May 5, 2009

To My Third Child on his Third Birthday

Last night before you went to bed, we had quite the extensive conversation about what your birthday cake was to look like. You were adamant that it needed to be green, have a vacuum, and YOU on it. I laughed and said I'll try. And try I did. But it wasn't working out like I hoped, so I settled on writing Happy Birthday in green frosting. (mom, are my cake decorating tips at your house?)

This morning when you woke up, you wanted to see your cake. Even though it wasn't quite what you asked for, you loved it. You loved it so much that we had to sing Happy Birthday right then and there, and then we ate cake for breakfast.

I love this picture because it shows your new found independence. You dress yourself every day. Most of the time, the clothes are backwards and inside out, but YOU DID IT YOURSELF and that's good enough.

You've been talking a lot more. It's hard to find the right words sometimes, and it takes all your focus and concentration. You wear a very serious face when you're trying to explain yourself. Sometimes you say the same thing over and over until it comes out the way you want, and then your face lights up.

(in this one you are trying to tell me why I don't need to take your picture.)

It is truly a joy and an honor to have you in our family. You're a goofball, and can always make us laugh. Your eyes sparkle with delight, it's obvious that you love your life. And we sure love having you in ours.

your mother

Daniel's Favorites 2009

Show: Spongebob Squarepants

Song: Happy Birthday to Me!

Color: "Geen", green

Food: "Geen food and sting teez", green food and string cheese

Book: "ROAAAARRRR book!", Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Toy: trucks, balls, bikes

Activity: playing outside