We celebrated Michael and Ella's birthday morning in our traditional style: first they walked out of their bedrooms through birthday streamers and then it was off to the living room for presents! For breakfast they dined on Krispy Kreme donuts-I'm not sure their teachers appreciated the early morning sugar rush:) I love how they are holding hands. One of my most precious memories of Michael and Ella is from when I was pregnant. My Grandmother would go on and on about how special they were and how God just didn't want to send one alone. I have always thought of Ella as that angel baby who wanted to wait and come with her brother.
Wii Wipeout (this really is a hilarious game)
This year in lieu of a friend birthday party and gifts, Ella requested a special trip to the American Girl store in Chicago. We will be going on October 23rd-just Ella, her Dad, and I for a special day of shopping and the big treat: lunch. The paper that she is holding is the menu (and it's pretty fantastic) that we gave her so she had something to open up.
Just a little treat for her to open on her actual birthday-the good gifts are yet to come:)
I think we have found the best kept secret near Morton!! We visited Ackerman Farm this weekend and WOW it was awesome!! It is small enough to still have that personal touch (we met Farmer John the owner) but big enough to offer lots to do for a variety of ages (which translates into even the 11 year old had fun!). I was so impressed at the fair prices of their products! Even their gift shop items (which are adorable!!) were reasonable. We did do the corn maze (about $23 for the 7 of us) and purchased 9 pumpkins and 3 gourds ($27) so our grand total for this field trip was $50!! Now for a family of seven, we think that is great!! The majority of their pumpkins are 3 for $10 and they are HUGE!! We also chose some really cool, funky gourds and some little, bitty gourds that are so cute. If you are looking for a really nice place to spend the afternoon take the drive over to Morton-it really is worth it!
Fiona had asked several times if she and Derek could go golfing, so they loaded up the clubs and hit The Links. If you ask her, she can tell you exactly what club you need for a variety of situations. I think Derek has found a permanent partner!