Today is Ella’s 6th birthday. Which is JUST INSANE TO ME. It means I graduated college 6 years ago. And moved to Denver 6 years ago. And have been watching Ella for nearly SIX YEARS. Holy moly. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Ella is like family to me now. I love her dearly and I am extremely proud of her accomplishments so far in life! Here’s a little glimpse into what Ella is like at 6:
She’s goofy. So damn goofy.
She is so sensitive and empathetic. Recently we’ve been listening to a Ramona Quimby book-on-cd in the car and in the book Ramona’s cat dies and sweet little Ella sobbed her eyes out because, as she said, she “feels so bad for Ramona because she loved her cat really a lot!”
She is FIESTY. That girl will turn right around from her sweet moments and hold her own in any situation.
She’s (sort of surprisingly, if I’m honest) athletic. Okay I’m going to brag on her for a second here because, really, I’m just so proud of her! She joined a swim team this summer. For 2 and a half months we’ve been going to the pool every morning for swim practice. And she’s now swam in 5 meets and she’s actually pretty dang good!! And I love to watch her because A) I love swimming (and briefly was a competitive swimmer) so I love being around the pool B) I’m competitive so I love to have something to root for for a win ;)
Speaking of competitive: she’s that too. Like whoa. And I – being the hyper-competitive person that I am – love it!
She’s a crazy jet ski driver. Seriously, whoa.
She LOVES to eat. Especially any and all fruit, burgers, dessert, sushi … to name a few thing. But for as little as she is that girl can put down a TON of food.
She’s hilarious, but not on purpose. When she tries to be funny, she’s usually just annoying (seriously, don’t ask her to tell you a joke. ever.) But when you least expect it you will laugh your ass off around her. Like yesterday. We have this rule that the kids are not allowed to open the door when someone knocks unless they know we are expecting someone to come over. So there’s a knock on the door and she looks at me and says, “Katie are you expecting anyone?” and I said no and she says, “yeah… me neither.” As if she, the almost-6-year-old, would have made plans I didn’t know about and invited someone over. So funny.
She just lost her first tooth! With her grown-up tooth coming up like a shark tooth behind it the whole time it was getting lose and falling out. Then she got her dollar from the tooth fairy. And the next day decided to write the tooth fairy a letter and gave the dollar back so she could get her tooth back because she wanted to keep it for the memories of it being her first lost tooth. HAH!
She’s curious. OH IS THAT GIRL CURIOUS. She asks 23o5734875 questions a day. And each question has a follow up question and a follow up question and they aren’t a simple “why?” She asks so so many questions. And not just to me. To anyone – strangers, checkout people, other kids, other people’s parents…
And last, but not least, that girl loves the 4th of July. She loves it so much she chose a red, white, and blue “let freedom ring” cake for her birthday. (See, she’s funny when she doesn’t mean to be!) And I think a lot of that has to do with good old Wisconsin. Because for the last 3 years now Ella and her family have come to Wisconsin to hang out and the lake and celebrate the 4th with my family! It’s become a great little tradition and everyone LOVES it. And with that in mind, we decided to do her pictures in Wisconsin and I’m obviously in love with how they turned out!
Also… Max really wanted to be included and Ella wasn’t ready yet (6 going on 16, that girl.) so even though this is Ella’s birthday post here are a few pictures of Max ;) …
These two little people. I love them.
Picking wild raspberries!
One of our favorite parts of the trip!
Ella’s favorite flowers in my mom’s garden: the lavender
outfit AND hair change? high maintenance ;)
The cutest peanut!
The lake is non-stop outdoor adventuring between the swimming and the boat and the jet ski and the countryside and the new friends…
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA BEAN! I LOVE YOU! -Katie