Thursday, July 22, 2010

Reid- Speech Sample at

I have wanted to post a sample of Reid's speech sounds for awhile now, and thought this was the best way to do it. I am going to apologize for the shakiness of the video because I was trying to get the words on screen so you could see what Reid was saying. His sounds are coming along well, and I think his therapy has made a difference in his articulation. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Guess Who....

...wears these shoes to soccer practice twice a week?

....and who scored the only goal in the soccer game tonight????

You are right! My Ellie-girl! So proud of you my soccer princess!

Rolling Ridge 2010

Today, Mom and I packed a picnic, rounded up the kids, and headed to Rolling Ridge Ranch. It is basically a ranch in the heart of Amish Country that has a wagon ride through woods and beautiful countryside to see all kinds of animals. From monkeys to deer to water buffalo...we saw them! The kids had a great time and it was just a perfect day for us to go!

Ellie laughing at a parrot that was talking to her. She would crack up because it would say, "Let me out!" then laugh. Ellie thought this was hysterical!

Reid checking out the talking parrot. He had NO idea what to make of it!

Reid loved the baby cow that was just so calm and sweet.

Ellie in her glory holding a baby bunny. She wanted to take one home.

She also wanted to take the baby ducks home, too. If we would let her, Ellie would love to have her own personal zoo here at home!

Reid on the wagon ride checking out some zebras and water buffalo. He had never been so close before!

This "zonkey" (part zebra, part donkey) loved Ellie. He would follow the wagon everywhere we went and come back to Ellie each time for more food. Ellie also wanted to bring this guy home with us!

Reid got to help "drive" the wagon....and that was quite the experience for him. I have never seen him so quiet!!!! He was just in his glory taking it all in!

Then, it was Ellie's turn! Here she is with our driver, Marty.

Mom and Ellie on the wagon. So much fun today! A great way to make some wonderful new memories!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer in a small town...

We live in a small town....where people know each other by name. It's a great place to live. Each year, the carnival week that preceeds the HUGE fireworks display is the first thing on Ellie's agenda. And this year, even Reid was getting in on the action. We love our small town!

We also love Grandma for taking Ellie and Reid on the Ferris Wheel....because Brian and I are too chicken to attempt it. Not height fanatics here.

Ellie stepping up to the plate this year and trying out the slide on her own. I think Brian is probably bannned from it. He took Ellie down and with his size, he got some major momentum going. I think he took out a whole lineup of kids waiting at the bottom of the slide for their turn! We were grateful that Ellie wanted to go on her own this year!

There she is on the yellow slide at the top. She LOVED it. And we loved watching her belly laugh the whole way down.

Ellie met up with a little girl from preschool and rode some rides together. As I said, in a small town, we all know each other.

Ellie and Reid on the helicopters. Reid loved watching his big sister!

More my speed.....the carousel.

Reid was just checking it all out.

The carousel was also more Brian's speed, I guess!

Nothing better than small town America in the summer. to pick some blackberries for jam!

Yes, I did...

Hey, when I find the pink Dora Little Swimmers in the size I need at the salvage place for $1.25 a pack instead of over $8.00 a pack....I BUY THEM UP! And yes, I dress my manly-child up in the pink Dora swimmers proudly. Here's some proof.....

Yes, I did this.....and yes, I am proud of my bargain buy! Did I put manly swim trunks over top the pink Dora swimmers to save Reid's pride??? Yes, yes I did. Did I contemplate just having him go in the pink swimmers for less laundry? Yes, yes I did.

Am I proud of my thrifty decision to have my hunk of a son wear the pink Dora swimmers? Why, yes.....yes I am!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mohican Family Vacation Favorites

Family Vacation time! We were lucky enough to spend a week in a cabin with our family and Brian's parents. It was really a wonderful trip. It was perfect for the kids because they LOVE to be outside, and this was right up their alley. We are grateful for the time we had with each other and will look back with MANY laughs about our trip. Here are just a few of the highlights from our week away....

Mohican....Vacation Time! June 2010

A view from the lake of some of the cabins.

I just had to post this one! Brian spotted something outside our cabin and in the middle of a diaper change, Reid shoots up, hops on the couch, and stands right next to Brian. Reid can not miss ANYTHING....ever! So, there you go. No problem. He didn't have time for such silly things!

Brian made a swing for Ellie that hung from a large tree outside our cabin. She was about in tears when it had to come down when we left. She brought the stick (or bottom of the swing) home with us!

Reid was all about long as he could wear the latex gloves. Not quite the outdoor-sy type like his big sister!
Pappy and Ellie fishing. She caught a bass and a bluegill while we were there. And of course, I didn't have my camera with me, but she was so proud of herself!

My monkey.

Reid just enjoying his time outside.

My nature girl. She was loving all the spiders that the woods provided. Here she is with her friend crawling up her arm. Wonder if I have a naturalist on my hand??

Ellie lost her second tooth while we were gone. Thank goodness the Tooth Fairy knew where we were. Ellie was pretty worried about that!

Daddy and Ellie on the go carts. It's a toss up to who was loving it more!

Mommy and Ellie go carting. I had to get in on the fun, too!

Pappy and Ellie....go carting some more! (actually Grandma took Ellie, too. But the pics I have of them came out all fuzzy....sorry, Grandma!) Reid was too young to go....but watch out next year!

Ellie with Brian on the pontoon boat we took out one day. It was so much fun!
Reid being extra ornery because he had a cup of water....and he was loving dumping it on the dry people in our group!

Ellie boating

Our family

Late night campfires were a favorite of the kids. Here they were getting comfy as Pappy made us a fire.

Reid "driving" the boat we took out one day with Pappy.

Ellie and Mommy on the boat.

Reid with Daddy watching some fast-action go-carting as Ellie was behind the wheel.

Ellie with Grandma Carol on the pontoon boat.

Reid and Ellie- what a great family vacation it was. We were blessed with good times, good weather, good health, and most What a wonderful trip it was for us all!

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

We all love spending time together. I have wonderful grandparents and a terrific extended family. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you for visiting my page. Write to me any time. I love getting mail!!!

Many blessing to you all.

Little Ski (Ellie)

Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

Told ya, my hair can be wild! And you thought I was kidding!

Hmmm, Blue's Brother's perhaps?