Yesterday was S’s third birthday, and I wanted to make it one to remember.

SAMSUNG CSCShe woke up at 4am saying “It’s my birthday today!” Unable to open my eyes, I told her it wasn’t today yet and hoped… we woke up again around 7am. It took her a couple of minutes to realise there were some presents on the floor at the foot of the bed, and she soon set about opening them – but only after she’d pointed out all of the Winnie the Pooh characters on the wrapping paper!

I wrote a post a few weeks ago where I was trying to decide whether to buy S a scooter. For the last couple of weeks, whenever asked what she thought she might get for her birthday, she replied with “a scooter!”  On Wednesday she apparently spent her day at nursery talking about her scooter – so much so that when it came to home time, one of the staff asked me whether she knew what she was getting for her birthday already. She hadn’t been told… but that unwavering faith that she would get what she wanted is pretty remarkable!

This is her face as she came down the stairs and saw a scooter waiting for her:


Her first words were “my scooter!” As if it had been lost and she’d just found it!


She spent the next hour riding her scooter up and down the living room. She still had presents and cards to open, but whenever I mentioned them – or breakfast – I was answered with “no, I riding my scooter!” Eventually she did stop scooting for long enough to open a couple of presents…


While I was putting together her Toot Drivers Parking Tower – which, by the way, was no barrel of laughs – she remembered the helmet she’d been given for her birthday, and that she should be wearing it. So she put it on, and carried on with the scooting until I’d finished building.


After some playing with toys and balloons, we set off to the park to give the new scooter a good run. There we met up with some friends and their daughter Evie, who is a few months older than S and also has a scooter. They played in the playground and chased each other on their scooters, and then we all went to a fab local pub for lunch with my mum and Auntie Af (in the picture here).

After lunch, we went to the local Playhouse to see a production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We’d seen the same company perform The Little Red Hen at Christmas with nursery and S had really enjoyed it, so when I saw their new show was here on S’s birthday, I decided to take her. The production was incredible – not least because it was performed in its entirety by only two people. I wish I could have taken photos of S’s face as she watched Goldilocks hanging upside down from a tree branch, or daddy bear eating loads of cakes in secret.

When we’d finished at the Playhouse, we went to my mum’s house for birthday tea. There we were met by my sister Z and S’s two younger cousins. She’s still a bit wary of her baby cousin, who’s still only a couple of months old  – but she had great fun with E, a loud and frankly hilarious 18 month old who had put on his best shirt for the occasion. She had a fantastic time playing with balloons and the gifts she was given.


After a lot of balloon shenanigans, we sat down for birthday tea… and cake!


And then… we cut the cake!

SAMSUNG CSCI spent most of Wednesday working on the cake. I’m pleased with how it turned out, considering I am not terribly artistic – or skilled with baking!

After this we came home and read a few stories from books S had been given for her birthday. She sat on my lap  in bed and we pulled the covers over us and read Room on the Broom. Then I tucked her up in bed with her teddy and books and we said our usual night time things: “good night, sweet dreams, Mummy loves you sooooooooo much!”

She was asleep within minutes after a brilliant and fun-filled day.

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Playing it by Year · 10/04/2015 at 18:28

Loved following along on instagram. Happy birthday S! Jokes on Mommy, it’s going to be a hard one to top next year!

Lisa (mummascribbles) · 10/04/2015 at 20:52

Gorgeous post – what a wonderful birthday you gave her! I still think your cake looks fab – you did a great job :) #weekendbloghop

Catriona Stephen · 10/04/2015 at 21:16

Definitely a birthday to remember! Sounds like you all had a lovely day :) it was lovely to read how excited she was about the idea of a scoter and then getting to see her face when she saw it! Xx

Leanne Cornelius · 10/04/2015 at 23:04

So cute! Part of me can’t wait until Aria is at the age where she gets this excited, another part of me wants her to stay a baby forever.
Well done on the cake, it looks fab!

Leanne – A Slice of My Life Wales

    Vicky Charles · 11/04/2015 at 08:49

    I know exactly what you mean; I miss my teeny tiny baby but it’s so much more fun when they’re old enough to know what’s going on!

Sarah · 11/04/2015 at 14:02

What a happy little face in all the photos!
Well done Mummy! You did a good job! :)

    Vicky Charles · 26/04/2015 at 10:09

    Thanks Sarah!

Jeremy · 11/04/2015 at 16:22

that’s an impressive looking cake!

Jeremy · 11/04/2015 at 16:22

thats an impressive looking cake!

    Vicky Charles · 25/04/2015 at 17:50

    Thanks, I’m quite proud of it! No idea how I’ll top it next year though!

Kirsten Toyne · 11/04/2015 at 17:04

Her face when she saw her scooter. So lovely. Oh my goodness, aren’t children wonderful. I get so excited before their birthdays or christmas because I know how excited they will be. Being a mother has reconnected me with that wonderful sense of excitement that I thought I had grown out of. Thank you for this, it made me smile. Kirsten

    Vicky Charles · 11/04/2015 at 18:04

    I love it! I usually wake up before her on her birthday and Christmas – I’m just so excited to see her face!

Catherine · 11/04/2015 at 19:50

Happy Birthday S!

That is an awesome birthday cake. How did you get the smarties inside?

    Vicky Charles · 25/04/2015 at 17:50

    lol my mum thought I’d cooked the cake with them in there and couldn’t figure out why they still looked ok. You just bake a cake and cut a hole in the middle, then put the smarties in. I put some extra fondant over the gap when I iced it so that it didn’t just cave in.

Bethan Read · 11/04/2015 at 20:55

Loved this post! And the cake is AMAZING! i ALSO love the sheer delight on her face, sounds like a fantastic day! I now have scooter and cake envy, you are a cake genius, there is no way i could manage that .. ever!
thanks for the #weekendbloghop!

    Vicky Charles · 12/04/2015 at 09:48

    Oh thanks! The cake was easier than it looks – I made it difficult because I was disorganised and had to keep going out to buy more smarties or icing sugar or fondant. If you have the stuff already it’s fairly straightforward… though now I’m worrying about how I’ll top it for her next birthday!

Mumma McD · 12/04/2015 at 07:07

Wow, the cake looks amazing, very impressive! What a special day for little S, my 3 yo loves her scooter too, they’re brilliant :)

    Vicky Charles · 12/04/2015 at 09:47

    Thanks, it was easier than I thought to actually do – but I was terribly disorganised so it became stressful! There’s a moral in there somewhere…

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