today you are three. you are enthusiastic about life and continue to fill our lives with joy. we are so in love with you. i'm grateful you show us what life is truly about. you have a mighty big heart and a fierce sense of loyalty. you make friends easily and find life mostly rosy. you love your teddy and want me to snuggle him while you are busy playing, just one example of your kind heart.
this year has been full of adventures; from hospital stays to finding a new home. i often thank you for being so flexible and you always ask, what's flexible? i chuckle a little and feel glad that i get to explain new words to you. you've learned so many in the past six months; what big (dinosaur) steps you've taken in one year! you also know about good manners, pushing elevator buttons, blowing bubbles, asking for a couple more minutes to play, whispering in church (trying to at least), telling me which foods you like and which ones you don't like. you notice a car / truck / bus / train from miles away. you tell me about the strangers you spy; i see a construction worker. you keep the world new (and bright). you are curious and thoughtful and sweet and wonderful. my heart holds yours. happy birthday.
in related news // last night we headed into the mountains for a family photo shoot with blue lily photography. what fun we had together. i can't wait to see the shots they took. benji thought it was a birthday party for him; games and a make-shift tent included! dan said the family photo session was way better than he imagined. tyler and wendy laughed and agreed; family photo shoots should be short and sweet (and fun)! we headed home and as benji noticed the moonlit sky (he loves telling me if the sun is up or if the sun is down) he requested a bedtime snack. thus the birthday banana splits were born; a new tradition for the eve of birthdays.
i've decided one of the best parts of being a mom is declaring something a tradition. family traditions are my fave. off to make some happy birthday memories at the pool. we're having a very basic birthday party with the grandparents tonight. i'm excited. but what's even more awesome is how excited benji is.
// a few archived birthday links
+ last year's birthday on the playground: here and here.
+ the birthday box is so handy for special occasions like today.
+ still my favorite birthday wreath (still haven't attempted it yet).
+ benji's first party; all the little guests tried to eat rocks.
+ create your own celebrate party banner (so glad it's laminated).