Doggonit

So, I know it's been a while since I've posted anything… life has gotten in the way once again. For the past month, my 6 month old seems to think that she should wake up every hour to play and practice standing. If it weren't for the gloriousness of a good cup of coffee (or five) and Winsley's late night giggles as she amazes herself with her new skills, I might have puled all of my hair out already. Winsley is a big trickster - It's hard to get frustrated with a little girl who smiles and giggles so much.
Anywho, I'm back! Lots of updates to come, but for now I'll leave you with some cuteness from this past weekend.
We were dog sitting for my little sister and Ellington loved every minute of it. After the first few hours, she acted as if Birdie (the dog) had always lived with us. 
Winsley didn't really notice that Birdie was there most of the weekend. Whenever she did catch Birdie in her eyesight, she giggled and smiled like crazy.
Birdie was rescued from the local animal shelter and I don't think my sister could have found a better dog. She is the sweetest! And she could not have been more gentle around my girls. We spent lots of time outside and I just let her roam around with out a leash on most of the time… well, she didn't really roam. Birdie is the type of dog that would rather stay glued to your side than run off to explore.
Such a blessing to have this sweet little lady join our family for the weekend. I cannot image why anybody would have abandoned her at the shelter, but I'm glad that they did and she found a home with my sister. :)
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A Walk in the Park

If you have a toddler who needs to burn off some energy and two parents who need some fresh air, then I would highly recommend taking a little stroll through West Point on the Eno Park.  There are some great places for little photoshoots and tons of space for little ones to run around or explore.
We didn't even cover 1/8th of the park, but we still had a great time.  Ellington loved the bridge!  It took her about 20 minutes to cross because she kept stopping to look at the water below and greet others who were crossing the bridge.
Once we finally got over the bridge, Ellington decided that she need a little rest. Which of course led to...
Finding things on the ground.  Ooooo!  It's a rock. It's a leaf.  No, it's...
 Pollen?!  Take a closer look.  Yuck!  It's everywhere around here.
Oh, you silly girl.
It took a little encouraging to get her to turn around and go back across the bridge, but we made it.
 It's hard to contain a little ball of energy like this girl, so she didn't stay in my arms for very long.
Apparently, Ellington no longer wants to participate in my photoshoots because this is the only good shot I got of her on the wood wall. :(  Does sassiness really start this early?
 John and I both tried to get her to look at the camera and smile, but this is the best she gave us.  Still equals cuteness in my book! :)
Then, we told her it was time to go home... she stopped for a second and turned right back around to run away.  Unfortunately for her, I am much faster than she is.  I guess this means that we will have to go back to the park real soon.