I had no idea at the time that Joy would be the perfect middle name for this amazing child. She is such a joy....95% of the time! Elena is happy, funny, silly, smart, and cute as could be. I love spending my days with her and don't regret keeping her home from preschool this year.
I just know she is going to become more and more amazing each year. I love to watch her animated face as she discovers something new or gets excited. Her big eyes and smile light up any room. Elena is our little drama queen fully living whatever is happening. She loves to be in dresses playing and dancing in the dirt. She is just the perfect mix of princess and tomboy!
Elena greets us every morning with "Good Morning! It's a bootiful day!" I love those words despite most days wishing she was still sleeping. She is a joy for all of us!
Today we celebrated all day. Elena happily woke early and was sporting her lovely bed head...just hilarious.
She asked all day for me or whoever to say "happy birthday to me". All she wanted to hear was someone telling her happy birthday. I was happy to grant her wish! We took her friend Carmendy to the park to play, have lunch, and eat cupcakes. They played mostly nicely for almost two hours. It was a very fun morning.
|Elena and Carmendy|
|Elena and Samuel|
|Elena's huge coloring book from Carmendy|
After the park, we returned home to rest and chat with family on the phone or via Skype. Because Emma and Jonah had gymnastics tonight (Boo) we could not have a huge family affair like I prefer. Instead, we had a kids mini celebration at 4pm and a dinner celebration at 6pm. Elena was super loved and spoiled today!
|She was super excited about all her gifts!|
Dinner is always kids choice, but I decided it would be wise to pick for Elena. We had pork loin, egg noodles, broccoli, and rolls. She loves all those things and for the first time in a while she ate all her food! She opened her last two presents and then it was time for her cake. I had lots of fun making her a pink polka dotted cake (her request) and she LOVED it. She opened the refrigerator all day just to look at it.
|Litte Bear the movie|
|Her very own popcorn popper. Elena loves popcorn and she liked this very much!|
|I am 3!|
|It is yummy!|
|Taken by Samuel, age 4|
Happy Birthday Elena Joy!!!!
Keep remembering baby girl..."When I am scared, I will trust in you"
Elena's version of her memorized Psalm 56:3 "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you"