Tuesday, July 15, 2008

People Eleanor Loves

Nikki and I were talking the other day about Eleanor and love. Of course, everyone has heard a million times about how much you love your children, beyond your wildest expectations, blah blah blah. What has been surprising in these first 7 months or so, however, is how it affects us when other people love Eleanor. When someone loves Eleanor, I seem to connect with them in a new way. I'm grateful to them for loving that which I love the most.

This is one of the main reasons why we love hanging out with our parents so much. Milestones and new skills happen all the time with Eleanor. Some of them are pretty important (crawling), some of them are less than earth-shattering (hair seems to be 1/8" longer than 6 months ago). But regardless of how unimportant some of these things seem to most people, even to close friends with children of their own, these things are never unimportant to our parents. With who else can we talk for 30 minutes about the syllables she can pronounce, or the fact that she likes this toy but not that one, or the noises she makes when we drive in the car? Only four people in the world care as much about that stupid stuff as Nikki and I do: our parents. We love them so much, and they all make Eleanor smile more than anyone, often more than we do. I'm not making that up.

So here are a few pictures of Eleanor with the four people she loves the most.





Visit from the Kings

So Kristin and Russ brought Cambell to see us this weekend, and we had a great and relaxing weekend. Here's some pics.
Beautiful little girl.
Eleanor had a consistent urge to gouge at Campbell's eyes. We told her, "eye gouging is only for 6 month old babies."
Eleanor planning her next eye gouge

If Elle can't gouge Cambell's eyes, she will settle for an uncomfortable stare

They already have the same taste in clothes. Amazing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fourth of July and other pics

We went over to Nikki's parents' house (Nikki's parents are called Honey and Pop) on lake Jacksonville for the 4th of July weekend, and we had a great time relaxing and hanging out on the lake. Here are a few pictures...

Elle in her new floaty swimsuit thing.

a 4th of July outfit that her Grammy and Grandpa bought her

swimming with Pop

tubing with Mom

And now a few non-independence-day-related-photos

not sure which of these two enjoy the Baby Einstein DVD more

Elle's Uncle Brian and Aunt Stacey had a shirt made of their niece.

What's better than this face?

Eleanor doesn't seem too fazed by the fly ball that I saved her from.