Monday, June 24, 2013

2 Years Old!

We can't believe our little girl is two years old! The last year has been remarkable. Stella has grown from a snuggly baby to a silly, fun, caring, smart little girl. We enjoy every moment with her. We are so lucky and thankful that Stella is our daughter.

Stella's speech continues to amaze us day after day. She now asks and answers all sorts of questions. The other day during breakfast, totally out of the blue, I asked her which animals live on a farm and she started naming farm animals. We have never categorized animals like that. Josh and I were stunned. It's moments like those that are super fun as a parent. Those moments are priceless and reinforce the importance of all the time we spend engaged with Stella and all of the activities we involve her in. She just picks up everything now. Our little smarty pants.

Stella is also very social around other people, even strangers. She's in that magical phase where she thinks everyone in the world loves and cares about her, which also means she thinks everyone (even total strangers) would like to talk to her and hear all about her day. Luckily everyone thinks she's cute and funny and goes along with whatever she wants.

Now every time we get in the car she asks, "Where are we going, Mama?" And she really wants to know. When I tell her our destination she rambles on about what we will do there and/or what we did there last time we went. And I think it's adorable that she wants to know what is going on all the time. She's not just a little baby who is along for the ride anymore. It's fun and funny to be able to have actual conversations with her now.

At her two year check-up, Stella still weighed in at 25 pounds but she has grown to 32.5 inches tall. The doctor was still impressed with her advanced development and Stella is perfectly healthy. We were happy and surprised to learn that Stella is done with regular check-ups now. She doesn't need to go to the doctor again until she's ready for Kindergarten.

Here are some of our favorite pics of Stella from the last month...

at the park with Haylee

splashing in her pool

enjoying a blueberry snack at her picnic table

checking on the ladybugs in the garden

food and fun at our Memorial Day BBQ

she just sat there looking cute, so I just took a picture

harvesting her "matos" from the garden

camping at San Mateo

loving her first s'more

we walked to Trestles Beach from our campsite, so we took our (now) traditional photo of Stella on the giant S (last years pic on the left for a fun comparison) 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stella's Pirate Party

We celebrated Stella's 2nd birthday with a Pirate Party, since she is so in love with everything pirates. I made her a pirate costume and bought her a pirate hat. She was so happy and excited to wear it all! We had a backyard full of family and friends over to help us celebrate. Here are some pics of Stella enjoying her party...

Captain Stella Mary

Stella in the castle

walking the plank

commandeering her pirate ship

stacking her bricks of gold

our friend Janelle brought her bunny, Theodore...Stella was in love

Stella called Miles over so she could share her special cake with him


Gigi drew really cool treasure/activity maps for the party

four generations of girls

Stella and her Nana

Stella the 2 year old pirate

(awesome boat from our friend Jeni at

Stella and "too many presents"

Such a fun day with our little lady pirate!

Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the day with us!

Friday, May 24, 2013

23 Months Old!


- now weighs 25 pounds
- says "not yet" all the time when we ask her questions (super cute!)
- did a somersault all by herself
- knows her right and left hands and feet
- is getting her 13th-16th teeth right now (all four fangs)
- speaks in sentences
- adds "too" to her responses ("I like Snow White too.")
- loves "worting" (working) on the computer
- is obsessed with her Ten Little Lady Bugs book
- has just about memorized The Very Hungry Caterpillar book
- was potty trained for 2.5 weeks and then the novelty apparently wore off (We were only doing it because she was super interested. She has plenty of time to potty train later. We aren't in a hurry.)
- can often be found quietly reading books
- still loves all kinds of art
- helps mama in the garden and is very happy with all of the tomatoes we are growing
- is almost 2 years old!!!

Some pics from the last month...

playing at the park

having fun at Fullerton Railroad Days

exploring her new found love of trains

oh that face

a trip to Disneyland with Cousin Ava, Uncle Steve & Aunt Danielle

meeting Snow White (it was true love...for both of them)

pigtails at the park

oh, just having dinner

family fun day at Sea World

dinner with Papa, Grandma Ginger, Blake & Avery

smelling the roses at Mother's Day brunch

four generations on Mother's Day

pretty pink parasol from Auntie Marpy

visiting daddy at work at a fun event

harvesting "matos"

watering in her chonies

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

22 Months Old!


- knows all of her colors
- knows most of her shapes
- loves Ariel, pirates and Snow White
- got her first little hair cut (bang trim)
- met the Easter Bunny and totally loved him
- enjoyed collecting eggs in her Easter basket
- says "my turn" when we have something yummy that she wants
- says "I need..." for everything (we are now teaching her what are wants and what are needs, but it's so cute to hear her say things like "I need more Snow White please!")
- is going to be a big sister!!

at the LA Zoo

having fun on Easter

eating some roasted corn at the farmer's market

having dinner with mama and "two Ariels"

her first bang trim

modeling the new Snow White outfit her mama made for her

a fun afternoon at an Angels game

splashing in the fountain at the farmer's market

Stella's little brother or sister