Tuesday, March 31, 2009

(almost) Free Fun

Water, soap and the kitchen sink ~
Life doesn't get much better than this!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Fun-Day . . .

. . .  Four Little Girls Day!!

(And yes, there are whiskers and noses painted on their faces -- they were kitty's before we went outside.)

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Eagle's Nest

Spending TWO hours at an indoor playground this morning  +  a THREE hour afternoon nap  =  ONE HAPPY MAMA!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

An Entomologist and a Puppeteer

Yesterday morning Tom took Ella and Zoe to a class at their school all about BUGS.  Zoe held a Madagascar Cockroach, a millipede and a TARANTULA!!  She was the first kid to volunteer to hold any of the bugs and loved it all.  Tom said she was the littlest one there and the only one not squirmish or afraid -- a few of the bigger boys actually only held the bugs because she did!!

Ella was more reserved but did hold the millipede, which she calls the MILLIPEDE SNAKE.  She told me the millipede moved it's head away from her and she said "I'm all done, Thank You' and then it wrapped itself around her finger : )  When I asked if she held the spider her response was a simple 'Oh no'.  I can't say I blame her on that one.

It just makes me smile thinking about the three of them having that time together (Ella, Zoe and Tom, -- not Ella, Zoe and the millipede).  

Zoe holding the Madagascar Cockroach

Zoe holding the millipede

Ella holding the millipede

Zoe holding the tarantula
(I think Grama Dianne almost had another heart attack after seeing this photo)

Ella preferred the puppets : )

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Paddy's Day . . .

 . . . From McZoe and McElla!!

Did you wear YOUR green today?

Monday, March 16, 2009

March for Babies

Zoe, Ella and me (Tom took the picture) after the March for Babies event last year, with three of our four AMAZING NICU nurses (Becca, Cori and Molly) and two of their children.

The March of Dimes biggest event is it's March for Babies.  We are very excited to be part of this great cause, and appreciate your support for our participation.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.  The March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation.  The money we raise for March for Babies will support lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start, the kind of start Ella and Zoe received during their NICU stay.

Please help by donating today, our link is:  www.marchforbabies.org/EllaandZoe

Thank you SO much!!

Jeremi, Tom, Ella and Zoe

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Four Under Three

It took over 20 minutes to get everyone dressed in their winter gear.  Then I had to change a poopy diaper.  Then Ella and Zoe had to use the potty.  We were outside for less than 10 minutes, but it was worth it, and so much fun!!  And don't the girls look cute : )

Putting the Big Girls to work : )

Having fun on our walk!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Preemie Power

Pics from Ella and Zoe's newborn days . . . 

Holding Hands

Fingers and Toes

Zoe Under Lights

Ella Under Lights

Zoe ~ Almost One Week Old

Ella ~ Almost One Week Old

Quick Kiss

Z and E Wearing Butterfly Outfits Made to Fit a Teddy Bear

Ella Marie ~ 6 Weeks Old

Zoe Dianne ~ 6 Weeks Old

Chubby-Cheek Zoe

Chubby-Cheek Ella

Finally HOME with BOTH Girls!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cooking Our Way Through the Alphabet

Aa is for Apple Crisp

Bb is for Banana Bread
(We forgot the flour, Grama Dianne's Banana Bread is much better!)

Cc is for COOKIES!!

Dd is for Drumsticks

Ee is for Elephant Ears

Ff is for Fudge

Gg is for Gingerbread

Hh is for Honeybee Cookies (yum, yum)
Ii is for ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES (previous post),
and Jj will be coming up soon!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The World's Skinniest Tent

This kept the girls occupied for a looooong time!!

Tents and making nests are two big hits these days : )