Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ellie's First Birthday Pictures

Here is a teaser of the many pictures we got of Ellie today for her FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!`

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Big Night

Well, I had a big night last night. Friday night was our annual Baseball/ Softball Chili Supper and Bingo night at school. I was totally stressed about it because I had to do most the work for it. I was really hoping that I didn't forget anything and that it was going to be great. Well, guess what? It went better than I could have expected. We had so many people there that we had to send our kids to the gym to pick up folding chairs for the overflow of people to have a seat!! It was wonderful!!! We had about 15 crock pots of chili and several desserts. We had plenty of food except for crackers (we ran out). Lots of people stayed and played bingo. We had about 16 gifts to give out and two money prizes. Overall, we made lots of money. Enough to cover my umpire fee and have plenty to spend on tournaments and other things. It was a huge success!! I am really anxious to see how big it will be next year.

Well, Monday starts our first official day of practice. We can finally hit and really get after it. I think we will be okay this year. My team is very very young and this (and probably next year) will be a rebuilding year. But so far it is going great. I'm ready to get the games underway!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Random Pictures of You-know-who

Playing with daddy

I love her smile! Can you see her teeth?

She loves daddy's hats!

Trying to get the camera

Walking to daddy

Peek-a-boo... I see you!

Well, she sorta gets how to play it!

Playing with her laptop

Here are a few pictures of Ellie playing with her laptop one night. I couldn't figure out if she was coping what Gabe does (he lays in the floor with his laptop), or if she was just tired. You decide.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The New Adventures of Ellie

Ellie has decided to try a new thing. Walking. She has been able to walk holding on to tables and other various items, but she has not wanted to let go. Friday morning she decided to. I guess it was Carter being here Thursday night and watching him walk around like crazy that made her make up her mind. Ellie won't do it all the time though. She likes to make me a liar. But it is so cute when she does walk. She is still a little wobbly, but walks pretty good. My big fear is that she will be walking and fall into the table!!! I told Josh we might have to get rid of that for a while. I just wanted to update you guys on her! By the way, she has two new teeth now (that makes total of 4)!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Daycare Day 2

Much better day today!! The only bad thing about today is that she had a melt down when Mrs. Jenna left the room. No one could calm her down. They said that as soon as Mrs. Jenna walked back into the room she stopped. She didn't have to come and pick Ellie up either. I guess she is starting to get familiar with at least one teacher there.

I had a really good conversation with Jenna this morning about Ellie and she apologized for not giving her any bottles. She said that Ellie never cried or seemed hungry so she didn't give one to her. I told Jenna to please give her a bottle at morning break (around 9am), feed her a good lunch (usually 2 tubs of food), then give her a bottle as you are trying to get her to sleep, and then again about 4pm (thought I was going to have softball but rain flooded our roads). Jenna said she would and she did do it. I saw a paper that had Ellie's name on it (of course I looked) and it had down all of Ellie's diaper changes and what they were, all feeding and what she had. I told them that I would like to have something like this everyday. They said they didn't give that out, but again, that's stupid. What parent wouldn't like to have a paper telling everything that happened with the kid!!??? Anyways.... It was a much better day and I think it will keep getting better and soon as we straighten out all the kinks.

Monday, January 5, 2009


Well, today was Ellie's first day at daycare. To most people's surprise, I was really okay with the idea. I never cried (well I guess I did a little when I had to pay the man), but I never cried about leaving her with strangers. I knew she would be taking care of. When I got there, I met the teachers and saw that they had a huge room full of kids!!! I forgot that today the students didn't have to go to school and was all there. I guess that was actually good, because Ellie made an instant friend when I sat her on the mat. I gave her a book and a little boy (about 2-3 yrs old) sat down with her and was showing her the book. He pointed out the cow and said "the cow says moooooo". It was really cute. I think that probably helped Ellie stay there. She had tons to play with.

When I went to pick her up, she had just woke up from a nap. The director was holding her and Ellie saw me threw the window when she came to open the door. Ellie just started screaming and couldn't get out of her arms fast enough. When I got her in my arms, she just laid her head on my shoulder and would not get up. I talked to Mrs. Jenna (her teacher) and she told me that Ellie did great. She talked alot, played and crawled every where. She said that Ellie had a hard time sleeping (not a surprise to me). I told her that I give her a bottle, rocked her, and laid her on her side with her pillow in front of her. Hopefully she will do that tomorrow.

When I got Ellie into the car, I was going to give her a bottle because she usually takes one after she wakes up (she can hold her own bottle now which is wonderful for this situation). As I was getting the bottle out, I wanted to check at how much she ate so that I would know how many bottles to take for her. Guess what, she had ALL 5 BOTTLES FULL!!!!!!! That's the part that ticked me off. I fed Ellie at 7am (where she had oatmeal and a bottle) and I know that they had to feed her because she has a little food on her, but they never thought to give her a bottle!!!??!! I thought for sure that they would be smart enough to know that she is not like the 2-3 yrs olds and can't go all day without a bottle!!! When I gave her the bottle, she sucked it down! Now, I am really concerned about tomorrow. I am starting softball tomorrow so that means that Ellie will have to stay until 5 0r 5:30 before I could get her! Are they going to starve her all day? Will she not get a bottle again tomorrow? Well, actually I know that they will give her a bottle tomorrow because I am going to make sure that I say something to them in the morning.

Other than the bottle incident, I think I am pleased with the daycare. But it has only been one day, so we will come back to that in a few days or weeks and see if my opinion has changed.