Well here is Caroline's 3.5 year post - almost 2 months late! I wanted to wait until we got her school pictures in the mail because they were taken right around her half birthday. Of course they didn't arrive until Christmas festivities were well underway.
Three and a half years have been too sweet for words. You are teaching your Mommy and Daddy more than you will ever know.
You have numerous imaginary friends. Many of them seem to be from a different country because there are sounds in their names that are not in the English alphabet:
Muntha - I think there are 2 dots above the "u", but I don't know how else to spell it. I think she is French.
Feltza - very light "z" almost a "c". I think this one is German.
(There are several others too that seem to be visitors)
pretend Jill (You always say "pretend" in front of this one to differentiate between cousin Jill)
pretend Ruth Ann (You usually say "pretend" to differentiate between classmate Ruth Ann)
your 3 grandsons
Where do you get this stuff? Occasionally your friends ask you to do something Mommy or Daddy has asked you not to do, but this is rare. Most of the time you just have a good time with your friends.
You are always talking and I mean ALWAYS talking. From the moment you wake up, you are explaining to us about how Muntha woke you up and told you that she was hungry so you had to come into the kitchen - To the moment you go to bed, when you use every stalling technique in the book.
You make me laugh everyday.
One of our common exchanges is where I say, "I love you to pieces!" and you reply, "I love you to PIZZA!!"
You eat Raisin Bran Crunch cereal almost every morning.
You are starting to get picky about vegetables and you don't eat a good dinner anymore, but you can be bribed. So I use that strategy when necessary.
You are such a wonderful big sister. You are so attentive to Lucy and you love to play with her. If she is upset, you often sing to her or hold her hand.
You are one of the tallest in your class at school while also being on the younger end.
You almost broke your thumb sucking habit, but then Thanksgiving and Christmas happened. Hopefully, we will kick that habit in the new year.
Your biggest struggle is whining, but I guess it goes along with your dramatic imagination. Speaking of drama, you love to put on shows for us. I love listening to you sing a song and make up the words as you go.
You love to read. We usually read through a chapter book with you at night. We have several Ramona books. We usually read about 20 pages a night. You could listen to it for hours, but we cut it off at 20 pages. I'm amazed that you really understand the events that are happening and you laugh at appropriate times.
You love to say prayers at night and at meals. You want to say your own prayers - not recite them anymore. When we think about prayer requests, you love to pray for the children and babies we name and you ask me to pray for the adults.
You are so inquisitive. All of your questions can make me feel dumber than dumb. But they also remind me of God - our majestic creator - and they humble me as they remind me that adults can make things so much more complicated than they need to be. What a blessing you are to this family!
We love you so very much!