Hear we go again #running #halfmarathon #fitmom

Hear we go again #running #halfmarathon #fitmom

No shade in the yard…so we made use out of our huge porches.

No shade in the yard…so we made use out of our huge porches.

I might’ve just nursed Ella to bed for the last time. I soaked up the sweet moment just in case.

Drs appointments suck.

Drs appointments suck.

Still stuck on the fact that I now have a toddler. A toddler who runs and plays all on her own. Who calls for Mama and Dada by name when she wants us. A little girl who is weaning from her mother and getting more independent every day. Life has taken our family by storm and its taking me a while to catch up to reality. I just want to stop time and enjoy the moments that I get to hold her and love her for a little bit longer as a baby. I just have to remind myself that she will always be my first, my little baby, and I will always be her mama.

Laid back at the dog park today #fridayfun #dogpark #oneyearold

Laid back at the dog park today #fridayfun #dogpark #oneyearold

To our Ella…

You are such a beautiful, loving little girl. You surprise us everyday with new talents and quirky characteristics. Today you showed us that you aren’t quite sure of the playground because your overly cautious and careful tendencies (thanks to Daddy) made you a little nervous about exploring. Your big eyes (just like momma’s) have everyone wrapped around your finger and you have no idea how much love people have for you.

The past year has been a delight and you have taught us to love in a way we never have before. You light up our world each and everyday with the pure joy you bring into our lives. Your smile, your laugh, your kisses melt our hearts.

A year ago today, when you came into this world and we held you for the first times, we had no idea what we were in for, the love we would have for a this sweet little girl. You are our world, our happiness, our everything. Happy Birthday Baby Girl. We couldn’t be more in love and more thankful for you. You are a gift from above and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for you. You will move mountains.

Love,
Momma and Daddy

Ella Turns 1!

What a wonderful day we’ve had together with our little girl.

She spent the morning with her Nana and Aunt B while I went to work. It was so special to them to have her on this big day. We were all just in awe watching her explore the house all on her own and tell us all about what she was doing through her babbles. Reminiscing over how little she was and how she has grown so much really got this mama all emotional.

After her nap, David’s mom (Nanny) came over and we headed to the park. I was so excited to see her play and run around…but I think she’s still a little to young to enjoy the wonders of the playground. She rode on some of the toys and swung on the swings for a bit, but she was more interested in the birds and the trees. Typical Ella.

Tonight we ate dinner at David’s parents and she enjoyed some egg free pumpkin cake (such a challenge with her allergies). She covered her self with the cream cheese icing and gave us a good laugh.

It was a low key day compared to her birthday blow out last Saturday but she was such a joy. We are beyond blessed to have a little girl as wonderful as she is. I wish I could live in these moments forever with my sweet one year old girl.

Ella’s first birthday!!

Ella’s first birthday!!

The day we took her home. Our little family.

The day we took her home. Our little family.