Today we celebrated Mary’s birthday. Nana is in town and I have high hopes of being in labor on Mary’s actual birthday, so we celebrated three weeks early. I feel totally off the hook when September 27th rolls around!

For her birthday, Mary wanted to ride a pony. We went to Thanksgiving Point in the morning for a pony ride and a wagon ride.

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IMG_1152Then we had a picnic with Abe in the gardens by Qualtrics.

IMG_2507 IMG_2505 I have a ton of pictures of our arrival home. Mary got to see her balloons unveiled for the first time and had a blast. Lydia deserves credit too for delighting in Mary’s delight and not demanding any time at all with Mary’s balloons. After Mary exhausted herself dancing and running with her balloons, Lydia and Mary played hide-and-seek with the balloons and played for the next couple hours.

IMG_1166 IMG_1179 IMG_1181 IMG_1171I have two videos of Mary twirling and dancing with her balloons here and here.

And this evening Tom, Suzanne, the Marshalls and the Vandegriffs joined us for a party.

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Grandma, Mary loved your present!
Grandma, Mary loved your present!

IMG_2967 IMG_2972 IMG_2975 IMG_2992 IMG_2973I just adore Mary to pieces. I can’t believe she’s (almost) three! She lights up our lives every day. I wish I could capture her at this age and keep her almost-three forever. After the presents, Mary was eating cake. At one point, she looked up, smiled, and said, “My presents are lovely.” All I could think of was how lovely she is. Happy early birthday, my darling Mary!