Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The excitement of turning three April 11, 2019

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THE EVENING BEFORE HER third birthday, she couldn’t sleep. Up and out of bed multiple times while the California grandparents babysat. Finally Izzy told them she was too excited to sleep.

This does not surprise me. Tell Isabelle something and she thinks it will happen now or soon. The week-long countdown to her birthday party upped the excitement level.


A birthday card handmade by one of Izzy’s friends.


Randy and I arrived at Izzy’s home shortly after lunch the next day with extra time to visit before heading out to a destination party at an indoor playland. I was not at all surprised to see our granddaughter in her favorite clothes, a white outfit flared with a tutu.



Ballet themed her party. Isabelle loves ballet. She’s observed professionals at the Landmark Center in St. Paul and at the Mall of America. And she dances ballet at home, at our house…leaping and twirling.


Izzy shows her birthday ballerina to Grandpa.


Now, thanks to Opa and Oma, she owns a pretty pink ballet dress, matching slippers and a beautiful ballerina doll. I added to the ballet costuming with a layered tutu skirt to wear over leggings or tights.

When the adoring grandparents aren’t around to watch, Izzy holds the attention of her adoring baby brother, Isaac. At three months, he’s watchful of big sister, entertained by her movement.



At her birthday party, friends and family circled Izzy in love with song and gifts and wishes. Too witness such love for Isabelle, her parents and brother swells my heart with happiness.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “The excitement of turning three”

  1. Claudette Says:

    Oh yes sounds just like my girl at that age!

    She’s still the most enthusiastic about all things birthday at 11 which is lovley to see since I’m more of the muted type. 🙂

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    How can she be three already?

  3. What a doll! 🙂 I love the terms of endearment, Opa and Oma! Those are new to me. My great grandparents were Mamaw and Papaw.

  4. Happy Birthday Izzy – Enjoy Your Special Day 🙂 She is growing into quite the little lady. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  5. valeriebollinger Says:

    Three, already, wow. Happy Birthday to Izzy.

  6. Happy Birthday to your sweet Izzy, it’s so crazy how fast they grow. She is jus the sweetest little ballerina all decked out in appropriate attire. 🙂

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