Oct 27, 2014

E Turns 3! and Now 4 - Owings Mills, MD & Ann Arbor, MI. - May 2013 & 2014

I'm so far behind that I'm not sure there's really any chance to "catch Up" so rather than feeling completely overwhelmed, I'm just going to start writing and see where it goes. Today lets talk about a couple of birthdays...

I have been meaning to post about E's 3rd Birthday for ... Well... Over a year now. and now I have not one, but 2 Birthday's to catch you up on with our beautiful, smart, and wonderfully wild little lady!
E's 3rd birthday celebration ended up going not quite according to plan. A stomach bug swept through our house the day before her planned birthday celebration at a local Baltimore indoor playground. We waited until the last possible moment hoping the sickness would pass quickly, but no such luck. the "official party was cancelled and we spend the Friday before her 3rd birthday at home in bed. BUT... 5 short days later on her actual birthday the celebrating began. We lined up our favorite babysitter for MJ. Then E and Mama and Daddy had a special day together.

A trip to the mall to get a new Special Friend...

Filled with stuffing....

Kisses to a hand picked heart...

A bath...

She even got to give Pinkey Pie a special name to make her all her own...
Her first choice was "Trash Can" but with some careful suggestion she decided on "Flash Rainbow"

After the mall we had a special Lunch date to Red Robin, E's FAVORITE restaurant!

A special birthday drink

and a birthday dessert!
I think she liked it!

When we got home Greta and her Mom had planned another special birthday treat.
(E and Greta)

And they are so sweet to never leave out little sister MJ!

We are so thankful for these special friends who love our family ALMOST as much as we love them!
Greta, E, and Mrs Debbie
A picture with our Birthday Girl

Fast forward 365 days, a year older and a brand new town and here we go again.

I need to start by saying that the year we spent in Ann Arbor was such a crazy year. so much happened and truly, the time went too fast. We mad some AMAZING life long frineds those mamas and their sweet little ones became our Ann Arbor family and we were so thankful for them and blessed by them. Thank you so much for spending the morning with us celebrating E's Birthday!
(E and Vivs - These two became FAST FRIENDS! We miss them so much!)
(Allie, Vivs, and Me)
(Mama, MJ, and E)
(Alison, Noah, and Patty)
(Mrs. Katie and E)
(All the party guests except Vivs)

The 2nd and equally wonderful part about E's 4th birthday was that Aunt Zana (My younger sister sister) was was visiting! This was actually the first birthday party we've gotten to share with family. She was so wonderful and an awesome help. Picking up food and the cake and keeping me level. She also took pictures and pretty much did anything I asked of her! Love her and miss her so so much!
(Aunt Zana and MJ

(E and Aunt Zana)

We celabrated with just family that evening.
New princess dresses all around

New sticker books

And THE CAKE!!! (She literally picked this cake out on our first trip to Kroger upon moving to Ann Arbor almost a full year before her birthday!)
Mama and The birthday girl

Daddy and The birthday girl

Mama and Daddy with The birthday girl

I borrowed this list of questions from my good friend Katie. I think it will be a fun way to track our little ladies through the years.

Who made you? God
How old are you? 4
When is your birthday? May 27th [This is actually not her birthday/]
What year is it? 4
Who is the president? God.
What state do we live in? Knoxville. [Nope]
What city do we live in? Home.
Where is your favorite place to visit? My friends.
What is your favorite color? Pink.
What is your favorite animal? Bunnies.
What is your favorite breakfast food? Smoothies.
What is your favorite lunch food? Bologna sandwiches.
What is your favorite dinner food? Fish.
What is your favorite dessert? Strawberries and cream.
What is your favorite activity to do by yourself? Ride a bicycle.
What is your favorite activity to do with MJ? Play nicely with her.
What is your favorite activity to do with Baby A? Pat her.
What is your favorite activity to do with Mom? Hug her.
What is your favorite activity to do with Dad? Pick up and read books.
What is your favorite sport? Flipping girls. [Gymnastics]
Who is your favorite football team? Vols
What is your favorite season? Fall.
What is your favorite song? Follow Me [Carol King: Where you lead]
What is your favorite movie? Tinkerbell and Lizzy[Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue].
What is your favorite book? Sofia and the Floating Palace.
Who is your best friend? MJ.
Which vehicle do you like most? Big Trucks.
What do you want to be when you grow up? To work at the hospital with Daddy.
What is your favorite part about turning 4? My birthday cake

I can't believe she is growing up so fast. Its been almost 6 months since she turned 4 and so much in our lives is different, but this little lady remains one of the most wonderful parts of our life. She is AMAZING and we love her SO VERY MUCH!!!

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!