she will always be my baby.
this year was fun, sweet, challenging and really hard all at the same time. it's true what they say: the two's can definitely be terrible. this year we dealt with crazy tantrums, major mood swings and a super strong will. we also watched our little girl grow in so many ways before our very eyes. she knows every letter of the alphabet and has developed very strong opinions about what she wears each day. she's memorized several scripture verses, mastered peeing on the potty (still working on the other), and has grown by leaps and bounds in the veggie-eating department. with all the things she has learned this year, and all the ways she has grown, her sweet, tender and thankful heart will always be what we are most proud of.
this weekend was unofficially deemed "bella's birthday weekend", which was really a benefit of having her big day fall on a sunday. she has been talking about her birthday since--oh--january. no joke. and has been telling me on an almost-daily-basis that she wants a princess party with a sleeping beauty cake. oh. and lots of pink.
saturday night we went to our favorite park. we go there several times a week during the summer. we met auntie gret, uncle brian, jude and lucy, and one of my best friends, mandi and her family as well. we got the kids mcdonalds and spread out a couple of quilts for the them to have a picnic as they played. it was a bit of a chilly night, but the fresh air and time outside with friends was good for the soul. we stopped for ice cream on the way home (hot fudge sundaes are becoming one of our birthday traditions with the girls!).
bella woke up excited this morning. when we told her "happy birthday!" she replied "happy birthday to you!" she requested cinnamon rolls for breakfast, which we birthday-ified with a pink candle.
we had a great party, which ended with ordering pizza for dinner and watching "lady and the tramp". bella's birthday weekend ended with calls from texas to hear birthday greetings from nonnie and papa and aunt jessica, uncle james, wyatt and josie! she is a well loved little girl, for sure.
we love you, bella grace!