Oh Ellery, how I love you!
If you don't know my little sister, here is a picture of her in all her glory:
Last Wednesday I was very excited because Ellery's preschool was taking a trip to the pumpkin patch and Jack and I received invitations to come along. Imagine my delight! Not only a trip to the pumpkin patch, but an outing with my sweet Ellery!
So Wednesday arrived and I was up bright and early, dressed and just waiting for the wonderful day to begin. Then...
The phone rang.
It was my mom.
"Ellery has a fever."
So sad! Ellery's words were an emphatic and pathetic, "I hate my fever."
My mom offered her the option to still try and go, but Ellery decided to stay home because, in her words, "I don't want any other kids to get my fever."
So after a little chat with my mom, I decided to go pick up some pumpkins at the grocery store and bring them over for my wee sis to either paint or carve.
I went to Top Foods and picked out some various sizes of the orange gourd and made my way to my mom's house.
When I arrived Ellery was still in her nightgown. I unloaded my bag of pumpkins and displayed them for her to choose which she wanted to decorate. I made sure to tell her that Jack picked out several of them because he thought she would like them. She always asks me to interpret Jack's coos and noises. "What's he say?"
I told Ellery she could choose between carving the pumpkins or painting them. I secretly hoped that she would want to carve them, but she opted for the painting. So we got out all my mom's paint, covered the table with newspaper, and set up our project.
She listed out all the colors that she wanted to use. It started with pink, yellow and purple, but eventually she declared, "I love all colors!" and asked for a little bit of each color to put on her pumpkin.
The first one she painted had a pink smiley face and then a multicolored "dress." Her second pumpkin was bigger and was decorated with colored sections then covered in glitter.
Her third pumpkin was sort of a game. She would put one color on and then pick another color to add. She would ask me what color it was going to make when she mixed them. She asked me what it was going to make when she added white and black. I told her grey. "It does make grey! You are always right!" Let me tell you, it is a good feeling to have your little sister think you are always right.
Her fourth pumpkin was actually one that I covered in purple glitter. She loved it and asked to keep it. How can you turn her down? (I ended up making a second one for my house. When Lizzie saw it she yelled so loud in her excitement that she made Jack cry) The photo doesn't do it justice, so just imagine a little pumpkin painted purple and then completely covered in the most sparkly, ultra fine purple glitter you can buy. That will give you an idea of what it looks like.
Ellery's pumpkins. The white one is the "game" pumpkin and the little orange one is the "girl wearing a dress."
At one point I was emptying her water cup and washing off her brushes so she could use a new color and Ellery said to my mom, "Emily is so helpful!"
After cleaning up our mess I think she remembered that she was sick and curled up in a pitiful little ball on the couch.
Jack ended up taking a nap and I told my mom she could go nap too. So my pumpkin day with Ellery ended with both of us on the couch watching The Lion King. We watched until the part that Mufassa dies which was too sad for her. Oh my sweet sister. It was a great day!