Liisa's 3rd birthday
Liisa turns 3
We had been reading a book of a bear's birthday (Happy Birthday, Jesse
Bear by Nancy Carlstrom) and Liisa decided that her birthday was going
to be just like the one in the book.
She drew the birthday invitations herself and then stuffed the
envelopes and added stamps. Later she was the one to drop the envelopes
into the mailbox.
On the birthday morning she wore clothes that a sweet mama from
Sewingmama's board made her (I sewed birthday clothes for a little
boy). Liisa's shirt has a branch with butterfly eggs, caterpillar,
crysalis and a butterfly. She loves it! David had procrastinated and
not finished a big dollhouse so he got Liisa a set of Duplo legos
instead. I made a set of dollhouse dolls that didn't make the picture.
I had made a cake for the party the previous day but Liisa really
wanted cake for breakfast. So I quickly made one up. This is white
bread with some jam, berries and whipped cream. And candles of course.
A few hours later we put on her birthday dress (I made it) and she
filled the party favor bags. I made a little instruction card for her.
It reads: one ball, one bottle of bubbles, one bubble wand and one
serpentine in each bag.
We gathered up everything neccessary for the party and left for the
In the park we set up the pennants and in the same time Liisa
accidentally let go of the balloons. She thought they just got lost and
didn't probably even notice them going in the air. David went back home
to bring the cooler with extra food (you can only bring so much stuff
in one go) and get new balloons. Pretty soon the first guests arrived.
On the left Alex, baby Prospero, Anna and Iris. On the right Eva (from
Hungary, I met her in the same time as Anna in prenatal yoga class),
her husband Glenn and baby Isabella (not on the picture Owen). Liisa is
busy opening a present. Some fabulous art supplies! Thank you Eva!
More gueasts: on the blue blanket Renate (from Chech, we are playground
friends), Shawn and Lexie (blowing bubbles). Thank you for a giant
bubble ring and Kitty purse and sunprint paper!
And more guests and presents. On the left Mina and grandpa. Liisa
opening a package of dollhouse bathroom furniture from grandma. Thank
For a while things got pretty hectic because more people arrived:
Katrin (with red purse) and her kids Toomas, Oliver and baby Agnes;
Montserra, Thomas and their son Julian. Thank you for a set of wooden
food groups and butterfly book! And real Spanish tortilla that
Montserrat brought! It was sooo good!
So when all the kids were getting crazy I brought out the cake. It took
me three tries to light the candle but once it was lit everyone sand
happy birthday song, including Liisa. This was definately the highlight
of her day!
Liisa sat and ate in grandma's lap while I distributed the cake. It was
simple shortcake type recipe bade with vegan margarine, topped with
lots of blueberries and strawberries in number 3 shape and covered in
And then it was time for bubbles. David blew and most of the kids ran
and tried to pop them. And some blew their own bubbles :)
And after a while it started getting later and later and cooler and
cooler and everyone went home. For quite a few days afterwards Liisa
had to wear her birthday badge and we had to keep talking about it
every evening that her birthday is past that tomorrow is not her
Per her request a couple pictures of her blowing the serpentine. She is
wearing clothes I got in the birthday clothes swap.
Sharpening pencils. Every new skill is so exciting. Sharpening pencils
is one of those extra exciting ones. She doesn't use enough pencils to
satisfy her sharpening need :)
Another new skill is putting on maple seed noses. We do this very often
and Liisa calls it doing a trick. It is interesting that David had
never heard of sticking one onto himself. I did it often as a small
One day Liisa decided to make a cocoon out of paper. She taped two
pieces together and I helped with the rest. Here is the resulting
and Liisa's eye peeking out of the cocoon
Mostly we make cocoons out of tulle though. Sometimes she needs little
extra help with rolling:
And a little out of place here are pictures of 4th of July. We went to
the roof of our building and David's family joined us for the fireworks.