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one year old

19 March 2012

Since all we seem to be doing is painting these days, I figured I would take a break and talk about something else for a change.

You’re welcome.

Our sweet niece, Ella, turned one at the end of last month. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it has already been a year since her birth.

We headed up to Joey’s sister’s family’s new apartment in Old Town Alexandria – right outside of Washington D.C. for a weekend of celebration.

We took the eastern route up to D.C. in hopes of dodging a huge band of storms coming across North Carolina and Virginia. We caught the northern most part of the storm, but it was all worth it once the rain ceased, the clouds broke, and this sunset appeared.

While we were there, we stayed at a friend’s apartment a few blocks away from the action. [thanks Lauren!] It was the perfect setup for this aunt who was still trying to finish up her niece’s birthday present the day of the party… It also meant that Joey and I had several picturesque morning and afternoon strolls to meet up with the rest of the group.

We made it to Ella’s apartment.

[house numbers changed to protect the innocent – thank you, photoshop]

We ate our Saturday lunch at a fun restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria named Columbia Firehouse. As the name suggests, the space was a converted firehouse and we ate in an area that seemed like it would’ve held the firetruck quite nicely. If you are ever in the area, you should check it out – the food and drink were delicious.

Our birthday girl made a friend all the way across the restaurant, so she and him continued to talk back and forth to each other off and on throughout our meal. Our tables were probably the only ones who thought it was cute.

The afternoon consisted of cake baking, decorating, present opening, and eventually cake EATING. Laura used my mother’s cake recipe, so I was especially looking forward to the indulgence.

Sunday morning, we had a lovely brunch at La Madeleine and eventually wandered back to our host’s place to say our goodbyes.

It was a quick weekend trip, but we had a great time walking around Alexandria and spending time with Ella. She is becoming more and more interactive every time we see her, so it’s fun to see how much she’s changed between visits.

Happy Birthday sweet girl! You are loved more than you know.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. titi permalink
    19 March 2012 9:43 pm

    Happy Birthday to Baby Ella!!! You are soooooo precious!
    Best wishes to her wonderful parents …. and grandparents, and aunts, and uncles, and cousins …
    God bless you all. Love the Kentucky Zax’s

  2. Mom permalink
    19 March 2012 10:49 pm

    You are making me very anxious to be able to have a grandchild of my own!!!!! She is just precious but I especially love all of you holding and adoring her! So so so cute!

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