Weekending (ahem…. a week late)…

We stayed close to home this past weekend. Ellie was just getting over a little bug and it was very hot (the weather always seems to get exponentially warmer and more summery right about the time that kids are heading back to school around these parts). We went to one of the most adorable birthday parties ever and then took to the beach where Gramma talked us into taking a ride in one of those beach surrey’s. (No fringe on top sadly). ;) Lots of watermelon was eaten and I started planning our first year of “preschool homeschooling” (which I will hopefully find the time to write more about in the coming days). Trying to keep cool in a town with no air conditioning and enjoying the last bit of summer. We’re busy and having fun.
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Weekending!

It was a pretty busy weekend, which was good, it kept my mind off not knowing anything about Ellie (we found out the all clear test results Monday). Saturday, Ellie and Jeff spent the day together while I went to a friend’s fundraiser for children in child care and food programs. It was a painting/ silent auction style fundraiser and right on the beach too. Very enjoyable! I’m so proud of my dear friends who put the whole thing together as well.
Sunday I had a baby shower for a local Mama friend. A lovely morning with some good friends and lots of round baby bellies. The rest of the day was spent hanging at home, a little bit of sprinkler action to cool everyone off. It has been a hot few days.
Today I’m dealing with a little girl with a fever though. I swear, we never get through a summer without at least one bug. Hoping this one is a quick one. We have so much left to do before Fall is here (and it will be here before you know it). ;)
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eloise: we had quite the scare these past two weeks. The Friday after your 3rd birthday, we went for your 3 year check up with the doctor. While pressing on your tummy, she found what she thought was a small abdominal mass. She wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but assured us it was probably nothing, but she would like us to get an ultrasound, just to make sure. The ultrasound was last Friday. You couldn’t nurse over night for the first time ever in your young life (you had to fast for the ultrasound). It was an incredibly difficult night. No one slept. You were a champ for the very long ultrasound, even though you broke down with anxiety and probably tiredness at the very end. You nursed in the parking lot afterwards. The emotions soaring through both of us. It was the longest week in a half of my life. Even though the doctor said there was probably nothing to worry about, the worst case scenarios filled my head. A future of uncertainty. I have never known fear like that. The results came back this afternoon…..  All clear. Everything looked great. The doctor must have mistaken your kidney or bladder for a mass. Biggest sigh of relief. A different future was laid out in front of me again. My girl was healthy. My heart full. My heart thankful.
It’s interesting, because when I got the news, I realized how very lucky we were. Some parents get the opposite news. My heart breaks for them. I truly am blessed to have this beautiful, amazing, healthy child in my life. I love you Ellie.

The August Garden

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a garden update. Our garden is certainly producing. Things are a little wild and out of control, especially the tomatoes. Ellie goes into the garden daily and helps herself to handfuls of cherry tomatoes. “Mama, can I eat another one please?” We have mint and the occasional strawberry still. We have a very large pumpkin growing in the back and hops climbing almost all the way up to the roof. It’s very dry around here and we try not to over-water, but things still seem to be pushing through the dryness and heat and growing. My flower bed is full of wildflowers I had sprinkled in there from months past. We have roses growing and lemons a plenty. We are enjoying watching all the buggy visitors come and go and especially watching the butterflies fly through. We have seen a swallowtail visit the lemon and orange tree almost on a daily basis the past few weeks. So much life and beauty.
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How is your garden growing?

Weekending: Birthday Bash Edition

This week we celebrated Ellie’s third birthday. Her actual birthday was on a Wednesday, so after Ellie was surprised with her mama made Neverland set and Totoro set, we spent the day with friends at the zoo and then met up with Gramma and Grandpa for ice cream and a carousel ride.
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This weekend, we celebrated Ellie’s birthday again with a Peter Pan Party! Ellie had her very own Peter Pan dress and we were lucky enough to have a pirate ship only a block away (Our neighbor built one for his children and now rents it out for parties. How could we not get it?!) Family and friends came to celebrate. It was a very hot August afternoon and I think a little overwhelming with all her friends and family in one place, but at the end of the day, she told me, “I am such a lucky girl Mama. I had the best party.” Well, that was all worth it.

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THREE!
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our girl!!

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Eloise: you are three! Spunky, smart, sweet, challenging, imaginative, energetic, dramatic, loving, funny, THREE!

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eloise: This week has been an overwhelming one. A birthday and then a big Peter Pan birthday party. Fun, emotional, exciting and busy. A love this child so fiercely. It’s amazing we are celebrating three years with her. I’m looking forward to what 3 has in store.