Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday Zoey!

Yes, 3 years ago a 6 pound leprechaun soft-shoed out of my loins, wearing a placenta top hat. THREE YEARS! Aye. Squeezing out a kid is a funny thing. I remember the details of the day so vividly like it was yesterday, and all time is measured in before that day, and after that day. I wonder if it will always be like that.

This year we decided to skip the party and take Zoey on a very special trip to Disneyland, just the 3 of us. She loved it so much. We had planned on only staying for a few hours. Nope. We ended up being there for 9 hours. Keep in mind, our child has never been a fan of strollers so this was all on foot or being carried by us. We got quite a workout and so did she. We all slept long and hard that night, people.

She got to meet Mickey, Donald, the Wicked Queen, Princess Tiana, Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore, and she got all of their autographs.

Around lunch time, as we were walking through Frontier Land, Kyle said, "Look Zoey, this is the wild, wild west!" to which Zoey replied, "Do they have food in the wild, wild west?" That's my girl!

We rode Pinocchio, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, King Arthur's Carousel, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Small World. I forgot how terrifying the first 2 rides must be for a little kid, even though Fantasyland seems the most kid-friendly. Her favorite ride was Small World, probably because she has exquisite taste and admired all the Mary Blair designs. Just kidding. Probably because it was the only ride that wasn't dark.

Here are some fun facts about 3-year-old Zoey:

She loves getting dirty and helping her Nonnie tend to her garden.

She is a good little eater. She is sometimes stubborn about trying new things, but she eats broccoli, green beans, carrots, cucumbers, and so on. She loves bacon. But pancakes are probably her favorite meal. She asks for them morning, noon, and night.

She loves everything about babies, and makes us show her YouTube videos of babies (she thinks "Charlie Bit Me" is hilarious). She loves pretending to take care of her dolls, changing their diapers, feeding them, talking to them, and pushing them in their stroller. I will ask her where she is taking her babies, and she will say things like, "We're going to Londontown."

She loves kid comic books. Sometimes she makes us read them to her as a bed time story, which I admit is rough. But her latest bed time craze is Dr. Seuss. She can't get enough of Green Eggs & Ham.

She does not like playing dress up or acting like a princess, and even though she would be adorable if she did, this kind of delights me.

She is very artistic and loves to draw and paint. When she was 2 and a half, she blew my mind when, on her own, she started drawing actual figures - a circle with a face in it, and then stick arms and stick legs.

She likes to watch Star Wars with Kyle! So far only the first 2 because they don't have as many scary parts. She calls Darth Vader "Dark Favor."

We showed her the old Rankin & Bass "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" at Christmas time. She was so obsessed with the abominable snowman, or "humble bumble," that we were still watching that DVD in April. I say "obsessed" but she was also kind of scared of him. She always wanted me to fast forward to the part where he came on, but then she would run out of the living room and watch the TV from 10 feet away. Then insist that I not turn it off.

Her sense of humor sometimes surprises me because of her age. I can tell she has the same sense of humor as me.

She is the biggest sweetheart ever and always tells us she loves us and gives us lots of hugs.

Also see:
Happy 2nd Birthday Zoey
Happy 1st Birthday Zoey


L.R. said...

"placenta top hat" - just snort laughed at work

Ooooh Kelly... this is just so so sweet.
You're such a great mama and it shows. She's a rad little girl.

k said...

Dark Favor!

Happy birthday to your three year old girl.