Monday, June 22, 2015

Open House

Last month we had our very first Open House at Ell's preschool! Ell has loved every thing about her school this year, and she couldn't wait to show off her class to Jose and I. 

Of course we snapped a few pics before we headed over, butterfly tattoos and all!

Ella was a Koala this year, and this was set up right outside her classroom door. 

"Look, it's my stop sign!"

 For the past few months, Ell's class has been learning about animals and life cycles. All we've been hearing about was their class butterflies and tadpoles. Ell was able to tell us the complete lifecycle of a butterfly AND a frog. Super neat to see and hear. Her little mind amazes me. 

I'm lucky because I drop off and pickup each day, so I get to see her classroom all the time. Her Daddy  unfortunately does not. Here she is giving her favorite guy a tour. Up first, the butterflies and ladybugs!

Our sweet butterfly!

 Each day they have different jobs. Ell's favorites are being napkin helper and prayer helper. 

Circle time is another favorite of Ell's. She always tells me NOT to pick her up until AFTER circle time. Sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall to watch all that goes on during the day. SO fun!

Each month they learn a new verse. 

We believe that jesus died and rose again! This one was on repeat all month and I loved it.

If you haven't seen these yet, you're missing out. Ell kept telling me about them at school, and after I saw them at Open House, I immediatley ordered her a set of 94. She can't get enough of her Magformers. They are so great for her little mind, and the structures she builds are simply amazing. Definitely worth the splurge. 

Ell is so lucky and has two amazing teachers this year. Here she is with Miss Brianna

 and with Miss Shelly. 

Ell's last day was last Friday, and she's moving on up to the 4's class. Can't believe how quickly her year flew by. She has changed so much since August, it's unbelievable! 

We are so very proud of the little person she is becoming. Way to go Ella Catherine. We love you.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dad's Day

Happy Father's Day to the best Dada a girl could ever dream of having. I always knew you'd be the best Dad, but every day you amaze me in ways I never knew was possible. Ell will always know love, laughter, determination, strength, and courage because of your example. 

We love you more than you could possibly ever imagine. XO

I'VE GOT THE BEST DAD BECAUSE he likes to . . . . .

play Ana and Elsa with me.
Take me to Sonic!
give me baths.
go scooting with me.
give me the BEST hugs and kisses!
go to the park with me.
read me books.
buy me yummy treats.

It's always so fun for us to look back at all of our Father's Day pictures. I love this tradition we started, and I know these pictures will be treasured for years to come. 

Father's Day // 2014 // 3 years old

Father's Day // 2013 // 2 years old

Father's Day // 2012 // Almost a year old

                                               And these amazing men mean the world to me! 

Dad// There are no words to describe the love I have for you. You have ALWAYS been there for me, no matter what, and for that, I am forever grateful. missing you deeply today, and know you are loved immensely.

Gramps// I miss you every day, but I know that you are with me always. 

Cortie// We love you, and appreciate all that you continue to do for our family. Ell loves her Opa time! We are so thankful for you.

Inocencio// The love you have for Ell shrines through in every action you take. We are SO incredibly lucky to have you in our lives, and one little girl thinks the world of her Papa. (No pic of Papa!)

To all the Dad's out there, Happy Father's Day. You are LOVED!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Our Very Special Day

Hello friends. I feel like this sad little blog on mine gets no attention these days. Counting down the days until summer, and SO looking forward to the extra time I'll have to do all the things I love.

Mother's Day was a super special day for our little family. Our sweet girl was dedicated! We had such a lovely day with our family and beloved friends. Jose and I both feel so lucky to have found a church that we love, and could not be more grateful for the connections we have already made with our new church family.

Our Mother's Day weekend started off great, with my Dad and Debs flying in from Park City to enjoy all the festivities. On Saturday, the flu hit Jose hard, and he was out for the count for the rest of their visit and MANY days after. Poor guy was barely standing the day of Ell's dedication, and all I kept saying was, "You only have to make it through a few minutes once we get to church. Just please make it through church." Poor thing couldn't even enjoy our celebration after our service and went straight home to bed.

We had a beautiful Mother's Day brunch after at my Mom and Cortie's. I loved sharing this special day with Ell and all of our family. I could not have asked for a more perfect day.

Our best friends are Ell's Godparent, and Ell was so excited to have her Auntie Cole(Nicole) and Juan there to stand by her side. We love you guys so much, and feel so honored to call you Ell's Godparents. 

My Sis and the boys came of course! Ell was beside herself to have "her boys" there.

Ell and Gigi

Ell's bestie Emily and her family came too. This was right after we picked them up from Sunday School. They are too cute together and I love how their little friendship continues to grow. 

The Garcia fam was there. SO much love for their Ella Catherine!

I decided to keep things simple and just add a few flowers around my Mom's house. I picked up some hydrangeas at our local flower shop and they were perfect! SO beautiful too. 

My Mom and I spent some time a few days before baking sugar cookies. Gosh it's a lot of work! My Mom has the perfect touch, and they were so yummy. I loved how they turned out.

Cortie, My Mom, and Ella

The whole afternoon would not have happened if my Mom and Cortie hadn't of opened up their home for everyone. I'm so incredibly lucky to have them and their constant support. This picture is so special!

Our day would not have been the same if my Dad and Deb weren't a part of it. They were able to visit for a few days, which I am so grateful for. Thank you both for being such an important part of our lives! It was such a memorable day for all of us. 

Ell's Grandma Great was there too, and her Uncle Larry and Aunt Tina. I hate that I wasn't able to get more pics of them! Ell was the cutest when she saw her Grandma Great. She ran up and gave her the sweetest hug. I think it made my Grandma pretty happy too! 

It's hard for me to put into words how much this day meant to me, and that so many people we love came to support us. Ell's journey with her heavenly Father has only just begun, and I feel so lucky to walk beside her in our faith. What a precious gift!

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