ever since ella was old enough to hold her head without bobbling, rudi has carried her up high so she could see the world. at first, he would ride her on top of his head:
sometimes he'd ride her on his back:
but eventually she was strong enough to start riding on his shoulders and that is her preferred method of transportation.
in fact, it's actually her preferred location for just about any activity. she calls it being "up, up, up".
ella has started carrying her babies on her shoulders--i hear her say things like, "ok bear-bear, give me you hands, it's you turn for go up up up!". she uses the same loving tone with her babies that her daddy uses with her, and i know the babies must be able to tell how much she loves them.