Happy Birthday America

This may have been the first year we didn’t go anywhere for the Fourth of July. We’re usually busy running around from place to place to see family and friends, but this year we just wanted to take it easy and hang at our home. Our neighbors across the lake from us had a loot of fireworks, so it seemed like we weren’t missing out and we could have some good old fashioned fun. The fireworks were pretty spectacular and the evidence now lives on our deck.

We had a few friends over, barbecued some ribs, drank some beer and had a campfire and made s’mores. It doesn’t get any more American than that. We got a couple of pictures of the babes – all girls – but it does take a miracle to get a good pic of a 3 month old, 8 month old and two 2 year olds. A miracle did not occur, but here’s the result nonetheless along with one of our two munchkins.

Dressed patriotically and giving hugs and smiles.

Dressed patriotically and giving hugs and smiles.

Cute girls who also can't really sit still for a photo.

Cute girls who also can’t really sit still for a photo.

A Big Week Indeed

This week has been interesting and exciting, partly due to the holiday smack dab in the middle of the week, but mostly because of all the fun stuff going on.  I went back to work this week, which was better than I expected.  The build up was worse than the actuality.  If I would have had to go five days straight though, I think it would have been incredibly difficult.  It was great having the holiday in the middle of the week and it’s wonderful that my boss agreed to allow me to work from home two days a week!  I honestly think that’s going to make such a difference and help me ease back into the swing of things.

Ellie’s been eating solids now for a little over a week and she’s really starting to get the hang of it.  She’s had rice cereal, sweet potatoes and squash.  She eats the whole packet of baby food every time.  She’s eating a pack of baby food and then some rice cereal every day on top of her milk.  Here is an updated video showing her improvement:

We had a great Fourth of July, going for a run in the morning, visiting with Elai, Jon and Miri, and then spending the evening at The Thompson’s.  Here’s a pic of Ellie playing outside at Terry and Molly’s:

We’ve also been working on helping Ellie sleep through the night, trying something called the No Cry Sleep Solution.  We’ll let you know in a week or so if it’s working or not.

Ellie’s nanny, Diana, took Ellie to the park today for a play date with a friend of hers that nanny’s a 7 month old boy named Hank.  We love the interaction with other babes!

Lastly, here’s a video of Ellie doing tummy time on her new mat.  She’s trying really hard to lift up her bum and push up on her arms.  Once she gets the hang of it, we have a feeling we’re in trouble; she already wants to be on the go all the time!