Here's the whole fam (minus me, taking the pic!) having Ellie's birthday dinner. By the way, we are so excited--we finally found a good pizza place nearby. Ja!
Older sister can actually anticipate the presents and cake that are forthcoming--the birthday girl is blissfully unaware.
At first, she's dainty with her cake--using her fork and chewing.
Later, the joy of simply eating cake takes over. You go, Ellie!
Here's the cake and along with it the 100 yr old cake turner (on the table in front of me) that's been in Jon's family for three generations.
Ellie received some wonderful presents including these matching dresses from Baby Gap in Milan, courtesy of Aunt Beth and Uncle Evan. They are adorable!
And a huge thank you goes out to our friends the Winters for shipping us princess dress up shoes all the way from Michigan! Thank you!!
A requisite trip to our town bakery. We fill the entire eating area but sure enjoy going for a visit.
Also on Ellie's birthday, we drove down to Legoland Deutschland. Uncle Evan had already visited Legoland in Denmark and he and Jon were particularly excited to go see what this Legoland had to offer. It was such fun--a great park for kids and adults alike. Ellie has such fond memories that every now and then she just shouts out "Legoland!" for the fun of it.
Here are the girls with Jon and Uncle Ev after being drenched on one of the water rides. It was supposed to be an inocuous boat ride but ended up being a water fight. All handled it pretty well, despite the look on Kate's face.
The other sisters, at Legoland!