easter awaits.

Linking up with Practising Simplicity.  And at I Heart Faces.
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Headed Out.

Time to head home has arrived, but we made sure to leave the beach with a bang.

Ellie finally got brave enough to get in the water on her own.





We met up with Matt's brother and his wife, which was the absolute highlight of Ellie's vacation (and ours.)





We ate take out on the beach and watched the sunset.




Ellie made new friends with some of the nicest big kids I've ever met.  We're talking such sweet kids we found their parents and told them good job.

We'll miss you Naples.  Until next time....






And a little video from Instagram.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Love and Portraits.

Rest is hard to come by.

But the beach helps me find it.

Ellie wasn't interested in seeking rest, but shells.


"I found a ring!"



We have been playing on the beach in the golden hour before sunset each night.



Photo credit Matt.

Photo credit Matt.




 In case you can't tell, it's my favorite time/place for portraits of Ellie.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Favorite Froggy.

Another great day... Beach, Rita's Water Ice, and a long nap, followed by dinner in and another kite flying session at the beach.

Ellie has a new frog bathing suit from Zulily and I'm obsessed.



The bathing suit has inspired lots of jumping.



Ellie likes to play at the water's edge, but she's not a fan of water above the knee, even if she's wearing a life jacket.




Sunset at the beach is one of our favorite traditions when we visit Naples, and Ellie loves to tell us about the sun.






We even got a family photo!


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