The big star of the week is Miss Ellie – who at nearly 18 months old – has taken her first steps! Yes, she is walking! 🙂
She is a very cautious person and gets freaked out by any sort of physical danger. I am sure that’s why it’s taken her so long to walk – she is terrified of falling!
Slowly, but surely, she is overcoming that fear. I do lots of practicing with her around the house – holding her hands and making sure she feels safe and comforted. It’s helping a lot.
Big Sister Ginger (7) has been a huge supporter. Ginger is always patient and happy to encourage Ellie’s walking practice.
One of her first steps:
Ellie is still not a fan of walking (or standing) – but she’s warming up to the idea. We’ll see what the next week brings. Probably in a week or two, she’ll be running! Haha.
I took Ginger (7) and Paprika (9) to see The BFG! You may recall that I already took Paprika to see it (right after she read the book), and we had the entire theater to ourselves.
After I took Paprika to the movie, Ginger read the book and wanted to go see the movie, too. I thought that was a really bad idea, knowing Ginger. But, I wanted to give her the chance because she had her heart set on it.
So, I took them both to the theater one night when Mr. M came home from work. Originally, the girls wanted to see the movie without me (“sister-time”), but the theater didn’t allow that – and besides, at the last minute they decided they wanted me in the theater with them.
I was glad I ended up staying in the theater with them because Ginger cried through most of the movie. She is highly emotional and sensitive, and movies are just way too much for her to handle. The half of the movie when she wasn’t crying, she was indignant that the movie was so different than the book. And, of course, she didn’t want to leave!
So, all’s well that ends…well. 🙂 We mutually decided that Ginger won’t be seeing any more movies for a long time. She was shaken by the film and it took her awhile to recover. We both agreed that movies are supposed to be fun, but they just aren’t fun for her. So, we’ll do other things together on our date nights…
She did like that the Giant in the movie was a vegetarian – since she’s always been a vegetarian, herself! So, that made her a little happy. Other than that, it was a bust. Oh well. 🙂
I was blonde for a day! I decided on a whim to go blonde – and then once I was blonde, I didn’t recognize myself. Haha. So, now I’m back to dark brown. I think it works better with my coloring – but it was fun to try it just to see. 🙂
(I colored it myself both times – so it wasn’t a big deal to change it!)
We’ve been going on lots of long walks around the neighborhood.
Yesterday, usually sunny Violet (4) was upset because she couldn’t find her Olaf shoes and had to wear Ginger’s crocs. She was NOT happy but she recovered quickly.
We’ve mostly been going for evening walks because when we try to go mid-day, it turns out like this! Too hot and bright.
But, evening strolls are pretty much perfect! 🙂
Another late afternoon walk. We always try to stop by the Little Free Library and return/check-out books:
I’ve also been sending Paprika (9) out on short walks with Ellie in the stroller. They stay close to home (on our block so I can see them). I love the bond they are forming and how even though Paprika is 8 years older than Ellie, they love to spend time together.
We’ve had a few park trips up our sleeve! Sometimes I’ll take the girls for the afternoon, and Mr. M will meet us at the park when he gets home from work. That’s always a nice surprise!
Violet and Ellie on the slide at the park. Ellie is very wary of the slide. It made me laugh because when Violet was Ellie’s age, she would run up the slide and practically flip off the edge. Such different personalities – both wonderful in their own ways!
We are still watching a lot of One Direction videos on YouTube, since it’s one of the few things that will calm Ellie (17 months) down when she gets upset. She is so crazy for Harry Styles (the lead singer). She smiles and laughs instantly when any One Direction song plays – it’s incredible.
We’ve listened to so many of their songs on repeat, it’s made us all go a little crazy. Here’s Mr. M’s impression of himself as the 6th member of One Direction:
The girls love to play in the backyard together. They call it their “Sister Park” – and it’s their favorite place to be. Really!:
Mr. M reading to Ellie. She LOVES books! What can I say, she fits right in – we all love reading in our family. 🙂
I’m challenged to keep Ellie entertained while Paprika, Ginger, and Violet have Piano Lessons at their music studio. The big sisters have been a huge help – and the car we bought at Goodwill is worth its weight in gold!
How did we function before we had it?! Haha.
Ginger (7) taking piano lessons with her teacher:
As you can see, Ellie is the center of attention!
So, that’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to this week!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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