We have so many amazing parks right near our house. This particular park has a great water feature that comes on every 1.5 hours during the summer. Ella can't get enough!
After we play in the water, it's time to play in the sand. The perfect combo, right?
We went to the beach at least once a week this summer. We sure do love the beach!
Pool time @ Gigi's!
My dear friend Shannon(on the left) celebrated a very special birthday this year. What better way to celebrate then with dinner, drinks, and a beautiful fire out on the patio. Pure perfection. Love these ladies! Thank you Candy for the perfect evening!
My Dad came to visit for the weekend, and Ella and Papa Doug had a blast together. It did take Ell a little while to warm up to her Papa, but once she figured out he wasn't going anywhere, my Dad had a little shadow following his every move. It was so nice to have this time with my Dad. It doesn't happen as much as I would like. Love you Dad and we loved having you "home"!
Petco is the best, isn't it?!
Here is Ell with her Brazilian cousins Melanie and Stephanie. She was so happy to have them back for a visit, but it wasn't long enough! Hoping to have the girls back very soon or Jose and I might just have to jump on a plane and visit for the World Cup next summer!!
We also celebrated my nephew Grayson's birthday. He had a pool party at my Mom and Cortie's with all of his buddies. It was so adorable watching Ella in the mix with everyone.
When did she become such a big girl?
Happy Birthday Gray!! We love you.
Then, it was back to reality! If you follow me on Insta, you've already seen these, but good lord could my child be any more excited to leave me for the day! Here she is on her first day with Cor. So excited and full of love. And below is illustrating how sad she gets on the way in the morning! Yeah right! She can't get out of the car fast enough. I wouldn't have it any other way. We are so lucky to have Ella back with her Grandparents and Cori for the school year. So lucky!
And that's a wrap! So long Summer of 2013. You were SO good to us!
p.s. I huge thanks to Vic for my fab blog makeover! It's amazing, and so are you!