S: Ella Paxton Spiess A Magical Second Year
FC: Ella Paxton Spiess | A Magical Second Year
1: Dear Ella, It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone and our little bean will be turning two in a few short days. It is so difficult to put into words how much you mean to us. We love you with all of our hearts. You are our magic, our joy, our constant laughter, and our sweet sweet girl. With each day that passes we watch your personality develop a little bit more and we cherish it. You have a beautiful balance of outgoing silly girl with quiet reserved girl. We love watching this journey that you are on. I promise that there is not a day that goes by that we don't appreciate you for all that you are. We don't know why you were given to us, but we are so thankful that you are here, and that we have the privilege of being your Mommy and Daddy. You are so smart, too smart for your own good sometimes, and that makes us very proud. We know you are headed for great things little girl, and we plan to give you all the support, guidance, and love that you need to do anything you want to with this crazy life. The last year has been a whirlwind of change, and we look forward to seeing what the third year will bring. We love you right up to the moon and back, Mommy and Daddy
2: Ella's First Birthday | May 1, 2010
3: We had a ballerina party to celebrate you turning one.. You were having so much fun at your party you forgot that you were nervous about walking and you were walking all over the place! | We had a lot of friends over to celebrate and everyone had fun splashing in the pools, eating cake, and watching you open all of your gifts. It was an emotional day watching you turn one, and Mommy and Daddy were so proud of you!
4: For Mother's Day Daddy surprised me with a new bike, and he bought you a new bike seat. We both loved it! We started taking bike rides almost every day and continued all summer long. I loved having you right by me while we were riding around. We could talk and sing together. | Mother's Day
5: You grew and changed so much in May. You became an excellent walker and could say over 30 words!
6: You love going out in the boat. Sometimes it's a problem because you love being independent and don't want to be held. Unless, of course, Daddy is holding you while you drive. I was in heaven on this particular day because you decided to take a nap in my arms. Pure bliss. | A Day on the Boat
7: Aunt Shaina was visiting from MI so we packed up, and headed to the beach. It was our first time at Siesta Key and you loved the sugar soft sand. You were also a dancing rock star in the car! | Siesta Key Beach
8: Our New House | 11024 Pond Pine Dr. Riverview, FL 33569
9: In February we decided to build a brand new house in Riverview, Fl. It was so fun watching it being built and the three of us would drive over after dinner to see it quite often. We finally moved in at the beginning of June, and we LOVED our new house. Thank goodness Aunt Shaina was here to help us move!
10: Father's Day started out very exciting when Mommy and Daddy spotted a bobcat in the backyard! After that we opened presents in bed with Daddy and you surprised him by wearing your new Daddy t-shirt. We spent the day playing at the park and grilling up dinner.
11: At the end of June you and I flew to Michigan together to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa. Daddy met us there about a week later for family vacation. | MICHIGAN
12: Your First Trip to the Zoo! | Aunt Shaina, Aunt Kristina, Christian, you, and I headed to Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI. We had a ton of fun! Your favorite part was the little piglets. The bird house was a little scary for you so we only stayed for a minute.
13: You had so much fun spending time with Aunt Shaina. She's tickling you for a smile in the picture on the left and blowing bubbles with you (your favorite thing) in the picture on the right. | You and your cousins were in the Shepardsville parade with Grandpa Spiess. It meant so much to him to have all of his grandkids together on the John Deere tractors. Your float won first place!
14: For family vacation this year we traveled to Indian Lake in the U.P. We rented a little cabin close to our families' campsites and it was perfect for the three of us. Your favorite part of the week was eating M&Ms with Uncle Ron and splashing in mud puddles. | Vacation, 2010
16: July | We spent our summer days playing outside, watching "melmo," going to the library, celebrating Daddy's 30th birthday, and enjoying our new home. We had a wonderful summer together.
18: Richard and Kristina's Wedding July 31, 2010 | Uncle Richard and Aunt Kristina had a beautiful wedding on the golf course. You and Christian loved running around the putting green. We kept you out late that night, so you fell asleep on Aunt Shaina's shoulder for hours. She loved every minute of it.
20: Adventure Island
21: We bought summer passes to Adventure Island in Orlando. You loved going down the water slides! Daddy decided to take you on a pretty steep slide and almost gave Mommy a heart attack.! The pictures on the right show your very first ice cream cone. You couldn't get enough!
22: Popsicles after dinner. Every. Single. Night. "Gockle, Gockle!"
24: WE MSU! | Ever since Dancing With the Stars began you have been in love with your tutus! You love to spin while wearing one of your tutus. Also, you were so excited when grandma gave you new MSU pajamas. Every time you see something MSU you call it "State."
25: ...and Grandma Visits!
26: October Fun at the Beach | We spent several days in October going to the beach, and taking out the boat. You looked so cute in your little yellow suit. It was perfect since every time we ask you what color something is you say YELLOW! We think it might be your favorite :)
29: You love taking sink baths!
30: We had a blast at the pumpkin festival this year. You weren't super excited to take your first pony ride, but by then end of it you were smiling a little. You absolutely loved petting all the farm animals, especially the goats. You were saying and signing "more goats" over and over. You had a little run in with a duck when you ran out of food and it bit your arm. You told that story for months afterwards. "Duck, bite, mean!" Then you would pinch your arm, just like the duck did. | Hunsader Pumpkin Festival
33: We flew home before Halloween because we found out that Grandpa was sick. We had a wonderful weekend visiting with him, and he was so happy to come home from the hospital. You decided (without any prompting) that you wanted to call him Papa, and you never changed your mind.
34: Florida Halloween Fun!
35: Michigan Halloween Fun!
36: We had such a wonderful Halloween Weekend with Grandma and Papa!
37: We knew that Grandpa was sick, so we really appreciated this weekend we were able to spend together. Grandpa was so proud to have grown such an amazing bunch of pumpkins. We had so much fun squeezing you and Christian into the two gigantic ones! You had always loved Grandpa, but your "Papa obsession" really grew while we were home. It was the cutest thing, Every time Grandpa would leave the room you would say, "Where papa?" He loved every second of it.
38: You were the cutest little kangaroo! I was so proud of you for standing there like a big girl with your cousins.
41: "There is always something for which to be thankful." -Charles Dickens
42: Our Happy Girl
43: Decorating the house for Christmas
44: You are a girlie girl and love beads, tutus, and dancing! | At 19 months you know all of your colors and have started putting two words together.
45: First pony tail! (thanks aunt Shia)
46: Christmas Boat Parade | Ch
47: "Although it's been said, many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you!" | Dover, Florida
48: Our Florida Christmas 2010
49: We had a wonderful Christmas morning in Florida before we traveled to Michigan. You were so excited for all of your gifts and you took your time opening every present. Your favorites were your new kitchen from Mommy and Daddy and your little fort from Aunt Shaina.
50: Oh how you light up when you are with your cousin Christian! I can explain...
52: Christmas Eve and Day 2010
54: We took a break from hanging out with Papa to play in the snow. You had fun, but definitely not as much fun as you have in a swimsuit!
56: In January you started saying short sentences. One of your first was, "I don't yike that!"
58: When we came back from Michigan in January Grandma and I took you to Vero Beach to get away and visit uncle Ken (Grandpa Davis' brother). We had a wonderful time. Mommy was so proud of you because you slept in an adult bed for the first time, and you were such a big girl. You had the most fun playing on the beach with Grandma. She taught you how to chase birds, and now it is one of your favorite things to do! | Vero Beach
59: At the end of January Shaina, Richard, Kristina, Hannah, and Christian came down to visit. We all had a wonderful time. One of our favorite things we did was visit Clearwater beach. | Clearwater Beach
61: We took the boat out one day and had so much fun! We even saw some dolphins! | Dolphins!
62: February | Happy Valentine's Day! | Ella, you are turning into the most amazing little person. You are sweet and kind, and very very silly. We ask you all the time if a silly bug bit you and you usually say yes.. We love you so much our fun loving girl! | Flying a kite for the first time with Daddy.
63: While Grandma was here she got you hooked on Sweetie Delight's Cookie Monster cupcakes!
65: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
66: Apollo Beach Kite Festival | Lovin' Grandma SO MUCH! (your favorite saying)
67: You just love the water and beg for Daddy to set your pool up all of the time. You love practicing your kicking and doing some jumping onto your bottom. You are forever saying, "Mommy-look at me! and "Daddy Watch me!"
68: spring: | Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's learning to dance in the rain. | We had a week at the beginning of April that we had heavy rains everyday. You decided that you thought it was perfect jumping weather. Every evening you would make me put my shoes on, and we would go out on the porch to practice your jumping. You figured out how to get both feet off the ground and you were so proud of yourself! You and I were the only ones outside, but we were smiling :)
70: To: Ella From: Daddy (Happy 2nd Birthday) | Mommy and Daddy decided you needed a swing set of your very own for your birthday. Since we planned to travel to Michigan for Easter at the end of April, Daddy and the neighbors built it a couple weeks early. You are so in love with it! We've already had a few tears at bed time because you don't want to get off!
72: Happy Easter | We had such a wonderful weekend home for Easter. We had egg hunts with the Simmons family and the Spiess Family. You caught on right away and found the eggs all by yourself. Every time you would find an egg you would shake it quick and then stuff it in your basket. We also visited Uncle Richards and Aunt Kristina's to play with baby goats and ride Christian's pony on Easter morning. Your favorite Easter presents were your bug house and jelly beans! You also loved Easter breakfast because of the discovery of chocolate milk.
74: Happy (early) birthday Ella Bean! | We had a small birthday party for you after the Spiess Easter dinner. You had fun playing with your cousins and eating a lot of cake! We are having an orange and red May Day party for you in Florida on your actual birthday! :) | 2 | Almost
75: Ella at age 2!! | Favorite food-"noodles and cheese" Favorite snack-string cheese, raisins, and of course... cookies! Favorite sleeping items- green blanket and neigh the horse Favorite movie- The Grinch (Jim Carey version) Favorite drink- milk Favorite toys- dolls and kitchen | Favorite t..v. shows- Dora and Sesame Street Favorite bed time books- Pout Pout Fish, I'm a little Teapot, and the Sparty book Favorite song- Poker Face by Lady Gaga Favorite outside activities- playing with your friends (the neighbor kids), and swimming in your pool Favorite dress up item- tutus | Favorite saying- "Ella do it!" Favorite songs to sing together- ABCs, Happy Birthday, and Twinkle Twinkle Favorite treat- cake Favorite reward- M&Ms Favorite naughty thing to say- "Mine!"