Four Year Old Peanut

Peanut,

Wow! You’re four years old! I’m finding it hard to believe.

For months now, we’ve been talking about your upcoming birthday. You started to plan your party back in December without my so much as mentioning it. For the last few weeks, I’ve been making the mistake of calling you a four year old. To this, you reply “No mom, I’m almost four!” Well, now you’re really four.

IMG_8697Four doesn’t seem that big in the scheme of things, but at the same time, it seems like a lifetime away from three. As I look back at the newsletter from a year ago, I see a lot of similarities. You still like the same tv shows (and some new ones too). You still have an awesome memory and love your music class. But at the same time, you’ve excelled so much.

Like a year ago, you liked to go around singing songs from music class, but I doubt you could sing all of the words to She Sells Sea Shells, including the “brown and grey and blue, yellow, pink, white, green” that’s sung rather fast at the end. And you’re working on tone too. You go higher when you’re supposed to and you think it’s hilarious to sing super low. This fall, you’ll start musical bridge, which is a class that teaches you music theory before you start lessons. I think you’re going to love it.

DSC_0073You’re also back in the preschool on campus, which you adore. You love all of your friends there so much that you insisted on inviting 9 of them (plus 4 non-preschool friends) to your birthday party. It’s going to be insane! You can’t stop talking about it. I think you’re more excited about the party than your actual birthday.

You’re also excelling developmentally. Over the last year, you learned to write your name and most other letters of the alphabet. Some of them you need help remembering how to do it, but once I show you, you’re good. And, while they’re all still very large, almost all of them look correct. Your R’s and Y’s are a bit screwy, but I’m not worried.

You also learned to paint. Sure, you could paint before, but now you can really paint. You paint (and draw) people who actually look like people. You color mostly in the lines. You make up whole scenes of who’s doing what. It’s awesome.

Taken just now while modeling your birthday present.

Taken just now while modeling your birthday present.

You can hop on one foot. Sure, this may not seem like such a big deal, but it was for you. As little sister was learning to walk, we’d have her walk between mommy and daddy. Since you wanted to do it too, we decided that you should hop on one foot to us instead. You got really good at it! So much so that when you were practicing in preschool as part of an activity, your teacher said you were the very best in all the class!

You’re a great big sister too. Sure, there are plenty of scuffles, but in the end you two are great together. Twig just loves you to death. She’s always so happy when you’re playing with her and she’s excited to go get you from preschool. You’re great with her too. You still make silly faces and do funny things and she just laughs and laughs. You go run and grab her a toy when she’s upset and you’re happy to go get me things I need for her.

IMG_6600 copyThe biggest thing that hasn’t changed from last year is the fact that you’re my best friend. We were going through some tough times a year ago, but we stuck through it and we’re on the other side. You’re still my little cuddle buddy and you want to help me with everything. You’re growing in your independence, but still coming back to me to check up and make sure things are okay. We spend our days together as us three girls and while it can be stressful, I wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re awesome and I’m thankful to have you in my life.

Love,
Mama

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