Happy Birthday Ella!!!
We started the morning off right with chocolate chip pancakes and presents. Of course, her brother was eager to help and she was thrilled with her gifts.
In lieu of a party we decided to go to the SeaLife Aquarium in London. This was a great idea and at the same time a completely stupid one given it was half term break and half of London was there. We were almost to the ticket counter after an hour long queue and little miss birthday girl fell asleep. I was heart broken because I knew that she would have loved it. Oh, well, there is always the Vancouver Aquarium which in my opinion is better, just not in a ridiculously old building. Jakob however, had a marvellous time, and I LOVED watching him race from window to window taking it all in.
She woke up just in time to see the gift shop and the strategically placed McDonalds which you enter upon exiting the aquarium, so guess what we had for lunch....picnic style...on the floor. The weather was atrocious - gusting winds and intermittent rain, but you gotta roll with it right. Normally I wouldn't but since it was Ella's birthday I decided to let loose a little so it was chicken nuggets of the floor and then over to Hamley's Toy store. I thought we might have to leave Ella there, but we eventually managed to pry her from the toy strollers on the third floor and make it out the door unscathed.
It's hard to believe that just a year ago she was two, a toddler just getting steady on her feet and now she is an independent little girl ready to conquer the world.