Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bethany turns 3!

Our sweet Bethany turned three. THREE. She is hilarious, kind, and loving. She also has an iron will. We assume this will be to her advantage on the Supreme Court. The beginning of three has been vastly superior to two and a half. I know it comes and goes, and she still has her moments, but she's also starting to have occasional rational thoughts. We like those, and encourage them when they show up.

Bethany's family cake was part of Grandpa's retirement cake. This thing was seriously DELICIOUS, and we had too much of it to necessitate making an additional cake. (Don't worry - I made her cupcakes for her actual party.) Bethany really got into blowing out the candles, so the pyromania trend continues.

 (Blogger decided to reorder these, so ignore the lack of storyline.) We had a few gifts from family and Mommy, Daddy, and Clara. She's finally gotten the "point" of presents, so she was really excited to see what was in her packages!

This kept Clara from shredding the wrapping paper prior to dinner. :) It worked, and Bethany got a kick out of it. I think it's going to become a tradition.

Unwrapping! At first, she tried to do it very, very carefully. I pointed out that she could rip the paper, and she was more than happy to do so. :) It made things move a lot faster...

Little sister says, "Hi."

The Saturday after her birthday, we celebrated at home with friends. Here's the birthday banner, still going strong. 

Bethany next to her birthday cupcakes - same recipe for three years. She is nothing if not consistent. This year, I asked her if she wanted a cake instead of cupcakes, and she looked at me as if I had three heads. 

Bethany and her buddy Harper - what you can't tell is that Bethany is actually telling a long and involved story, and Harper is politely pretending to listen. 

We made Christmas trees out of ice cream cones, green icing, and candy. It was a hit, but it did require a bit more parental help than I anticipated. Fortunately, all the friends' parents were good sports and pitched in. Bethany LOVED her tree, and would have made a dozen of them if we had let her. (Also - it is harder than you might think to find pointy cones...)

The weather was gorgeous, so we ate pizza and cupcakes outside.  Bethany decided to channel her inner Chicagoan, and wore her hat, scarf, and new vest the entire time. It was about 68 degrees. (My Aunt Paula & Uncle David sent her the vest for her birthday, and she adores it. She might sleep in it if we suggested that as a possibility.)

No, really, she wore all of that the entire time. She added her mittens before blowing out her candles. 

And here is the darling three year old. Cuddled up on the couch with about four stuffed friends and a book. Such an amazing kid. :)

Bethany's Favorites at Three:
Favorite Food: pasta (still, and probably always), strawberries, peaches, beef and noodles
Favorite Books: The Happy Lion series, Henry and Mudge (she looks for these at the library), Sunshine, and books about animals
Favorite TV shows: Mr. Rogers, but this is largely because she doesn't get to watch too much else. She also really likes to watch sports with Grandpa, Daddy, or Uncle Andrew.
Favorite Color: pink
Favorite Toy: dolls and animals, and scissors
Hilarious comments lately:
*After watching a YouTube video of Laurie Berkner, she asks for another one. I tell her no, she's watched enough. She replies, "But Mommy, it brings me such great joy!" (Seriously - where does she get this?)
*Everything, for a brief period last fall, was "unacceptable," pronounced, "unasseptable."
*Seeing a personal with probable mental issues talking to himself on the street, "Mommy, that man sure is being a silly goose," complete with head shaking like an old lady.

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