Happy Birthday to my sweet boy, one of the most genuinely happy and playful people I’ve ever known. Eric, I love your sense of humor and how you are constantly laughing and making jokes. Your kindness and empathy toward others is such an amazing gift. I am so thankful every day for you. I am better because I have known you.

A couple of months ago, Eric mentioned wanting a Peter Pan cake for his birthday. This was not surprising since Peter Pan has been his favorite character this year and since he wears his Peter Pan hat almost daily. I decided to incorporate the Peter Pan theme as much as I could into all of our celebrations.

On Tuesday night (the 6th) we had reservations at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. We had had a dinner there as part of Katie’s third birthday celebration, and so we thought it might be a way to create shared and similar memories for the two of them if we took Eric there for his third birthday also.

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Eric went to his dinner in style! I had made a birthday shirt for Eric with his name and a “3” dressed up in a Peter Pan hat and a Peter Pan belt and dagger. Eric wore his hat and his sunglasses for extra panache. I love my sweet little goofball so much!

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Uncle David and Auntie Ashley joined us for dinner at the hotel. So much fun!

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Before stopping by Disneyland, we went early over to Nana’s house. Eric opened his gift from her (Disney’s Peter Pan dagger and bow-and-arrow set). The dagger has barely left his hands. We pretended to duel as Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

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He cut off me hand!

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Grateful to have a birthday visit with Nana.

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So many friends came to visit at Goofy’s Kitchen, although a favorite for both kiddos was definitely Princess Jasmine! Eric was asking all about her jewels and told her that his “3” was dressed up as Peter Pan on his shirt!

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On the 7th, I took the kiddos on a long walk to the park, played there for a couple hours, and walked back with them. They got to rest in the afternoon, and this gave me time to put together our single gift to Eric this year: a train table. He has been wishing and wishing for one of these for months. I kept it hidden in our bedroom under a comforter over night.

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Katie and I brainstormed and made a pirate treasure map for Eric to use when finding his train table (since I couldn’t wrap it). We used cream linen paper and burned holes in it and around the edges to make it look authentic.

Today, the 8th, we had a Peter Pan themed kind of day:

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We painted wooden treasure chests while listening to the score from the Disney film.

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We played in Mermaid Lagoon.

 

 

 

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My afternoon project: finishing Eric’s Peter Pan themed birthday cake

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I’ve never considered myself a very good cake decorator, so I was actually quite happy that I pulled this one off…

 

 

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A watermelon pirate ship for the fruit salad

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Wearing green in honor of the birthday boy

 

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Appetizers: apple wedge and cheese boats; Pirate’s Booty (of course); Smee’s cannon balls (grapes); and vanilla wafers as gold doubloons. Dinner: farfalle (evocative of Tink’s fairy wings) dressed simply with Temecula Olive Oil Company’s Late Harvest Lemon Reserve and grated Romano; watermelon pirate ship fruit salad; roasted broccoli and cherry tomatoes; Caeser salad; and fish sticks.

 

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They actually make crocodile birthday cards! Score!

 

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Opening his treasure map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This morning Katie read him a story

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Seeing his cake for the first time

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His treasure chest was filled with M&Ms!

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Trying to hold up three fingers

 

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Arrrrrrrrrr, Peter!

 

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Captain Hook captures Wendy and Peter. Who says a KitchenAid dough hook is just for bread making?

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Making a wish…

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Look of pure joy when he opened Katie’s present she picked out: a Peter Pan doll.

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