Somehow Ellie turned 2 last week. I am not really sure how that happened since it feels like just yesterday we were picking her up at the hospital and bringing her home!
Last year Thomas and I took the day off to have a very special first birthday with our sweet girl. This year since I have changed employment and don't really get any sick days, we decided to not take the day off. Instead Thomas went to work as usual and Ellie and I went to work together. So even though I didn't take the day off I still got to spend the day with Ellie!!
Ellie woke up just moments before Thomas had to leave for work (okay we might have purposefully woken her up...) and we say Happy Birthday to her while getting her out of her crib. Then she got some milk and we took pictures with our Big little TWO year old!! I had all sorts of plans for her to wake up with a bunch of balloons but that didn't happen #momfail
After Thomas left for work, Ellie got to have a bit of a slow morning watching Daniel Tiger (her favorite) eating cheerios and drinking milk. I got ready while she did this and then it was her turn. After getting dressed we had our last official Monthdate photo shoot (Ellie was not having it) and then some more Ellie is TWO photos!
I absolutely love this picture with her Birthday Peony!! We call it Ellie's peony because it was the first peony (out of 15 that we planted 3 years prior) to bloom and it bloomed just days before we left to go get her! I see many more years of pictures with Ellie and her peony in the future...we will have to transplant it with us when we move!
We had a great morning playing with our friends; building blocks, trains, cars, dinosaurs, and necklaces. Then it was time for lunch, spaghetti, wheat bread, string cheese, cheerios, and oranges. Then it was naptime. Ellie woke up from her nap at exactly 1:03pm which was super funny because that is the time she was born! After nap we played some more and Ellie did a lot of "hopping" aka running with one foot on her toes.
After work we met up with Thomas, Nanny and Papa at Chuck E Cheese!! Ellie was a little unsure at first but then after walking around and seeing all the different activities she was pretty smitten. The first one she let go of my hand and ran to was of course the one with water! and then the next was a waverunner! this girl and water, I'm telling you! Then we sat down for Pizza and girlfriend picked off all the sausage and olives from the pieces she could reach! Oh it was just so much fun watching her! Then Chuck E came out and she bolted straight for him, he was no Mickey but Ellie still loved him. After pizza Ellie got a bunch of coins and we went around and did a bunch of the rides and games. (I may or may not have taken a handful of coins for myself to play skeeball).
When we were all done with our Chuck E Cheese fun we headed back to the farm for Ice Cream Cake and presents. Sidenote: I hadn't quite decided what kind of cake she was going to get for her Birthday day and finally at 5 o'clock on Wednesday we thought of an Ice Cream Cake from Baskin Robins and apparently that is not enough time for a custom cake! So #momfail number 2 and we got a pre-made one, thankfully they had one in the right size and flavor combo: Pralines 'n Cream with white cake because you know Ellie doesn't like chocolate. She did pick out the flavor herself after a few taste options and I am so glad she picked my favorite! When we got back to the farm I took the cake out of the freezer and Ellie got to open up her presents from Nanny and Papa. She is so spoiled and got some super fun stuff. After playing with her new gifts it was time for cake, and that's when I realized that we have to candles!! #momfail number 3! But Ellie was totally ok with blowing out a tea light! haha
We just had the best day and I am so thankful that God blessed us with such a wonderful, kind, loving, caring, hilarious, and beautiful little girl! I am also so grateful that we got to share this day with Nanny and Papa!
Happy Birthday my sweet girl! I love you Ellie Faith
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