Friday, 26 June 2015

A Little Toddler Update @ 16 months!

So since Ella turned 1 and we stopped the monthly updates, I've been missing blogging about all the cute things she's up to and a couple of people have told me they've missed hearing all her news so I thought it was about time to give an Ella update! 

I feel like as soon as babies start walking they suddenly turn into a toddler overnight! Ella started walking at 15 months...and ever since there have been little toddler signs popping up left, right and centre! I tried hard to ignore them at first and keep calling her my baby but there's no denying it she's really left her baby days behind her now :( which is oh so heartbreaking as her mommy, but it's obviously very exciting to see all the new things she is learning and doing now!

So this is Ella at 16 months, I'm writing most of this down so I don't forget for myself!

words she can say:

Rara (what she calls our budgie Roxy)
boo boo - (what she calls blueberries)
one more

She can also say 'yeah' but for some reason only in a whisper! and she can make a lion noise, but again only in a whisper!

sounds she makes:

snoring - this is one of her new faves!

One of our favourite new tricks is her 'I don't know/where is it' gesture of throwing her hands up in the air.  This started just before we left Wales - we used to keep a little dummy supply behind a cushion on an armchair in her room, but we moved them because she discovered them one day! After that she would wonder into her room, throw the cushions from the armchair down on the floor and then throw her arms up in the air asking where they were! 

She is very good at identifying everyone and who is who.  When we stayed at my parents in between our moves we would go around the room and say 'where's Grandad' and she'd point to my dad, 'where's Auntie Alli' and she'd point to her, 'where's auntie Mara' and she'd point to a picture of her on the wall in the lounge where we were sitting, and when we would ask 'where's dada' she would throw her hands up in the air because he was up in Scotland already! 

Here's a little video of it in action at the farm.

Even yesterday, she had been loving this mattress we had down on the floor in the spare room.  She would go in for a daily jump, but once we built the bed it was meant for we moved it into a different room and she ran in desperate for a morning jump, looked all around the empty room and then threw her hands up in the air!!

Jumping is also a new thing she has just started trying to do this week! It is oh so cute to watch! She can't lift her feet off the ground yet so at the moment it's more of just a knee bend - with an accompanying noise of 'dat'.  She saw some kids in Edinburgh at the weekend bouncing on this bouncy castle tube thing and next minute she was trying herself, it was so sweet!

She also likes to 'do yoga' and bends over like this often.  We used to say 'oh look Ella's doing her yoga' when she would do it, so now if we say to her 'do some yoga' she'll do it on demand!

Her sweet tooth is here to stay, it took a while to show itself but now it doesn't look like it's going anywhere!!

She had her first proper taste of milkshake in Edinburgh on Saturday - and don't let that face fool you! She was loving it and kept chanting 'more, more'! It's funny we've been trying to teach her to suck out of a straw for months, because some of the sippy cups we bought her had straw mechanisms and she just couldn't work it out - gave her the milkshake straw and she worked it out straight away! I guess the oreos did it for her! 

She also loves ice cream! and likes stealing a lick of ours here and there! 

She is just mad about stones! She loved at my parents house picking up stones from their driveway and then going over to their pond and throwing them in.

She even tries to pick out stones in concrete paths if she can see them below the surface! and you can forget trying to get her to go anywhere with you in there is a whole path of stones like the one above - Ella heaven! 

So we just embrace it! and let her pick them up to her hearts content, and then she found this bench which she could post them through which was even better! Posting things through into holes is another favourite thing!

She found a love for the beach, just before we left Wales! Fortunately we're still only about 40 minutes away from the coast here so there will be plenty more time for her to have fun in the sand...if only the sunshine and warm weather would co operate already!!

I can't handle how cute she looks in shorts! 

Another sign she is growing up and losing her baby tendencies...her hair has been growing like crazy! and now she is developing some rather gorgeous curls! look at these crazy ones on the right! 

and again!

Her hair also got long enough to hold hairbands! so we tested it out with this mini pony! it still needs to grow a bit more to work properly but my heart was filled with this little person growing up!

She got her first pair of actual shoes! a little summery pink number! 

and then last weekend in Edinburgh we went to Clarks and got her first pair of sturdy shoes along with a picture of course! and even her first pair of wellies - which you wouldn't think we would need now it's summer but it's rained every day this week here!!

She is still a massive water baby!

We got a paddling pool for her while staying at my parents in Shropshire and she had so much fun splashing around! in fact I think she enjoyed the freedom of being independent in the water a little too much...because a few days later when I took her swimming in the actual pool she didn't want to be held and just wanted me to let her go!!! We have found out they do some good toddler sessions in our local pool here in Kelso so it's going to be back to regular swimming for this little water lover.

She loves to drink the water! even in the bath! ugh! Here she is going in for a big swig!! and then she always goes 'ahhh' afterwards as if it's been so refreshing!

She is still a huge animal lover, and doesn't seem to have any fear of them which I'm not sure is a good thing!

She discovered an opening in the gates as we were passing a cow field one day and wasted no time in just climbing straight through!! 

I had to climb in after her and fish her out which she was most upset about, I think she would have probably run straight up to the cows if I had let her! 

Here she is petting a chick at a little farmers market we went too.  She is also loving it in our new town because there are dogs everywhere! She loves to run after them, and if she's really lucky get some licks to the face from them - oh how she enjoys that! She is going to be super happy the day we get a dog that's for sure! 

She has developed a love for driving! after her little tractor tour around Shropshire..

and even just driving our car when we stop and park is something that she loves to do! especially when the key is in and she gets to do the indicators and windscreen wash too!! 

I filmed this little video of her going nuts at the wheel last night in a little car out future drivers when she turns 17!! 

She is still a big daddy's girl...

 he always knows the best games, and the ways to make her giggle the most! 

She still continues to be the happiest little thing, finding enjoyment in anything and everything! but we're starting to see some little stroppy moments too and stubbornness that comes from learning you can't always run away in shops or that sometimes Noddy on the iPad has to end!! 

but toddler tantrums aside, she just brightens up every day and we're so happy she's a member of our family :) 

Friday, 12 June 2015

A Fun Filled Foodie Weekend for Mara's Bday!

When the Jones family get together you can guarantee there is always going to be lots of food involved, it's just how we roll! Mara's pre-birthday celebration was no different! Her actual birthday is this weekend but since she's getting off to Copenhagen (lucky her!) we celebrated last weekend in Shropshire instead.

We headed to Shropshire for the day because Mara had picked Tropeiro as her restaurant of choice for her birthday meal - we went a few years back for By's birthday and loved it then! and have been wanting to go back ever since! because what's not to love about an endless supply of delicious meat! 

It was green cards all round so that when the meat man came round he knew to pile it on our plate - por favor! 

Ella really got the hang of things and was joining in the scoffing! 

The resident veggie holding up her 'no thanks' red card and sticking with a plate of salads instead!

Ella was like 'all that meat for me?!'

She got stuck in with her tongs!

After a spot of shopping we headed to the Ice Cream Farm, another family fave! because despite a never ending feast of meat…there's always room for dessert! 

Ella rode a cow before we headed in - check her sticking up hair in the back! it just didn't want to go down that day! too cute! 

and she continued her tractor tour of Shropshire/Cheshire! I think this is her 7th one!

Swinging fun with Auntie Mara and Granny! but be prepared if you do it with her once she'll want it again and again! 

Checking out the chickens!

and finally settling on some tasty flavours inside!

Ella was perfectly situated between Daddy and Auntie Mara so she would point to Auntie Mara and get a little spoonful of her ice cream and then point to Daddy and get a big lick of his cone, and then repeat, repeat, repeat! After a while she decided she preferred Auntie Mara's flavour and just pestered her continually with 'more, more, more' she is quite the little ice cream fiend these days!

Once back at home, Mom crafted this bunting and we got all her presents ready...

By improvised without a blindfold and used his jumper to guide her up the stairs so she didn't know what was coming! 

and then I produced the cake I'd 'secretly' been making in the kitchen - nothing is ever too secret in our open plan house though! and we sung happy birthday and laughed as she attempted to blow out the candle - there was no blowing out that beast though! 

Smiles all round…but really we were desperately waiting for a piece of the cake! 

a banana special (Mara's a big banana fan) with chocolate cream cheese frosting and flakes and mini gummy bananas plus banana chocolate bark on top! because you can't have a birthday without an over the top cake - it's a must!

It was the best kind of weekend!