Zoe is Three!

A couple days ago my baby turned three years old. She reminds me daily that she isn't a baby anymore and that she's a big girl now. My pregnancy hormones are having a hard time dealing with my little baby being a big girl. She has been so blessed over the past year and has been very blessed just from this birthday. Zoe had a big party with family, friends and our new church friends.

We invited all of the church families with kids around her age and some other folks to her birthday. We held her party in the school gym because we had a lot of people. Besides, what is better than just playing with a bunch of kids in a gym with some basketballs and dodge balls when you're three? Almost nothing. Zoe had a blast! She was so excited to play with new friends and to have cake. She was also very enthusiastic about the presents - we had to tell her several times that she needed to wait for a while to open them.

She's ready and excited!


Snacks table!

Tape the nose on Olaf

Awesome cake made by Mandy Brammeier

Excited about her cake

Patiently waiting while everyone sang

Blowing out her candles

Yummy cake!

Opening gifts!

She got a Frozen tiara! Now she opened her gifts as Princess Zoe!

Ready to take her new purse and hit the town!

Giving Thank You Hugs!

She was very blessed by so many people who came to help celebrate her day and completely spoil her.

Now, I have never been more exhausted by a birthday party in my life and this party wasn't even that elaborate. It did however have 24 children in attendance. By the end, I'm pretty sure my entire body hurt. Inviting tons of kids to your three year old's birthday party at 34 weeks pregnant may not have been the best life choice I have ever made but Zoe really had a good time and I really enjoyed getting to know everyone better.

So here is the three-year-old update:

Zoe loves:
  • Jesus
  • Mommy and Daddy
  • The baby in Mommy's belly
  • Her extended family
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood 
  • Frozen
  • Paw Patrol
  • Sesame Street
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Noodles
  • Singing church songs
  • Singing along to popular music in the car, especially Bruno Mars
  • Talking to everyone
  • Going to the park
  • Playing outside
  • Giving mommy pretend ultrasounds
  • Singing along with Daddy in the car, but not Mommy
  • Tea Parties
  • Little People
  • The St. Louis Cardinals
  • The St. Louis Arch
  • Going to "Trinity Church"
  • Walking with the church ladies
Zoe is undecided on:
  • Potty training
  • Eating meat (Unless its in nugget or hot dog form)
Zoe doesn't like:
  • Going to bed
  • Robots
  • Getting her hair washed
  • Sharing her food
Things Zoe says:

  • Tornadoes are Tomatoes
  • "Just one quick" (One sec)
  • McDonald's is Mr. Donald's
  • Hooley Hoop = Hula Hoop
  • Mingo = Flamingo
  • She sometimes calls owls, "whooeys".
  • "What's this noise?"
  • I love you forever.
  • You come to my house?
  • "It's a sunny day!"
  • Saint Lou-Lis = St. Louis
  • "I take care a you."
  • "You keep me safe."
What people say about Zoe:
  • "She speaks so well."
  • "I bet she doesn't slow down."
  • "I love her pigtails!"

And here are some pictures!

We had to visit Texas!

These last three years have blessed us so much! We couldn't have imagined how awesome our little baby would be when she was born. She was really cute then and she has surpassed being simply cute by adding being so loving, articulate, silly, sweet and fun. We love her so much! She is going to be an awesome big sister here in a couple of weeks.

How did this little baby get so big?

That's all for now. God is good!

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