Monday, October 11, 2010

The Big THREE Birthday weekend

Yesterday was Emily's third birthday. It is hard to believe that she is already 3, but at the same time, there is no denying that my baby girl has been replaced by a little girl.

The past 2 years, we have had a birthday party at our church. I was starting to feel like the parties were more for me than Emily, so I decided that there would be no party this year (which is convenient because we moved and don't know anyone here anyway). Instead of a party, we decided to do something that Emily would enjoy. She has been loving the aquarium lately, so we thought that would be the perfect place to go on her birthday. It was a good theory.

Saturday morning, Emily woke up early and would not go back to sleep. We decided to go to the aquarium when it opened to avoid the Saturday crowds. This was not a good idea. Emily was exhausted and miserable. It would have been a better idea to let her have a nap and then go. Live and learn!

Here is a shot of Emily at the aquarium. Doesn't she look thrilled?

Later that day, we took her to the mall. We rode the carousel, which she loved. Then we went to the build a bear store. She loved looking at all the clothes and accessories (she is ALL girl!). We did not buy a bear, because she doesn't tend to be into stuffed animals.

Her speech therapist actually brought her two balloons on Friday. That is when we learned it didn't matter what gift we gave her - nothing would beat the balloons.

She was so excited, she could barely contain herself. It cracked me up! I am not sure that I have ever seen her this excited. I loved every minute of it.

On Sunday, we decided to visit our old church home (the search up here is NOT going well, but that is a story for another time). We were able to stay for lunch and enjoy a great time catching up with our church family. It was a great way to celebrate Emily's big THREE.

When we got home, we had our usual cupcake to celebrate (we cannot break tradition!).

She enjoyed licking the frosting. The girl does have a sweet tooth! I even gave her a couple of bites of cake, but she wasn't as interested. Then we gave her our card and present (her new backpack for school). She was not very excited about that part because she didn't like the wrapping paper. She does not like the crinkly noise of plastic shopping bags, so I should have known that she would not like the crinkly wrapping paper. Again, live and learn...

Here is a video of us singing the birthday song. Emily does not look very excited in this video until a few little smiles at the end. And if you listen close at the very end, you can hear her "happy click".


Abby said...

Dawn, you are right - she is changing from toddler to little girl! The balloon pictures are gorgeous! You captured her glee perfectly!! As for the video, I'm thinking the singing may have had her a little cautious - it would have made me cautious... hee hee! Love it! Happy birthday Emily!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Emily!

Anonymous said...

This is such a beautifulpage..Ive never seen anything like it before.....Emily is getting so BIG and beautiful....sorry Dawn she definetly looks like our side....and if she has a sweet tooth I have to say shes taking after us too....HAHAHAHAAA!!!! Love the pictures....keep up the good work guys!!!!!!
Lots of XXX OOO
Love Cyndi!

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe how much she has grown! She is absolutely beautiful - and the balloon pictures are priceless! Her expression shows pure happiness. Sorry we missed you guys this past weekend - we miss you!

The Burts

kirstenpetree said...

Happy bday Emily!!!!! love the ballon pics!!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday, Emily!! Love the balloon picture--you can feel her excitement!! And, loved her "happy click"!

Anonymous said...

My she is growing. Is she as tall as you yet? Love the balloon pics, must remember to keep balloons on hand. Enjoyed reading and sharing in her celebration, but a little bummed about it already being three years and us not seeing her and you all more. Where does time go?

Keep it coming.


Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Happy birthday!!! Balloons are just plain fun! We have a tradition of getting a balloon from the dollar store for each birthday. It's always the little things they enjoy the most.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Happy birthday Emily! My Emily turns 7 this Saturday. :) She looks SO happy with those balloons. That's awesome!

Jenkins said...


Love, love, love the picturs of her excitement with the balloons!