Friday, July 11, 2008

The Faces of a Four Year Old

Anyone remember my sweet little chubby baby that looked like this?

Ava - 2 months

Or this??

Ava - 4 months

Or this chunky, drooly, curly, girly toddling thing??

Ava - 13 months

Well, as of July 1st, 2008, I have a big 4 year old that looks like this:

And can dance like this:

And be impish like this:

Wow, how do they grow up so fast? I don't know exactly, but they do and now she's way into dinosaurs, dirt and drama.

Ava's Cake - Take 1 (family party)

Preschool Present (Upside down)

For months she's been obsessed with anything dinosaur - books, songs, drawings, toys - and, although I'm not sure I won't burn out from too much dinosaur things with 2 more boys coming, I've tried to support her in her habit. We now know the difference between tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus and brontosaurus, can quote many lines from "The Land Before Time" and even Nathan knows that there are such things as duckbilled dinosaurs that had funny diets of pine needles. Who knew a 4 yr old could impart such wisdom?

Needless to say, we had a dinosaur party for her birthday complete with digging dinosaurs from the creek:

Off to the digging site

Finding dinosaurs stuck in the mud

Future Paleontologists

dinosaur races to see who was the fastest and:

Which dinosaurs float and which sink?

dinosaur cake made out of marshmallow and sugar fondant (a concoction only 4 yr olds would eat).

She loved it all. Maybe a little too much since for the whole week before and after all we heard was "Is it my birthday today? Are we having a party for me today? Who's coming today?" etc. She obviously felt like she was the most important person in the world for a few weeks, but isn't that what we all want?

Of course, being a 4 yr old's party, there was a little drama but what else would you expect? Short little legs don't mix well with trying to run very fast....

It's my party and I'll cry if I want too.....or because I skinned my knees

Luckily, Dada's can still make everything all right.

Happy Birthday until next year Ava Mava.


  1. She is so adorable! Love her new haircut. Very impressive cakes, Lynnie.

  2. I can't believe how big she is! That party sounds like it was a lot of fun. I'm sad I missed it.. maybe next year!

  3. I love he pictures of Ava by the hydrangeas- That looks like an awesome birthday party too.

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  5. oh Ava Mava, you are one adorable kid! I love your hair and want to cut Hattie's just like yours! your party looked like so much fun, getting all wet and muddy! Love it. What a clever Mum you have thinking of those things!!! Happy birthday sweet girl!

  6. Happy Birthday Ava!
    Looks like lots of fun!
    Hailey has a party this weekend!
    Then we move to the bay area next weekend! To much going on for us!
    I remember that horse (in the last picture) from Ava's early months!
    jenny g

  7. What a beautiful daughter you have. That's so great to have all that outdoor space for the kids to roam and explore. I know my kids have really enjoyed being at their grandparent's farm. Digging up dinosaurs, that's a great idea! I bet your boys would let you repeat that activity for their birthdays!

  8. She's such a beautiful little girl! Congratulations and happy Birthday.