Avonlea's 4th birthday

Wednesday, April 14

Our golden girl turned 4 years old on April 4th...so we threw her a golden birthday party!! It truly was the sweetest day to watch her be celebrated by my adoring family!

I laugh because I really couldn't plan much in advance, seeing as I could go into labor at any moment. (I was 10 days over due by the time her birthday rolled around!) 

Her birthday was also technically on Easter, so we celebrated her party the day before. 

My mom made her the most adorable birthday dress (as she has for Avonlea every year...thanks mama!), my sister made her a Funfetti cake which I topped with farmers market flowers, gold sprinkle glitter, 4 gold candles, and to make it fancy...a golden heart shaped sparkler! 

Besides cake and ice cream and a bundle of exciting presents for her to open, the big excitement was that my dad made an obstacle course for her! Now you have to understand, my dad is known for making obstacle courses. When my siblings and I were growing up, our birthday parties were NEVER complete without an obstacle course. We all had one every year and we loved it so so much! Every kid invited to the party would have a chance to do the course, and it was always so fun to time every one and see what the time to beat was! 

Avonlea's obstacle course consisted of riding her trike across the pavement, then getting rolled up like a burrito in this plastic foam by my dad and Kevin, then she had to run and go down a slide, and then through a tunnel (which was an old tube my dad found at the farm), and then finally run and throw a ball into the trash can. Her and Everett kept taking turns doing the course and its as so hilarious and adorable! 

Then she spontaneously wanted to do "races" with my whole family, so each of my siblings and their spouses raced her. It truly was the cutest! 

That night when we tucked her into bed, she snuggled into her pillow and told us it was the "BEST DAY EVER". 

I adore the fact that with a little love, intentionally and care, we can affirm our children on their birthdays and make them feel so loved through the joy, celebration, laughter, good food, and fun! I love these pictures because they capture the joy of our girl on her special day!! 

{the sparkler started going off below, and Avie's reaction is priceless!!} 

Now time for the races! {if you're on IG, I shared some videos of the obstacle course in my stories!} 

{stretching it out with auntie Polly! haha} 

{it's the sweetest watching my siblings love on our girl!} 

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