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Ellie turned 2…awhile ago! August 15, 2014

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Ellie is two! It is a little bit of old news now, but she is a third child, ya know.
She had a great birthday and enjoyed celebrating with family. Lily and Ava made her a Build-A-Bear dog and she loved it. She also got lots of great gifts from family.

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I’ve had a few requests for me to repost Eliana’s story for some people that I’ve met recently.
Click here if you would like to read it:

Eliana’s Story

I’ve also had a lot of people asking for an update on Ellie so here it is:

Ellie is simply amazing. She hasn’t had any major problems since she was born. Her only issue is she seems to get fevers for no apparent reason. At one point she had a fever for 5 months. The doctors checked everything and never found anything wrong. Eventually it went away. She gets them occasionally and there usually isn’t a reason.

She is monitored closely at her well child checks for growth and development. She is also monitored closely for symptoms of tumor development, since she is at risk of having tumors develop in her body from her placenta. So far so good…she had an ultrasound of all of her organs when she had her five month fever since a long term fever could be a symptom. Everything checked out well.
She just had her 2 year old well child check and all is good. And we confirmed she still has her healthy fear of doctors that inflict pain. She screamed from the second they called her name until we confirmed we were ‘all done’. Then she was laughing and trying to make friends with the doc who was WAY OVER her screaming. And it should be noted, she didn’t even get any shots.
She is still hanging out in the 5% for height and weight on the growth chart, which is where she’s been for awhile. The doc says they don’t care what percentile she is in, as long as she is growing. Which she is, just on her own curve. Which kinda fits her personality anyways 🙂


We are so thankful for everyday with this pretty girl. What a blessing!



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Well…the day has come! Lily is officially a kindergartener. She is in the real world now. Ok, not really. It’s just kindergarten, not college. But next time we blink, she will be 18 and headed to college. Yikes!

To say Lily was thrilled about going to kindergarten is an understatement. She asked everyday of the summer “is tomorrow the day I go to kindergarten?” She was thrilled to hear tomorrow really was the day she went to kindergarten. She was bouncing off the walls the night before, but wasn’t so thrilled when I woke her up at 6:45 the next morning for school. She normally sleeps until 7:45 and school starts at 7:45 so it will take her a little while to adjust.

See? Pure excitement!

We left school on the first day with Ellie screaming “LILY COOOMMEEE!!! LILY COOOMMMEEE!!!!!.” I guess Ellie wasn’t ready to let go. I tried to console her by saying “Ellie, you get to spend time with mommy” and she screamed louder “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” Ha.

Lily described her first day of kindergarten as “Awesome!” (Apparently, she learned that new word at kindergarten). She made three friends but knows none of their names. Typical. And she loves her teacher.
Her only problem with kindergarten is she doesn’t understand why they don’t get to play. She is there from 7:45 – 2:45 and she gets 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for recess. She said she asked her friend ‘Why doesn’t the teacher ever let us play?” to which her friend responded “I don’t know, Lily. I think she doesn’t like to have fun.” Lol. Welcome to the real world, Lily. 🙂

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On top of all the kindergarten excitement, Lily lost her first tooth this morning. She took it to school in a Ziploc bag to show her teacher and her class. What are the changes the tooth will make it home? None.
Slow down time, slow down!!

You can’t tell from the picture, but she was excited about it! 🙂

And where is her side kick Ava during all this kindergarten excitement? We left her in Knoxville with Ted. He is there for a week and a half for junior and senior nationals and Ava is having the time of her life.

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Don’t go, summer. Don’t go! August 7, 2014

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This summer has truly flown by. I think I say that every year, but even more so this year. The girls have learned so much this summer and thoroughly enjoyed our pool days. They love the water.

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And I’ll leave you with this. Our synchro team.


They really were born this way. August 5, 2014

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