Reed gave Molly her birthday gift early, so that she could take it on the Disney trip... Almost a year ago Reed started telling Molly that he was going to get her a LeapPad for her birthday, and whenever her birthday was mentioned she would exclaim, "my own LeapPad!" So it was really fun to find a great deal and let Reed contribute and actually give Molly the promised, much anticipated gift.
Molly's birthday was on a Sunday, so we started Saturday night setting up some decor for our butterfly-loving princess.
When the last streamer was hung, I sat on the couch and looked at pictures and cried about Molly turning three... and then snuck up to her room to take a picture of her.
Sunday morning Molly wandered downstairs and gasped, "There's a birthday down here (pause) ...Is it mine?!" :) She helped me finish making muffins until Reed woke up.
Reed and Molly colored butterflies, and enjoyed a Happy Birthday breakfast.
After a royal birthday bubble bath playing with foam crowns, Molly picked out a real crown to wear to church and a special birthday ribbon. However, she decided to be 3 going on 13 and ripped them off and wouldn't let me take her picture. :) This is all I got:
After church, Daddy had a missions meeting with the students, so we stopped by and had a piece of pizza. Everyone sang Happy Birthday, but Molly got bashful and said to make them stop!
Molly opened her present after nap time...
Dolls... which led her to her new dollhouse!
I think this would qualify as the reaction you would want when you pick out a special gift for your child!!
Reed was so sweet with Molly all afternoon! He would hug and hug Molly, and then said incredulously "I love her so much, Mom. I keep hugging her and I don't even know why!" (This was a very welcome mood shift from the morning when he blew out her candle during breakfast and proceeded to dis her birthday celebration). ;)
Reed and Molly played for a little while, and then we stopped by Smallcakes to pick out cupcakes and head to Moe's, Molly's dinner choice.
We ended the night at Target, letting Reed and Molly spend some of their March Madness prize money.