My Ellie turned 12 yesterday. I’m shaking my head as I type the number 12. Cannot believe that! But it happened. Her real birthday was full of homework and dance classes so we celebrated on Saturday. First up on the agenda.. the whole family hit the mall! [Read more…]
You did it. Even though I distinctly told you not to. You turned nine years old yesterday. NINE! These birthday letters are getting harder and harder for me to write.
Just ten minutes ago you were my vivacious four year old. You loved tea parties and Little Bear and playing with your sister Addison.
Even though you are growing so quickly Ellie and I am starting to see small glimpses of “pre-teen,” you are still the sweetest little person imaginable. You love life and it shows in everything you do. I was reading your birthday letter from last year and the year before the other day and now I feel like I can just say ditto to everything I mentioned in them. The things I love so much about you haven’t changed one bit. You are still so happy and kind and creative and loving.
Here are a few things about you right now at age nine that I never want to forget:
You especially love to draw pandas. Actually you just love to draw period. You are always drawing something and you have such a talent for art. You have already far surpassed how well your daddy and I can draw (although you and I both know that’s not saying much!).
A couple of weeks ago you found a drawing that you liked of an animal on-line and within two hours you had drawn around 20 animals. They were so adorable I had to take a picture. You named them all of course. And numbered them all in order.
And then everyone in the family had to pick their favorites. Because you always love for all of us to pick our favorites. :)
You have a passion for creating things Ellie. Pictures, stories, songs…
or even just new inventive ways to play with your toys. Your creativity is endless and I am always excited to see what you will come up with next.
You love writing notes and you express your feelings this way often.
You also write and draw to express your feelings when you are upset or mad. This note is a favorite of mine. You were upset that your dad had to fly to San Francisco again for work. It pretty much sums up how we all feel when your dad has to travel.
You have such a special relationship with your little brother and sister Ellie. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better big sister for them.
You love them. You watch out for them. You would do anything for them and you show it every day. You show it when you stop playing with your toys because Kole is calling “help me!” You show it when Addie is sad or upset and you instantly run to make her laugh and cheer her up. You show it in the way you talk to them and play with them and take care of them. And you especially show it in the way you make them feel.
You make all of us feel loved Ellie. You are so full of love and happiness. Some days if I’m feeling down I know I just need a good dose of my Ellie. :) You walk in the door and just like that, I am happy again. It’s impossible to not smile when you are around. The two of us always talk about how you are so special to me because you made me a mom. You are special because of that Ellie. You are special to me for countless reasons and I can’t imagine my life without you in it.
Happy 9th birthday Ellie! I love you to pieces.
This is one of several “drafts” of El’s Christmas letter to Santa. Her top two wish list items keep changing (Santa has learned to hold off on toy making for this child!). Her top two items change, but wish #3 stays the same. For “everyone in the hole univers to have a wonderfull christmas and a happy new year.”
That is my wish this year too sweet Ellie.
And p.s. Santa loves you too.
Matching days are getting few and far between, but I’m desperately trying to keep them alive! I’m also trying to keep my girls little as long as possible which is evident with the popsicle “sweet” outfits I scored at Gymboree. They might be wearing matching popsicle tanks in high school if I have anything to do with it. Which I won’t. Which is why I’m not all that excited about high school.
And aren’t these simple grey ruffle dresses cute!? Target baby! So cheap and they fit darling! I love them on my girls. They come in other colors and when my mom came to babysit the kids while we were in Virginia she brought them the yellow ones. We laughed. We do that all the time because we have such similar tastes. These dresses are fun because you can add leggings, tights, a belt, headband, any accessory in a fun bright color looks so great with the grey stripes. Makes me want to find a grey striped dress or top for me!
Isn’t the dress cute with this pink shrug I bought Addie!? Also at Target! Looks so cute over the grey. I picked up these colorful socks for the girls too. They have to wear good running shoes to school which means we always need ankle socks and I was going crazy with all of the white socks in the laundry! I could never tell the difference between my socks and Ellie’s socks and Addie’s socks. They were all identical other than a slight size difference. I’m loving these new colorful socks! So easy to match and the girls just share them all. I don’t know why in the world I didn’t think of colorful socks sooner.
Since I’m on a stripe kick, here are a couple of other dresses I picked up at Children’s Place last week… 10 bucks each baby! Love that.
And another summer dress from Children’s Place that was also on sale. Nice and comfortable which is why you see a smile on this girl’s face.
My little man has been involved in some fashion pampering of his own. A couple of weeks ago he got his first hair cut. :)
This is Ellie’s dream house. It is a cookie. Everyone in her 2nd grade class was supposed to draw a picture of their dream house. Now you would think with all of the “new house” talk that has been going on around here that her dream house would have included Nantucket elements along with rock, peaked roofs, white moldings, and a porch. But nope. That would be her mom’s dream house. Ellie’s dream house is a cookie. Because she likes cookies and she thinks it would be cool to eat her house.