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Cali’s 4th Birthday Recap

For anyone who may be interested, here are all the cool things that happened over the course of Cali’s 4th birthday.

First, mom paid tribute with this the night before Cali’s birthday:

Tonight is the very last night my daughter will be 3. Around this time of the evening 4 years ago I stirred with contractions. As I slipped into a bath trying not to wake my husband, I knew she was coming. My husband did wake at 4 am when I could no longer go it alone. He held me on the couch for what seemed like hours as we breathed rhythmically, together. It felt like magic. My son Chase awoke around 6am and came downstairs. He is generally such a high energy creature, but he knew. He slowed himself and watched me. His sister was coming. One of my nearest and dearest friends came as soon as she heard and rubbed my back as my water broke. I felt so loved, so open, and empowered. The birth of my daughter truly reminded me of my body’s capacity and ability. That day she showed me my true power as a woman. The power of bringing forth new life in a natural and raw way. Everyone we love celebrated her birth. Now we get to do it again, and every year after. Not everyone we love will be able to be there in person but I know you”ll be in spirit. Happy Birthday to my sweet darling Cali. My little Goddess who is kind and wise. My little princess filled with love, passion, and spirit. I love you!!!!!

Here’s what some people had to say about it:


Second, dad paid tribute with this the morning of Cali’s birthday:

4 years ago on this day, 4 am I awoke. 4 years later, today, 4 am I awoke once again. Both times thinking about this little lady. Then, wondering what she would be like. Now, knowing she is unlike anyone I have ever known.

Yes, today we celebrate the blessing that is Cali, thanks to whom, we know the true definition of a “bundle of joy”. 4 years, 4 thousand miles and 4 million smiles later, this chocolate-loving, finger-hurting, dancing, singing, hilarious, smart, happy, beautiful little actress never ceases to warm our hearts every single day of her life. As parents, it is truly – and I mean TRULY – an honour to have such a sweet, wonderful and lovely little angel princess in our lives and in our hearts. With absolute, undying love, this is “Last Year in One Minute”, a brief showcase of the many faces of our most special baby girl. Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. (Photos Only)

Here’s what some people had to say about that:


Mom re-shared it too and here is what some other people had to say:


Third, this happened shortly after Cali woke up on her birthday:

This was the card:

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Then, she got a video call from Grandma and Grandpa and got to go shopping with the $50 they sent and in the following video you get to see what she got:

She also got a call from her Fairy Godmother Auntie Susan and her babes AND got to open a card from Great Great Grandma June. We got video, but it was too hard to edit for privacy. 😛

Then, of course, there was the party!

Which included a photo shoot:

And what kind of party would it be if it didn’t all end with a dance featuring the Cali’s Birthday Solid Gold Dancers:

Here are the best photos from the big day:

NOTE: Cali loves doing this thing we call, “smiling, smiling, smiling, serious” so if some of the photos below look a little serious…just know…it was by design. 🙂

What a party!

Cali’s Doll

The other day Cali was playing with a doll and I asked her, “what is your doll’s name?” She replied, “Deanna”, which itself was weird because people often say Deanna instead of Dianna when referring to my wife, Cali’s mom, Dianna. Bear in mind that when you ask Cali what mommy’s name is, her only reply is “Mom” because, let’s face it, she is only 2.

Later, or the next day, I don’t recall which, Cali was playing with another doll and I asked her, “what is that doll’s name?” This time she replied, I swear, “Rhymeham”. My wife and I looked at each other astonished. Why? Because Dianna’s maiden name is Ringham…AND…I was a rapper, or “rhymer” and we have a longstanding tradition / humorous anecdote regarding ham! So we turned to each other and just laughed uncontrollably. Dianna Ringham. Deanna Rhymeham. What are the chances?