it’s just insane to think that samson turned 3 years old yesterday! how is this even happening?! birthdays are starting to get under my skin just a little bit, because i’m just not sure i’m ready to let my kids get any older. but i’m beaming more than you know with mom pride, because they are turning into the sweetest people. this love continually grows more and more each day for my kids, and i hold the privilege of being their mother the highest honor i’ve received. i’m so thankful for this chance.
at just a few hours into age three, samson’s favorite color is green. but sometimes yellow, too. depending on how he’s feeling. if he’s eating something he thinks is delicious, he wants nothing more than to share it with you, and won’t take no for an answer, as he tries to shove a bite into your mouth. sharing, it’s something he really enjoys, which i find so interesting for his age. his favorite book is “we’re going on a bear hunt” which he has memorized. singing, dancing, anything with trains, soccer, firetruck and police sirens, trying to make conrad laugh…. just a few of his favorite things. he is the first to wake up at our house and every morning walks into our bedroom announcing, “i’m HUNGRY!” while he and eleanor know how to get on each other’s nerves better than anyone, they are the best of friends, and support and protect one another every day. he loves his friends. he says, “that’s my favorite thing in the whole world!” after almost everything. he’ll come up and hug and kiss me and his papa spontaneously throughout the day and we can’t get enough of it. he’s just the best. i can’t imagine life without him and our entire family is in love.
a few photos from his big day…
awake bright and early, so we opened presents that grandma and grandpa and nana and granddad sent. they were still sleeping so we left them voice messages thanking them and facetimed with them later in the day. we also had a birthday candle in our scrambled eggs, because why not!
we stopped by the toy store so samson could pick out his own birthday present from us! after many walks up and down all the aisles carefully considering practically every toy in sight, it was decided. water balloons and a water pump! “that will make me so happy!” and so that is exactly what we got.
we went straight to the playground to try out our new toy. the water balloons were a hit, although mama and papa need to figure out how to freaking tie those things. that is hard work, i tell you. and my fingers still hurt.
eventually, i think E and S got tired of how long it took us to tie the balloons and decided to just start spraying each other with the water pump. even more exciting!
sweet conrad woke up just in time for lunch. (my kids have a great sixth sense for waking up the moment food arrives to the table, no matter how long or little they have been sleeping.)
my kids won’t eat sushi but they LOVE edamame so they always ask for sushi because that’s usually when we eat edamame. :)
we took birthday cake and ice cream to central park to eat with a few friends! samson went back and forth for a few weeks between wanting chocolate cake and then sometimes wanting strawberry cake for his birthday. we compromised by having chocolate cake with strawberry ice cream!
to my sweet samson, i love your energetic personality and beautiful smile. i love how you tan like a boss while the rest us freckle and burn. i love how you eat everything (where do you put it?!), sing loudly, talk gently to your baby brother and follow your big sister’s every move! i love how you give hugs randomly throughout the day. i love listening to you talk, especially when you are telling stories. i love your deep laugh, the way you can spot every single ice cream truck around this city and how you perk up excitedly each time you hear a siren. thank you for being patient and loving and kind with me. i absolutely love being your mama. i love you eternally.
happy 3rd birthday, my love!
ps. samson’s first big birthday party HERE (we like to throw a big bash for 1st birthdays) and the day he was born, HERE, and a video of birthday cupcake smashing HERE, because baby birthday cake smashing is everything.