I guess you could say this was Ava's first "real" birthday party. We've always celebrated at home with family and few close friends, but it has always been very small. This was the first year she requested a store-bought cake instead of Momma's home-made cupcakes. She also requested a Dance Party...so we had it at the Dance Studio where she takes Ballet.
I managed to get a shot of the two of us...:)
I had to show you this...a rainbow made up of fruit to go with her Rainbow Ballerina theme...so yummy and easy to make!
The dance instructor taught a little class for about 45 minutes...taught them a small combination... and did some dance games.
We had cake and ice cream and the instructor did face painting while everyone had a chance to "free dance". I think that was everyone's favorite part!
Look at some of her sweet friends...so cute!
One of my favorite parts about her five year old party was a decision she made about gifts. In lieu of gifts, she chose to collect books for the local children's hospital. She has been blessed with a heart for giving! I have been so inspired by this project that when I mentioned it to Ava she was so excited! We spent time together decorating the box and shopping together for books. They will all go to children who have extended stays at the hospital. We will deliver them together next week. It has been such a great experience and we are so proud of her :)
Don't worry, she was still spoiled by some gifts for her...art supplies, rainboots, a new swimsuit, and a baby doll really made her day!
I love being this little girl's Momma. Birthdays are bittersweet for me...I am a little bit nostalgic at how quickly the time goes by, and how fast my kiddos grow! But at the same time, it is so exciting to see how they grow and flourish...and I get so excited at how our parent/child relationship gets stronger with each passing year. I love who she is now, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for her!
Happy Birthday Ava! We all love you so much!
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