Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ellie is ONE!

As of 8:24 a.m. today, my baby is officially a year old!!  You know I held her extra tight at exactly that time this morning. ;)

Since her birthday forecast looked less than pleasant (40 degrees + rainy), we decided to go to the zoo over the weekend instead of on her actual birthday.  I'll share some photos from our trip later this week, but in the meantime, here are some of our day today!  Ellie woke up at her usual before the sun rises time, so we had a light breakfast, threw on her tutu and pink glitter bow, played for a little while and then she went down for her first nap.  We just got that pink bow in the mail on Monday, and as soon as I saw it, I knew she had to wear it with her tutu for her birthday breakfast!  They match too perfectly and the combo totally screams birthday princess if you ask me! :)

I didn't think it was necessary to have cake for her today when we're having cake this coming Saturday for her party, but still wanted to sing to her.  Donuts were the obvious option in my mind, so I made a little tower and popped a candle through the center of the top one.  Ellie chose her dad's scrambled eggs over her donut (although, we may or may not have shared one or two before Tyler got out of bed), but she definitely enjoyed being sung to. :)

After breakfast we let Ellie open her presents. Her favorite seemed to be the little wagon filled with beach toys that she picked out for herself when we were at Target a few weeks ago; but, she did give her new piggy rocker (Penelope!) hugs + kisses almost immediately when she walked in the room!   She's still a little bit too small to sit on the piggy all by herself (it's recommended for 18 months+), but she does like rocking back + forth on it while we sit next to her and make sure she doesn't fall off.  She knew right away what to do when she got on it and just started going to town!  This pig is seriously cute and I know we're going to get a lot of use out of it over the next several years.


What's a birthday without balloons, you ask?  I got a ridiculous amount of balloons for Ellie's party, and will need some without helium for a little project I'm going to attempt; so, I figured we might as well get a little head start on blowing them up and have some fun today!  A crib/bed/bedroom full of balloons is definitely going to be a Noel baby birthday tradition from now on.  It's such an easy way to have a little fun and get some cute birthday photos!


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We grabbed some takeout for dinner and Ellie got one of her favorite meals - mac & cheese, of course! :)  It was a pretty quiet day, but I think Ellie had fun and it was nice to spend time just the three of us before the festivities continue this weekend.

Also, another project I wanted to do for her party was the photo wall in the kitchen.  I have periodically been using Snapfish to get my Instagram photos printed (4x4), so all I had to do was get the past month or so printed to add to my collection.  It's super easy to upload and they always arrive really quickly.  I know I'm so bad at getting my photos printed if I don't need them for something, but if you're looking to get some prints of your own you can get 40% off if you use this link! I just used scotch tape to hold the photos up on the wall - so far a few have fallen off but it's easy enough to just tape them back up.  I started at the top in the middle and worked my way out.  It's easy if you have something straight to line them up against, like the sign that's right above them.  I had no idea how big it was going to be, but just kept taping until I used (almost) all of the photos I wanted to include!  If you follow me on Snapchat, I'm sure you saw how excited I was about this little wall over the weekend.  I've known I wanted to do it for the longest time and definitely think it'll be another Noel baby birthday tradition! :)  I've seen a lot of different photo display ideas for birthday parties, but trying to narrow down the number of photos to use felt nearly impossible.  This is the perfect way to pick over 100 of your favorites to share! ;)

Hope you're having a great week & staying out of trouble... :)

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One more big Happy 1st Birthday wish for our sweet baby girl!! :) And a very Happy Bithday to my dad!! Thanks for sharing your birthday with my girl! Love you! XO


  1. What a happy birthday girl! Can she please teach Westie that scrambled eggs are good? He will eat literally ANYTHING except scrambled eggs haha.

    1. Haha that's too funny. Ellie will down two eggs at a time like it's nothing!!

  2. oh my goodness! all of the pictures are SO adorable! but the first one of her in the kitchen is my favorite. That huge smile! So precious. Happy Belated Birthday to your beautiful, sweet Ellie!


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