On the morning of her birthday, Isabella woke up and opened her presents from me and the hubs: an easel and a Plan Toys dollhouse, with a few sets of furniture.
After that, we put her in her room for awhile to read books and rearrange her furniture (these are the activities that comprise naptime now), and then it was time to put on a pretty party dress, squeeze the twins like melons for a photo op, and head to grandma's.
The theme was Clifford, of course, and Aunt Karrie outdid herself with this year's sign. Given Isabella's love affair with all things Bleakman, the sign prominently featured Clifford's grumpy old neighbor.
Isabella declined the opportunity to plant a big one on Bleakman's wrinkly old-man cheek, and instead settled for staring lovingly into his bespectacled eyes.
Soon it was time for cake. We ordered the cake from the same person who did Isabella's first and second birthday cakes. I had asked for Bleakman on the cake, but apparently, she couldn't do it. Still a very cute cake, and it tasted just as good as it always has. Mmmm... cake. How I love you. Why do you have to be so bad for my thighs?
Isabella wasn't as into having "Happy Birthday" sung to her this year as she was last year. She was a big shy throughout the song...
...but afterward began to tear through the presents like nobody's business. Last year, I ended up opening half of them, since she wanted to stop and play with each one after unwrapping it. This year, she was all about the unwrapping.
(Do you remember when you were this flexible? No? Me either.)
The weekend ended with an art lesson from Aunt Karrie, who took some time away from contemplating motherhood...
...to offer Isabella some lessons on how to use her new Magna-Doodle to its fullest advantage. In keeping with the Clifford theme, I give you:
"Bleakman's Gesture of Neighborly Love"
"Emily Elizabeth Gets a Job"
Isabella had an amazing 3rd birthday. Thank you so much for all your birthday wishes for her.
Some of you have emailed me asking me for updates on the house/moving situation, and I promise I will post about them next.