We are recovering this week after spending half the week visiting family and friends in Nebraska. We also spent much of the week showing Cameron with attention after celebrating his third birthday in three different states. We started the week celebrating at Cameron’s new pre-school. He is the oldest in his class, so that meant the first birthday. I was a little stressed at what to bring as a treat, as I wasn’t sure what is now appropriate in a peanut free, health conscious school. It wasn’t as easy as it seemed in our day where you send cupcakes and everyone is happy. I spend the evening before making sugar-free chocolate pudding with graham crackers for dipping – only to be told by Prince Cameron that that was not something he would consume. Instead, he demanded doughnuts. Home made mini doughnuts. So, that is what they got.
We drove out to Nebraska on Wednesday after school and spent Thursday and Friday visiting family and a few friends – although we never seem to see everyone we have on our lists for any trip home. Thursday we spent the day showing Cameron a Nebraska style birthday – complete with a ball pit and special meals at “old McDonalds” (aka McDonalds) and all the chocolate you can ask for. With a special birthday party on Thursday night, it was a great time and he was appropriately spoiled as usual.
Saturday, we drove down to Lincoln to take in the atmosphere of a Husker game day as they played (and beat!!) Wisconsin. I was beyond happy – and even more happy that I was able to spend part of the day with four of my best girlfriends. My Bluehouse girls are just like my sisters and every time we get to spend together it is like we picked up right where we left off.
We also got to spend time with my brother and see what his life is like in Lincoln.
Sunday, we were up bright and early – Runza’s in tow – to Illinois for the last of the three birthday parties. As always, we were humbled by everyone’s generosity for our little guy. We are so lucky. So, so lucky.
I can hardly believe we are here. You are three and our little family is getting ready to grow beyond just the three of us. Watching you grow this last year has been the most amazing thing in our life. You are smart, kind, curious, stubborn, sensitive, and so funny. You make me laugh and cry with the things you notice in this crazy world around you. You have taken care of me when I get my sickies in the morning, even pretending that the baby in your tummy makes your sick too. You are going to be an amazing big brother – and, as we learned this weekend – an amazing college roommate.
I am so proud to be your mommy. I am so proud you are my son. I cannot wait for so many more special days like this ahead.
Happy Birthday little man!