Ellie

Our little girl is turning 5 today! Wow, time flies. She is starting kindergarten on Tuesday and is very excited. She went to the open house today and met her teacher and knows at least 3 other kids in her class, including her best friend Stella and neighbor from across the street Brendan.
Happy birthday to Ellie.

Word to your mother.

I was out getting the paper this morning in the dark and a light rain and had just turned back toward the house when I was scared out of my wits. The light in the dining room was on, and I saw the curtain in the front window move, and a small figure appear in the window. I half-expected it to be wearing a hockey mask! But no, it was just Ellie, woken up by the rain at 5:30am, who must have heard me opening the door to go get the paper.
Nothing like a little adrenaline to get you going in the morning, no coffee required!

On Sunday, Ellie and I went to the movies together. We took the Metro up to Silver Spring to watch a special presentation called "Muppet Fairy Tales." The Smithsonian is doing a tribute to Jim Henson, and the AFI has been showing some of Henson's work at their Silver Theater. We rode the Metro up and walked the two blocks up to the theater to pick up our tickets. After grabbing a quick lunch, we headed into the theater for the show. Ellie really enjoyed it! Usually she just sits there kind of comatose watching the screen, but she was actually laughing along with the rest of the crowd.
We had a nice relaxing ride home, and Ellie even fell asleep on my lap for a little while. I couldn't ask for a better day.