Maya's 3rd Birthday

The weirdest of our nieces and nephews, Maya, turned 3 last month.  

Here's the birthday girl. 

And one with her sister.

This is what you need to know about Maya: 
  • She is cute and she knows she's cute
  • She uses her cuteness to get away with a lot of things
  • She marches to her own beat
  • She likes to test your patience
She doesn't do anything terribly bad, but she will, for example, stare at you with a straight face if you tell her not to do something until you can't take her glare anymore and you just say never mind, carry on.  I kinda wish I had her powers. 

But mainly, she's super sweet.  And I think that her best quality is that she's independent and doesn't care what people think of her.  I hope that she can maintain that confidence and that she will always be true to herself and her beliefs. 

Maya wanted a dinosaur themed birthday party, which is another reason why she's awesome.  She likes to think outside the box.  So she got lots of dinosaurs and from what I hear from my sister, she loves them all and plays with them all the time. (But don't call them dinosaurs, because to her, they're dogs and they're named Riggs). 

Ava was in charge of dressing everyone in their party hats.

And Alessandro, in true fashion, tried to nap during the party.  Nothing out of the ordinary. 

Ava was also in charge of taking drink orders and ended up making out pretty good in tips! 

Here's a picture I love that captures a moment where Maya is surrounded by so many people who love her.   Her Nanny is sitting with her at the table, while her mom and Grandpas look on.  She's so lucky to have so many people who love her!

Maya requested carrot cake cupcakes.  Again with the thinking outside the box.  I actually called her the day before her party to double check that she still wanted carrot cake cupcakes.  I asked her in an open ended way:  "So what type of cupcakes would you like me to make you for tomorrow?"  And she said, "Auntie, I already told you before.  I want tawot tate."  So carrot cake it was.

 Maya invited her friends CJ and baby Gabe to her party.

Check out that cuteness. 

And one more thing about Maya.  She eats in an unusual manner. 

Al and I took Maya to Build-A-Bear for her birthday.  Come back on Monday to hear how that went, and to get a better idea about Maya's personality. 

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