Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Six Month Old's Passport

Let's rewind a month and review where we (Ella and me) were and what we were doing....



What is that you say? Why can't you read the stuff on the walls? Because we were in Japan! That's right, Ella got her first stamp in her passport at the little ole' age of 6 months. She is such a mover and shaker! 

We'll start from the top...

First there was an 11 hour flight and then a 2 hour bus ride to get there. As always, Ella was a trooper! (Of course it was nice to have a hand full of other wives that were traveling with us to pass Ella off too as well :o) The only thing that didn't fair well were Ella's cute little cheeks...



Ella was all smiles once she saw her daddy though. She wanted nothing to do with me if Mark was around...three cheers for having a break!!



We even took a day trip to Nagasaki. Here we are in Chinatown. That's right, Chinatown in Japan. Weird...yes. Delicious food...yes.



We went to a Chinese Temple as well while in Nagasaki. Can you pick out which ones aren't ancient Chinese artifacts??



They were a quiet group...



Family photo at Peace Park in Nagasaki.



Imitation is the highest form of flattery...right?



Peace Park. The statue's right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the extended left hand symbolizes eternal peace. The mild face symbolizes divine grace and the gently closed eyes offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims' souls. The folded right leg and extended left leg signify both meditation and the initiative to stand up and rescue the people of the world. Installed in front of the statue is a black marble vault containing the names of the atomic bomb victims and survivors who died in subsequent years. (Wikipedia's words, not mine.)



It was great getting to see the Peace Park, Ground Level and the museum in Nagasaki. It reminded me of being in Dresden, Germany and seeing the destruction still left over from WWII and of course Pearl Harbor. As sad as it is, these places are part of our history and serve as great (and much needed) reminders of our own mortality and how easy it is to destroy that. 

Japan was amazing. I can honestly say it's never a place that has been high on my "visit" list, but I would gladly go back if the opportunity presented itself. The country is beautiful, but it's beauty is nothing compared to the people. The Japanese people were so incredibly welcoming and loving. And let me tell you, they wanted to eat Ella alive. Our little blue eyed, white baby was a superstar in Japan! Everyone wanted to see her, people wanted to hold her and take pictures of her...it was crazy! 

Granted, I can't blame them. Yee. Haw.



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Breaking the Silence...

It has been awhile...okay a long while. But here I am and here are some pictures of what we have been up to lately...

I have no doubt she is plotting her escape...



Her first time in the ocean!
(Pitiful, I know but we don't go to the beach often and the times we have gone she has been asleep.)



Pool time with Mommy!



Nakeddddddd babbbbyyyyy



Don't you just want to eat her up?




Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ella's First Christmas

Ella had her first trip on an airplane...and boy was it a big one! We travelled from Hawaii all the way back to South Carolina. The good news is we both survived the flights and it was all done with a minimal amount of death stares from fellow passengers :)
Our little Ella is definitely a trooper!

Since we flew in on a red eye and arrived on Christmas Eve, we had a low key Christmas day. We slept in and then went to have Christmas linner (after lunch but before dinner) at my grandparents house where Ella got to meet her great grandparents!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!

Here she is with her great-granddaddy.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Family Pictures

Before Mark was deployed, we decided it might be nice to get some family photos. I called up my friend, Emma (who did Ella's newborn pictures), to see if she could snap some shots of us. This is what we ended up with...

I really like this one but it didn't edit up as well as I wanted.


I love Ella in this one :o)


Our Christmas card picture!


Blowing bubbles...


Hanging out with Mommy...

Playing with Daddy...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Firsts...

Yesterday was Ella's first day at the beach!! Well the first day she actually got out of the car seat at the beach :o)

Step 1: Covered up at the beach...


Step 2: Napping at the beach...


Step 3: Finally out and about!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Craigslist Project...

We needed a glider/rocker with ottoman. Craigslist, as always, came to the rescue and gave us this for $20...


A yard and a half of fabric, a staple gun and a trusty friend, Ken (the sewing machine) later, we have this gem!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tummy Time!

Man, she is getting big!