Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Elliott!

This amazing and clever little man is three today! He had the perfect day for him, encompassing his three greatest loves: violins, trains, and the color green! He started the day by opening his first present, a stuffed violin. He played with it non-stop until we left for his birthday party at Soundbridge, which is basically a part of the Seattle Symphony that has a room full of real musical instruments for kids to play. Because of Elliott's violin obsession, we thought this would be the perfect place. We were joined by grandparents and a a few close friends. For the nearly two hours we were there, Elliott put the tiny 1/16th size violin down for maybe five minutes total (once to try out a cello very briefly, and then again later to eat a few sweet potato chips and a cupcake). I was amazed at how well he handled  the tiny instrument. He has had very little practice with a real instrument and he played it like a pro (for a 3-year old)! He and Oliver played together the entire time, giving concerts and marching around the place. It was adorable! The boys were also decked out in their matching violin shirts made by Gramma.

After the party, Bapa took the boys to the train store, one of their favorite places, where he picked out a red caboose. After food and a nap, he opened the rest of his presents, mostly involving trains or violins in some form. More singing and sweet treats followed, and the result was a very happy and very tired little boy.

Happy birthday sweet Elliott! We love you more than you'll ever know.

So happy to be 3!

opening the first present






playing "his" 1/16th size violin
brothers

apparently he tried out the cello, but I never saw it happen.
Nick liked the drums
he holds his instrument like a pro!
big brother

about to play a piece from memory, hence the eyes being shut
giving the concert in front of all their friends
cupcake time!



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I made these musical treats to go along with the cupcakes (mint patties and chocolate dipped shortbread)
a second cupcake this evening!



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