Ellena is now 17 months old. She continues to be our little sweetheart. And she is very attached to her big brother. She loves to follow Evan around and will do anything that he tells her to do... which can sometimes lead to major mischief!
Her absolutely most favorite thing are the cats. Even in her grumpiest mood (usually after her nap), she will brighten up when she sees Piko and Poki. She pets them and tackles them for snuggles and is slowly learning how to be more gentle around them.
Evan's best friend from school is Colin. They are inseparable at school, pretty much to the point of distraction. And we try to get together outside of school about once a week. Very fun times for the boys.
Pops brought out his OG Nintendo (the system is 25 years old!) and introduced Ellena to Duck Hunt. How cute are they? Ellena always makes that stanky face when the camera comes out. That's her "smile".
Last night Poki was acting strangely - she was looking out the sliding door and "hunting" something in the backyard. I assumed it was a neighborhood cat or raccoon. Did NOT expect to see this:
Mr. Possum was eating something - not quite sure what, but he did not care that we were all crowded around watching him.
Oh yeah, and we are quite pleased with the new camera's flash - this was in pitch darkness and the pics came out nice and sharp. Sharp as a possum's teeth... See first picture - very sharp teeth on display!!
We went to pick out our Christmas tree this past weekend. We support a local church whose proceeds go towards building homes in Mexico, since last year's trip to the tree farm was met with little enthusiasm by all parties involved. :)
It was below freezing, so we quickly picked out our tree. Here are the kids at the tree lot.
Evan found a little tree for his room. This is the first year that we got a SECOND tree. Next year, I'm sure Ellena will want one for herself, too. It'll be a house full of trees!
Evan was given a $10 budget for ornaments - He was attracted to the colorful ones. His tree topper is a Santa puppet he made at a children's storytime.
Here's our tree - gotta round up the kids and do our annual family picture in front of the tree.