Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Ella!!!

Ella had a great 3rd birthday weekend. It was VERY low key, however, it's not over yet. We have several more things planned this week and next weekend, including her 2 big parties on Saturday.

Heath and I really loved having Ella all to ourselves on Sunday. It was great to be able to focus on her and reflect on how special the past 3 years have been.

To recap the weekend:

Friday night, Heath's fettuccini alfredo was SO YUMMY.

Jeni, I will try to get him to let me post the recipe. :-)

Saturday, Heath, Ella and I spent all morning/afternoon together. Heath took us both shopping.

I got this:

which I'd been wanting for a while.

And some MAC makeup. Thanks Hubs!

That night, Heath had to work, so our friend Damey came over and helped Ella and I make her birthday cookies for her Sunday School class the next morning.

After Ella fell asleep, I adopted a tradition that Kristin's sister does where she takes a picture of them sleeping the night before their birthday.

Sunday, I was at the church at 7:45 for worship practice so I didn't get to wake my sweet 3 year old up, but Heath had her at the church at 9:00 and I was so happy to see my birthday girl!

The preschool department had a little Valentine's party that we went to first.

One of the sweetest things of the morning that I was that in Titus' 4 year old class, they were going around the circle doing prayer requests. His teacher told me that Titus asked that they "pray for Ella because it's her birthday today." Precious.

Every year, my desire has been to take a picture at 3:32 p.m., the moment Ella was born and our lives changed forever.

This was 3:32 Feb. 15, 2006

This was 3:32 Feb. 15, 2007

This was 3:32 Feb. 15, 2008

This was 3:32 Feb. 15, 2009

I can not get enough of this sweet girl!

Sunday night, we had a little party

The fun Ella has with her Daddy seems to increase more and more each day. She probably thinks I am SO boring.

We are so blessed!

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Lindsee said...

First of all, Happy Birthday to that sweet, precious girl of yours. She is a doll, even if I've only ever seen her in pictures.

Secondly, I too have Whispers of Hope, but haven't done it yet.

Thirdly, I wear MAC powder and bluch and I LOVE it. I hope you love it, too! :)

Lastly, the idea about taking a picture every year at that time is precious! You are such a fun momma!

Love, love!


Lindsee said...

P.S. That meant to say "blush." I'm not too sure what "bluch" is. :)

Mindy said...

So sweet! Happy Birthday Ella!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

Happy Birthday to Ella! I love the idea of taking a picture each year at the exact time of her birth! Great idea! I think we will adopt that tradition.

Linsey said...

Oh my goodness! I love the picture of Heath and the stickers. So cute! Can't wait to see you on Saturday!

Jill & Anna Claire said...

She is SO precious! I love her little voice and how tiny she is. I had a hard time with three too. I cried when her tags didn't say "months" anymore. Ridiculous I know! :) Happy B-day to your sweet girl.

Amanda said...

What a sweet post! I love all the pictures of her exact birth moment. You and Heath are great parents and Ella is SO blessed to be your daughter. I love you guys!

Lolly said...

Happy Birthday Ella! Precious post. You are really started some great traditions that she will embrace for her lifetime.

Amy said...

you are not boring. you are her best friend!

sincerely, what a sweet girl you have and it is all b/c of you....
well, because we know heath.

just kidding. i love reading your blog. what a wonderful family you have janelle...happy birthday to Ella!

Helen said...

I am forever grateful for your picture tradition. It's such a brilliant idea! I love the ones you got this year. So much fun.

connorcolesmom said...

HAppy Birthday to sweet Ella!!
I love the pics and my fav is the one of the 3 of you being silly :)
The fondue birthday was a great idea
How yummy!!
She is so cute and such a delight!
She always makes me smile :)
Much love

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

Adorable! Ava probably thinks I'm so boring too.

Smith Family said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!! Chocolate fondue and stickers... the best birthday night ever mom!! Way to go. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful daughter. I just love reading your posts. Love you guys.

Darlene R. said...

Happy belated birthday to you, Miss Ella!! I love the tradition of taking her picture at the exact time of her birth. Too cool.

I hope you are all doing well!!

Becca said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Ella! She is such an angel! I love the pictures of ya'll at 3:32 every year on her birthday...what a great tradition!

pinkmommy said...

I am SO behind! Happy very late birthday Ella!