Goodnight Construction Site

We celebrated my niece Gabby’s 3rd birthday on Sunday. She loves cars but doesn’t like pink. She thinks Dora is great and her favorite book is Goodnight Construction Site. While running errands, it’s not unusual to hear her call out from the backseat, “Look daddy, an excavator!”

The boys think she hung the moon. They helped her organize her new Minnie Mouse Beauty Purse and then touched up her makeup. Mikey attacked the application of lipstick with the same intensity and zeal he reserves for reading about the Battle of Midway. Nico must pay more attention to me getting ready than I thought because he swirled his imaginary powder puff across Gabby’s new Minnie Mouse blush and gave it a gentle tap-tap-tap against the compact before dusting her cheeks. We all agreed there was never a more beautiful 3 year-old, and then we ate cake.

20 Responses to “Goodnight Construction Site”
  1. Southern Gal says:

    Happy birthday to her! Those boys are blessed!

  2. Amy says:

    Oh good grief! That last picture kills me–it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

    Now that, my friend, is love . . .

    • Jules says:

      In the Instagram I took you can see Nico applying the “blush” while Mikey does lipstick. It’s all very sweet. Definitely one I’m going to print and hang on the wall!

  3. Sarah says:

    She is adorable and has great taste in books. I love those moments when you can tell a kid is going to grow up to be a loving spouse/ parent. That is what I see in that last picture.

  4. Susan G says:

    “We all agreed there was never a more beautiful 3 year-old, and then we ate cake.”

    And it really doesn’t get any better than that. :)

  5. Miss B. says:

    So, so cute AND 3 years already? WOW, time flies! Love the story about the tap-tap, too cute!

  6. jeanne says:

    You do know that Mikey is a pure treasure and Gabby is so lucky to have him in her life. That’s what I see in that picture. Something tells me with Mikey, it won’t change when he is 10, 13, 16 an beyond. Love and caring are in his DNA.

  7. Karen F says:

    oh my goodness, that is so sweet!!!

  8. Kelly says:

    Ah, twas not so long ago that my own daughter had herself a “Dora” birthday party and cake. Now at the ripe old age of 10 1/2, Dora is a punch line to prove how old & cool she’s become.

    Gabby is a beauty! How nice that you’re all so close.

  9. Erika says:

    Love this…all the pictures are great! Thank you! Gabby loves her cousins…she woke this morning wanting to see them…”where are my cousins mama!” What a special day!

  10. Rebecca H says:

    That is SO sweet!

    I know this is not really related to your post in any way, but I know you’re local and it reminded me of it. Have you been down to the USS Midway museum in San Diego? It’s pretty fascinating and your boys might love it! The audio tour is really well done.

  11. I adore your prose in this post. I think we should end every story with “and then we ate cake,” don’t you?

  12. How sweet… applying that makeup. My boys have a Gabi in their lives that they both love (and fight over. My Gabi! No, she’s my Gabi.” A few years down the line I am going to innocently give her some makeup for her birthday to stage this scene, just so I can snap a gorgeous photo of one of them applying make up for her like that. Too adorable.

  13. and then after cake….

    you wrote this beautiful post.

  14. Annie says:

    Gosh, there’s just something special about the cousin relationship. That last picture is one they’ll treasure years from now. Precious.

  15. Mandy says:

    Everything about this is ridiculously cute. I love her ribbon hairband!

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I used to be an attorney, but it made me grumpy. Now I write about life, sweet and savory, as a wife and mother to two small boys. My knowledge of dinosaurs knows no bounds.

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