Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Taryn!

Taryn turned 3 years old on Saturday so we made the whole day about her. Saturday birthdays are great because you get to spend the whole day together as a family. We started with our traditional birthday breakfast- cake and canned peaches & pears. We really thought about the tradition behind Birthday Breakfasts- starting when my lawyer father had to work late and couldn't be home early in the evening to have a birthday dinner. So instead, my parents started celebrating birthdays in the morning, complete with cake, ice cream, and canned peaches & pears. Tyson and I both agreed this year that the best way to start a birthday is with cake in the morning and opening presents! Who wants to wait ALL DAY! just to get the best of the birthday celebrations! This way you get to wear your new clothes and start the day with a bang!

Taryn has been talking about her birthday since Christmas. We've been counting down the months, weeks and days for what seems like forever. We even watched videos from past birthdays. She declared that she wanted a sprinkle cake (like the one from her first birthday) months ago and made us so happy when she said she wanted sprinkles for her birthday…only sprinkles! We modified it just a bit to make it a special 3 year old cake and she loved it! 

It's like we just snapped and our little girl is into all things princess. She is a diva…just look at the pose below!!!!

No prompting whatsoever….There are many more of her in different poses & with various facial expressions too!

In the young readers section of our library there are many Biscuit series books. Taryn checks out multiple Biscuit books to take home and read over and over again. She acts out the books, calls every dog she sees "Biscuit," and recites the book to us as we read together. Now she has her very own Biscuit book.

So excited for her day!

The National Building Museum had an Engineering Family Day with many exhibits and hands on activities for kids. Taryn built a car out of paper & mints, made slime, caught pop corn in a net as it fell from above and received lots of fun handouts. We had never been to the building museum but now we want to go when it's not so crowded. 

A stop at We, The Pizza was a must while we were in D.C.
Seriously good pizza! We headed to The Mall and Taryn spotted the carousel. So the carousel was our next stop. She couldn't stop smiling and squealing as we headed towards it. She even started running with me (picture below) because she wanted to ride so much. I'm so glad it wasn't closed for the winter!

Such a happy happy girl with her Daddy!

We ran into some SAIS alumni on The Mall. Taryn requested that they sing to her for her birthday. And so they did! Taryn said, "That's my favorite song!" once they finished. 

My new favorite picture of these two.

The day was great and I love that Taryn is 3 years old now. She is beautiful, happy, spunky, adventurous and imaginative. Taryn is a wonderful girl and I'm so glad she is apart of our family and that we could celebrate her all day long. 

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