Wow, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday when I was writing this post about how I had blinked my eyes and you had turned 3. I even said in it that before I knew it I would be wishing you a Happy 4th Birthday.Just to put it into perspective, here are a couple of pictures that show just how big you've gotten:
This year you grew in leaps and bounds. You went from calling me Damma to Dramma to Grandma. I think when you said Grandma correctly, the first time, a little piece of me felt sad. There aren't many words that you can't say correctly now. You talk constantly and you are so funny. I shared some of the funny things you have said in this post.
You started pre-school. In the beginning you weren't so sure that it was something that you wanted to keep doing, but by the end you were sad that you had to take a summer break. You learned to recognize all of your letters. You made new friends and started expanding your world.
Your personality melts my heart. In so many ways you are like your Uncle Jon when he was a little boy. You have such a tender little heart. When I hurt my back sledding with you in January, you were such a sweet little boy. You worried about Grandma and asked repeatedly if I was ok and if I was getting better. You sat right beside me and gave me extra hugs and kisses.
On your special day this year we should all be together at Lake Tahoe. You have been so excited to go. You talk about going rafting with your grandpa and jumping in the cold water. He talks about taking you fishing and creek hopping. I've even heard some talk about going crawdadding. I can't wait to take pictures of you and your brother as you explore all that Tahoe has to offer. I am happy that we all get to share your special day with you. You have requested that we go to dinner at The Bridgetender so that we can sit right by the river. You want 'dirt cake' with 'worms and rats' in it for dessert. You told your mommy that you want 'fire' on top of the cake. What a fun day this should be.
I can't even begin to tell you just how much I love you. It has been a joy and a privilege to watch you grow and change over the past 4 years. You are the one who made me a grandma. I love you and wish you a fun filled year ahead.