Our Five Ring Circus: Happy 3rd Birthday, Liam! {The Busiest Birthday Ever}

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Happy 3rd Birthday, Liam! {The Busiest Birthday Ever}

My beautiful boy celebrated his 3rd Birthday today!  I truly can't believe my baby is THREE!

Birthday Traditions

We celebrated this sweet boy all day long!

Birthday Traditions

Of course it turned out to be the busiest day ever!

After our morning celebration, we had to go to Dylan, Lexie and Lily's schools for building visitation. They are in three different buildings and when you have 5 kids with you it's quite a workout. Park the car, haul out the stroller, unstrap 2 kids from their car seats, harness 1 kid in the stroller, push the stroller to the school from the farthest parking spot, visit the school (which requires a trip in the elevator), walk back to the car, strap 2 kids back into their seats, fold and store the stroller, drive to the next school and repeat two more times. Did I mention I woke up with a cold? (BAD timing.)

In 2 weeks, I will have an unimpressed 6th grader...

6th Grade

A 4th grader...

4th Grade

A kindergartener...


AND a preschooler!

{Shirt - Koala Kids from Babies R Us}

This mama will be shedding a lot of tears over the next few weeks!

After school tours, we stopped by Grant's mom's house to pick up some packages and ended up visiting for a few minutes. We headed back home so I could pack for vacation. With less than 24 hours to go until we left, I really needed to start!  

More about those 5 kids: my great niece has spent every weekday with us this Summer and today was her last day with us. We still see her throughout the year, but we're really going to miss her. She's a part of my crew and Lexie and Aubrey are best friends! My girls were so sad when my niece picked Aubrey up to take her home.

Best Friends

By then, there were all those vital last minute errands, like getting the luggage rack from my sister, filling up the SUV with gas (hello, fuel perks) and stocking up on almond milk for Liam.

We did take a brief break from the insanity for dinner. Grant met us on his way home from work and we celebrated our birthday boy. Of course, Liam had his usual: a salad!

The Lucky Few

We rushed home from dinner to have a mini birthday party for Liam! My parents and Grant's mom came over to celebrate. We gave Liam his gifts and had some cake. I do feel bad that he received all these new toys and has to leave them behind for a week!

After everybody left, we had to load up our SUV...in the dark. Grant headed to bed early so he could get some sleep and I put the birthday boy to bed. Despite the craziness of our schedule, he had a great birthday!

Third Birthday

I'm pulling an all nighter to get everything done.  It's all worth it, though. In less than 12 hours I will be seeing my favorite view!

Virginia Beach

It will be a very welcome break after the past few months of constant busyness. We don't have a single thing on our agenda other than enjoying the beach! 

My blogging schedule will be jam-packed when I return! Next week, however, I have a few awesome guest posts coming your way. I'm not a fan of blank blog space for a full week, but I do plan on enjoying a break from EVERYTHING, so these awesome mamas have it covered!

I try to blog every weekday, but had to take a brief break this week to get things done. One of those things was a post for Pittsburgh Moms Blog! In honor of Liam's birthday today, I shared a post about Liam's birth diagnosis. I get a lot of questions about how it went undetected so I decided to share that part of our story. You can read it HERE or just click on the picture below!  

" The truth is there are no guarantees in life. I had a 1 in 891 chance of having a child with Down syndrome. I didn’t think it would ever happen to me."


I was feeling all the feels when I wrote that post, especially considering Liam "graduated" from early intervention yesterday and we had to say goodbye to his amazing team of therapists. When I get back from vacation, I will be sharing Liam's full birthday recap along with his 3 year pictures. Right now it's time for a road trip! Have a great week, my friends! XOXO

Happy 3rd Birthday to my sweet boy! He is the most amazing unexpected surprise I've every received.  I love this kid with every ounce of my being!


Let's Be Friends!


  1. Yay!! Liam had the best birthday!! I'm glad you guys had such a great day, even if it was crazy busy. Have so much fun at the beach. I can't wait to hear about it.

  2. Happy busy birthday Liam!! Hope you have a wonderful trip.

  3. Happy birthday, Liam!!! Have so much fun on vacation!!

  4. Happy 3rd birthday to that little sunshine!! I hope that you guys enjoy your trip!!

  5. What a busy day! Happy Birthday Liam, I hope you guys are loving vacation life.

  6. I can't imagine a day wouldn't be busy with 5 kiddos :) It sounds like it was still a great day for Liam! I hope you are having a fabulous time on your vacation!

  7. Happy Birthday!! He's too stinkin' cute!


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