February 25th. Yesterday. That’s the day our Luke turned 4!
How can he already be 4? It’s so hard to believe that this June will be 2 years since we were in China! Gosh, how time flies! And he’s growing up right before our very eyes!
I so wanted to post on my blog yesterday morning on the actual day of his birthday, but our plans were shifted to Plan B. I’m learning to chill out a little when these things happen because there’s nothing at all I can do about it. It’s hard for a type A personality!
Pop (my daddy) had it all worked out with a friend through his work for Luke to explore his 18-wheeler on Friday evening. However, the man didn’t make it back in town in time. So it was moved to Saturday morning, which turned in to Saturday at noon. With plans for a birthday dinner and party at 3:30, this made me nervous. But it all worked out!
Luke loves 18-wheelers! And Mr. J had the nicest cleanest Peterbilt tanker 18-wheeler around!
Luke was so excited. He had been talking and talking about getting to do this for a long time. Then when it finally was time and he got there, he was suddenly shy. He had to have his Joy there with him!
After that, we came home and decorated (very quickly and simply) for the birthday party.
It was just family. He still gets overwhelmed with kids, so we decided to keep it low key. He sure didn’t need a lot of gifts either. He’s definitely not toy poor. So Pop, Grandmama, Colt, and Amber came out for dinner and the party.
We wrapped a few small inexpensive gifts just for the fun of opening.
And Colt and Amber gave him the Chuck and friends racetrack.
Then we brought out the big gift he had been anticipating (from us and the grandparents)…..
It didn’t take him long to figure out how to handle his new motorized John Deere tractor.
He still needs a little practice on reverse though. :)
He has plans for that cart too. He’s already talking about all the sticks and tools he’ll haul in there and help Daddy and Pop.
In fact, it was hard getting him back in. It was dark (and cold) outside. Only the lure of birthday cake awaiting him did the trick.
Oh, and he was pretty tickled with himself for mastering the art of driving a John Deere. As you can see, we were clapping for him.
And I'm so glad I had my camera clicking because I caught this priceless moment. He was literally strutting into the house, and turned around with this proud look:
Can you guess what kind of cake?
He was very specific about the kind of cake he wanted. An 18-wheeler cake. Not just any 18-wheeler cake either. He wanted it to be a blue tractor and a yellow trailer.
He loved his cake and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Then we had to play a little “pin the wheel on the 18-wheeler” (drawn by his daddy).
After the party was over and everyone was gone, the kids did what kids do best after opening fits – they played with the boxes. One huge box in particular…..
Luke called it Honduras. Guess he listens in on school more than we think. I suppose not every 4 year old names their box Honduras. So when he goes to play in it, he says he's going to Honduras. :)
At the end of the day, he was exhausted and I had to capture the sleeping emperor. I just love sleeping babies and kiddos!
And here it is Sunday afternoon. First thing after coming home from church today, Luke wanted to drive his John Deere.
And so he did.
He helped his daddy carry some tools to mend the fence. He got it delivered before I got to my camera. :)
Then, he gave free rides to a couple of Joy’s old dolls.
And he collected sticks to haul.
He rode until the battery bit the dust. It’s now recharging for another adventure.
As I was typing this post, Luke found another use for his box - he made an 18-wheeler out of it. He's driving in the cab, and the box is his trailer.
He suggested that his sister be his cargo:
I thought I'd share some random tidbits that sum up Luke at 4 years old:
- Adores his sister.
- Loves to build things.
- Loves to do demolition on the things he builds.
- Likes to show off and use his big vocabulary.
- Acts silly when he gets nervous around folks.
- Loves 18-wheelers…..toy ones and the real things.
- Adds “tones” to his words – very expressive.
- Is afraid of most dogs.
- Bosses the cat.
- Tries to boss his sister.
- Loves Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine.
- Loves Cat in the Hat, Blues Clues & Super Why.
- Doesn’t take a nap anymore (unless he’s in the car).
- Loves green beans.
- Doesn’t like much Chinese food.
- Loves any type of construction equipment.
- Can’t stand the tags in the back of his shirts.
- Picked up on the sarcastic remark, “Oh burn”.
- Loves riding in the car. Perfectly content there.
- Plays on the iPad like nobody's business.
- Doesn’t like having his hair washed.
- Says “Joy” about 999 times a day.
- Very good about sharing. Will share his last crumb.
- Loves to help me cook.
- Likes putting together puzzles.
- Is either ornery or gives a cheesy smile for pics.
- Loves books.
- Likes for his daddy to get in the floor and play with him.
- Carries a tune really well.
- Makes up words to familiar tunes.
- Adores babies and is gentle with them.
- Not particularly sociable.
- If he is sociable, it’s usually with girls or older kids.
- Is a master pouter when the need arises.
- Can work up a pretty believable fake cry.
- Loves trains and train tracks.
- Likes “doing school” and asks for more.
- Loves sweet tea.
- Likes going barefoot.
- Has “Jack Black” eyebrows.
- Prefers his pajamas over clothes any ole day.
- Holds the doors for “the ladies” as his daddy taught him.
- Likes to ham it up when his big brother is around.
- Gives the best hugs and kisses.
- Has a BIG imagination.
- Little booger likes to play practical jokes, especially on Joy.
- Likes to jump out and scare us.
- Teams up with his sister and locks me out of the car and "makes me dance".
- Does the "Indian yell" when he wins a game.
- Loves music.
- Sings or hums constantly.
- He’s loud.
- Loves to pray.
- Has a southern drawl.
- Has his entire family wrapped around his little finger.
Our little guy is such a gift and a blessing. It’s hard to even imagine life before him, or without him. Our lives are all the richer (and livelier) since he became part of our family!
Happy Birthday Luke! We love you…..to the moon and back!