Sunday, December 03, 2006

Ella turns three!

Some pictures of the birthday girl - more below.....



The birthday girl at Chuck-E-Cheese


Catherine hanging with Barney



Matt was having alot of fun jet skiing. I think we need to come back on his birthday!


Ella had fun attempting to play air hockey with Kelly and Mackenzie

So today is Ella' birthday. She turned three. For the longest time I couldn't believe she was actually going to be three, but we've been anticipating this for so long that I'm pretty used to the idea. How do I describe Ella? It really depends on the day and her mood. That in itself should tell you something! She is highly emotional - whether happy, sad or mad - there is no mistaking how she feels. She is also very sociable. She loves to play and have people to play with. She's at an age where she'll go to someone's house and go off and play and I won't hear from her unless there's a problem. Ella also loves to interact with adults - she knows all my friend's names and loves the attention that she gets from them. She is full of love - she hugs me and tells me she loves me. Catherine also gets lots of hugs and kisses from Ella. In fact, Ella is very free with the hugs. I love the feeling of her little arms wrapped around my neck - not wanting to let go. She loves to cook. Helping me make breakfast is a must for her - whether cracking the eggs, pouring the milk, she is quick to inform me "I don't need you." In fact that is something we hear pretty frequently in regards to all areas of Ella's life. She loves to do everything on her own - except of course when I'm trying to get something done. She loves imaginary play and I often hear her talking to herself and her babies (anything from an actual baby doll or stuffed animal to her Little People). She loves to sing - if she is in a good mood she spends alot of time in the car singing. It's highly entertaining because it's usually to the tune of one of her favorite songs (Away in the Manger) but with her own lyrics -which are based on recent events in her life. I'm sure you can imagine! She loves to dance, she loves to draw, she loves to read. She loves her tv shows - so much so that we have to limit it greatly. I think the current favorite is Diego. She's taken to using some of the Spanish phrases she hears on the show in her every day conversation - in the correct context of course! She loves her special blankie and doggie. She loves macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and pancakes.


Those are the things that Ella loves - there are a lot of them. But there are many things she doesn't like. Most of the food I make, for instance. Not getting her own way is a biggie. Ella doesn't take anything lightly and little insignificant frustrations or issues become monumental with her. Not being able to have pancakes for breakfast for the third day in a row has the potential to really put a damper in our day. As does attempting to brush her hair. Or not having the right socks on. Or me not being able to wrap her up in a blanket the exact way that she wants. You catch my drift....I'm hoping it's just a stage that she'll grow out of. But from what I hear the three's are rougher than the two's. If so, I don't know if I'll make it! Overall she is a sweet, tenderhearted little girl who is also stubborn and strong willed. I think she gets the sweetness and tenderhearted qualities from me...I'm not sure about the stubborness and strong will.....? Just kidding! :)


For her birthday we took her to Chuck-E-Cheese - it was her first time and she had alot of fun. Of course getting there was tough. I prepared her that there would be a big mouse there (remember her fear of "characters"?). Not sure why I thought that would help things. After that was very much against going there so we told her we would go to another pizza place with games. I know, I know, not good to lie. The whole way there she would randomly say "I don't want to see the big mouse" and I would reassure her that we wouldn't. So we pulled up into the parking lot and she gasped "mom, this is Chuckecheesus!! (that's the way she would say it, almost sounded like ChuckeJesus)" How did she know? I think the giant mouse on the sign out front must have gave it away - I was suprised she put it together that quickly! We made it in without incident when I explained the the mouse was just like Mickey Mouse and that really made everything alright. So we spent a few fun hours playing and eating and of course not wanting to come home at the end. We're having a little party for her on Saturday - alot of her friends that she likes to play with can't come (that's what I get for not planning too far in advance and doing it the second weekend in Dec.). I feel a bit sad for her since this the first year that's she's been anticipating a party (or I probably would have just had a small family party). But I think presents and cake will make everything okay!


Thanks for taking the time to read my long tribute to Ella. For those that know her, know that she is a special little girl. I can't believe it's been three years!

8 comments:

Tasha (Tashi or Tash) said...

Oh my gosh... our little one is three. I think Ella is one of the sweetest girls in the entire world... I always have a special spot for Ella, just as I am saying this I am tearing up of course! I miss her, and wish I could have spent her birthday with her. Give her lots of birthday kisses and hugs and tell her they are from Tashi and Adam.

beth said...

what a beautiful little three year old girl you have, megan! i love hearing mothers describe their children...will be so interesting to see how that same little personality develops through time and to see if you go back and read this 15 years from now if she'll still be so much the same!

and on a side note...when did you go to ChECh and it was not a complete madhouse? We have to get all geared up if we ever go because the volume can be so intense ;)...looks like you all had a fabulous time--

chrissie k said...

EEKS! And I even talked with you today. I'm the world's worst auntie.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA!!!! (from your worst auntie ever.)

We love you.

Crafty P said...

THREE!!!!! What a delightful age. I, too, think it was harder than the 2's. So much harder and Ella sounds a bit like my Gabriel. Everything needs to be just so for him or the world falls apart. ahhh.
Can you believe we've never ventured into Chuck E Cheese's? Nope. They don't even know it exists. I love the little things I still keep 'hidden' from them. It's not much longer, I know.

Happy belated Birthday, Ella!

mego said...

Beth - we went to ChECH (like the abbrev.) Monday around 11:30 - it really was the perfect time, I had been warned about the craziness of it and it was so nice. Catherine could wander around without getting knocked over. CHristina - please let me know when things get better for with those highly sensitive/particular children. I just need to know there's a light at the end of the tunnel!

Karen G said...

the pictures are great, but i admit it's strange to see my college friend look exactly the same as she did before, but with HER 3-yr-old in her arms! so crazy how for them to grow older, we have to, too. love you!

nay said...

ella was so fun at chuckecheesus! we had a great time and can't wait for her party tomorrow - we'll be there to help celebrate and spoil her with love :)
great description of ella megs!

Kerri said...

ChuckeJesus - i love it!!!

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