Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And the final party...the family party

Sunday, August 17th, was the final day of celebration at our house. We had all my family over for Ella's dinner of choice...Hansen tacos. I was excited when she told me that is what she wanted because they are delicious of course, but also because I could then hand over the hardest part of the meal prep to my grandparents, the pros :-). It was good food and good company. Ella received even more amazing presents and it was a perfect end to a great birthday extravaganza!
Thanks to everyone who made her days so special!
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Two sets of twinners showed up for the party :-)
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And Preston has a new love for baseball and had to show Grammy (a big baseball fan) his new skills :-).
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time for a Pool (Birthday) Party!

It was Ella's year to have a friend party this year and after much thought on her part, she decided to have a pool party. Since swimming is her favorite activity and she has a birthday in the summer it was perfect. We had it at my parents' house which which made it nice and easy for me and arrived there earlier in the day to get everything set up. We brought some decorations and used some of my mom's cute garlands, set-up a little photo booth area and got the food all ready to go. We had all Ella's favorite kinds of chips, pizza, fruit, and lil' smokies wrapped in bacon (one of her all time favorite things). Ella also was very specific about wanting to play musical chairs and do the limbo :-). She and I had fun putting together a play list of songs to play during the party and picking out something to give as party favors. She invited her best friends from school, church and swimming and despite it being summer the majority of the girls were able to come. I think they all had a fun time...I know Ella did!
That night three girls spent the night at our house and they were up FOREVER! At midnight I told them it was time to go to sleep, got them all situated and went to turn in for the night myself. Bursts of laughter woke me up until about 2:30am...and by that point I had decided it would be a long time before we have anyone spend the night again :-).
I'm so thankful for the good group of girls Ella has as friends. They are sweet and fun and each bring out different parts of her personality.
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we printed out the photo booth pics on a cute background to include in the thank you's, an example of what it looked like and then some of our faves...
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ella's Birthday DAY

Ella was pretty excited when the day of her birthday finally arrived! 
The good news about a summer birthday is that Mike isn't at work and no one has school. We got donuts for breakfast, opened her family presents (including those from Hope and from Meema and Papa) and then headed to try out Top Golf
We have been curious about it since they built the massive structure and finally went. It was a blast!!! The entire family absolutely loved it, so next summer we will have to go more often. In the morning hours the bays are half off so it was reasonable for our family and I loved that you could order food and have cool air blowing on you while you played. Plus, we all had fun trying to earn points for where we hit the balls. It was definitely a fun birthday activity. 
As soon as we got home Ella watched some of her new Full House DVDs before going to play at her BFFs house for a bit. Later that evening Rachel (who Ella loves and admires) stopped by with a cute birthday cake. That night we continued our tradition of the kids getting to stay up until midnight on their birthday and sadly for me Ella made it the whole time...I passed out around 11:30pm. Watching Full House episodes could only keep me awake for so long :-). Overall I would say this August 13th was a perfect day for our newly 10 year old girl!
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When Ella stayed with Hope this summer Hope showed her this silly video and Ella thought it was hilarious...which is why this present is so cute between them :-). I put the original YouTube video below as well for your enjoyment :-).


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She got a cute message from Ollie, who loves her so much:

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