Sunday, September 11, 2016

Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

In July, we headed out to see my Mom and Cortie in Beautiful Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Ella was beyond excited, and we could not wait to get our vacation started. 

Ready to go in her window seat!

We've arrived. She was so happy to see her Gigi!

Our days were filled with so much excitement. We tubed, hung with friends, paddle boarded, spent time on the dock, ate s'mores, set off fireworks, and enjoyed time spent with Gigi and Opa.

We loved being able to walk right outside to the water. I mean, I'll take this backyard any day!

Joyce, Ell, and Landon are so sweet together. We spent a few days together last year, and again this year. Ell looks forward to this time with sweet friends. 

On our last night, a beautiful, double rainbow appeared. It was the perfect send off!

We had such a wonderful time in Coeur d' Alene with my Mom and Cortie. We continue to make such amazing memories there, and we cannot wait to be back next summer. 

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Birthday Beach Bash

We spend most of our summer days at the beach, so what better place to meet up with friends to celebrate the Birthday Girl with a fun Beach Bash.

Jose packed up the truck early, and headed down to our fav spot(Cardiff State Beach) to set up. Ell and I followed shortly behind, stopping at VGs before hitting the sand.

Once Mama added the finishing touches, we waited for friends to arrive. Ell was beyond excited. 

Time for a sweet treat. 

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate our girl. It was the BEST day, spent with our favorite people!

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Summer Fun with Cousins

This summer was filled with sun fueled days with our favorite boys, Garin and Grayson!
We are so grateful to live close to my Sis and the boys, and it makes our summer days even sweeter. We had . . . . . 

a fun pool day celebrating Ell's Bday!

a sleepover and trip to Oceanside on the Sprinter!

and a weekend away in beautiful Palm Springs!

This is one of our favorite summer trips, and this year was no exception. We had such a wonderful time with my Mom, Brooke, Garin, Gray, and Gracie. Many memories made!

Oh what fun we've had! 

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ella is 5!

Ella Catherine is 5.

I can hardly believe it!

Our morning started off with balloons and presents for the birthday girl. The night before she said, "Mama, don't forget to put the streamers up in my room!" I love how she remembers every detail about past birthdays. Must mean we're doing something right. 

We kept things pretty simple, as she already had plenty of Birthday celebrations with family, and we had a fun beach day planned the following weekend to celebrate with friends!

We love you so much sweet girl, and cherish each day spent together. You have the sweetest, kindest heart, and are always so cheerful and helpful. You always kept your Dada and I on our toes, and are up for any challenge thrown your way!

We are so proud of the little gal you are becoming, and know this year is going to be full of exciting and memorable milestones. Happy 5th Birthday Ella Catherine!

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4th of July

July 4th will always be such a special day for Jose and I, as it was the day I went into labor with our sweet girl. Knowing your birthday is the day after the 4th is going to be such a fun and exciting thing for Ella as she gets older! She already says how awesome it is that every birthday eve she gets fireworks!! Who could ask for anything more!

This year we continued our tradition and headed over to our friends Kirsten and Brian's to celebrate! We ate, drank, and watched the girls play the night away. Kirsten even set up a sweet birthday celebration for Ell, with presents, balloons, and a cake. Doesn't get much better. 

Happy Birthday America! 

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