Really- why does my dear, sweet, loving, little daughter have an attitude that makes me sometimes want to send her across the room? I wish I were kidding. She was in tears today, her birthday because Mommy (ME) yelled at her on her birthday. She thought that since it was her birthday, that she could not, should not get in trouble, for anything! I guess I remember that statute from when I was little, but at least it was in my head. I stood my ground and insisted on respect and nice treatment of others all day, including her brother.
Lars was the point of contention today. She actually argued with me this morning about how she did not want to be nice to him. She agreed to be nice to everyone else but she chose to stand her ground on this point (Lars) - wanting to be able to hit or kick her brother whenever she feels like it. Argh.
We did work through this, then on with the birthday experience. Her day began with heart shaped pancakes by her daddy. Then when her brother woke up he brought her present to her. She loved the hamster and gerbils Little Pet Shop. Awwww. Then we were on to run a few errands and went to see Jess. There Ella received more LPS- a whole container of pets and a circus! Seriously more than any child needs in a lifetime.
Then we were onto lunch at the Hilltop with Daddy. Ella and Lars played with the pool balls and watched Daddy play video games at our favorite local bar. The lunch was surprisingly good! I recommend giving it ago. The choclate chip cookies following the lunch (2 for a dollar) are always a huge hit!
Next we went to gather up our pool stuff to go swimming at City Pool. Lars was an absolute fish and doggy paddling underwater with his daddy. Ella's friends came and Natalie, Chloe and Morgan all had a great time playing and splashing Daddy. I wish I had pictures of the four girls as the jumped into the pool in unison. They really were just adorable and having so much fun together. Then the rain came. After about 1 1/2 hours the sprinkles turned to a downpour. My plan was to head to a nearby shelter, but the girls looked at me like I was crazy. I began to agree with them as the rain showed no sign of sying off. So we decided to take the party to our house where we could actually dry off. We headed back and Vonn and his mother joined us. The kids played some more and we ate pizza and sang and had Yummy's cupcakes. Ella was exhausted by the end and I think it was a day of fun! The rain added to our excitement and craziness but we all dried off and the kids screamed and enjoyed the running and fun of it all!
I love the face and the movement in this birthday picture!