Last August the girls were in orchestra camp through their school. Their finale was a concert on the big stage at the high school. I loved how comfortable Ella was on stage (middle row third kid in, with sparkly purple headband), chatting it up with a friend between songs. We had a little talk later about maybe keeping the chatting to before and after stage time -- which she agreed. I also had the same talk with Zoe. She pretty talked the ear off of the boy who sat next to her -- Ha!
Ella, Zoe and best old buddy Bella ~
(friends since they were 18 months old)
Practice before the concert ~
lots of instruments to tune!!
Zoe (second to back row, standing with her cello).
it was so sad when sweet speedy died. it seemed unexpected to us but it was her time. we had just gotten home from the 4th of july parade when we noticed she was slowing down and within an hour she had died. it was really hard for our whole family. the girls both wanted to hold her, and grama helped find a small box and blanket for her. we brought her home and buried her under some pine trees in our backyard. so RIP sweet speedy -- you were an amazing little hamster and we loved you very much. it still trips me out when i think about how you let the girls hold you and carry you around -- little robos don't usually act that way, but you did. you were one-of-a kind, very very special. and missed every day.
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 : )