hand-funnel-whispering hints. especially when playing eye-spy. only her hints are the answers. but it's still cuter than a basket of kittens.
also now that she's mastering the letter L, she's using it on words that actually do have a Y, not just the words where she pronounced the L as a Y. the other day i yawned and she said "oh, you lawnin' mom?" hehe.
just was looking at this pic i took of ella on our recent visit to christopher lake. i grew up there. that beach there, where ella's lying? i took swimming lessons there as a kid. at 8 am. hot damn it was cold some mornings. i mentioned this on our visit. my mom said it was NOT 8 am. i was all it was too! she said, no, it was maybe 10 am. i said you're nuts, i remember distinctly it being the ass-crack of dawn and cold. we jokingly continued to argue the point. ella joined in. first she took nona's side and told me "no. mom, is was 10." "8" "is was 10!" "8" "10". . . you get the idea. awhile she switched to my side and argued with nona until my poor mom was blue in the face. i told her she'd better give up. ella is relentless.
being home in saskatchewan is totally soothing for me. and watching ella have a blast with my mom is over the top goodness. it was really cool watching her get used to the country too. running wild across the great expanses of grass, dirt, beach, whatever. lying on the ground picking and eating wild strawberries with my mom. experiencing what it's like to go out into the garden and pick some veggies and eat them right then and there. helping my mom plant and re-plant flowers. splashing at the lake. digging in the dirt. not afraid to be 40 yards away from me running all over at my grandma's farm. it was amazing.
and she went to sleep in about 7 seconds every night. :)