Happy 8th Birthday, Ella

Happy Birthday, Ella.

Birth in a garden at dawn.

Beautiful flower.

 

I can't believe you are 8. I remember the day you born like it was yesterday.

Your nursery was decorated in flowers and fairies. Little did I know that this would be foreshadowing to your birth day. Wish you could have spent more time in this beautiful room. Ronin arrived so quickly behind you. You never really got the chance to be "the baby."

You have always been such a lover. You are always giving hugs and kisses.

You love your brother even when he is being difficult.

And Haley. Haley has been your best friend since the day you were born. You two are always together. I hope it stays this way. Forever.

You have also been firm in your political stance since you were 4 months old!

And Nature. Ella, you just LOVE the Natural world. From snakes to butterflies, tadpoles, to fish, you love it all!

You requested to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville for your birthday, and we happily agreed.

This Blue Morpho butterfly kept flying right near your head. Its wings were moving so fast. You were in awe.

When you were born little did I know that you would become my running buddy.

You love to bike, swim, and run. You are naturally athletic, and this year we got you a Giant 21 speed bicycle. Hope you learn to love gears. Mama and daddy are looking forward to some great rides with you in the future!

 

You amaze me every day, sweet Ella. Happy birthday.

 

Love, Mama

 

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Push Away the Screen: Family Game Night with Bejeweled Frenzy

Our family enjoys spending time together. We like to play cards (Go Fish is a favorite), Pictionary, Twister, and recently we were asked to review a new game from Hasbro called Bejeweled Frenzy.

 

We played Bejeweled after an we spent the day at the pool. My kids are 7, 8, and 9 years old. Bejeweled is recommendation for kids 8+ and I would say, at least in my case, that this holds true. My 7 year old (actually will be 7 in a week) had a difficult time understanding the game, but he loved the jewels. The girls really liked it and played it without their brother. Honestly this is not the type of game I would buy, but I liked it and I would buy it for a child's birthday.

 

About Bejeweled
Following on the heels of Hasbro’s face-to-face BEJEWELED game comes BEJEWELED Frenzy. It’s a sparkly flurry of a card game that has you racing to match gems and build the largest stack of cards. Match three gems in a row on the cards to collapse your stack into one pile and collect Boost Gems to score the most points to win! The game comes in a travel-friendly case for easy grab-and-go play. It also comes with a link to redeem four rare gems that can be used in the BEJEWELED Blitz online game. To access the digital features, you must be 13 years or older and have a valid Facebook account. Additional terms and conditions apply to the digital features offer.

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We appreciate the complementary product that we received. All opinions are honest and our own.

 

If you are looking for a fun game that can be played by kids of all ages, Bejeweled Frenzy might be just what you are looking for. To stay up-to-date on all sorts of family game night fun make sure you follow hasbrogamenight on Twitter and on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Bejeweled Frenzy for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine or those who played the game with me.

- See more at: http://themommaven.com/2013/06/bejeweled-frenzy-review/#sthash.7xyEtRlV.dpuf

If you are looking for a fun game that can be played by kids of all ages, Bejeweled Frenzy might be just what you are looking for. To stay up-to-date on all sorts of family game night fun make sure you follow hasbrogamenight on Twitter and on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Bejeweled Frenzy for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine or those who played the game with me.

- See more at: http://themommaven.com/2013/06/bejeweled-frenzy-review/#sthash.7xyEtRlV.dpuf

If you are looking for a fun game that can be played by kids of all ages, Bejeweled Frenzy might be just what you are looking for. To stay up-to-date on all sorts of family game night fun make sure you follow hasbrogamenight on Twitter and on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Bejeweled Frenzy for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine or those who played the game with me.

- See more at: http://themommaven.com/2013/06/bejeweled-frenzy-review/#sthash.7xyEtRlV.dpuf

If you are looking for a fun game that can be played by kids of all ages, Bejeweled Frenzy might be just what you are looking for. To stay up-to-date on all sorts of family game night fun make sure you follow hasbrogamenight on Twitter and on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Bejeweled Frenzy for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine or those who played the game with me.

- See more at: http://themommaven.com/2013/06/bejeweled-frenzy-review/#sthash.7xyEtRlV.dpuf

Age: 8+; Players: 2-4; Available: Spring 2013; Approximate Retail Price: $14.99

It’s a sparkly flurry of a card game as kids race to match gems and build the largest stack of cards in Hasbro’s BEJEWELED Frenzy game. Kids will love competing with their friends to collapse their stack, collect Boost Gems and score the most points to win! The game comes with a link to redeem four Rare Gems to be used in the Bejeweled Blitz online game. Mobile device not included. To access the digital features, you must be 13 years or older and have a valid Facebook account. Additional terms and conditions apply to digital features offer.

- See more at: http://themommaven.com/2013/06/bejeweled-frenzy-review/#sthash.7xyEtRlV.dpuf