On Monday, we celebrated Baby Ellie Belly’s first birthday. You’ll have to excuse the grainy photos. These are screen grabs from the video I took on my cell phone – and we also have lots of “nice” photos on my big camera. Of course, it might be months before I transfer those “nice” photos to the computer – so these phone pics will have to do!
Oh my gosh – we had such a busy day on Monday. I felt almost a little bad for Ellie Belly. We hung out at gymnastics in the afternoon while Ginger (6) and Violet (4) had class. Then we rushed home, had dinner, and went out for piano lessons!
The funny thing was that Miss Elle Bell (as we call her) – loves being along for the ride. She was so happy all day long, and excited for everyone to wish her Happy Birthday. I didn’t think she would understand it was her birthday – but she did! She really did!
After piano lessons, we all gathered ’round the table and had a little birthday celebration for the Birthday Girl. Her sisters planned a “Pink Party” for her – so everyone had to wear pink and all the decorations had to be pink, of course!
Paprika (9) blew up most of the pink balloons herself while Ginger and Violet decorated the house with streamers and set the table with pink party plates.
Mr. M made cupcakes! He’s our resident baker and always does an amazing job. The girls wanted vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles – so that’s what he made!
The big sisters were so excited for their pink party hats. It’s the little things, right? 🙂
Ellie was so excited when we sang Happy Birthday to her. She clapped and tried to sing with us. She knew it was all for her – amazing!
We put candles on all the cupcakes so each sister would get a chance to make a wish. The more wishes the better, right? 🙂
After all was said and done, Little Miss Elle Bell was tuckered out. Usually when she falls asleep, I stand and hold her while I work on writing my novels. I’ve been writing up a storm – and she’s been with me the whole time.
I made a decision this year that I am not going to go back and look at old photos anymore. On Sunday night, I looked at a bunch from when Ellie was a newborn, and it was just too painful. I feel tied to the past when I do that – and it makes me sad. I don’t like feeling sad – especially when there are so many wonderful aspects to the present.
So – I am enjoying her as a one year old and not dwelling on the past or the future. Everything is as it should be – and I am fully engaged in the present moment, since that’s all that’s available to me, anyway.
Not to get too philosophical on ya – I just feel happier when I’m not thinking about the past (both the good and bad times) – or worried about the future.
Living in the here and now is where it’s at, baby! 🙂
Happy Birthday, Miss Ellie Belly. I am so grateful for you – every day with you is a gift that I never take for granted. You are everything and everything is you…