February 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

I’m generally a pretty humble guy. I don’t always toot my own horn, but everyone tells me that I get to toot it now since it’s my birthday! Today I turned 3 years old. Wow, where has the time gone? I’ve certainly had a full, rich life for these past three years, but yesterday takes the cake — yes, pun intended!

Yesterday was my birthday party at Heavenly Spa in Fall City. I went their last weekend to check it out, but yesterday I got to take my friends — Monty, Quillette, Colleen, Jessica, and Olivia — as well as meet a new friend — Ben. We got to swim, play fetch, hang out by the pool, and best of all, eat birthday cake! Yum, yum, yum!

The party was wild, but so much fun. Monty ran around the pool like a crazy man the second we got there, while Quillette looked worried that she might have to go in. Once I was let loose, I went straight into the pool because I think swimming is about as fun as it can get and swimming with my friends, stellar!

Here are the photos from our adventure … with a bit of commentary …First, we get to the beautiful location in Fall City and then we get into the pool…

As you can see, I’m all eager beaver while Monty is trying really hard to figure out how to get in and Quillette, who really likes tennis balls, is trying to figure out how to get the ball without getting too wet!

Monty gets help from Ben who is reacting to my splash as I jump in (you just can’t see me) and the eventually, Monty has the hang of it and swims around happily in what everyone calls his suitcase (life jacket!)

Quillette, as you can see, is a very good swimmer. She just prefers not to swim, but with her mom’s help and her little friend Olivia, Quillette showed her 10 year old self off!

And then there’s me! No one has to tell me twice to go swimming. I LOVE IT!

One of the hardest things to figure out at the pool is where it’s easiest to go in and get out. Since I’d been there before (last weekend) I had no problem and since I LOVE to leap off the side of the pool and dive in, I can pretty much go in anywhere. Q and Monty? Well, they faced conundrums often, but eventually figured it all out!

Mostly, we played fetch. Monty found a tennis ball and then found a humungous tennis ball that Ben helped him stuff in his mouth! Go Monty!

Jessica and Quillette brought their little friend, Olivia. Olivia likes to swim as much as I do and she’s just as good at it! She also loves dogs, which made her a perfect fit for my party!

We had our quiet moments, too. Jessica held Q while Gretchen held me. Can you see how happy I am?

And then there was the cake! We all had different techniques for eating. I licked off all the icing, Monty nibbled, and Quillette was so fast at woofing down her cake Gretchen couldn’t get a photograph of it. Of course, Quillette begged to lick the knife that Ben used to cut the cake and being such a nice guy, he gave into her!

We had a great time, as you can see and I must take a moment to thank Teri (the owner of the spa) and Ben from the party and Claire, from last week who helped chaperone us to so much fun.

Eventually, our time was up and we had to move on. We took the leftover cake home and I ate some of it later for a snack, but before we left, we took one last photo by the most interesting animals I’ve ever seen!

Needless to say, we all slept really well yesterday and even on my late afternoon walk, I was still pretty tired — relaxed, but tired.

This was truly a memorable birthday and I’m already scheming about future birthday parties! I wonder if next year we can plan a ski trip with all my friends? Hmmmm, I’m going to have to work on that one!

Happy Birthday to me!

Rubin

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