Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Double Jerch Bumps

So, I forced my sister to take these pictures with me to prove someday that we were actually preggers at the same time since it likely won't happen again. She is closing in on 20 weeks and I am hitting the 38 week mark today. Ellen was really funny while Andy was taking these shots because she kept looking at us smiling and then she would start smiling. She says she's excited for her baby sister but we're not really sure she understands what's happening and I'm sure she has no clue how her world is going to change! But, she has started to pee in the potty so we're hoping that means I don't have to change two sets of diapers forever! Hopefully Baby Shuckie makes an appearance sometime soon!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Special Time with Dad

Ellen recently traveled with her dad to Traverse City, MI to visit Nana and Baba at their summer cabin. I stayed behind given that I was 35 weeks pregnant and needed some time to prepare for Andy's 40th casino bash. Although I missed them both immensely, they had a great time and Ellen came home with a deep attachment to daddy. It was very cute to see. Lucky for me because they're going to be hanging out quite a bit in the coming weeks when baby Shuckie arrives!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ellen's First Beach Trip

So I've been a very deliquent blogger but I'm back now, at least for a couple of weeks before baby #2 is born. I'll be posting a series pictures over the next couple of days. Here are some great pictures of our trip with friends to Emerald Isle, NC. With four couples and five kids under 4 in one house, it was chaos but lots of fun. This was Ellen's first trip to the beach and she loved it. Hopefully this will become an annual trip with friends.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend with the Family

For Memorial Day weekend we traveled to NC to spend a weekend with my family for my dad and his twin brother's 60th birthday celebration. We took over a quaint inn in the mountains of NC and enjoyed lots of hiking, boating and downtime. It was great to get away from the craziness of DC and enjoy the outdoors for a bit. The only drawback was the 9+ hour drive home. Funny enough, Ellen handled it better than her parents thanks to the handy portable dvd player and a couple of Elmo videos!!

Ellen and Gramps steer the boat!

Enjoying the bonfire and lots of family time

Uncle Ted shows Ellen how to ride a bear

Ellen and Great Grandma Jerch (aka Gigi)

Ellen's first boat ride was a success!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Look

As Ellen gets a little older and her hair a little longer, we're experimenting with some fun new hairstyles! It's fun to see Ellen turning into a little girl. We think she's going to be a great big sister!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day on the Farm

We recently spent the morning visiting Frying Pan Farm out in Herndon, VA. The farm is run by the Fairfax Park Authority so it's free and very accessible to kids. We enjoyed see all the "typical" farm animals and laughed as Ellen tried to imitate them. Ellen also enjoyed a tractor pull with her dad, as seen below. This is a great place to visit for anyone with kids in the DC area.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Enjoying the Flowers

Here are a couple of fun shots taken of Ellen in our driveway enjoying the new flowers that are blooming all around us. Spring is FINALLY here!