Not flesh of my flesh
nor bone of my bone
but still miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute
you didn't grow under my heart
but in it!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Celebrating Ava's 3rd Birthday

We had a fun day celebrating Ava's third birthday. It was a Dora-themed party and we had a great time.

While getting ready for the party, I took out the braids that Gabriella got while in the Dominican. It was a much more complicated task than I had expected, but Gabriella was very patient. Being able to simultaneously watch "Sid the Science Kid" certainly helped matters! This is what her hair looked like after taking out the braids! She must have known how wild it looked because after it was completed she had been frowning slightly while pointing to her hair!:
Gabriella in her party-themed Dora dress:
Cousin Bella, Gabriella, and Birthday Girl Ava:
Making spin art:
Of all of the party activities to choose from, and all of the friends to play with, this was Gabriella's favorite activity of the day, riding in Ava's car. Of course we had to go out and buy her one just like it after the party!
Future basketball star?!:
Playing in the sandbox:
Cuddling with Ava's lovable dog, Katie, and Katie being very tolerant!:
Gabriella wasn't interested in getting too close to the kids scavenging for candy from the piñata, but she sure loved the loot that dada brought her from it!:
She couldn't even wait to get the wrapper off of the Smarties!:
Enjoying her Smarties!:
Bella and Gabriella kissing through the screen! So precious!:
Gabriella chose to eat a cracker over the cotton candy. She wasn't even interested in trying the cotton candy!:
Singing "Happy Birthday" to Ava:
Gabriella had started eating this lollipop prior to the cake and ice cream coming out. She wasn't interested in cake or ice cream, she was very satisfied with her lollipop!:
After the party, Gabriella was very excited to go home with Grammy and Grampy to spend the night:

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