Tuesday, August 07 2012 16:19

Addie's 3rd Birthday... a weekend with Caillou, friends, and Patch 22...

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It was three years ago today that the inspiration for The Rock Father entered our lives: Adalyn Monet is 3! It was also 13 years ago today that my wife and I were married. Yes, it's a day for dual celebration, as the little one arrived on our 10th Anniversary back in 2009. With the birthday falling during the week this year, we held our annual summer gathering together with Addie's 3rd Birthday Party this past Saturday, and today I'm sharing some photos with you here on the site. The theme for the party this year? Caillou.

addie preparty

Pictured Above: Addie running around in pre-party mode.

addie and caillouIf you've been following along, you already know that Caillou has been an obsession for Addie practically since birth. The little boy whose adventures can be seen on PBS Kids or on Sprout several times daily is a fixture here in our house - a doll of which has been a companion for my munchkin. Surprisingly, finding Caillou party decorations was a tough task, despite his constant presence on TV. Eventually, we landed at Birthday Express, an online retailer with a pretty sizeable selection (Sidebar: I'd have joined their affiliate program, but thanks to Illinois' crap laws - the infamous "Amazon Tax" - Birthday Express doesn't work with affiliates in Illinois. Thanks again, Pat Quinn!). One thing missing from the Caillou line of party supplies was any type of "hanging" decoration. My wife improvised, combining some paper plates with some curling ribbon to make our own.

caillou plates 
And the custom Cake from Lovin' Oven Cakery in Round Lake Beach, IL was a big hit...

caillou cake2

Since the Caillou decor wasn't quite "girly," we mixed it up with some additional summery accents.

While there were some big hits all the way around, it's only appropriate that I feature my sister's gift - a First Act Discovery Guitar, Addie's first genuine six-string:


Making a weekend out of things, on Sunday we took Addie to Patch 22 in Wadsworth, IL - a place I recommend for those in between Chicago and Milwaukee. In addition to being a working farm, they're open on Sundays May-October for a petting zoo and pony rides. For the most part, it's FREE, but pony rides are $10 for 20 minutes out in the pasture. A great deal, and one we've taken advantage of on several occasions. Check out the pics:

Adventures aside, Addie is the reason that this site was first launched - and along with her sister (7 weeks) they're a pair of our finest creations.

Happy Birthday, little one!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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