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My Rhysy

Can say “Ella,” “daddy” (in a whiny voice since he copies Ella, who often calls for daddy when she is upset with me and wants daddy), “mama,” “bing” (when my parents’ clock chimes every hour), enjoys turning off the lights, can feed himself if you put food on his spoon, dances, waves his arms, can wave bye bye and give a high five.

   
   

Devious Ella

We were at the doctor’s because Rhysy is sick again. Ella went to the bathroom  and asked for balinha.

I have her two pieces and she happily ate them. When I put the candy bag back in my purse, Ella asked me to just see it. So I grabbed the bag and showed it to her. She quickly grabbed one of the candies to look at and even more quickly put it in her mouth!

On another note, Rhys is 24 lbs and E is 29 lbs! 

 

Funny Ella

Lately, every night when it’s time to go to bed, ella decides she wants some candy and she knows the only way to get some is to pee or poop. Sometimes she pees, but most times she just sits there.

The other night she was sitting there and said. “Mommy um dia…” I repeated: “um dia…” And she continued: “Ella mostrou a bunda da Ella pro Rhysy.” (One day, ella showed Rhysy Ella’s but.”)

Sweet Ella

Ella was gluing some flower window clings on one of our windows and said: “Ella põe estrela no quarto da mamãe. Quando mamãe dorme mamae pode ver estrela.” (Ella puts stars on mommy’s window, so mommy can see stars when mommy sleeps).

Heart melted.

Zaza

Usually when Ella is really upset, she will yell for coelho. The other day, she was very upset and yelled: “Coelho, coelho, Zaza, Zaza.”

   
   

Mother’s Day 

We went to Palisades and it was great. We got a table with a nice view, service and food were great!  

           

Rhys can

Turn off lights

Hold spoon with food and feed himself

Sit on Ella’s potty

Get into the red wagon himself 

Point at something he wants and say “és, és.”

Give the biggest hugs

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