Gosh, I love her so much.
So to commemorate her second year, I thought I'd share some of my favorite pictures since her first birthday. (You may have already seen these, but here they are again. Deal with it.)
|On her birthday with her favorite birthday buddy, Aunt Mallory. They were both born on|
September 15th, just 22 years apart.
|At her first birthday party. She didn't at first know how to attack the cake, but eventually|
she figured it out.
|We took her sailing for the first time in September 2010. She could barely move because|
her life jacket was so big. This was probably a good thing since she loves water so much
she may have tried to dive right in.
|In October we took Ellie to the park to take her autumn portraits. She literally screamed in|
excitement the whole time. She loves being outside.
|As "Da Bee" for Halloween.|
|All pretty for Christmas.|
|Playing in the snow for the first time.|
|Discovering the wonder that is cinnamon sticks and frosting.|
|The Powdered Sugar Incident.|
|The Reading Nook she established for a few months under the bistro table. She used to pack|
some books and stuffed animals under there and just read away.
|Little cutie pie with her favorite water bottle, which is never far from sight.|
|Family portraits, taken just a few days before Ellie became a big sister.|
|Playing with her new baby sister.|
|And playing with scarves. I don't know why she loves them so much, but I guess I do, too.|
So I can't really blame her.
|Reading "Tick Tock", aka The Ear Book by Al Perkins. One of her Favorite Things.|
|Peek-a-boo. Looking suddenly so grown-up.|
|Being a sweet big sister and letting Olivia lay in her bed with her.|
|Baking chocolate chip cookies with Grandma Filler.|
|Making sure Talentod got plenty to drink at her very first tea party.|
|As a little ballerina bunny for spring.|
|Trying to keep the baby happy during their Easter photo shoot.|
|At the Tulip Festival with her friend, Jake.|
|Stealing Olivia's bumbo for her new reading spot.|
|Spending every possible moment outside once it was finally warm.|
|Still loves the bath as much as ever!|
|Meticulously eating some cake at Addie's birthday party.|
|I cleared out a cupboard for Allison and Ellie moved in instead.|
|Chilling with the skeleton at our Fourth of July party.|
|Taking daddy to see the water during a family vacation to Canon Beach.|
|Not letting her toes touch the sand.|
|Playing the piano at Brynn's house. This is one of her favorite things to do.|
|Snuggling her baby sister.|
|Refusing to take her birthday portraits, but still being adorable.|
There you have it. Some of my favorite pictures from Ellie's past year. I'm so looking forward to this next year and the changes it will bring.
I love you, Ellie. No matter how big you get, you'll always be my baby girl.