When I say “birthday”, you say “party”. Birthday!

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So the 3rd (OMG!) birthday party came and went, just like that.  On Wednesday this little tot turns 3 and I suppose I should stop calling her a toddler since she will be a pre-schooler.  But that’s neither here nor there.

Planning a birthday party in January when your house can barely house your own small family is a challenge (in creativity and bank account).  This year we decided to have the party at a favorite winter spot of ours, Stay and Play, an indoor playground.  This place as a venue for your kid’s birthday party deserves a post of its own but let’s just say this: I didn’t stress a single moment from the minute that we decided to have the party there through the actual day.  And my experience was beyond pleasant and worry-free.  How they managed to accomplish this with a Type-A anxious mom?  That’s to come.

The toddler and her close buds had an absolutely amazing time.  Our incredibly shy and reserved girl ran around the place like she owned it, chasing her friends, going up and down the slide, even taking a break to use the potty.  Our day was filled with family, friends and laughter.  We played, we ate pizza, we blew out the birthday cupcake (with an immense amount of icing, made special by her mommy and auntie), we played some more.   We went home and opened an insane amount of gifts and spent more time visiting with family and playing with new toys.
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I held back tears the entire day, watching my just-about-3-year-old little Peanut run around with her friends.  Her friends.  As in, she’s making a choice in having friends now.  And talking to them.  About important things like potties and slides and cupcakes.

And when the day ended, we tucked everyone into bed and settled on the couch, just the two of us, my husband and I, and we sipped some champagne and talked about this little family of ours.  This family that keeps growing and moving ahead.

A feeling that will forever be bittersweet to me.



Peanut’s 1st birthday party

Peanut’s 2nd birthday party


  1. Aww! In that 4th photo, she looks about 8 years old! She’s just so beautiful, Kat. Happy 3rd Birthday, P!

  2. Where has your little tiny baby gone? That means I’ve been reading your blog for over 3 years now. I started right before P was born.

    I hope you have a wonderful Birthday Addison!!

  3. Happy happy birthday to your little one, Kat!!!! I read her other birthday posts, soooo cute!!!!!!

  4. Happy birthday, P!

    And that 4th photo? Woah… Holy teenager!!

  5. Cant believe she is already 3! Happy Birthday sweet girl!

  6. Time is seriously flying. I remember it like yesterday that you were pregnant with her. Happy birthday to your preschooler! (GAH!)

  7. Reading this with tears in my eyes – for you, for me, for mamas everywhere. Oh how fast they grow! I think I found your blog when she was just a tiny little thing and now she is 3. Congrats to you and your family. Your posts continue to be so much fun to read.

  8. Kat! HOW ARE OUR GIRLS SO BIG?!?!?! I mean – these pictures of Peanut – there’s no baby left in them. How is that possible???

    • This is what I really want to type in response: dakljgfalskjgfkl;jsgklsfdjgs;jlfglskjfgskjfhg

      What I mean is: ugh I have no idea. Time and I are not on the same page anymore.

  9. Umm Taylor in the tiara is totally to die for. So is Addison in the earrings. Having girls is so much fun!!

  10. I dont know if it is because I have followed your blog since you had Addison and the fact that my little girl will be 3 in June or just because I am pregnant and having the baby next week, induced, but this post and her birthday post made me tear up! Your girls are the sweetest things and we can relate to almost everything you post. Time sure does fly by and I, like you, just want it to slow down. Thanks for sharing all your moments!

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