Happy, happy three!!!

Oh my, you are THREE!Happy, happy birthday, Jack! 20121028-151006.jpg

I still remember your first week of life, nearly every detail, as we fought to figure all of this parenting stuff out... 20121028-150336.jpg And, your first birthday that we celebrated in Pensacola at Nonna and Pops house... 20121028-150545.jpg And, last year, when you turned TWO in San Francisco! 20121028-152354.jpg

I feel like we have had a month long birthday celebration, but all of your smiles and excitement have been worth every minute of it! You are such a big boy now! Every day, you grow more and more independent wanting to do everything for yourself like putting on your own clothes, brushing your teeth, and going potty alone. A few months ago, you gave up your da-dews (pacifiers) after your last one fell into the toilet and you haven't asked for them again! One of your most favorite things is to hear us tell you stories. You ask for them in the car, when we are eating dinner, and before night-night...I think you would listen all day if we constantly indulged you! You love singing songs and listening to music. One of our most favorite activities is to play your instruments and have a family dance party after dinner. We run around the living room banging and clapping and moving our bodies like crazy! You continue to be very empathetic. You are the first one to run over and comfort a friend when they get hurt or feel sad. You love sweets! Candy is one of your most favorites tied with mama's chocolate chip cookies, cake, and ice cream! You still love good food, but you are often too busy playing to stop and eat! You love Toy Story, playing super heroes, watching movies, building at your work bench, cooking in your kitchen and the real kitchen, and playing outside. Your new favorite team is the Seattle Sounders...you love going to the games and especially love singing the chant, "Seattle Sounders here we go (clap, clap), here we go (clap, clap), here we go! (clap, clap)" You are a planner like your mama! You love to ask what we are doing after you wake up and you listen intently as I tell you about our plans for the day. You still love book time, and continue to especially love “books with mama” which you plea for every night. You love to go to the library to read and check out new books (and movies!).

And, despite all of your loveliness, you have a truly independent and stubborn personality! Sometimes you act like a little bruiser, especially when you are tired or overly excited. Dada likes to say that you and are alike in that we are both inpatient with unrealistic expectations! Sometimes we make each other crazy, but amongst all of that, we love each other like crazy too! You are my sweet, loving little man, my sidekick...I love you so much! Happy, happy THREE!

I'm starting a new tradition of asking you this set of questions on your birthday...this seems like a good place to keep record of your answers and shed some more light on your dynamic personality!

1. What is your favorite color? Red and orange 2. What is your favorite toy? My favorite cars are Tow mater and Lightning McQueen. I might get them because I want them... Also, Batman and Spiderman and Toy Story toys. 3. What is your favorite fruit? Pineapple and orange 4. What is your favorite tv show? Curious George 5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? String cheese 6. What is your favorite outfit? Spiderman costume 7. What is your favorite game? Magnets 8. What is your favorite snack? String cheese :) 9. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe (Gerald from Giraffes Can't Dance book) 10. What is your favorite song? The Lorax songs 11. What is your favorite book? Le Roi Lion (Lion King in French) 12. Who is your best friend? Hanna and Preston 13. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios 14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play Superman and Batman and Spiderman 15. What is your favorite drink? Juice 16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter...I like hunting eggs with Hanna. On Easter, I found a little green egg with jelly beans in there. Who put the jelly beans in there? 17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Ah-ah (green monkey) 18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Grapefruit 19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Juice for dinner! 20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Batman!