Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mac July 2013


You are rapidly approaching four years old and we are noticing it more and more each day. In fact, I told your dad that I think you grew overnight early last week because you just looked taller and now I know that you are, indeed, in the middle of a growth spurt since I cannot keep you full for more than an hour at a time! I cannot remember the last time you requested three snacks in one day and ate three full meals as well! You attacked your roast beef for dinner! You also mature so much each day, it has been fun to be able to converse with you more and more over the past weeks.

We discovered last week that you can be a bit more independent in the pool as you used a friend's swimming ring under close supervision and kicked and floated your way around the neighborhood pool. It was fun to see you enjoying the pool so much and made the time better for Mommy too! You were probably tall enough to stand on your tip toes in the shallow end, but you were too timid for that. You love swimming and playing in the water though and will gladly spend a good deal of free time trying to con your way into a pool. Speaking of tip toes, someone has taught you how to stand en pointe and you will hold a piece of furniture, curl your toes up, and tell me that you are practicing ballet. Not sure how you learned that or why you think it is fun (because I think it looks rather uncomfortable), but you like it! Your Dee found a teenager sized violin and gave it to you a few weeks ago. I cannot tell you how excited you were to hold the violin, drag the bow across the strings, put it in it's case, and walk around with it. You played with it this way for hours. I think we will acquire a somewhat smaller one for you to learn since violin is one of those things that you need good form for, but it's nice to know how much you truly love the instrument...as if you haven't been telling us for a year now!

You are working hard on sight words and sounding out words. You sometimes forget to say the first letter which is frustrating for you and Mommy, but we are working on it. We also practice our writing by writing little notes to family and friends. I have several that need to be sent in the mail. We are working on basic math and you seem to understand the fundamental idea. If given the choice you want to learn about space or practice your USA map though. You know where almost all the states go on the puzzle and can name about half of them. At first we thought you were just memorizing relative location, but you saw an outline of Mississippi at church and told us, "Hey, that's Mississippi!" How neat is that! We started learning the planets last week. You know Earth, Jupiter, and Pluto (yes, we are teaching you Pluto) and will sometimes remember Mercury and Venus. Because you love space so much (you have told us you want to be a doctor who takes care of animals in space after reading a book about astronauts) we talk about it frequently. While Keegan and Johnny were napping the other day, you and I watched several YouTube videos that a Canadian Astronaut has put together about different stuff in space.

You love Disney Princesses and their movies. I think you love Little Einsteins and Bolt just as much though. You are definitely hitting a Belle stage though and have asked to watch it frequently. Sometimes (probably too much) we watch a couple of shows on Disney in the morning while we eat breakfast and I feed Johnny his bottle. You really like Sophia the First and Doc McStuffins. You love The Magic School Bus books still but are quite happy with anything we read to you. You love to play dress up and to take care of your stuffed animals. You have recently started cooking more in your play kitchen. You also love to help Mommy cook and helped her make Green Bean Casserole and cookies recently.

I am sure there are a thousand funny things you say that I am totally blanking out on right now, so I will have to add those or do a different post later.

I love you so much MacKenzie Grace. You make my heart very happy and I am so glad to have you as my firstborn!

Mommy (and Daddy)

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