On raising our kids

As Sean mentioned, Josh has become a little sweetheart. I say this with some reservation because, first, his demeanor really had only one direction to go, and second, he does still have a very aloof side that can drive us crazy. Still, for the most part, he’s a joy. One example of why I can say this is because Josh decided that when he wakes in the middle night he shouldn’t wake Mommy up. Let me explain.

Josh typically gets thirsty through the night. Almost every night he wants something to drink. Then, of course, he goes to the bathroom, which also wakes him up. For some time, he would call out for me every time he needed a drink or was wet. One morning (Josh is also an early riser) when he got up for our morning ritual of cuddling up in the rocking chair to watch some TV, I explained to him that he couldn’t wake me up anymore in the middle of the night, that mommy needs sleep, and that when I don’t get enough sleep, I’m very cranky the next day. He was listening intently and agreed that he didn’t want a cranky mommy. That night when he went to bed, I told him to sleep all night and let mommy get a good night sleep too. He smiled and said his adorable, “Okay Mama.” Sure enough when he needed something to drink or got too wet, he called out for Daddy and has every night since. What a good boy!!! And now, just about every morning when he wakes up, I say, “Good Morning my wonderful boy,” and he says, “I didn’t wake Mama up!”

Ellie has asked some tough questions lately. One of her teachers recently had a baby, which of course prompted considerable curiosity.

Ellie: “Mom, when I get older, will I just get a baby?”

Me: “No, Ellie, it usually doesn’t work that way. Usually, you meet someone very special, get married, and the two of you decide to have a baby.”

Ellie: “I think I’ll just marry Josh. I already know him.”

Me: “No, honey, people don’t marry their brothers or sisters.”

Ellie: “But, I love Josh. I want to marry Josh.”

Me: “Mama didn’t marry one of her brothers. I met your daddy. He was a very special friend, and we got married.”

Ellie: “Hmm. When I get married, will we buy a bigger house so that person can have his own bedroom? Like maybe we could get a house with an upstairs, and he could live upstairs”

Me: “I suppose that could happen.”

Ellie: “And if Josh gets married, can his wife and my husband share a room?”

Me: “No honey, I think it would be best if they had their own rooms.”

Ellie: “Mom, how does the baby actually come out?”

Me: “Hmm, good question.” –

Ellie: “I know your stomach doesn’t just explode, so how does it come out?”

I gave a very brief description, which prompted a whole set of related questions, but eventually we came to a basic understanding that seemed to satisfy Ellie. Three days later, I get this:

Ellie: “Mom, next time you pick me up from school, can you tell Maddie how babies come out because her mom didn’t tell her.”

Me: “Ellie, that’s a conversation mothers should have with their own children.”

Ellie: “Well, maybe you can tell her mom then, so she can tell Maddie.”

Children’s Museum

We picked the kids up from pre-school and headed off to the children’s museum here in Grand Rapids where the mother of Ellie’s best friend is an administrator. The kids had a pizza party and then we headed into the main museum for the fun, though the kids probably would have enjoyed just hanging out in the office area. 😉

The museum is open late on Thursdays and we spent a few great hours playing on the various exhibits. Joshua and I went into this house of mirrors-type exhibit. We had a lot of fun hiding from each other and then finding the other person. Even when “hiding” you still were visible in one mirror or another. When we decided to try something else, Joshua thought he would run out of the mirrored exhibit and took about 4 steps and smacked into a mirror that was slightly angled away from him…he turned right into it and landed on his side. Of course, my first concern was making sure he was okay, but he didn’t even cry. He looked around at the wall; saw me in the reflection and just started cracking up laughing, as did I.
We spent quite a bit of time on the exhibits we chose to visit. The kids (Joshua, Ellie and Ellie’s friend Molly) got along amazingly well the whole evening and played together much of the time. The evening was a blast. It’s nice to see Ellie starting to have friends that she wants to do something with outside of the school-type environment and then having the attention to play together and enjoy it. When kids are younger, they can get together, but they also seem to get bored with each other and sort of do their own thing often. Fun times.

Learning away

So, in the last few weeks we’ve discovered that Joshua pretty much knows his ABCs. He doesn’t enunciate very well, but he can sing the song pretty well. Last week, Ellie sat Joshua down and worked on the ABCs over and over (it was quite cute to watch). Joshua has impressed us lately with the strides he is taking in language development (talking in complete sentences often) and general understanding of things.

Joshua is developing a very funny sense of humor and loves playing little tricks and he loves to laugh.

As was mentioned in a previous story, Ellie has moved up to a new classroom at her preschool. She was quite hesitant the first week there, but has loved it this week and told Paula that she hopes to stay in this classroom forever…and, she loves her new teachers.
Paula was speaking with one of her new teachers and he received his degree rather recently in elementary education. He told Paula that he was extremely impressed with how smart Ellie is and that she was smarter than many of the elementary school students he worked with in his student teaching. She just has very, very good reasoning skills for a child who is 3…or even older for that matter. There have been a few times in the past week or so where Paula and I have been taken aback…I’ll have to have Paula recall and incident because I am now drawing a blank (Ellie’s memory is much better than mine and you can’t trick that child on anything).
Paula here – Ellie’s friend Yu (pronounced you) is leaving school and moving back to Japan. We’ve had a couple “who’s on first-type” conversations with her as she says, “I played with Yu today,” or “Yu made this for me” but we hear, “I played with you today and You made this for me.” The whole things get kind of confusing. Ellie sits Sean and I down tonight to explain, “When I talk about playing with or sharing with ‘Yu’ and it’s school stuff, I am talking about ‘Yu’ – Y-u not you.” Then she went on. “There are three yous – Yu, Y-u, my friend, u, the letter of the alphabet and you” (pointing at us). “Now do you get it?”
Ellie’s a little concerned about Yu leaving. She’s also friends with his sister Yuki and really hopes they come back. She told me that she won’t see them for weeks and maybe longer. Then she told me that Japan is far away that they have to take an airplane. “Mom, I bet it’s farther than Florida. Is it?” “Yes, Ellie, it’s farther than Florida.” “Hmm, Mom, I think I will tell Yu to just sleep on the airplane, because he’ll probably be on it all night.” “Good idea, Ellie.” “Thanks Mom.”

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! I have a feeling 2004 is going to be a great year! While I’m not a huge fan of unsolicited advice, I have some to share. If you are inclined to make resolutions at this time of the year, I suggest you add, “get a flu shot” to your list. I realize this won’t be necessary until late fall, early winter, so place it at the bottom of the list, but don’t forget it. I am the only member of my immediate family who got one this year and the only one to have avoided being very sick over the holidays. Seriously, the other three were very sick and I got an annoying little cold. Next November 1, the four of us are going en masse to the docs, sleeves rolled up, and ready.

We were excited about Christmas this year, as the kids are the age where they ‘get’ Santa and are excited about any present they receive. Santa came to our house early to accommodate our travel schedule. Unfortunately, Josh woke up with a 103 temp. He wasn’t quite as excited as we had anticipated. He needed help opening his presents. Ellie was thrilled. She loved all of her presents and marveled at how well Santa knows her because he got everything on the list including a pink bathrobe. She was sure Mrs. Claus must have picked that out. Josh liked his presents, but needed a rest between each one. He got the two busses he had been talking about for the previous two months. His bathrobe is blue, his favorite color. (Tonight the bathrobes were fireman/woman uniforms. They put fires out all over the house and even rescued a cat from the top of a bar stool.) All in all, our Christmas was a great time, but poor Josh was whipped by the time naptime came around. Josh is not the type of kid who can rest even when he’s sick. It’s just not in him. Ellie, on the other hand, can rest and needs to rest even when she’s not sick. Hmm, wonder which parent each of the kids takes after in this characteristic??
Sean’s flu hit as Josh was starting to get healthy. In the midst of this, I accidentally colored my hair red/orange. That’s another story for another time, but is relevant because I had to get it fixed while Sean was feeling really bad. I came home to find Sean in bed sleeping, the kids having a little snack and watching some TV. Ellie informed me that Daddy had been in bed for a long time, but they were fine. Time is not something Ellie has total mastery of, so I’m sure she exaggerated it a bit; still it was strange to see my toddlers alone in the family room eating and watching TV.
At this time, we were supposed to be in Kansas celebrating Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa and preparing for the event of the season, Ashley (Mellard) and Charlie’s wedding. Ellie was the flower girl and had what she called a “gorgeous dress” to wear. Josh and Sean felt better in time for us to get down there on the 22nd. Unfortunately, Ellie woke up on the 23rd with a fever and the flu. She was very sick and didn’t really feel completely better until about the 3rd of January. I feel bad that we passed the flu on Grandma and Grandpa Cook and Aunt Amber. I have a feeling that given the choice between seeing the kids and getting the flu or not seeing the kids and staying healthy, they would have stocked up on Tylenol anyway, but still it’s quite a price to pay.
On the morning of the wedding (27th), Ellie woke up and immediately started to cry. “I’m still sick!” she said. She was determined though and managed to get a bath. After a nap, she asked me to fix her hair for the wedding. When I was finished, she needed another nap, and that’s when we decided she couldn’t do it. Luckily, Ashley had made arrangements with a substitute flower girl who did a fantastic job, so all was well. My parents had come down for the wedding (really to see Ellie walk down the aisle in that fancy dress and visit with the Mellards, – neither of which they got to do because she was so sick) and stayed with the kids so we could be at the ceremony. As we were leaving, Ellie started to cry again, “Can’t I just go and watch?” Poor kid, she had been practicing for this one, and was so looking forward to dancing at the party afterward. The wedding was beautiful. I love weddings, and this one was very special! When we got back to the hotel, the phone rang. The bride and groom and the bride’s parents (Daryl and Ellen) had decided to make a special trip to our room to see Ellie. Have to admit, I had a few tears in my eyes after that one. Ellie wasn’t much for conversation, but once we were home, she said, “Mom, I’m sorry I wasn’t in the wedding.” I told her it was okay. I would take her to get her picture taken in the dress, and we would watch the movie and celebrate with the Mellards next time we were at their house. Then she said, “Ashley gave me a special present anyway, and mom, she looked like a real princess.” She really did too!
We celebrated Christmas with my family over the New Year holiday. The kids were excited to see their cousins but were still not quite themselves health wise. They voluntarily went to bed around nine o’clock. Did I mention the value of a flu shot earlier?? Still, we had fun. I think Sean was the only one in the house who actually saw 2004 arrive. He was giddy over having received an air compressor as a gift and couldn’t sleep. Seriously, Sean has wanted one for a long time. The rest of us were in desperate need of some sleep and were saving our excitement for the next morning.
Ellie and Josh are back at their “school” now. Ellie started in a new classroom. The first couple days were shaky, but she’s happy now. After about the third day of tears, and “I don’t want to go” we told Ellie she needed to have a ‘no-cry day.’ We told her we knew it was tough starting in a new place with new teachers, but she was missing out on a lot of fun choosing to cry instead of playing with her friends. We promised her a trip to the Children’s Museum if she could make it a whole day without tears. When I picked her up that day, she told me she did it, no tears. She also told me that no-cry days are a lot more fun than cry days and that if it was okay with me, she would make every day a no-cry day. So far, she has. Interestingly, the kids didn’t want to go to the museum. Sean was going to take them, and according to Ellie, “When we go to the museum with Daddy he just goes zip, zip, zip through it, so we would rather stay home and play.” Of course Sean denies that, but Ellie shook her head and gave him the suspicious eye. She’s taken to saying, “whatever” a lot lately, but missed this opportunity to use it.
Josh is having a great time back at school. Josh is not quite as much of a conformer as Ellie. I never worry about Ellie getting in trouble. She just has a knack for avoiding that sort of thing. Josh sometimes seems to seek it out. I fully expect to get a call someday where a teacher says, “We don’t normally use corporal punishment, but…” Contrary to my expectations, we hear what a great kid Josh is. This is good. I think part of his success is that he loves his teachers. When asked what his favorite part of Whistle Stop is, Josh doesn’t hesitate to answer, “Speranta.” Speranta is his lead teacher, and he adores her. His second and third favorite parts are Phyllis and Ruth – two more teachers. He has special friends too. Lately we have been hearing about all the kisses he’s getting from the girls. Yes, my son seems to have a way with the ladies. He also loves the snow. Josh is well-suited for Michigan. He has never done well with heat and loves snow. He dives into it, rolls around, doesn’t seem to be bothered by how cold it is. “Ooh cold” he’ll say, laughing and licking the snow off of his mittens. Next year he’ll be old enough to ski; I hope he likes this too.
This little journal entry has turned into a bit of a novella. I keep getting side-tracked by the Missouri/Syracuse game. Missouri is losing again. It really is hard to take your eyes off of a sinking ship.
2003 turned out to be pretty darn good. Our friend Brian Gunnett plowed his own driveway last week!! If that’s not enough to make our year, not sure what is. Here’s hoping Sean’s cousin Tara experiences the same results with her cancer treatment. Our kids continue to bring us joy beyond our wildest dreams. Sean and I consider ourselves two of the luckiest people in the entire world. Thanks to you, our family and friends, for putting us in that place.

November tidbits

Halloween has come and gone. Honestly, it was quite fun! Ellie was a cowgirl and Josh a cowboy. (Check out the photos, and yes, I made the costumes) They really enjoyed themselves. In the morning, the kids had a party at Whistlestop, their preschool, which lasted from 9:30 – 11:00. Sean and I went to take pictures and see the costumes. Once Josh got settled in with his friends, we went to Ellie’s room. The kids in her room were pretty excited to show off their costumes and have their pictures taken. Interestingly, at roughly 10:20, Ellie came running over to me, and with a big smile on her face said, “Bye, Mom.” She then ran over to Sean and said the same thing. We were rather unceremoniously dismissed from the party! We weren’t really ready to go, but decided to let this be her call. Ellie loves Whistlestop. She’s often disappointed on home days and at some point on Sunday will tell me how much she misses her friends. Most days when I pick her up, she gives me that look you would expect to see from a teenager whose dad has decided to drop in at school to have lunch in the cafeteria. I’m thrilled that she likes the kids and school and is gaining some independence, so no complaining!!
Josh on the other hand, gives us a running, blissfully happy greeting. As I pick him up he is jibber-jabbering about some activity– most of which I can’t understand. Whatever he’s saying sounds like a lot of fun. He has taken to calling me “Paula” lately, which is a little strange. I keep telling him that I prefer ‘mommy,’ but so far, he doesn’t seem to care.
Back to Halloween. Trick or treating started at 5:00. The kids were invited to a neighbor’s early for some special treats. Of course, they were all over that. At roughly 4:45 they were pacing, fully dressed, buckets in hand. We left at 5:01. I planned to go to the end of the street and back, but Ellie kept pushing for more. She kept saying, “Mom, that house down there has a light on, let’s give it a try.” We had a great time collecting candy and meeting our neighbors. We learned that a family with kids the same age as ours lives at the end of our street. The kids ate too much candy; I have eaten too much in the past week. Our supply is finally waning. Thank goodness!
Our kids are accustomed to multiple holidays. We have at least two Christmases, birthday parties, etc. Last week, Ellie asked me when the second Halloween was going to be. The explanation took awhile because she kept insisting that, “two Halloweens is a good idea.” I suppose from where she’s sitting, it is.
Here’s another funny Ellie story. I got home from teaching last Wednesday evening to find her in bed with numerous Barbie dolls. These are dolls she inherited from her wonderful cousins, Molly and Hannah. I commented on the dolls, and Ellie picked one up, handed it to me and said, “Mommy, you can take this one to bed with you.” I told her she didn’t have to do that and that she could keep her dolls. She looked at the doll for a second, stuck her hand out and said, “Mom, you can just keep this one. I don’t want it because her hair is SO WILD! Kind of like yours in the morning.” I guess the doll reminded her of me. If Ellie looked in the mirror in the morning, she might have kept the doll after all!
Josh’s vocabulary is coming along. He talks in sentences, but his favorite word is, “Ellie!” Sister girl gets no rest as Josh wants her in the same room playing with him all the time. Most of the time Ellie gets to set the agenda though, so I don’t think it bothers her too much. There is one key difference between them. Ellie needs her down-time. She needs to take a break and be quiet while Josh has always, since he was a baby, been the type of kid who plays until he drops. There are moments when Ellie needs to veg. Tonight she had one of those moments. She was beside herself about something. I started to say, “Ellie, sit on the couch with a book for awhile,” but barely got “Ellie” out before she said, “Mom, I’m so crabby!!” Sean took her downstairs to watch a movie, and in no time, she was back to her old self. I need to remember that. When in the midst of a bad hair day, proclaim yourself crabby and put in a good movie! Good night all and thanks for visiting our website.

Oh, one more thing…Sean placed a new movie file on the website (in addition to the new photos). On the main page you should see a link at the top of the page on the right…media files –that’s the one to click.

Almost reading

So, we’ve been working with Ellie on letter sounds and she knows many of them. I sat down with her the other day and had her sound out “sat” and “sad” and she can sound them out, by sounding each letter out, but she can’t quit put the sounds together yet . . . but, we’re very close. she’ll be reading well before she turns 4 next year. Joshua is finally starting to talk much more and he pretty much burst onto the scene with whole sentences. I guess he didn’t want to waste time with individual words. He still doesn’t enunciate very well, but he’s trying. The little guy just loves sports. He can play basketball on his little hoops for a long time and then sit down and watch football on tv. He likes to see people get tackled. The leaves are rapidly starting to change colors here. I took a photo from work this week looking out over our downtown campus (not the main campus) with the foliage in the background. Here were are right now at about 25% of the leaves having changed: Won’t be long.

Musings in early Sept. 03

So, many of you know that Ellie now attends a pre-school a few days a week. The teacher told us that Ellie has the best vocabulary…And mommy and daddy know all about it. The other day, Ellie was placed into time-out (I can’t remember why). When she had finished crying, she started talking. She told Paula that sitting in time-out is not very useful because kids can’t have pacifiers, blankets, toys and aren’t allowed to watch t.v. or play…further, she said, mommies and daddies who place their children in time-out are not very useful either. Heh heh.

She is also very good at using language to tell us when she thinks she has been wronged rather than lashing out (e.g., hitting Joshua). I have started to notice that she is very aware of the times she has “the floor.” She will often start talking and I’ll add something to her story or pose a question and she is quite quick to say, “dad, you interrupted me and that is not very polite.” It’s almost funny. Almost. 😉

Anway, back to school…they were asking the kids what their parents do the other day. When it was Ellie’s turn, she stated that her daddy, “drives a new car.” When asked what her mother does, she told them that, “she drives the old car.” Pretty funny stuff.

Joshua is just the sweetest little guy. He may look more like Paula, but I can tell that he is taking after me. He discovered my nice leather basketball hidden in my closet the other day and he has been inseparable from it. In fact, he has even started carrying the basketball into his bedroom at night and is sleeping with it. The ball is so big compared to him, but he just loves it. That puts a big smile on my face.

Playing at the playground

So, Paula was busy painting Josh’s room (click more to see the color palette). Anyway, while Paula painted, I took the kids over the neighborhood school playground. We arrived at the little kids’ playground first since it’s on our side of the school. Ellie is 3 1/2 and Joshua is almost 2, yet they have this playground conquered…So, we headed to the other side of the school where the BIG kids’ playground is located. Joshua immediately climbed to the top of the tallest piece of equipment and slid down the twisty-slide with the biggest smile on his face. He’s pretty fearless. Ellie likes it all as well. Fun times. Joshua also climbed up one of these all by himself (note: the one at our playground is about 8 feet long and 4 feet high): Joshua also did the monkey bars and was able to hang using just one arm for about 5 seconds. Ellie thought that was the funniest thing to watch. I said something to Ellie about the boy she played with a few weeks ago and she said, “his name is Jamie.” She was right, but I didn’t remember it until she said it. I thought that was pretty impressive to remember playing with a boy for about 10 minutes. So, while we were gone, Paula worked on Joshua’s room. It should follow this theme with these primary colors (all of them, I believe):

So, yesterday we decided to walk to the ice cream shop. It is just over 3 blocks away and we walk by Ellie and Josh’s future elementary school along the way (it takes up two blocks — 1 1/2 if we cut the corner). We had our ice cream and decided to stop at the school on the way back. Josh and Ellie love playing on the playground. Ellie gravitated towards the big swirly slide. She went down on her own and a 6 year old boy followed her and sorta caught her at the bottom. He said something to Ellie and she turned around and said in a loud voice, “don’t say that to my face!”

Ellie then started climbing back up the slide as the boy followed and passed by her. He said a few mean things and she asked him how old he was. He said he was 6 and Ellie told him she was 3. He again said something mean (e.g., something like, “3 year olds are babies”). Ellie wasn’t phased…She then asked him what his name was and they exchanged names. Ellie made some more small talk and he continued to respond and got nicer and nicer. He went down the slide first and she followed. The slide is enclosed so you can’t see in, but you can see their shadows. He stopped about 1/2 way down and she crashed into him. They both laughed for a bit as they scooted slowly down the rest of the way. By the time they popped out the bottom they were like best friends. He ran over and proudly told his mom that he had made Ellie laugh. Ellie called him back over and told him he was a great friend. She chased him around the playground for a while longer. It was pretty neat to see her not back down and even defuse the situation.

The playground

So, yesterday we decided to walk to the ice cream shop. It is just over 3 blocks away and we walk by Ellie and Josh’s future elementary school along the way (it takes up two blocks — 1 1/2 if we cut the corner). We had our ice cream and decided to stop at the school on the way back. Josh and Ellie love playing on the playground. Ellie gravitated towards the big swirly slide. She went down on her own and a 6 year old boy followed her and sorta caught her at the bottom. He said something to Ellie and she turned around and said in a loud voice, “don’t say that to my face!”

Ellie then started climbing back up the slide as the boy followed and passed by her. He said a few mean things and she asked him how old he was. He said he was 6 and Ellie told him she was 3. He again said something mean (e.g., something like, “3 year olds are babies”). Ellie wasn’t phased…She then asked him what his name was and they exchanged names. Ellie made some more small talk and he continued to respond and got nicer and nicer. He went down the slide first and she followed. The slide is enclosed so you can’t see in, but you can see their shadows. He stopped about 1/2 way down and she crashed into him. They both laughed for a bit as they scooted slowly down the rest of the way. By the time they popped out the bottom they were like best friends. He ran over and proudly told his mom that he had made Ellie laugh. Ellie called him back over and told him he was a great friend. She chased him around the playground for a while longer. It was pretty neat to see her not back down and even defuse the situation.

First day of Preschool

Well, Ellie started her first day of preschool today and everything went just fine. In fact, Joshua started a new daycare and his “classroom” is located right next to Ellie’s.

The kids arrived a little after 8:00 (we were running a bit late). We unloaded the bicycle and tricycle because they were going to ride later on (it’s a Monday thing…I think). We dropped Joshua off in his room and he immediately started playing with a toy hammer smacking balls that go with it. I think they will regret having that toy after a while. 😉

We then moved over into Ellie’s room. They were already filling a big tank with water and then adding coloring to make it very yellow. They had toy worms and snakes and Ellie immediately asked me to help her get a snake and rolled her sleeves up to play in the water (it was a waste-high table/tank for most kids so you could reach into it and play easily).

Paula and I switched back and forth between the kids for a while and then we decided to head home — Ellie had been pretty nervous so Paula was going to stay the whole day, but she got into the flow very quickly. Joshua, on the other hand, realized we were missing pretty quickly. I heard him and went to the car and grabbed his security blanket…That sort of worked, but he still didn’t want us to go. We finally made our way out and Ellie was deeply engrossed in her classroom activities and didn’t even notice us leave.

They called us after about an hour to let us know that Joshua had stopped crying and was having fun and that Ellie was doing great. This was comforting to know. Both rooms had pizza for lunch and they ate well. Joshua went right down for his nap and his “teacher” told us she tried to rub her fingers through his hair and he pushed her away and just quickly fell asleep. That’s my boy. 😉 Ellie, cried at nap time. She wanted her mommy and then she wanted her pacifier. She didn’t get either and ended up staying awake for most of her nap. She did take a quick nap. They both did great in the afternoon sessions.

When we picked the kids up, I told Ellie how proud we were of her for being so courageous. Ellie said, “yeah, but I did cry at naptime.” Paula then said she was sorry for not remembering to pack Ellie a pacifier (Ellie doesn’t typically get one during the day anyway, but…) and Ellie said, “that’s okay mom. we all make mistakes and i am not even mad at you.” It was pretty cute to say the least. The kids will go to this new school a few days a week and stay home the other days with mommy and daddy.

Flu

Well, the stomach flu made its rounds through our family over the past few weeks. Joshua and Ellie seem to have lingering colds right now. Winter has been dropping the snow like crazy the past few weeks. I think we’re ready to move to Florida…if we could take our jobs with us.

Daddy and Ellie will be off to Disney on Ice tomorrow (of course, it overlaps with the big KU – Arizona basketball game). Should be fun as daddy was able to get two front row seats. Ellie would tell you that I am the best daddy in the whole world…of course, she would tell you anything we asked her to tell you so that doesn’t make it right…even if it is. 😉