Sunday, May 31, 2009

What a difference a week (and year!) makes!

Would you look at Miss Sue Sue? She is standing oceanside, letting those waves get right up next to her. No sign of fear on her face, even! Both girls are thinking this is pretty cool now. Her daddy got her down close to the water, as she thinks shells are neat! He'd go hunt them down, and she would stand patiently waiting for him to deliver them to her. Here were these two sweeties a year ago! Bye Bye Paci! Hello hair! yes, indeed. We wore big, fat bows on the beach! And of course, TUTU bathing suits! Flashback to beach 2008~! and then there were TWO! Another flashback. One baby girl on the beach. Now two! LOVE it! Hey,there Gabbi Girl. What would our lives be like without your happy little self?! Ellie's favorite place on the beach was probably on the beach chairs. She has cracked us up on this trip, doing "tricks". She has one she does on the handrail of the stairs at the pool. One she insists on doing everytime we get on the elevator (and only barefooted!). And one she does on the beach chair....
This is it! See the pride in her face?!Todd watched me upload these pics, and loved this one! He usually doean't have much of an opinion, but he really liked this picture of his girly. I need Jessi to ad a little Photoshop magic to darken and enhance the contrast and add actions, and blah blah blah, but this is what you get! Ellie Bellie even let MeAsson take her into the ocean and eventually up to her waist. WOW! One of our very favorite places on the grounds is this swing! Ellie wakes up in the morning and it is only a matter of time before we are hearing, "swing. swing. wagon!" Oh, and let's not forget "boots", "Crocs". SO not only are we doing great on the beach, we are also now playing in the pool! This is Gabbi with DeeDee and Granddad! They had a good visit with the grandgirlies. Having them was great anyway, but hey, if we are just being honest... the extra sets of hands were GREAT! One to swim with Ellie. ONe to swim with Gabbi. One to feed each one. One to carry each one down the boardwalk. One to wrestle Ellie into her carseat (another of our newest struggles!) One to help make bottles. One to help with diapers, One to make dressing changes during the day. One to hunt down lost bows!
We sure are going to miss them! This little star is Gabbi's favorite toy at the moment! They were bought for Ellie to use in the pool for squirt toy play. Gabbi has overtaken them! We take them to restaurants, the pool, and even use them to pacify her around the condo. I love that star!

Ellie has gotten so brave that she is now throwing her head back to get her hair wet and pouring buckets of water over her own head!
Oh, and JUMPING OFF THE SIDE of the POOL!!!
And would you just look at this newfound happiness and pleasure?! Yippeeeeee! Now we can have some real fun!
Ellie got the turtle. Gabbi got the crab. And she couldn't have liked it better! One last pic of both my girls before I hit the hay.
and a repeat, because I love her funny little expression in this one!

Keep you posted!


Mealnie

16 comments:

Lindsay said...

I know you'll miss DeeDee and Granddad!! Love that they were able to come play with the girlies! Sweet! I'm so glad yall are having gorgeous weather......now go enjoy that chair this week and if you need more hands, well, you just pick up that phone and call me!

tricia said...

enjoyed the pics so much. have fun

Mindy said...

Such a fun post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am loving the tu tu bathing suits (and wanting one for Hadlee if you wanna share with lil' ole me where you got them).

Your girls (and all of you) look like you are having a BALL! I love seeing all the pics.

Kathryn said...

Oh, those girlies! Thank you for the pics to warm my heart first thing in the morning!

Liloia Family said...

Looks like you are all having a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us!! The girls look so cute in their tutu bathing suits (love that)!! My oldest gave us a hard time getting into her car seat too at this age. Have a wonderful day!

randdmom said...

Looks like so much fun! It's great to see Ellie enjoying the water now. The beach with a child who doesn't like sand, who doesn't like water, & who won't get in the pool can make for a loooong vacation! All these photos will create a great memory for the girls! They're lucky to have a Mom that like to take pictures!! By the way, you need some sleep - Your name was misspelled! My sister called yesterday and asked my husband to "speak to uum, uum; your wife". She forgot my name! Talk about needin' some sleep!!! Thought you might find that funny...

snekcip said...

Well check Ellie out! She showed us didnt she! That's my girl though! She won't be upstaged for long! The pictures are just adorable!

Martha from NC said...

I'm so glad you have a camera--and USE IT!! I just love the pictures of the girlies in their tutu bathing suits! And what about Miss Ellie and her brave self?! Jumping in the pool like a big girl!! So glad you guys are having a great time. I'm heading to the beach on Saturday with my kiddies - can't wait!! In the meantime, ya'll have fun!!

MaryH said...

Love the picture of Ellie examining the shell so carefully, love the picture of Gabbi in the Crab floatie with the star toy....well, love all the pictures - I am so enjoying this virtual vacation - and how fun to see the pictures from last year - Ellie got some hair! Keep on enjoying and sharing - it is so much fun for us landlocked folk.

Lori Curran said...

Hello from Oregon! I know I rarely comment, but I am a regular follower (I mean, how can you NOT be??? Anyone who reads your blog is sure to get hooked on the joy, optimism, and quest to live life to the fullest that just pours out of you - not to mention your girls are just so dang cute! I'm a momma of teenage boys so I am LOVING the girlies!) After catching up on your beach blogs (been unplugged a couple of days...) I just had to give you a two thumbs up on the parent meter... your girls will be so THRILLED to have all of their memories recorded for them - in words and pictures - when they are grown and have families of their own. I so wish that I had done more when my kids were younger... it's not too late thought, right? :) In any case, keep up the GREAT work - you and Todd are doing a tremendous job with your family... you can see it in your girls' faces. OH, and thanks for taking us on vacation with you! I feel like I am RIGHT there! Blessings to you all...

Rohrbachs said...

Gabbie is just blossuming . She is such a smiley girl. !!!! Where on earth did you get those adorabel ballerina type swim suits??? LOVE THEm!!

Kelly said...

Love the pictures Mo!!! Do you ever think back to how you fretted about whether you were equiped to handle TWO babies and realize all the greatness you'd be missing out on if you'd gone the other way?? I can't help but smile when I see sweet Gabbi's face in your pictures. Your little girls are so adorable!! I'm sure you agree!!

Where did you get those cute tutu bathings suits? Do tell!!

KT

Debbie Jean said...

Oh what a great post!! I love all the pics of the girl's!! They are just beautiful!! Those swim suits are so cute!! I love the way you dress them. Thanks for making my day. Glad that your vacation is going so well.

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Beth E. said...

I am loving these pictures! The tutu bathing suits are too-too cute!

Car seat battles, huh? We had those with our youngest boy when he was about Ellie's age. Not fun...not fun at all! Hang in there, be firm and consistent, and she'll get the hang of it. :-)

I'm glad everyone is having such a great time!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

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Holley Sisters said...

The tutu suits are too too cute!!!