Oh my! That was the most fun I have had celebrating a birthday in a long time! (Yes, I know that the sign says “Happy 3th Birthday” – we didn’t have the heart to change it after the employees at the carousel put it up.)
Madelyn’s birthday morning (Thursday) started with balloons on her bedroom door. She was too drowsy to look at the camera, but Mommy & Daddy wanted to make sure that they got at least a little acknowledgement for blowing up all the balloons before they headed off to work! Madelyn perked up pretty quickly, however, when she remembered that she was going out to a pancake breakfast with Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Andrew & Nana! The waitress surprised Madelyn and put a candle in a peach, with blueberries for eyes and strawberries for a mouth and ears. Top that with presents, and she was one incredibly excited little girl.
Birthday dinner consisted of Madelyn’s favorites: macaroni & cheese + chocolate cake. I had grand plans to make the chocolate cake into a heart according to one of my fave Pinterest finds, but the results in my hands were not very aesthetic. It sort of looked like a mud pie that vaguely resembled a heart with a wobbly “3” on it. No pictures – I’m too embarrassed. It tasted great though (used the 2 ingredient method of Duncan Hines + canned pumpkin and nothing else)!
Madelyn’s favorite gift of the evening seemed to be a little wooden fruit & veggie set that I got on clearance at Toys R Us. Each piece has velcro so that she can “cut” it in half. She has been serving Troy and I a lot of fruits and veggies . . .
(note Mini Boden tee from Great Grandma Carlisle!!!!)
The BIG EVENT occurred on Saturday morning when we met up with friends and family for a party at the carousel. The guest of honor was, of course, Razzle Dazzle the carousel horse.
Madelyn was literally showered in love by all of the family and friends in attendance. Our hearts were full with gratefulness.
(Pictured with Great Grandpa and Grandma Carlisle above – Hi Grandpa and Grandma! Thanks for reading our blog!!)
In the party room, we stuck with a Cowgirl Jessie theme, complete with cowboy/girl hats. Troy initially protested when I wanted to buy the hats (it was not the price – they were only a dollar each – he just thought it was overkill). He has since learned all about little girl parties the Tricia way. He was also introduced to descriptions of the 1981 awesomeness of my third birthday party that included an appearance by my uncle and aunt as “Cowboy Kelly” and “Cowboy Shelley.” When I offered to forego the hats if Troy would show up as Toy Story Sheriff Woody, he let me buy the hats :) And the hats were all sorts of fun:
I would like to briefly point out, that despite my inability to ever make a cool cake, I can at least add decorations to a Costco cake AND I managed to make special labels for the crayons.
Anyway . . .
We asked Madelyn what her favorite part of the party was and she told us it was the balloons. Duly noted!
We love you Baby Girl!
- Tricia Olson, 2012