Sunday, January 22, 2012

Orson turns 3 and Rainbows are everywhere

Orson turns three tomorrow and all I can think is a) when did my baby boy become a little man and b) I'm not old enough to have a three year old :)  He has become such an amazing, loving, joy-filled, exciting person.  Last night he slept the entire night through in big boy underwear without an accident (this from the kid I thought would go to college in diapers), he has started going to pre-school and loves it (and doesn't seem to miss me at all), he is obsessed with matchbox cars and loves to build things with legos and blocks.  He has also started singing along with songs, jumping everywhere, playing with imaginary friends, trying to share with his little brother, become attached to his teddy and counting everything.  I love, love, love him (even on our worst days).  

For his third birthday he told me he wanted rainbows, cake and his friends.  I came through on the first two and we had our new friends over for a little party.  The Rainbow theme was so much fun and I am so glad he picked it over cars and mickey mouse.  I got my crafter on (spending lots of time on pintrest) and made decorations, rainbow cupcakes, rainbow themed snacks (fruit kabobs, colorful veggies and rainbow goldfish), rainbow playdough, rainbow jello, rainbow games and rainbow art projects for his party.  When he came down in the morning to a decorated house, he had a huge smile and I thought "we should leave this up all makes it happy around here :)".  

For breakfast we had three year old pancakes (not 3 years old, Dad, the number three) Orson ate a ton!

Then it was party time!

The decorations, food and fun

 Rainbow art project

 Pinwheels and Rainbow cupcakes

 Pin the cloud at the end of the Rainbow
 Orson picked out the take home favors


The party:
 Ferdinand (slept through a lot of it) and Will
 Cake and Jello time!!

 The jello was a huge hit with Orson

 and Will

 Jack and Hannah helped Orson figure out how to build with his rainbow blocks from Ferdinand

 Orson got a scooter (which he moved so quickly on that we didn't get any pictures), books (from Maddox), dance classes (from Grandpa Jones), a shirt and ipad game from Aunt Annie and a memory game and playdough game (from Matt and I).  He loves everything and is already planning when to play with everything.

It was a really great day and I can't wait for tomorrow and his real birthday!

And a picture from each of Orson's birthdays:
 and Three
I love you little dude, thanks for three amazing years!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


So the combo of no nap Orson and new baby Ferdinand has led to Orson having way to much Mickey Mouse Club House time. How do I know this? Mickey Mouse always has four tools to use on his quest that are carried around by Toodles, a giant flying Mickey Mouse face. The tools range in randomness from a rope to a baby elephant and the characters have to decide which tool will work to solve the problem at hand.

Orson has started calling for Toodles during his imaginary play and whenever we are on an adventure in the car. A couple of days ago he was in his car seat and wanted an apple, which I did not have, so he decided we should call for Toodles to get us one. When Toodles arrived he apparently had two choices. The first was a hammer, Orson said "what should we use, hmm a hammer, no that's not right." "oh I know, the monkey!" "hey Monkey will you get me the apple" "no monkey don't be silly, I want an apple, you can't get it, then go away" "oh come back monkey and get me that apple" "oh thanks" crunching noises ensued....I love his imagination and I love listening to his stories.
Other pretend play lately has either been phone calls, get smart style through his shoe, to Grandpa Jones, Aunt Annie, Maddox or any of his other friends in CA or with his two imaginary dogs one of whom is Chiquita.

He starts school tomorrow, I am so excited for him and a little bit sad that he is big enough to go. I am looking forward to one on one time with Ferdinand though.