No one could've rightly prepared me for just how intense 3 can be, but it's been amazing to see all she's learning and figuring out:
- We've noticed her sense of humor really developed over the summer. She comes up with some pretty funny jokes. For example, a couple months ago while driving to the beach, Joshua was letting us know he'd had enough of the stop and go traffic. Anna had had enough of being in the backseat with a noisy man-child and said, "Mommy, can we turn Joshua off?" Then burst into giggling.
- She's getting really good at coloring in the lines.
- She's learning to write some letters and her counting range gets higher all the time. I think she can reliably get through the 20s now.
- We're so thankful and proud of how she's become a doting big sister. She adores her brother and he loves her, too. She really is a big help to me, and I thank the Lord for her servant's heart that is beginning to bud.
- Anna is still our tiny tot, but she is a great eater, so I don't worry anymore about whether she's getting enough since I can now see how much is going in. Her favorites are noodles (just buttered, like Daddy), blueberries, strawberries, bell peppers, just about any bean, pizza, grapes, pears, carrots, rice, just about any soup and much more. She has Mommy's sweet tooth and will never turn down "chwakit" or ice cream.
- I wouldn't say she has a wild imagination, but more of a practical one; it's there when she needs it. Last week she was wearing one of her pretty dresses and some really fun red shoes a friend recently passed down (thanks, Mandy!). She asked if we could go to church because I had told her they would be good church shoes, not playing outside or bike-riding shoes. Well, since it wasn't Sunday, I told her we couldn't go just then, but that she could wear the same dress and shoes the following Sunday. That waiting part just wasn't fun, so she said, "Well, we'll just have pretend church at our house then. " I actually got some really cute video of Anna and "pretend church," but we seem to have a sick video camera cable, so I can't get it to the computer. I'll consult with Daddy's expertise and maybe get it up soon.
So thankful for my time with them. I confess to getting stuck in the illusion of permanence when the days just seem the same, so it helps me to ponder these milestones and the small, joyful, fleeting moments and remember I'll only pass through childhood with them once.