Friday, February 20, 2015

Elli update

Jer asked me to blog tonight while he read to the kids and I about hyperventilated.  I get that way when I've gone a long time without blogging and feel I have a thousand and one things that I want to record and don't know where to start!  So much to share, so little time-- argh…

Tonight I'll just write a little bit about our Elli-Belly.  

Elli's life is full of ups and downs and I'm so happy to say that overall, she's been UP for a few weeks!  We're getting good reports from school, fewer tantrums at home and most importantly, we have finally figured out a 90% effective way to keep her from playing with the contents of her diaper!  Woo-hoo!  Thanks to my friend and my super-mom, Elli has ribbons sewn on all of her Houdini jammies that when tied properly, keep her hands from finding their way into her p.j.'s.  It has pretty much been life changing for us!  After often spending HOURS a day cleaning up her tremendously awful messes, I was to the point of a serious emotional meltdown.  So the new and improved Houdini jammies hold the top spot on my current "most favorite things" list.  (:  She wears them night and day when at the house.  In fact, she's wearing them in this cute little video.  It was taken one night, an hour or two after putting her to bed.  As often happens, I heard her singing her heart out when she should have been sleeping, and I snuck down to record her:

Pretty precious, that girl of ours!  Tonight when I tucked her in bed I asked her if she wanted to pray.  I always ask but usually get a "no."  Tonight she said, "yes, please."  She continued to say the sweetest prayer.  She actually started it by herself, which rarely happens.  "Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for licorice."  Long pause.  I had to prompt her to go on, "Thank you for…"  I waited a few seconds and then she said, "Sophi."  That was so cute because 1. she rarely says thank you for a person and 2. Sophi had just given her licorice.  (:  She went on to fill in the blanks to my "thank you for…" with Molly (our dog), suckers, home, Daddy, music, toys and then a bunch of crazy random lines from several different songs.  (Don't know of anyone else who prays, "Thank you for 'Because of you I never stray too far from the sidewalk'.")  LOL.   I'm so thankful for my Elli!