Happy 12th Birthday my sweet flower child!!
It doesn't seem that long ago that you were born. At dawn. In a flower garden. With only your daddy and I there. Here you are with daddy and big sister Haley just a short time after your birth.
This has been a very big year for you!! You started middle school!!
You decided to try new things with you hair.
You tried out for the school play.
You learned some very hard lessons about what it means to be a good friend, and how you deserve to be treated by those people who claim to be your friends.
But most importantly, you stayed true to you.
You continue to love animals and developed an INTENSE and DRIVEN desire to fish. All the time. Fish.
You love crafting and and were even featured in the newspaper!
You ran Gasparilla and Disney Dark Side!
This year also found you obsessed with Zombies. You read the Darren Shan Zom-B series, you watched the entire series of Z-Nation and even dressed up like a Zombie for Halloween.
You are giving me signs of the type of young woman you are becoming. You don't take BS from ANYONE; you don't need other people to make you happy. You are independent, funny, smart, athletic, but most of all, you are kind.
I am so proud of you Ella and I am excited for you as you embark on your 12th year of life!
Happy birthday my Sweet Ella.
I love you,
Ella has already been asking when Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens is going to open. She went last year for the first time and LOVED it. You can read about her experience HERE.
I thought it seemed too early to be thinking about Halloween, but I guess it's not! Busch Gardens is ready!! And if you are a current Funcard holder you can buy a ticket for 2 nights of Howl-O-Scream fun for only $50!! Click on t he image below to learn more about this great deal!
Ella and I will be heading over probably in late September, and I'll be sure to share a full review!
Happy 11th Birthday Ella!!
Today you turn 11.
It doesn't seem like 11 years ago you entered the world at dawn, in a flower garden with only your daddy and I there. It was magical and will always be one of the BEST days of my life. This is your first photo with your daddy and your big sister Haley. You two love each other so much. You truly are the best of friends and it warms my heart to see how much you enjoy being with one another.
At your first birthday party you were so happy. Ronin joined our family only a few days later and your world got turned upside down.
Now at age 11 you LOVE all things nature. You love to be outside. You love the ocean, swimming, fishing, and you are ALWAYS up for an adventure.
I can't wait to see what this next decade of your life will bring for you. Your first kiss, your first boyfriend. You'll learn to drive and you'll graduate high school and head off to college. I don't want to think about that just yet. For now, for now I'll focus on you being 11 and all the joy you bring to my life.