The last week seemed to go by so quickly, I didn't get to post all the little things we've been up to. With my new phone, I've been taking far more pictures than I used to, and I used to take quite a few! I do sometimes have to sacrifice the high quality of the photos taken with our regular point&click, but I'm just happy to be able to take all of them!
So here are a few photos from the last week.
Sporting her purple shoes and toting her very own purse, Ella was ready for a morning trip to the grocery store. She still loves saying hi to every single person we see while shopping.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of Ella playing in the front yard. She's just so little! Someday we'll pull this out - high school, perhaps - to show the change. (I'm in love with that tree in our front yard. It provides the perfect amount of privacy. I imagine that, someday, it will be an enormous, beautiful shade tree.)
Ella & I waited in the sunshine outside the hospital to have dinner with Daddy one night this week. We love when Daddy has a few minutes to have dinner with us in the middle of a long, busy shift.
A few days ago, Ella and I went for a walk with our new friend, Katrina, along the lake all the way down to Canal Park. Ella had fun running after the seagulls and watching the other kids by the lake.
With my little girl in front of the lift bridge.
We had two lovely rainy mornings in the last week. Ella and I took full advantage of the inside playtime.
That same morning, Ella packed up her bag, slung it over her shoulder, waved goodbye and walked out of the kitchen while I was cleaning up after breakfast. Too funny.
My two little goons. I bought bike helmets for Ella & I a few days ago. I wanted Ella to get used to wearing hers without pulling it off, so I let her play in it for a little while. Of course, when I walked out of the room and came back a few minutes later, this is what I found. Pete had put on my helmet, picked up Ella's new, plastic harmonica, and was playing made-up tunes for her entertainment. This is what Daddy does on his days off.
Ella figured out how to play her silly kazoo all by herself! She was very proud. (It's the shape of a giraffe head and attaches to a body that's a plastic guitar. Who comes up with this stuff?)
Miss Ella has developed a love of sitting in her baby stroller. I'm not quite sure how to teach her that it's for her baby dolls.
Ella eating lunch at Clyde Iron restaurant on Sunday. Clyde Iron was an iron works factory in West Duluth a long time ago and was just remade into a restaurant and bakery. It's very cool.
Our friends Nic & Anna played during lunch. Ella showed off her very cute dance moves while we listened.
This is Ella's last picture in her baby car seat. She is finally big enough for a big girl seat! Pete worked on installing the new one in the Jeep while she played in this one in the grass. Goodbye, baby seat!
Hello, big girl seat! I am absolutely thrilled that she'll now be able to face forward during trips. We took her for one spin around the neighborhood last night and she seemed to be in awe at the new view. My little girl is growing up!
Ella's very first bike ride! I recently found an old Schwinn bike on Craigslist and took a friend up on an offer to borrow their Burley to see how Ella would like it. To our excitement, when we went to pick up the Burley yesterday morning, the friends GAVE it to us! Yay! Today we wanted to break it in, so Ella and I went on a little ride with Uncle Jake on the trail. She wasn't fond of the helmet but seemed to enjoy the ride anyway.
And this was the walk we took tonight. She loves pushing her stroller like she sees Mama do. We only made it from our front walk to the neighbor's front walk, but we thoroughly enjoyed it!