Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Less-Than Happy Thanksgiving

Mommy jinxed us when she told Grandpa how we've all been so healthy for the last month or more...and I woke up last night with a high fever that has been slowly getting better all day today, although the doctor said I should probably take some antibiotics for my runny nose and fever.
Before I got sick, I have been taking full advantage of the 60-degree days by going for bike rides, long walks with Nicky, and playing in the park.
I'm ready for winter though, now that I have my new hat from Grandma. She sent my cute elves and hat for St. Nick's Day...I couldn't wait until then, though...and opened everything right away!
I kind of look a little like an elf myself! Maybe Santa will let me help with the presents this year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Halloween Tricks and Other Treats

I continued my celebration of Halloween by wearing my special PJs all week long...
...and my really cool "scary girl" shirt that Grandma sent me.
So, as it turns out, Halloween is a BIG party in our neighborhood. We invited all our friends over to come have some chili and cider and candy with us. This year, the whole Back clan came to party, and judging by how much fun we all had, I bet next year's party is gonna be HUGE! Trick-or-treaters started coming to our house as early as 4:30...we got so many that we ran out of candy--twice!
We had so much fun passing out candy to everyone in the neighborhood, we forgot to go trick-or-treating ourselves!
A couple other things have happened since Halloween, but we've been so busy I haven't had time to tell everyone about it! Stay tuned for news of Auntie Susu's visit and other fun fall things I've been up to!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What Waking up from the afternoon nap looks like... in HD

Shot on the 5d Mark II... maybe Ella's second Oscar is just around the corner (well, the first awarded one, but you know...)

Untitled from M von Wahlde on Vimeo.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Auntie Amy's Crafty Visit

When Mom found some really cool fabric for curtains for my bedroom, she called Auntie Amy to the rescue to help sew them for her. Luckily, Auntie Amy was willing to lug her sewing machine all the way to Connecticut to help Mommy finish decorating my room!Don't they look cool?
Since Amy made such short work out of the curtains, she also had time to help Mommy replace the ugly paisley fabric on the entry bench with some really COOL paisley!
It matches Daddy's color scheme perfectly...and is a lot softer and nicer to sit on, too!
Amy did all this work for us, and still had time to hang out and play with me lots. Since I was sick, they couldn't go out exploring New York City, which I was pretty happy about, cuz it meant more time with her! I hope she comes back soon. Maybe next time, she could bring Truffle!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Old MacDonald Had a Farm...

...and on his farm he had a frog...
EIEIO! Last weekend, we went to Lake City, Minnesota for Mike & Jill's wedding.
Daddy was the official wedding photographer, and he took lots of great pictures of everyone having a really fun time.
I had a blast! I danced...
...and danced...
...and danced some more!
I also spent some time on the dance floor skateboarding.
I danced with everyone at the wedding, except Mommy. I didn't want her to embarrass me on the dance floor, so I made her stand on the sidelines and watch, until I danced so much I got very tired and really wanted to go back to the hotel. Mommy put me in the backpack and then danced some more. I told you she was going to embarrass me!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New House, New Baby

Well, fur baby that is! As a consolation prize for having to go back to work (and daycare), we got a new doggie the night before school started!
Her name is Nikki, and she's about three years old, which is perfect because it means she's old enough to let me rough-house with her, and she knows better than to rough-house back.
She's my new "weeeeelllly BIG doggie" and she can be as tall as Daddy when she wants to be.
But when we're just hanging out, she really likes to curl up into a corner and relax...sometimes you forget she's even there!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Getting Some Summer Stuff In

We did such a good job moving into our new house that we found some time to go to the beach, Beardsley Zoo, The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, and more beach! It was perfect timing, since it got really hot the week we moved. We spend a day at Long Beach in NY...
...and spent a few days with John & Bridget in Bradley Beach. I didn't want to leave!Lillian and I jumped on the bouncy spider at the Nature Center...they had the best playground I've ever been to, with a three story slide!
Mommy & Daddy tried to get me to sit for a family photo...I just wanted to run and play!
I did a really good job driving the tractor...maybe I'll be a farmer when I grow up!
Mommy & Daddy say there's a beach real close to our house now, too. Hopefully we'll get to spend lots of time there even after they go back to work...there's always weekends!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Our Forever Home (I hope!)

Sorry it has taken so long to update my blog, but I have been busy helping Mommy and Daddy with moving into our new house! So far, I have lived in a lot of different houses. Sometimes it gets confusing--I thought our new house was Bob's (the realtor's) house for a while; I also thought Ella's house was far away and I was sort of sad and wanted to go home. But after I saw Ella's house all empty it finally sunk in that Bob's house was now OUR house!So, everyone probably already saw the outside of the house when we posted about finding it and making the offer. This is a picture of the front entry; Daddy is so exhausted from all the hard work painting it and unpacking things that he had to take a little nap on our new rug.
This is the first view of the living room when you walk in the front door and look to your right. Behind me is "Daddy's couch"--it's the couch for reading and other stuff--NOT watching TV! Mommy says maybe I should spend more time on this couch than the other one. I told her "it's summer, Mom! Back off!" That made Mommy mad; I think it's funny when Mommy gets mad.
If you walk into the living room and turn left, you get this view of the rest of the living room and the dining room. Our old kitchen table and chairs look kinda silly in the dining room, but the sellers forgot that we wanted to buy their dining room table and chairs, so we have to make do for a while.
You can get to the kitchen from both the dining room and the front hall. It makes for great games of "I'm gonna get you!" but you have to watch where you're going so you don't bump your head on the doorways or tables as you run past them. Owie!This is a view of the kitchen sink and stuff, from the basement door (it's unfinished now; I'll post pics once Daddy builds my dance studio and climbing wall). As you can tell, the kitchen is really nice, but sort of small, especially with our big dishwasher. At least it's easy to move around the kitchen! Until we can build an island with a dishwasher in it, we're still using the butcher block that Mimi thought was a silly crazy idea to move out to Mommy's first apartment, in New York City. She thought it was way too heavy to carry up four flights of stairs! (Mommy said Mimi was right about that, but Mommy's glad she's had it all these years and still feels happy knowing she's got one of Mimi's old favorite pieces).
Now let's head upstairs to see the bedrooms!
The guest room is the first room at the top of the stairs. It's a little small for a queen-sized bed, but everybody knows two adults can't fit on a full bed. It's ok though, because guest rooms don't really need dressers or any other furniture.
This is Mommy and Daddy's room. It's really big, because it used to be two bedrooms that the old owners converted into one. They did a really nice job on it: they did a really nice job on everything in the house. Mommy has been running around the house all week going "oh cool! look at this!"
Another view of Mommy and Daddy's room. For now, they are probably going to put a desk under that far window, since the office can't go in the attic until the floor has been redone and it is insulated and drywalled. The attic is pretty cool though; hopefully we'll have some pics of it refinished soon!
This is Mommy and Daddy's closet. It's 8' x 10', which Mommy says is really good since she has to share with Daddy. But, the doors are only 5' wide, which means it's really hard to get to the last two feet of clothes on either side. Mommy said that won't do at all; Daddy has to reframe the doors to at least 7'. When he does that, they're gonna put in a really cool organizer for all their stuff.
Now we're going down the hall to the bathroom. Mommy & Daddy's doorway is near right; mine is far left. The bathroom is right next to my room, but the walls are so thick that you can't hear a thing when my door is shut. It's great! I've slept in until 7:30 or 8 am the last two days! (I've also been up really late having fun with all our friends who have been coming by to see the house).
This is the view of the bathroom from the door. It's really cozy, but very nice.
View from the tub. We're shopping for a new vanity and sink right now; something that won't seem as big in the room or take up as much space.
And last, but not least--my room! Mommy convinced Daddy to paint it two different shades of purple so it would look like a sunset. I love it! This is the view from the doorway.
This is the view from the closet, which Daddy painted with chalkboard paint. How many kids get to draw with chalk in their very own bedrooms?? I'm really excited to be finally "home"--I hope we don't have to move again for a very, very, very long time. Not just because it's a lot of work, but because I really love our new house and already feel like it's a "forever home."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer in the (Really) Windy City (Part 2)

So, everyone knows how much I love swimming and playing in the water. So, I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments in (and out of) the water!
My aunts Suzie and Diana took me to the local water park, Mystic Waters, for a few hours of fun in the sun...well at least, there was sun before we got there!
A few days later, Auntie Suzie called from Wilmette beach to say the weather was perfect for a day of sun and sand, so Mimi, Mommy, and I hopped in the car and headed on over.
Despite the cool, cloudy weather, I also got to swim in my Uncle Rick's pool (since he keeps it at 89 degrees), with my cousins Richard and Charlie. They let me jump in over and over and over again and didn't get tired of zipping me around the pool.
I also spent some time out of the water, at my mom's favorite childhood amusement park, Kiddieland! It's really sad I won't be able to go back ever again, since the family that owns the place is fighting and wants to sell the land to Costco. I mean, I like Costco a lot, especially those super big grocery carts I get to ride in, but Kiddieland is waaaay cooler.I cried when the merry-go-round was over because I thought it was so much fun, but then mommy and Amy showed me all the other cool rides I could go on.
The racing cars and all the other car rides were awesome, cuz I got to drive all by myself!
Well, I had to share the driving with Dylan and Declan, Amy's nephew and niece. But they were cool about it.