Much to her delight, Meritt’s 3rd birthday took place with a clear view of the ocean. New clothes and haute couture sunglasses topped the gift favorite’s list. Sippy cup collages, chocolate pastel-frosted cake and toddler tunes made this day a success — all the way until the sun set over the Olympic mountains. Her birthday wish just might have been for an endless supply of rocks to throw into the cold, salt waves. Just think, next year, the festivities could take place in a radically renovated kitchen!