My baby is 3. I can’t believe it. Logan was this age when I found out I was having Luke. That will not be happening again. But thinking back to that seems close. Almost too close. Like we took a jump in there somewhere and I missed something.
That being said, I love having a toddler so much more than a baby. He is an incredible person and I am so happy to be seeing more and more of that person as he gets older.
This year, his birthday party had to be pushed back due to a funeral that was on his real birthday. But to be honest, he barely registered that it was late, and couldn’t have cared less. I cared, I felt it intensely as I mourned a dear cousin and didn’t even get to see my baby. I felt robbed. On many levels. But knowing that he barely noticed really brings home that these seasons pass and kids are resilient.
I threw this party together in three days. I used things I owned and then borrowed the rest. It came in under budget by a lot… and I am glad, because I ended up needing it. lol!
For the three days we prepared for his party, Luke was obsessed with everything ‘zebra’. I bought a cake mix that looked like it had zebra stripes and he was a goner! That cake mix came everywhere with us all day long. Even to the library.
This cake mix seemed simple enough. Just follow the directions and you had a beautiful cake that looked like zebra stripes when you cut it.
Yeah. Not so much.
The stripes didn’t adhere correctly and so when I took the cakes out of the pans for frosting (and hour before the party) the cake fell apart in big rounds.
But not even that detered me! I can fix that with frosting, right??
Yeah. Then my frosting curddled.
It was now t-minus 50 minutes from having 4 families come over for dinner and I didn’t have a cake.
My husband, in a moment of genius, decided that we were going to Safeway. He saved the day.
It was genius. And I had plenty in the budget to cover it and a few more circus cookies while we were there. We were home in plenty of time for guests to show up and the table still looked great.
Most of the kids I invited were also 3 year olds. So instead of setting up games or anything complicated, I just printed out circus animal coloring pages and read circus books from the library. They were completely content.
Happy birthday little buddy! We sure do love you a lot!