Ella turned two in July! We knew she and I were going to be in Idaho without Blair on her actual birthday (during my trip out west to defend my thesis) so we had a little family celebration 2 weeks before her actual birthday. She didn't know the difference--she was just thrilled to have cupcakes! We had a friend over for Sunday dinner and then just had cupcakes and opened a few presents. It had been a while since Ella was given new toys, so she was in heaven with the presents and I loved watching her!
"How old are you?"
She made off with some fun new toys: a dress up petticoat skirt, sunglasses, a box for sorting wooden shapes, and some blocks for stacking (and pushing over!)
When we have some down time and ask Ella what she wants to do, we can usually count on her response, "pay bocks!" (play blocks)
And here's a snapshot of all of us together
Side note: Though Ella turned 2 in July, she really started acting 2 just about 2 weeks ago. We still adore her, 2-year-oldness and all!