After Isaac's birthday dinner, we headed to the neighborhood Halloween party
Right before this picture, all the kids sang "Happy Birthday" to Isaac. It was so sweet!
This was our first year that the boys independently went up to houses by themselves. They did a great job and had so much fun. Noah was a great big brother, and he made sure Isaac got to the door ok and took turns ringing the doorbell.
At one neighbor's house, Isaac said "Trick or Treat! It's my birthday right now!" The neighbor gave him hand fulls of extra candy!
The boys loved that Grammy was a witch and Yaya was a clown. Noah has already raised his expectations and he thinks Matt and I should wear costumes next year!
Ah... sitting on the couch, eating a lollipop, cuddling with Yaya and watching Fox News. What could be better?
In reality, Isaac has been three for quite some time, so now his body and his mind and his age all match! Although, he doesn't see it that way. As his birthday has been approaching, Isaac has been holding on to being two and being a baby. He sometimes asks me to call him "Baby" instead of "Isaac," and he likes to be held like a baby and rocked. It's all ok with me! I'll take as much "Baby Isaac" as I can get!
Isaac has been practicing different ways of showing three fingers for his age
Grammy and Yaya joined us for Isaac's birthday celebration!
Isaac's big birthday gift was his very own bike! He loves it and has already spent hours zipping around our driveway at a very high rate of speed. It's even more entertaining when he screams with delight as he's pedaling past.
We love you so much, Baby Isaac! You'll always be our baby, but you're going to love being a three-year-old too!
One of our all-time favorite activities is riding the light rail train. In August, we celebrated the end of summer by riding the entire length of the rail line. The boys loved watching the city whizz past their window and spending time together.
Isaac found this super-cute lion costume and had so much fun wearing it around the house. It was first worn by our friend Jack, then Noah wore it to go trick-or-treating on the day Isaac was born almost 3 years ago.
Noah had a blast with something seemingly simple at Grammy and Yaya's house: a telephone.
They have a real live telephone on a table in their den. You can pick up the handset (which is conveniently connected to a cord), hear a dial tone and dial a phone number. Then the most amazing thing happens: someone answers and you can talk to them!
This was so unusual for Noah because we don't have a house phone, or a phone on a cord. We guard our cell phones because they get dropped or music is mysteriously purchased on the internet when we're not looking, or emails are sent to work contacts. Usually when the boys want to use our cell phones to play games or look at family pictures, we put the phone in "airplane mode" so they can't make calls or buy products.
But, at Grammy and Yaya's house, it was so fun to use the phone. Noah used the programmed button to call Yaya's office and leave many, many messages for him on his answering machine. Grammy wrote out her cell phone number, and then her cell phone rang many times too. Sometimes she would answer and sometimes Noah wanted it to go to voicemail so he could leave a message.
I was out running errands, and I got a call from Noah, which was so cool. He called just to say "Hi" and "I love you." When I got home I realized that no one else knew he had made the call, so it was something he did completely on his own.
A telephone. Who knew it could be so fun and such a new experience?