Part of the fun of being a parent is creating traditions and memories for your kids. I hope for Hailey’s and Kaitlyn’s memories of birthdays to be times of family joy and celebration. Not overblown per se, but I want them to remember that we always tried to make the day a little bit more special than the rest. Now that Hailey is three, she understands SO much, so I really wanted to make her third birthday exciting for her.
I woke her up singing happy birthday (I’ll spare you the video of that one), and her grin proved to me she was giddy about her birthday from the moment her feet hit the floor. I tried to keep the morning business as usual, being that we had to make it to school, but squeezed in time for a quick birthday photo shoot.
At school she got a birthday crown and extra attention which had her exhausted by the time she got home. After a good long nap, the fun really began!
David worked it out to be home early so we all sat and opened presents, stopping to play with each one in between. Her excitement just grew with gift and card.
By the way, some great three year old gift ideas include a wooden tool set, an art easel, nail stickers, a light up fishing pole with the fish on the end and giant cardboard houses to draw on!
We all got to sit down to dinner together, which is incredibly rare with the schedules around here. I look forward to more family dinners one day.
Then, it was birthday cake time!
We split the giant cupcake three ways and Hailey devoured hers before begging to go play some more. David took off with her while I put Kaitlyn down. Sweet thing just couldn’t handle the excitement.
We ended up staying up an hour past bed time, all in the playroom ‘working’ on her new house with her new tool set before finally tearing her away for bath and stories.
And just like that, my toddler was a toddler no more. Welcome to the preschool years my sweet Hailey!
And now for those that do like videos, I have to share this with you. I interviewed Hailey twice, pieced it together and here’s what I got! I look forward to do this every birthday to keep these sweet memories for always.