Guess who is a Beehive now?!! Our lil Ella. Seems like just yesterday she was dancing hardcore to Bet On It from Highschool Musical 2 in our living room with all the best four year old moves she could muster :) She is growing so fast and growing into such a lovely young lady. The weekend before her birthday, she was surprised one morning with a visit from the Beehive class(if you have no clue what I'm talking about, its a class at church for girls ages 12-13..hitting 12 is a big milestone because you leave the "primary" program and get to enter the "youth") They brought her cinnamon rolls, balloons and a sign with lots of sweet messages from the girls. What a great welcome! I was so touched, thanks girls(and leaders!) The morning of her actual birthday, Buddy the Elf even wished her a happy birthday hehe. She requested donuts..and then her big gift was...cell service!! She received a phone the year before to play with, but now she can call and text. She had been counting down the days, I kid you not. Joey got it all set up by the morning so she could go to school with it. It was fun sending her her very first texts:) Oh, and the picture with her purple jacket on is to also show I curled her hair. They usually go to school so early to catch the bus that they just do their own hair. But on this special occasion, mama busted out the curling iron y'all. Thats love ;) And Joey took them to school so they didn't have to get ready so early. She had a great day at school and then we threw her a little Sofia the First party at home that evening complete with Texas Sheet Cake. I normally don't do a real party at home(I mean, I'll bake cupcakes or something on their actual birthday)on a year when they are going to have a "friend party" but because she was having to wait almost a month to have that party we decided to make it party-like. So she got two parties really:) Hey, 12 is special! We also celebrated her one night for finishing up her Faith in God booklet(from church). She accomplished all of the goals and memorized all 13 Articles of Faith! We ordered a special necklace for her and went out to dinner to celebrate. We are so proud of you, Ella!
For her big party in January, she decided to do a rollerskating party at this cool old skool skating rink we found nearby. She couldn't decide what she wanted to do and when I found out about this, I talked her into it :) She is glad I did because it was super fun! We had never done this with the kids before so it was a neat new memory to share. She skated like a pro(she is a natural at anything like that!) and had a fun time with her friends. They enjoyed pizza and the pretty darn cute cupcakes I made. She was spoiled with lots and lots of gifts from generous friends. She left the party very happy that day which makes us happy :) We love you, Ella! We are so glad you had an awesome month long celebration ;) We are so proud of you. You are making wonderful choices. You are so good at reading your scriptures and writing in your journal. You are so organized and have amazing goals. You are an incredible big sis. Your brothers adore you. And you are so so helpful to me in so many ways. I don't know what I would do without you. Happy 12th!!!
If you are wondering, why Sofia? Well, first purple is Ella's favorite color. Second, she secretly loves that cartoon ;) She won't admit it though, hahaha. We always tease her about it. We are nice like that. She did have fun being royalty that night though. No doubt about it.
Before she could sit down I had the funny idea to have her complete princess tasks. I even had put a bean(supposed to be a pea but I had no peas..) on her chair to see if she would notice. I am corny like that. And as you can see, balance was one of the tests...she was a good sport ;)