2011 was another great year for our family. Busy as Shazam worked hard on her masters, Super Sammy G worked her tail off and Little E grew and grew! Little E is hardly the same child she was a year ago. She was still a 21lb baby last January and now she is all toddler and tipping the scales at 28 lbs. I was a bad blogger but really I think I was just overwhelmed trying to get through the day to day that I just didn't have the energy to do much more than keep us clothed and fed on a daily basis. Some days I didn't even do a good thing at that. So here is 2011 in review.
We started 2011 watching Auntie Beth run in the Millennium mile in NH. She did great!
|Auntie Beth doing great!|
Hung out around the house and considered career options.
|E in a snowbank|
|Loving the snow!|
|Enjoying a ride from Mommy|
|Happy snow family!|
|Cheering on the Pats!|
|I think she likes it!|
|E you have a little something on your face!|
February started a little rough with E's first real injury (ouch) from a fall onto the storage cubes.
|Nice cut above her right eye.|
E made her first cupcakes for Mommy's Birthday
|Hey Mommy why is my cupcake so small compared to you?|
|Being a good sport about her breathing treatments.|
We started taking trips to the local farm. The snow was still on the ground but E loved stomping in the puddles and seeing the animals
|Exploring the Barn|
|Looking cute in Mommy's hat|
|Mimi Ella and the peep=yum|
|Ella and some eggs|
|Ella and the bunny! Her dress even matched|
Ella's funny little personality is in full swing. Why she was in the sock bin with Kermit I have no idea but she was having a good time.
|Ella wants to climb just like Mommy|
|Chickens watch out|
|Mommy and E in a tree!|
|New lambs so cute!|
|Trying to prevent E from jumping into the pig pen|
|E weighs in as a piglet!|
|ride um cowgirl|
|Waiting for Kathleen|
|Mommy and her awesome sign|
|Run Kathleen (in center with black skirt and shirt)|
|Easter Bunny E|
|Finding some Eggs|
|Traditional sheering. The sheep just lay there.|
|Shazam and my mom|
|Ahma Gumpy and E.|
We started the month with our annual March of dimes walk. We almost made it through the whole thing without thunder and lightning. I am counting on a sunny beautiful day this year. We were joined this year by our fav nicu nurse, her husband, my parents, and both Shazam and my best friends. They all humored me and wore the crazy bee hats I found so that we could be team Bumble Bee!
|Mama and E|
|A little over 20 lbs above her birth weight|
|Ready to walk|
|Shazam and her bff courtney|
|Ahma Gumpy and E|
|Family picture after the walk and during the rain|
As the weather warmed up E hit the pool.
E also got a little daring and started climbing things for fun.
|She's got quite an arm!|
|Batting Practice with Uncle Jeff|
|The wacky muscian|
We took our first trip as a family to the Aquarium. E loved it espesially the tide pool. She loved getting her hands of the animals. The penguins and seals were also a big hit.
|What is in there???|
|Mama Ella and the Sea Anemones|
We were back to the farm again. This time we got to meet a chicken and see the piglets that had been born! E also sported pig tails for the first time.
|Mommy and E walking to the farm yard|
|I love you chicken!|
Hanging out at home
|Doing some work with mommy|
|Wearing a Nightgown for the first time|
|Painting the back stoop with water|
|Showing off my mad utensil skills|
|E with her cousins|
July was probably the busiest month we had all year. We packed in friend's, 4th of July, E's Birthday and the beging of a vacation.
We started the month with a playdate at the park with a friend
|E with J|
|Buba, E and Mimi|
We spent some hot days at the local spray park were E loved running through the water (the child has no fear).
We moved from our 2 bedroom apartment to a larger and nicer 3 bedroom apartment at the end of the month. It was a great change and E now has her own bathroom and we have room to spread out a bit.
|E likes her new tub!|
|Mommy and E having some cereal in our new breakfast nook|
|E loving the water|
We started out the month with a vacation to P-town for family week. E loved the ocean and the pool and we had a great time with friend old and new.
|Sea Weed Girl|
|Making sand castles|
|Shaving Cream fun|
|Our rocking sign|
|View from the parade|
|Mama and E|
|Mama and E checking out a tortoise|
|I love you goat!|
September brought our awesome summer to an end. We all returned to school and back to the grind.
E enjoyed arts and crafts in the breakfast nook.
We made it to E's first country fair. She loved it and had a wonderful day. She fed the chickens, saw a giant pumpkin, rode her first pony and carousel. It was a awesome day.
|E gets her love of Chickens from her Mommy|
|Loving the Pony|
|Checking out the goats|
|On the carrousel|
|Back on the Pony since it was so fun!|
|Mommy and E|
|Checking out her loot|
|Enjoying her treats|
We had more fall fun with E's cousins.
|love the fall|
We spent Thanksgiving in VT with my extended family. This will be out last holiday at the farm as my uncle is selling it. It was bitter sweet for us all.
E's drawings started to really take shape this month with pictures of people
|portrait of Mama|
|Picking the perfect tree|
|Trimming is serious business|
|Waiting for Santa|
|Putting out cookies for Santa|
|Enjoying her toys|
|Mimi and E|
|Mama and E enjoying their Christmas Breakfast|
2011 was a really tough year. Balancing school, work, parenting and marriage has been really tough. We are all looking forward to Shazam finishing graduate school in May. Who knows what 2012 will bring us. What ever it is I look forward to sharing it with my great family!
|Mommy and E...they make everything worth it!|