Gerrit and Elise

Gerrit and Elise

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Avery Grace!

Happy birthday beautiful girl. I can't believe you are 3 years old. I was watching a video of you the other day from when you were about 3 months old. It brought tears to my eyes thinking about how fast this time has gone. You bring so much joy to our lives every day. I can't imagine our lives without you. The last year has been filled with so much fun, laughter, frustration, excitement, tantrums, learning so many new things, sleepless nights, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't wait to see what this next year holds for us! Mommy and daddy love you so much!

Starting off her 3rd birthday with a gift and Top Pot donuts!

We celebrated Avery's birthday on Saturday with a princess themed party, with most of our Seattle friends. There was much fun and even more chaos to fill the day. We started with some tiara decorating, which was very tidy, as one can imagine with 4, 2 1/2 to 3 year olds. Then there was lots of playing before we had dinner and princess cupcakes. I think Avery was still not totally sure what to think about all these people singing happy birthday to her, but she definitely enjoyed it. She did a great job of blowing out all 3 of her candles by herself (with a little help from Maeve). Then there was a pinata (knowing we would be inside, I found a more tame version, where the kids each pull a string until it breaks, much less injury). They kids were so excited when the candy came raining down on them. I think this may have been the hightlight of the party. Then there were lots of gifts to be opened, with a few meltdowns thrown in, because what good 3 year old party doesn't have a few of those? All in all, I think it was a success, and Avery had a lot of fun. Below are a couple photos from Shauna. I have a few more to post once I upload them from our camera. Happy birthday princess!

Pinata fun!

Enjoying her princess cupcake, with a giant pink frosting flower!

Blowing out the candles (Thanks for helping Maeve!)