We went to my favorite apple orchard yesterday afternoon.
I love that place : )
Zoe told us this pumpkin looked like a bum,
so of course she was the model : )
We picked apples . . .
. . . and tasted them too!
Look at the face Ella made on her apple : )
This is the sign we saw after we picked (and ate) a few apples. Oooops!
After the girls had their faces painted,
we spent time at the petting zoo,
and the bales of hay.
The girls also went on the 'Cow Train' and it was one of the funniest things I have ever watched. Zoe and Ella had fun but I think they were in a bit of shock at how fast it went and how bumpy the ride was.
After trying and waiting for a long time, June 26th 2006 was the estimated due date of Baby A and Baby B. We were thrilled. But a little over 10 weeks early our doctor decided it was time for us to meet the babies. On Wednesday, April 19th at 6:49 pm, Ella Marie was born. We named her after Tom’s mom, Della Marie, and her name means 'Light'. She weighed 2 pounds 14 ounces, was 16 inches long and was perfect. At 6:51 pm, Zoë Dianne was born. We named her after my mom, Dianne, and her name means ‘Life’. She weighed 3 pounds 5 ounces, was also 16 inches long and was perfect too.
Both girls stayed in the NICU for almost 2 months and did really well, especially considering all of the 'what could have/should have beens'. It was a 'one step forward two steps backwards' type of dance those first few weeks, but after 47 days we brought Zoe home and 10 days later brought Ella home. FINALLY, we were all four under the same roof, and were ready to start the next exciting chapter in our lives . . .
Ella and Zoe turned FIVE this April and are THRIVING. They are fun, funny, naughty and sweet. The joy they bring to our lives is immeasurable. They are also really fun to take pictures of : )