Tatum sure does. It was Doug’s birthday, and although we were planning on going to celebrate, Tatum had to get in on the fun. She had a few things to tell him like…. When are we going to play T-ball??
There is a theater in downtown Phoenix called the Great Puppet Theater. Tatum and I decided for Black Friday to head there since it was a far cry from any mall, shopping center, or store!
Before heading out, we reviewed the story of the Little Red Hen (since this was the show today) so we’d be all prepared. They had a display of Frog and Toad! We had just bought all of these books!
Tatum sat motionless for the whole show! Supposedly the story is over 500 years old! There was only one lady managing all of the puppets, and she made it so funny! Especially the dog (who was too busy chasing his tail to help Little Hen).
It started with a blank white card; well, actually a stack of them. Tatum and I both sat with a blank card and talked about what we were thankful for. As she spoke, I wrote. She scribbled the same thing on her card. I then hung them up on her wall.
It shall remain there for a while. We could have strung it across her whole room had we more cards or time! (and threading it was kind of a bear!)
He brought us a huge (and I mean HUUUUGE poinsettia plant and some chocolate for me of course), so we posed! Good lookin’ pair, eh?
Then mom and Tot joined the fun. She just fits right in front. Finally, after a few more pictures, of adoring Tatum…it was time for us to just enjoy each other. This is really what this day is all about. The people who we love in our lives, the CREATOR who made us and LOVES US..what more could you want?
It was a request.
“Mommy, I would like a giraffe right there,” as she pointed to the space above her oven.
The next few days I perused giraffes from books to sites to magazines…Nothing.
Finally, I found one that reminded me of a mommy modeling to never give up on reaching beyond one’s self. The little one tried so hard (and is encouraged), to reach for her dreams!
At 3 years old, these are her stats.
The doctor showed me the comparison chart and she is definitely in the teeniest percentile of kids her age in terms of height. 34 inches means that her weight has gone up by a factor of 8 since she was born at 5.11. Now at 25 lbs, she is perfectly proportioned in the middle of not too over and not too under.
The day really began AFTER nap, when she knew she was getting more cake (well a cupcake!) and a bit of chocolate ice cream.
Make a wish!
Perhaps it was, because Doug showed up with a few gifts. So she waited.
Ukelele from Mama. She’ll be a pro soon.
Then the piece de resistance.. A TRAIN SET from Doug! She helped him put it together. And 400 batteries later, VOILA!
Remote-controlled which fits Tot’s personality to a T! (that in the ability to turn on and off the lights)
Thanks Doug! Thanks Mama!
Tomorrow, we go to her three year old Dr. appointment; I got her a doctor’s kit, so we will bring it and learn all about how to give a shot, look in her ears, take a heartbeat and check reflexes. I feel sorry for Coti after this.
It’s going too fast, God. Slow down this age clock, will ya!!
Three years is a drop in the bucket in one’s lifespan. However, in the case of Tatum Knight’s existence on this earth, it rocked and continues to rock the world (and I’m sure a few star formations)
Being her mother is nothing like any other adventure I’ve ever experienced. It’s an honor. Knowing her is one thing, but being her mommy? That is something else altogether. I am on my knees day and night PRAISING God for the opportunity to love this child as her MOMMY. Wow.
Tatum’s zest for life is apparent in everything she does. Eating (which is her favorite thing to do), reading, singing, playing make-believe (which shows her incredible creative self), everything, she does, she does with her full 24lb will and might.
She loves her family (as she says, “My mommy is in my heart, my Coti is in my heart, my mama is in my heart, my family is in my heart!!”)
She loves her friends; She loves any doggies; she loves to be out talking to people and asking their names….She just LOVES to LOVE!
Picking a theme for Tatum’s birthday bash was not difficult. Her love of music is very apparent in how much she enjoys grooving and moving! She loves to jam on her little guitar and so this was a perfect idea for a cake. My mom made the most beautifully decorated (and fully homemade!) guitar cake, and it was delicious! Then Doug made a bountiful fruit platter and it was overflowing! WOW! Can I get an Amen to this?Tot and I arrived at the park to reserve the table and classic Tot stood in the cold clutching her babies as I scrambled around looking for something to hold the tablecloths down.
Then we went home to get ready and practice our, “Thank you for coming to my party!” We are still working on manners. She just was focused on having some cake! We also practiced our “SMILE!” Rick was helping in the background withe Addison. Finally, the table was ready and her buddies (and mine) began to arrive.
Hi Ni and Maxie!
My gal pals, Amy and Denise!
Tot, can you get a bit bigger of a bite? It isn’t the size of your whole face!
Finally, time to wrap up and enjoy some of the presents. Definitely a phenomenal day.
Perhaps she’ll be a chef with her love of food?
Whatever she does with her life, she’ll do it with HEART. All I ask is that she lives up to the incredible potential that God has blessed her with. I love you so very much, Tatum.