Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Eliana's Spring Photos

These are Eliana's spring pictures in her Easter dress. These were taken at Harper's Ferry.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A beautiful, big day

We had such a great day today. We went to Harpers Ferry for some pictures of Eliana and had a family picnic. I could never tire of going there, it is just so beautiful! Eliana is big enough to hold your hand and walk, so that is what she did! I will post pictures of that later.

After a LONG nap, she went to a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. It got cancelled last weekend, because of rain. She had fun, mostly flirting with the little boys. And when she came up on an egg, she would point to it and expect us to pick it up and put it in her basket.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Two Tails Thursday

My big girl was sporting some big girl pony tails today. With two crowns, one being in the middle of the back of her head, it proved challenging. But we got it all up!

Monday, April 13, 2009

So Thankful... Easter 2009

This weekend we reflected on how much we are thankful. For without the birth of Christ, we would not have had all that is Easter. We are so thankful that God sent us a Savior. For only that, we should wake up each day thankful. And even though, we may experience much pain in our life, God also sends us little blessings. Even more ways to be thankful to a loving God. Blessings, such as spending Easter with a beautiful little girl.

Coring Easter Eggs...
Eliana wasn't really that interested in the whole decorating thing. She was mostly interested in the little medal hooks you use to get the eggs out of the dye. She would much rather grab the egg out of the dye with her hands.

The Easter Dress...
Okay, so this is the best picture I could get. We went to a friends house after church for lunch and she never stopped. She was on the go the whole time. We are hoping to get some pictures of her in it this week. Wish us luck on that one, kids are wiggly. Yeah, and notice the white tights with the cute canvas slip-ons? It was a little chilly when we woke up and a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do!

The Hunt...
This was cute. Eliana took a nap when the other kids, 12 in total, hunted for eggs. The little kids saved some for Eliana to hunt when she woke up. She had a little entourage helping her the whole time. She didn't have to lift a finger, they put them in the basket for her!

Her sights are set high for that future spouse. See how she tries to hide her amazement.

She loved the trampoline. It was funny to watch her walk around on it.

The Easter Basket...
She was so excited when she turned the corner. Look how she stands, surveying the goods.

What a wonderful Easter for the Smith family. We hope yours was just as special and that you found many things to be thankful for.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

She keeps going, and going, and going...

This past Sunday, Eliana attended the birthday party of one of her 3 year old friends. Yeah, she hangs out with the older crowd. The party was at this cool indoor place. It had playscapes, a moon bounce, and plenty of things to climb on, over, under and through! It was for 2 hours and she did not stop the entire 2 hours. She didn't even want to stop for food or a drink. She had so much fun! It is definitely a place I will take her to again. And, if you notice, her lip is all healed up with no scar!

She loves the slide! She even does well when she gets to the bottom. I didn't know if she would fly right off, or put her feet down to stop herself. She has also learned to put her hands on the slide to prolong the thrill. One time, she even climbed in and up the stairs by herself to go down the slide, with daddy at the top, of course.

This is a party favor she got. She carried it everywhere! She would even climb things while holding it.

This area was for kids specifically under the age of three. She loved to carry around the blocks. She would climb in and out of this area, the whole time.

So her new thing is standing on her head. Well, she basically looks like a triangle. She stiffs her legs and then puts her head on the ground, so her bottom is in the air. She does this all the time at home, too. Not sure why.

And this is her tattoo. It took 3 days for that thing to come off! It was so much fun to see her interacting with the other kids, like a big girl. One little boy would come over to her, pat her shoulder, say hi and then run off. She followed him around a lot, copying what he did.

A few other things that she is doing these days. She smacks her mouth to make kisses. If you kiss her head, she I guess hears the sound and smacks a kiss right back at you. Yesterday I was talking on the phone, she sees me, says "hi da, da" and smacks her lips. I guess, da da is the only one I talk to. Yes, that was who was on the phone. She has decided that what lies behind the cabinet doors is an adventure. She never messed with them until now. If she sees us, she quickly closes the door. Or if we say "no" she puts the stuff back and quickly shuts the door. She likes for you to chase her and if you do, she cracks up.

When I was little, my dad would lie on the ground and balance us in the air on his feet, so we could fly. Holding our hands of course. I do that with Eliana. When you go to put your foot on her chest, she already starts to crack up, which makes me crack up. So, it takes a minute for her to get in the air, after we both have stopped laughing. She is such a joy and every time I have those moments with her, I am even more thankful I stay home with her.