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Noah's 3rd Birthday

Noah's 3rd Birthday

On May 22nd, we celebrated Noah's 3rd birthday. He officially turned 3 yesterday, but after some internal debate, we decided he would much more enjoy the entire day if his best buddies were with him.. and so that's what we did - cousins, Aunts and Uncles and Grandma's gathered in the front yard for some old fashioned racing fun...

... Like sack races. It really is harder than it looks - and that's what was so great about it. Ava won the toddler round, and Uncle Masaud left smoke behind - taking a giant leap right into first place....

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

Continuing with the race theme, we filled race car "eggs" and hid them in the yard - then watched the kids zoom in search of sweet treats... and our littlest driver parked her coupe to inspect the treasures more carefully.

Noah's 3rd Birthday Party

Noah's 3rd Birthday Party

And then it was pinata time... there's always a pinata at our parties! After swatting and sweating - the kids grew restless at the thought of this red paper mache holding their candy hostage...

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

We had to take matters into serious hands...

Noah's 3rd Birthday Party

But before the kids could stomach too much candy, it was lunch time. While I'm a fan of home-cooked meals - occasions as special as this one calls for back up - i.e. catering from the local Italian restaurant. We set up a separate table for the children - with personalized chalk boards and games (a fun way to keep the kids "zooming" while the adults refueled too)...

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

Noah's 3rd Birthday Party

"Goody-bags" - One of Noah's 3 things he requested for his birthday party - was filled with all things cars (die-cast cars from Disney/Pixar, Hot Wheels, car keys), candy and thank you trophies. Our littlest guest Sophia, got a dalmatian dog- to carry while wearing her fireman hat! Adults received racing bags too - with car cleaning necessities, tire pressure gauges, car fresheners and chocolates...

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

Aaron and I baked Noah's birthday cake this year. And while we have yet to master the skill of this fine art - we were just as pleased with its outcome - after seeing the look on Noah's face when his candles lit up and we sang Happy Birthday to him...

This was a very special moment for us all. He made it to 3. And while that may sound ridiculous to say - it actually is the honest truth. Never would I have ever given a second-thought to that phrase... but two and half weeks ago, Noah nearly drowned in our pool. I don't think I'll ever forget that day. Seeing him here - in this moment - is one that I did not think I would have - after pulling him out of the pool. But we did... and we do... continue to have precious moments - just being and embracing all that life has to teach us... and how fleeting time with our loved ones are...

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

Noah's 3rd Birthday Party

With more sugar, it was time to head outdoors again. But this time, to cool off...

Noah's 3rd Birthday Party

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

You made it to 3, my sweet boy. Life continues to zoom - and you are enjoying all of it - while we are blessed to enjoy you. Your laugh and the twinkling thoughts that race through your body - questioning everything... You and Ava are all that I have hoped for, and so much more. And I pray, that everyday, you smile as big - as you did today. I love you.

Noah's 3rd Birthday Car Party

8 comments:

  1. I have to be honest... I got goose bumps when I read this.
    Noah did have an extra special birthday this year. It isn't every day we get to celebrate a milestone like this and taking the previous week’s events into consideration - this was a birthday celebration than we will never forget. Zarlacht did an absolute bang up job with the decorations. She hit up every party supply store in the metroplex (and probably a few more) and picked out the perfect items to really make Noah in awe. What she didn't find, we made. I think we were up at 3 or 4 the morning of his birthday (not having gone to sleep yet) putting the final touches on the 'Happy Birthday Noah' pendant banner that we created from scratch.
    When Noah woke up on Saturday he had already been 3 for a day, but this day was his also. His day to bounce, race, laugh, play, and eat all the candy he wanted. I wasn't about to say no to him. Not on this day.

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  2. Yeaaaa!!!! So excited to see an Art of Family post in my email inbox!!!

    Corbin and I had an absolute BLAST at Noah's big Birthday Bash! Thank you so much for inviting us. We LOVED all the cute decorations, yummy food, and fun games.

    Hope to see our favorite family soon!

    Big hugs,
    -Uncle Dave

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  3. Noah ...... Happy birthday! We all love you tons
    And are so grateful to celebrate your life....

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  4. Like Dave, so happy to see you back in action! We were so glad that we were able to make it to Noah's Birthday! The decor, the food, the activities, it all was perfect! Looking forward to celebrating many, many more birthdays to come with you all! Speaking of birthdays, Happy Belated Birthday, Aaron!

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  5. Thanks! When I was getting ready for the museum, Ava asked me if my shoes still fit. I looked at her and asked what she meant. She explained that since I got older, my feet might have grown overnight.

    :)

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  6. Please send me that pic of Noah laughing - it makes my heart swell bigger everytime I look at it. Aunt Wagma

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