Mar 23, 2010

Sesame Street LIVE!

Stella received an early birthday present on Friday, when she got tickets to Sesame Street LIVE! from the Old Man, MawMaw Shirley, Aunt Sheila, Aunt Lacie, and Uncle Ryan. True to form, we made it to our seats just in time to see the curtain open. Stella was really excited about seeing Elmo. She does not look very excited in this picture, but I just liked how blue her eyes were, so here it is...Putting her hands together for the performers...
We especially liked the song that Ernie sang about being captain of a ship called the Rubber Duckie, since we are very fond of ducks at our house, rubber and otherwise...
During intermission PawPaw got her an Elmo balloon, which she insisted was a kite...
She had front row seats for all the action, and Elmo even touched her hand! Of course, Mommy did not have the camera ready when that happened...
Stella and MawMaw were catching stars. Daddy was obviously thoroughly enjoying himself...
Very intent on the show...
We all had a great time with Elmo and the gang thanks to our sweet and thoughtful family. Be on the lookout for video of Stella enjoying the show...coming soon to the blog!

Mar 22, 2010

Fun with Friends

On March 3rd, Stella got one of the greatest gifts of all from Jace and Emily - a new friend! She had been waiting for a long time for Cohen to come home and play with her, so we decided to give her a free pass on her normal bedtime and took her (in her jammies) to the airport to meet little Mr. Raney. Here is one of their first conversations. I wonder what kind of tips she was giving him... To learn more about Cohen and his sweet Mommy and Daddy, visit this blog. That weekend, Stella headed across the neighborhood to the Millet house to help celebrate Molly's 3rd birthday. In this shot, she shows interest in birthday cake for the very first time...
Later, she joined Mrs. Yvonne and the girls for storytime...
Stella even offered a little literary criticism on the book club's selection. She feels that Seuss's use of nonsense words to rhyme is a cop-out. I guess it's true what they say, "You can't please all of the people all of the time."

Mar 21, 2010

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Last Saturday was really windy, so Stella and I picked up a kite. We had a great time flying it together while singing "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins. There aren't any pictures of the kite's inaugural flight, since Mommy was minding a kite, Stella, and a baby duck at the same time, and felt unable to add a camera to the mix. I did manage to catch some shots of Stella and Daddy flying the kite one afternoon this past week. They started out with Daddy manning the kite...Took a small break for a snack with friends...
And then Stella took the reins...
Then she took a break to show Baby Bird where her food was...
A girl, her kite, and her duck. It's a beautiful thing...

Mar 20, 2010

Jesus Loves Me

For some reason, all her best performances happen in the bathtub!

Mar 6, 2010

Cowgirl Stella and the Puppy Parade

Last Sunday, we took Stella to the Krewe of Arfus Pet Parade at Zephyr Field. This fun outing was all Daddy's idea, so Mommy cannot take any credit on this one, Miss Jen. When we arrived, the first pets that we saw parading were actually ponies instead of puppies. Stella told us that she wanted to ride the horsey. "Yeah, right," I thought. I was sure that she would be too terrified to follow through, but after scrambling around and finding some actual cash for her pony ride (who knew they didn't take plastic?), we hoped for the best...Paying up...
Saddling up...
Yee-haw! In spite of the rather trepidatious look on her face, she really enjoyed her ride...
Casually gazing off into the distance like this is old news to her...
After seeing how much she enjoyed riding the pony, Daddy asked the Pony Tales crew to come to Stella's birthday party. Now our barnyard theme will be legit. After horsing around, Stella and MawMaw checked out some smaller varmints...
And got a friendly shake from a BIG dog...
By the time we left the parade, Stella was happy and exhausted, MawMaw and PawPaw were just happy, and Mommy and Daddy were sneezing. In spite of the allergens, a fun time was had by all.

Mar 5, 2010

Everything's Just Ducky

Last Friday, the Red Barn Farm Tour pulled out of LaPlace Elementary after a week-long visit. Before they left, they tried to find homes for some of their baby animals who were a little too big to take along to the next stop. I thought Stella would really enjoy a baby duck, and when I sent a student over to ask about pricing, she came back with 2 free ducks and a bag of feed. Here is Stella, bossing around her new pets... This is the closest that she ever got to actually picking one up...
They took to the water like....well, like ducks...How sweet!
Unfortunately, one duck did not make it past the first night. We were told that the ducks on the tour are frequently the victims of too much kiddie lovin'. I promise that Stella did not inflict any injuries on the poor beast, but I think he had just had too much before we got him. When I found him unresponsive in his box, I just told Stella that he did not feel good and quickly and quietly gave him a proper burial when she wasn't looking. She never even asked about him, so don't worry about her being traumatized for life. Duck #2 is apparently made of much stronger stuff because a week later, he is still thriving. I love how they both have their mouths open in this picture...
"Hey, Duck!" Stella named her duck "Baby Bird." She's so creative!
Stella loves her "Baby Bird" and he loves her. Mommy (a.k.a. "The Cage Cleaner") is hoping that the weather warms up soon and he finds an adoptive mother who has more feathers than Stella.

Mar 4, 2010

(little) New Orleans Lady

A couple of weekends ago we headed into the city for our second annual birthday party invitation photo shoot on the streetcar. If you want to see what Stella looked like riding the streetcar last year, check out this post. This year we were blessed with a beautiful Saturday and an early Mardi Gras, so the conditions were perfect for our needs. After Tab's senior pics, I discovered that the best place to hop the streetcar and get maximum photography studio use for your buck twenty-five is at the end of Canal Street near City Park. It's the end of the line and the cars wait there empty for a few minutes before going back the other direction. We are not yet unveiling "the one," (which is actually two, because we went with a folding card this year) but we wanted to share some of our favorites with you now...Soooo happy to be on "the choo-choo train, " as she called it...
I think this exhuberance was the result of blowing kisses to Daddy...
Yes, it looks like I was correct...
This one is blurry, but Damon loved it. I wonder why...
This was Stella's pose for the portion of the photo shoot during which the streetcar was actually moving...
Daddy tried to tickle out a few smiles...
But mostly, we got lots of index finger sucking...
Her shy smile...
Oh, no! She's going to get me!
"Stella's comin', Daddy!" She continues to refer to herself exclusively in the third person...
She told us afterward, "Riding that train was SO FUN!"
I love her eyes in this one...
Her Dr. Evil pose...
Blowing Mommy a kiss...
Serious shot...
In spite of the fact that Mommy took about 300 pictures and Daddy took about 5, I cannot claim credit for her invitation cover photo. It's coming soon to a mailbox near you, and I promise, it is fabulous! Get excited!