our big little boy turns three this Saturday! he’s been pumped up about his birthday lately, somewhat because one of our nicknames for him is Birthday Cakes (which of course brings up the subject). for the longest time he’s called himself Kay-kay, which is a pretty good nickname, but we’ve turned that into Cakes and Cakers and random things like Birthday Cakes. it’s pretty funny when he says something like “no, I’m not Birthday Cakes, I’m Kay-Kay!!” now and then he’ll actually say Caleb. (oh, and for Alice, she’s still Aya about half the time with mama and daddy, 90% of the time with Caleb and 100% of the time with herself.)
don’t tell, but we got him a little ukulele for his birthday, which I’m pretty sure he’s going to love. actually I think Alice will love it too, so we’ll see how that goes. they both love banging on the old guitar and (occasionally) my mandolins, so I think this kid-sized but “real” instrument will be popular. I like that it’s got nylon strings so he can start trying the frets if he wants (the steel strings on the other instruments around the house are a little tough for him to do). also, I don’t think it really matters right now, but ukes have an open tuning (I forget which key) which I find hard to learn. so if he gets into learning how to play it someday (and if this particular instrument lasts that long) I found out what strings to get so I can tune it like a mandolin.
this excitement has inspired a bit of a music theme for the birthday party. mama’s making a guitar-shaped cake, we’ll be making and decorating shoebox/rubber-band “guitars”, and playing pin-the-pick-on-the-guitar. should be fun!