Bringing Joy

ella tree Ella’s first Christmas.  Our first Christmas as parents.  At seven months old, she wasn’t exactly concerned about what Santa would be bringing, or sugar cookies, or what the count of gifts were under the tree.  {thank goodness}

To see Christmas through her observant eyes was such a joy and a reminder that the truest gift of Christmas are the memories shared.

The Mete family is definitely known for great, often hilarious, memories!  santalaughsThis year, Dad dressed up as Santa. Siena and Parker were not amused, Ella was curious, and the adults rolled off the furniture in laughter.  Pants, a bit too big, not to mention too short.  Mom, unsuccessful in “plumping” Santa with a pillow.  Tark’s silky bloomers..need I say more.

Ella’s Christmas Eve ended with a special gift from the East coast, a beautiful book of The Night Before Christmas.  With each turn of a page, we heard Grandma’s voice telling the story and sending her holiday wishes to Ella from New York!  So sweet, so special!

Joy * Joy * Joy

Introducing Solid Foods

Food is one of those magical things in life…and one of my utmost passions.  Ella seems to share my joy, she can’t get enough!  It’s fun to venture around the farmer’s market and see what fresh produce can become her first flavors….butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, free range chicken…

And we’ve discovered that some veggies make great teethers!  Definitely not as great as her new favorite RiNGLEY Sun teether, but nevertheless something different to explore.

Her list of “firsts” continues to expand.  What will be next?

Great Grandma

All three cousins with Great Grandma

I had two dreams growing up, my first dream was that I could dance with my grandfather at my wedding.  My grandfather past before I got married, however he came to me in a dream one night and when I asked why he was there, he said “To give you your dance!”  The dream was so real, I’ve counted it as so.  My second dream has been for my grandparents to meet my children, to link the generations of our family.   My Grandma still lives in the same house where my father was raised, and to take Ella over tovisit Grandma adds one more layer of memories to that house . Seeing the smile on Grandma’s face as she holds her great grandchildren is a gift that is truly priceless!

Introducing Ella Marie Girard

Please meet our beautiful daughter, Ella Marie Girard.

She was born at home on May 20th 2010.  7lb4oz . 21″long

Wow, she’s now five weeks old today!  I can’t even begin to explain the amount of love we have for her…and how excited we are to begin this journey into parenthood.  I also have a whole new appreciation for the female body!  From pregnancy to nursing, my body continues to surprise me with the ancient wisdom it holds.