Each year Evan's understanding of birthdays and holidays grows. All prior to his birthday he kept asking if it was his birthday yet, and when would he be 5? When his birthday finally came, he woke up and came into our room. "Happy birthday, Evan! It's your birthday today!"
"Am I 5 now?" YES!
Evan had a train party this year. We took one of his besties on a 45-minute "train" (light rail) ride around town. Then we headed to a train-themed park for some train food, cake, painting wooden trains, and giant bubbles with more friends and family.
For Sethy boy, we had two friends over to celebrate him turning 2 by playing with his favorite things--BALLS!! We set out a ball pit and water beads and had doughnuts and melon balls. The boys jumped on the trampoline with big balls.
He jumps in his crib when he wakes up and before he falls asleep at night, but he always goes right to bed for naps. Isaiah often gets him out of his crib in the morning, and then he comes to my side of the bed and asks for cereal. He loves dinosaur egg oatmeal and cereal for breakfast and is usually starving in the morning because he doesn't eat much dinner. He is good at playing on his own, often preferring toys to TV (thank goodness!) He sneaks snacks from the pantry all the time. He has become adept at moving his stool wherever he needs to reach something higher. He always brings phones, computers, and remotes to whichever parent they belong to. He hates having his clothes off. He'll say, "Dressed! My dressed!" if his pants are off. He is the first to find his shoes (and everyone else's shoes) when it's time to go somewhere. "I do it myself" is his motto. Doesn't matter if he CAN'T do it. He'll insist on doing it anyway. If he messes up he gets mad. I have a feeling he is going to accomplish a lot through his stubbornness and perfectionism. He won't eat chunks in his yogurt. He asks for a million drinks of water before bed. He no longer sits still, meaning he no longer gets to go grocery shopping with me and we spend Sacrament meeting in the hallways. He loves me to "hold you." He usually picks Mama when he needs consolation. He is scared of the dark.
Some funny things he says are: ga heep (basketball hoop), bah gij tuck (garbage truck), kitchen (chicken), how 'bout... fish cake?, Can I come?, uhbucka high (up high), luh loo (love you)
Seth has an obvious influence on his big brother. Evan has picked up some of Seth's funny words--he talks to Seth in their own toddler way. He falls asleep despite Seth's jumping, talking, and singing. He also adores cereal and dinosaur egg oatmeal. He is particular about his hair combing--the bigger the wave, the better. He would watch tv all day if I let him, but he always asks permission. He wants me to watch him do everything. "Look, mom!" He challenges me to guess what he's drawn (on paper or his new favorite--Etch a Sketch). I pretty much never guess right. I blame him. He would almost always prefer his "gray shoes but not the ones with my braces," but he puts up with his braces well. He stays in the bath about 4 times longer than Seth lasts and can wash his own hair now. With our new van, he loves opening and closing his own door. He repeats himself a lot and asks the same questions on repeat all day. He's got my temper, though we're both really working on it. He loves to boss around Seth. He likes being my helper--in the kitchen, with cleaning, watching shows, anything. He would rather clean with me than play with toys by himself. He hates doing anything by himself and can't stand being in a room alone.