Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ryan Turns Three

On February 1, 2006 Ling Delong was born. That's what a piece of paper written in Chinese says anyway. He was actually found a month later with no information about his previous life, so February 1 is most likely a guess.

We were supposed to have a big extended family birthday party on Saturday but Emma was still contagious with strep throat. Everybody loves a good party favor but somehow strep throat isn't on the top 10 list this year. Yo Gabba Gabba, yes. Strep, no. Never fear, the party was moved to next Saturday.

Since I didn't have big birthday plans for Sunday, Ryan's actual birthday we had to come up with Plan B. Plan B consisted of a homemade decorated cake and a trip to Build-a-Bear. Ryan and Emma were going to build stuffed creatures while forcibly coerced gently guided by their more experienced older sisters, Julia and Jenna.

I know, I know, its a bit surprising that I would go to Build-a-Bear after I was so shockingly stalked by them before Christmas, but I decided to let bygones be bygones, especially since I didn't get a restraining order. Otherwise it might have been a little awkward.

We had a late breakfast so we went about lunchtime, right before nap time. The big girls were excited about going even if they didn't get to get anything. Jenna made sure to bring her most favorite possession in the world, her dog Bailey, birthed in Build-a-Bear a mere few of years ago.

We entered the store and the girls and I showed Ryan and Emma all the possible choices of animals to which both of them turned up their noses in disdain. I decided perhaps the choices were too big, too overwhelming.

"Maybe we should do this backwards." I told the girls. "Let's take them to clothes first and work our way back to the bears."

Ryan seemed overwhelmed and amazed at the same time. But he and Emma were fascinated with the stuffing machine.
Had I only known that all my children want is a big box full of churning fluff with buttons that light up. But that didn't last long for Emma. Of course.

She wandered the store and loved to go behind the register counter.

And she tired to make her big escape out the front door several times.

In the end, we took them back to the animals and neither child wanted one. Imagine that. I have not one, but two, kids who turned down a toy. Next thing you know world peace will break out and people will join hands and sing Kumbyah. It could happen.

Julia and Jenna were not happy that they couldn't live vicariously through their younger siblings. But they consoled themselves with pretzel sticks. Personally, I go for chocolate but to each her own.

When we got home both little ones were tired so they went down for their naps. I then thoroughly cleaned my house watched 2 episodes of 24. I'm watching 24 because of my evil friend Denise at Love Keeps Growing More Love. Denise saw that I'm addicted to Lost and told me that I should watch 24. And then she sent me a whole season on DVD. You would think that someone with a blog with the word "Love" incorporated into it wouldn't be evil, but the evidence speaks for itself. Seriously, don't I have enough addictions? Now I have one more.

Oh, yeah. Julia and I also made Ryan a cake.

And a lovely cake it was. We couldn't wait to eat it-- chocolate cake with white icing... yum. But the it's now past the kids bedtime and yet the cake still sits on the counter untouched.

Remember that ticking time bomb that I mentioned on Friday?

Boom! It went off this afternoon. A fever, 3 episodes of vomiting, a trip to a closed Walgreen's Minute Clinic, a trip to a closed CVS Minute Clinic -- yep, its a fun birthday for my little guy. I'm sure it's strep but unfortunately he'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to find out for sure.

Good thing he has no idea it's even his birthday.

29 comments:

Kristin said...

Oh no, poor baby! I hope he's feeling better soon. I guess it worked out to have the party next weekend anyways. The cake you made was beautiful!

Happy Birthday Ryan!!!!!!

day by day said...

Hi...just came over here from Kristin's blog. You have a beautiful family!!! Sorry your little guy is not feeling well....hope he is better soon!

Kristin said...

Happy Birthday Ryan. Hope that he is feeling better soon.

JD said...

Happy Birthday, Ryan!! I hope you're feeling better soon, lil' guy, just in time to be partyin' it up next weekend!!

I can NOT believe they didn't go ape over all the stuffed animals at BABW. World Peace, Chocolate Flavored Sex, and two boys (ages 10 & 12) who do their homework without torture, uh, pressure, uh, threats, those things will be next, for sure.


Love,

Lindsey's mom said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry he is sick! We plan to do the same for Lindsey when she turns 3, minus the strep!
:)

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Poor Ryan...If it weren't for the vomitting at least the cake might make things better.
Happy 3rd Birthday Ryan!

Sassypants Wifey said...

Aww poor guy! Well I guess at least the vomiting occured after leaving build a bear. I presume they might have a you throw up on it, you buy it policy... I hope wellness is restored shortly! Best wishes and a Happy Birthday to the little Man!

Sandy Toes said...

Hope he feels better soon...Happy Birthday..cha cha cha!
-sandy toe

Yaya said...

Awww! I love build-a-bear!

Erika said...

Awwww! Hope he feeling better soon! We took the girls to BAB after Christmas and Taz wouldn't pick anything out either. We'll have to try back later I guess...

K said...

I think it still looks like a great birhtday to me. You do have a beautiful family.

Lorie said...

Uggh,...when you go to the Dr, they should just give you meds for all of them at once, because you know it will tricle down....Hope the Birthday Boy feels better soon.

RebeccaMom said...

You have a beautiful family! I'm glad you stopped by my blog from SITS :) I know we always have to be ready for plan B at our house too!

Denise said...

Me...evil? LOL!

Hope Ryan feels better...being sick is no fun.

I made Maggie make her kitty at Build/Bear and she now wants nothing to do with it, so good thing that you saved your money!!

AndreaLeigh said...

poor baby! I hope he is feeling better soon!

Lula! said...

You are the BEST mom. Happy birthday, Ryan!

Mrs. Stringer said...

Poor Ryan. I hope he feels better. He is such a handsome little boy. Congratulations on turning the big 03. I've been there man. Switch those numbers around and it's all down hill.

Donna said...

Oh Denise, all your kids sick in such a short time period. And Ryan on his bday too? So sorry for you all! I hope you are all well soon.

Today is Macey's bday...she's 3 also.

Happy 3rd Bday Ryan!

TL said...

Oh poor little guy. Hope he is feeling better soon! That is just rotten to be sick on your birthday! :(

Brenda Jean said...

Awwww...poor little guy. You know, when my kids were that age and my husband had to work or something went wrong we'd always change their "birthday". They never knew:) His cake will taste good when he feels better.

That is so cute about Build-a-Bear! My daughter was 7 when we took her the first time. Maybe in a couple years they will want one:)

Brandy said...

Oh shoot I hadn't even seen this before I emailed you back. Poor kids!

I hope that everything gets back to normal soon and feels better!

The cake turned out beautiful... Happy Birthday Ryan!

Crystal said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ryan! Feel better soon!

Lana said...

Awe. Poor little guy. My daughter was really sick on her 3rd birthday too. Like Ryan, she didn't know it was her birthday either. Hope he's feeling better soon!

Christina said...

well it looks like fun anyway! Thanks for stopping by my blog!Feel free to come by anytime!

April said...

poor guy! sure hope he feels better and gets to celebrate soon!!!

perpstu said...

Poor baby! Your children are all beautiful! I hope Ryan is feeling better in time for the big party.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

The Johnson 5 said...

Oh poor thing!!

He looked like he had a good birthday anyway!

And that cake looks YUMMY!!

Marla said...

Happy birthday to your cute little guy. The cake and Build A Bear look like they where a hit.

Party of Seven said...

Happy Birthday Ryan!! I hope everyone is feeling better.
We have some kind of bug going around our house now too.