Her big birthday present from us was rollerskates and a new helmet (when making the decision between a helmet for 3-5 year olds or 5+ at Target, I decided on 5+, and it was a good choice. MELONHEAD!) She wanted to put them on the second she got them unwrapped.
She's going slow, but she's getting it. This morning she also wanted to skate as soon as she got up.
We spent her birthday with her bestie at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego. We got to see some different stuff from last year, including the new tiger exhibit, and the gorillas, and enjoyed the tram and the cheetah run for a second time.
Ellie did not enjoy being asked to pose for a picture though.
The poor boys were also wiped.
It was a fun afternoon, and then we also stopped for pizza together. Exhausting, but good.
Friday night we celebrated with Gigi and Grizz and Sara, and also the neighbors, who I invited over after Adam wandered over to sweep their drive way and yell at their dogs. The more the merrier where dirt cake is involved! And tonight Mimi and Pa and Jake and Dawn are coming over for one more celebration. The wonderful birthday that doesn't end!
I continue to be impressed with how sweet Ellie is, and how grown up she's getting. On Friday before we left she went over and thanked Gigi for having a party for her. She is such a darling big sister (90% of the time.) She's smart as a whip - learning to write her name, learning to identify letters and their sounds, able to count to 100, I love watching her figure out the world around her and put the pieces together. I love her crazy imagination, and I love her goofy sense of humor. She's our best girl, forever and ever.