It's kinda funny to me how parenting has changed over the years. I really could care less about having the most crafty kid's party to blog about anymore (although I enjoy the eye candy in a good Martha Stewart magazine once in a while). I just love this jibber-jabbering little squirt and think he should have whatever he wants for a couple of hours, one day of the year (more than that would kill him, I'm sure). So a bunch of colorful cupcakes, all the friends he talks about, a fun game starring "Woody", and his favorite movie... simply made this happy little guy's day.
I can't believe it's been three whole years since his speedy arrival! It feels like he just jumped into this family and started running with the crowd, like he was just meant to be. We still kinda look at him like the "new guy" but he doesn't know any different. He's obsessed with Star Wars along with his brothers, he knows all the rules and the daily schedule. He's pretty flexible, but won't stand for not being communicated with: "Where we going, mama? Who is dat [on the phone]? Is dis guten-free, mama? Is it?" He's full of inquiries and pleases and thank-yous. And if all that high-pitched verbosity isn't enough, his soft, pudgy little body is still killin' us with cuteness.
THREE. Three is always more challenging for the Vondermom than Two ever was. But I know that Three is also So. Dang. Precious. And not to be missed...as it's zooming by so quickly...to disappear into the schoolyears. We shout it from the rooftops, over the Vonder-din:
"I LOVE YOU, NOBLE!"
He's not asking if he can have one, he's just reiterating what and who they are for.
One, two, THREE!
Noble LOVES Woody from Toy Story.
Korah drew this picture and created a "Pin-the-Hat on Woody" game!
Noble proudly displays her artwork above his bed now.
Look at all this help from his sisters and brothers.
This is the luckiest kid to be loved so much, I'd say.
Way to go, Micah! Right on target!
All of Noble's little friends: he loves them, he prays for them, he remembers them often.
It's so sweet that friendships are important to such a young person, whose life is already so full of people.
I am also so glad that Noble has such awesome big buddies in his life.
He really loves his sibling's friends, too!
If I'm going to get materialistic and consumeristic at all it's going to be about this: I wish I could've gotten him a "real" Woody, with a pull-string and everything, but this squeezy version will have to do for now. Noble loves repeating Woody's little sayings, like, "You've got a date with justice, one-eyed Bart!"
Noble's favorite gift of the day was given to him by his siblings, who pooled their allowance money to get him this Toy Story birthday card that sings, "You've Got a Friend in Me!"
He walked around dancing and singing along with those two lines until that card was in shreds.
(The inevitable crowd of "helpers)
I just think this is funny: all these zombie-kids staring at the boob-tube, eating cupcakes and pizza like a bunch of teenagers, when we're supposed to be media-deprived, organics-only Portlandians. (Yeah, right.) Well, all Noble ever wants is to watch a movie, and it was so fun to let him sit down with all his friends, his special gluten-free birthday foods and watch the much-asked-for Toy Story 3.
What a treat!
What a treat!
Thank you to all of Noble's friends and their parents for loving him and helping us celebrate such a fun and wonderful little guy.