Dear Ellie (now that I have my tea, I can get writing),
Mimi is right, March is filled with so much!!! And don't let anyone tell you differently, birthdays are the best holidays there are! It's not about getting gifts (although that is pretty great) or going out to dinner (although that is really yummy), it's about completely celebrating you and your life, which is so special. In fact, birthdays are so much fun, I even make them last a few days (especially if you have lots of people to celebrate with!). And think about it Ellie, Christmas (which is my 2nd favorite holiday after my birthday), is really a birthday too... celebrating life is truly the best kind of day!
This year, you even got to participate in celebrating your brother's birthday by getting dressed up for a fancy brunch. And I must tell you, since you probably won't remember, you were such a good girl! You tried grilled cheese and french fries for the first time and yummed them up! Your dad and I know that you get bored fast so we gave you a wet rag to suck on for those teeth you are cutting. Yup, instead of toys, we bring the class, class, class (in the words of your Uncle Ryan) to classy joints! And yes, you dropped the rag on the floor once or twice and instead of ruining the happy atmosphere, we picked it up and gave it back to you... I think Kyle was in heaven laughing and enjoying our scene.
When I was growing up all the way through to today, the birthday girl/boy in the family got to choose the restaurant of their choice and my parents would treat the family (and a friend or two) for dinner. This was in addition to sleep-overs, cupcakes at school, hearing the happy birthday song over the phone from all the relatives that weren't close by to sing it in person, shopping sprees, and yes even themed parties (ask Mimi about my 8th birthday party that all the girls had to come dressed as their favorite singer and perform a song... I think it's even on a VHS tape somewhere). So Ellie, gear up and get creative! We have lots of parties to plan (and remember, it's not about money, it's about creativity)!
This is the one day (or sometimes 3 days depending on the length of the celebration) to let the day be totally about you. Do you know what my birthday present was last year, my all-time favorite gift of all? You, baby girl! You came 3 days later! On my birthday dinner at the Grand Luxe Cafe, I talked excitedly about your arrival- it was all I could think about!
I love birthdays so much Ellie that I keep trying to get people to celebrate their half birthdays... wouldn't that be awesome? How about this is something we start as our own tradition? But a few ground-rules... since half birthdays aren't nearly as big as birthdays, we'll just do one teeny gift (and as you get older this does not indicate jewelry such as diamonds, it means smaller in price not size!) and perhaps a cooked-in dinner of your choice that you help prepare instead of going out? And I'm not sure if a cake is appropriate since that has real birthday written all over it... what about cookies or brownies instead? Or....how about a fudgenie?! A fudgenie is a dessert that your Mimi and I found at the Nordstrom bakery here in Denver. It's a little piece of heaven baked right into a pan (well, literally it's a brownie with a piece of thick fudge on top). Your Mimi and I may have to introduce it to you soon, although you may hate us for that later because they are addicting!
I think this is also the perfect time to mention that your Mimi and I agree to put in one recipe a month too. I think this month Mimi should put in Gram B's infamous homemade chocolate icing recipe...
I may have to end here and find something sweet. All this talk about desserts and my mouth is watering.
I love you Ellie Girl!
PS I love the idea of a nickname for the three of us... since Gram Mundy introduced tea to the family and she was from Scotland and this is our tea time... is there anything Scottish that would make sense?
And now from your Mimi...
Your mommy started this blog on such an upbeat note! Everyday I love her enthusiasm and zest for life! I think you are most likely going to follow in her footsteps!
So here it is: