My darling, sweet-hearted yet fierce little man, today you celebrate your 4th birthday! We want to share all the things about you at this age. You:
- Are still the biggest, fastest, tallest, strongest boy anywhere….according to YOU. Your intensity is humorous now, but someday will be a great strength, we’re sure of it!
- Like typical “kid foods” like pizza, burgers, mac and cheese (“with peas, Mama, not broccoli”), but when pressed (read: offered a dessert) you will eat a salad. But you don’t want anything to do with sauces or dressings. Nothing other than ketchup or honey, please and thank you.
- Have become very verbal about your love. You have always been physically demonstrative, offering hugs and kisses freely, but in the past couple of months you have started saying “I love you” very often. It is such a day-brightener to be going about the business of laundry or butt-wiping or bed-making and have a munchkin run up, grab your leg, say “I love you,” and then run off. The fact that we receive such displays multiple times per day, rather than water down the meaning, only sweetens the deal. We love you, too, Buddy!
- Have a couple of nicknames that still cling: Buddy (common for any boy your age, I’m sure), Boofy, Boofery-bock (don’t ask), Markus-pie (a bit feminine, but you don’t mind yet), Barkle-berry (again with the weirdness).
- Have learned your letters by sight and are starting to put sounds to the letters. You have diligently taken up teaching yourself to write, and are getting quite good at a lot of letters. Considering how much of my time your sister’s schooling takes, it is wonderful to have a motivated self-starter as a second child.
- Are VERY into ninjas, Ninja Turtles, Cars (as in the movie characters), Chuck & Friends, and really anything to do with battle and/or vehicles. You also adore biking and playing outside. You got a new pedal-bike for your birthday, and I have a feeling there will be a repeat of what happened with Uncle and me this summer: You and Anja will learn to ride two-wheelers concurrently. 🙂
- Are seemingly fearless, but also very tender. You jump down 4 stairs at a time, giggle as you tumble, and attack men 8 times your size with gusto, but you also come running to Mama when your feelings are hurt or when you think I am having a hard time with something. I love your tough/tender little self.
- Are a screamer. This is Daddy’s biggest pet peeve. Your shriek curdles blood, and it’s usually reserved for when you are fighting with Anja. Or if you aren’t getting enough attention.
- Can talk a blue streak. We have been told since you were one year old how verbal you are, and that has not changed a bit. Probably our two most common reactions to you are your intensity and your verbosity. “He can TALK,” people say, and I follow that with, “All day long.” Since I am an internal processor, it can be very exhausting to listen to you all day long, but I will keep trying to hear you and also try to teach you when it is better to be silent or listen. ❤
- Draw every day. You go through probably 5-10 pieces of paper per day. You’re not as interested in coloring books as you are in making your own creations. They are mostly pencil drawings, but sometimes you need tape and glue and scissors to make your vision a reality. I admire your ability to dive into your work, and I hope that your tendency toward perfectionism won’t hold you back! We love reading your homemade storybooks to you.
- Saw your first movie in the theater right after Christmas. All four of us went to “Frozen” together. You liked it and were most upset when the snow monster disappeared and when the bad man’s sword broke. Boys!
- Are learning all the time. You show great interest in building/mechanics, and you will happily sit and read books for hours. It’s so fun to hear the things you retain come out in your play or dinner conversation.
- Have a great sense of humor. I couldn’t even contrive the hilarious things you say, and you have impeccable timing.
- Love preschool. You have developed a little crush on a girl named Summer, and you immediately made friends and bonded with a lot of the kids in your class. You’re very outgoing!
- Started Sunday School and ended nursery. These things make me realize how much you really are turning into a “big boy.” *sniff*
We are blessed to call you our boy, Markus, and we pray that God has big things in store for you!