Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2 Years Old!

Miss Ella turned the big 2 a couple weeks ago!!! We took a trip to the zoo with our new membership thanks to Grandma and Papa Brunsting's birthday present... saw Elmo Live, and had our very own Elmo Birthday Party. Good times! She is ridiculously fun these days (well... MOST days)... has quite the vocabulary and will try to say just about everything. She is particularly good at self disciplining herself and her sister... "Sit down Ella..."... "Ella!!! Why you throw Elmo out of the crib???"... "Ella???? Want a time out???? Want a time out Ella????". It is hard to keep a straight face much of the time...

We recently conquered potty training with a 3 day crash course... and I'm thrilled to say that even though it actually took us 5-6 days, it was a total success! Good thing too because I would have been TICKED if I had gone through the all the stress of those first 2 days for nothing!!! Yikes! But turns out it was WELL worth it to have the milestone behind us. A little more work when we're out and about - but she's been doing awesome.
Ella is our Timid Genious in the family. She knows her ABC's, colors, most shapes, and counts to 16. It is amazing to me how she picks up on things and commits them to memory. She also sings constantly - my favorite characteristic of hers... I know one day I will miss the medleys of Sunday School songs and mispronounced words terribly. Ella is the timid one... she's afraid of... well... everything. Fleas and flies especially. New situations take some coaxing - but we're pretty sure her little sister will help her conquer some of these fears.
I seemed to have forgotten to take many pictures of the actual Birthday on my camera so I'm waiting for friends and family to share their lot (hint, hint)... In the meantime... here are a few of her other highlights...

Crack Kills

"Is that a bug??"

A very sweet big sister

"What??"


Ella and Isie having a grand time with the watering can...

Sporting my new panties and washing my hands...

Tentatively removing the sprinkles...

Grandma B. made my fabulous cake!!


A little bit star-struck...

"You need something??"

Our dear friend, Hopey...

3 comments:

Faith said...

I just spent some much needed time on your blog and had to share with you that I had a WONDERFUL time!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) I hadn't been on anyone's blog (including my own...) in months, so I had a lot of catching up to do. But I sure did laugh myself silly at those two precious cuties of yours!! Remind me to tell you about a couple of the pictures and videos that almost made me sick from laughing so hard!!! :) Just for the record, I LOVE Ella's crazy hair!!! It looks like she crimped it, and I laughed so loud I woke Hopey up!!! :)

Grandma Brunsting said...

Just spent 10 minutes delighted with the most recent blog entry. I am tickled, teary, mused and longing to see my girls. I am also very proud of the writing ability of my daughter....the true writer in the family. Love the journalling and the vivid reminders of days gone by....when you, Meghan, were a toddler....those days when my life and my hours were not my own. That sense of losing oneself is a real challenge during each of the varied seasons of intense 'caregiving'. I am immensely proud of you, Meg. You are a beautiful Mom.

The Saunders said...

Look how well you have done with posting on your blog... so many just read and wonder where to even begin. Their drastically different personalities amaze us! So glad for your days with them yet know that sanity lies in the quiet times... that is why I seem to stay up late as much as I hate the night.