Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday, Banana Bean!!

Our beautiful darling girl is 3 years old now!! We can hardly keep up with how quickly she is learning and growing, and her developing imagination and sense of humor bring so much joy to our family. We love you, sweet girl, and we wish you a very happy 3rd birthday!

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Like last year, we skipped the party this year and invested our time and birthday budget into creating a special family day for Anna instead (not sure how much longer we will be able to get away with that, so we'll take advantage while we can!). We let the birthday girl pick out pretty much everything, so we settled on the zoo in the morning, with pizza and cake and ice cream for dinner.

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 After a nap, I took Anna over to the Publix bakery so she could pick out a cake, just like her favorite Daniel Tiger episode. She also picked out a pack of spider stickers (she is particularly interested in spiders right now) and a birthday balloon. We also made sure to get some party hats, as they were one of the few party elements she seemed to care about!

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Anna was extremely tickled by the entire candle/singing process, so of course we had to do it several times!



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These pictures of Maddie cracked me up - she was so skeptical of cake since it's been a whopping 2 months since her last cake experience, but you can tell she decided she liked it!

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Anyway, back to the birthday girl:

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This was our second lighting/singing. I had a video of our first lighting and also of her present unveiling and I think they both got deleted in my picture transfer - I am so bummed but if I can figure out where they are in ios7 land I will be sure to post them too!

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After cake, it was time for presents! We had given her a couple of Disney movies at breakfast (The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, if you were curious) but the post-cake presents were the highlight! First up was a new book, The Little Red Wagon. We had been teasing Anna about wagons all day at the zoo - every time we would see one we would say "Wow, Anna, doesn't that look like a cool wagon? I bet those kids love their wagon!" Well, guess what was up on the birthday bracket!

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Anna was ecstatic!

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 She spent the next 30 minutes pulling it all over the yard and cul-de-sac. I was so glad we opted for the all-terrain version!

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Anna was thrilled with her presents and her birthday, and she even managed to coax another candle/singing session with the leftover cake the day after! And she has been proudly telling everyone she meets that she is three and that she got three candles and cake. The celebrations are going to continue through this week as she takes treats to school, has a pizza party with some of her music class friends, and gets a visit from family this weekend - she is loving all of this fun and attention!

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Happy Birthday, sweet girl - we love you so much!

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