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Introducing Baby Claire

My sweet baby girl will be two weeks old tomorrow, so I thought I should share a bit about her birth and how things are going for us as a family of four. I will keep the birth story pretty clean, but feel free to skip ahead if you’re bored! ...

2 Year Old Drama Queen

I have about a zillion pics of Ellie’s birthday here in Hershey. The reality of a two year old is that Ellie is pouting or crying in about half of them. We didn’t do too much for her actual birthday this year, since we had recently returned home from Michigan. I baked a cake (from scratch! Recipe here) and bought a couple helium balloons, which Ellie looooves....

Happy 2nd Birthday Ellie!

Today is Ellie’s official birthday. We didn’t do anything too crazy for her this year, but we did have a little party at our cottage while we were in Michigan. I baked and decorated her a puppy cake (from scratch!). The cake tasted great, but cake decorating is not really a skill for me. Thankfully frosting hides a lot of issues. I love that first pic. Ellie was saying “I bite it.” Haha, not yet baby. To back up a...

Frederik Meijer Gardens

Ellie loves nothing more than to run around outside, so the gardens are a great place to let her burn off some energy. I had thoughts of getting some great shots of her with the flowers as the perfect backdrop, but I forgot she is a toddler. A BUSY toddler. The odds of getting her to sit still for 30 seconds are like the odds of winning the lottery. The children’s garden has tons of really great water features, but...

John Ball Zoo

Ellie is a huge animal lover, so we decided to visit the zoo in Grand Rapids. I hadn’t been there in probably 20 years, so I was pleasantly surprised with how nice it is now. They have really added a lot of new stuff, and the existing exhibits seem nicer. The only thing I really recognized was the penguin area, which hasn’t changed at all. Ellie loved spending the day with “baby Ainzey” and the animals. Ted will probably be...

A Day at the Cottage

Some of my happiest memories of summer growing up were made at our family’s cottage. Last year, we had just moved to Hershey at the beginning of the summer, so Ellie really never got to spend much time there until now. We were able to make it up there three times during our 3 weeks in Michigan and she loved every minute of it. E had a blast playing in the water and with my cousin’s dog. She would have...

Grammy’s Pool

I grew up spoiled with a pool in our backyard. Now, Ellie gets to use Grammy’s pool, and I don’t have to do the maintenance! Ellie took a little while to warm up to the idea of swimming, but once she did, she started asking to go in the pool all the time. I would like to get her signed up for swimming lessons soon. She will grow up around lots of water, so the sooner she learns, the better....

Baby Ainsley and Playing Catch Up

We are finally back home in Hershey after three weeks in Michigan, plus a week of running around with our friends Jon and Ashley prior to that! We have had lots of adventures, so it’s fun to finally do a camera dump and relive everything. First up, I had taken some pictures of Ellie and Ainsley out in our backyard a few days before we left, and I just love how some of them turned out. Ellie started calling Ainsley...

Bullfrog Valley Park

Ellie loves this park near our house, so I brought my camera there one day just for fun. They have an excellent walking trail that’s mostly in the shade – great for this time of the year! Ellie loves to play with the rocks and practice throwing them into the pond. And there are always lots of ducks and geese to watch. The only trick is to keep Ellie from jumping right into the pond with them....

Thoughts of an Almost 2 Year Old

Ellie makes me laugh on a daily basis. Her vocabulary is growing by so much lately and she has been putting fairly complicated sentences together too. I’m making a big effort to write things down as she says them so others can benefit from the total cuteness too. Me: Who are you calling? Ellie: Gammy Me: Oh yeah? What’s she doing? Ellie: Gettin Ellie snacks We’ve been doing a lot of practicing with colors lately. Mostly everything is still “yellow”...