5 is big.
5 is huge.
5 is a child.
I'm ok with it, really I am. It's just big, you know?
My little F is 5.
So...we celebrated all weekend!
Do you know the perfect way to start off a birthday weekend?
I mean, besides Birthday Opameal (Oatmeal).
Overnight oats with raw chocolate pudding on top
Why going on A Faery Hunt of course!
We took F and her dear friend up to Griffith Park to hunt for faeries. I had been wanting to do this for years, but I'm glad I waited. She was the perfect age to actually enjoy this.
The Faery Queen was her favorite character.
E enjoyed toddling after the big girls...
but she was carried for most of the time by papa.
We all had so much fun hunting for faeries we were starving when it was over. Luckily my friend knew of a yummy vegan restaurant close by called Flore. Oh yum. Yum yum yum. The fact that they have free local delivery just might entice me to move to Silverlake!
Later that evening we got to go pick up Grandma from the airport...that's always a treat!
We all had a yummy pasta dinner prepared by papa, but the highlight was the Raw Mint-Chocolate Cream Bars by Diane over at Soap and Chocolate.
I so wish I had gotten better pictures of these. They were seriously good. I am going to make another batch ASAP to have on hand when baby comes. Go make some now!
Birthday Day #2 started off with a bang. There was a special delivery the night before for a special birthday girl...2 adorable baby bunnies.
We spent a long time getting acquainted with these precious creatures, thank you Shannon and family (they hand-raised these little critters!).
We rushed through breakfast and got to work building the planter boxes for our garden...better late than never, right?
The bunnies enjoyed their temporary playpen.
For the family get together that afternoon, F wanted people to help her plant her flower garden, so we went to the nursery and she got to pick out all her flowers.
Back at home we cleaned up and got to work preparing the food for the party.
Hobo Dinners with choice of 3 sauces
- Thai Peanut
- Citrus Tahini
Hummus and crackers
Lavender cream filled cupcakes (recipe found here and veganized)
What's a Hobo Dinner? Simply chop up all your favorite veggies, add some tofu and a sauce, wrap it all up in aluminum foil and throw it on the BBQ for 10-15 min.
Instant party food!
After the flower garden was planted we had cupcakes and singing followed by a few special gifts from family and friends.
Thank you all for coming over to help celebrate my
Birthday Day #3 (actual Birthday!). Today was THE day. F had been looking forward to her birthday circle at school for well over a month now. The day was finally here. I got up early to bake the special birthday muffins for her class. When she woke up she saw the Birthday Table we'd prepared for her.
Special gifts, precious photos and her birthday spiral. She was so excited!
On a child's birthday the whole family is invited to stay in the class and enjoy the festivities.
We crawled through the rainbow.
We watched her birthday story.
We shared in the birthday feast!
I always enjoy spending time in a Waldorf Kindergarten classroom. It's so...soothing.
After school we ate lunch at one of F's favorite places, Kamal Palace.
Papa came home that evening with even more gifts!
Remember my music post? He has found a new album by Natalie Merchant that is just enchanting. I am sure it will be a new favorite.
What a busy weekend full of friends, laughter, love and memories (all 5 years of them!).
You are 5 now, but you'll always be our little girl.