Last year on April 11th, i became an aunt. I had become a mother at a young age and my brother and sister became an aunt and uncle when they were 13 and 15. Although i am not complaining, i had to wait 17 years to become an aunt and when she was born, oh my goodness- i know that Paul and Erika were happy but i was so proud. I texted all of my co-workers, all of my friends, and pretty much everyone in my phone- including people i hadn't talked to in YEARS! lol.
Isn't she beautiful?!?
A whole year went by- i wasn't able to spend a ton of time with her because of work, family, life, etc but i loved watching her grow. And cherished all the times i was able to spend with her.
And now she is one. How time flies!
Despite the fact that a birthday party for a one year old seems a little odd (i mean, will she even remember it??), Paul and Erika had a birthday party for Ava over the weekend. Friends and family gathered for lunch and cake so that they could celebrate Ava's life.....and also celebrate the fact that Paul and Erika survived the past year.
Look at the beautiful cupcakes Erika made...... :)
And a collection of pictures.....
And the birthday girl! So happy!!
My mom and Ava
Paul Ray III, Ava Ray, and Paul Ray Jr.
Oh- and this is what i got her for her birthday- there was a top 10 list of presents for 1 year olds and this was the #1 present. I thought it looked cool.....
And here are some professional pictures taken for your enjoyment! I just can't get over how cute she is!!