Sunday, October 9, 2016

ella's rose party.

I kind of dropped the ball on throwing Ella a "big" party for her first birthday, but I managed to throw together a small family one in the knick of time.  She got to eat another cake so she didn't mind too much about it being small. ;).  I did a rose theme - yes I'm in love with her middle name, okay? - mostly with last minute decor ordered from Amazon Prime.  All together I think it turned out pretty cute, and she was surrounded by all the people that love her most on her special day.  We love that baby so so much!

Baby girl's one year deets!

Those flower pictures were time consuming, but I'm glad I stuck it through to the end.  I plan on hanging this in Ella's room (well, I plan on having STEVE hang it up in Ella's room.)

We just ordered some pizzas, made a big ol salad and had lemonade for the party.  Aren't those floral straws darling?  Amazon Prime is the best.

Those cute plates are paper!  I almost wanted to wash and re-use them they were so pretty.  And those scallop napkins!  Love em'!

Last minute grocery store cakes.  Not the most beautiful in the world, but tasted great!  

So my mom is amazingly crafty and can make just about anything (sadly I did not inherit this from her).  She whipped this floral swag up for me and it turned out so beautiful!  I plan on hanging it in Ella's room somewhere.  Pictures don't even do it justice.  

The birthday girl!!  

Love this sweet, snuggly girl.  

She has a special place in her heart for Papa.  He just so happens to have a special place in his heart for her, too!  Love this picture of them.

Spoiled!  Lots of new books and toys. 

Loved celebrating our baby girl!!  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

happy birthday, ella rose!

My precious Ella girl,

Today you turn one year old.  It's a bit hard to wrap my head around that sentence, but it's true!  October 6th, 2015 was one of the very best days of my (and daddy's!) life.  

We wanted you so, SO badly, and said many prayers that you would join our little family someday.  And then you came, and you were PERFECT!  You have been the best baby we could have ever hoped for or dreamed up.  Are parents allowed to have favorite babies?  (Not favorite KIDS, Aubs and Kate, no worries.)  But honestly, you truly have been nothing but a joy your first year.  I've probably embarrassed myself numerous times the past 12 months talking about how good of a baby you are.  Your daddy and I were talking the other day, and we can't really remember you ever crying longer than a few minutes!  

You have brought so much love and happiness in our home, and even to others.  I can't tell you how many people have said you have made their day by your smile and wave.  (Even strangers at the grocery store!)  You are truly special, and loved beyond measure.

When you were a newborn, I remember being painfully aware of how fast time was going, (I only had to take a look at your big sisters to remind me of that!) but one tender mercy that I'm so thankful for this past year is that you were NOT in a hurry to grow up.  You were tinier than your sisters were, and were also slower to hit milestones. It made me feel like I got to hold on to that baby stage a little bit longer.  In fact, you are my first baby to not be walking on their first birthday!  (Daddy says you are lazy.)

We love everything about your sweet, happy, & easy going personality.  We are so excited to celebrate you today.  Love you so much, Bubbs!