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You are Four!

You are 4 years old Bug!! It’s such a happy occasion but sad at the same time. It makes me realize just how fast time is flying by.
I often wonder who you will be when you grow up. Will you be kind? Will you be a good man? A caring friend? A wave of sadness washes over me with the knowledge that you will reach this age more quickly than I can imagine right now. For an instant, I want to freeze time. I wonder what I will know about you when you are grown and I wonder what you will know about me. Will you remember that your daddy and I would read to you until you fell asleep each night? Will you remember all the nights you climbed into our bed and kicked us as you rolled around in between us? Will he remember playing outside with us…skateboarding, riding bikes, playing on the water slide? Will you remember all of the nights we let you stay up later than we should have because we didn’t want to miss out on any time we could be spending with you? Will you remember all the places we took you? Will you remember the times you wanted nothing more than to sit on my lap while you ate dinner, keeping me from eating? The reality is that you might not. But I will. And when you get to be a teenager, I will know that I have done my best to instill the values we believe in and taught you right from wrong and exhibited the kindness we want you to embody as well. I will know that you have successfully grown from baby to toddler to preschooler to boy to young man. I will be relieved that I have gotten you to this point in our journey together. But I will be sad too. But from that point it will be up to you. You will decide what you eat, where you will go, which sports you will play. You will choose your friends and your girlfriends and you will learn what it means to love and be loved. You will understand hurt more than I wish you would, even though I know it will be necessary for you to learn and grow. You will be taller than I am, most likely, and stronger. You will be smarter, I have no doubt. We will celebrate, the three of us, that you have reached young-man status and that life is good. This is my wish, always. I hope that you will know that I am soft-hearted but firm. You will know that I am silly and will break out in a dance or song at the drop of a hat. You will know that I will probably embarrass you, just as my mother did to me. You will know where you get your love of music, sports and ice-cream. And most of all, I hope that you will know that your parents love you more than anything in the whole world.
We are just beginning; and yet, four years have flown by as fast as a shooting star. I love this stage so much; you are sweet and although you don’t always like kisses, you do like to hug. You tell us fantastic stories that you have made up from bits and pieces you have picked up along the way. I’m trying not to blink because I know that 18 will come sooner than I want to imagine. In the meantime, I will know this: every moment with you is a moment to cherish…and I do.

I love you to the moon and back!

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A few months…

Hi Cole-Bug!
Here I am… after being home with you all summer, I’m finally giving you an update about all the fun you’ve been having! Where do I start??

June- When school ended in June, me, you, Daddy, Pop, and MeGama went to Disney World!!! You had your first ride on an airplane

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Let me fill you in…

Dear Cole,

I have been really bad at leaving messages for you recently. You have been doing so many things.

On March 4th you started playing soccer!! It has taken you a few classes to get used to following directions for an hour but by the end of the 7 weeks, you were doing great! On April 8th you kicked a goal for your team during the game! Daddy and I were so proud of you!!

Tonight at gymnastics, you went in all by yourself without crying! You usually cry and your teacher Miss Megan has to peel you off of me and carry you for five minutes until you calm down and participate. Great job Cole!!

Guess what else you have started doing? You have started telling me “I love you to the moon and back!” It melts my heart! You might be a difficult three year old at times but you sure are the sweetest boy in the world.

I love you to the moon and back!!

Love, Mommy

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Disney on Ice

Dear Cole,

Today we went to Disney on Ice with Daddy, Grammy, Pop, Aunt Kelsey, Aunt Nicki, and Lily. You were so excited to see “Mickey Mouse ice-skate!” You had a blast and Grammy spoiled you with a silly souvenir to remind you of your first trip to Disney on Ice.

We love you to the moon and back!

Love mommy and daddy

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WE WON!!!!!

We won the SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!

We are so excited! This city is on fire right now buddy! You slept for some of the game but woke up to see us win! We watched the game with Uncle Jeff, Aunt Julee, Miss Brandy, Grammy, Mommom, poppop, Grandpa, and Grandma. At the end of the game when we all started screaming, you started crying. 😦 I think all of the screaming scared you. I went right online and ordered you a Superbowl Champions shirt and a copy of the game on DVD. I wanted you to have it because it was such a great history making moment. It was not only your first Ravens superbowl, but we won and it was also Ray Lewis’ last game. He is one of the greatest middle linebackers to play the game and one day you will appreciate having this moment on DVD. On Tuesday after the Ravens arrived home, Grammy, Pop, and Aunt Nicki took you and Lily to the Superbowl Victory parade downtown. 200,000 Ravens fans showed up to cheer for our boys in purple! You were right there on Pop’s shoulders yelling, “GO RAVENS!!”

GO RAVENS!!!!

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Oh my gosh,it’s been over a month!

Dear Cole-bug,

I am so sorry it has taken me so long to write to you. I have been so busy with work, school, and YOU that I haven’t had time. There is so much to tell you…

Birthday-
You celebrated your 3rd birthday at the Zoo with me, daddy, Aunt Nicki, and Lily! It snowed and we were so cold that we had to leave early. But you did get to see the lions, elephants, giraffes, polar bears, cheetahs, and a few other animals. You had so much fun with Lily! Then we headed home to get ready for your special birthday dinner that we have every year. This year, Grammy, Pop, Aunt Kelsey, Uncle Jack, Grandma, Grandpa, Mommom, Poppop, Aunt Linda, and Uncle Brendan were all here to celebrate with you. You got so many wonderful presents! You are a very lucky little boy. Mommy and daddy got you your first drum set and you are a natural!

Christmas-
After everyone left and you had your bath and put on your Christmas PJ’s, we got started on our Christmas traditions. We put out Cookies and milk for Santa,  carrots for the reindeer and then we sprinkled the grass with reindeer food that you madeat preschool.  Then we headed to bed so we could read “Twas the night before Christmas” and snuggle in so Santa could come. And he sure did…you got so many wonderful gifts from Santa and mommy and daddy because you were such a good boy all year. You enjoyed opening all of your presents and couldn’t wait to play with them. We then spent the afternoon at Aunt Nicki and Uncle JJ’s house where you were spoiled even more. Since you got so many new and wonderful toys, we picked some of your old toys that we could give away to little boys and girls who are not as lucky as you are.

Funny stuff-
You have been doing some very funny things lately. You LOVE to dance and one night you got out of the tub and started to dance around. And do you know what you told me you were doing? “Mommy, I’m dancing with my two feet and my one pee-pee!” Are you kidding me?! Where did you come up with that?! You also are still doing a wonderful job using the potty and one day you went #2 in the potty and asked me to come look at your “HUMUNGOUS poop”! What?! You just used the word humungous…correctly! Not only do you always keep daddy and I laughing but you amaze us every day. You are so smart. You know all of your alpahbet letters and almost all of your  letter sounds! You count objects, recognize numbers, and have such an amazing vocabulary for a 3 year old!

Big boy room-
Can you believe that I finally broke down and let daddy change your baby room into a big boy room? I was so sad to do it but when I saw the look on your fce and how much you liked it, I knew I did the right thing. We painted over your baby colored walls and your room is red! We took down your toddler bed and now you have a bed that you like to say is “a huuuuuge bed like mommy’s and daddy’s bed!” It is the perfect big boy room for my perfect little big boy!

Croup-
My poor baby. You were so sick two weeks ago with Croup that you had a 103.5 fever and we had to take you to the doctor. You had a terrible cough and were so sick that all you did was rest and watch tv. I could barely get you to eat. It broke my heart but the good news is that you are so strong and you got better very quick and were right back to being our silly little boy.

Daddy-
You have been very attached to me lately. And I love it! But you have been hurting daddy’s feelings. You don’t like him to help you get dressed or brush your teeth, and you have told him a few times, “I don’t love you. I love Mommy”. I hope you grow out of that sooner than later because it makes him sad and one day, you will be old enough to realize what a lucky boy you are to have such a wonderful daddy. He loves you so much, Cole.

One last thing…how could I forget… The Baltimore Ravens are in the Super Bowl this year!!!!! I know this doesn’t mean much to you right now, but it will! We bought you a brand new Ray Lewis jersey because one day you are  going to be glad you have it. I hope one day we get to tell you about the year he retired and WON the superbowl on his way out! GO RAVENS!!!

Daddy and I love you to the moon and back.

Love, Mommy

 

 

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Christmas Season News

I have so much to tell you! You are officially pooping on the potty!! As of December 8th!! We are so proud of you that we took you to see Disney Live!

 

We adopted a scout elf from Santa’s workshop and he arrived on the morning after Thanksgiving. We named him Snappy Sugar Socks and he is very mischevious.

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Such a silly guy you are…

Dear Cole,

You have been full of exciting things lately. Where do I begin… Last week I was home with you for the day because it was election day. I told you were were going to vote and you said, “We are going on the boat with Bryson??” I explained what we were doing and you kept telling everyone, “We’re not going on the boat. We are going to vote!” You are so silly.

You have been going strong with wearing big boy underpants but you have been afraid to poop on the potty. Yesterday, you did it at Ms. Melissa’s house and when you did, you told her that it “looked like a banana!” LOL.

Today was your FIRST school picture day!! Your teacher Ms. Randi said you refused to get your picture taken at first but after a few minutes you caved and gave a few smiles. I can’t wait to se your beautiful smile in your pictures in a few weeks!

I will be back soon. Love you to the moon and back.
Love, Mommy.

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Wow! Time to catch up!

Hi baby!

We have been so busy lately that I havent had a chance to get online to tell you whats been going on!

Dentist:
You went to your first dentist appointment on August 16th and you did so well! You let Dr. Love examine your teeth, clean them, and even floss them! I was so proud of you!

Preschool:
You started going to Churchville Presbyterian Preschool on August 20, 2012! Daddy and I dropped you off together and you cried. So did I. It broke my heart to leave you there but I knew you would love it. When I picked you up at the end of the day you told me how much fun you had. You cried a few more mornings but now, with the exception of being a little grumpy in the morning, you are okay when I drop you off. You are such a big boy!!

You were wearing pull-ups to preschool and using the potty a lot. Your teacher Ms. Randi asked me to send you in big boy underpants. I was a little nervous but I did. And guess what! You have been wearing underpants (they look just like daddy’s!) since October 8th, all day, and have only had 2 accidents!! I can’t believe how grown up you are getting. I am one proud mama!!

Gymnastics:
You are still doing gymnastics and having so much fun. You are very good at it and your teacher Ms. Janet thinks you should go on to the class that you get to do all by yourself! I can’t believe it. I don’t know if I am ready for you to do it all by yourself yet. 😦

Field Trip:
You went on your first field trip with preschool last week on October 22, 2012. I went with you and your class to the pumpkin patch. You went on a hayride and picked two pumpkins. One for yourself and one for me. You didn’t want to touch them though…you said there was too much dirt on them. You are so silly!

Hurricane Sandy:
We just had a hurricane here that kept you and me out of school for two days! There was so much rain and lots of wind too! We spent the two days inside, playing games, watching movies, and reading books!

 

Cole, you are getting so smart. You are speaking in sentences and using so many big words. Your teacher told me that she has never met a 2 year old with the vocabulary that you have! I am really enjoying watching you grow and turn into such a smart little man. I am so proud to be your mommy!!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love, Mommy

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First Theme Park Visit!

Dear Cole,
Yesterday(July 20, 2012) we took you to Hershey Park for the first time. Me, you daddy, MeGama, and Pop all went. It was a rainy day but we still had a ton of fun. You rode two rides with Daddy and then you rode your first ride all by yourself… the Helicopters! You had so much fun that you rode every other ride that you could, including The Scrambler!! Mommy and daddy rode it with you because it is a big kid ride but you had a blast on it!! One of your favorite rides was the “frog hopper” and you have told everyone about it!! When we ask you about it you say, “Frog hopper goes up and down!” I took a ton of pictures and I can’t wait to show them to you when you get older. I love you to the moon and back!
Love, Mommy!

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