It’s been about a month since Raylan’s birthday but I figured it would be a good idea to start my blog at this moment. Raylan had us celebrate his birthday for three whole weeks but I finally had to tell him that his birthday was over. He turned the big three on August 14th, 2016. Seriously, where does the time go? I feel like I was just holding him in my arms at the hospital, just changing his diaper and just watching him learn how to walk.

Let’s go back in time just for a little bit and reminisce. I featured a picture of me being pregnant, a photo of him at the hospital, a couple of baby photos and a picture of him from his 1st birthday celebration.

We started his birthday celebration by going to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta on Tuesday August 9th, 2016. I picked him up from school and we went to the Children’s Museum. It was Target Free Tuesday making the museum visit free so it was a win-win for both of us. We haven’t been back to the Children’s Museum since it was rebuilt. I was wowed away by the upgraded facility and I vowed we would go back again because we didn’t even get to enjoy everything on this trip. I picked him up from school and told him I had a big birthday surprise for him. Above is his surprise face.
We entered the facility and we received our two tickets. Raylan ran right in ready to play. His favorite area had to be the restaurant/ kitchen area that is sponsored by Waffle House. It looked just like a Waffle House  and he was happy to serve me and I was happy to eat the pancakes and drink the coffee he made for me.
 We stayed in the kitchen area for a bit because he loves everything about cooking. I finally swayed him to move on to something else. So, we went grocery shopping.

 And he also had the chance to pretend that he was on a farm where he drove a tractor, gathered eggs from a chicken coop and milked a cow.
He also went fishing and Raylan loved this activity!
Then, he let his imagination really run wild and became a construction worker. This was his favorite costume to put on.
It was pretty much time to go and he spent the last few minutes in the Waffle House kitchen area. Once we left out of the Children’s Museum, we went to Centennial Olympic Park to the children’s playground. Needless to say, he had a good night’s rest that night.
I didn’t necessarily have a birthday party for Raylan but I knew he would be changing schools and I wanted him to have one last time with his old friends. I decided after the last two birthday party busts that I wanted to do a destination birthday for his 3rd birthday. So, instead of having a party, we just go somewhere new and have fun. I invited classmates from his school and put an invitation on Facebook to join us on an exciting adventure to the Atlanta Zoo. I think from here on out, I will do destination birthdays. It saves a lot of money and a lot of disappointment as well. His birthday adventure was August 13th, 2016, the day before his birthday. We started by going to Burger King so he can get his French toast sticks. I wanted him to be in a good mood for his “birthday party.”  He went in with his Nani and came out with his Nani and a crown on his head.

 And I think it’s safe that he enjoyed his French toast sticks.
After asking a thousand times if it was time to go yet, we finally made our way to the venue. He, of course, fell asleep on the way when I was trying to get him to nap all morning. While he got the rest of his nap out, I set up for the gathering.

Then, it was time to partay! I personally wished more people would have came to his gathering. He’s an only child and doesn’t get to be around kids much outside of school. But, then I realized Raylan didn’t care how many people came to his gathering. He was very appreciative for Chase and Ky spending time with him. And he just couldn’t wait to dig into the cake. When I realized that, I became less disappointed and just enjoyed his gathering because he was having the best time ever!
After we ate and talked a little bit, it was time to head into the zoo. His friend Chase and her mommy already explored the zoo to beat the heat. Raylan and I explored the zoo with his friend Ky and her mommy. Chase and Raylan walking to the zoo entrance hand-in-hand. This is one of my favorite pictures from the day.
We entered the zoo. Raylan was a little grumpy because he was tired so I didn’t get a lot of pictures of him. When he’s grumpy, he’s usually in a no-picture mood.
These are the photos of him at different exhibits.
These are the photos of him at different exhibits.
 The petting zoo was his absolute favorite. Raylan has a way with animals and he really wanted to be one with the animals.He tried to climb in a few animal exhibits.
And another one of my favorites of Raylan talking to the goat.
Raylan: Hey goat. How are you? I’m going to brush your back, ok?
Goat: Sure, go ahead.
After the petting zoo, we went to the kid’s zone. Ky went on the carousel and Raylan played in the water. Then, we rode the train and went to the playground.

 Raylan finally warmed up to the zoo and didn’t want to leave. I told him that we would definitely be back.

We had a really good time at Zoo Atlanta!
If you’re wondering, this was his birthday gathering outfit. He picked it out himself. (He actually wore it before his birthday because he loved it so much)
On August 14th, 2016, he wore the outfit Kimberly bought for him. He looks a little ruffled in this picture but it’s his only standing photo.

The End: Well, not really. Until Next Time. Hope You All Enjoyed the Blog!




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