Arrrr you ready for a fun day? I woke up to a little body lying at the edge of our bed this morning. Then wanting food. Grateful for the leftover french toast in the fridge (his favorite breakfast) and muffins made last night for his birthday party today, he was one happy camper! Even cocoa. Life complete. Remember when life could be made complete just by a cup of cocoa?
Jared set out all his birthday packages and letters the night before, and Lukas was thrilled to open them. We played the CD from Opa Uwe & Oma Sigried all morning "Papa, Wach auf!" was a definite favorite, especially since Jared was lying on the living room floor with his eyes closed at the time, super tired! And the look on Lukas' face when he opened the card from Grandma and Grandpa Meredith and found a dollar, he was super excited, since he saves them in his piggy bank. He now has three and feels totally rich. He earns money from recycling the plastic bottles with Dad on Saturday and last time they went he got two crisp one dollar bills and some change. Takes about a month of plastic bottles to acquire such loot, but so far it's worth it. He played with the hotwheels cars this morning and we read the new books (!!!) this afternoon for naptime. All of them. We got him a helicopter propeller launcher (super simple, but big thrill-effect), and took turns launching it in the livingroom this morning.
Alas, the found the sunken pirate ship and had a great time climbing all over it. This was my favorite picture from that part of the trek. Love the look on Jared and Lukas' faces! HA!
It was then that they discovered that Buccaneer Becca stole the treasure and hid it somewhere else! Up in the tree!! p.s. Becca is the primary president at church and a really sweet girl with a never-ending smile, and we were so grateful that she was willing to come lend a couple hands today-- and even dressed up! Haha!
You love to crawl into our bed in the mornings, snuggle in, and go back to sleep. You've become a bit afraid of the dark, so we got you this cool nightlight and leave the door open if you'll stay in bed. You go potty all by yourself now. You don't love to be told, but you go. You wear footy jammies to bed. You wash your hands all alone now. With soap! You make your own toast, and are so clever to have thought up running over to the stove to grab a hand-towel to use to get the toasts out without burning your fingers. You pray alone just wonderfully. Most often you pray thanks for food, even in your bedtime prayers. Your most requested breakfasts are granola with jogurt or almond milk, or toast, or oatmeal with frozen fruit & nuts in it. You are friends with Bennett & Dexter, Will, Logan, Francis, Jacob, Kaelin & Reanne. You LOVE to say hi to Jill across the street when she pulls in. In fact, when you see her car pull up, you'll even run out onto the balcony to yell, "Hi Jiwl!"...."You wanna eat with us?". And often she does! You are really into counting, and want to know how many of everything there is present. For example : Wie viele ___ sind auf dem Tisch? Wie viele _____ sind an der Wand? You drink from a tea cup and saucer at the table and pour your own water with a caraffe. You sing "I am a Child of God" and "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" at the top of your lungs. You are so proud of riding your "fast" 16 inch bike, or razor scooter. Usually you don't mind sharing at all, and are really good at playing with little babies and helping them to be happy, which is really sweet and rewarding to watch. Sometimes you worry that a kid thinks your toys are theirs and you worry that they'll be gone. You love to visit the duck pond and hike to special places with mom. You will play with anyone who is nice to you at the playground and enjoy climbing and running. You LOVE books! And Mama & Papa LOVE to read to you before naps and bedtime. We've read quite a list of adventure stories, including Swiss Family Robinson and The Jungle Book, and you could not wait to hear what would happen next. We love you so much and are proud of who you are!