Teeny Snowlady

Ellie really wanted to share this picture of her snowlady which we made in Michigan. Unfortunately, they only got a dusting while we were there, so we had to shovel the sidewalk and use all of that snow, plus some of the neighbors’ sidewalk snow, in order to make this little snowlady.

From Christmas 2008

Reindeer Bullies

This morning, Ellie was singing, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” (We heard it last night at the Vienna Holiday Stroll.)  She stopped and asked Lisa why the other reindeer wouldn’t let Rudolph play any reindeer games.  She said that not letting him play was mean and that they were bullies.  Right on, kiddo!

Would You Like to Take a Survey?

Lisa belongs to one of those survey panels where you fill out surveys and they give you points you can redeem for valuable prizes. Or something.
So the other day she gets a survey about toys, and it asks her to have a child come and help answer the questions. The very first question was: “What is your favorite toy?” Ellie’s answer? “Daddy’s Wii.”
She definitely likes doing the Wii Play cow racing game. And I already pre-ordered Guitar Hero World Tour, which has a new beginner mode, described here by the creators:

Why did you add a beginner level?

KH: Our whole objective with “Guitar Hero” is to make it as broadly accessible as possible. By adding this beginner mode, we can get even young kids, who are 5, 6, 7 and who maybe can’t coordinate pressing a button on the guitar and strumming at the same time. . .to make it really easy for them. All they have to do is strum.

CH: My 7- and 9-year-old daughters play. And there are times when my 70-year-old dad plays. You want to give people of all ages and all sizes the ability to play “Guitar Hero” and have fun.

We are SO going to be rocking out to “Livin on a Prayer!”

First Day of Kindergarten

We walked Ellie (and half her class) to school this morning. She actually did very well, getting up with her alarm, eating a good breakfast and getting dressed and everything. She was ready to go 20 minutes before we had to leave! Evan, on the other hand, was more than a bit grumpy. It’s going to take him more adjusting.
Ellie knew right where her class was and hung up her backpack, walked right in and found her seat. I took many pictures, but didn’t get the chance to load them up quite yet, so we’ll post again tomorrow. I’m planning on getting home early to pick her up, so I’ll have a first-hand view of how her first day went. I have a feeling she might be a little tired after the long day, but I know she’ll do well.

Happy Birthday 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!

Daddy-Daughter Date

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.