Here is one of her two cakes...
The classic first birthday photo... cake under the fingernails,
Ella, listening carefully to baby holding instructions, with Baby Braeden.
Here is the creation of Jack.
As in, O'Lantern.
He kind of resembles Maya. Note the giant teeth.
And now for the magnificent lantern part. It would be hard to describe Ella's unbridled joy at the lighting of Jack. She wanted to immediately invite all her friends over to see it. I think she had visions of Jack O'Lanterns in her head all night.
She thinks that this is the "Jack of Jack and Jill went up the hill" and has been reciting the verse all morning. She woke in the dark this morning and we lite Jack again for her enjoyment. We've blown him out now that the sun is making its debut on a cotton candy pink horizon and Ella peeks her head out into the cool morning, saying, "It smells like marshmallows and toast out here" (the wood stove smoke) "do you think someone is going camping?"
By the way, she has also requested that we begin to play Christmas music this morning. I LOVE Christmas but it is even a bit early for me...
I guess this was it. Last day for skirts without tights and babies without sweatshirts or fleece.
We've had a really good and productive weekend. Exactly a week ago, we looked at each other with threads of despair (okay, it was me) saying, "How are we going to get it all done?" The lawn needed a final mow, the gardens needed to be cut down, 2 cord of wood sat mocking us in a mammoth pile, the appliances for the still undone Savage Street house were still nestled comfortably in the garage where they have been since (sigh) last spring, the air conditioners were letting chilly fall air into our bedrooms at night and the yard was mess- all of indicative of our overly ambitious summer.
And here we are a week later... and it is all done. We worked away at the wood over the week and today Patti and Trish helped us get the second cord finished. This morning Patti and I moved all the appliances to Savage Street house (the kitchen is done! We need to stain the floor and finish up some trim paint and it can go on the market!) and all the other stuff is done too. Big thanks for the help and the cooperative girls. Maya took some naps and Ella loaded about 6 pieces of wood and played in the mud.
This is what they did while we worked on the lawn last week...
A few pics of the girls (mostly Ella) on our apple picking adventure ....
Ella heading for the mud.
Oh my, I could eat this face.
Ella loved the animals. They were everywhere.
Our serious Maya
Ella's full cart... yummy!
An apple a day... puts a smile on her face.
What fun is the mud??
Miriam loved Ella.