Ella turned 9 on December 22nd! Our little Christmas baby :) We had a fun family day planned...her last day of ice skating lessons was that morning...followed by a trip to Main Event for bowling, laser tag, mini golf and the ropes course(Uh, yeah, i didn't do that:) and then we went to her choice of restaurant for dinner which was Cici's Pizza. I'll even admit I like Cici's! Ain't not shame in my game. They have a mean bbq pizza :) And I love a buffet. I mean whoever came up with the idea to let people just keep on eating and eating till they bust for one price was genius. So good choice Ella :) We let her open my parents gift early in the morning because they were the shoes she has been dying for(so she could sport them all day long of course:) She was so thrilled! She opened the rest of the gifts that evening after a "Shake It Up" themed family party complete with cake, icecream & music. Our gift to her was a bike(we gave it to her early so she could enjoy it throughout the fall) and a baptism book I made her on Shutterfly. I compiled our favorite pictures that Joey took of her last year into a small memory book. It turned out pretty cute! And Joey's parents got her a super cute Vera Bradley backpack. She is our VB fanatic :) She loves style. A little too much sometimes..she is going to be an expensive wife someday :) hahaha. Happy Birthday to our sweet girl who lives life with flare! One of my favorite memories of Ella this year is how she skips up to the house when she gets off the bus after school :) Thats how I know shes had a great day. If she is just walking, then it was so-so. Every thing she does, she does special! She is a special girl that we love so much!
Opening her Sperry's..I'm not sure if she likes them... :)
Time for Main Event!
This was Ammon's first time to bowl...he LOVED it. A little too much. He didn't want anyone else to have a turn:) He had a few minor meltdowns until he figured out the "we take turns" thing.
Yes!!! Aubrey did great and was obviously proud of herself here :)
Cali helping keep Wes happy. Such a good big sis. And Wes did so good! Well other than one poop explosion..of course while Joey was with the older kids on the ropes...that was fun for me...
Check out that style.
Cali happy after she got a spare. Go Cali!
Okay, so I will tell you a secret. Ella did not have a good time bowling! She refused to use bumpers...which means she gutter balled a LOT. But she was stubborn and didn't want the darn bumpers since she is "9" now :) So she was pouting and unhappy which made Joey and I unhappy. No one wants the birthday kid crying! She was in a bad mood most of the round...but miraculously she got a STRIKE on the 9th frame! Prayers answered. Halleluyer. That turned the whole day around thankfully! She was so happy. So we all were. Phew.
Proof of the strike...
Golfin with my peeps.
Joey, Aubrey & Ella did the ropes course. Basically harnesses, suspended high up in the air, with them balancing and walking along ropes and stuff. Freaky dude. Ella almost backed out when she got up there. I could see the fear in her eyes, but she did it anyways. We were so proud of her! And I was proud of Aubrey too..she had done this before with a friend and I remember her telling me how scary it was. Yet she did it again so she could do it with Ella too. Such a trooper. My kids are way braver than I EVER was or EVER will be! They got that from their Daddy for sure. Made me nervous just watching from below.
Cali playing while the older kids were on the ropes...
This is just a funny picture of Cali with a gummy ear...yeah, weird! She won it at Cici's in one of the candy crane games. When she took a bite, it just looked plain wrong. Gross man. But it made us all laugh :)
Party at our house!
I love glowing birthday candle pics...so magical.
Opening gifts from everyone. I'd say she had a great day! And made out like a bandit.
And I almost forgot..she had some free ice skating passes left on her card from lessons that expired that day, so Joey and the older two snuck off later that night to ice skate for fun. Ella was so thrilled. She just loves to ice skate and is so good at it. It was definitely a day where I don't think we could've packed in more fun. Happy 9th Birthday Ella!!!!! Hope you had a blast!