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.


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!


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


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.


He cut off me hand!


Grateful to have a birthday visit with Nana.


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!


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.


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:


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


We played in Mermaid Lagoon.






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


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





A watermelon pirate ship for the fruit salad


Wearing green in honor of the birthday boy




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.



They actually make crocodile birthday cards! Score!




Opening his treasure map












This morning Katie read him a story


Seeing his cake for the first time


His treasure chest was filled with M&Ms!


Trying to hold up three fingers



Arrrrrrrrrr, Peter!



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



Making a wish…



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