James playing the drum for Ellen
Ellen's cousin Lillian was there too, and she's already 4. I see her less often because she's a visitor to the Cape like James is and they're often passing ships in the night, but this time they had a lot of time to play. It's really nice to see two super smart young girls like Ellen and Lillian interact. They seem like sisters. Of course, their awesomeness is due largely to their parents and grandparents. Lillian's mother Monica is teaching her French (with greater success than James and I have achieved at Spanish) and when the girls struggled to decide who's turn it was with the drum, Ellen's very wise mother told them to work it out on their own. And moments later they were passing the drum back and forth like they had invented the concept of sharing themselves. And singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight!"
Lillian claps to the beat of Ellen's drum
Hanging out with the grown ups
James petting Ellen's family dog, Sarah. Behind James is Ellen's sister Linny.
Ellen's grandfather Dave and his sister
Ellen's dad Mark and his mother
Ellen and Lillian's grandmother Dolores asking them to please stop singing
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" for the millionth time
Spying on the presents while the adults are distracted
Ellen and James spent some quality time on Saturday morning too before we left town. She taught him how to make some funny faces, and he generally copied everything she did. They also did a little swimming together. I always call Ellen his "best friend" because he's seen Ellen more and spent more time with her than with any other kid. After all, Ellen met James when he was just a month old, and this is the 15th time we've been up to the Cape since then!
Ellen making a funny face
James copying the funny face
Look how cute Ellen was on her 3rd birthday. And this was when I met her:
Ellen at a year old with Grandma Dolores "Yaya"