We returned from Toronto late on Wednesday night (September 2), and two days later was Nick's third birthday. I took the day off work (ha! after a week and a half of vacation!) and we went to the Enchanted Forest for the day, my parents in tow. Nick (and everyone else) thoroughly enjoyed himself, as you can see in the photos below. His only disappointment was that he was too short to go on the big log flume! Kieran, Mike, Chris, and I went, though, and enjoyed getting soaked to the skin.
One of our favorite things to do at Enchanted Forest, theater lovers that we are, is to watch their VERY SILLY plays. Here's Kieran posing with the actors of "Snow White and the Seven Dorks":
My dad was such a trooper! The western town has a teepee with a tunnel that goes underground and comes out across the little street. He followed Nick into the tunnel, wonderful grandpa that he is! Here they are looking out at us from the maze inside the wall:
And more great lookout points in the castle to pretend to be a scary creature!
With some of the classic nursery rhyme scenes:
Notice Kieran acting like Jack falling down the hill:
Looking at Snow White sweeping the dwarves' house:
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile...
After returning to Portland that evening, we took Nick to the Spaghetti Factory to celebrate. Honestly, the part he cared the most about was the ICE CREAM! (When we asked him where he wanted to go to celebrate his birthday, first he said "Grandma and Grandpa's House," and when we asked about a restaurant, he said "Baskin Robbins!")
Three-year-olds have such simple tastes. His gifts from us were a few books (Donald Duck's adventures in Canada and a Cinderella pop-up book), a birthday shirt that said "Nick 3" (that he's wearing in the photos), and a firefighter backpack with his name on it.
That big carafe of wine wasn't for him... :)
Grandpa's winning way of making him eat his mac 'n cheese (threatening to eat it himself!)
At last, the ice cream!!!
The next day, we had Nick's godparents and a few other special friends over to celebrate. Some of his favorite presents were--a framed photo of Samudra (the baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo):
An elephant watering jug and a lego school bus:
And a wonderful, unique Santa hat!! (He LOVES his Santa hats!)
Our Seattle friends Nancie and Dave, who happened to be in town, and were able to help us celebrate (and were the givers of the Santa hat!):
I just had to take this photo of my mom, who was being ever so helpful and had a little incident with the coffee grinder:
Since Nick only cares about ice cream (and does not go for cake), we had pie to go with the ice cream (and to put a candle in):
Yay! More ice cream!!!
And today, Nick started preschool! He's going to a very short class (1-1/2 hour) for 2-1/2-year-olds, since he turned 3 after the cutoff. It was a very successful first day!!
No longer my baby!!!