"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Birthday Girl

Bomey turned 3 today and with that came 3 million presents! Every time we sprinkled the day with a gift Simone would say, "This is my first birthday ever and I LOVE it!" Apparently the other two were less than memorable. ;)

Papa got her this bear that you color on with markers. A dream come true! (Note to Jen: NOT for Adeline!)

Simone was not big on pictures all day but nonetheless she let me take this shot while she posed with her new "Messy Face" Cabbage Patch Kid since her own face was messy with frosting...

Spoken like a very grownup 3 year-old, she later said to me, "Thanks for my party Mom." :)

Happy Birthday Bome!

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