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Ellen at Three

Ellen at Three

For some reason, I’ve always dreamed of having a spunky, redheaded girl. (Or a mini me 😉 ) At three, Ellen may not be delivering fully on the redhead bit (she’s seeming solidly strawberry blonde at the moment), but she definitely makes up for it in spunk. She runs head first at life with a certain amount of reckless abandon that is sometimes scary. She’ll be in the middle of something and then sporadically decide to change course, literally throwing…

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This One’s For the Girl

This One’s For the Girl

I cherish the few hours that Cooper is away at preschool every week; it’s nice for Ellen and I get to have one on one time with just us girls. One day the two of us were folding laundry (i.e. I was folding laundry and she was burying herself in it). Ellen stuck her head out from under a shirt and with a dimpled grin exclaimed with pure innocence, “I’m stupid!”  I have no idea where she’d picked up that…

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Behavior Issues

Behavior Issues

The other day, I was filling out some paperwork to start the process of getting Cooper into some therapies and I had to go through a list and check all the behavior issues he struggles with. As I went through the list I noticed something interesting. Disrobing (removing portions/all clothing) Cooper – No, Ellen – Yes We are constantly finding Ellen naked around the house. We especially have to make sure to check on her after she’s fallen asleep because…

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Miss Ellen Turns Two

Miss Ellen Turns Two

It’s a little strange to have Ellen turn two. We officially don’t have any babies in our house and we’ll no longer be counting anyone’s age in months. Ellen is feisty and opinionated, but also undeniably lovable. She adores Cooper and they are already quite the dynamic duo. He keeps her in line and she helps him be more outgoing. This year, she was savvy enough to get excited whenever we told her she was going to have a birthday…

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Puppy Love

Puppy Love

I know she’s young, but Ellen has already fallen head over heels in love . . . with puppies. If she’s ever upset all you have to do is show her a google image search result for “puppy” and her reaction to this Super Bowl commercial is hilarious. (Just now when I queued it up she squealed and ran tripping over herself to climb into my lap and see the “puppy!”) We let her take one of her puppies to…

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Déjà Vu or What Exactly Does Childproof Mean?

Déjà Vu or What Exactly Does Childproof Mean?

I thought when we took Cooper to the ER for downing a bottle of off-brand Nyquil we’d met our family quota for accidental over the counter drug overdoses, but I guess I was wrong. We’d just gotten back from a quick last minute trip to Utah (more on that later) and Ellen beat me to unpacking a bottle of off-brand Children’s Tylenol. Somehow she got the top off (I’m seriously doubting the integrity of childproof lids on off-brand medications ….

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Kids and Christmas Ornaments

Kids and Christmas Ornaments

You know how most parents worry about their kids breaking all of their Christmas ornaments? Well, that isn’t really a problem at our house. The kids have been really gentle with the ornaments and haven’t broken a single one. But do you know what is a problem? The kids drinking out of the ornaments. Yes, you read that right. And it’s not like they’re dehydrated. No matter how many times I give them both full cups of water, I still…

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Lately

Lately

Danielle, Noel’s sister, was in town on business and got to spend an evening with us. Ellen was taken with Aunt Danielle and kept bringing her books to read and even gave her hugs which is almost unheard of. Ellen has begun a rigorous training program. Noel and I went on a “date” to test drive cars since we’ve come to the conclusion that we at least need to start thinking about replacing our 18, going on 19-year-old car. I’m…

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My Baby’s Got Sauce

My Baby’s Got Sauce

Ellen is 18 months old now and one fiery little girl. She’s tiny (less than 10% for height and weight) so people are always underestimate her age and compliment her on how well she does different things. She has no fear. She’ll climb to the top of any slide on the playground and go down it without hesitation. She thinks she’s a big kid and is always trying to climb ladders to the cooler big kid stuff. She might be…

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Energy Thief

Energy Thief

Once at the end of a job interview I was asked if there was anything else the interviewers should know about me to which I replied, “Just that I’m spunky.” Everyone had a good laugh and when they called and offered me the job the next day I attributed it to my winning personality.* These days, I still like to think that I’m fairly peppy for a responsible adult, but sometimes it feels like the zippiness is being drained out…

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