Four years ago we got to meet you for the first time. We have loved watching you grow and learn since that day.
At four years old, you are incredibly inquisitive. You ask questions all the time, wanting to make connections and know "why" things are the way they are. You love to learn, and one of your favorites right now is watching Planet Earth with daddy; you also love to read nonfiction, especially about dinosaurs. Daddy has been reading the Magic Treehouse series to you, as well as a few other chapter books. You love reading and often ask to be read to. Sometimes you will work with us on sounding out words, but not often.
Another favorite activity of yours (particularly when riding in the car) is to list letters and ask what word they spell. You enjoy school, but you don't always want to talk about what you learn when we ask. You usually volunteer lots of information on your own time.
Recently you've started to enjoy drawing pictures and writing letters. You mostly draw dinosaurs of various kinds. You love to do puzzles and are starting to do them more and more on your own. You sometimes like to shoot baskets and dribble, but not always.
You also love Bethel College (as evidenced by your birthday party!). You like to spend time walking around campus, visiting daddy's office, and sometimes going to different athletic events, though your attention span at those is fairly limited.
You are a little ham who loves to tell jokes to make people laugh. You currently have two go-to jokes. (What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef... What do you call a fish with no eyes? Fsssshhh...) You also love to laugh and even ask to be tickled. You are very social and almost always want to be with other people, playing with them, reading with them... you're starting to play more on your own at home, but you much prefer to be with people!
We also love how caring you are. You give snuggles, hugs, and kisses pretty willingly, at least to us. You can tell when people are upset or hurt, and you want to make it better.
You have started to become more and more independent. When you're not happy with what we're asking, you will say "I get to choose about my own..." (body, clothes, bedtime, food...)
Along with that independence, though, comes a big desire to be a helper. You are really good about doing what we ask most of the time, things like putting away your own clothes, helping empty the dishwasher, yard work (it's hard to stop you from helping daddy outside!), and even picking up toys.
You are so excited to be a big brother! You love to talk about what you will do to help take care of him and love him; some of the things you want to do include picking out his clothes every day, making him laugh, and snuggling him whenever you have a chance! The first thing you're going to tell him is "I love you!"
We are proud of you and love you to the moon and back, around the sun, and all the way to infinity and beyond!
Mommy & Daddy