(Please ignore the bruise under his left eye he got that when I was out of town, no one is 100% sure what happened.)
Dear Little Man,
Today you turn 3, seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to type out your letter to you as you turn two. To say that watching you grow over the last year has been amazing just does not quite cover all of the things I have seen you learn in the last year. I have watched you go from a baby/toddler to a full on toddler and as much as my heart as well as my eyes do not want to see you grow anymore I know that I am about to watch you become a full on preschooler any day now.
To say that you love music is a drastic understatement. I would have to say that music is a part of your soul and a part of who you are. No matter the instrument you are right there trying to play it and keep up with what you hear. You are completely in love with the drums and the piano, so much so I even agreed to the one thing I as a mom said I would never allow, a full on drum set in my house for you to play on! Even though the piano is 120% out of tune, you will play it as if it is not. You pull your little stool over to the piano, stand up on the piano and then play like you watch them do on tv or wherever you have seen someone play the right way! It amazes me that it almost sounds like a song and that you are always so careful about which note is next!
Your other great love is sports, all of them. In the last year you have learned how to swing a golf club and a baseball bat as well as throw a pretty good pitch. You sat through yet another Cardinals game with your dad and your Pop this year without a single fit. You also sat through volleyball games and basketball games. You love to watch football on tv and will sit on your dad’s lap to watch sports with him on tv. You also are known for bringing us the wii remotes so that you can play Tiger Woods golf!
Also, for now you love anything that moves – cars, trucks, tractors, planes, trains and so much more. You make the noises and request to watch the movie Cars the minute you wake up and 20 more times every day. I have such a hard time telling you no but you are just as content playing with your cars characters as you would be watching the movie!
You are such a sensitive little boy. You will go to time out when your sister has to go to time out just so she is not alone and when she has been told not to hit you and to give you hugs and kisses to tell you she is sorry, you immediately go to her to give her hugs and kisses so she will only have to meet you half way. You worry about Tinkerbell our cat so much, you will let us know when she needs food, a hug or a pet and usually will try to take care of these things yourself. Your favorite person in the world is your sister and even though she may not always feel the same way about you, I just know in my heart she loves you as much as you love her; but you could try every once in a while to tell her no!
Your daddy and I love you very much! We watch you in wonder every day, thank you for being you!
Mommy and Daddy
Dear Little Princess,
Some how this last year passed like a lightening fast train and you are now 3, complete with your amazing personality that you continue to show us more and more every day! Just as I said to your brother, I have watched you go from a baby/toddler to a full on toddler and as much as my heart as well as my eyes do not want to see you grow anymore I know that I am about to watch you become a full on preschooler any day now.
Your one full on love is books, and I am not just talking about bound books here. You will read or be read to from anything that has words and/or pictures in it. One of your favorite things to do is look at magazines just for the pictures you might see there. You have your own stash of magazines and two or three places we keep books and magazines just for you. If I actually sat down and counted one day you probably read or are read 50+ books in a day. You sleep with them, eat with them and travel with them. Somehow those books you love bring you an amazing source of comfort, which brings some kind of joy to my heart as Mommy works the same way! Please do not let your love of books or learning ever go away, as you eat up letters and numbers like they have a special power and can identify all of them through your own doing!
The only thing that comes close to your love of books is your love of all things “pretty pretty pretty.” And that is a wide range of things. Pretty much the range goes from hair bows and BIG twirl dresses and skirts to all things Disney princess and Tinkerbell. Your favorite princess is Mulan but you love them all! I have to beg, plead and barter to get you to wear anything that is not a huge fancy twirl dress or a skirt, jeans are out of the question.
Your personality is well all I can is your Grandma and Great-Grandpa say “what comes around goes around” meaning mommy is in for it as mommy was the same way! I think blissfully strong willed is the best way to describe you! I love that you are so determined to show mommy that you can do it and you can do it your way, maybe because mommy knows what determination is mommy does not always try to stop you but even if you are getting in trouble mommy is trying inside to remember not to try to crush that determination that is part of who you are!
We love you so much and cannot wait to see the young lady you will become!
Mommy and Daddy