Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Elle Bell!

Sweet Ellie turned one year old on February 11th. Everyday we are so amazed at how much she changes each day, how much she learns, how she knows what she likes and doesn't. There is so much about her personality that already shows so so much! She loves to be around people, blows kisses to everyone (even strangers in the grocery store), likes to perform her "tricks" (pointing to her teeth, mooing like a cow, showing you how old she is, and the list goes on...), she likes Harvey way more than he likes her, she is a big eater, good sleeper, can be really stuborn at times, loves to wear a purse, is a super fast crawler, not too interested in walking, babbles all the time but doesn't say any "real" words yet, loves her daddy more than anything, and has brought way more joy into our lives than I could ever imagine. It is hard to stop and write out a "written snapshot" of who Ellie is right now, but I pray everyday that the Lord allows me to remember all the little ins and out of this baby girl!
(The adorable picture at the top of the blog was taken by a dear friend who is also a photographer! She was so sweet to take some really great pictures! Bham people- you really should check her out here. She is super tallented, very reasonable, and so kind!)

Good morning birthday girl! Ellie was happy to see daddy and I on her birthday!

Since daddy had a basketball game that night, we had a birthday brunch for Ellie to celebrate with all her family. Eric's family and my mom were able to come into town. (We missed you dad!)

Hmmm, what is all this?

After the party, Ellie needed to take a nap. She was a little over stimulated from all the activity, so Nini went in to help her fall asleep, or so we thought... After about 5 minutes, I hear Ellie laughing, I peeked in to find this... I think these two will get into lots of trouble together in the years to come...

1 Year Old!

Grammy, Ellie, and Lolly

On Saturday we had a party for all of our friends to come and wish Ellie a happy day! Mom and Kelly made the most delicious cupcakes!

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Mom found a tutorial that we used to make this cute little clips as party favors for all of Ellie's friends, which just happen to almost all be little girls, there is only one lone boy as of now. (Poor Huds!)

I finally found a use for my jars! Oh, and there is a glimpse of the new mantle!

Uncle Drew was the first to arrive ready to party...

The fam! {Ellie is not into smiling in formal pics these days...}

My mom made this sweet birthday dress for her!

They are both a little smitten with each other.

The Ness family

My busy little bee

Waiting on all her friends to come!

Mom and Kelly also made Ellie's cake! I was a little nervouse because Ellie loves to eat and I thought that she would want to devour the whole thing, however, much to my surprise, she was very dainty and kind of just ate the icing off with her fingertip.

Until daddy showed her what was under the icing....

Later we tried to take some pictures of the Birthday girl....

Ellie loves her Uncle Drew and Nini

Mom and all her "kids"


What a year this has been. It has been full of new challenges, learning, a kind of love neither of us new existed, laughing, big tears, happy times, tiring times, lots of slobbery kisses, and more happiness than we deserve!

This little blessing has brought so much into our life! Happy birthday Elle Bell. We love you.



Heidi said...

I love the picture of her & Eric. So sweet. Looks like her party was so cute & fun. It's absolutely insane that she's already a year old. It feels like just last week that you were telling me that you were pregnant!

Ruth said...

How cute!! You have such a beautiful family and I love all the decorations!

The Patridge's said...

So cute! I love it. Huds was glad he got a shout out! Miss you.

LBR said...

love her! your party was absolutely precious. you could make a living planning those cute decorations you know :) thanks for the shout out! I'll send you the pictures asap!!

Sara Pyles said...

The best 1st birthday party!!! I love all your ideas and the outfits she had on! Was Kelly IN the crib?!I know they will have such a special relationship!

DavidandSteff said...

-That birthday hat is ridiculous. Love love.
-I love that you brought her a balloon on her birthday morning. I can’t believe she’s one!!!
-Kelly is going to be such a fun Aunt…glad your crib survived!
-She had sooo many birthday outfits- and they were ALL adorable. (twinge of girl jealousy-lol)
-Everything was so cute and I love how they jars looked all filled with pretty flowers.
-I love the picture of you and Ellie. You guys are always going to be close-so special. Oh, and you look super skinny!
-Happy Birthday Elle Belle…you are one beautiful blessed little girl.

Keri said...

Ellie is just precious!! The party was so all of the decor!! And I heard those cupcakes were very yummy!

Matt and Kristen said...

The party was fabulous!! Your decor and food was of course the best ever-didn't expect any less :) Happy Birthday Ellie!!