Better than an apology
(Charlotte pokes Alex in the face causing her to cry)
Me:: (stern voice) Charlotte, we don't poke people in the face. What do you say to Alex?
Charlotte:: (turns to Alex) Please can I have a hot dog?
Maybe I’ll just point at my daughter’s head next time the hairdresser asks what I want done with my hair.
Who knew the cure for a shitty day would be an afternoon spent watching your daughter enthusiastically feed bread to turtles who were very clearly not hungry followed by some fearless tree climbing.
Binney Park, Old Greenwich CT
Charlotte’s 3rd Birthday Party
For Charlotte’s first birthday party I invited a bunch of people to join us for a picnic in Central Park and then I canceled it a week beforehand.
For Charlotte’s second birthday party we had three or four close friends over for a slice of cake.
So for Charlotte’s third birthday party I decided to go big. Really big.
We invited a few of our NYC friends and a bunch of new Greenwich friends. And all of their kids. Hot dogs for the children and chicken skewers for the adults.
I had a lot of fun and I like to think that Charlotte and all of our guests did too.
Charlotte is quite a shy little thing so I thought there might be a meltdown of epic proportions when she became the focus of 40+ people singing happy birthday to her. Nope, she was fine with it - intently focused on blowing out the candles.
I had a few people tell me how creative I was regarding the number 3 on the garage door made with balloons. Um, no. Creative is not a word used to describe me. Excellent-at-finding-creative-ideas-on-pinterest-slash-the-internet-and-then-copying-them is definitely a word that I would use to describe me.
This is my new favorite photo of Charlotte. I just love it. Could she look any more carefree and happy?
Charlotte turns 3
My sweet girl turned three on April 7th. We were traveling all day down to the BVI so we pretended her birthday was the day before. Presents were unwrapped bright and early. Please note the amazing wrapping job we did on the large present.
Then we baked a cake. We were ridiculously busy that day given that we were about to go away for 10 days so I resorted to a box cake. AGAIN. But trust me when I say I will be redeeming myself in a big way this weekend.
After cake-baking Charlotte helped John wash his new car. Best birthday activity ever or best birthday activity ever? Then we piled everyone into the car and went to the Rooster Park (or Bruce Park as it is actually called - I have no idea why Charlotte calls it the Rooster Park but I go with it).
After a mad rush of packing in the afternoon (during which our au pair looked after the girls - have you ever tried packing with a 3 year old trying to help?) we headed out for hibachi on Greenwich Avenue with our friends Amy & Tom and their two adorable girls. It was a lot of fun but let’s just say that perhaps the toddlers didn’t love love the idea of fire on the table right in front of them. However, I’ve never seen Charlotte be so entranced throughout dinner. Definitely a winner for a family dinner place.
Chop sticks at the ready!
After dinner we rushed home because we needed to finish packing. I literally threw the icing on the cake, we stuck the candles in and sang happy birthday in one breath.
And now I am the mother to a 3 year old and find myself muttering all of those cliched phrases like where did the time go and when did she get so big.