Birthday Crazy

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Tariku turned 3 on Sunday and I admit it- I went birthday crazy. We threw an absolute rager at his fave spot: Travel Town in Griffith Park. Travel Town is a train museum that T visits at least twice a week. It was an ideal place for his party because there’s tons of outdoor space, so T could go off and chill when he got overwhelmed.

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I honestly had no idea how it was going to go over. I hoped that he would have a blast but I had accepted the possibility that he might get overstimulated and want to get the heck out of there. Still, I wanted to give it a try. I’m happy to report that it went over beautifully. He loved it. He’s still talking about it.

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We had the Let’s Be Frank organic hot dog cart and crafts and choo choos and a chocolate cake decorated with an airbrushed rendering of his new blue guitar. We even had Brobie from Yo Gabba Gabba.

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T’s over-the-top baby bash had a precedent. While I was swept up in the frenzy of the party planning, I recalled the extravagant theme parties my own mother used to throw for me as a kid. One could look at this as a legacy of bourgeois suburban madness, but I remember the parties very fondly. She wasn’t generally a showy or competitive kind of mom and I believe our birthday parties were a real creative outlet for her, as well as a chance to just joyfully indulge for a day. I took the torch and ran with it and I’m glad I did. It was a special day. I don’t think I’ll do it every year, but this is the first birthday that T was really aware of and it was fun to deliver it in style.

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And seriously, how great is Scott? For a million things, but particularly for agreeing to get completely dorky and wear matching engineer outfits.

The pictures were taken by our friend Leon Mostovoy (have him shoot your party or portrait: leonmostovoy@yahoo.com) and by our own stalwart Auntie Jo (who just got on my case for never giving her credit when I post her videos).

6 Responses to 'Birthday Crazy'

  1. Nicole says:

    Totally AWESOME! Happy birthday little man!!!

  2. Tyler says:

    RAD…all of it. Looks like a smashing time (Arlin would have loved it for sure!)….happy birthday T man!!! xo

  3. Jeff & Kay says:

    Jill and Scott! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us. T looks so happy and you did a stellar job throwing the train theme bash. One fortunate kid, that Tariku!

  4. mindy says:

    Happy Birthday T! Looks like an awesome party.
    *here’s something funny: yesterday our entire family (us 3) all wore engineer pants. We hadn’t seen this post yet. we thought we were dorky for doing it, and maybe we were because we didn’t have a TRAIN PARTY to go to, but now I see that maybe we were tuned into something?!

  5. kelly says:

    well done! clearly was awesomely amazing and a success.

  6. Chris says:

    That looks like so much fun! Travel Town was my turf growing up. I went there every week every summer. I learned to drive on the road in front of Forest Lawn and in the parking lot of the zoo. Travel Town was awesome—I know exactly why it’s T’s fave spot. That cake is awesome! The outfits are the best! Way to party, people!

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