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.
F's menu:
Hobo Dinners with choice of 3 sauces
  • Thai Peanut
  • BBQ
  • Citrus Tahini
Fruit salad
Hummus and crackers
Snap peas
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 little big girl.

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.


  1. oh my goodness!! what a busy, wonderful time you all have been having. that is a very special birthday weekend, indeed.

    5 is *one whole hand*. when my daughter turned five, i could hardly say it out loud there was such a lump in my throat. it felt big to me, too!

    birthday celebrations are one of my favorite parts of our class. it is so wonderful to give that gift to the children and the parents. i have never seen the children form the bridge like that though~ so neat!!

  2. the fairy garden--wow i wish i could go there. how magical for a 5 year old!

    you really know how to dote on her for b-day. lucky girl.

    everyone is making that soap and chocolate mint pie. i need to get in on that.

    you are getting me so curious about waldorf. i am trained in traditional education but i have always been curious about waldolf. seems laid back and i like that.

  3. Aw, thanks for the shout-out, and I'm so glad you liked the recipe! I feel honored you used it for a birthday. :) You obviously have a lot to celebrate!

  4. Bitt - Yes, go make yummy!
    Also check out this site for good Waldorf education info:
    Rae - Do you work in a classroom? :)

  5. This was such a sweet post - Happy Birthday Big Girl!

  6. Wow - what an amazing and special birthday!! Kudos to mama and papa! So much love in the house this week. =) Happy happy birthday to Finn.


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