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This weekend, we threw an early birthday party for Toby, who turns five in a few days. It was such a sweet afternoon. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…

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As always, we had a picnic in a waterfront meadow in downtown Manhattan, the same place where we had Toby’s parties when he turned one, two, three and four. (Be still, my heart!)

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We brought along a few things for the kids to play with, as always — like, a parachute, a frisbee and bubbles. My friend Michelle also brought this super soaker, which was the instant hit of the party.

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Anton is a funny bird because he’s so brave and daring physically but so nervous and shy around people. He took a while to warm up and definitely stayed close (and mostly clung) to my leg at first.

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But a few snacks and juice boxes later, he hit his stride. (Side note: Thighs!)

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After everyone ran around and played for a while…

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We brought out the donut cake, Toby’s favorite.

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He looked so sweet and proud as we sang “Happy Birthday”…

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And once the candles were blown out…

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Everyone dove in!

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Oscar did his patented “donut sandwich” move, as he has for the past three years, so sweet! (Update: While wistfully looking over these photos for the millionth time, I just noticed that in the background I think Toby is telling somehow how old he is now. FIVE!)

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And Antoni tucked right in.

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Finally, at the end of the afternoon, we tried to take a family photo, but we were squirted with a water pistol at the last second, ha! It was such a lovely afternoon celebrating this little treasure. Five years, I can’t believe it. Thanks so much for reading. xoxo

P.S. Toby’s birth story five years ago.

(Huge thanks to our lovely friend Nicki Sebastian for the photos)