Holy moly. It’s been 6 months since I’ve been back to update our life happenings! Where did all this time go? Hopefully over the next few months we can do some flash backs to catch glimpses of the lost time. We’ve had quite a few adventures during that time, and not the least momentous of those was Ian turning three!
Last week my big boy officially reached three years of age. I don’t understand how I went to bed the exhausted mother of a baby, then woke up the mother of a little boy. I feel like he spent a whole 10 minutes of his life as a toddler. After a few precarious steps with Chaco’s help, Ian has been off and running and requires little assistance from any of us as he explores his world.
Because birthdays are a big day in the Kiser home, I took an annual leave day from work so that we could celebrate all day with Ian. We began his day visiting Charity’s Bakery. For weeks, whenever we asked Ian what he would like to do for his birthday, his answer remained the same: get lots of cakes! Because there would be a cake at Ian’s party later in the week, we compromised on getting lots of cupcakes for the day. Our next stop took us to the TTU Farm. The university agriculture department opened their organic strawberry patch open to outside customers this year, so we loaded up our quart containers and took off to let Ian pick as many strawberries as he could eat. After picking around a gallon and a half of strawberries, Ian proceeded to eat about a quart on the drive home.
Later that day, Brinn and I took Ian to meet up with Ian’s Nana, my grandma, and my uncle Nat for a birthday/later Mother’s Day together at one of our favorite Cookeville establishments: Crawdaddy’s. After a nice dinner, we pulled out the cupcakes from Charity, sang happy birthday to Ian, and dug into fresh butter cream frosting. Ian enjoyed his butter cream with all the enthusiasm that it deserves.
A few days later, Ian celebrated his birthday with all of his friends and family. We held his party at Tri-Color Acres this year. If any local parents are looking for an affordable all-inclusive party venue, this is the place. Ms. Terri, the owner and head trainer at Tri-Color provides horses and handlers for kids to ride, awards for a mini horse show, a weenie roast, additional horse themed activities, and all the tables and additional set-up items a parent may require for a party. Her prices match or beat most other birthday party packages locally. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Ms. Terri’s services. Ian is still talking about his birthday party at Ms. Terri’s house.
Since Ian and his friends are all still quite small, we decided to have a shorter party than Ms. Terri typically hosts, and we brought Ian’s ponies to use instead of the full-sized horses. Did I mention that Ian has ponies now? See, something else that happened during our “lost months” from the past year. We’ll catch up on the ponies soon.
Ian helped set-up for his own party, and was a big helper by unloading Badger and walking him to the indoor arena. There was originally an 80% chance of rain for the party date, so we planned all of our activities to take place inside. Ian and his friends rode ponies, led ponies, brushed ponies, and drew on ponies with live-stock crayons. They painted horse shoes, played with Ian’s new bubble machine, ate cake and ice cream, watched Ian unwrap presents, and then used some of those new presents (garden tools from Ms. Marilyn) to work the footing in the arena. Ian opened some fantastic presents, including a bubble machine from Grandma Cross, fishing bobbers (another
life story to catch up on) from his friends Gauge and Ms. Cori, a tackle box from Gauge and another one from his GrandBobbie! Ian also received two dinosaurs, some cute clothes, an assortment of other toys, and my favorite, a new saddle for his ponies!
Ian’s Aunt Joy outdid herself this year and had the perfect cake made for Ian’s birthday. It was accompanied by some delicious cupcakes, but Ian would not even consider them. He had eyes only for his cake, and that is in fact what he requested when it came time for munching after blowing out candles. All-in-all, I’d say that Ian was pretty satisfied with his party “at the stable, at Ms. Terri’s house!”