Monday, November 22, 2010

A lot has happened since my last post. Ellie now has 3 teeth and the 4th one is working its way out. She has been really having a difficult time cutting teeth and I hope she receives some relief soon. She is so close to taking her first steps without assistance, but it still may be a while, she seems perfectly content crawling if there is nothing to hold on to. The most exciting news about Ellie is that she has finally learned to use one of her signs to communicate with us. On Sunday, Thad was able to get her to sign "more". Her version looks very much like a clap. Today she also waved goodbye to Thad and Aspen as they left for their day.
Aspen has had some equally exciting accomplishments too. On Sunday we loaded the girls up and went to the Clinton Library grounds to enjoy the warm day. Aspen finally learned to ride her bicycle with no training wheels. I was amazed at how quickly she figured it out.
Today Aspen recieved a midterm progress report and her teacher reports that she is an excellent citizen in her classroom and is above average in all areas of academics. Thad and I are no doubt, very proud of our big girl. Aspen has also started her foreign language studies at school. She has been assigned French. Her french name is Juliette.
Here are some pictures and video of our amazing girls.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

The Valarezo family invited us back to their house this year to trick or treat in their neighborhood. Thanks guys. We had a great time.

Happy 6th Birthday Aspen Elizabeth!

October 26th was Aspen's 6th Birthday. We started the day off with birthday donuts, Ellie and I met her for lunch at school, and that evening we went to Pei Wei for her birthday dinner. Granny and Poppa, Aunt Norma, and the Valarezo family joined us.
On Friday night we had a haunted, backyard, bash with all of her friends.
I think she had a good birthday week.

Thanks to all our family and friends who helped us make her party a success. Maw Maw and Paw Paw (Herb and Donna) made cupcakes, Granny and Poppa (Mom and Dad) took care of Ellie and ran many errands for us while we got things ready. Jaime and Phillip Norton ran errands, let us borrow things, delivered hay, and did whatever last minute things that needed to be done (oh, Phillip was great at monitoring the trampoline activity) Kelley Carpenter and family let us borrow decorations, and our neighbor John decorated the backyard.

I don't know if we are blessed or just plain lucky, but I am so thankful for all the wonderful people who are a part of our life.