Monday, September 23, 2019

October 2018

October 2018 was a relatively low-key month for us. We spent the month at home, working around the house and spending time with our people. Ellie finally took her first steps and with the welcome addition of a new little cousin, she was no longer the littlest Shenk. 

Standing tall in those overalls, but not quite walking yet.
She definitely has the bike riding thing down, though. 
James uses marshmallows to make elements of the periodic table for his chemistry lesson. 
Mom and James date day at Disney. Orlando life is pretty good!
We love us some roller coasters!
Thumb-sucking selfie.
Ellie continues to enjoy good books.
James and Chris rocked out at a Papa Roach show. 
Chris got to spend some time with racer driver Jordan Taylor at the concert.
I was lucky enough to meet Eddie Izzard after enjoying his show in Jacksonville with my buddy, Dave.
James opened a lemonade stand in our driveway one Saturday morning.
My favorite part was the posted nutrition facts. Love his heart!
My beautiful babies. 
Those smiles. 😍
I know he will always support her.
We are always happy to have a visit with the Hines clan, especially when it includes Disney time.
Ellie and Gigi practice sharing. How cute are these girls together?!
Me and Gigi just hanging out in the backyard.  
Tanya does double duty with reading time in her lap. 
James and Declan take on Everest. Those two crack me up.
Best of friends. Melting my heart.
Our brown dog all decked out in his Bucs bandana, ready for the game.
I love this picture so much. Just chillin' in her rocker reading a book. As you do.
Celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary with our annual trip to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
And then it happened! She walked! (see bottom of post for video) 
Using Leo as a backrest. He's cool with it.
Ellie and I cheering on Jackson's Little League game.
Ellie sat down with Aunt Ayesha to try and convince baby Ava to make her appearance in the world.
It worked! She went into labor that night. Well done, Els.
James and Jackson celebrating after the game.
Welcome to the world, Ava Shenk!
Ava meets Uncle Chris. Look at her sweet little face.
Ellie hangs out with Bodhi. He came to stay while his parents were at the hospital with the new baby. 
Must be Halloween, it's pumpkin carving time!
The Shenk Family Jack O' Lantern 2018
Ellie is unconvinced about this holiday.
What can brown (dog) do for you?
Dracula, a baby Elliephant, a mummy, a mad scientist, Frankenstein, and a UPS dog.
Halloween 2018

Ellie takes her first steps!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

September 2018- Ellie Turns ONE!

Eleanor Marie Shenk, sweet little light of our lives, turned one year old on September 27, 2018. 
Her first year was filled with so much love from our friends and family, and we are so grateful to have her happy and healthy and part of our little family. 
We did a quick photo shoot outside on her actual birthday and celebrated with a simple backyard party a few days later. Thanks again to all of you that took the time to come and party it up with us in honor of her big day. 💕

Our beautiful girl
Her sweet big brother who adores her. 
And is also a silly goober. 
How lucky are we?! These two are incredible.
James loves to read to Ellie.
She wants to do everything herself. Little Miss Independence.
Our girl is so big.
Birthday love from Grandpa.
A chocolate cupcake for the birthday girl!
She started off a little hesitant to eat the cupcake,
 but it didn't take long for her to discover she loved it. 
Not sure how much cupcake she ingested but her face seems to have caught a bit, and what a face it is.
All dressed up for her big party day. 
We rented and decorated a tent to keep everyone together and in the shade. It was a warm, but lovely day. 
We hung pictures of Ellie at each month milestone to see how much she has grown.
Our glorious friend, Jess, made this adorable owl fruit tray. Such a sweet labor of love.
Ellie spent time with Z on the trampoline.
She also got to enjoy time in the swing with Ms. Kim. 
Her own rainbow smash cake! (don't worry, she only ate a little bit)
Momma helped her blow out the candle, but the wish was all hers.
Ellie enjoyed discovering the joy of tissue paper in gift bags. 
It didn't take her long to realize there were other goodies in the bag besides the paper. 
She loves books!
Happy first birthday, Ellie. We love you so much!