birthday girl with tiara onANOTHER month, another birthday. It is seriously like that in this house.  Yesterday we marked Princess Ella’s fourth birthday. Writing that down just blows me away. It seems like only yesterday I was holding her in my arms for the first time. Totally dependent. Oh, so tiny. And covered in gunk.

Now, she’s a super confident young girl. A social butterfly, who can ease the toughest of social situations. Incredibly bright and a big thinker not bound by limits. And she also happens to be the funniest person I know.

We marked her birthday today with a small family barbecue at the Bells Parade park, at Latrobe,

girl at Bells Parade park, Latrobe

a princess tiara cake (again) made hours before the party (tutorial to come)

Princess tiara birthday cake

and the traditional O’Brien candle race (it’s seriously like watching grass grow, but they love it). Note there are only two candles. We forgot to pack more.

birthday candle race

birthday candle race

She was also spoilt with some beautiful gifts, including a 300-piece bead set. We ended up with the 300-piece bead set on the floor, at which point I was tempted to get the Dyson out.

300-piece bead set

I might add the majority of her presents are still on Christmas layby. Well, seriously, what store creates Christmas laybys that can’t be picked up until Christmas!

Before you go clicking to try and score yourself a bit of Christmas cheer, here’s a video of Ella’s first year of life, put together for her first birthday. Please, feel free to fast forward to about the 50-second mark. The first part is her family members and obviously rather boring for most readers. Every time I watch this video I end up in tears. The music is by my Twitter friend Martina McBride. Although, at this point, she’s unaware we’re friends.

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Do all your birthdays seem to fall at the same time of year? Or is that just our family?

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20 Responses to WIN: Aussie Giveaway Linkup #24

  1. What a sweet video. I must do the same for my two. I also can’t believe my girl will be four before I know it. Their babyhood zooms by so quickly.
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    • Kel says:

      I’ve been a bit slack in doing one for Holly’s first birthday. I really should do it though or she’ll never let me forget it when she’s older! 🙂

  2. Lucy says:

    That cake is sensational – I love it! (Bookmarked for Lexie for next year!)
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  3. Belinda says:

    Love the video, such a gorgeous girl 🙂 I love that song so much, it’s my song for my girls 🙂 I start crying right from the intro every time!! lol
    Both my girls birthdays are early January! Thankfully the rest of the family is spread out over the year!
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  4. Happy Birthday Miss Ella!

    Love the cake Kellie

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  5. Louisa says:

    Beautiful video Kel xx
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  6. Lisa Wood says:

    that is the most amazing gorgeous video for your daughters first year! I love the way you have shared all of her milestones, and then included each photo where she is laughing 🙂

    Also love the song …beautiful.
    Happy fourth Birthdad Ella

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    • Kel says:

      Thanks Lisa. That was back in the days when I had too much time on my hands!! LOL! When I was searching for a song to put to it, that one stood out. Plus, I’m a bit of a Martina fan! 🙂

  7. Trish says:

    Happy 4th birthday to miss Ella , what a gorgeous cake.
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  8. What a beautiful video. Brought a tear to my eye. I couldn’t help thinking of my two girls when watching it. Love the cake too. Not sure what cake, i mean cakes, I’m going to make next March when my bub turns 1 and my toddler turns 3 the day after.
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    • Kel says:

      Thanks Veronica. It’s hard not to well up when that song is playing. The words really hit home.
      I have to make another cake next month and I’m a little stumped too, Veronica. I’m starting to run out of ideas. I keep looking at those cakes with dolls stuck in the middle, but I’m just not sure!! Hmmm, maybe not! 🙂

  9. What a gorgeous video! and love that song too x

  10. A belated happy birthday to princess Ella.
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