This little lady is 5!

My oldest daughter turned five a couple of months ago, but we've been waiting for warmer weather to do a little birthday session. When my husband fell asleep with the other two littles one afternoon last weekend, we snuck out for a date at a local bakery shop before heading to historic Arlington Heights for some fun photos. I LOVED our little mommy-daughter date and was soaking up all the hugs she kept giving me as she thanked me for our special time together. She was so excited to put together a dandelion bouquet for me and I felt so lavished upon by her giant heart. Those couple of hours together started a wonderful spark of reflection on the incredible little lady that she is and I found myself overwhelmed with the gift she is to me and our entire family.

This past year, especially, she has really grown up in so many ways. She started school, doing her morning routine pretty independently, reading a few words, and began taking on the role as big sister more seriously. I could do a huge post of photos from this past year, but for this little space, here are some photos from a little adventure we took after our cupcake date...