Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just had to share

We are crazy with packing around here! I'm basically trying to get us down to just the bare essentials, the things we'll need to pack for Utah. Our little apartment is looking so shabby with everything off the walls and so many empty cupboards!

Annie was sporting her new boots with her church outfit on Sunday morning. She played in the leaves before church, and nothing--not even tights--could stop her from climbing up those cements steps! :) That's my girl!

a girl and her dog :)

Tonight, while Brant was at his first elder's quorum presidency meeting, I was doing the dishes and straightening up in the kitchen. Annie was playing in the living room. Well, I finish up and walk in to see this:

Not only did she successfully crawl up onto the chair, she stood up and promptly began trying to turn the TV on and put the Seinfeld DVDs back into their cases! :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Frying Pan Fun

Who needs fancy toys when you've got an old, thrift store-purchased frying pan with scrambled egg still crusted on? She searched in the cupboard until she found just the right one for the job!


Annie's been experimenting lately with balance. She tries to see if she can balance on all sorts of things. Sofa pillows, stuffed animals, sippy cups, and now, frying pans. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Now Introducing . . .

two new blog additions to the Mandolin Rain family. Coralee and I have both branched out and created our own personal blogs. We were feeling type-cast by our previous blog postings, unable to break from the mold our blog audience expected (ie family updates and pictures). So again we have created two new blogs to house our personal muses.

Coralee's new blog is thecatbirdnest.blogspot.com.

Mine is storytellerinterrupted.blogspot.com.

We hope you enjoy what you find!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


They are so beautiful--and plentiful! I don't want to start raking, even though I know we should. But when your yard doesn't have enough grass to shake a stick at, aren't gorgeous golden leaves preferable to dirt??

This is what she does now when we say, "Where's your belly button??"

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Annie carries

. . . everything!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Drumroll, please

Here's the video from Kipona, Harrisburg's downtown party, where Spencer and I rocked the canoe race! Watch for canoe number 1!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's Autumntime, it's Autumntime!

We've been busying ourselves with all sorts of fun fall activities this week. Here's a few:

The Middletown Halloween parade!

Brant and Annie ran into the street to collect candy!

I caught this picture as Annie was watching the floats and the marching bands and the fire engines go on past. My, she was enthralled. Can't you tell? I just love that look of wonder that's saying, "I'm trying to figure this all out."

She didn't stay quite as enthralled at last year's parade . . .

We came home, stripped off all our coats and sweaters, and warmed up. Annie was sporting her ghostly Halloween attire that night!

Here's what she wore last year:
So tiny!!

Now that Annie's well again (by the way, we found out she had the Roseola virus--very common) we've resumed our daily jogs throughout town. We've had some beautiful sunny days that make the colors in the trees just glow! I'm going to have to take more pictures tomorrow before all the leaves fall! (Of course, then I'll get to start making wreathes and who knows what else with all the pretty leaves!)

Annie has discovered all the pumpkins on our front porch and loves to try to pick them up and shake them.

Our ward fall party was last night, and it was a Cowboy Roundup! We dressed Annie up as a cowgirl! Of course I had her model the outfit for me. :)

I was also trying out some woolen pants that also function as a long-legged diaper cover. So that's what's on under her dress. I like them a lot--they worked great, totally waterproof, and I think I'm going to make more for her all winter long!

Well, Happy Fall, everyone!

In other Ellsworth news: Brant is at our new house's inspection right now. It's been going on most of the afternoon. My parents came down so that my mom could watch Annie and my dad could attend the inspection with us. But they had to be back in Gettysburg before the inspector was through. So, I came back home to stay with Annie while Brant finishes up at the new house! I'm anxious to see the inspection report!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Monday!

Annie and I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Monday!

She told me right before she fell asleep,
"Mom, after you put me down for this nap, will you go downstairs and post on our blog letting everyone know I'm feeling much better? (I mean, let's be honest, how else could I throw a great big temper tantrum over you not letting me pull every slice of bread out of the bag and feed it to Memphis? That took a good amount of energy, and boy, it feels good to be myself again!) Also, the sun is shining, it's warming up here, and Daddy made it to York for training without any hitch this morning, so it's a great Monday, everybody!"

Saturday, October 17, 2009

This week

has been a trip. Wow! Seriously, what a week it has been. It started on Tuesday morning when our realtor emailed us to tell us he'd found a new place he wanted us to look at. We'd been looking at a lot of places for the last two weeks, and nothing had been quite right. So we were keeping open minds. Brant came home from work that night, and we met our realtor at the new house. I walked in and just knew it was what I'd been looking for. An hour or two later, we signed contracts to buy this charming beauty . . .

I'm already coming up with names for it.

Here's an up-close picture of the front:

and the back:
(I'm so excited about the balcony! We have a balcony in the place we live now, and I was going to be so sad to lose it! That was pretty much the only thing I was going to be sad to lose, and now I don't have to!)

Here's a picture taken from the side yard/porch area looking into the backyard:
The yard is spacious and cozy and has great grass! That's a new one for us, considering the places we've lived at since we've been married! The old couple that's been living in the house have really treasured the whole place and kept it clean and cared-for. It's lovely!

and in the back yard, there's this awesome outdoor grill, complete with chimney!

So. Pretty exciting! We're closing on it right before Thanksgiving! We have so much to be excited about at the end of November, with our trip to Utah, and Glen's wedding, too!!! Anyway, on Tuesday we signed the contracts, Wednesday the seller accepted our offer and made it final. Well, while all this happy fun-ness was progressing, so was some kind of virus Annie had contracted, and she was getting sicker. Well, really it was just a scarily high fever with no other symptoms. (other than the sad, pitiful behavior that having a scarily high fever causes in a thirteen-month-old) Annie was like a different baby. Making things harder was the fact that Brant is still in training for his job, so he was having to drive to and from Lititz everyday. That's about 50 minutes away. He was trying to take care of all the house-buying business (and there's SO MUCH of that) during his lunch breaks and any spare minutes he could grab during the day. So Annie and Memph and I were stuck inside with no car to get to the doctor's (or to just go for a drive so I could get out of this house), which made things kind of stressful! Plus, Tuesday also heralded in a cold snap, and since then it's been cooooold and rainy-dreary! I've felt so sad for poor little Annie. She mostly slept during the day, and meanwhile Memphis and I were like caged animals (well Memphis is an animal, I know, but still) without any way to get out our energy. And even with little tiny bits of sleep we were getting each night (Annie was sleeping like a two-month-old again), I still had energy and some SERIOUS need to go out and run. But we couldn't. Anyway! The week finally reached its lowest point on Thursday night when Annie's fever reached 104.1 and we took her to the ER on our doctor's request. I'd never been to the Penn State Hershey hospital, other than the on-campus housing, where all of our friends live, so this was a totally new experience! Everyone there that night was so nice and caring, and we didn't have to wait at all! Well, I should rephrase. We didn't have to wait to get into a room. We then proceeded to wait for 4 hours while they tried to get a urine sample from Annie and do a bunch more inconclusive tests. I won't go into all the details, but suffice it to say, our little baby was thoroughly traumatized. And just plain exhausted. As were her parents.
So we left (against doctor's recommendation) and told them we'd just go to her pediatrician in the morning. Friday Brant stayed home from work in the morning so I could have a way to get to the doctor's. Annie's fever had already gone down and she was starting to improve. My parents and grandmother came to visit us too, and that morning I took my mom on a tour (with the realtor) of our soon-to-be new house! I took some more pictures so I can send them to the people in our lives who aren't here to take tours. :) I hope they'll get an idea of the layout. Of course, things are going to look very different when we have our own stuff in the house! I cannot wait!

Today Annie is doing much better. It hasn't been a typical Saturday, where most weary mothers of sick children are refreshed and renewed, getting to have their husband home to help them all day. Nope. Brant had to be gone from 8:30-4:30 in Harrisburg for a class. But Annie is doing much better, and we've had a fun still-rainy-and-dreary day! I love seeing her playing again and being closer to her usual spunky and sprightly self!

(I taught her how to quack--that's what she's doing here)

And here's a video from a few weeks ago. We have this plastic slide that Brant brought in from the balcony and put in her bedroom. She has so much fun with it! and all the other fun toys in her room! :) Oh, and she does her high-pitched "roof roof!" in the video, too. She does that whenever she sees a dog (stuffed or real), hears a dog barking outside, or thinks about dogs. :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Meet Annie.

See Annie smile.

See Annie walk up steps.

See Annie walk down steps!

See Annie play with Memphis's tennis ball.

See Annie throw Memphis his tennis ball.

Meet Brant. This is Annie's daddy.

See Annie watch Brant leave for his first day of all-day-long work.

See Annie grind her four little teeth.

See Annie push the book ladder in Border's.

Annie gets a lot done on her autumn days!