I wouldn't say we went overboard by any means, but we definitely celebrated this first year of Ella's life.
It started a couple of weeks ago with her baptism, and since my parents and my mother-in-law were in town, we had her party that day as well.
|One of my students made the cupcakes for the party...|
|...and my mother-in-law made Ella's cake.|
|Modeling the new tutu that her dance-teaching aunt sent her.|
|Sampling her cake.|
The next weekend, we helped celebrating the birthday of the little girl at Ella's daycare who is three days older than Ella. This time, it was the other birthday girl's turn to play with the big cake, and Ella got a cupcake...and she definitely knew what to do with it!
|Remnants of Ella's cupcake at Madelyn's party.|
Since Ella and Madelyn are just days apart (and are favorites of the main daycare provider), they brought in a cake with their picture on it to daycare on one of the days between the two birthdays.
|Ella and Madelyn checking out their cake while we sing.|
|Trying a bit of the frosting...and not quite knowing what to think.|
My husband was traveling on Ella's actual birthday, so I left work a few minutes early, and brought her out to a special dinner, just her and me. We then picked up a cupcake from a special cupcake place near campus and headed home.
Today's blessing is the chance to go to the zoo with Madelyn and her mom--who is quickly becoming a good friend. This will be Ella's first trip to the zoo, so I'm excited for all that she will get to see today.