At his 3-yr check-up he weighed in at 41 pounds, and measured 41 inches! Both 97th percentile.
Anyhow, he's still a helper. All you have to do is use the word "help" and he's usually happy to do it.
He also is a sucker for back scratching. It's my secret weapon during sacrament meeting. : ) He'll usually calm down and lay on my lap for as long as I keep scratching.
A funny thing with his talking is all of his Y's are pronounced as L's. So "you yell" would be "lou lell." It's awfully cute.
Anyhow, his actual birthday was not too eventful. Mr. Fox brought home a giant decorated chocolate chip cookie/cake, which was great since it wasn't my sugar day (I'm doing a challenge, and I only get sugar once a week, which I was saving for the day of his party). Moose chose pizza for dinner, and he got to open his presents. He got a fireman raincoat, a big mixer truck, a Tonka story book, and a "life-size" Super Why puzzle. It was a nice, relaxed birthday.
His party was on the Saturday after his birthday, and he invited his two older sisters, 5 local cousins, and the two church friends who are closest in age to him.
It was a construction-themed party, and was super fun for me to put together.
I let the kids help with some of the preparations, which is hard when compared to "pinterest perfection" but I'm trying to overcome that. Especially because they love helping with projects and the parties are FOR them. Anyhow, I think the kids had a good time, Moose got a special party that was all for him, and we all got to have fun looking forward to it and planning it.
|Each child got a hardhat and personalized tool belt upon arriving.|
|They got to use stickers to personalize their hard hats.|
Once everyone was attired, we went downstairs for legos and blocks, as well as "Pin the hammer on the builder."
Then we had a snack break. My rationale was that I wanted to give them some real food so that later the sugar wouldn't have as much of an effect...but I wasn't very careful in my food selection and it ended up just being more sugar (applesauce muffins, apple slices, and milk).
After snack time, we headed outside for a demolition game. They were each given a tape measure and were supposed to measure how high to position a "wrecking ball" (painted tennis ball on a string) to knock down buildings (stack of boxes). It was a bit convoluted, and stacking the boxes on uneven ground was difficult, but the kids liked using the tape measures & swinging the ball (who doesn't love a little demolition, right?)
After the demolition game, the kids hunted for construction-themed stickers in a pile of sawdust. I should mention now how awesome Mr. Fox is. He was able to provide us with some great supplies for the party...free from work : )
By the time we were halfway through the sawdust game I finally accepted the fact that I needed to be less structured. I KNOW that three-year-old parties should be basically a glorified playdate, but I just couldn't help myself. So the kids were a bit inattentive when it wasn't their turn (of course) and were interested in other things besides the games (of course). So at that point I stopped fighting it and they roamed free. They played in the sandbox and on the swings. Some kept digging through the sawdust in search of stickers.
After a few minutes we also opened up a nailing station with Mr. Fox (who really is fantastic). They got goggles to wear, and to add to their tool belt.
|Love this guy!!!|
|Mr. Fox is better with kids than I am, I think. He's just so laid back and mellow. He's super awesome.|
I was happy with the cake. And so was Moose, which was the important part.
|I'm all in favor of cakes that are MEANT to look sloppy!|
|The inside was hazard stripes, and I am so so so happy with how it turned out!|
Much easier than it looks, and I love that "surprise" factor when you cut open a cake like this.
|Pretty much all of the party ideas were found online...|
Except for this Honey Bucket door : )
My brilliant mind came up with it all on my own.
I think we're going to leave it painted that way.
While I'm at it, thank you to Heidi and Jen for staying to hold babies as needed! My Mom was scheduled to come tend the babies, but got sick a day or two before the party.
And thank you to Evan for playing photographer.
And thank you to everyone who came!
I sure love my not-so-little three-year-old!!
|Moose. so very Moose.|