The excitement of Three

Naomi came prancing down the hall Wednesday morning. "Mommy, did you make me a big girl bed??" Tuesday night after she fell asleep, Jeremiah and I shoved aside her crib, set up her big girl bed, spread out the quilt I had made her, and tucked her beneath the covers. She sleeps like a rock, so her birthday morning surprise was to wake up in her new bed. She was ecstatic.

Naomi came prancing down the hall Wednesday morning. “Mommy, did you make me a big girl bed??” Tuesday night after she fell asleep, Jeremiah and I shoved aside her crib, set up her big girl bed, spread out the quilt I had made her, and tucked her beneath the covers. She sleeps like a rock, so her birthday morning surprise was to wake up in her new bed. She was ecstatic.

She liked her decorated chair too!

At school music time she got to be the birthday centerpiece, proudly showing every child sitting in the circle her card.

At school music time she got to be the birthday centerpiece, proudly showing every child sitting in the circle her card.

I couldn't figure out what had given her the idea of a pink ELEPHANT cake until Aunt Becky fessed up--I had completely forgotten that skype conversation. Trust Aunt Becky to come up with a random one! But I had fun making it, and so did Naomi. Did you know that red velvet cake is pink because of two TABLESPOONS of red food coloring??

I couldn’t figure out what had given her the idea of a pink ELEPHANT cake (with marshmallows!) until Aunt Becky fessed up–I had completely forgotten that skype conversation. Trust Aunt Becky to come up with a random one! But I had fun making it, and so did Naomi. Did you know that red velvet cake is pink because of two TABLESPOONS of red food coloring??

Naomi is fun to give presents to–she’s so overtly delighted.  We put gift after gift on the table in front of her…”This one is from Nana and Papa, this one is from Milo, this one is from Omi and Abi…” At the end her smile faded. “But is there one for me?” she asked.  Here we had to explain that “for you” means that it’s yours.  “They’re ALL for you, Naomi!”  Squeals of delight.  Here she is unwrapping a gift sent from Omi and Abi.

Three-year-olds don't understand about saving some for later. Every single sticker from Nana's card got expended within 5 joyous minutes.

Three-year-olds don’t understand about saving some for later. Every single sticker from Nana’s card got expended within 5 joyous minutes.

Despite dire weather forecasts from earlier in the week, Saturday turned out wonderfully for a beach birthday party. We invited about six other families to join us at Rapaki for a bbq, most of whom had never met before, and proceeded to have a lovely compatible time. We missed the Summerfield family who have moved back to England. Emma accused me of being posh with my beach coffee fixings (espresso maker, real cream), but perhaps subconsciously I was just trying to fill Ian's role.

Despite dire weather forecasts from earlier in the week, Saturday turned out wonderfully for a beach birthday party. We invited about six other families to join us at Rapaki for a bbq, most of whom had never met before, and proceeded to have a lovely compatible time. We missed the Summerfield family who have moved back to England. Emma accused me of being posh with my beach coffee fixings (espresso maker, real cream), but perhaps subconsciously I was just trying to fill Ian’s role.

"Huzzah!" I really have no idea what threat he was mustering with this pose, but he was enjoying himself.

“Huzzah!” I really have no idea what threat he was mustering with this pose, but he was enjoying himself.

Sausages for everyone!

Sausages for everyone!

Rapaki has the lovely warm pools at low tide. You can't rightly call them "hot pools," but they're geothermally warm streams that come out on the beach, and on a cool day like yesterday they do feel wonderfully warm.

Rapaki has the lovely warm pools at low tide. You can’t rightly call them “hot pools,” but they’re geothermally warm streams that come out on the beach, and on a cool day like yesterday they do feel wonderfully warm.

Dirt cake! It's wonderfully portable in a beach bucket, and still a novelty in NZ. And with pink gummy worms to top it off, who can go wrong?

Dirt cake! It’s wonderfully portable in a beach bucket, and still a novelty in NZ. And with pink gummy worms to top it off, who can go wrong?

Three-year-olds sure know how to live it up on their birthdays!

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