My little girl is 4

My little girl is 4

Today my little girl Ava turned 4. The past four years have passed in a blur. I can’t believe how quickly my little 8 lbs., 4 oz. baby has transformed into the smart, inquisitive, strong-willed, compassionate, beautiful little girl she is today.

We had an eco-friendly zero-waste birthday party (which I can’t wait to find the time to blog about!) on Saturday at a local farm. I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy to say that everyone seemed to have a great time, the birthday girl included. (Notice the brother of the birthday girl – AKA Julian – hanging out off to the side there? Hehe)
Ava’s 4th birthday party - 6/21/08 Ava’s 4th birthday party - 6/21/08
(Felt birthday crown courtesy of Green Party Goods)

Today (Sunday) was Ava’s actual birthday and in addition to some books from us and her Aunt Carrie, lots of cute clothes from both sets of grandparents, and a butterfly pavilion from Grandma, she got a new bike. She was very excited about it, but not quite excited enough to give it a try outside just yet. ;)
Ava sees her new bike - 6/22/08 Trying out the bike - 6/22/08

My mom, sister and our family went out to dinner tonight to celebrate and then came back to our house for some birthday brownies and ice cream. Happy birthday, Ava!
Happy birthday to Ava - 6/22/08 Four years old! - 6/22/08

It was hard for me to choose just one best shot for the week, but I think if I had to choose only one, it would be the first picture I posted – of Ava smiling with her piggy birthday cupcakes (which Grandma did a great job on). :)

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  1. Happy birthday to Ava!

    They do grow up so fast.

    She is a beautiful girl, Amy.

  2. Happy Birthday Ava! Such a pretty birthday girl!

  3. Ohh Love that cupcake tower!! We are having a farm party for my little one, in a couple of weeks, and I’ve yet to decide on the cake… I might need to borrow that idea!

    Happy Birthday! :)

  4. Soooo cute! I love the black and white with the candles, especially! Hope her birthday was just perfect :)

    Happy BSM!

  5. Happy birthday Ava!!! Beautiful cakes and accessories and especially the birthday girl :)

  6. What a sweet little girl – happy birthday! I love the pig cupcakes – they’re almost as cute as the birthday girl!

  7. Happy Birthday, Ava!! What a wonderful birthday, and terrific images!

  8. Happy Birthday, Ava!!!! All of the pics you posted are adorable!!! and I love those cupcakes.

  9. GREAT shot of her on her bike…look at that smile! :)

  10. I really like the B&W with the candles – very sweet. Aren’t cup cake towers fun?

  11. Happy Birthday to Ava! Sounds like she had a wonderful day. :) I love the photos – she looks so proud on her new bike!

  12. she looks very proud of those cupcakes — yum!

  13. I love the cup cake birthday cake idea. What an awesome holder for all those cup cakes. Looks like she had a wonderful time. Hope she got all her birthday wishes. :)

  14. The cupcakes are so cute. My daughter just turned 4 too, so I know how you feel. They grow up so fast. Great shots. I can’t wait to hear more about the party.

  15. Those piggie cupcakes are adorable! What a cute idea. You put up some great photos, looks like she had a blast. Happy belated birthday to Ava

  16. I absolutely LOVE the cupcakes and the tower you have them placed on…what a GREAT idea! Hope she really enjoyed every moment of her birthday. They grow up SO fast, don’t they? Hope you had some cherished moments as well…

  17. Happy Birthday to your little one! Adorable photos!

  18. OOo she is so precious!!!! Happy Birthday Ava! I look forward to reading your post on the party. I am starting to plan Becca’s 4th upcoming in a few weeks!

  19. Happy belated birthday, Ava! How fun to have a Solsticetime baby :-). My favorite picture is the color cake/candle shot. That grin is adorable!

  20. Happy belated birthday Ava! I love the picture of her in black and white looking down at the 4 candles. Shes beautiful!

  21. Happy belated birthday Ava! I love the picture of her in black and white looking down at the 4 candles. She’s beautiful!

  22. I love the black and white with the candles!

  23. those cupcakes ROCK. and your girl is adorable. can’t wait to read the post on the no-waste party….great idea.

  24. I can’t wait to hear about your zero-waste birthday party! And thanks for the note about the felt birthday crown! How cool is that! Heck, I could even try to make one!

    My gal’s first birthday is in early August and I’m already feeling pressured! We’re just doing a little cousins party but I’m definitely eager to hear about greening the whole event up!

  25. It blows me away that my little one will be four someday–and it will happen in the blink of an eye! I’m looking forward to your party tips for his birthday festivities in the fall.

  26. Happy Birthday! She looks very content. I love 4, too:)

  27. Happy Birthday! She looks very content. I love 4 . . .

  28. LOVE the pics!! Happy Birthday to Ava from Reagan :)
    Can you believe they are 4 now?

  29. LOVE the pics!! Happy Birthday to Ava from Reagan :)

  30. I just love the idea of using cupcakes…and can’t wait to read about the party!

    May she have many, many more years…with each one being better than the previous ones!!!

  31. Happy belated birthday Ava!You grew up before our eyes ;)

  32. Great idea for a birthday theme. This month I’m going green on my blog

    I’d love you to share a comment or two about green parties. Also, I’m running a contest you readers would like. Momtrends is giving away 10 sets of rechargable batteries and a recharger from Duracell. Visit the site for full details.

  33. aww, she is so sweet! i love that you had a green party~ i can’t wait to hear all the details! :)

  34. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AVA!!!!! I can’t wait to hear about the party. :)

  35. Happy birthday, Ava!

    Those cupcakes looked scrumptious! What farm were you on? Looking forward to the write up!

  36. Happy B-Day Ava!
    How fast they grow!

  37. Happy birthday Ava! Wow, she is getting to be a big girl now, too. Great birthday shots. :)

  38. happy birthday Ava! My Sophie will be four in December, it goes by so fast. I can’t wait for the post on the party. Blessings.

  39. She is so pretty….so cute baby … :-*
    Allah BLESS her… ameen :)

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