06
Jan
12

Ella’s birthday morning

We always start our children’s birthdays with waking them up holding a birthday donut/kolache lit up with candles and singing to them!  Ella’s birthday was on a school day so it was too early for her to wake up!

trying to wake up…!
still trying…
blowing out her six candles!

Then our kids get to bust through lots of crepe paper to get to the kitchen to eat their breakfast treat!

At breakfast, the kids get to read their birthday cards from me and James and open a couple presents. I don’t remember when, but somehow, (I just can’t imagine why?!?) James and I turned making homemade birthday cards for our kids into a competition. This year, I’m pretty sure I won. 😉  I might have spent some extra time on the crafting blogs and found a super fun idea! So, here are our cards…(mine is the super cute one…okay, they are both cute, but mine is the bigger one and bigger is always better, right?!)  We both chose Tangled cards because Ella will be having a Tangled party on Saturday!

Now here is why mine is so fun: I found this blog where it showed how to make a “scratch off card”. So easy too! I made the windows on the tower scratch-offs for Ella to use a coin and see who is in each window!

scratching, scratching, scratching…

Look who is in the tower!

“I love mommy’s card best!”  jk, she didn’t say that, but she might of been thinking it.  😉

Ella with one of her presents!

here’s to hoping I didn’t just give Ella a future of cavities!
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2 Responses to “Ella’s birthday morning”


  1. 1 jvanvleet
    January 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    You guys have the greatest birthday traditions!! And now that Dee and Gracie were with me when I opened up your post, I have some work and planning to do for their next birthday 🙂 Thanks!! But I mean that sincerely. As I really should be making a much bigger to-do about the wonderful day my children were born.

  2. 2 Lyndall
    January 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Hi – I have been reading your blog for a while since I came across your post about Shepherd’s pouches. I love birthday traditions – wow it would be fun to live in your family! Love the sense of family togetherness your traditions engender. Now wondering if I could ask a question – what is the ‘Happy Birthday’ basket behind your daughter in the photos? Are they toy candles inside? It looks fun! Thanks – Lyndall from Australia


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