Somehow, a few weeks ago, our Ella turned five. Five years old. In some ways it seems like a small number. However in my eyes, five years feels like my who life. How did we ever ‘be’ before our Ella? Before this little princess was born into this world, into our life? As a parent, when your babies are new, people tell you over and over to enjoy the time as it goes too fast. At the time, in the midst of feeling through the fog, you nod and smile without really understanding the gravity of it all. Fast forward five years and our little baby has grown into a girl. A beautiful soul who we love and adore. Who has, just these past few weeks showed us a new, courageous side to her personality. One where shyness steps aside to reveal a confident and capable girl who will no doubt, take on the world.
The thing is, I remember turning five vividly. I remember feeling so excited about having a party to celebrate being five years old. It made me think about the fact that Ella will now remember these times as an adult. She will remember the feeling, the happiness, the joy of being a child. Of celebrating with family. Turning five is a big milestone. These really are the times to cherish.
So we gathered a few close family and friends in our local Harleston Park to celebrate the occasion a few weeks back. Celebrating birthdays at local parks is something that I love doing. Enjoying being outside, playing. enjoying each others’ company. If you are lcuky enough to live in the Caulfield area in Melbourne, then you may or may not know about this gem of a park. It not only has a fabulous park, but a man made water creek where kids can dip their feet and play. I hired the rotunda and we brought some delicious treats made with love from local businesses including cookies by Frosted By Nicci and our cake by Nerida’s cakes. We also had facepainting again by the incredible, and oh so affordable Jenny from Little Sparks entertainment. Ella squealed with delight as she ran around in her gorgeously gold dress, brought home from Japan by her Dad on his recent trip. She smiled from ear to ear as she had her face painted with her kinder friends.
Here are some precious snaps of her celebration!
Ella darling, I hope you feel loved and full of joy. You are such a kind, generous and giving soul. You always want to help others and do the right thing. We hope that your continue to grow to love who your are, find your passions and know that you can do anything!
This week’s Friday Find is a quick one, yet oh so cool! This week, Be A Fun Mum shared a super simple trick for decorating cakes and adding a touch of flare to any birthday! Using a simple cookie cutter, add sprinkles and simply flip over to reveal a perfect number! The possibilities are endless, with various shapes, sizes and sprinkle colours. Think of the cool designs that you could create to impress your little ones! Don’t believe it would work? Check out this picture below…
I’m super thrilled that Be a Fun Mum shared this simple idea to help this little Mummy as her daughter grows up. I’m sure that there are many Mums and Dads out there who knew about this trick many years ago….
With so many first birthdays this year, I’ve been buying and wrapping presents at least once a week. On my weekly (sometimes daily) Pinterest pondering, I’ve come across a few super cute ideas for wrapping presents and making them almost too gorgeous to unwrap. Everyone knows that the wrapping paper is almost just as fun for babies as the present inside, so why not make the whole experience just as fun as the present itself. I’m sure that everyone will love these ideas, that cost next to nothing, and will put a smile on any child’s face!
Why not invite the kids to draw on their present before they unwrap it???…..
Everyone loves a little Pom Pom decoration….
If you have time….
The wrapping itself is a present…
This one is my favourite….print off a simple photo and add it to the gift…
How ever you wrap a present, I love the idea of making the whole experience a little more personal and special. For more wrapping ideas, you can visit my Pinterest board here. Ella’s little boyfriend Josh is next in our group of friends…will have to get our thinking caps on!
It’s taken me a little while to get back to Ella’s blog after a couple of weeks of frantic work, and preparing for my dear friend’s wedding. I completley forgot to post some gorgeous images of our family celebration on Ella’s actual birthday. It was a intimate and love filled night with Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and her Godmother. Ella was (again) the centre of attention from the moment she woke up, till the second her precious little head hit the pillow. A year has come and gone, and Ella’s huge smile said it all…..
Thank you to all of the wonderful Mums and Dads who entered our Cake 2 the Rescue Competition. It was so great reading all of the fantastic responses, and fun memories of Birthdays gone by. Each of us wants to create memorable birthdays for our children and most of us can look back fondly on our own.
The winner of our competition was Lauren from Adelaide. Her entry was: ‘Who doesn’t have great memories of a Barbie cake with a big pink skirt!? That and playing on a slip’n’slide in the middle of summer! Which may be problematic as her birthday is in the middle of winter!’
This memory made me think about all of the years flipping through the good old Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake book and choosing my own cake each year. Having my own birthday in June, I could also sympathise with wanting to have pool parties like the ‘cool’ kids who had their birthdays in summer. Ella is so lucky that she can always bask in the sun for hers!
Some of the other responses included:
Bron from Melbourne: ‘Parties in the backyard. Hanging apples from a tree and trying to bite them! Homemade cakes, making our own fun and trampolines with no netting!’
Dionne from Maudsland: ‘Simple, fun games for all to enjoy. Loved apple bobbing but that may have to wait a few years yet :)’
Jenny from St Kilda: ‘My grandma always made cream cakes with fruit on top for every birthday, Christmas and Easter which always had orange squeezed on top to make the cakes moist… I plan to make a cream cake for Alexandra’s celebrations and when she is old enough I will tell her all about her great grandma and how crazy she was!!!!!’
With over 60 entries, I was blown away with the response to my first Blog Comp! Thanks to all who entered! Lauren will receive her very own Cake 2 the Rescue kit delivered to her door! Thanks also to the Cake 2 the Rescue girls for being so generous!
I wish I had found this App before Ella’s Birthday party! It is a simple yet, very practical idea to help your little ones learn how to blow out candles without having to waste dozens of matches!! This simple Friday Find is a free App that I personally would be willing to spend money on! With the ability for little ones to blow out candles by blowing into the microphone, they will be blowing out their own real candles in no time!
There are lots of similar Apps available, but Toddler Happy Birthday is a great one!
To download this App click here. Happy Birthday little ones!
Today we wish our beautiful baby girl Ella, a Happy 1st Birthday. In years to come, I hope you read this and see, how much joy you have brought into our life. A year ago today, your were born at 12.20pm at the Freemason’s Hospital in Melbourne. From that moment on, you have opened up a world that your Dad and and I did not know existed – a world of endless joy and laughter. Each day you bring us smiles that fill our hearts. Your funny laugh, your gorgeous red hair and your cheeky personality, we are simply so blessed to have you in our life.
Looking back over these photos, you have grown so much already. We are so proud of you.