Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween 2015: The Bunny Rabbit

LWK has been asking to be a bunny rabbit since September.  We finally found a costume that wasn't white and pink OR Bugs Bunny.  MMH came over for trick-or-treating despite the torrential downpour!

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Halloween Party

LWK's school had a Halloween party, complete with a costume parade and bobbing for apples!  It was at the end of the day and LWK was pretty tired and done, but he was still a pretty cute bunny rabbit!

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Mud Pit!

LWK's school has a mud pit.  We knew LWK would like to play in it and on this day, he was having a grand time!  Right after the first photo was taken, LWK slipped and fell IN the pit.  He took a mud bath.  He had to have ALL his clothes changed, even his undies.  Also, we had to throw out the red boots.  No matter how many times I rinsed them out, there was STILL mud pouring out of them and they had some cracks in the sole.  If you're keeping tally, this was his second pair of boots that he has gone through since September!

After his "mud bath."

Monday, October 12, 2015

The First School Photo

I can't believe my baby is big enough to have school portraits done!  Because his farm school is so neat, he got to choose which animal he wanted in his picture.  My kid (part Gonzo, I swear) chose to hold a chicken for his photo.  Adorable!

Doesn't he look grown up and handsome?  Sometimes I think my heart will burst from the love I feel for him!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Pumpkin Patch

What a glorious day to visit the pumpkin patch this year!  Luke wanted to touch every pumpkin as if he was giving it a blessing.  He thought the "ghost" pumpkins were funny  He also had no desire to participate in any other harvest activities.  In his mind, going to the pumpkin patch is only for riding the tractor and picking out a pumpkin!  Maybe someday we can do the corn maze!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Build a Fire Truck!

We met some friends at Home Depot this morning and built a fire truck!  Luke wasn't a fan of the apron or glasses, but he liked the hammering and painting!  One friend's mom even sent the kiddos homemade pumpkin spice doughnuts.  They must have been to die for because Luke had his eaten before we even got on the freeway and they smelled delicious!  When we got home, we cuddled and read "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and headed to the park.  Along the way, we found lots of treasures, like leaves, flowers and pinecones!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Four and a Half Years Old

Another half birthday!  How can you already be four and a half?  In this past month alone you have matured so much.  You are chattering away, thinking a lot and trying new things.  You still loves his trains and Thomas, but you also like watching "Finding Nemo" and reading books like Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Peter Rabbit, The Poky Little Puppy and Finding Nemo.  Rabbits and chickens are your favorite animals right now.  I keep saying it, but you are sooooooo close to reading.  You have a lot of sight words under your belt and you are sounding things out.  It is going to click one day soon and that makes my teacher heart happy that you will go into Kindergarten reading.  That is one less thing I am going to worry about!  You have your favorite toys, and you like your lovies.  You have rediscovered Doggie as a lovey and he goes to bed with you at night.

I just got rid of all your 4T clothes and you are starting to grow out of some of his 5Ts as well.  I am starting to buy things in the little kid department instead of the toddler department and I kind of hate how everything seems to be dark and violent in nature - superheroes and ninjas and Darth Vader. You don't seem to care that much about what you wear.  You are excited when your shirt has Thomas or Snoopy on it, but you don't ever ask to wear a certain shirt. You just moved into a size 12 shoe. Thankfully, I feel like your feet have slowed down a bit.  We have finally broken you of the "all Crocs, all the time" habit.  Now you wear boots to PreK, crocs to daycare and sneakers to other places most of the time.

I love that you really want to help around the house.  The other night you helped load the dishwasher and you are able to complete a task that I ask you to do (well, when you want to do it).  You are still terrified of the vacuum cleaner and that extends to the steam mop.  However, you love to help "swiffer sweeper swiper" the kitchen, but only with the green swiffer sweeper swiper, not the blue or purple ones.  You are kind of particular.

You have been super cuddly lately.  You love PreK, but you are EXHAUSTED when we get home.  I find that if I don't spend time cuddling with you on those days, you are a terror until bedtime.  You don't tell me much about your day, so I need to work on how to ask you so I get an answer. When I ask questions, I often get an, "I don't know."  I feel like I am already talking to a teen-ager sometimes!

You are quite observant and point out things like, "Daddy likes soccer and Mommy likes football," and "Your favorite color is purple and my favorite color is yellow!"  It is funny to see how you are wanting to find the differences between everyone and everything.  You love to build pillow forts on our bed and still need mom's old blue "cozy blanket."

At school you are making new friends, but you aren't always the best listener or rule follower.  I believe your PreK teacher is a saint.  You have a new friend who likes to roughhouse just like you and that isn't going over well at school or at home.  I am glad that you aren't always the instigator, but it does worry me a bit.  We have been talking that being a good friend means that you help each other to pay attention to the teacher and not roughhouse.  I know as an only child, it is a bit hard to figure all this out, but I hope you do before you get to Kindergarten.

You are much happier than you were a year ago.  You are finally potty trained, okay there are still some accidents, but you know what you should do and usually do it.  Thank goodness.  I think you are able to get your point across better and that is less frustrating for you too.

So, as I have said in every post what coincides with your birthday or half birthday, we are so blessed that we get to be your Mommy and Daddy.  I am truly amazed that you are such a great kid and that we get to witness all this wonderful little boyness each and every day.  I sure like who you are becoming and I know that rough patches are just that, patches.  It is hard to believe that my next true update about you will be when you are five years old.  It is so crazy to think about how fast all this time has flown by.  I am happy we don't wish it away and I keep working to live in the moment with you a bit more since these moments sure seem fleeting.

It is a beautiful fall day today and we have been enjoying "taking little walks to the park with green slides."  There are lots of trees and flowers to look at along the way and we get to practice crossing the street.  You like making "the leaves say crunch!"  I love taking pictures of you, much to yur chagrin, and freezing these moments while your world gets a little bigger each day.  We love you so much sweetie, how lucky we are to see you grow up!
And if you're feeling nostalgic, like I have been, here are LWK's other half birthdays:  6 Months Old18 Months Old2.5 Years Old3.5 Years Old.