James is 3!!!!

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2018

One of the cutest, sweetest, happiest boys around turns THREE tomorrow!!

Can you believe it!

Here are a few (OK, probably more than a few) of my favorite pictures from this past year!

We’ve always called him “Joyful James” — and for good reason!

This child is almost always happy!

He is fantastic at entertaining himself and often prefers playing on his own for periods of time each day (in contrast, Nora and Simon ALWAYS want a playmate).

James loves “helping” me with Clara, he sings and hums constantly, he has THE cutest little voice ever, and he always has a smile (and usually a smooch) for anyone who asks!

We celebrated our favorite 3 year old with my family this past weekend with a Bob the Builder birthday party. We have another celebration with Dave’s family planned for tomorrow (we couldn’t get everyone together at the same time because of vacations).

Here’s the cute invitation I emailed out…

I found his shirt at a local thrift store a month ago ($0.50) and it fits him perfectly!

We ordered pizza and breadsticks to go along with my favorite layered lettuce salad and this easy broccoli salad. I cut up a bunch of fruit and veggies, bought lemonade, and made a basic boxed cake with crushed Oreos on top (James’ favorite cookies) so it sort of looked like a construction scene — good enough in my book!

SO SIMPLE!Β 

The weather was perfect, James had fun, and he’s been enjoying his new toys and gifts all week long.

We are excited to celebrate with him again tomorrow (his actual birthday).

Happy Happy Birthday, sweet boy!

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23 comments

  1. Debbie

    07/16/2018

    Andrea, you make birthday planning look so easy with your menus, decors, invitation, etc. I think you should do another video with James humming or singing too.

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    Andrea Reply:

    well we keep our parties very small and fairly simple — so it really isn’t much work at all. Plus, I think that type of stuff is enjoyable, so it doesn’t feel like work to me!
    Also, I have videos of James singing and humming. Here are 2:
    Just before he turned 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RbDFEAcygw
    When he was about 18 months: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff28AWOsefs

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    Debbie Reply:

    So cute! I have seen those and still enjoyed it. More videos! πŸ™‚

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — I’ll see what I can do! He does have the cutest little voice!

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  2. Paulette

    07/15/2018

    What a darling little boy. Andrea, thank you for sharing your family with us!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Paulette — we think he’s pretty cute too πŸ™‚

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  3. mara

    07/14/2018

    Happy Birthday, James! Love the clever little idea for the cake, what a fun little party!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Mara!

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  4. JJ

    07/13/2018

    Happy 3rd Birthday, James!

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    JJ Reply:

    I tried to leave emoji, because I know my almost 3 year old boy loves “stickers” as he calls them. And they didn’t post on my end. Trying again, haha!

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks πŸ™‚
    I don’t think the emojis work on my blog because all the images slow down the site so I turned them off (sorry, no fun, I know!)

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  5. ShellyL

    07/13/2018

    Happy birthday, Joyful James!! He is so precious and happy!! I so enjoyed seeing his pictures today. My only son and middle child turns 10 on July 15. The birthday party looked like it turned out great.

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    Andrea Reply:

    hope he had a nice birthday today!!

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  6. Avia

    07/13/2018

    Happy Birthday James! It seems like you were just announcing his birth. My three year old has a similar disposition to James. And my 5 year old sounds very similar to Nora!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — glad you got your “nora” before you “james” too!

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  7. Michele

    07/13/2018

    Oh my goodness that picture of him in the bathroom is darling ! What a wonderful family, happy birthday James!

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  8. Krissy

    07/13/2018

    Happy birthday to James! What a coincidence that my youngest (Matthew James) turns 7 tomorrow. He, too, is known for his happy disposition. I can remember my grandmother commenting on how he would smile with his eyes when he was 5 weeks old. And here he is now and strangers comment on his smiley personality almost daily. Must be something about July 14 babies!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes… or maybe the name!
    Happy Birthday to your son tomorrow too!

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  9. Marcia

    07/13/2018

    He’s a real cutie-pie!

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  10. jen

    07/13/2018

    He is darling! Happy birthday, James!!

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  11. JoAnn C.

    07/13/2018

    A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, James!!!! And thanks, Andrea for sharing all the cute pictures. Happy Weekend to the Dekker family!

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  12. Pamela

    07/13/2018

    I love that you put an ending time on your party invitation. I can’t be the only introvert that really appreciates this! πŸ™‚

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — they never actually leave by that time, but it’s always nice to just have it on there πŸ™‚ Plus, I think it allows people who want to leave early to feel OK about it!

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