Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ella!

Look who's 4 years old now! Where does the time go? As we watch our sweet girl growing too quickly, she is soooo excited to be such a "big girl" now! Almost every sentence lately ends with the words, "because I am four now!". She wants to make sure that we all remember. She also points out quite often that she is older than Sophie now. Although that won't last for long as Sophie will be four in January. But we will let her enjoy her reign for the next few weeks.

A beautiful princess cake!

I am four, four, four! See the pretty flower that my auntie can make from palms.


And in case you missed the news...I am four! And my Ba Ba bought this huge #4 balloon for me to celebrate with.


She sooo carefully and methodically opened her gifts this year and loved each and every one. Most of my present opening pics did not turn out so well.

Here is the new dollhouse that she received that she is loving along with her new Little P*t Shop.

Ella and her cousin Hanna

The newest addition to the Walker family is Dave's sister's baby...named Myles. He is a beautiful baby and very, very good baby! This picture is not so good and I did not have a chance to get too many pics of him with the party going on. Trena, Dave's sister, kind of surprised Ryan(who is not a fan of baby holding!) by placing Myles in his arms ...note the look on his face. lol! I had to capture that!

The slide show below is Ella opening gifts from her Hengdong brother, Sam. They were best buddies and crib mates in China. We do not live close to one another, but Sam's mom, Tammy, and I make sure the 2 keep in touch and remember one another. I want to share these pictures so that Sam can watch Ella "She She" open the gifts he sent her. Oh, how she loved her gifts! And the Mortimer Christmas Manger book is wonderful...if you don't have it, keep an eye out for it while you are out shopping. Cute story about a mouse learning the story of Jesus!

On another note....I want to apologize for my slacking lately in Blogland. I do not have much computer time these days and having to work full time while being Mom to four is catching up with me lately. Please be patient with me as I hope to regain some ME time and to be able to catch up with everyone more regularly after the Holiday season. Blessings to YOU!!!!




Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy 4th Birthday Ella..
LOVE the pictures..
Her outfit is tooo cute..
LOVE the cake..
Have a Great Weekend..

OH MY #6 said...

oh my gosh that cake is so sweet. Looks like a wonderful 4th birthday.

Enjoy your holidays!


PS. is that a new blog look? I love it.

mommy24treasures said...

oh don't apoplogize I think we all get busy. I was just getting a little worried about you. I am glad you updated. What a beautiful cake for a beautiful birthday girl. So pretty....
Michelle, I pray you have a lovely Thanksgiving and that this upcoming year is a good one for you and your family. Much love

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!

Looks like she had a wonderful celebration....loved her little pink and green outfit....and that princess cake was just perfect!!

Hope you are all well and maybe when things slow down a little we can get the girls has been crazy here too!!

Take Care,


Missy said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Ella!!! Wow, four years old...such a big girl. Looks like she had a party fit for a princess!

Retta said...

Happy 4th Birthday Ella! That's so neat that you are able to keep up with her friend Sam. Hope you guys have a restful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Kateri said...

Happy Birthday, Ella!
My son, Troy, turned 10 today:(
I don't know where the years happened so fast!
Looks like it was a great 4th birthday celebration!

Kristin said...

Happy happy birthday to Ella!! Being four is a huge deal. :-)

I totally understand not being in blogland. I've had weeks like that too. Being a working mom to four is not an easy thing. I am right there with you!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Shanna said...

Happy, happy birthday ELLA!!! how wonderful and sweet!

My girls also LOVE Littlest Petshop. I know she will have so much fun with the playhouse.

So sweet! Blessings to your precious family :)

my3 kids said...

Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you....Happy Birthday dear Ella...Happy 4th Birthday to you!!! Love your cake and you look so so pretty in your birthday outfit. Hope you had the best day Ella. Hugs from your Canadian friends Kira and Emma xoxoxo

Jill said...

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday sweet Ella,
Happy birthday to you!
Love the pics and the cake!

redmaryjanes said...

That is the coolest Birthday cake I have ever seen! Happy Birthday Ella!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Happy Birthday Miss Ella! I love all your presents....especially the dollhouse! I wish we lived closer so I could play with you and Ms. Sopie!

Steffie B. said...

What a wonderful day for a sweet 4 year old glad she had a good day......and don't worry about blogland....I feel like I hardly have time's that time of year....

JShannon said...

Happy birthday Ella ! I love that cake.

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

I can't believe your beautiful Ella is 4 already either! It looks like she had a great birthday! I love the cake!!!

sara said...

That cake!

That dress!

That doll house!

What a happy day!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Michelle,

Hi!!!!!!! What a beautiful birthday you gave your little 4 year old!!!!! Thanks for sharing!


Maria XO

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Happy Birthday! That last pic is so precious!

Anonymous said...

I just showed Sam the pictures.
He loved looking at the pictures of Ella opening his gifts.
Sam wants me to say that he loves Ella.

Here is what Sam wants to type: fghhjkkkkkklkkkkk;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
The Wysses

AZMom said...

Happy 4th birthday Ella!!! That cake is gorgeous!!

Mom To Six said...

Happy Birthday, Ella!! FOUR is BIG!!! I love that cake, it's almost as beautiful as you are.

Michelle, the pics are great. I especially love the last one.



Jennifer said...

Happy 4th Birthday Ella!!

She looks so happy in all the pictures.


The Princess's Mommy said...

Oh sweet Ella!! Happy happy Birthday!!! Love the cake and the dollhouse!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Shawnstribe said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!!!
Xiang Xiang sends her love : )
Michelle, patience is a virtue hey!!! and if you need me time, me time you should have : )
Blogging is a privilege and as such we treasure your thoughts when you have the time, but your time really belongs to your family, and the investment you put into them just shows.
You have beautiful children!!!!
lots of love and prayers from a very lil free time Mama too ; )

Tisha said...

What a wonderful birthday post. Happy Belated Birthday to Ella!!


delucchi family said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!!
Dont worry Michelle, I am also struggling to keep in touch with all my bloggy friends, work, four kids and not enough time!! Ish!!
Love the photos and the slide show too!!
Lots of Love

My Heart Beats In China said...


Looks like the party was fantastic and yummy cake too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



Michelle said...

Best birthday wishes Ella! I clearly remember my oldests 4th b-day, it was special! Happy thanksgiving to your family!

Tiffany said...

Happy 4th birthday to Ella... oh my she looks so proud and OH SO precious!
I love all the photos and what a fun celebration it looks like....

Love to you all!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Michelle!

How special that your Ella and Sam were cribmates in China! And, how wonderful that your little China children have such good Mamas to keep their relationship thriving through the years of childhood!!!! What beautiful hearts you have!

Ella, I loooooved all of your birthday pictures! Your Princess cake is perfectly beautiful! You are so cute in your birthday outfit! You are a great present-unwrapper! You are a Birthday Star! Congratulations on turning FOUR WHOLE YEARS OLD!!!!! When Maria and her cousin, Aidan, and I were putting your card together, Maria said, "Ella is four, like me now!" Maria loves you a whole lot! We can't wait to see you again to give you birthday hugs and kisses and surprises in person!

OH, Michelle, I just found out that the FCC Chinese New Year Party will be on Jan. 31st, so mark your calendar! We want to celebrate with you!

Love, Maria XO

Doug and Terrye said...

WOW! 4 is so grown up. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, and Grace says happy birthday to you :)

Terrye in FL

GGAdventures said...

Happy belated birthday, Ella!!! Looks like you had a wonderful day! Lovin' the princess cake.

Like you, I've been out of blogland with work and kids and drs' appts, so sorry this is late.

Enjoy being older than your sister for a while, Ella!! That's SUCH a big deal, or so I hear from AnLi.

Sharon said...

Happy 4th Birthday beautiful girl!! Pretty cake too!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Happy 4th Birthday, Ella!!! You are such a big girl now!

Shawnstribe said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Swansea is in Wales, across country fro us, but who cares, we cant wait to see you!!!!
when are you coming over?????

Alyson and Ford said...

Happy 4th!
You can tell she's growing up; no ripping open the gift just to play with the wrapping paper!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful princess! Her cake was PERFECT!!!

Sheri said...

Belated Happy Birthday to Ella! Wow, a big 4 year-old in your family, and she sure is proud of that fact. :) Love all the birthday pictures. Looks like a wonderful party for your sweetie.

Denise C said...

Happy B-day to you sweet Ella!!! Beautiful pics, Michelle....and I am so with you about the blogging.....we are sooooo busy too right now...I have been a slacker!
I miss it though...and I miss everyone...I am checking in on a few each day...trying my best to make my rounds!
Have a blessed weekend, sweet friend!
Hugs and love!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Have a great week..
Can't wait to see pictures of Thanksgiving..
Hugs girly.
Thinking of you..

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