Monday, November 10, 2014

Austin: 4 years old

Oh boy! 4 years old already?! Kinda doesn't seem real. Being three has been challenging and fun as I am sure most of these younger years are....who are we kidding, every year will be that way! Just hard to believe he's 4, almost 5, almost going to 'big kid' school. Just don't blink, right? You blink and they're a whole year older!

What does Austin love? hmmmm he loves Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, or any superhero really. He loves watching Octonauts in the morning. He could watch the movie 'how to train your dragon' over and over and over and over.

He loves playing with transformers, cars, trucks, planes, boy stuff!! Recently he loves tools and his new tool box he got for his birthday so he can 'fix things' like Daddy.

He could go all day without eating and not really care. I take that back, he would probably eat fruit snacks and drink chocolate milk and be very content. We can get him to eat noodles with parmasean, cottage cheese, PB&J shaped like a dinosaur is even losing it's lust, and he's still good with ninja turtle go-gurts.

If he's really sleepy in the morning, he usually is pretty ok with whatever clothes I have picked out for him as long it isn't jeans or a button down shirt. But other days, when he is paying attention, he wonders why I didn't pick out a shirt with a cool animal or toy on it. So sometimes he has to run back upstairs and comes down with the most hideous super hero cheap shirt that we bought from Meijer on a whim that he would calm down so we could finish grocery shopping. But, if it shows independence and it makes him happy, then yes, he gets to wear whatever he wants.

He is definitely into the 'mommy watch this' stage. "Hey mom! MOM! did you see me? did you see what I can do? are you watching? did you see this!? MOM!" Yes, honey, I saw you punch that balloon 53 times and the 54th time was even cooler!

It's fun to watch him learn to write his name. I love watching his art come home from school with the squiggle lines that look that much closer to spelling Austin. His art is another area to watch his personality come out. Recently he made a picture in school of a gate with pumpkins behind it out of popsicle sticks, and his popsicle sticks were all lined up perfect in a row...he may be a bit OCD or meticulous. I have no idea where he gets that from..... (ok so maybe I do)

He's becoming a bigger helper around the house. He's even being more helpful with Ava. Helping her to reach items or get things or show her how something is done.

Our frustrating moments come in the early morning or late at night. If you don't have his socks on just right it's meltdown city. By the third pair of socks and trying to get them just right, I just want him to go sockless. And at night, with brushing his teeth and picking out books and getting into bed, he's so pokey as probably most kids are, but when you are going on a 40 minute bed time routine, you just want to pull your hair out sometimes.

Austin laughs hard and loves hard. He loves to be tickled and chased. He loves to race no matter what for. Sometimes we race him to the bathroom to get ready for bed. Sometimes I race him from the chair to his bed (literally one step away), if it means he'll do it in less than 5 minutes! 

Austin gave soccer a go this year and decided maybe it wasn't his favorite thing in the world. He was kinda happy when the class was over. He has expressed some interest in baseball and with being a lefty, maybe that would work out in his favor!

My little buddy is growing up fast and I love his imagination and enthusiasm. Everything is 'the best ever'  and he shouts it to the top of his lungs. He makes life exciting and I pray that enthusiasm never ends.

Photo Credit to Cortney Tostevin Photography
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