Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011


Today our friends Mama Beth and Baby Mari invited us to the park to play. It was Ella's first time and I was kind of afraid she would be really dangerous, diving off of platforms and getting run over by big kids. Not at all! It was so much fun! She was absolutely in her element.

She played in the sand:

and in the playhouse:

and on the jungle gym:

and with trucks:

 And on the swings:

This was sort of the grand finale. She had been getting tired, but I wanted to try swinging before we left. She giggled a lot while swinging, and when I took her out, she cried and tried to get back in. We will definitely be back. Maybe tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Watching Ella walk around the room in pigtails, I can't believe how big she's getting. It is so much fun to see everything she is learning to do. She is so different from the little baby I brought home from the hospital! It's amazing. In three weeks, she'll be a big one-year-old. But I think she's already more of a toddler than a baby! I love it, but at the same time, I just want to freeze her for a minute. It's going so fast!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday afternoon nap

Aren't Sunday naps the best?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Funny hat

It was really nice out today! So we hung out on a blanket in the front yard for a while. We played with rings, and of course, Mama's phone.

We also played one of our favorite games, funny hat. You play by putting something on your head that is not a hat and saying, "funny hat, funny hat, hahahahahaha!" And you shake your head until the hat falls off. If you are Ella, you don't have to say anything, just laugh and shake your head. Here is Ella with a funny hat:

Here is a funny hat falling off of Mama's head (great timing huh? total accident):

Ella will even put her own funny hats on:

It's a great time!

More funny hats Ella thought of:

(this is actually 2 funny hats! One leaf stayed on, so she added another one.)

Anything can be a funny hat:


Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's day

Here's something pink, snuggly and cute for your Valentine's day! I hope you have a happy and lovey one!

Ella's valentine:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Splish splash

Ella loves to go in the big girl bathtub. The first few times were a little scary. But now any time she is in the bathroom, she grabs her toys and tries to climb in. These pictures would lead you to believe that she likes to just sit and and quietly enjoy the warm water. Not so. She just thought the camera was interesting enough to look at that she could stop playing for a minute. She kicks, crawls around, belly flops and splashes till her whole little face is red from water in her eyes and nose. And she loves every bit of it. It does look like a lot of fun, I'll be honest! : )

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Being silly

In the late afternoon, it can go one of two ways, either despairingly fussy, or wildly silly. I love the silly days. In this shot, Ella is jumping up and down and then I jump up and down, which is hilarious. It is also the reason the camera is so shaky. But I think you'll enjoy it anyway.

Unfortunately, today we are having a fussy day. But I thought I would post this to brighten our afternoon. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


The walking is getting steadier and steadier with each day, as you would expect I guess. It is so fun to watch her get better. At the same time, she is so adorable as a little drunken sailor. : ) This is from a couple of days ago.

Look how much more in control she is this morning, turning around and changing directions.

Saturday, February 05, 2011


 Ella's beautiful hair has been growing and growing and look what we can do now!

Eek! I love them. So cute on her. Ella, on the other hand, doesn't exactly think they are the best thing . . .

This is how she feels when she wears them:

 They lasted, oh, about 45 seconds. But it was an adorable 45 seconds. We'll keep trying. Don't you worry.

Thursday, February 03, 2011


It has been a bad winter for health in the McCall house. I have spared you the complaining until now, but sitting here with my sinuses throbbing and my nose dripping about a week after I finally shook the stomach bug that just wouldn't go away, I am ready to whine. Waaaaaah! I hate being sick.

But did you hear? Punxsutawney Phil came through! Let's hope the warmer weather sends all these germies packing. Speaking of packing, it's high time I mentioned here what I'm sure all of you have learned somewhere else by now. Paul and I are thinking of going on a little trip soon and leaving Ella with my parents. That is because pretty soon it will be doubly hard for us to get away on our own if you catch my drift. Yup, come this June there will be another little McCall baby! And we just found out its a girl!

Disclaimer: the ultrasound tech got a good look just a few moments in and said, yes, I'm pretty sure it's a girl, we'll get a better picture later. And then later little girl McCall was waving her little legs around like mad and we never got another good shot. So, my persistent fear of being predicted to have the wrong gender kiddo is more likely to come true this time. Oh well. We definitely saw a good heart, brain, spine and the rest. Such a lovely thing to see!

 That's about it for tonight folks. I've got to keep restocking my tissues and it sort of feels like all the gunk in my sinuses is clogging my brain too. But I wish you all a very happy early spring!