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February 11, 2013

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.


  • 1.
    kat-in-texas said…

    Happy Birthday Anna! Big girl! :)

  • 2.
    Kathy said…

    Happy Birthday Anna…I can’t believe she is 4 already…I still remember seeing you pregnant standing by your Christmas tree…how time flys. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    • ….
      Rina said…

      Totally…time flys when you’re having fun! Very inspirational!

  • 3.
    Mary Beth said…

    It doesn’t seem possible that four years has gone by! I think the saying is spot-on: The days go by slowly, but the years fly by.

    Happy Birthday, Anna. You are beautiful, just like your Mom.

  • 4.
    Nitza MG said…

    Beautiful! My daughter is only 4 months, but you have given me a great idea to do with her each year! Thank you for the wonderful ideas. Priceless!

  • 5.
    Wendy said…

    Loving Cathy’s layered template – snagged & using it with my grandkids. HB, Anna!

  • 6.
    marsha j said…

    happy birthday anna! she is growing up so fast. glad she had such a good day.

  • 7.
    Lindsey said…

    Happy, happy birthday to Anna, and to you too, Mama! ox

  • 8.
    Jill Kane said…

    Love :)

  • 9.
    Liv said…

    The best part is definitely the ‘dishwasher’ answer!

  • 10.
    Kim S (nerdgrl) said…

    A very happy birthday to Anna (and I love the crown, too!)

  • 11.
    Brooke said…

    Glad Anna had a wonderful day. Through photos of course, it looks like she’s grown up a heap in the last 6 months or so. Love the holding her written name photo.

  • 12.
    Julie said…

    Gosh, all of the sudden she looks so grown up…

    Love her smile…Happy Birthday Miss Anna Girl

  • 13.
    Jen said…

    Happy Birthday Anna!! Looks like she had an awesome party.

  • 14.
    katie said…

    so so fun! Kelly’s 4th birthday [eons ago] was at Chuck E. Cheese too!! Happy belated birthday to Anna! :)

  • 15.
    Jan from canada said…

    Happy Birthday sweet girl…

  • 16.
    rhonda nickol said…

    Happy 4th Birthday Anna!

  • 17.
    Helen Gordon said…

    I only know your Anna through your blog….but my how fast she grew to be a 4 year old. Someday she is going to love all the pictures and albums you have made for her. She was an adorable baby…and is a precious little girl. Congrats on 4 years or raising a daughter! Helen

  • 18.
    Bronwyn said…

    I am working with this template but i can’t figure out how to change the “name here” block to my childs name or how to change the background color. if it’s not too complicated, would you mind telling me how?.

  • 19.
    Chris said…

    I never tire of looking at pictures of the most beautiful girl in the world!

  • 20.
    Marilyn said…

    How sweet! She is so adorable. And loving the photos you’ve captured of those precious moments. Happy Valentine’s week! Xoxo, M @ BT

  • 21.
    Marie said…

    Dishwasher, really? :-) Happy birthday sweet Anna!

  • 22.
    Asta said…

    Happy birthday sweet little girl :)

  • 23.
    Shawna said… the pic with Simon’s hand on her back…perfection!
    Happy 4th Birthday, Sweet Anna!

    • ….
      Sonya said…

      Totally agree, it tugged at my heart when I read it was Simon’s hand :-) Ali, I’ve loved watching these two grow through following your blog. So inspiring!

    • ….
      Ann said…

      Me too. What a sweetie.
      Happy Birthday, Anna! My baby just turned 4, as well. Wish they could stay little…a little longer.

  • 24.
    dawn said…

    Glad it was a HAPPY day for all of you. Love her sweet smile and personality!! Can’t believe she’s four either. Happy Birthday Anna!

  • 25.
    Dori said…

    Precious! Happy birthday, sweet Anna girl.

  • 26.
    Lisa W. said…

    Happy Birthday Sweet Anna…you are so loved, adorable…and it is so fun seeing you grow up. You are a lucky little girl!!!

  • 27.
    Alida said…

    Happy Birthday to a very smart and beautiful girl!

  • 28.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    Wow, Anna, it looks like you had an AWESOME Birthday!!

    Hope you were spoilt rotten by everyone and i hope the coming year is just filled with giggles, smiles and plenty of joy and happiness for you and your beautiful family :-)

  • 29.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Happy Birthday Sweet Anna. Love the blow-up crown and looks like you had a fun, happy day.

  • 30.
    Cathy L. said…

    Wonderful photos, yours always make me think of ways to improve mine. Anna is a beautiful little girl. These years go by far too quickly.

  • 31.
    Deb J said…

    Happy Birthday to Anna. I remember her pictures from when she was born. Time has sure flown.

  • 32.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Oh wow, Happy Birthday Anna!! Time goes so fast. Glad to hear you had a fabulous and fun weekend.

  • 33.
    Barb in AK said…

    FOUR!! I can hardly believe it. I started reading your blog when Anna was just a babe. Now I’m feeling a bit old! LOL!!
    Happy birthday to sweet Anna. It’s been so much fun watching her grow up. :-)

  • 34.
    Stacy said…

    Time flies!! Happy Birthday, Anna!!

  • 35.
    Cynthia H said…

    Aww! Happy Birthday Anna!

  • 36.
    Michelle said…

    Love the favorites page!

  • 37.
    Suz said…

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

  • 38.
    karen c said…

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

  • 39.
    Linda said…

    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.

  • 40.
    Teresa Igo said…

    Such a pretty little girl. Happy Birthday Anna!

  • 41.
    Teresa Igo said…

    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!

  • 42.
    Kimmie said…

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

  • 43.
    Susan said…

    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.

  • 44.
    Jana said…

    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! ;)

  • 45.
    Pam said…

    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. :)

  • 46.
    Donna said…

    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!

  • 47.
    Cheyne said…

    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 :)

  • 48.
    amanda kay tea said…

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

  • 49.
    Susanne Huettner said…

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

    Happy birthday to your sweet little girl°

  • 50.
    Alexandra said…

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

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