Wednesday, September 23, 2009

18 months...

It's hard to believe that much time has gone by since this little beauty came into our lives. She is a spunky little girl who knows what she likes and what she doesn't, and, has no trouble letting you know either way! What a joy she is to our family!

Strike a pose!
Elise loves water! Whether it's bath time, pool time, or move the sprinkler time, she loves to get wet. She also loves to wear other peoples shoes. While she has her own dress up shoes that she walks around the house in, she can often be found tromping around in shoes that belong to daddy. She loves her blankies and her sippy cups (ba ba). Some favorite foods include mac and cheese, cheerios, crackers, cheese, peaches, yogurt, and cottage cheese - can you tell she loves cheese? Best of all though, she always, always wakes up happy. We love her!
You can't really tell, but she's wearing Jim's basketball shorts. She brought them to me saying "da da" and was trying to put them on by herself.
Even though she hasn't been in a baby seat for over 6 months, it's her favorite toy. Thanks to her cousins Gage and Emelia she still gets to play in one...

It's hard to explain how much we love this little one. Looking back, those first few weeks after she was born were so hard for me (I have never been so tired and "out of it"). I remember thinking "why didn't anyone tell me this was going to be so hard?" But now, I think how blessed we are to be parents - the joy that it brings us is so, so worth it!

Friday, September 04, 2009

4th of July

Our 4th of July started early at the Freedom Festival Balloon Fest. This has been a tradition in my family since I was little and someday daddy will join us in this great tradition of getting up at 5:00am and watching the balloons launch. Doesn't Elise look excited to be there?
Jim's Grandma also shares her birthday with our country so we spent the afternoon with her and Jim's family at their campground in beautiful American Fork Canyon.

Mackenzie, Grandma Leigh, Ellen, baby Gage, Jim and Elise

Baby Gage, Ellen, Kathie, Jim, and Elise

Jim and Elise playing in the river.
Elise trying to get Jim to give her a bite of his ice cream bar.

Beautiful American Fork Canyon

1st Time in a Swimming Pool

Yes, our daughter was 15 months old when we took her swimming in a pool for the 1st time. Don't judge...remember the bad virus/flu that went around last year that shut down the pools? Well I didn't want to chance my daughter getting some illness from the public pool so I waited until she was older to take her. She has no fear of water and LOVES to be in the pool.

Eating On Her Own

Elise has always been so good. Since she was born she has been so easy going. When it comes to eating she is the same way. One night while I was feeding her she wanted her spoon to do it herself, this was the result. Lucky for us she doesn't normally want to feed herself and she keeps her clothes and the walls clean.

Here is a video of the aftermath