Sunday, January 23, 2011

Happy Accidents

A few nights before her fourth birthday Ava had her heart set on eating watermelon. Watermelon in January? There were a few scrawny seedless ones at the grocery store. I assured her it probably wouldn't taste very good, but I bought one for her anyway. She ate almost the entire watermelon by herself.



Such a happy treat


Round 2


and Round 3


On Saturday we celebrated Ava's fourth birthday at Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy. After a perfect party there last year, it was an easy choice for this year.


What a treat to have a party on her actual birthday.


Ready to play


Waiting so patiently for the gym to open


Sliding


Encouraging a sweet friend to try the slide


Bouncing and climbing


Loving on Baby K


Baby K just hanging around


Waiting for the Air Tramp to inflate


1-2-3!


Time for bouncy fun





Wrapping the birthday girl in a parachute


Then spinning her around with a tug


Jumping on the parachute bubbles




Playing in the parachute tent


Kicking the pink top


Foam pit wars with Daddy


Sliding into the pit


Building bridges with G


Daddy tossing Ava "not too high" - ha!


Foam pit swimming with Pops


Floating with Mommy


Daddy attempting gymnastics tricks, boy is he feeling it this morning.


Defying gravity with Mary


Balancing fun


The whole group



I'd just like to say a quick 'you're welcome' to all of the parents of kiddos at the party. I know there were some serious naps yesterday afternoon.


A 4 out of cupcakes

Ava requested cupcakes from our favorite spot, Sara Sara Cupcakes. I ordered mini cupcakes for the party, but the girl who took my order forgot to mark the 'mini' box. We ended up with 48 huge cupcakes! They were kind enough to only charge me for the minis, and we had more cupcakes than we knew what to do with. We decided the mix-up was quite the happy accident.


Sweet kiddos


Happy Birthday Ava James


Chocolate bites for the birthday girl


Dig in


Present time


Mimi helped Ava open a special birthday book.



I was determined to sew something special for Ava's birthday. A dear friend, TC, helped me make her Twirly Skirt. I appliqued a 4 onto a shirt and also made a headband to match. She was so sweet, and asked to wear it several times before her birthday. I let her wear it last night to dinner and to church this morning.


Aunt Jaryn admiring Ava's fancy new charm bracelet from Baba.


Tuckered out from the day of fun.


We are so thankful for our own little 'happy accident' four years and nine months ago!

5 comments:

Kara said...

Happy Birthday Ava! I love the pictures. My favorite is the one where Ava is about to open presents and someone (think it may be Josh...hard to tell) is walking out of the gym...it looks like he is having to watch the fun from the gym.

Hannah said...

I'm so glad she had such a great party. Jealous about the extra Sara Sara. Yum!

k and c's mom said...

Happy Birthday, Ava. (PS: You can mail some of those extra Sara Sara Cupcakes to me! )

Anonymous said...

Looks like you all had a lot of fun! Hope Dad and Josh weren't too sore the next day. Wish we could have been there.

Uncle Nate

melanie said...

love the blog!