On September 10th, Ella's BFF Gracen celebrated her 8th birthday. We had a joint party with just a few close friends from church and school. We would have loved to have a huge party and invited all our friends, but this was not the year to do a lot a planning. We needed something quick and easy! The girls had a wonderful time and the staff at Paint and Piece took care of everything. My dear friend Christi made the cookies and cupcakes, which were out of this world! I hope she will have the opportunity to be a full time baker sometime. She would really do well! Her buttercream frosting is the best I've ever had.
Caution: lots of pictures ahead!
The Birthday Girls
Cupcakes and Cookies
Ella and Lucy in the cute outfits my Aunt Judy got them.
Jack loves ice cream!
The birthday group
McKenzie, Jesse, Kaleigh, Andi, Ivy and Riley
Lu and Grandma
And then to round the birthday celebration off, Aunt Cheri sent a scavenger hunt for Ella. It was so much fun and I know we will be doing lots more in the future. Here's the play-by-play action:
And then....TA DA! Beautiful scarf and t-shirt!
As you can tell, Ella had a wonderful birthday and we were blessed to spend so much time with her during Lucy's chemo break. She really is growing up to be such a beautiful, kind and smart young lady. I am so very proud of her.