"Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music." - William Stafford
A little over two years ago, we were given a precious gift.
Since he came into our lives, Levi has made every day more active and interesting.
And louder. MUCH louder. :-)
Happy 3rd birthday, Munchkin! You make my heart smile!
Jude has been preparing a research and presentation project for the upcoming Heritage Fair, which he is doing in partnership with David M. Their project is talking about weapons and vehicles that Canada used in WWI. One day, after Jude had been reading up on tanks and had to get up for a moment to do something else, leaving his book on the couch, I looked over and saw this:
Get 'em started on reading young, I always say... just never thought to use a book on tanks before!
In the last few weeks, Levi has had a growth spurt. He has now discovered that he is suddenly tall enough to reach the light switches. And the door knobs. And he's figured out how to use them...
That means that I am constantly finding lights turned on that don't need to be. Our bathroom door always remains closed (because he likes to climb up on the toilet and get his toothbrush out of the cabinet, which he then mauls to oblivion... or get into Mommy's makeup, which is worse), but the switches are outside the door in the hall. Whenever I go to the back of the house, both the bathroom fan and light are usually on these days. Since I don't have to go back there all that frequently, they have sometimes been on for a while. Oh, the joys... (Fortunately, although he knows how to turn the doorknobs, it's still kinda tough, so he has only really done it on his own bedroom door--which he was the one to close in the first place--and Jude's a few times, which he doesn't usually do because he knows he shouldn't!)
This li'l daredevil likes to do all kinds of things that give Mommy grey hairs. One of his favourite things to do is pretend he's an acrobat and put his toy truck into crazy places and balance on it. Besides the upside-down blocks container in the photo above, he has done something similar on the couch so he could see out the window while sitting on his truck. He has also stood straight up on the steering wheel and balanced there perfectly--thankfully, while the truck is firmly on the floor! He is always so proud of this feat (and it really is one to be proud of at this age), but I always calmly and firmly (so as not to startle him) tell him to get down immediately.
Gonna have to get this boy into gymnastics!
Just this week, he also seems to be phasing out his nap. This is strange, since last week he was sleeping for over two hours at a time, fighting a mild stomach bug. I don't know if his teeth are bugging him and keeping him from sleeping well, or if he really is outgrowing the need to nap already. He has still been napping every day, but usually only 30-45 minutes, as opposed to the much longer naps I am used to (and prefer! Mommy isn't ready for him to be done napping!!)
Levi is becoming quite the reader--he currently enjoys looking at books that have vehicles in them (of course), but we have let him graduate beyond board books to the closely-supervised perusal of other children's picture books. He also loves the books about animals that we have. Until the last few days, all four-legged largish creatures were "hoe" for "horse", but he is now starting to pick up on "nie-no" for "dino."
In another new development on the language front, all vehicles up until this week have either been "tractors" or "truckos". On Tuesday, while we were walking back and forth from the autobody shop to Tim Horton's (a route that goes by Rentco and a very busy main intersection), he actually started using the word "hoe" for hoes, and used it correctly several times that day!
In less than two weeks, this little man will be two years old. He has now been part of our family for almost a year (on Sunday, the year will be complete) and has brought us so many blessings. We love our little Munchkin, and it would be tough to imagine our family without him.
I love watching you grow, little Levi!
My history as a photographer, and some experimental shots.
Also, Brutus tolerating my older two boys' idea of good family fun...
... but not happily!