Thursday, December 27, 2007

All Girl

Ella is my "girly" girl. She is flowery and pink through and through. She just loves to play house, cook in her kitchen, and take care of her babies all day long. One of her favorite things to do is change her babies' diapers and outfits numerous times a day. If I am carrying Ben around in the baby carrier, then Ella gets hers out and straps her own baby in too. She's gonna make a great mommy someday. She's getting lots of good practice in now between taking care of her dolls and mothering her little brother all day long.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ella's Longies

This past fall I decided to knit Ella some "longies." My knitting guru friend, Tricia, makes and sells them and does a fabulous job. Ella had seen quite a few of the ones that she had made and even got to model a pair. She loved them right from the start, so I decided that I would make Ella her very own pair. It was a blast knitting them and even more fun to see how much she liked them. For the first 4 days I couldn't get her to wear anything else. How cute is that? It made my mommy heart just swell, I'll tell you that much. I'm hoping to find some good boy yarn and knit up a pair for Ben too...when I get to that pair, I'll post more pics.

Christmas Cookies

Well, the season is here and the cookie baking has begun. Ella has been having so much fun. What's better than mommy asking "want to bake cookies again, Ella?"

Of course she enjoys the measuring, scooping, and cookie cutters...but the tasting, now that's where it's all at. And since I would rather eat the dough than the actual cookie, there's no one telling her that you have to wait until the cookies are baked in order to eat them. We each get a spoon and start scooping...into our own mouths. Yummy!

This was our first batch, and since then we have done oodles and oodles more. We have a good 15 dozen cookies in the deep freeze. I'll post pics of our first annual "Cookie Bowl with Nana" soon. We had so much fun and of course left with even more cookies.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Ella's New Hat

Since the weather has turned and winter is now here, I decided to knit Ella a new hat for winter. I was so excited...based on advice from a great friend, I ordered lovely wool for this new hat. I couldn't wait to get it since it was coming all the way from Uraguay. I emailed them and they said that they would go out that very day to hand-dye my yarn and once it was dry they would ship it out. How exciting is that?!? I waited and waited and waited. Finally, one day there was a knock on the door and on the other side was someone needing a signature for my package. Yarn...what a wonderful thing to get in the mail...and then to open the package up and run my fingers through the lovely hank. Only a knitter could understand the beauty of it all.

I got out my needles and started knitting. Ella picked the design she wanted along with the pom-poms on the ends. She saw a picture of a hat my great friend Tricia had done and wanted one of her own. Thanks, Tricia, for letting us use your pattern.

Anyway...Ella loves her hat and her ears are toasty warm on those cold Minnesota days. Isn't she cute?!?