The weekend of her party my mom, Neal's parents and the girls cousins Will and Caroline came in for the celebration. Reese happened to be cheering as a "mini Mountie" the Friday night before Ella's party at the Rogers High School football game. So everyone got to go watch her.
The bond that these girls have had for 6+ years (even though they are now at different schools) is so sweet.
Ella wanted her party at Chuck E Cheese this year. We have avoided that place until now but surprisingly it was a great, well run, pretty laid back party. Granted it was on a Saturday morning before it got busy and our CEC is pretty new so it is nice and clean still. Almost all of her friends showed up and she had a blast. She really loves having her friends around and is such a little social butterfly.
She was really nervous to do the ticket blaster and began to cry just before it started but she pulled through and because of it, along with her determination to only play games that give a lot of tickets (she isn't interested in the photo booths, horse rides or anything that doesn't give tickets), she collected 2900 tickets!
The tradition of photos in front of the bedroom window before leaving for the party.
My mom was able to stay through Sunday so she went to church with us and we went to a fun little pumpkin patch afterwards. The girls also got to paint pumpkins with Emmie that evening.
On her actual birthday her daddy got her a donut and put a candle in it. He stuck around for presents and then headed off to work. He later met us for her favorite meal, McDonalds. She ate an entire happy meal and then asked for another cheeseburger. This child normally is not interested in eating but loves McDonalds. We then went to Dilly Dallies to pick out a birthday toy, another birthday tradition. Then went home to make a rainbow cake. It was a mess to make but turned out pretty cute.
We planned to go out to dinner too but she fell asleep on the couch around 5. So we picked up pizza and played outside. Sine there were so many neighbors out playing we did cake and ice cream outside. She loved having some of her favorite people to celebrate with and it meant no leftover cake and ice cream in the house, we all won.
At 5 years old Ella wears a size 5 or a girls size small. She wears a size 12 shoe. She weighs 40 lbs. (50th percentile) and is 44.5" tall (90th percentile). She hates to wear a jacket and I only fight with her about it when it is really cold & she's always begging to wear flip flops even when it's freezing. She is super fancy and loves the color gold!
Ella is such a special little girls with so much personality and is loved by many. We tried hard to make her feel special on her birthday and I think she had a great day!