Thursday, August 5, 2010

More Birthday Celebrations

After Tayler and her family left, we quickly got organized for an invasion. We had so many people who wanted to come and celebrate Ellie's birthday with her!  We had planned on an outdoor party (hence the big yard clean-up), and I had procured some games for the kids to play.  And Greg planned on the yard mowing down to the minute so that it would be fresh and ready for the party guests.

And then the thunder moved in.  And the lightning.  And Greg finished mowing the front yard in the biggest downpour we have had all summer.

And we had an enjoyable, packed house, indoor party!

Davis was one of the first party guests to arrive, and it was so fortuitous that he and Ellie matched.  Elizabeth Davis broke the "no presents" rule and brought Ellie 12 rose stickers and a bag of marshmallows (his favorite treat).  Maybe someday Ellie will like those as well.

After most people had arrived, we sang Happy Birthday to Ellie and put her in the chair to try cake again.  We didn't strip her down this time, since we knew she wouldn't eat any of it.  We had the same lack of success that we had watching her not eat a cupcake with Tayler's family.  Cheerio's, yes.  Cupcake, no.
It was great to see so many people - but I felt like I didn't get to talk to anyone as much as I would have liked.  Ah, well.  That is the problem when so many people love your baby!

After most people had left, Greg discovered that Ellie likes little cups being put on her toes - and she doesn't like it when it falls off and does not get put back on quickly enough.
And we had to get a picture of Ellie with her newest cousin - and Ellie continued her "bullying" ways by trying to maul Emily's head.
We had a great day, although I am still in shock that our baby is 1!  Things Ellie does now:
~signs more words, including "wash hands," "signing" (mean "signing time"), "hat," "socks," "thank you," "eat"
~pulls herself to standing on anything
~will walk with you for a while, and then drops and crawls - much faster that way
~jibbers and jabbers all day long
~in the bathtub, has figured out how to put a squeeze toy under the water, push on it til the bubbles come out, and then pick it up and squirt herself
~has 6 teeth - 2 on the bottom and 4 on top
~is getting more and more curly hair
~loves to shut doors
~eats Cheerios, goldfish, graham crackers, and Gerber graduate snacks on a regular basis, and has once eaten rice (that was a big day!).  Has emphatically rejected bananas, pears, apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, peas, corn, carrots, all baby food, oatmeal, rice cereal, and now cake
~gives high fives and blows kisses


Renee said...

I thought about you all day! Happy 1st Birthday Ellie!

Traci said...

What a big day. Happy 1st Birthday, Ellie.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday!

Kelly said...

Happy Bday Ellie from the Kings! We love you!

Tiff said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Ellie!! I can't believe you are 1!!

Emily said...

Tyler wouldn't touch his first cake either. He touched the frosting and then freaked out beacuse he was messy. They can be so funny about things. Happy Birthday Ellie!


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