THREE. YEARS. OLD!

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The month months of December and January sure does do fly by, doesn’t it don’t they? Especially when you’re busy celebrating something almost constantly throughout the months! ;)


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

Lily’s Birthday went REALLY well, and I think she had a great time! It was so much fun watching her this year for both her birthday and Christmas and she really finally UNDERSTOOD that it was a special day, and got really into her presents.. it makes it so much fun to give them! That’s probably why I went WAY overboard on presents this year.. oops! I took a few hours vacation on the morning of Lily’s birthday (Monday the 13th) so I could spend the morning with her and make her a special breakfast, etc. We let her open one of her presents right away in the morning, too (a doll with lots of accessories), which she LOVED and I think it really helped cement that it was her birthday.. right THEN! That didn’t stop her from asking 983947738748374298398948394 times during the day, “why did you give me a doll today??”.


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

So, I made her a special breakfast that she hardly ate because she was too excited, then we got her ready and brought her to daycare. I brought (homemade!!) cupcakes for all the kids so they could have a little celebration there as well, and Lily got to bring her new doll to show off to the other kids. I think she really enjoyed being the center of attention for the day! Jen said the kids loved the cupcakes, but it made them all completely wild, so maybe next year I’ll try a “healthier” (less sugar!) recipe.


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

Once we were done with work, and picked Lily up from daycare, we took her right over to Chuck E. Cheese in Maple Grove. Since it was a Monday night, and we’d just had a big snow storm over the weekend, the place was nearly EMPTY, which ended up being perfect. :) We met Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, Claire, Abby, and Uncle Greg there. We set up in this room off to the side that had enough room for all of us AND some of the smaller (toddler-ish) rides right in the room so the girls could play there without help. Then we ordered some pizzas, and let the kids loose on the main play area. They loved it! Lily had never been to CEC, and I hadn’t been in YEARS so I didn’t know what to expect, nor did I remember what the games were like but I knew we’d find something to do! All the girls really impressed me by being willing to try any kind of game, even if it was meant for older kids and a little “scarier” for them. It was hard to pull them away from the games to come and eat, but after dinner, cake (again – homemade!! and quite and experiment, too), and presents we let them go play for another few hours.


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10

Lily got a new bike, FP Little People Fairy Treehouse set, a new outfit, Vtech VReader (and 2 books for it), and a “learn through music” toy with 3 different cartridges. She loves everything, and plays with them constantly. The Birthday was a hit!! And now my little girl is getting SO big! Someone told me she’s now considered a pre-schooler instead of a toddler (or “tobbler” as Lily says), and for some reason that just came as a little shock to me! It’s amazing how quickly the time goes..


From Lily's 3rd Birthday! 12-13-10


Ok, so I promised my mother that I would write this story down, so here goes: Lily decided this year that she wanted ME to make her birthday cake, and she wanted both chocolate AND strawberry involved somehow. I don’t know why she thinks I can make anything even as good as Cub Bakery, but since it’s what she wanted I decided to give it a try. I had no idea what kind of recipe I was needed, so I started to make up my own. I envisioned a double-round cake with strawberry frosting and sliced strawberries in the middle, the whole thing frosted in chocolate with a few sliced strawberries on top for decoration. HA! I should know myself better than that! First of all, I could not find strawberry frosting.. plenty of PINK frosting, but it was all pink vanilla. Then, I had a hard time finding (and affording!) fresh strawberries in December. I considered frozen but didn’t think I could make that work well, so I ended up getting strawberry preserves and a little bit of pink vanilla frosting for the middle, and skipped the decorative touches all together.


From Christmas 2010

So, the night before her birthday I’m making the cakes. I had 2 pans of that “golden butter” type cake in the oven, and I went to check on them so I pulled one out and checked it with a toothpick and it wasn’t quite done. I was putting it back in the oven and I don’t know what happened but I dropped it, it slid down the door to the bottom of the oven where pretty much half of it flew out of the pan and onto the bottom of the oven. So then I’m trying to clean it up off the bottom of the oven (which we had just cleaned the day before because we kept setting off the smoke detectors) and the smoke detectors go off again (of course!). I get it all cleaned up somehow, then tried to figure out what to do now.. Luckily, I had bought a 2nd box of cake mix to make the cupcakes for Lily’s daycare, so I decided to split that box and make half the amount of cupcakes, and use the rest to make a new round cake… so that’s what I did! It actually worked out well, as I didn’t realize a box of cake mix makes 24 cupcakes! Holy cow, that’s a lot! So, my final masterpiece ended up being a half “golden butter”, half “yellow” cake with strawberry preserves and vanilla frosting in between them, then frosted in chocolate frosting. Amazingly, it wasn’t too bad.. but I’m going to hope that Lily doesn’t repeat her request next year!! :)


From Christmas 2010

About a week after her birthday, we had her 3-year-checkup. She did a GREAT job, and I was really proud of her! The Dr said she’s very healthy, and is growing perfectly. Lily wrote her name on the chalkboard in the Dr’s office, and the doctor said, “well, that’s pretty much what they learn in preschool, so she’s ahead of the curve!”. Then she had a nurse give Lily her first hearing and eye screenings, which were really interesting to watch. I don’t know if it was just the fact that I was so unnecessary, or just the fact that I was really watching my child interact with an adult ON HER OWN, and showing how she can listen and follow directions with NO assistance from me, but it was a memorable experience. I was a big sap (of course) and almost cried watching how grown up she was, and because I was so proud of her. Yeah, I’m a dork like that. Anyway, she did FANTASTIC with both tests and passed both with flying colors. The nurse was impressed as well since Lily knew what all the shapes on the vision chart were, except she didn’t know the word for “flag”. (she called it “stars” because of the stars on it.) The first time she did that, the nurse corrected her (“that’s a flag”) and Lily correctly identified it as a flag throughout the rest of the test.


From Christmas 2010

Skipping ahead a bit.. we took Lily to see Santa this year for the FIRST time. To commemorate the special occasion, we even went to the “realistic” Santa at Ridgedale and waited in line for TWO HOURS to see him. Lily was really well behaved, and did a GREAT job! She was so excited to see Santa. When it was her turn, she ran right up to him and sat on his lap, smiled (a REAL smile!) for the camera, and told him she wanted a talking tinkerbell kitchen and a doll for the bath. She gave him a hug, then came back to us, then turned and RAN back to Santa to give him a great big hug and say, “Thank you, Santa!”. Santa hugged her back and looked up at us and said, “Nobody ever says thank you…” It was SO cute!


From Christmas 2010

Christmas went well (and quickly!) with about a bazillion presents for Lily this year. Did I mention that I went overboard?? Well so did most of my family, apparently! We need a bigger house for all the stuff Lily got over the course of her birthday and Christmas this year! ;) We spent Christmas Eve at my parents house, then had a nice relaxing Christmas morning at home before heading down to “Grandma Gayle’s and Grandma Jim’s” farm for Christmas Day. It was fun to see both sides of the family, and Lily even got to “ride” a horse the day after Christmas! (The horse was just walked around in circles by the barn, but she loved it anyway!)


From Christmas 2010

New Years Eve was spent at The Lamberts, and even Claire, Abby, and Lily were still awake at midnight to see the start of 2011! We had a good time, stayed up REALLY late, and all spent the night there, which was a fun way to start the year! January brought a lot of random busy-ness (birthday parties galore, final Christmas celebrations, etc), and ended with a PRINCESS PARTY BLOWOUT for all 3 girls (Lily, Claire, and Abby) turning 3. I’ll write more about that next time! (oooh, cliffhanger! ;) ) Let’s hope February goes quickly, and BRING ON SPRING!! :)


From Christmas 2010 pictures – take 2

P.S. Extra bonus for us being so late! Here are links to the “outtakes” of our Christmas photo sessions with the girls! Also included are Christmas card pics of the Lambert Family. :)

Oops.. I missed January

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I actually have a blog post completely written, and sitting in drafts for the last 10 days or so, waiting for time to upload and attach pictures. I really meant to have it done before the end of January.. but I’ll post it this week sometime and we can pretend, ok?? :) I’m not willing to go BACK to January for the sake of having a blog post “on time” (somewhat)!! :)