Miss 3 turned, well 3, this week and so far she has already had 2 birthday cakes. We had planned to get up early on Wed which was her birthday to give her, her pressies but of all the days, she decided to sleep in. Hence it was very rushed before school drop off affair and she was a little confused as to why her party wasn’t that day. Apart from that, she took the day in her stride, taking phone calls and text messages of good wishes (yes, at 3) and we are now looking forward to her birthday party on Sunday.
I am thankful to Miss Mandy from “A little Space like Home” for inspiring me to do Miss 3’s party at home. I was very tempted to book a play centre (which I have done many times and am an advocate for!) but she convinced me of the fun of doing it myself and I am really looking forward to it.
Miss 3’s birthday is hard for me too because it makes me think of my dad who passed away 18 months ago. Her first birthday party was the last happy family function that we had with him there. I remember he and my mum came early (the party was in the afternoon) and he brought Crayfish for us to share. I told him not to give any to Miss, then One because I was scared she may be allergic to it. He gave it to her anyway and I will always remember that Miss 3 got her first taste of Crayfish at age one.
The very last celebration that we shared with dad was his “festa.” My dad died on Christmas Eve 2009 and on December 20th, 4 short days before, he had a festa with 100 or so of our closest family and friends to celebrate his life. He was so sick but he wanted one last celebration with everyone who meant everything to him. It was his dying wish. Oh and it was my birthday too. He didn’t know it then (he was too sick) and I didn’t want anyone else to know. Some people did and gave me a hug and some flowers but it was his day. Any time I think about a celebration or of growing another year older I think of what a privilege it is to be able to celebrate and to have another year. I am grateful for that legacy – that inspiration to celebrate. I wish he was here to give Miss 3 her birthday crayfish.
I am linking up with Maxabella Loves and her Grateful post. Also check out Miss Mandy at "A Little Space like home". I also couldn't resist the Anderson Crews, "Embrace the Camera" - check out Miss 3 and me!