And Now She's Four | A Conversation With Anna

This little bundle of joy turned four on Sunday.

Four years. Seriously?

So fun to look back through the archives I have tagged with Anna - stories and moments documented from the very beginning of her existence.

She was a big help putting together her invitations last week - writing her name on the pattern side of each invite.

I came home on Saturday night from an auction and Katie had decorated the dining room with punched hearts and butterflies and a happy birthday banner.

Her party choice? Chuck E Cheese of course.

We did her party at 11am and that was a pretty good time when it wasn't too crowded.

I'd say she loved it - especially the blow-up crown. She wasn't as keen on "the big man" (Chuck E Cheese the character - that's what she calls him) when we was actually standing right next to her

That would be Simon's hand on her back, helping her make her wish and blow out her candles.

She also let him go in the ticket blaster for her. She wasn't too keen on getting in that thing and trying to grab as many tickets at possible. He, on the other hand, thought it was the most awesome thing possible.

After the party she went over to Chris' house to open some more presents with his parents and then came back to me for dinner with friends and family. It was a full day filled with lots of love and good stuff from all the people that love her so very much.

Here's a look at the digital layout I put together (just like the one I did for Simon) using Cathy's layered template:

Anna, you are a beautiful, smart little girl. I love your energy. I love the way you play. I love the conversations we've been having and how you are growing and developing your own awesome sense of self. Love you so much sweet girl. Happy Birthday.

60 thoughts

  1. Michelle

    2013-02-12 11:21:39 -0500

    Love the favorites page!

  2. Suz

    2013-02-12 11:36:44 -0500

    Looks like a lovely day and lovely memories! Thanks for sharing Ali! Take care you.

  3. karen c

    2013-02-12 11:45:30 -0500

    Happy Birthday to Anna! Thank you for sharing your conversation, those are such sweet answers. Kids are such a joy.

  4. Linda

    2013-02-12 11:47:45 -0500

    I LOVE the dishwasher as a career goal! I have a daughter who is a naval officer who at Anna's age set her career goal as a grocery store checker or Dairy Queen cake decorator. All these years later we still smile at her four year old goals. LOVE that you put them to paper.

  5. Teresa Igo

    2013-02-12 12:07:47 -0500

    Such a pretty little girl. Happy Birthday Anna!

  6. Teresa Igo

    2013-02-12 12:10:24 -0500

    Such a pretty little girl. Happy Birthday Anna! I love the questions. Wish I had started something like that. Love the when you grow up question. For the longest my daughter wanted to be a pet sitter. so cute!

  7. Kimmie

    2013-02-12 12:31:23 -0500

    I love how her favorite season is "snow". Happy Birthday, Anna!

  8. Susan

    2013-02-12 13:14:54 -0500

    I love the photo of Anna holding her handwritten name. When I come across a photo of one of my kids when they were little holding something they had just drawn or made and see their proud and happy expressions, it puts it all in context and brings back even more memories. I still have their art, but I treasure those photos.

    Happy Birthday Anna! Glad you had a fun day.

  9. Jana

    2013-02-12 14:30:48 -0500

    Such sweetness! Happy Birthday Anna & mama Ali! Loved her choice of dishwasher when she grows up - reminded me of a painting I did of my daughter around the same age -

    That daughter is about to graduate from UO this spring! ;)

  10. Pam

    2013-02-12 15:44:15 -0500

    Happy Birthday, Anna. Love the answers to the questions, especially the dishwasher one. My little granddaughter, Eliana, loves to wash my dishes when she visits me on Wednesdays. :)

  11. Donna

    2013-02-12 16:09:53 -0500

    Happy Birthday Anna! I have an Anna too, she is almost 14 and still a joy. Wish I'd made recorded conversations like this when she was little. Love it!

  12. Cheyne

    2013-02-12 19:33:15 -0500

    The first post of yours I ever read was "it's a girl" while you were still pregnant, which inspired me to keep reading. Thankyou & happy birthday Anna :)

  13. amanda kay tea

    2013-02-12 21:48:39 -0500

    Wow 4 already!! Happy birthday to Anna! I love how Simon did the ticket catch. What an awesome brother :)

  14. Susanne Huettner

    2013-02-13 05:29:50 -0500

    LOVE this conversation layout of Anna - will do that with my boy and girl, too.

    Happy birthday to your sweet little girl°

  15. Alexandra

    2013-02-13 10:12:59 -0500

    Hip Hip Hooray!!! Four is awesome!!
    Happy, Happy Birthday Anna!!

  16. MerryMom

    2013-02-13 13:12:58 -0500

    Her favorite snack is goldfish...

    ...goldfish crackers right?

  17. Patchouly

    2013-02-13 19:44:30 -0500

    I love the idea of a yearly questionnaire on your birthday - I don't have kids but want to do it for myself!!! Does anyone know of an "adult" version???

  18. Carol

    2013-02-16 19:46:00 -0500

    Beautiful. Simple and capturing such breadth and depth that will be so fun in the future!!

  19. Anna Aspnes

    2013-02-19 12:53:39 -0500

    Happy Belated Birthday Anna! We also share the same hair cut right now :)

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  21. Nicole

    2013-02-19 15:07:54 -0500

    Happy birthday to your four year old. Four is such a fun age (I have one of my own). I was inspired by your questions and did some interviews with my own kids and LOVED their responses. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  24. Natalie Hall

    2013-02-24 08:38:54 -0500

    I love this idea! My son will be 10 years old in a few days (double digits -- wow!) and I will be using these prompts to help me with a LO! Thanks and happy birthday to your sweet girl!!!


    2013-06-11 06:32:39 -0400

    Great post. I am just starting my blog as well. Do you find it hard to have something to say, because I dont feel like natural writer and it seems to come natural for you.

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