For someone reason ever sense I was Pregnant with Ella I have always DREADED potty training. I'm not sure why. Mostly because of all the horrid stories you hear, and Ella is already a stubborn child. What really got the wheels in motion for Ella was watching other children in her class at church go to the potty. Before that when I had tried to puther on the potty she would just scream, like I had placed her on some type of torture device! Another thing that got Ella really "excited" about using the potty was knowing that if she did she was rewarded with M&Ms and a sticker! Its been a very exciting last month for us, you never thought you would jump up and down and scream like you had just won a million dollars all because someone pooped in the potty. But Hey, its exciting stuff when your a parent. So finally after a month of going strong I feel like I can finally say that Ella is Potty Trained! Yay! No more diapers for us...EVER AGAIN!!!
After 2 1/2 years we were FINALLY were able to take Ella to the beach for the first time. In all honestly I thought the child would hate it. Reasons being, Ella hates have stuff on her that she can't get off...AKA SAND!! So pretty much I thought that we would be spending most of our days at the pool. This Momma could not have been more wrong! Ella loved the beach, sand, and the ocean. It was such a fun family trip. Daniel, Ella and I had got a condo with my sister, her husband, and my nephew Solomon. It was great for the cousins to get to play together, share a room, and fuss and fight for a whole week. It was great! My parents and Aunt and Uncle were four floors up, and it was great to get to spend with week with them also! I cannot wait to hopefully do it again next year!