Thursday, January 31, 2008

I swear a bomb must have gone off.

I was cooking dinner and when I glanced into the living room this is what I saw:
How could someone so tiny make such a huge mess? OK, so at the end of each day, Esther usually manages to leave her mark. But this time was by far her greatest effort.

When Gene got home from work, he asked me if I'd left her alone for a couple of hours. The answer is no, I was around the whole time.

I should have gotten suspicious when she was playing so quietly. I just thought she'd found something to entertain herself, and boy was I right!

Here's the "tornado" after a hard afternoon's work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What a helper we have!

We are in the process of trying to empty out our storage unit so we made some space for our Bowflex in our living room. Yes, it's been in storage,not being used...umm, hopefully it will be put to use now. Our little helper decided she would assist her dad in putting it together.

I have to admire my hubby for being so patient. He let Esther help him the whole time and never got irritated with her. He's definitely my role model in patience. You're awesome, Gene!

At the very end of this post is a video of E helping Daddy. Pretty cute!'s finally put together and Esther and Daddy get a great workout in.

Esther has been very artistic of late...our walls are her canvas. I know I shouldn't let her draw on walls but there is something so endearing when I find her little scribbles in odd places. Esther was here (and I'm ever so glad).

She is such a ham...but usually I don't catch it on camera. Enjoy!

So serious!

Esther's Orange Period. (and our elusive cat, Audrey.)

Friday, January 18, 2008

New rain "butts"...

OK, so this isn't a picture of Esther, but I thought it was worthy of a post. This rather ungraceful, bumbling seagull landed on our skylight and let me take several pictures of it's undercarriage. I think this is the first time I've ever seen a bird from the bottom, not that I really feel that I've missed much. Our cat, Sydney, was going crazy with his chattering at the bird. Esther was not impressed when I pointed it out. When she's engrossed with Sesame Street it takes a lot to get and keep her attention.

He stayed for about 4 minutes and gracelessly flew off, luckily he didn't leave any birdie treats behind.

Gotta love Target for it's, I mean affordable children's shoes. Here Esther is modeling her newest "butts" (as she so eloquently calls them). She loves jumping in puddles so we thought it would be a good idea to buy her some rain boots. I find it funny that living in the rainiest place on earth (OK, that's an exaggeration) this is E's first pair.

She is so gung-ho about new shoes so she had to wear these most of the day. She has to test out the sound they make on our kitchen floor. These made a very nice clumping noise that seemed to satisfied Esther.

She used to smile for the camera. That smile is pretty elusive these days. When she sees me holding the camera, she just wants to take it, look through it, and try to figure out how it works. I have to try to be very stealthy when taking pictures of her now.

I let her take the camera for a little bit tonight. This is her first picture that she took all by herself...of her pant leg.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My Dad and Esther's Grandpa Neil (who happens to be one and the same) is so talented!

I am amazed at the things he creates. And he has a blast doing it. His newest project was this dresser for Esther to the right. I love the glasses and the arms! E already loves to store her things in it. Gene is jealous and would like one of his own. (Dad, you rock!)

Bath time is fun!

And I took lots of pictures tonight...

...because you can never have too many Esther-in-the-bath photos.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy New Year!

Esther says, "2008 will be great!"
Do you think someone needs glasses? She takes her coloring very
seriously and uses all her concentration while she's doing it.

"Oohh nooo!"

Look at those eyebrows:

Esther's newest mural. I realize that it's probably not the best parental decision to let her color on things other than paper and I will probably regret it at some later date. However, it's fun to see her designs and it does wash off.

Taking a siesta with Elmo: