Our sweet Aven decided to grow up. Five is always a difficult age for me. As far as enjoying a stage, this is one of my favorites. It is also the age that they seem to grow away from me so it is very bittersweet.
She decided that, rather than a party with friends, we would go to Chuck E Cheese and to Build a Bear. This helped us all have a seriously fun day. Drake and Zoa were awesome at Chuck E Cheese giving her all their tickets that they won and extra tokens. They followed her around and helped her have a great time.
She had a blast making a bear at Build a Bear. She was the first of the kids to have this experience, making it necessary for the other kids to make a trip there as well in the following months. She was very excited but also serious about her choices. She came home with this pink bear named Alyssa that wears heels and a sparkly dress. The word to describe this creation, if you know Aven, is PERFECT.
We finished off the day with a Barbie cake. She saw one at the grocery store but it was $50. I was unwilling to pay that so Zoa and I looked up instructions online and made it happen. We are quite amateur but it turned out pretty cute in spite of that fact. Aven was thrilled so it was perfect.