{ Spillin’ the beans }


We spent this afternoon with one stinkin’ adorable and very excited birthday girl. A brand new three year old who just last week leaned across the picnic table at the park and invited us to her PINK birthday party with BABY DOLLS! There was no way we could say no to those big, wide, animated eyes looking us square in the face! She had our attention and I was mesmerized by her fervor. I believe that when a child turns three this is the first year that they know what the birthday fuss is all about. The first year where it really clicks that they get presents, and cake and that the day is all about them! What a fun age. (Ok, I will admit right here and now that I say that about every age so far in my parenting experiences. It’s the truth. Take my word for it.) Anyways, meet miss Olivia. Daughter to the infamous Jeannine who I have mentioned a few times over the course of the month. We were honored guests at her celebration today! She wished every guest at her party “Happy Birthday!” as if she were saying “Merry Christmas!” to us. It really was adorable. Avery spoiled the gift that we brought for her. “Olivia, we have a bayyy-bee doll in the car for you!” I quickly put my hand over her mouth and scooped her up. “Shhhh. It’s a surprise. You can’t tell her until she opens her present, silly!” Oh the memories that came flooding in at that moment. A specific memory of attending my friend Sierra’s 3rd birthday way back when… back when… well, lets just say… back when big hair was all the rage.:)I too spoiled the surprise of my friends gift. You see we were all sitting with Sierra around the table as she was readying to open gifts and I innocently asked her “Do you want to open the porcelain sea tet?” (I always got “tea set” mixed up, but had no problems saying “porcelain” as a child. Odd.) I will never forget when my cousins looked at me annoyed and I realized that I had spilled the beans. Oops. So today when Avery spilled the beans, I had to smile, bask in the memory, and then share my story with the mommas at the party. I was four back then and didn’t really care about big hair, yet. It was a fun age.

Happy Birthday Olivia!!

Today’s Smiles From the Heart

My baby girl taking after me. Maybe this is why I LOVE surprises so much. Because I feel the need to make up for the one I ruined as a toddler.

Hearing “Happy Birthday Sawah!” several times. Each time as genuine and from Olivia’s heart as the last.

My littleman full of energy and fever free!

All of the kidlets together enjoying cake and the company of their buddies.

Those same kidlets working together to clean up the mess they had created. “What’s gonna work? Teeeeeaaaaaamworrrrrk!”

January 27, 2010 - 9:28 pm

Renee W - I love this! Little girls and birthdays just go together like ice cream and cake!!!

January 27, 2010 - 7:05 pm

Jeannette Chirinos Gold - love her outfit, she is adorable

January 27, 2010 - 5:00 am

Stacey Lund - Such a beautiful little girl. Thanks for so much interesting blog post.

January 26, 2010 - 12:11 pm

Amber Debyah - She is so gorgeous, I love her clothes!!!
Your profile pic is beautiful :)

January 26, 2010 - 9:20 am

Becky - What a beautiful little girl and I love the story. :) Too cute.

January 26, 2010 - 9:13 am

Jeannine - AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Gosh it feels good in the heart to have such special friends. It will not be the same without you guys next year. We will have to arrange something.
Thanks for expressing her birthday in words like nobody else can – so positive, so sunny, so funny.
Olivia took her babydoll to school today, and would not leave without it. :-)

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