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Three

(Three years old, tomorrow. But I'm posting this today because tomorrow I plan to be wonderfully busy.)

Three years ago I gave birth to a ray of sunshine, a mimic, a chatterbox, a smartypants, a drama queen, a mischief-maker, a daredevil, a snuggle monster, a comedian, a ham, a goofball, a tenderheart, a storyteller, a child with a face so sweet and open it breaks your heart sometimes just to look at him. 

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All that, plus the world's longest set of eyelashes.

He thinks Grandma's name is "Honey," because that's what she calls him. He used to call Cheerios "chowder," but he doesn't do that anymore. He still rides a broomstick around the house while humming the Harry Potter music, and he still sets up elaborate picnics and birthday parties in the living room but he also knows how to play Angry Birds and read books on the iPad. He is always the one I lose at the store, the one I panic over and then find 30 seconds after giving his description to the manager, the one I can't ever seem to stay mad at for more than 15 seconds. He is newly impossible and tempestuous and stubborn, but he still scrunches up his nose when he smiles. He still asks me to cuddle with him, and hug him, and kiss him. He says he loves me so so so much, and asks how much I love him.

"Up to the moon," I tell him.

"And back!" he finishes. "On a rocket ship! To outer space!"

"And back," we say again, together. "ZOOM!"

Ezra's Third Birthday from amalah on Vimeo.

Music: Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys

Comments

Alison C

Happy Birthday, Ezra!

Erin

Oooo too cute! Happy Birthday Ezra, you're growing up way too fast.

Kimm

What a precious boy. Boys! Crying because mine is growing up too fast too. He has 3 teeth now at 6 months- He and Ike are collaborating I guess, he got 1 at 4 months.

Jessica

Happy Birthday, Ezra! I always love your videos, Any.

Jessica

Happy Birthday, Ezra! I always love your videos, Any.

chris

Happy Birthday, Ezra!

(that is soooo sweet - no pun intended - about Grandma's name being Honey...)

chris

Happy Birthday, Ezra!

(that is soooo sweet - no pun intended - about Grandma's name being Honey...)

Avath

I love watching these videos! Happy Birthday Ezra, who looks a lot like his big brother (my goodness). My youngest cat turned three yesterday, so I totally feel your emotion. They grow up so fast! ;0D

Avath

I love watching these videos! Happy Birthday Ezra, who looks a lot like his big brother (my goodness). My youngest cat turned three yesterday, so I totally feel your emotion. They grow up so fast! ;0D

Martha

My son will be two in November and the way you describe Ezra always makes me think of my little guy. A charmer, a people person, verbal, loving and sweet, a comedian with natural timing...it is fun to see a bit of the future in your words and pictures and movies. Ezra is adorable! Happy Birthday!

Tempe

Happy birtday to Ezra! I just found out on Monday that I'm having a boy (our first baby), which makes your blog even more special to me. Thanks for the daily laughs!

Lindsay

Happy, happy birthday little man. You remind me so much of mine! :)

Lindsay

Happy, happy birthday little man. You remind me so much of mine! :)

sarah

Tears! Every single year (or now more than once a year since you have more than one kid). I swear to you, it was Noah's first birthday montage that made me cement my desire to have a kid. I think I sent it to my husband with the text, "Yes. Want this."

Suzanne

Happy Birthday, Ezra!

Sheila

Happy #3 Ezra! Love the video...he is a darling. Hope his birthday is a wonderful day.

cindy

Ezra and I share a birthday! Happy birthday to your adorable little guy! Those eyelashes kill me.

Stephanie

Happy Birthday, Ezra! You are just so cute, you make me tear up...

Clarabella

Happy birthday, Ezra! What a ham. Also, that boy crying could end the world, I swear.

Anna

I started reading this blog around the time he was born and omg! 3 years! That's commitment. Happy Birthday, big guy

Anna

I started reading this blog around the time he was born and omg! 3 years! That's commitment. Happy Birthday, big guy

Ivie

Happy Birthday, Ezra!

Kirby

Happy Birthday Ezra! Tell your mommy she's playing dirty by posting these (wonderful) videos that make me want to cry from the sweetness.
Can't wait to see year four!

Kirby

Happy Birthday Ezra! Tell your mommy she's playing dirty by posting these (wonderful) videos that make me want to cry from the sweetness.
Can't wait to see year four!

Kirby

Happy Birthday Ezra! Tell your mommy she's playing dirty by posting these (wonderful) videos that make me want to cry from the sweetness.
Can't wait to see year four!

Kelly

Happy birthday, Ezra! I don't hold it against you for stealing the name I've always wanted to use for my son because my husband vetoed it anyway.

Word of advice: If you've been reading this blog since the beginning, you found yourself tearing up when the boys were born, and you are currently pregnant with your first child, DO NOT WATCH AMALAH'S BIRTHDAY VIDEO MONTAGES! Hormones will rally and attack your sanity.

Life of a Doctor's Wife

Three! Happy birthday, Ezra!

Christine

And my little drama queen will be three in three weeks. How did they do it? Happy birthday, Mister Ez.

Christine

And my little drama queen will be three in three weeks. How did they do it? Happy birthday, Mister Ez.

Stephanie

Wow...love. Happy birthday Ezra! Beautiful post Amy...especially after making me laugh my *$$ off with your last several. :)

Wendy

Happy birthday not-so-baby-anymore Ezra!

Jess

Hi! I'm a huge fan of your blog and am always so impressed by the videos that you do for the kids bdays? What program do you use and how did you learn how to do it? I'd love to try and make one but have no experence!

Thanks,

Jess

JessPrevelige@gmail.com

Pat

Sobbing at the most beautiful boy evah (ok BOYS). Happy Birthday little man. My "baby" left for college this year and oh...how my heart aches. Love you Amy....

Mary

Happy Birthday Ezra!

Amalah

@Jess I use iMovie. Basic, comes-free-with-the-computer iMovie. (And before I had a Mac, I used basic, comes-free-with-the-computer Windows Movie Maker.)

I taught myself how to use both programs, which isn't saying much at all, because it's SO EASY. Not much more complicated than dragging and dropping video clips and photos.

Keeping photos and videos organized throughout the year so I know where to *find* everything I have to choose from is a different story though, and one that gets me every. Freaking. Time. ARGHHHH.

kristen

Woohoo! Happy early birthday, Ez. Now go bat those long eyelashes at every lady you see.

Bettejo

Happy Birthday beautiful EZRA

Bettejo

Happy Birthday beautiful EZRA

Soumya Gayatri

Happy Birthday Ezra...the video was soo goood... Tore me up.. :) Hope u all have a fun day tomm...

Lise

Happy Birthday, Ezra. Your mama certainly captured life with a two-year-old in all its sweetness and frustration.

Mouse

Happy birthday, Ezra! I can't believe he's 3 already.

JC

Awww, what a little hunnybun he is. Lucky you!

Kristin

Happy Birthday Ezra! My birthday's tomorrow as well, and I too have long eyelashes ;)

mark @ yelling near you

What a sweet kid. Happy Birthday, Ezra! Hope you have a lot of fun tomorrow.

Jessica

Happy Birthday, Ezra! Your little scrunchy face is adorable beyond words!

Dawn

Oh. My. GOD! THE CUTE! I'm dying here!

Happy Birthday to impossibly cute Ezra!

Dawn

Oh. My. GOD! THE CUTE! I'm dying here!

Happy Birthday to impossibly cute Ezra!

Della

I thought it would make me cry, but instead, just a big ray of sunshine smile. Happy birthday, Zah. You're your mommy's best you. (and my favorite. because I can.) :)

Starbuck

Happy Birthday, Ezra!!

Starbuck

Happy Birthday, Ezra!!

Starbuck

Happy Birthday, Ezra!!

Wendy

I know I shouldn't have favorites, but Ez is totally my favorite. :) I think because he is the male equivalent of my daughter. All the adjectives you used describe her, as well. I fantasize about the day she comes home from college telling me that she met the man of her dreams... Ezra Storch! It will happen, I know it. ;)

Wendy

I know I shouldn't have favorites, but Ez is totally my favorite. :) I think because he is the male equivalent of my daughter. All the adjectives you used describe her, as well. I fantasize about the day she comes home from college telling me that she met the man of her dreams... Ezra Storch! It will happen, I know it. ;)

Amy

It's been a long time since I've told you this, but your family is beautiful. You do boys VERY well. Happy birthday to Ezra!

lisa

i love your family so much. These videos are sooo wonderful!

erin

Happy 3rd birthday Ezra! I love your scrunchy nose pics the best!!!

Mrs. Commoner

Happy birthday to Ezra! What a cutie. And, I want those eyelashes!

Mrs. Commoner

Happy birthday to Ezra! What a cutie. And, I want those eyelashes!

Mrs. Commoner

Happy birthday to Ezra! What a cutie. And, I want those eyelashes!

Mrs. Commoner

Happy birthday to Ezra! What a cutie. And, I want those eyelashes!

Mrs. Commoner

Happy birthday to Ezra! What a cutie. And, I want those eyelashes!

Mrs. Commoner

Happy birthday to Ezra! What a cutie. And, I want those eyelashes!

Robin

WHAT. He is not three. No.

The pictures are so perfect -- so many little moments and moods that sum up this age so well.

Nice work, mama, you grow 'em good.

Robin

WHAT. He is not three. No.

The pictures are so perfect -- so many little moments and moods that sum up this age so well.

Nice work, mama, you grow 'em good.

Megan

Something about that reminds me of Little Bear and his trip to the moon . . . if you don't have that book, I bet you two would like it.

Happy Birthday, Zah!

Anthony from CharismaticKid

Cute kid.

Alex

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Charlene

Happy birthday, Ezra!

I never thought Noah and Ezra looked much alike until that little video bit of Ezra with the headphones popped up.

Debbie

::sniff:: That was byootiful :) Also, I thought the part about the freakishly long lashes as soon as I saw the picture, before even reading! Wow! (Why do boys always get those?)

sarah

Made me cry like all your birthday videos... Happy birthday Ezra!

Rachel

Happy Birthday Ez!

Rachel

Happy Birthday Ez!

Kasey

Ezra shares a birthday with my son Graham only Ez is a year older. The funny thing is that it seems their personalities are nearly identical. sometimes I go back a year in your archives to see what Ezra was doing at Graham's age. All this is to say I have a soft spot for Ezra, those October 15 boys are so special!

Sara

happy birthday!

Natalie

Happy birthday, Ezra! I've loved watching you grow another year!

tracey

Happy Birthday, Ezra! That was a sweet video, Amy. He's so adorable!

tracey

Happy Birthday, Ezra! That was a sweet video, Amy. He's so adorable!

Kevin Hartnett

On a rocket ship to outer space! Happy Birthday!

Christine @ Quasi Agitato

Great video!
It is amazing how intuitive navigation is on the iPad, isn't it. My 3yo also gets around on that thing with no help from me! Only problem is...it's a little too easy to delete apps :P

Jen

Happy birthday, Ezra! Wow, this growing up thing is happening way too quickly...

Emily

I can only hope that someday i can be as good a of a mom as you are. Your boys are going to look back on these photo montages and smile :). Happy birthday Ezra!

Emily

I can only hope that someday i can be as good a of a mom as you are. Your boys are going to look back on these photo montages and smile :). Happy birthday Ezra!

Chris

Happy Birthday, Ezra a.k.a. mini-Amy. I still can't believe how much he resembles you (not that I've ever met you). Can't believe he's 3 whole years already and a big brother to boot. I started reading when you were pregnant with him. How time does fly...

Kris

Happy Happy Birthday, Ezra!!

(And oh my sweet jeezus, that beach chair picture right around the two minute mark. Be still my beating ovary.)

Martha H.

Happy Birthday to the Mighty Ez! You rock!

Melissa

Oh man. You got me. Just like I said you would.

Beautiful video, just like always. I think your boys are going to be so overwhelmingly touched one day to go back and watch these and know how much love went in to each one.

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