Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ella is THREE!

It's so incredibly sad that I am just now getting a post up about Ell's 3rd birthday. Where did the summer go? Our sweet Ella Catherine turned THREE on July 5th. We decided to just spend the morning together(just the three of us!), and headed up to Ramona after Ella napped to celebrate with her Grandma, Papa, and Tia UU(Lourdes). It was super relaxed and perfect in every way. 

The night before, Jose and I set out her presents and decorated her door. We also had her balloons all set to go for the morning celebration! Ell's birthday present this year was our trip to Disneyland, but we couldn't resist getting her a few small presents to celebrate her day. She also insisted on flowers, which I thought was so sweet and cute!

After we opened her gifts, we all got dressed for the day and headed out to one of our favorite breakfast spots. She got some yummy hot chocolate and some delicious bday pancakes.
Perfect start to the day. 

She still has the hardest time giving me thumbs up, or putting up 3 fingers. Here she is trying her very best!! I'll take it cute girl.

After her nap, we headed up to her grandparents house for her birthday celebration!

(She was SO grumpy after her nap, so it's the best pic I could get!)

When we walked in, Jose's sister had blown up about one hundred balloons, and they were all over the family room. It was amazing, and she absolutely LOVED it. Thank you Tia!

There were way to many presents!

The MOST precious cake I have ever seen!

AND of course there was singing!

She loved every second! 

We are so lucky to have such an amazing family. They would do anything for this little Be. 

The next day, my Sis came down with my nephews, Garin and Grayson. Ella was SO happy to have her cousins over to celebrate her big day. They too spoiled her with some adorable presents and a yummy donut cake my Sis put together. 

When Ell was little, she HATED when we would sing "Happy Birthday".  Every time we'd sing, she'd start to cry and threw a complete fit. Well, that has completely changed! Now, we have to sing "Happy Birthday" at least five times, and she loves every second of it! Such a ham.

We sure do love you sweet girl. You have brought your Dada and I so much joy in the past THREE years. Thank you for making me a Mama three years ago, and for teaching me what life is really about. 

I love you!

Her THREE year old update is coming soon. Stay tuned. . . . . . . . .

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We have a Preschooler!

How is it even possible that Jose and I have a preschooler? In preparation for today, Jose, Ell, and I headed to her orientation last week to find out all about her class. She was beyond excited, and loved seeing her classroom, meeting her teachers, seeing her buddies, and discovering all the new toys she would be playing with in her classroom.

Since we visited, Ell has been talking about going to school EVERY DAY! She was so excited to go, which made us very relieved and hopeful that she would have a seamless transition into her new routine!

Here she is this morning, right before we left. She was SO excited and ready to go!
(I'm SO sad you can't read the sign in the pics! Oh well.)

We have arrived!

Mama signed her in . . . . . .

We placed her crib sheet(for her nap mat), blankie, and lovey(her favorite elefante) in her nap bin . 

Placed her bucket and lunchbox outside her door . . . . . .

Gave her a BIG kiss and hug, and sent her on her way. She immediately saw her little buddy Jordan, and was so excited to play, play, play! She never looked back!!

I was so anxious and nervous ALL DAY! I was worried about so many things, and tons of thoughts and questions flooded my mind every second.

Will she be ok with the potty?
Hopefully she doesn't leave her undies on the floor!
What if she poops! Will she wipe ok?
Will she nap…… on the floor…..with her shoes on?
Will she eat her lunch?
Drink enough water?
Will she make friends?
How will she treat them?
How will they treat her?
I wish I could get an update.
Too bad they don't have cameras!

You name it, I was thinking it. 

Well friends, Guess what? She did GREAT! I don't think I've ever left work more excited to pick her up. As I stepped through the doors, I prayed that her day was smooth, and that she was a good girl. 

As soon as I saw her, she ran up, gave me a huge hug, and asked if she could keep playing. All very good signs! Her teacher than filled me in on her day, and said she did wonderful. Potty wasn't an issue, she took a little while to fall asleep, but she stayed on her mat, and finally fell asleep for 45 minutes. Thank goodness. She did fall, and had one scraped knee, and a scratch on her eyebrow. No biggie for Ell, those happen every day around here with our super active girl.

It looked like she ate most of her lunch, but she didn't drink much. I figure she'll get enough to drink first thing in the morning at home, and when I pick her up. 

We headed to Menchies for a yogurt treat right after, and she told me all about her day. It was too cute. I love how I can ask her any question, and she can answer and explain what she did. It's so fun. 

We feel so grateful to have found such a lovely place to send Ell for Preschool. I think it's the perfect fit, and I have no doubt she'll have a very successful and positive experience this year. 

A huge thank you to all my sweet friends and family who called or text to checked in and see how the morning (and day) went. You have no idea how much it meant to me. Especially for this very teary eyed Mama that walked out the preschool doors this morning. I'm so lucky to have you all. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Zulily Obsessed!

I hate to admit this, but I have come to the realization that I have become completely obsessed with shopping on Zulily for Ell. They have the best deals, and I love how convenient it is to shop! Each morning I'm alerted at 6:00 a.m. (I know, it's bad) and you can even set your account up for email reminders for your favorite brands. What more could you ask for?

One of my favorite brands is Jelly the Pug! Their clothes are beyond cute, and Zulily has an event about every two weeks. If you love ruffles and adorable patterns, then this is the brand for you. Head on over….. an event just started yesterday!

 Flower Clip // Hairbow Supplies, Etc.
(I buy a lot of my own supplies and make them.)
Moccasins // Nordstrom

Ell and I have this little spot in front of our house that we always go to before we start our day. the other day we were in a rush and she said, "Mama, we need to go out front and take a picture!" It was so cute. It might also be a sign that I take way too many pictures out there. In my defense, it's the only time of day I have my "nice" camera and am able to actually snap some pictures. I think they always turn out pretty cute too!

Another brand I love is Pink Vanilla. 
They have the most adorable dresses with the cutest embellishments. 

Hair Bow // Nordstrom
(I wore this flower on our wedding day! I loved seeing it on Ell.)

So friends, I'm inviting you to head on over to Zulily and sign up. You won't be disappointed!

I'm linking up with Kelly and Megan for Trendy Tot Tuesday today. Thanks Ladies! 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trendy Tot Tuesday

I'm so excited to co host with Megan and Kelly for Trendy Tot Tuesday today. I always love reading all the link ups, but I can never seem to get my posts ready in time. So, when Megan asked if I'd like to host, I was beyond excited, and it gave me the push I needed to finally get a TT post up! Thanks Megan. Here it goes!

For those of you visiting for the first time, I'm Hollie, and I have one sweet daughter, Ella Catherine. I simply love having a sweet, little girl, and it's SO fun to select fun outfits that fit her So Cal style! We are so blessed to live in Sunny San Diego, which means our girl must have TONS of bathing suits to select from on the daily for all our trips to the pool, beach, splash pad, etc. So… I thought it was only fitting to show off some of Ell's suits she's been sporting this summer. We sure are having a FUN summer . . . . .

Swim Cap // Babies R Us 
Bathing Suit // Carter's

Flower Clip / Dollar Daisies
(I buy a lot of Ell's flowers wholesale and make them at home!)

Bathing Suit // Zulily // Smocked or Not // No longer available

Swim Shoes // Old Navy // No longer available

Bikini // Old Navy
Sandals // Kohls

Flower Clip // H&M
Bathing Suit // Zulily // Jessica Simpson

Here are three more of my favs that Ell wore this summer. Isn't the green and white to die for?

1 / 2 / 3

After looking through these pictures and all her bathing suits, I've realized that I apparently like dressing Ell in ruffles! Who doesn't love a little girl in sweet ruffles, right?

I really loved picking out suits for Ell this summer. Our summers are pretty jammed packed with activities, most of which require a bathing suit because it's so darn hot outside. We wouldn't have it any other way. 

All of her swimsuits came from Zulily, Old Navy
Crazy 8Carter's, and Target.  Most suits are on clearance now, so it's the PERFECT time to buy for your littles next summer. I may or may not have ordered some 4T suits for Ell already!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully I can start to get some TT posts up in the weeks to come. 

Please Join in the Fun . . . . 
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