Just like that, fresh from our trip, Ellie turned ten. It seems totally unbelievable how fast the time has gone, especially in the last few years (first few years, maybe not as quick moving.) She is really such a delight, and we're all so lucky to have her.
She had a few days of celebrating - on Sunday we went over to Mimi and Poppy's house, where Mimi recreated an American Girl luncheon for all of us. Ellie was thrilled to get a new doll, and since Julie is a doll from the 1970s, she let Tim hold her in a family picture. I am holding my 1990 Samantha doll, which Ellie tells me is creepy. She doesn't know. Samantha is wearing her originally "Happy Birthday Samantha" outfit, minus the ribbon crown, which Ellie informed me that the cat ate.