Happy Independence Day!

img_5544The last few days leading up to the holiday were bittersweet, as we said goodbye to Andrew’s family after a three-week-long visit and had to get used to being a three-person household again. Thank goodness for FaceTime, or Ellie would be going through some serious Gram and Grumps withdrawals right now!

We actually celebrated the holiday over several days, complete with afternoons by the pool, hot dogs on the grill, and sparklers in our hands. It was SO NICE being home with nothing on our agenda but playing. I’m looking forward to many more weekends like this one this summer!

That last picture just cracks me up. The typical attempt at a family photo with a one-and-a-half-year-old. I looked back at pictures I took during the July 4th holiday last year and can’t believe how much my little baby has grown. She’s a full-blown toddler now. This time last year, she couldn’t crawl yet and now it’s hard to get her to stay still for a couple seconds while I take a picture!

Today was her first day back at daycare after being out for a month. Andrew said she was a little apprehensive at first, but I know that will fade as soon as she starts playing with her friends again. Here is her outfit of the day. 🙂