Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ella videos for Monday

Aunt Dej asked for more videos that show Ella doing regular baby stuff. Well here we go...



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ella has a taste for soul classics

Everytime we crank the music she wants to dance! Definitely our daughter...


Ella and Aunt Michelle Meet




Ella hit it off great with Aunt Michelle this week! We'll miss you!




Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ella at Ella's having brunch in the Elvis Booth

Ella would definitely recommend the Green Eggs and Ham if only Dad would share some of his breakfast. Brunch is definitely happening at Ella's Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights!!!



Check out the menu at www.ellasfolkartcafe.com


Ella testing bike helmets at City Bike in Tampa


Not sure if this fits but I'm hoping soon...


Ella at Carlos's Birthday Cookout


Ella sleeps through her first cookout party with her new buddy Aunt Brook while mommy sips a much-needed glass of wine.









Ella's Day Off

Ella relaxes in her Park(ing) Day park in Downtown with her big hat!






Ella took to the streets and definitely showed off her superstar status at Parking Day.






Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ella is adjusting just fine...


Thanks Sue for the book! She really loves it. One thing we found out quick in Ethiopia is that Ella loves books. Good news for my mom the librarian I suppose. She would grab at my magazine and chew on the corners of my book if I let her over there. Tabitha and her crew bought her the cutest book called Ella the Superstar and she wouldn't put it down.
She is happy at home to have a few books with pages fat enough she can grab. Look at that face though! She is having the time of her life! When this girl laughs, you can't keep from smiling! She is such a happy baby. In Ethiopia, many people who admired her on the street would say "She is so lucky" but trust me, we are the lucky ones.
-Charles

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ella and Amy talking over coffee

Ella and Amy get chatty over coffee at the Addis Ababa Hilton.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Home in the states finally!

Ella with the look that melted our heart. We are so lucky!
Ella warily looks away from Daddy after our first meeting. This is a few minutes into our time together.




We finally made it back to the sunny climate of Florida with Ella. I wanted to share some photos before we both crash and try to sleep off some of this jetlag. Ella is sleeping soundly in her bed next to us!




Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ethiopian Days

I wish I could get a picture out of here to show you what this all looks like, but we will have to wait until our return it seems. The internet connections here are horrible and drop in mid email. Photos don't load. Blogs won't load either.

Ella is wonderful and happy. She laughs a lot and seems to actually like being around us. She babbles but doesn't crawl. She sleeps through the night - most nights. She eats on a schedule and is amazingly well-behaved. She makes the other babies here look pretty fussy - although - we might be a little biased.

I can't wait to tell you all more about it but I am about to lose my connection here. It costs about $5 for a half hour of poor connections so my emails are frantic.

-Charles