How on Earth is my daughter 6? Where did the time go?? Surely, the little girl sleeping upstairs is still this little 2 week old, right?? I was looking through some old pictures and thought it would be fun to post a pic from each of her birthdays....

1st Birthday
2nd Birthday 3rd Birthday4th Birthday 5th Birthday

6th Birthday

In so many ways she's still so little- she still wants me to pick out her clothes, she wants us to brush her teeth, she cries when she stubs her toe.... but in so many other ways she's soooo big- she's reading, writing her own birthday thank you cards, trotting on a horse by herself, cracking legitimately funny jokes, and mastering the art of the cartwheel!! Amazing. Amazing to be a part of it all and to watch her grow up!!!

And now, on to the party! This year, we had a Horse Party at a nearby stable. There were three horses- 2 saddled and 1 bareback. Everyone got a chance to ride a saddled horse and a bareback horse. All of the kids also had the chance to groom and brush the horses. Avery was very serious about sharing her horse knowledge with anyone that would listen! So here are lots and lots of pics of Avery with her favorite animals!!!


Getting ready to help tack up...And finally ready to ride!!!Getting comfortable on the bareback horse...Trotting bareback!!! Standing on the horse!!!Avery and her partner won the three-legged race! They were such good planners and communicators!There's Avery in the middle... she did not win the sack race!And finally, the cake!!!
A great time was had by all!!! Oh yeah, Oliver was there too!! He didn't do much of the horseback riding, but had a great time running around!


  1. Dave, Jo, and Drew on February 9, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    I'm so glad you posted the birthday pics! LOVED looking back on all her birthdays. It does seem like just yesterday that we were all at the Rambler house celebrating her 1st birthday. She's so big now!! The birthday party sounded awesome! We miss you guys!

  2. Carolyn on February 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    she is so cute! i love seeing how much different she looks from year to year. she's so brave! i think i would freak out about riding a horse without a saddle! way to go, avery!!

  3. Stacey on February 10, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Standing on a horse! She is getting so big and so brave! I love that 2 years ago she had a horse party with just little toy horses, and now she had the real deal! I'm glad she had a fun party. Give her a big hug from me - and I'll give her one myself next weekend! Yay!

  4. Adam on February 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Great post - love seeing her with horses so much! We will have to share stories.