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Number of the Day: Three! 

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Happy Birthday!!!


Lyra and Ripley turned three on February 12th. It was the first party that they were really aware was just for them. For weeks we did party prep, talking about turning “3,” pointing out the number 3 when we were out places. We decided on a theme – Princess – and bought napkins, plates, cups together at the party store. That morning, they were amazed to come downstairs to see streamers hanging from the chandeliers and balloons covered with Princesses. They were very generous to the few “friends” we had invited, letting them play with their toys and sharing their home. It’s new to them since they are just grasping the concept of friends. They call each other “best friends.” When they play with dolls, Ripley will often say “come on, my friend.” Still, they don’t really know everyone’s name and they treat them as separate from their “happy family” sphere of parents, sisters and baby sitter.  But now that they really are playing together and not just side-by-side, we are going to start to plan play dates with the children they’re getting to know at their various classes. This party marked the beginning of a new era of being three and all that it brings.

Lyra enjoying a birthday strawberry.
Lyra enjoying a birthday strawberry.

Marty brought Telly out to socialize with the kids.
Marty brought Telly out to socialize with the kids.
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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?

Edward

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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.

Glenda

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