S: Ella's Third Year
FC: Ella's Third Year
1: Dear Ella, How can it be that as I write this, we are only a week from your third birthday? I get choked up and teary eyed just thinking about what I want to say to you. Your Daddy and I love you so very much, it is impossible to put into words what you really mean to our family. You are everything to us, and there is not a day that goes by that we don't kiss you 100 times, tell you we love you again and again, and acknowledge that we are so truly blessed to have you. You are such an awesome kid. You are so smart, and at almost three, some VERY entertaining things come out of your mouth several times a day. Daddy and I are constantly looking at each other and saying, "Did you just hear what she said?" You make us smile and laugh every single day, and we are so thankful for that. You are turning into such an imaginative and independent little person. I wish that I could video tape you all day every day because you are changing and growing so fast. We just try to soak up as much of you as we can. You are so excited to have a little sister, and she will be here any day now. I can't wait to watch you with her, you already have big plans for the two of you. This morning, on the way to school, you told me that you and Peyton are going to watch Mickey Mouse together. This last year has been amazing, and we can't wait for all the memories your fourth year will bring. All Our Love, Mommy and Daddy
3: Ella Bean is 2!
4: A May Day Birthday! | May 1, 2011
5: Your birthday was such a special day. You knew exactly what what was going on, and loved every minute of it. You had so much fun with all of your friends playing in the pools and eating more cake than you can imagine. You did a great job opening your presents and saying thank you. | Ella is 2!
7: We had a wonderful Mother's Day. You and Daddy surprised me with a new camera and we spent the day taking lots of pictures. Then, we went to the pool in Apollo Beach swimming and stopped at a bar for dinner. They had live music, so of course you made Daddy and I dance the whole time.
8: Orlando Weekend Getaway! | The Disanto family invited us to go to Orlando with them for the weekend. We had a blast! We started at Downtown Disney. You decided you wanted to ride the train all by yourself. We were shocked, but let you do it. You rode with the most serious face, but waved every time you went by. Mommy teared up she was so proud of you. You told the worker you wanted to do it again but ride up front, so we bought you another ticket. After that we checked into the Animal Kingdom hotel. It was beautiful and we could see giraffes from our hotel window. We spent a lot of our time at the wonderful pool. You were so nervous to be in the water at the beginning of the weekend, but you were getting very brave by the end.
10: It was a rainy Sunday morning, so Daddy and I decided to take you to your first movie. We thought you would like Mr. Popper's Penguins since Jim Carey is the star and you LOVE him in The Grinch. You did very well. It wasn't really a movie for little ones, and you stuck it out like a big girl. | Your First Movie...
11: May Memories!
12: St. Pete Beach Tradewinds Resort June, 2011
13: To celebrate Mommy and Daddy's 6th wedding anniversary, and Father's Day we headed to a resort on the beach. We had so much fun eating out, playing in the water, watching a pirate show, and just spending time together. Daddy even took you on a 30 foot slide. I was a nervous wreck, and you only wanted to do it the one time, but I think you really did have fun. You have some of Daddy's daredevilishness in you, which makes me happy.
16: This year for family vacation we traveled to Higgans Lake. You had a blast playing with your cousins, sleeping in the cabin, swimming, and having s'mores for the first time. You even went out tubing with Mommy and Daddy and we were so proud of you. When you got back in the boat Uncle Kyle said you were a superstar and you replied, "No! I'm a rock star!" You are awesome. | Family Vacation
18: Feeding Ducks at MSU!
19: Rub a Dub Dub, Ella's in the Tub!
21: Learning to ride your bike with Daddy. You LOVE riding your bike!
22: You love dress up! | Grandma and Ella on the way to Disney on Ice | You love painting and doing crafts | Girl time on the swing set | Cuddling with Daddy and Target | Bath time fun with Elena
23: Reno, NV | At the end of September we traveled to Reno, Nevada for Daddy's cousin Brinn's wedding. You loved all the dancing and cake and we had a wonderful trip with our Spiess Family. We even took a day trip to Lake Tahoe.
24: Lake Tahoe
26: A Time for Giving Thanks | Hunsader Pumpkin Festival
28: Pond Pine Peeps
29: Pumpkin Party
30: Our Little Halloween Bee
31: Halloween was so much fun this year. You knew exactly what you were doing, and you were lovin' that candy. Aunt Shaina made you a treat bag, and you spent most of the night digging through it and asking for one more piece. You had just as much fun at home afterwards handing out candy to other kids.
32: Halfway to Three! | *Potty trained! (most of the time) *A lot of pretend play, you are a doggy or a monster ALL of the time *Very into things "matching" *Slept on the floor and in Mommies bed for Thanksgiving break (for the first time) *Love dancing with Daddy *Started getting out of bed on your own and even "sneaked" on us on 12/3 *You know your right from left! *You can ride your bike like a maniac
33: *Twips=Chips *Kinga=The Lion King *Grammy Grams=Teddy Grams *Pack Pack=Back Pack *Belax=Relax *You always need things to "Feel Me Better." | Silly Things You Say...
36: Apollo Beach Fun
37: First Hair Cut! | Before | After | December 22, 2011
38: 2011 | Christmas in Florida
40: Spiess Christmas
41: Riding like a big girl!
42: Simmons Christmas
44: Right after Christmas, Grandma, Shaina, Richard, Kristina, and Christian came to Florida with us to have some fun. We went to the beach, celebrated New Years, and attended the MSU Outback Bowl (which we won!).
46: Fist Sparkler,, New Years Eve | Our little gymnast. We did Mommy and me classes for a few months, and we are going to start big girl classes when you turn 3!
47: Busch Gardens!
49: Bride getting ready photos | Disney World
50: be my | We had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Daddy had some surprises for us, made us chocolate covered strawberries, and took us on a date to Olive Garden!
52: You can write your name! | a E ll
54: Clearwater Beach
56: Ella's Big-
57: On March 19th you decided you were too big for pull-ups at night. The next week we found you a big girl bed as a reward. It was good timing with your sister on her way! You loved it so much, and never missed your crib at all. Everyone who comes to our house you take upstairs to see your big-girl bed. :) | Girl Bed
58: Easter 2012
61: You are getting ready to be a big sister! We talk about Peyton all the time, and you are so excited to help me take care of her. I feel a little guilty sometimes for changing your world so much, but I know that having a sister will be such a gift. You rub and kiss my belly all the time and then smile at me because you know it makes me so happy. We love you so very much, and we know that you are going to be such a wonderful big sister.
63: Food: Stroganoff Dessert: Cake Drink: Lemonade Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Sport: Michigan State Thing to do Outside: Swing Thing to do with Mommy: Color | Thing to do with Daddy: Have him Tuck me into Bed Thing to Wear: Rapunzel Dress Place to Visit: Elena's House Restaurant: Chicken Place (Chick-Fil-a) Best Friend: Elena Animal: Dog | Movie: Beauty and the Beast Cartoon: Mickey Mouse Color: Purple Letter: E Number: 3 School Activity: Play Blocks and Make Roads Animal you Pretend to be: Kitty Cat | Favorites | An interview with Ella
64: Primping for a Purple Party | We decided to take you for a mani/pedi before your purple party, and you absolutely loved it. You sat so still, and felt like a very big girl! Of course you chose bright purple for your fingers, and dark purple for your toes.