Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Big '2'!

Ella's Lion King Birthday! The Food: Ernie did the humus lion face. He was very proud of it and rightly so because it turned out awesome. I did the lion cakes. Thank you pinterest for all the great ideas!
The guests: We had only a family party this year. We enjoyed having our families over to help us celebrate. Thank you families for loving and supporting our daughter so much.
The fun gifts: A bike and helmet from Oma and Papa:
An art frame from Auntie Mana and Anthony:
Bubbles from Auntie Calle:
Lots of clothes from Grammy and Grandpa Mac (thank you for clothing our daughter for a half a year!):
Grandma and Grandpa Krauth got Ella some clothes as well:
Uncle Joshy and Auntie Lolo got Ella a walkie talkie and cute dress. Lia was more interested in opening Ella's gift than Ella was:
I didn't get any pictures of Auntie JuJu's gift or Auntie Jeni's :( Julie got Ella a cute outfit with skinny jeans :) So cute and Auntie Jeni got Ella a leapfrog picnic basket and stuffed lion. All our parents gave us money to help us buy Ella a new bedroom set. We will be moving her to a big girl room close to the end of summer. We are in the process of painting it and getting it all fixed up before the big move. Pics to come once we are finished. Finally, it wouldn't be an official birthday without cake!
Last but not least... I title this : "We're in trouble!"
Hard to believe where Ernie and I were two years ago. I remember Ella's "birth" day like it was yesterday. I remember the long walk Ernie and I took to our favorite local coffee shop "lattas" that morning. I remember not sleeping the night before or two weeks prior. I remember the contraction pain, and the relieving moment when I received my epidural. I remember worrying if Ernie's mom would ever make it because her phone was off all day and she was leaving for a month long vacation the next morning. I remember seeing Ella for the first time and thinking how did I just push this baby out of me and praising God for a happy, healthy baby girl. As a amazingly, awesome as that moment was, and how it will forever be etched into my mind, I can't even begin to tell you how I cherish all the moments since she was born. She has gone through many milestones and she is only 2! Each one being more awesome than the last. I can't wait for the years to come. I am so proud of her now... what about when she goes to preschool, or has her first date, or graduates from high school and college, and gets married and has her own babies! Gosh... I don't even want to think about that! Point being, Ella is our miracle! Our pride and joy! Our never ending supply of laughs. We love her a tremendous amount. (when people say that you couldn't love anything more than you love your own child... they were right) Ella, if you don't know it already, we love you a lot! Thank you for filling our lives with so much love, lots of laughter, and certain satisfaction of knowing you are ours and nobody can ever take that away from us. God has watched over you, protected you, and keeps you close to his heart for the last two years. Our continual prayer is that will never end! Be weary of those who are out destroy your joy. We will continue to protect you from that for as long as we can. We love you Ella Jean! Happy 2nd birthday!