Okay, Clock. You’ve gotta chill. The minutes just keep ticking away and my Baby’s not a baby anymore! Judah turned 3 yesterday. This kid came into the world with such a grand entrance, we should have had an inkling that it was just a prelude of how exciting, adventurous and all around unpredictable life with him would truly be! Life is a wild ride with this child and has helped to grow my heart about 3 sizes. (You like that Christmas movie allusion I so subtly wove in? Ha!) He is so many things that I am not. I love how little people can bring out characteristics in their parents that no one else can unlock. They are little Houdini’s in many ways, don’t you think?
At 3 years old, here are a few of Judah’s favorite things:
cowboys, horses and longhorns
trains, trucks, cars…basically everything motorized
animals in general, especially zebras, elephants and lions
oatmeal with pureed pumpkin
the color orangepeople
creatures and creepy crawlies
girls (he’s quite the lady’s man)
He’s a funny guy and he always keeps us hopping! I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do for his birthday this year, because birthdays are a BIG deal to me. Last year’s Pirate Party at the park was a BLAST, but I really wanted to do more of a family outing/event this year. I went back and forth with this idea because Judah has some precious, precious friends whom he would have loved to celebrate his birthday with, so I was really on the fence. But considering our crazy schedule as of late and my desire to focus on some family time, we decided on a family outing together.
Yesterday was Judah’s actual birthday so the night before, Nathan and I had blown up a bunch of balloons and hung them in his doorway so he’d have to walk through them first thing when he woke up. Well, in true Judah fashion, he woke up at 5:30AM and crawled into our bed excited, telling us about the “Balloons in my room and I said ‘Get outta my way, balloons!'” He makes me laugh.
After breakfast, we headed straight for the park, just J and I, since Daddy had to work. We had the whole park to ourselves, probably because the air felt like we should have been wearing our swimsuits instead of clothes. Oh well, it’s gotta let up sometime soon, eh? It is mid-September, after all. Then we went and picked out a Monsters, Inc. toy that Judah’s been wanting named “Mike Wazowski”. The funny thing is, he pronounces it perfectly and if you just call this one-eyed monster “Mike”, well, you’ll be corrected right away.
We then went shopping and by the time we got home, it was almost time for Memaw to get home from work and for Great Grandpa John to arrive in from Oklahoma. We took Judah to lunch and then out to Justin to go cowboy boot shopping since he outgrew his first pair last Winter. Well, we found some ADORABLE boots for Judah and Grandpa John found a new pair for himself, too. This was part of Grandpa’s birthday gift for J, and the kid is already obsessed with them.
By the time we got back to Memaw’s house, it was time for me to go pick up the birthday cake in Southlake before dinner at Mi Cocina, a family favorite. Ruth Robbins did a beautiful job and Judah LOVED his cake. The outside, that is. He doesn’t actually eat it. But we ate it and it was yummy.
Then it was FINALLY time to open presents!!! This birthday was by far the most fun to watch Judah open gifts. Everything is exciting and although it still takes awhile, it was a joy to watch. We went home with full hearts and full tummies.
Today was another day to party! We hopped in the car and drove down to Cowtown for some pure Texan fun. Something we’ve always wanted to do is to have old time photos taken, so about a month ago, I booked an appointment at Jersey Lilly Photo Parlor in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. That was the first thing on the docket. It was SO, SO, SO FUN! Us ladies decided to dress like saloon girls in corsets and the guys wanted to be cowboy outlaws with guns. I was a little worried that Judah wouldn’t be too thrilled about having pictures taken, but he was just as into it as everyone else! We ended up buying the CD of all the images so we can print whatever photos we want. This was a once-in-a-lifetime picture opp for 4 generations on my mom’s side! So special.
Then it was lunchtime! We enjoyed some good Texas beef and continued on our way. We got to ride a longhorn and Judah had a clown make him some longhorn horns to wear on his cowboy hat, which he was pretty proud of. After all that, it was FINALLY time for our ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad!!! Judah was THRILLED. We’ll definitely be taking another ride sometime in the future.
Two days of birthday celebrations has left us exhausted and full to the brim with happy hearts celebrating our boy! He barely hit the pillow and he was out. Daddy and I will probably be doing the same soon, but not without a little more reminiscing of the day our lives were forever changed by the blessing of that little bundle. He and I almost didn’t make it that day. We were in a pretty scary situation for several hours and we didn’t know what the outcome would be, if we would even leave the hospital with a baby or with empty arms. Celebrating Judah’s birthday is a whole lot of fun and an amazing, incredible reminder of the faithfulness of God!
My cup runneth over.