|Homemade banner. Aaron put out Ava's 1st birthday picture as a flashback!|
|Balloon garland with stars.|
|The birthday girl noshed on dried cranberries and goldfish crackers, fresh from her nap.|
Aaron printed out a picture from Ava's first birthday ladybug party. It was fun to show how much she's grown in the past year. I told Aaron that we should continue that as annual tradition.
The kids had fun outside in the backyard. They balanced on our retaining walls and followed each other walking in a line. They ran and played out in the sunshine. At one point, I noticed the older kids were playing outside, but Ava wanted to be inside eating a snack. I realized she was at the table with the other two 2-year olds doing the same thing. It was adorable! Dominic, Maddie, and Ava sat together eating snacks with their parents nearby.
It was a low-key day, which was perfect! After our friends left, we did a FaceTime call with Megan, Aaron's sister. Ava and Colin were talking to each other! Our nephew is 4 months older than Ava and since Christmas they have really started to interact and play together. I asked her if she wanted to hug Colin and she reached down to hug the iPad. We'll all be together again next weekend when we drive out to Chicago to see our new niece, Grace, Colin's new baby sister.
This morning, I felt so pampered. As soon as Ava woke up Michele came in to get Ava so I could sleep in! Then Aaron's parents made us breakfast! We had buttermilk pancakes and bacon. Ava has turned into a bacon lover from daycare. They serve bacon every Thursday. We took a walk after breakfast before Mom and Dad B had to leave. Ava loves to ride in the stroller, but she asked to walk. After they left, I started cooking for my freezer meals exchange next weekend. Since we're heading to Chicago I had to finish everything today. Aaron put up Ava's new tree swing that she got from the Pierce's for her birthday. Ava had a blast playing outside with Daddy this afternoon while I cooked.
Here's some pictures from the party!
|I love the way this fruit platter turned out. Thanks, Mom B!|
|She loved it when we sang Happy Birthday to her!|
|Ava liked the chocolate candy decoration but wouldn't touch the cupcake itself.|
|Violet enjoying the cupcake.|
|Maddie and Eli diving!|
|Dominic and his Daddy.|
|Watching car racing with Grandpa "PaGa" after her party.|
|Facetime with her cousin, Colin!|
|I hope her love for house work continues when she's a teen!|
|The kids decorated with stars!|
|Opening her presents from Grandma Anna! She loved the Dora gift wrap.|
|A family walk on a beautiful, warm Sunday morning.|