Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Avery's 5th Birthday

The main event in celebration of Avery's birthday this year, was a trip to Disneyland the following week.  So, we kept the fanfare pretty low key on the actual day, but I never like to let a birthday pass without a little fuss.

So I decorated with this hair-bow bunting featuring her cute little face, placed a giant balloon on the table, and had a strawberry shortcake family-breakfast-party before school. 

Then, I tried to get a portrait of her before she headed off so we could remember what she looked like on the exact day she turned five.

I got exactly zero photos of her smiling and looking at the camera. She was in too big a hurry to get to school and get her birthday badge, and was annoyed by the whole thing. But, these are actually a pretty accurate representation of her personality these days. Spunk and zoom. And she cares nothing for getting her picture taken or clothes. Except she loves purple, so this polka dot birthday dress sent by Aunt Nessie was perfect. 

A few days before her birthday, Avery's friend cut all her hair off during a play date. When the girl's mother brought her home I was really sad about the haircut, and sad for Avery who was really devastated.  I could write quite a bit about my unhealthy attachment to my kids' hair, but I'll save it for another day. 

At any rate, I thought some new hair bows would be a fun gift and a fun way to celebrate change and her cute new bob (which I love, but would never had done so... silver lining) , so I made half a dozen, and then clipped them onto black and white photos of her that I'd printed out on cardstock.

I got the idea from Stephanie Ford, who blogs at Simply Radiant. She did a similar bunting but with paper party hats. I was pretty proud of how mine turned out. Functional and festive.  And Avery loved it, so-- win.

And just in case you're worried that she did not get enough party in on her birthday, we finished the day at Chuck E. Cheese with a few friends and family, horrible pizza, a Costco birthday cake, and  some thoughtful gifts from all who love her. And we told her about Disneyland and then had the longest week of anticipation in history.

I love this girl. My little Avery. Five years old. I remember vividly the day she turned five days old. I was really sad about it. I wrote a whole hormone-induced letter to her about how she would never be five days old again. I am not someone who is in a hurry for my kids to grow up. I really enjoy the little people that they are-- exactly as they are, and so the thought of anything about them changing is hard for me. But if the new bob has taught us anything, it's that change can be good. So I'm trying to let it come. But I wouldn't mind if it slowed down a tad.

*Dress from Boden
*(Some of the) Ribbon and Balloon from Darlybird


  1. aw, these pictures made me so happy to see! she reminds me so much of baby avery in these (and i miss baby avery too!) she's such a spunky girl for sure and i hope you frame that squinty picture, it's so cute. also that bob from the back is just as cute as from the front. good job embracing change, i know that hair cut was a hard one but it does look so darling on her. glad she likes the dress, it looks so cute on her!

  2. Aw happy birthday, Avery! We haven't had any scissors/hair related mishaps over here (yet) but I feel like it's bound to happen. She really does look adorable in a bob and I love the bow garland. You made it special, mama!

    Also....yay, you blogged!

  3. such a cute bunting idea! The new haircut is really cute, but I would probably be upset about how it came off! Glad she had a great party.

  4. Just adorable! I'm a newbee to your blog, Yay! :) Michelle

  5. Just had to mention quickly how much I love the bunting! :)

  6. Hey there! I am making a head bunting for penny's b day and was wondering the best way to attach the heads to the ribbon? Glue? Some kind of tape? I was thinking a hole punch but that looks terrible.


  7. I know exactly what you mean about her hair! My 10 year old had her first real haircut this summer and we just cut my 7 year old's last night!! I couldn't deal with the morning time screaming about knots before school anymore :)

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