Check out this fantastic birthday banner at Bethany Tramel Photography. I fell in love the moment I saw it. All this pre-birthday gift stuff and Bree's birthday today has really got me in the mood to celebrate. I really want one of these little banners for Ella Claire's 2nd birthday. Visit her blog here for all of the details and other cute goodies.
My niece, Breelyn, turns 4 tomorrow. I don't know where the time has gone. That little girl changed my life from the moment I saw her come into this world....She's an angel.
Ella Claire adores her and she's her "bestie" in the whole world. I hope they are always close.
Bree's Hello Kitty party was last night at the Manchester Rec Center. All I can say is...Wesley sure can throw a party. (I'm glad she's Ella Claire's aunt..hint hint.) We had tons of food, swimming in the outdoor and indoor pool, awesome cake, the cutest Hello Kitty pops and the coolest treat bags. (Wes, Ella loves the Hello Kitty socks, notepad and bracelets.) The kids even enjoyed playing Simon Says and Red Light, Green Light with the one and only David Craven. :) It was a blast!!!
Bree and her t-ball buddy Will
Wes and Ryan
The kids loved splashing and dunking Tim Parish. :)
Ella Claire has one of those "yucky" 2-day before Christmas birthdays. Bryan has said, since she was born, that he wanted to try and do something special on her 1/2 birthday each year. We were a little late with this one, but I don't think she minds. :) We also wanted to get the play set early. So, she can play this fall.
Funny Story on B - I thought we were going to get a smaller (less expensive) version. We had been looking for several months. Bryan told me to just go order it one afternoon, but I wanted him to go with me. When we got there, Bryan started asking how much to add this... and this. This is what Daddy decided on.
Notice the solar lights next to the slide. I asked him when we got home, if he was planning on letting her play in the dark. LOL Seriously, Ella Claire and I learned to take Daddy shopping with us. Being a daddy's girl sure pays off.......
This video is when Ella Claire saw it for the 1st time. (Please ignore the temper tantrum in the beginning. She thought we were making her go inside. I typically do not reward her for bad behavior. LOL)
We are picture freaks at our house. W cannot have too many, especially of our sweet little girl.
These were taken by the very talented Bradford and Melanie Watson back in June. Check them out at www.ladolceblog.com. They live in Florida, but were in Tennessee for a few weeks visiting friends and family. Bradford, Bryan and I all went to high school together. Bradford and I had been working on getting this session together since sometime last year. It was so worth the wait. Thanks, Bradford and Melanie!
The two most important things about me are that I am a wife to Bryan and mother to Ella Claire. I have been married to my best friend for 3 1/2 years. Bryan teaches at the alternative school in our hometown and coaches high school wrestling. I enjoy my job, which allows me to remain home with Ella Claire alot, but also help other children as well. I love spending time with my family, cooking, traveling, reading, watching movies, UT football, gardening and stamping. I love my life!