Thursday, February 13, 2014

20 months and 5 and a half years

I looked at the last time I did a summary of what my kids were up to and its been too long. They were 5 months and 4 years so I think they are due for a more recent update.

My sweet boy, you are full-on toddler now. Your face lights up each morning when it is time to go get your sister. When you see her, you climb into her bed, and give her a big kiss. Anywhere she goes you will follow. When she takes gymnastics and you see her out on the floor, you climb the little gate to yell to her. You scream "Aya" (your name for her) until she looks at you and waves. You run now, fast too. Sometimes it looks like you are throwing each leg out to the side before leaping to your next step. You love to smell flowers and when you ask for water you say"Ahh" as if you've already taken a sip.

You call me "Mama" and occasionally through the day you will list off all of us. "Mama, Dadda, Aya"
We started a music class together because you love music so much. When a song comes on at home or in a store or restaurant you start dancing to the beat. You are a friendly little boy when you are in a well rested good mood you will say"hello" or "hiya" to people.  You have 12 teeth now -- 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom, then a big gap on either side leading back to 4 lonely molars. We try to FaceTime with Grandma and Grandpa as much as we can, and you ask for "Ampa." You love showing them your toys and trucks so much that you have taken to grabbing the phone to "walk" them around. Sometimes they get dizzy but mostly the love it.

You are my sweet baby boy and I love you and your sister more than I could ever express in words. You are a Koala these days and wrap your arms around me tightly. I love it! You also bury your face in my hair and give me the best kisses. May you grow up healthy and strong and your sweetness only ripen!

My wonderful five and a half year old girl, You amaze me! You went off to the first day of Kindergarten a bit shaky but recovered from your nerves in lightning speed. You are thriving in school and love it so much. Every so often the goodbye in the morning is tricky, but if you could stay late everyday after school, you would. You have become good friends with a few sweet girls, and I am happy to see you enjoying your friends. You have a few 5th grade buddies and you love to run up to them whenever you see them on the playground. My friend calls you the mayor because you say hello to everyone. Can't imagine where you get that from. You are sweet, charming, funny, polite, and a pleasure to be with.

You are enjoying gymnastics more and more. You take it with a few school friends which is really fun. You sometimes plan to wear the same leotards so that you match during class. You love musicals and ask to be in one every time we see one. Maybe you can try that soon, even though that is your daddy's worst nightmare. You saw "Frozen" and loved the music so much it was played hundreds of times here and before long even daddy and your brother knew the words. You like games now which is so much fun for all of us. You are a good skater too and I enjoy getting to do that with you too. You are an incredible student at school so well behaved and so smart. You are in the top reading group and even one an academic prize of a free session of after school classes. You enjoy books and your bookshelf seems to get fuller and fuller by the week.

My girl, I am so lucky to have you. I am proud of you everyday. It feels you are getting older by the second and I can't steal enough time with you. You still like to cuddle and giggle with me everyday and I hope that never stops.  May you stay strong, confident and joyful as you are right now.

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