Happy Birthday my Elle-Belle!
I love how you still love orange, Cinderella, and your cats, and even more excited about your new love of Wonder Woman. (I don't like to disparage the Disney Princesses, so I was super excited to see a kick-butt lady on your Christmas list. Wonder Woman's outfit? We'll have to talk about later, right groovy girl?)
I love how you are perfectly content off on your own reading, drawing, or gaming, though I suspect you do need a rest from your siblings from time to time.
I know it's hard being stuck in the middle, but I love how you love on your little brother, and look up to your big sister, though sometimes you girls definitely have your issues, as all sisters do.
Granted, you are rapidly catching up to your big sister in height, aren't you?I love your enthusiasm to try new things, even if you do sometimes give us a look that is a little skeptical of what is being proposed. (We will also try not to comment on how much that look on the left reminds us of certain of your grandmothers.)
I love getting glimpses of the young woman and grownup you are going to be. Will you become a vet and take care of your animals? Maybe, though I think in another life you might have been a cowgirl - like Jesse.
Every time I turned around, you were on a horse of some kind.
Will you take after Papa and be a computer person? Will you be like your Mama and be a loving teacher and caretaker? No matter what path you choose, this photo to me shows that already you have the determination and drive to handle any obstacle you see in front of you.
Thanks for being my cuddly lap-warming kid, my blondie girl, my Elle-Belle.
Wishing you sweet Birthday dreams.
All my love,
Again, in the orange, because "orange" you special?
Photos from my Idaho trip, December 2012