And then she was three

June 25th was J’s third birthday and we celebrated it by staging our first pooping in public episode. The week wasn’t all pooping, though. That Sunday we had our first birthday party in our first back yard. It was your standard little kid’s birthday party (i.e. playing, screaming, cake, singing, dancing, kiddie pool, presents, no strippers, etc.). I’ll keep the post simple and stick with pictures as that’s what ya’ll really care about.

The giant "swing set" my mom and her boyfriend got a hell of a deal on that Matt finished putting together at 8pm the previous night.

The giant "swing set" my mom and her boyfriend got a hell of a deal on that Matt finished putting together at 8pm the previous night.

Jaden got four fish from her great-grampa and uncle. We're now down to two. Ssh. Don't tell her.

Jaden got four fish from her great-grampa and uncle. We're now down to two. Ssh. Don't tell her. Edited two hours later: Correction. We're down to one. I thought fish were supposed to be easy??

Matt's parents found this treasure at a garage sale. His mom has a sick talent for garage saling. Anyway, Jaden kept driving it into the deck.

Matt's parents found this treasure at a garage sale. His mom has a sick talent for garage saling. Anyway, Jaden kept driving it into the deck.

Girl got SPOILED this year. This is the playhouse Matt's parents got her. I'm thinking next year she's getting hand made felt puppets.

Girl got SPOILED this year. This is the playhouse Matt's parents got her. I'm thinking next year she's getting hand made felt puppets.

Toots got in ok but had some issues getting back out again.

Toots got in ok but had some issues getting back out again.

The Cake.

The Cake.

That morning I realized I’d forgotten to have the bakery people write anything on the cake. A frantic trip to the grocery store mixed with my two months experience working in a bakery and the girl got her birthday message. If you thin the ‘H’ in “birthday” looks a little funky, you’re imagining things. I did NOThave to turn a D into an H seconds after congratulating myself for not skipping any letters as I’ve been known to do.

She looks thrilled, no?

After the cake and ice cream, the kids played this awesome game called “Cranium Hullabaloo”. It was from her godparents and a huge hit with the kids. Nothing like a bunch of three year olds running around looking for shapes, pictures, and colors.

It’s says “ages 4 and up” but it’s pretty straight forward. Plus, I’m thinking it could end up being a really fun drinking game for adults. Or we could place bets on the kids.

After they worked off some of the sugar high, PRESENTS!

Jaden was thrilled with her new snowglobe from mommy and daddy. Mommy couldn't believe how good her rack looked in these pics.

Jaden was thrilled with her new snowglobe from mommy and daddy. Mommy couldn't believe how good her rack looked in these pics.

After presents it was time to hit the very very cold pool!

The girls were fine but cousin Will was having none of the frigid water and got the hell out of there.

The girls were fine but cousin Will was having none of the frigid water and got the hell out of there.

He opted for some frisbee throwing lessons with dad.

He opted for some frisbee throwing lessons with dad.

Come on in, the water tastes great!

Come on in, the water tastes great!

That was pretty much it. Lots of kids playing, adults chatting, and Matt shoving soccer balls in his shirt:

Anything for a cheap laugh.

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