One of the reasons that fall is so busy is that this little nut has a birthday!


She’s not so little anymore though.  For some reason I think that being 8 years old is this magic number when she can start doing things on her own. I can remember being 8, so maybe I’m remembering what I did.  Either way, we are here.

She’s creative, fun, and thoughtful, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll accomplish this year.


Ellie at 5

It seems that Ellie is the last one in her class to turn 5.  She feels like she has been waiting and waiting and waiting to turn 5.  She finally made it!

She asked for a Rapunzel cake yet again.  Given that this is the 3rd year for her to ask for one, I felt like my substitutions have not been working.  I bit the bullet and did it.  Considering that it didn’t fall over, I call it a success.  Maybe she won’t ask for one next year.


Yes, she had a black eye on her birthday, as is traditional Ellie fashion.  She ran into a swing set pole at school.  No surprise there.

We went to the McWane Center for her birthday party, and the kids had lots of fun.  She picked the Science of Magic show, and it was pretty entertaining!




This girl is spunky, brave, and always fashion conscious.  She loves princesses, longs to know how to read, and wants to be just like her big sister.  She’s certainly one-of-a-kind though.



Samantha, lately.

Samantha lost another tooth yesterday.  I think that makes 8 or 9.  It still doesn’t get any easier, and there are many tears shed before/during/after it comes out.  You can see the hole really well in the following picture.



In other news, she turned 7 years old last week.  My how time flies.  She is a goofy girl, with loads of wisdom for her age.  She is bright, caring, eager, and friendly.  She never meets a stranger, and she deeply loves her sister.  She loves to read, draw, and make crafts.

We had very small gathering of friends at the movie, then went out for milkshakes afterwards.



She had to share her actual birthday with the school’s Fall Festival, so it was very simple.  We were glad that Nana could share it with us too!



I can’t imagine this place without her.  Her teacher this year calls her “rare.”  I think that just about sums it up.


Ellie’s 4th Birthday

When did this houligan get to be a big girl?  She’s spunky and fearless, and definitely a hoot.  I hope she keeps up that great sense of humor.



Her party was very low key, but it did include a fun round of “Pin the Kiss on the Frog.”



Her cake was supposed to be a “Frozen” cake, however, I was pretty disappointed in the result. It certainly tasted good, but it was lacking in the characters and scenery that would have made it much better for the birthday girl.