Happy Birthday to Josh

Josh was feeling a little meh about his birthday this year. We thought that we should do something to make him feel a little extra special for his birthday. Last week I took Ella to the Dollar Store. I told her she could pick anything she wanted to give to Daddy for his birthday. She had so much fun picking things out to give him. With everything costing only a dollar, I was happy to oblige. Here’s what she picked out in addition to the hats and banner.

Gifts from Ella

Gifts were just a part of the celebration. Anderson and I met Josh for some delicious Thai food for lunch to break up his work day. When we got home it was down to business.

birthday setup Mommy and Anderson

I finished up Josh’s birthday cake and made Moussaka, which he had requested for dinner.

When he got home Ella ran up gave him a huge hug and yelled happy birthday! Immediately he was directed to put on the birthday hat she picked out for him because we were having a birthday party.

Daddy and kids

After dinner we all sang Happy Birthday and ate cake before Josh opened his gifts.

A birthday success!

blowing out candles

Happy 32nd Birthday Lovie!

Happy Second Birthday to Ella!

We officially have a toddler on our hands. ella 2 years 2 Ella 2 years Happy Birthday to our smart, beautiful, funny, attention-loving Ella.

Last night I spent longer than I’d like to admit making special ladybug choc-o-late (as Ella says) cupcakes for Ella to share with her friends at school. They are not quite Pinterest worthy, but hey, it’s the thought and effort that count right?

I opened the door to her room this morning to sneak a peek of our big girl before I headed off to work. Much to my surprise she was standing in her crib with a big smile on her face. I think she was excited to start the first day of her third year. Lots of hugs and kisses later I forced myself to head to work.

I felt guilty for not being able to take off her birthday this year. Luckily my boss was nice enough to let me head out early to catch the mini birthday celebration this afternoon and attend the school 4th of July BBQ.

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After our fill of fun with her school friends, we headed home for some dinner and presents. We thought momentarily about making something special or taking her out, but her eating habits are so unpredictable we decided that ice cream was the best idea.




I think she enjoyed it.

Her favorite present is definitely her new bike! Immediately upon opening it she told us she needed her helmet and ran to get it.


She did surprisingly well even without our help. She did love putting her feet up and having Josh push her.

I think we had a successful birthday. We’re having a small BBQ at home this week to celebrate. Definitely toning it down from last year.

I cannot believe Ella is two. Time needs to slow down!