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Monday, August 29, 2011

Blogging for the post at a time!

Ok, so I'm behind. But guess what?!? I did 5 posts today, and figured out how to schedule them to post every couple of days! You know what that means? You won't get stuck reading all the catching up info at one time! Just check back every couple of days, and you'll see new smiles and new info for a whole week! So here we go!

Briella spent a lot of time tagging along in theatre camps this summer, so she and I went out on a mommy daughter date all by ourselves! Ellie got to be the center of attention, and we both loved it! I have to admit, I did have another motive as well. For those of you who know us well, you know we have a secret code name for Briella. Helen. As in Helen Keller. For those of you who know Ellie well, you know exactly why! With as much as she has to say at home and around people she knows, this darling girl is very very VERY timid around strangers. She gets this glazed over look in her eyes, becomes totally devoid of any emotion, is nearly completely unresponsive and barely talks to us. And until recently, will absolutely NOT talk to anyone she doesn't know. The good news is, though, after 5 weeks of theatre camp, she has started to talk to a very few...which is way better than it was! So on our little date, I took Briella out to breakfast in hopes that we could have a little chat about how sometimes we DO need to talk to strangers, like when there is an emergency or when you order food at a restaurant! So after our chat, Briella picked out her breakfast and we practiced her talking to the waiter and ordering. Things were going well... until the waiter came. And then there was Helen. Blank stare. Completely unresponsive. So I ordered for her. And I took a deep breath. And we chatted again. This time we talked about using our words to show good manners and appreciation. We practiced saying thank you for when the waiter would bring our food back, and I crossed my fingers and said a little prayer. Well, friends, it worked! It wasn't perfect, there wasn't eye contact, and for a minute I didn't know if there would be any words, either, but Ellie murmered an unmistakable "thank you for my food" to the waiter! She was so proud of herself-- and so was I!

The chocolate milk was worth it!!! Great job, Briella!

After our breakfast victory, Ellie chose feeding the ducks as our activity! It was a lovely day, and I couldn't help but capture the memories!

And one with momma!

What a super fun outing with my super big girl! I'm grateful in so many ways for this darling, and love to see her blossom!

As much as we love this girl just as she is, "Helen" included, it is a joy to help and see her grow and develop the wonderful attributes God blessed her with! One day we won't even be able to remember her over the top shyness in public...and we probably won't even believe that she was ever "Helen" at all!


Jenn said...

Way to go Briella!!! Outings are the best. I love the pictures. You always find such good floral backgrounds!

Sara said...

Love it! Reminds me of my William :) He's timid, too. Can't wait to see more posts. What a beautiful family you are!

Katherine and Andrew Bettilyon said...

So sweet! What a great idea. Love the cute pictures!

kim said...

HOORAY BRIELLA! Cute manners to match that adorable face! You are awesome!

The Pierce Family said...

Mommy/Daughter dates are the best...I love spending one on one time with my girl as well. Looks like you guys had a great time together!

Emily Robinson said...

You are such a good mama! I'm going to have to remember that for my own kiddies :) So cute!!

Catherine said...

Awwww, that's great that she got out a thank you! She looks very happy with her chocolate milk?
I'm very impressed you figured out how to schedule posts, can you show me?

Linda said...

Dearest Ellie, what a big girl you're getting to be!!! Nana misses hearing you laugh and talk and sing as you get bigger and bigger!!! Do me a great big favor and let mommy take a picture of you singing your favorite song!!!!! Love you so very much!!!!!