Thursday, October 27, 2016

Four Years Old!

Our little boy is a Four Year Old already! This past year has been huge in terms of social and emotional development. Our little boy has gone from being a somewhat shy, introverted kid who loves to observe others for a long time first before interacting, to a kiddo who jumps right in with new kids to play!

Over the year, Micah:
  • learned what school is thanks to three half days a week.
  • had so much quality time with his Gramma Susan who still got to take care of him and lived with us until this August.
  • made best buddies with his friends Alex and Espen.
  • continued to go without nap time (until he started preschool this year where they have a very long nap time and now our bedtime routine has had to morph and go through some growing pains).
  • attended gymnastics regularly and has loved being in Coach Pele's class! 
  • attended Rishonim twice a month for Sunday School in Bellevue. He transitioned much easier than to preschool and mostly enjoyed going!
  • started to become more musical and has shown more and more interest in singing and dancing (this is of course not including the monthly shows at his last preschool! He just stood there and stared into space at each of those!).
  • got himself dressed in the mornings.
  • had a little breakfast station of his own where he brings his bowl, spoon, and cereal to the table and scoops it himself and pours his own milk from a measuring bowl.
  • traveled quite regularly thanks to events for cousin Katelyn's wedding in California as well as thanks to a summer vacation with Nana and Papa in Kauai.
  • let go of the Daddy Phase a lot and became much more interested in Mommy, Nana, and Aunties.
  • loved hiking and the outdoors.
  • became super balanced and fast on his balance bike.
  • taken one swim lesson and then picked up a lot more skills this summer in Kauai with family.
  • shown such impressive book knowledge skills including comparative language about dinosaurs in one book vs. another book! He often interrupts conversations about a particular topic to run and reference one of his books.
  • had a really good sense of humor!
  • been really comfortable with sharing his emotions and using big words like "I'm feeling frustrated about it." and also in terms of saying goodbye to people (he even said "I love you! Bye!" to the pilots of a plane that let him sit in the cock pit pre-flight!)
  • went sledding and ice skating for the first times!

Playing in the pouring rain at the pumpkin patch with Isaac

Cider and pumpkins

New Hanukkah toys

Baking with Gramma and Aunt Cassie for the holidays

Bath time


Not singing during school performances

With cousin baby Caleb at Thanksgiving time

Helping me make oily gifts at the holidays

Playing with his amazing map that Nana made

First time ice skating!

With cousin baby Nate in San Diego

Celebrating the Broncos Super Bowl win with Daddy!

So many creative projects thanks to Dad

Homemade pizza...Pepperoni & Cheese is the current fav.

Ring Bearer for cousin Katelyn's wedding!

with best buddies Espen & Alex

so much personality! Lunch in Bainbridge over the holidays

Kauai for our summer vacation

Blueberry picking by Mt. Si

Working on the garage project with Dad. He really helped with nails etc.

And as every kid does, this kid loves ice cream!

Finally coming out of his shell in Coeur d'Alene with friends and Uptown Funk You Up!

2nd Disneyland trip with Papa and Nana!

With his Gramma valentine

San Diego birthday weekend with Auntie Cassie

The family on Aunt Cassie's birthday weekend at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

New Years day 2016 sledding and playing in the snow

Passover dinner with cousin Julien, Nana, and Johanne

Teachers Hannah and Rachel

Celebrating Daddy's UW graduation

rock climbing with Alex

the pilots let him sit all by himself in our plane!!! He said "Love you, bye!" to them.

Comparing texts already!

1st swim lessons! He loved it even if it scared mom!

Always time to read

So silly

With best friend and neighbor Fiona

1st go cart driving. He was really controlled!

sorting trains!

Hugs, kisses, and kissing hands on the porch at preschool

First day of full day preschool!

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