Last week, I shared our tribute to MG turning three.
It was a grand birthday indeed. She understood that her birthday was coming up, but she couldn’t really remember what a birthday was other than it involved cupcakes. And she wanted PINK ones.
Her birthday got a little complicated this year since Thanksgiving was two days before. She ended up having four mini parties as we celebrated with N’s parents, some friends, the day after Thanksgiving with family, and also on her actual birthday. And then when we returned home from our travels, there was a present waiting her from my parents. So the opening of gifts haven’t really slowed down and Christmas is just around the corner!
Since we traveled for Thanksgiving, (and the cupcake vendors were closed on and around the holiday), I called ahead to a place recommended by my sister and she picked them up and froze them for us ahead of time. The evening after Thanksgiving we got takeout (doesn’t everyone? :)) and then sang “happy birthday” and let her enjoy the spoils.
She opened her presents from us and her aunt and uncle. One of her gifts was a “big sister” doll for her favorite baby Stella and I’d wrapped it up for her from Bea. I thought it was a cute gift from her, but MG did NOT like this new doll we named Lucy. “She has too much hair.” she said. We’ve since discovered that dolls that don’t look as much like babies aren’t as enticing :).
The next morning, we left their house early and drove to Kentucky right outside of Cincinnati. I’d found a place on the Internet called “Totter’s Otterville” and based on the description it seemed like MG’s dream world.
Rooms of babies, a pet rabbit, a pretend grocery store, a conveyer belt with foam blocks, a tumbling room, a magic show, an indoor and outdoor playground, a water table, and more. And it was only $6 to get in (with a $2 off coupon we found online). Internet gold. We played there for three hours and we had to drag her away.
We spent the night at the Country Inn and Suites nearby and had a great stay. After a quick nap and a nice dinner at the Mellow Mushroom (within walking distance), we swam at the indoor pool. The girls loved it and wore themselves out. Too tired to even eat a cupcake on her actual birthday.
See video below