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Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Stages

We are finally back!   We got back late Monday evening and then Wednesday morning the kids and I headed to Tennessee to visit my brother and family who were visiting from Iowa.  The Ireland trip was great!  Again this year we were amazed at how the Lord continues to bring more and more families to the VBS.  This year we had over 100 kids!  And no rain.  No rain in Ireland!  It was very clear to everyone that the Lord had his hand over our week.  I am just beginning to go through all of our pictures, I will have more on our trip over the next few days.  

Tuesday night we entered into a new stage of life.  Ella lost her first tooth!  I really cannot believe that she is already loosing teeth!  It was pretty loose before we left, but stayed in until we got home (I really don't know if I could have handled her loosing her first tooth while we were gone!).  It was extremely loose all day, to the point that I was a little nervous she would swallow it.  But Ella did not really like wiggling it.  When Murray got home, he got Ella very excited about how loose her tooth was.  I think mainly because he could not bear the thought of not being with Ella when she lost her first tooth.  He not only got her excited about how close she was to loosing her tooth, he helped her out a little bit and tugged just a little bit.  From that moment on Ella did not leave her tooth alone.  
It took about three or four minutes until Ella tugged her tooth out.
 To say that she was excited is an understatement!
Look at that cute little smile.
Ella ran straight to her bed so she could go to sleep and the Tooth Fairy could come.  
 Ella put her tooth in a bag, making sure it would not get lost during the night,
then placed it perfectly under her pillow
 and waited eagerly for the Tooth Fairy.

I know that it does not seem out of the ordinary that Ella is wearing a leotard, Ella takes every opportunity to dress up.  But Tuesday Ella started gymnastics again.  We took a year off because it got too crazy trying to keep a two and a half year old and an eight month old contained during Ella's gymnastics class.  Murray and I agreed that if Ella really wanted to start back we would, but if it was something she did not miss, it was easier to do without.  About a month ago out of the blue Ella said, "Mommy, I really want to take gymnastics again."  Since that day, we have been all about gymnastics.  I have never seen Ella light up about something like she does with gymnastics.  The day we went to the gym to sign up, we watched the team practice for about 20 minutes.  Ella cried (I mean brokenhearted, really cried) for 30 minutes after we left because she did not get to stay and do gymnastics with the big girls.  I don't know how long it will last, but I think gymnastics is Ella's love.  It has been a long month waiting for gymnastics to start, but the day finally came!
And Ella is on cloud nine!  This is how we will be spending our Tuesday afternoons for the next year.  And then every free moment at home :)  It is so fun to watch your child discover what she really loves and put her whole heart into it.  We are in full gymnastics mode at the Lee House!

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