Last weekend, we celebrated Olive’s third birthday. Because I am a good person, I am going to spare you all of the “how the hell is she three!?” teeth-gnashing and just skip to the good stuff.
(Okay but just ONE thing…three years ago she was this tiny 7 lb brunette…
Sigh. Anyway, waaaaaay back in early summer (have I mentioned I love planning birthdays?) I asked her what kind of party she wanted.
“A dinosaur party” she stated emphatically. Everyone knows that almost-three-year-old’s must be obeyed, so I got to work planning a fantastic prehistoric bash! We made a Pin-The-Tail-On-The-T-Rex game, dinosaur footsteps leading up to the house, dino decorations, and party hats – and an ambitious (for me) dinosaur cake.
My mom always went out of her way to make our birthdays unbelievably special for us when we were kids – from the very second you woke up, you were treated like a queen. I was so, so excited to do the same thing for O.
The day before her party, we loaded her into the car and took off for a secret adventure. We drove for an hour and a half and finally arrived at the Royal Tyrrell Museum – filled with dinosaur fossils and bones and facts – such facts! Plaques galore! I think the bones were a bit lost on her, but she loved the gift shop 😉
Then it was home again home again to get ready for the party!
I have known what I was going to get Olive for her birthday for a while now – ever since she started preschool, she has been obsessed with the little play kitchen they have there, so I decided I would make her one for at home! I found an old night stand at Value Village for $10, and over the next three weeks I had so much fun transforming it! (I will do a separate post showing the process 🙂
I set it all up the night before, and on Sunday morning she walked out and saw it, and she was so, so excited. Our whole family got together and contributed to this project – I made the thing (all by myself!), my mom added utensils and little secondhand pots and pans, my sister Lizzie crocheted the most amazing fruits and vegetables for her to play with, and my mother-in-law made tiny oven mitts, tea towels and- the best thing ever, matching aprons for Olive and I! (Enablers! I’m surrounded by enablers!)
She (and her little cousin Ada) absolutely loved it!
Mawney’s birthday is Oct 2, Olive’s is Oct 5, and Ada was celebrating an early birthday (Nov 7) so I made them all special party hats. This kid is surrounded with so much love, it’s amazing.
It was a brilliant birthday, and I was so happy to be able to celebrate this special day the same way I celebrated welcoming this daughter of mine into the world three years ago. A bit tired, bursting with anticipation, and surrounded with loving family.
Happy Birthday, Olive Grace.