The big f-o-u-r

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Today it is all about this guy:

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…because it’s a big day in his world. Michael is a big four-year-old!

It’s a big day in our world, too. You see, age four means we finally, finally are legal to leave behind those stupid five-point harnesses. That’s a milestone we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It means, to us, that getting in and out of the car will be a whole lot easier. They’ll all be able to buckle and unbuckle themselves. It means there are now two front seats available, so everyone gets more turns up front. To him, it means the opposite: that he gets to sit in the back.

Every so often, something miraculous happens. Like all the kids dressing themselves for church, and three of them choosing the same color, with the fourth coordinating. What are the chances????

Every so often, something miraculous happens. Like all the kids dressing themselves for church, and three of them choosing the same color, with the fourth coordinating. What are the chances???? *

He’s such a sweet, good-tempered boy. Except when he’s not, of course. We’re having to crack down on the “the world is ending” cry. You know, the tone of voice that brings parents running, because clearly something devastating and hospital-worthy is going on? Michael has perfected the art of crying wolf on that account. Like, you know. My brother took, or had first (I’m never sure which), the toy I want.

These are the things I want to remember:

  • “Rice Christmas treats.” Oh, my heart. Can there be anything more adorable?
  • His “bad guy voice,” which is always accompanied by a particular face, attempting to be fierce but looking all the more chewable.
  • The fact that he’s already off his training wheels. Freakishly advanced on a physical level, I’m telling you.
  • The fact that he loves Mommy so absolutely. He asked this weekend for seconds on dessert, and I told him no. Christian told him to give me puppy dog eyes. Michael stared at him for a while and then scowled. “No!” he said.

(You won my heart there, sweetheart.)

Happy birthday, punkin-head.

* Photos taken with an iPhone, not a real camera. Hence the blur and the poor exposure. I’m getting just good enough with a DSLR that I must disavow mediocre photos on my blog!

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2 thoughts on “The big f-o-u-r

  1. Christina

    Oh my, that sibling shot! Quite a miracle indeed to be so coordinated in their dress. I love the sense of fun and energy that exudes from them — you can just see that robust, complex, enduring sibling bond.

    • They were remarkably well behaved with each other that morning…at church. Of course, they more than made up for it on either side. 🙂

      On Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM, Kathleen M. Basi wrote:

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