Well, our girl celebrated her sixth birthday for pretty close to the entire month of March. Some might say that's overkill, I say, when you have a daughter as awesome as ours, it's deserved :)
Konrad the Goon
up which is when the real party begins. We made homemade pizza, played, opened presents and ate Oreo cake. You know, standard birthday goings-on. But, as we all sat in that room I was overcome with a feeling of gratitude. I am so grateful to be back home, in the same city as almost all of our family, and within just a few hours of the rest. The fact that we are always together to celebrate birthdays, holidays and just plain old days is such a blessing. We've been away
for several years and have missed out on a lot. It's just neat that my kids will now always have their cousins at their birthdays. That might seem like a silly thing to get all emotional about, but to me, it's special.
The following weekend, Ava received more presents from neighbors and a friend who missed her party. Really, it seemed like it would never end. But, alas it did. Another birthday has come and gone and we are on our way to number seven. Ava is still ever the sweetheart. She's tender and so motherly (much to her little brother's chagrin). She tries so hard to do what is right and recognizes immediately when she doesn't. She is quick to apologize and quick to forgive. I love throughout the day how she shares little tidbits from school, tells me stories about things that happened or how she's feeling. Our relationship has grown over the past year and while I am sometimes sad to see her grow up so quickly, I look forward to our relationship developing and maturing. I just don't know how much I look forward to our little girl developing and maturing. She's gonna be a stunner. Andy's already scared and a few moms in Ava's kindergarten class have already claimed her for their sons. Ava, of course, is not interested and still firmly believes all boys EXCEPT those related to her have cooties. I will never tell her otherwise.