Since then we have gotten through a major heart surgery, blood pressure medicines, slowly learning to crawl, walk and talk. We wondered when she would finally say more than ten words, she was two and a half. Once she started talking, it seemed to come quickly and we were excited to hear the thoughts running around in her mind. Since then there's been lots of laughter, wrestling with Daddy, toe nail painting, costume wearing, book reading and singing. She's an active little girl who is growing a tad bit sassy day by day, but she is sweet as ever and we love her so!
This year she had asked for a tea party for her birthday so I set about planning a little soiree. I went smaller this year, and invited a few of her closest little friends. It was more manageable and honestly enjoyable for me. I think Ava Jane had a great time playing with her sweet friends and if I do say so myself, I think they were pretty cute as they colored, sipped, dressed up and played outside.
I had fun pulling this tea party off! Ava Jane wasn't thrilled to wear her hat, but she humored me a bit. And thanks to Donna, I had a hat to wear (and now I'm ready for the Derby if I ever get the chance to go!)
I served food that was child friendly with cinnamon raisin and cream cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and strawberry jam heart shaped sandwiches, fruit, candy coated pretzel sticks and strawberry wafer cookies drizzled with chocolate. And instead of tea, these girls had raspberry lemonade.
They each got a hat and a pearl necklace to wear.
Afterwards we had lunch and they had some time together around the dining room table.
These sweet girls had fun helping us celebrate Ava Jane's birthday! Aren't they so cute?!
We all enjoyed being with Ava Jane on her special day.
Strawberry iced cupcakes were her choice so that's what she got. Sweet one , we love you so much!
She loved all the girly gifts that she was given. How fun it was to get Barbie dolls, a real purse, and other fun items. She has loved playing with it all!! Happy Birthday Ava Jane! We are so thankful God put you in our family and that we get a front row seat to the story He's writing for you!!